THE BLACKS OF THEIR EYES
DIRECTED BY ROBERT PHILIPSON
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"I have been doing this for 13 years now. When I see a film that addresses a subject I've never seen before in a gay film I jump on it. Especially if the film is done well, as this one is. "
- Kevin Kelley CREATIVE DIRECTOR
INDIANAPOLIS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
IS IT A FETISH?
For obvious reasons, gays and lesbians have been forthright in their discussions about their sexual preferences and attractions. Interracial couplings have always carried with them myths, judgments, and projections stemming from stereotypes that live in American culture. In the case of white-on-black desire, the cultural matrix provides a particularly rich gumbo of racism, historical oppression, master/slave scripts, and individual efforts to escape or acknowledge the stigma of “Jungle fever.”
This personal documentary explores the filmmaker’s attraction to Black men through autobiographical narration and interviews with other like-minded men as well as one Black who talks candidly about being the object of white desire. A filmed discussion conducted by the Southern California chapter of Black and White Men Together sheds further light on the subject. Larger cultural themes of racism, contradictory histories, Mandingo fantasy, and artistic representation are broached through a montage of film clips, interviews, and dance. The opinions expressed won’t always be politically correct, but they will provoke discussion.
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