Saturday, February 6, 2016

White Female Gaze: How This Year's Sundance Confronted Racial Tensions in America (and Beyond)

Editor's note: This is the first of three dispatches on the 2016 Sundance Film Festival written by participants in this year's Roger Ebert Fellowship for Film Criticism. For more on this year's participants, go here. It's fitting that in the era of #OscarsSoWhite, this year’s Sundance movies took a more critical look at whiteness. Last year’s "Dope" was a freshman year essay on race and black identity; this season there are a few more people of color a little more thoroughly drawn. The clearest success is "Birth of a Nation," where Nate Parker writes, directs, produces, and stars in a movie that reclaims a narrative of slavery and rightfully recasts it as less a human...

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