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>>Unit Two - The Black experience
>>Amistad
>>The Color Purple
>>Malcolm X
>>Do the Right Thing
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>These films don't have any direct bearing on the "experience" of any black
>person that I know, none of whom were ever slaves, revolutionaries or
>rioters to the best of my knowledge.

        I agree completely when it comes to *Amistad* and *The Color
Purple:* a film that depicts Steven Spielberg's idea of the Black
Experience.  As far as *Malcolm X* goes: it is important to know
African-American history (in the US or Japan), despite our (your) personal
acquaintances, no?  And *Malcolm* does it very well.  Lastly, where are the
rioters in *Do the Right Thing?*  Oh yes, the ones who insist on keeping
Frank Sinatra's pictures on the wall....The film depicts a cultural clash
quite effectively within a single neighborhood.  Thumbs up for
multiculturalism within the context of mainstream cinema.  I also recommend
*Mississippi Masala.*  For something less Hollywood, how about Ang Lee's
first feature, *Pushing Hands?*

        Gloria Monti


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