The African American Flim Critics Association (AAFCA) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) have joined forces for The Black Experience on Film, an month-long programming initiative that will showcase African-American representation throughout film history.
The series will be hosted by 13 members of the AAFCA from print, online and broadcast outlets. During each night of airing, the members will sit in pairs and discuss the Black Experience in 32 films including Daughters of the Dust, A Raisin In The Sun and Hollywood Shuffle.
“Our partnership with the AAFCA is important, and together we aim to tell a contextualized and curated story of The Black Experience on Film,” said Charles Tabesh, the senior vice president of programming and production at TCM. “Since the earliest days of film, the portrayal of black characters has ranged from stereotypical and one-dimensional to more nuanced and complex. With this programming tentpole, we will explore this important part of film history specifically from an African-American perspective with insightful commentary from some of the nation’s most prominent film critics.”
Gil Robertson, AAFCA president, said, “It is both an honor and a privilege for AAFCA and its members to work with Charles Tabesh and the rest of the TCM team to facilitate such impactful programming.
He continued, “The legacy of African Americans in cinema often goes untold, but it has been a long and arduous journey. Since the earliest beginnings of the art form, African Americans have had a presence in cinema. That is the point we hope these 32 films will drive home. Our intent is that audiences be engaged, entertained and enlightened by the sheer diversity and breadth of this substantial arc of film programming.”
The Black Experience on Film will air every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. EST in September. For more information about programming times and the 13 journalists visit, tcm.com/aafca.
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