Go See Beasts of the Southern Wild!!!
I am a elitist film scholar and fangirl with maximum nerdery. I am always on the alert for complex films where black people are portrayed in their full humanity. A fantasy film about a little black girl facing a series of trials after the mysterious disappearance of her father is right up my ally. The problem with loving films like this, Eve’s Bayou, Daughter’s of the Dust and George Washington is that they are not put in wide distribution because film distributors do not believe that whites will go to see films with black actors. An academic study has proved their suppositions to be true, whites people are extremely narcissistic audience. The few predominately black cast films that receive mainstream acclaim feature stereotypical characters that affirm white ideas about black dysfunction. I took me a week to get through Monster’s Ball & I am never going to watch Precious. The black actors who can open a film can only do so with a predominantly white cast. Denzel Washington’s films Antoine Fisher & The Great Debaters made a fraction of his Oscar winning film Training Day.
Beast of the Southern Wild has won honors at Cannes and Sundance. A film with that kind of buzz should be at least get an art house distribution in major cities but it is only opening in New York & Los Angeles. If you are in one of these cities please check it out. If you want find out where the film is playing check out the Fox Searchlight page below.