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The Department of Afro-American Research, Arts, and Culture (DAARAC) is a research and preservation based organization that focuses on the historical and present aestheticism of Black Cinema. We look to enlighten those in search for information as it pertains to the cultural aspects of Black Cinema around the world. Our website covers the Race Film Era (Black independent films of the 1920s to mid 1950s), Civil Rights Era, Blaxploitation Era, New Jack/Hip-Hop Era, and Modern Black Cinema.
Blaxploitation is a sub-genre of black cinema, which incorporates the culture of Blacks in America and world wide. Generally most blaxploitation movies were filmed in the 70s, but the research at blaxploitation pride has found that blaxploitation is not a simple as "blacks" being "exploitated" thus earning the title as blaxploitation.
The groundbreaking trilogy depicting the harrowing prison existence of a convict who uses his wits and fists to survive. Martell "Too Sweet" Gordone is thrown deep into the bowels of the prison system, where the only consistent truth is kill or be killed. To show his strength and gain respect from the other inmates, Gordone (Leon Isaac Kennedy) must distinguish himself as a boxer, taking on all comers to save his own skin and regain his pride as a human being. Surprisingly effective in its harsh detailing of violent prison life, the film addresses the dehumanization of prisoners without excusing their crimes. Thought of as an exploitation picture, Penitentiary rises above its roots to provide a blunt and passionate look at one man's struggle on the inside. --Robert Lane
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Department of Afro American Research Arts Culture
The Department of Afro American Research, Arts, and Culture's mission is to preserve the history of Black Cinema world wide while educating communities on the accomplishments of Afro-Americans in the film industry.