“Only the colored people themselves can determine their political, social and economic future.”

William Monroe Trotter

Prof. EA Kiss

This course surveys a hidden canon of African American film while also uncovers the roots of representational injustice in Hollywood and the secret, but cardinal role Woodrow Wilson played in the production and distribution of Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” that led to the rebirth of the KKK. Wilson’s policy of segregation was adapted by Hollywood as a self-censoring industry regulation of representation. Black people could only appear on screen as subservient and marginal characters, never as equals, partners or leaders. This industry code, Wilson’s legacy, has become second nature to Hollywood.


“I Am Not Your Negro”

Studio Guest

Gyula Gazdag

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Film

Charles Burnett museum vitrine; Nate Parker museum vitrine; Raoul Peck museum vitrine

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

Nate Parker


A Troublesome Property

Charles Burnett, Nat Turner


The Devil Finds Work

James Baldwin