Echo’s of Blaxpoitation

00:09:09 EYE Filmmuseum
During a lecture, Tessa Boerman explored the rebellious power and special humour of blaxploitation cinema.

Oct 5 2012, Tessa Boerman gave a lecture about the blaxploitation genre, as part of the program EYE organised to contextualise the work of Isaac Julian in the exhibition ‘Expanded Cinema: Isaac Julien, Fiona Tan and Yang Fudong’.

The evening started with the two works Isaac Julien made about the blaxploitation genre: ‘Baltimore’, and the documentary ‘BaadAsssss Cinema’. In the lecture that followed, Tessa Boerman (programmer black cinema and documentary director) further explored the rebellious power and special humour of blaxploitation cinema, and the meaning the films can still have for contemporary Netherlands. After the lecture, EYE screened the first blaxploitation film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' (1971), by the inventor of the genre, director Melvin Van Peebles.

Video credits

  • Documentation by Rongwrong
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