Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films
The Story of a Three Day Pass: Ordinary Love
Melvin Van Peebles’s feature debut riffs on the French New Wave to tell a love story that portrays interracial intimacy and unflinchingly confronts the distortions of racism.
Black Cinema at Its Birth
The earliest decades of African American filmmaking, celebrated in a monumental collection of “race films” now playing on the Criterion Channel, were fueled by an urgent need for self-representation.