Culture of dislocation

Dedicated to the great Muhammad Ali.

Note: this list is still in the making. Normally I wait until as list has reached a certain completion, but given the sudden passing of Muhammad Ali I decided to make it public today.

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Sometimes you need to get angry to get something started.

Several revered Black filmmakers were asked to come up with a list of important films made by Black directors. Out of an undoubtedly great list, a selection of 50 was made. Clickbait rules and Google AdSense were consulted. Titles were scrapped and replaced by predictable Hollywood hogwash. It became insipid and inessential.

The message however still stands: many films by Black (and Asian, and Latino, and…) filmmakers —in Hollywood…

Read notes
  • Charleston Parade
  • Space Is the Place
  • Black and Tan
  • Soleil Ô
  • The Black King
  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Do the Right Thing
  • No Way Out
  • Take a Giant Step
  • Black Panthers
  • Handsworth Songs
  • The Story of a Three-Day Pass
  • Black Girl
  • Harlem Is Heaven
  • Jesse Owens Returns to Berlin
  • Soul in the Eye
  • Black Venus
  • Pressure
  • Baldwin's Nigger
  • One People
  • Black Rodeo
  • Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Black Wax
  • Hustlers Convention
  • Now!
  • Dread Beat an' Blood
  • Ashes and Embers
  • Killer of Sheep
  • The Learning Tree
  • The Last Angel of History
  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  • Tongues Untied
  • Princess Tam Tam
  • Within Our Gates
  • 1 Berlin-Harlem
  • Let the Fire Burn
  • Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales
  • Out of My Hand
  • Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask
  • The Stuart Hall Project
  • Twilight City
  • Where Am I?
  • Afrique sur Seine
  • The Children Were Watching
  • King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
  • Black Roots
  • Juke: Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams
  • A Day in the Life of Willie Faust, or Death on the Installment Plan
  • Lord Thing
  • Nothing But a Man
  • Bless Their Little Hearts
  • Bush Mama
  • Georgia, Georgia
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification
  • Malcolm X
  • Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
  • Nine from Little Rock
  • The March
  • Integration Report 1
  • Wattstax
  • American Revolution 2
  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
  • The Cool World
  • The Brother from Another Planet
  • Palaver
  • Flame in the Streets
  • Four Women
  • Uptight
  • Song of Freedom
  • … tick… tick… tick…
  • Freedom on My Mind
  • The Young One
  • I Am Somebody
  • A Tribute to Malcolm X
  • Abar, the First Black Superman
  • The Murder of Fred Hampton
  • Personal Problems
  • Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron)
  • Daydream Therapy
  • The Kitchen
  • Territories
  • Crossroads
  • Black Joy
  • Death May Be Your Santa Claus
  • Shades
  • Oreos with Attitude
  • The Landlord
  • All Night Long
  • Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
  • Imitation of Life
  • Our Colonial Hangover
  • Five on the Black Hand Side
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther
  • Gotta Make This Journey Sweet Honey in The Rock
  • Borderline
  • Seven Songs for Malcolm X
  • Imitation of Life