#ThinkCinematic on #InternationalWomensDay. #ACinemaOfWomen & Pratibha Parmar's #AliceWalker: #BeautyInTruth... - “Part of the problem with Western #feminists, I find, is that they take after their brothers and their fathers. And that’s a real problem.” – Alice Walker
#PratibhaParmar’s homage to Walker in ‘Beauty In Truth’ is symbolically a rebuttal of what she terms ‘historical amnesia’.. That the narratives of #women like Alice Walker are broadly excluded from the cinematic canon of American iconicism is director Pratibha Parmar’s personal protest mission... There’s a whisper of divine intervention to be read in the close proximity releases of ‘Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth’ and #FreeAngelaandAllPoliticalPrisoners,’ the forthcoming feature-length documentary by director #SholaLynch. With both projects helmed by #womenofcolour directors, and with #AngelaDavis as the ever-present contributor to both #films (and also previously the focus of Pratibha Parmar’s 1991 documentary ‘#APlaceOfRage’), there’s a distinct sense of thematic revival intensifying around political discourses of #Blackwomanhood and the desire to see expansive representations of women of colour embodied in contemporary American screen-culture. Through this new cinematic rediscovery of womanist narratives via Alice Walker and Angela Davis, there is perhaps a connected critical mass that helps to contextualise the recent runaway successes of women-centered projects from directors #AvaDuVernay and #DeeRees to #IssaRae’s ‘Misadventures of #AwkwardBlackGirl,’ all the way to the polarizing phenomena of #ShondaRhimes’ ‘#ScandalABC'... If the complexity of an artist’s private life is said to mirror the content of their art, then it’s worth noting whom in ‘Beauty In Truth,’ Alice Walker cites as her most influential literary forebear. For Walker, it is in reading #HarlemRenaissance writer #ZoraNealeHurston that she first derives a “sense of Black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings.” - © @JanaSante. #Indiewire | #ShadowandAct. March 2013.