CAAS 340 - A History of Blacks in American Film
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 201.
Other Course Info:
(African-American Studies). Sp.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course focuses on the developing and burgeoning film industry emerging from the African American experience and/or its cultural context. It considers the historical circumstances that have impeded a reasonable representation of Black Americans in American cinema, while investigating the forms and styles expressed in independent and commercial productions. This includes an historical overview, but focuses on more recent works since the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s and '70s. Both documentary and feature films are examined and considered in terms of their cinematic techniques and aesthetic characteristics as well as for their social and political themes. The course will consider major Black directors and will attempt to view at least one of their works, and preview others. There will also be a comparative analysis of the feature and the documentary on Malcolm X. The examination and discussion of the films will require the use of cinematic vocabulary.

CAAS 340 - A History of Blacks in American Film
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101 (LEC)
TuTh 5:00PM - 8:00PM
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