FILM 390 Advanced Topics in Cinema

Raphael Nash

Spring 2023-2024
Class number: 35458
Section number: 601
Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
CDM 00220 Loop Campus


FILM 390 – 601 – New Black Realism / The 1990’s Hood Film

This course will explore the “New Black Realism” era of 1990’s cinema–loosely dubbed “The 1990’s Hood Film”. These films featured portrayals of African Americans grappling with hierarchies of power, and the living legacies of racism, gun violence, and illicit economies. From BOYZ N THE HOOD, to PAID IN FULL, these films were (and still are?) popular and profitable. We will analyze the eras that led up to this moment in African American Cinema, and how this era laid groundwork for what we see in cinema and television today. Lastly, we will explore patterns of African American representation during this era, and its relationship to American Popular Culture, Politics, and Policies.


Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, Updated and Expanded 5th Edition.

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 082642953X

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0826429537



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