PAIN GLORY AND WRITER AND JOURNALIST REVIEWS THREE DISTINCTIVE MARC BERNARDIN CARNIVAL ROW NEW FILMS THAT TRACE BLACK LIFE IN AMERICA, PAST AND PRESENT Three films arriving this summer, all from African-American filmmakers, run the gamut of the black cinematic experience, from story to history to a little bit of both: the documentary writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples’ feature debut and Spike Lee’s of his work alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the beginning of the civil rights movement. But as I found myself charmed by Lewis himself and, again, blown away by his footprints on history— Barack Obama, on his inauguration day, gave Lewis a note that said, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Miss Juneteenth, Da 5 Bloods. Vietnam elegy It’s easy to look at and be in awe of this statesman’s deeds, of what the octogenarian survived to advance civil rights in an America that fought him—and still fights him—at every turn. And it’s easy to be moved by the testimonials from Hillary Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, and Ayanna Pressley, interspersed among current scenes of Lewis hitting Southern churches and stumping for young candidates, as well as archival footage Good Trouble BLACK CINEMA—AT LEAST THE black cinema funneled through a Hollywood system still controlled, for the most part, by white men—tends to fall into two categories: small stories about people struggling to find their own personal states of grace, and big ones about the Struggle and the pain that comes from trying to endure it. Lowercase story vs. uppercase History. vs. Love & Basketball 12 Years a Slave. DAVID CANFIELD @DAVIDCANFIELD97 EDITED BY →
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