LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (Paperback)

LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (Paperback)

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L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is the first book dedicated to the films and filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of African, Caribbean, and African American independent film and video artists that formed at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1970s and 1980s.

The group—including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry, Jamaa Fanaka, and Zeinabu irene Davis—shared a desire to create alternatives to the dominant modes of narrative, style, and practice in American cinema, works that reflected the full complexity of Black experiences.

This landmark collection of essays and oral histories examines the creative output of the L.A. Rebellion, contextualizing the group's film practices and offering sustained analyses of the wide range of works, with particular attention to newly discovered films and lesser-known filmmakers. Based on extensive archival work and preservation, this collection includes a complete filmography of the movement, over 100 illustrations (most of which are previously unpublished), and a bibliography of primary and secondary materials.

This is an indispensible sourcebook for scholars and enthusiasts, establishing the key role played by the L.A. Rebellion within the histories of cinema, Black visual culture, and postwar art in Los Angeles.

"L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is a groundbreaking and highly readable compendium focused on the kaleidoscopic network of filmmakers based at UCLA between the 1960s and the 1990s. The collection opens up previously obscured historical pathways that deepen our knowledge of black American cinema, and should inspire further research and scholarship."

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

"L.A. Rebellion is a valuable resource especially for interdisciplinary scholars in film history and ethnic studies. . . . [It] also provides a series of oral histories with some of the filmmakers, as well as a comprehensive filmography. Thankfully, many of the titles are now available for the first time in decades, allowing audiences an opportunity to encounter this exceptional moment in film history for themselves."

Journal of American Ethnic History


Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9

Note: LA Rebellion is out of print and must be purchased used from individual sellers. Quality is guaranteed good, but there may be some ordinary wear and tear, such as minor cover and page creases, bent corners and markings.