19th New York African Film Festival

In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema & Apartheid, Pt I & II

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In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema & Apartheid, Pt I & II
Peter Davis, Daniel Riesenfeld, 1994
USA/South Africa/Canada | 112 minutes

Using a wealth of archival footage and commentary by filmmakers and actors, including a young John Kani and Miriam Makeba, this two-part film examines the role of cinema in both supporting and attacking Apartheid, focusing on the impact of Hollywood films in South Africa, the depiction of South Africa in Hollywood films, and finally, the emergence of an indigenous film industry in South Africa. It also questions Hollywood’s commitment to racial stereotypes and reluctance to depict black heroes.

Series: 19th New York African Film Festival

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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