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Episode 21 - The Obenson Report on Black Film / Cinema


EPISODE 21 - THE OBENSON REPORT PODCAST on Black Film / Black Cinema
Sponsored In Part by Act Now Foundation

Check out THE MAN WHO COULDN'T - the award-winning feature film from writer/director Brandon Wilson, now available at AMAZON.COM.


Hosted by Tambay A Obenson


- Writer/Director of THE MAN WHO COULDN'T, Brandon Wilson, joined me in giving our picks for the Top 5 films we've each seen so far this year, October 2007, going into the fall/winter award season.
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Tambay A Obenson


  1. danielle said...

    Hey Tambay,
    I just wanted to shoot you a message to say I was really thrilled to hear Brandon Wilson's comments on episode 17, I think it was (back in late Sept) of your podcast. I just listened to it since I'd missed one or two episodes here and there and was trying to catch up. His comments about black American filmmakers needing to reach out to other film movements in the rest of the African diaspora was a welcome sentiment. I think he is so right. Any American (of any color) who has traveled to west or southern Africa knows how much eagerness there is among young Africans in those regions for consuming American popular culture that preesnts images of black Americans. It seems there exists the possibility of a different kind of audience for black American cinema. But his larger point about thinking more diasporically in terms of the ways in which we conceive of black experiences (not solely defined in American terms) and the ways we present them in film was even more compelling and resonant. It was a good conversation that I hope has been and is being expanded -- for instance, I'd like to hear you and Brandon and perhaps other of your guests hash out their vision of a diasporic sensibility in film. It often seems, too, that as of yet most films by and about people of African descent remain nationally and culturally inflected in ways that seems unable to imagine themselves as part of a larger diasporic consciousness, but perhaps this is unavoidable (?). I would love to hear more about these ideas --- I'll keep listening for them.

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