15
2hrs 8mins

A presentation of two classic films about white perceptions of Black identity.

These films screen as a part of Playing The White Card - click here to learn more.

Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
The White Card
Justin Simien/Ngozi Onwurah
15
Comedy
Strong language, drug use, racial stereotyping
English

Justin Simien’s wonderful campus comedy Dear White People follows four Black students at an American Ivy League school where a scandal is erupting over African American ‘themed’ parties thrown by white students. A scabrous deconstruction of white institutional spaces, and both a celebration and exploration of African American identity, Simien’s film is a wildly funny and perceptive comedy that has inspired its’ own Netflix series.

Dear White People will be preceded by a screening of Newcastle-born filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah’s 1994 short film White Men Are Cracking Up, a murder mystery that follows a mysterious widow  seemingly involved in the suicides of successful white men. Written by the playwright Bonnie Greer, White Men Are Cracking Up expertly lampoons and explores the image of Black women created by white men, in a brilliant work of societal deconstruction, rarely seen on the big screen.

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