FQ columnist Caetlin Benson-Allott identifies a new, noteworthy pattern in North American cinema: independent filmmakers crafting narratives about African-American rural women struggling to survive oppressive white communities. Centering her discussion around Nia DaCosta's Little Woods (2018), Jasmin Mozaffari's Firecrackers (2018), and Tate Taylor's Ma (2019), Benson-Allott suggests that these films allow viewers to glimpse the intersections of race, gender, and geography rarely explored in mainstream media.
On Platforms: Race, Rage, and Genre Revisionism
Caetlin Benson-Allott is Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of English and Film & Media Studies at Georgetown University and editor of JCMS. She is also the author of Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing (University of California Press, 2013) and Remote Control (Bloomsbury, 2015).
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Caetlin Benson-Allott; On Platforms: Race, Rage, and Genre Revisionism. Film Quarterly 1 December 2019; 73 (2): 66–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.73.2.66
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