Library Journal Review
Erigha (sociology & African American studies, Univ. of Georgia) analyzes the barriers that black filmmakers face in Hollywood. Examining the experiences of black director, and the fate of their films, the author documents how the economics and politics of U.S. film production remain structured by a Jim Crow-era logic. The book focuses on several types of structural racism: the lack of representation behind and in front of the camera, the framing of black films as economically risky, and the ways in which white-controlled Hollywood marginalizes black directors and segregates their films as niche projects. Finally, Erigha explores how black directors are pressured to center whiteness in order to build a viable career. The final chapter considers how these filmmakers might purposefully organize for power within the industry, creating the potential to remake the landscape of black opportunity toward a more inclusive future. VERDICT In addition to looking at black filmmakers, this well-written work demonstrates a cogent understanding of institutional racism and could inform a similar investigation of other sectors. Anyone seeking to study, and dismantle, structures of oppression will appreciate this clarifying read.-Anna J. ­Clutterbuck-Cook, ­Massachusetts Historical Soc., Boston © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.