Dear AFS 231 Community,
I wanted to send you all some guidelines for the review and updates in the deadline.
For formatting and page length requirements of the review please refer to your syllabus. Regarding the content of the review this essay is focused on your perception of the the historical context of the film and general impact of the film on you.
Questions to Consider:
What is the historical time period of the film or literature you have chosen?
Where does it take place?
Who are the main characters? Or if it is a documentary, whose lives and histories are being documented?
Where do you see legacies of what we have discussed such as race, gender, segregation, white supremacy, civil rights, religion, kinship in the film? What might the film say about the past or present of society and how people relate to one another ?
What has the Director presented as some of the main messages of the film and how does it’s representation impact your thoughts on the subject, event (s), and experiences of different African American communities?
Visit or copy the associated link to login with your MCC username and password to watch films which are accessible for free via Kanopy streaming for MCC students.
Kanopy is a wonderful resource! I encourage you to take advantage of all of the films accessible on the platform across genres and and fields of interest!
Annette von Wangenheim. Josephine Baker: A Black Diva in a White Man’s World.
“Awakening: 1954-1956” Episode One: Eyes on the Prize. 1986.
Souleymane Cissé. 1987.
Christiane Badgley, Marlon Riggs, Nicole Atkinson. Black Is..Black Ain’t: An Exploration of Black Identity.
Marlon Riggs. Ethnic Notions: African American Stereotypes and Prejudice. 1987.
Ken Burns. The Central Park Five. 2012.
Cheryl Dunye. Watermelon Women.
Ken Burns. “Gumbo” Jazz: The History of Jazz Music in America. 2000. https://middlesexcc.kanopy.com/video/ken-burns-jazz-gumbo
Raoul Peck. I am Not Your Negro.
Barry Jenkins. 2018.