This past month the African American Studies Department has held multiple film showings that explore the ideas of how the Film Industry has played its part in white supremacy and white liberal complicity in the past 50 years. This past Monday, October 30th the film they chose to show was Get Out (2017) by Jordan Peele. This chilling horror film delivers not only entertainment but education. Get Out focuses on a black male in his early 20s named Chris who is taken by his white girlfriend to her parents’ house to meet them. The story is twisted with sinister surprises, laughter and deep symbolism that makes Get Out one of the best selling horror films in recent years.
After the film was shown, our own Dr. Anthony Greene facilitated a discussion on the film. Most of the discussion was centered on Peele’s intricate and creative detailing in the film to establish symbols. Dr. Greene and students conversed back and forth about the symbolism in the movie that represented very real and pressing issues regarding racism in our society today. Ideas such as white people wanting to be black until they are actually black and ideas that white people are the superior race were common recurring themes in the film. Discussion afterwards heavily focused on how these ideas were perpetuated throughout the film and the notion of how they continue to be prevalent in our society now.
The African American Studies Department did an incredible job in presenting a movie to students that could spark serious discussion on today’s world that was entertaining and educating all at once. This AAST Film Festival is not over yet with one last showing and discussion. On Monday November 6th at 6 PM in Maybank 100 they will host a showing of I Am Not Your Negro (2016) and afterwards hold a discussion with another one of College of Charleston’s faculty members. This event is free and open to all students on campus.