Black Film Archive는 흑인 영화가 얼마나 무한한지를 세상에 보여주고 싶어합니다.

서로 다른 이름으로 가더라도, 거의 모든 주요 스트리밍 서비스에는 “블랙 필름” 수집, 종종 2월 또는, during 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests, in the summer.

These collections mainly act as an exhibit for the Black movie titles the streamer already has, and as a result, the movies are often from the last 10 연령, or maybe the last 20. It’s rare to see movies prior to those made in the 1980s. Clicking through the titles, one might think that Black cinema simply didn’t exist in the years before that.
그러나 Black Film Archive, a new internet tool developed by Maya Cade, aims to change minds. By chronicling historic Black movies — 에서 시작 1915 and stretching all the way to 1979 — Cade recontextualizes what Black cinema can be. Featuring more than 200 titles, the archive showcases each film by decade, giving a brief description of the movie, written by Cade, along with some context and a link for folks to watch the movie themselves.
    지금은, the Black Film Archive only highlights movies that can be found somewhere in the corners of the internet, on YouTube or other small streaming sites.
      A part of my intentionality here, is bringing these films to the conversation,” Cade, whose day job is at the Criterion Collection, CNN에 말했다. “When we have these conversations about what Black film is, it’s really devoid of history. 그래서 정말, I hope that now it won’t have to be.
        Maya Cade launched the Black Film Archive website on August 26, aiming to show the range of early Black cinema.

        이, 물론이야, isn’t to say that movies from the 1980s or 1990s are any less important, Cade said. But they do tend to be more accessible, and titles likeDo The Right Thing” (1989) 과 “Love Jones” (1997) often ring bells.
        In the decades before, 그러나, Hollywood was actively investing in Black cinema, Cade explained, and the period produced a wealth of iconic Black movies, like the musicalCarmen Jones” (1954) or the romantic comedyClaudine” (1974).
          But over time, a number of films released in the last three decades shifted their focus to topics surrounding Black traumathese include critically acclaimed slave narratives such asBeloved” 과 “12 Years a Slave.Recent conversations surrounding Black film have been critical of the emphasis on such narratives, pointing out that there are also stories of Black joy worth celebrating. There also tend to be generalizations about what Black film is, or what it has been in the past. Cade wanted to shift those conversations.
          I think when we have a deepened relationship with the past, we realize quickly that these generalizations don’t hold up,” 그녀가 말했다. In the movies featured in the archive, “we see there’s romance, there’s joy, there’s tenderness, there’s light in these films.
          One movie Cade mentioned specifically isKilling Time,” ㅏ 1979 short film by Fronza Woods, about a woman trying to find the best outfit to end her life in. The movie is a dark comedy, Cade said, and many might not associate Black people with the genre, especially in the past.
          What I hope to remove (with the) Black Film Archive is the assumption that a Black person has not done something as it relates to film,” 그녀가 말했다.
          Cade recognizes that she’s not the first person to bring these older Black films to light. And other archival preservation projects on Black filmlike the 라. Rebellion Preservation Project at the UCLA Film & Television Archivealso exist.
          그러나, with an emphasis on user-friendliness, her website makes these movies accessible to a younger generation, one that might be internet-first and unlikely to delve deep into Black film scholarship on their own.
          And so far, hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from the site, and Cade has receivedcountlessmessages and emails from people thanking her for the work she’s done.
            The site hascaptured individuals,” Cade said, and it’s given her encouragement to continue the project.
            곧, Cade plans on expanding the archive, eventually hoping to encompass every film that exists from the pre-1980 periodshowing just how limitless Black cinema can be.

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