An Inside Look at Black Film Essay

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Final Essay Over 400 hundred years there has been slavery, racism, and discrimination in America with blacks, and other minorities. A famous man once said “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word” – Martin Luther King Jr (brain quote). The movies ‘Miracle at St. Anna’ directed by Spike Lee, and ’12 Years a Slave’ directed by Steve McQueen both show the struggle African Americans went through during a tough racial period in American history. Even today in Modern society African Americans still deal with racism. Spike…show more content…
Before even seeing the movie reading the title you know that the movie is going to take place somewhere in Europe and that St. Anna must be a very special place with a significant event happening in this village. I did research before seeing this film and found that this title was ‘during WWII the U.S Army’s 92nd infantry division fought the Germans and their battles on the home front were courageous as well. The division called Buffalo Soldiers were an all-black combat unit, within the military that tried to block African Americans from fighting. They were treated like second class citizens, these men fought for a country that were racist to them’ (Meadows). Buffalo soldiers like this motivated director Spike Lee to create the movie Miracle at St. Anna. This movie givens the real feel of the actual battles that occur during the WWII era. He even shows the Italian citizen’s being slaughtered in front of the church, the war was gruesome but these events happened. In reality for a Buffalo soldier it was hard to fight for the U.S, they weren’t seen as human beings, they weren’t even allowed to eat at certain restaurants because they were African Americans. Spike lee showed the true feelings of those men that served. Spike Lee says, It's much harder to fight for a country [that] doesn't see you as a human being," "These men are patriots." And civil rights pioneers: Soldiers in the 92nd

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