Documenting Black Experiences


Interpretations of the black diaspora in documentary film from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary study of black religions, cultures, histories, aesthetics, politics, and their representations, both globally and in the United States. Students will view and study a variety of films and approaches to film and study film's evolution through numerous lenses from early ethnographic film to recent works by indigenous filmmakers, and understand the politics of representation, from D.W. Griffith to Spike Lee; read relevant works in the genres represented; and hear from guest critics, scholars of African and African American history and culture, and filmmakers. Instructor: Tyson
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • AAAS 225S
  • DOCST 350S
  • ICS 368S
  • PUBPOL 387S
  • RIGHTS 350S
  • VMS 213S
Typically Offered