HS New Black Cinema: Films of the L.A. Rebellion and Beyond



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mo 16:15-17:44, Raum A 603 (Bismarckstr. 1)

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das HS Culture kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

• BA English and American Studies (neu): "Hauptmodul A Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

• BA American Studies: "Hauptmodul A Literature/Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

• MA North American Studies - Culture and Literature: Mastermodul 4,7

• MA The Americas / Las Américas: Modul 3b,4

• MA English Studies: "Freie Ergänzungsstudien/Wild Card": Wie Aufbaumodul, mit begleitendem Kurs


In this seminar, we will focus on the seminal work of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of Black filmmakers from UCLA who, in the late 1960s – and against the political backdrop of the Watts Uprising, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War – began to produce an "alternative" American cinema to that of Hollywood that depicted the everyday lives, socio-political circumstances and economic hardships of communities of color in Los Angeles and beyond. We will examine how these films created a "New Black Cinema" whose visual aesthetic not only challenged that of mainstream Hollywood cinema and blaxploitation films of the 70s, but was also highly influential on subsequent Black cinema (e.g. the films of Spike Lee and John Singleton) of the 80s to the present day. Our discussions will center around the L.A. Rebellion's critical engagement with issues of race, class and gender, its impact on racial and cultural relations in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and its implications for Black cinema today.

Empfohlene Literatur

Recommended reading: |L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. | Eds. Allyson Field, Jan-Christopher Horak and Jacqueline Stewart. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015. All other readings and visual material will be circulated electronically.