Is It Time to Obliterate the Term ‘Black Film’?
Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood is tired of hearing about “black films.” In fact: “It is one of my goals in life to obliterate the term ‘black film,’ ” she tells NPR’s David Greene.
Prince-Bythewood tells love stories. She created the films Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and most recently, Beyond the Lights.
“For me it’s just about putting people of color in every genre and making it become normal,” she says.
Beyond the Lights tells the story of two young people at a crossroads — a famous singer controlled by her overbearing mother, and a policemen being pushed into a political career by his father. Together they embark on a journey toward finding their own happiness.