Aesthetics and Politics in Contemporary Black Film Theory
This chapter aims to question the aesthetic merit of a black film as this is sometimes treated as inseparable from questions regarding the film's political perspective. This chapter makes several considerations on the recent endeavors to meet the demand of a growing number of Hollywood movies by independent black film makers for a more nuanced black film commentary through the definition of independent black cinema and the sweetback debate and black spectatorship. The aspirations of black people are often misrepresented when they are framed to accord with the views of the white mainstream. Critics have objected to the recording of a negative portrayal of black people through inversion. This practice reiterates an ideology designed to mainstream white hegemony.
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