The enlightening doc Horror Noire lays out black history through black horror films
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Black history is black horror, novelist and scholar Tananarive Due says toward the beginning of Xavier Burgins new documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. In line with Dues insight, the film isnt just about black horror films, its about the way the horror genre reflects and connects with African-American history. The result is a thoughtful, exhilarating watch, which finds hope in even the bloodiest maw.
The documentary starts at the beginning of the 20th century, with a discussion of D.W. Griffiths 1915 film Birth of a Nation, a hugely influential piece of racist agitprop. The film is supposed to be an epic about white American national conciliation. But for African-American viewers, its imagery of white mobs…