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Allyson Nadia Field

Allyson Nadia Field is an associate professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago and author of Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film and the Possibility of Black Modernity (Duke University Press, 2015). She is coeditor of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke University Press, 2019), with Marsha Gordon, and of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (University of California Press, 2015), with Jan-Christopher Horak and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart.

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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.

By Allyson Nadia Field