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Black Film: A Quiz Deck on African American Movies, Actors, and Directors
Sample Card Text
Literary works by African American authors have been adapted to the screen ever since the early days of cinema. Match each film listed below with the author of the original book.
Answer Pioneering black author/filmmaker Oscar Micheaux determined to present "the race . . . in the light and background of [its] true state" and "raise [black] people to greater heights." Some of cinema's most interesting and sympathetic representations of African American life have derived from literature by great black authors, including those listed above and many others—Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Lorraine Hansberry, Ernest Gaines, Gordon Parks Sr., and Gloria Naylor, to name but a few. The whole of American cinema is much richer for the efforts of black film-makers and writers, from Micheaux to Morrison. a-3, b-5, c-4, d-6, e-1, f-2