bell hooks - Cultural Criticism & Transformation
Sut Jhally
Documentary : 66' / Art & Artists, Gender Studies, Feminism, Post-colonialism, Colorism

bell hooks is one of America's most accessible public intellectuals. In this two-part video, extensively illustrated with many of the images under analysis, she makes a compelling argument for the transformative power of cultural criticism. In Part One, hooks discusses the theoretical foundations and positions that inform her work (such as the motives behind representations, as well as their power in social and cultural life). hooks also explains why she insists on using the phrase "white supremacist capitalist patriarchy" to describe the interlocking systems of domination that define our reality. In Part Two, she demonstrates the value of cultural studies in concrete analysis through such subjects as the OJ Simpson case, Madonna, Spike Lee, and Gangsta rap. The aim of cultural analysis, she argues, should be the production of enlightened witnesses - audiences who engaged with the representations of cultural life knowledgeably and vigilantly.


October 14 | 17h00 | Batalha Centro de Cinema - Cafetaria & Bar
Special Screenings

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Year: 1997

Country: USA

Language: english

Subtitles: portuguese

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Sut Jhally

Kenya, UK

Sut Jhally was born in Kenya, raised in England, educated in graduate studies in Canada, and currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation (MEF). He is best known as the producer and director of a number of films and videos that deal with issues ranging from gender, sexuality and race to commercialism, violence and politics.



2007 - Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Music Video (Documentary)
2004 - Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (Documentary)

1999 - Tough Guise: Media, Violence and the Crisis of Masculinity (Documentary)
1997 - bell hooks - Cultural Criticism & Transformation (Documentary)

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