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Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood: The Color Line - Virtual Class

Randa Tawil examines the depiction of racism and the color line in film, and what that teaches us about whiteness.

September 2, 2020


"If whiteness gains currency by being unnoticed, then what does it mean to notice whiteness?"—Sara Ahmed.

Whiteness is everywhere in Hollywood films, and yet rarely discussed. Even in films which take up race as a central question or problem, whiteness often serves as a neutral or natural backdrop through which stories of race are told. Since the first film adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1903), films about racism have highlighted how white progressives think about race. In this class, Randa Tawil will explore the depiction of racism and the color line in film, through a deep-dive into Green Book (2018). Through dissecting plot, character development, and scenes, the class will explore how a film about racism constructs whiteness.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.


September 2, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
All proceeds from this Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood class will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross.

From instructor Randa Tawil: "All profits for this class go directly to the Lebanese Red Cross to help fund emergency responses after the devastating August 4th explosion in Beirut. I'm a longtime resident of Beirut, and when I told SIFF I wanted to donate my fees to the Lebanese Red Cross, they generously joined in with their share. I'm excited to share my knowledge with you all and help a city I care deeply about, and I am touched that SIFF has agreed to do the same. I'm very proud to be part of the SIFF global family."


Students will be encouraged to have seen Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018) in advance of the class. There may be supplemental readings shared in advance of the class, but beyond viewing/familiarity with the film there are no additional pre-requisites.

Randa Tawil


Randa Tawil is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Texas Christian University, where she teaches courses on race, gender, and migration. Her research interests include history of migration, diaspora, and film, and has written several articles on these issues for the Washington Post. Visit