One of the most controversial films of its era, Bakshi’s savage satire of African-American stereotypes is an unrestrained urban update of the “Uncle Remus” stories in which Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear, and Preacher Fox are set loose in Harlem’s criminal underworld. Deploying deliberately offensive imagery to attack racism, Coonskin remains a potent piece of provocation containing some of Bakshi’s most dizzyingly delirious imagery.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with Bakshi and writers Darius James and Amid Amidi. James has written previously about Coonskin in his book That's Blaxploitation: Roots of the Baadasssss 'Tude, praising Bakshi for his intent to "destroy racists with their own racism" and "puke the iconographic bile of racist culture back in its stupid, bloated face, wipes his chin and smiles Dirty-Harry style."
with Ralph Bakshi, Darius James, and Amid Amidi
The 7pm screening will be followed by a conversation with director Ralph Bakshi, Darius James (author of That's Blaxploitation: Roots of the Baadasssss 'Tude and Negrophobia: An Urban Parable), and Amid Amidi (writer and editor at Cartoon Brew).