Film Series

BAMcinématek and The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness

 
 
Jul 11—Jul 19, 2018
 
   
 
 
 
 
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“If whiteness gains currency by being unnoticed, then what does it mean to notice whiteness?”
—Sara Ahmed

Despite being a powerful social and political force, whiteness has often been treated as a neutral, rather than racialized, identity. Presented in collaboration with Claudia Rankine’s The Racial Imaginary Institute, this series explores how whiteness has been deliberately and subconsciously constructed, ignored, and challenged in the history of American film. In bringing together a diverse array of works that touch on issues of ethnic identity, assimilation, racial grievance, passing, and privilege, On Whiteness aims to foster a dialogue about what it means to be white in America.


 
PAST EVENTS
ILLUSIONS
Film
Illusions + Free, White and 21
 

Profound critiques of racial mythologies and the limitations of white feminism.

Wed, Jul 11, 2018
 
 
Pinky
Film
Pinky
 

Elia Kazan’s controversial melodrama was an early Hollywood attempt to grapple with racism.

Wed, Jul 11, 2018
 
 
Gran Torino
Film
Gran Torino
 

Clint Eastwood’s knotty vision of white America coming to terms with multiculturalism.

Thu, Jul 12, 2018
 
 
The Swimmer
Film
The Swimmer
 

Burt Lancaster in an unsettling vision of middle-age, middle-class, white suburban ennui.

Thu, Jul 12, 2018
 
 
taxi driver
Film
Taxi Driver
 

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s still-shocking portrait of post-Nixon-era white rage.

Fri, Jul 13, 2018
 
 
Stallon Running
Film
Rocky
 

Sylvester Stallone creates a folk hero for white America in the age of Black Power.

Fri, Jul 13, 2018
 
 
Ferris Bueller
Film
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
 

John Hughes’ iconic 80s comedy serves as a foundational text of white male privilege.

Sat, Jul 14, 2018
 
 
White Chicks
Film
White Chicks
 

The Wayans brothers’ daring, oddball burlesque of early 2000s whiteness deserves a second look.

Sat, Jul 14, 2018
 
 
Jerk
Film
The Jerk
 

Steve Martin stars in this commendably risky, comic take on Southern racial mores.

Sat, Jul 14, 2018
 
 
Shadows
Film
Shadows
 

John Cassavetes’ landmark directorial debut comes with a complicated racial legacy.

Sun, Jul 15, 2018
 
 
Quentin
Film
Pulp Fiction
 

Quentin Tarantino’s endlessly quotable, instant classic appropriation of “black cool.”

Sun, Jul 15, 2018
 
 
Summer Of Sam
Film
Summer of Sam
 

Spike Lee’s saga of murder and social unrest in an Italian-American community.

Mon, Jul 16, 2018
 
 
Sold Out
 
The Virgin Suicides
Film
The Virgin Suicides
 

Sofia Coppola’s languorous, 1970s-set dream vision of teenage melancholy.

Tue, Jul 17, 2018
 
 
White Material
Film
White Material
 

Isabelle Huppert stars in Claire Denis’ searing exploration of colonialism’s legacy.

Tue, Jul 17, 2018
 
 
Godfather 2
Film
The Godfather: Part II
 

Coppola’s epic immigrant’s tale explores assimilation and what it means to become white.

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
 
 
Get Out
Film
Get Out
 

Jordan Peele’s daringly subversive, instantly iconic satire lays bare the horrors of white liberal hypocrisy.

Thu, Jul 19, 2018