Black Panther's Cinematography
As you will read in our personal essays and in my interview with Carla Renata, “Black Panther” resonated deeply with many women, especially with women of color. Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” (2018) was chosen for our New Year issue because of the hope this film brought for onscreen representation, and because it’s proof that diverse, strong female characters do well in the box office.
They care about the future. Is it possible to have too much focus on history? The immediate reaction to current events in the past few years by humanist scholars -- sociologists, historians and literary historians in particular -- has been to look to history to try to understand the present. Engaged and robust communities of historians have sprung up, notably the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), led by a group of smart and social media-savvy young historians, led by the extraordinary Keisha Blain of the University of Pittsburgh. Consider also the scholars engaged in the #Syllabus movement of the past few years, launched by Georgetown historian Marcia Chatelain in the wake of the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. These passionate historians advocate for an educated citizenry, a historically aware citizenry, a citizenry well versed in the institutions and social structures of power that have made the world as it is. Their assumption is that knowledge of the past is critical for disrupting existing arrangements and effecting political change.In the meantime the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, organizing protests, marches and vigils in the coming weeks, are teaching all of us an important political lesson: change sometimes involves walking out of school, turning your back on past failures and insisting on something new.
Presenting Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger as the main antagonist to Chadwick Boseman’s protagonist King T’Challa, the film offers one of the most insightful, complex, and empathetic nemesis of the genre. Through Killmonger, Ryan Coogler, the director, presents a villain that fully challenges the protagonist both ideologically and physically, in turn, molding the hero. Killmonger as a perfect antagonist manages to unravel and attack the hero’s greatest flaws.
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