Black History Month at the BFC/A

This month, the BFC/A will mark and celebrate Black History Month with a series of documentary screenings co-sponsored by the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of History, and the Black Law Students Association.  The documentaries--all from the collections of California Newsreel--narrate several black labor struggles and the foundations of modern … Continue reading Black History Month at the BFC/A

Pullman Porters on Screen, Part 2 (Since 1960)

As the prominence of American railroads began to decline drastically in the post-war era, and the escalating civil-rights movement diversified workplace opportunities for African Americans, the ubiquity of the Pullman Porter also began to fall.  In film, the ‘Pullman-Porter-as-black-archetype-for-white-audiences’ lost currency, and the figure of the Pullman Porter relocated to a very different branch of … Continue reading Pullman Porters on Screen, Part 2 (Since 1960)

Charles Burnett: The Power to Endure April 6–25, 2011

The Museum of Modern Art will feature the films of Charles Burnett throughout the month of April. Burnett has long borne the dubious distinction of being, as critic Armond White observed, “the least well-known great American filmmaker.” In Charles Burnett: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2011), Burnett cites the phrase “the power to endure” as … Continue reading Charles Burnett: The Power to Endure April 6–25, 2011