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Blu-ray Review - Pioneers of African-American Cinema


"Pioneers of African-American Cinema" provides historians, admirers, and the curious with an opportunity to explore the Black experience in the movie industry as it was from 1915-1946, focusing on individuals to claimed power for themselves, financing and producing pictures for their own audience, taking control of creative endeavors. It's a five-disc odyssey highlighting restored "features, shorts, fragments, and documentaries," bringing rarities to light that underline cultural attitudes of the eras, but also showcase developing storytelling confidence, experimentation, and courage as a few names, including Oscar Micheaux, emerged as leaders of a burgeoning movement, working to find its own perspective away from discrimination and expectation. Read the rest at


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