Emory’s Film Studies Department Showcases Impact Of African Americans In Films

An Officer and a Gentlemen
Richard Gere, left, and Louis Gossett Jr. are shown in a scene from “An Officer and a Gentleman.” (Credit: Paramount Pictures, 1982)

Emory University’s Cinematheque is kicking off “African Americans in American Film,” a series of free screenings and discussions held each Wednesday evening throughout the spring semester.

The series spans from the 1920s to the present. “Within Our Gates,” a silent film from 1920, was the first film to be screened.

Matthew Bernstein, department chair for Film & Media Studies at Emory, and Dr. Nsenga Burton, professor of film studies, joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to talk about the event.

A full list of the screenings can be found here.

The events began Jan. 22 and will run on Wednesdays through April 22.

This story was originally published with audio on WABE.org.

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