critical blackness: an analytical commentary on black identity
Despite an objectivity implied in the concept of “critical” thought, critical blackness accentuates an inherent contradiction. There is always the authors perspective. So it is important to note that I can only define critical blackness for myself. In my research, I have found that many artists use self-exploration as a process through which to engage the contemporary. This form of expression becomes a type of non traditional type of research that defies the academic institute as the only source of intellectual authority.
The film is placed in Brooklyn, IL. As the the oldest African American incorporated town in the US, Brooklyn was established as a settlement in 1829 as part of network of many other black established settlements referred to as freedom villages. Brooklyn and other freedom villages have been erased from our history books and little research has been done to uncover an important moment in Black Nationalism.
Currently there is an archaeological dig happening now and an effort is underway to add Brooklyn to the national historic register as there are also signs that it was apart of the Underground Railroad.
The short film will explore issues of collective memory (especially across generations) as an active process of engaging history. The film will consist of three major components that will be stitched together throughout.