History Of Slavery: A Familiar Scene On Hollywood’s Screen

History of Black slavery surely informs us and influences our approach towards the issue of race.

A new movie which will soon be in the cinemas once again depicts the history of Black slavery. But this time around, the movie seeks to portray the entire slavery story in a different perspective.

“The Birth of a Nation” is a new movie which was written, directed, produced by and featured a Black filmmaker, Nate Parker was bought by Fox Searchlight for a whopping amount of $17 million.

The movie which was focused on Black slaves was developed upon Nat Turner’s infamous slave revolt in 1831. This happens to be the first time Turner’s story has been created into a movie.

According to Andre Robert Lee, a filmmaker, and an activist, Parker’s new movie is a counter to D.W’s Griffith movie of 1915. The movie took its storyline from “The Clansman,” a 1905 novel which focused on the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.

From time past, Hollywood has been flooded with several stories of Black slaves such as “Gone With the Wind” (1939), among others. In these movies, the Black race was portrayed as a lazy, violent and sexually aggressive person. It greatly influenced people’s perception about Blacks. During those times, Black people hardly played any role in movies apart from acting life of slaves.

Until in the 60’s and 70’s, there came a change in the movie industry. Hollywood witnessed the spring up of movies that depicted revenge against evil white slave owners.

From that time till now, we have had countless movies about African-American slavery which tell the true story slavery.

It is no doubt that if a person doesn’t know where he is coming from; he wouldn’t know where he is going. This tells us the importance of history in our fight to end racism in America. The racial abuse faced by Black people has been carved from the information which has been passed on from generation to generation. We hope this new movie will help turns on a light in the dark tunnel of racism.

Source:The Huffington Post
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