Cinema and History

Oppressions: the Afro-American struggle for civil rights in genre cinema

The ‘’Cinema and History” selection presents various outlooks on the seventh art. Selected for their aesthetic value and the important historical events they explore, the films in this category are presented by historians and critics.

The six films in the OPPRESSIONS selection examine the manner genre films seized the Afro-American struggle for civil rights in the United States, with a rare film by Ivan Dixon, The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973, on a 35mm film from a private collection), Spike Lee’s second film, a musical titled School Daze (1988) and the recent Get Out by Jordan Peele (2017).

In collaboration with Adrienne Boutang and Mélanie Boissonneau.


Films in the Retrospective