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Once Upon a Time

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in Issues, Reports
on Oct 23, 2012

As the late ’60s wore on, African and African-American filmmakers began to descend on UCLA’s campus, recruited as part of a concerted effort by the university’s School of Theater, Film and Television to include more students of color. Among them were Charles Burnett, who arrived at UCLA to pursue a degree in film after thinking he’d become an electrician, and Haile Gerima, the son of an Ethiopian poet who had briefly studied drama in Chicago. They would be the lynchpins of a group of politically engaged black film students who ended up forming a subgenre of alternative cinema all their […]

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