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Black/African-American Films (List)


 Afro-American Cinema
(1900 - Present)

Afro American Cinema has existed for over a century. Whether Blacks were being degraded by Hollywood's false perception of Afro Americans or Blacks making their own positive films to combat the negative images portrayed in Hollywood; Blacks on film is an important reminder of how society has evolved over time. At DAARAC we define Black Cinema as films that features an all-black cast, an Afro American actor/actress that was a lead/supporting lead role, or the theme of the film was centered around Afro Americans. There are no limitations on the imagery that is portrayed here at DAARAC. We look to present films as the time reflects them. You will notice comprehensive lists of films and eras that represent Afro American Cinema. These films are not subjective to the United States only and will include international films as well. The timeline of Afro American Cinema as we present at DAARAC is: the Race Film Era (1915 - 1955), the Civil Rights Era (1956 - 1969), the Blaxploitation Era (1967 - 1980) and the Contemporary (Modern) Era (1980 - present). To be very clear, just because a film was made during the Race Film Era does not necessarily make it a Race Film. The same goes for the other eras as well. These eras are named the way they are based on the time period and the culture of Afro Americans during that period. All these era fall under the umbrella of Afro American Cinema and within the eras exists additional genres that help define the eras a particular way. For example, the Contemporary Era is a mash up of many different styles of Afro American Cinema that is incredibly difficult to define, but Spike Lee did make way to a style of film making that sparked the New Jack genre of Afro American Cinema.

The following list provided does not include films that are specifically Race Films, Civil Rights Era, Blaxploitations, and TV Movies. Those films have their own separate list. This list includes Afro American films over the last century that is currently not categorized at DAARAC. This list is updated very often and subject to change without warning.



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