The presentation that I feel that I learned the most from was probably Shay’s on Blaxploitation. I learned the most from that mostly because it was a topic that I felt that I was already sufficiently introduced to, which made digesting the information easier. I loved learning about the new movies and information out there about activism in this industry. I was particularly fascinated by Melvin Van Peebles and his choice to make a film about black people that would reflect the culture. Shay’s presentation made me want to watch films like Sweetback which was quoted as being able to make African-Americans stand tall and proud with each other.
I was also particularly confused about how black people were said to be represented as sub-human in film before the world war. Shay’s presentation chronicling the development of African-American in film was particular enlightening and really helped me understand how this came to be.