Reel Black: Black Love - Live Class

Join instructor Faridah Gbadamosi in examining the different portrayals of Black love in film, both in the mainstream and in independent films.

June 8, 2021


Black love on-screen has gone through many iterations from its introduction in the 1898 silent film Something Good – Negro Kiss to Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning Moonlight, all with varying stories to tell onscreen and with progressively more authenticity behind the camera. These portrayals have ranged from aspirational to harmful, raising questions of what it means to be Black, how gender roles play out in our communities, what do we owe one another? In this class, we will examine different portrayals of Black love in film, both in the mainstream and in independent films, as a way of navigating the uneven societal terrain of historically-significant Black relationships that have paved the way for our modern renaissance of comedic and dramatic Black intimacy. 

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


Tuesday, June 8, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructor and SIFF Education programming.


All are welcome! Registrants are not required to view any of the announced films in advance of the class. There will be multiple films and extended clips presented during the classtime. If registrants desire to view any of the below films expected to be included in the presentation, the titles and link to variety of streaming options is below.


The Reel Black class series focuses on Black auteur filmmakers and Black influences within cinematic culture. Through deepening the cultural discourse with the past and present, we all prioritize and normalize Black stories and storytellers on our screens. Reel Black is curated with Isabella Price.

Faridah Gbadamosi is a pop culture-obsessed lover of film working towards making the space more inclusive. In particular, her interests are in changing the space of tastemakers, rethinking the models for curation and exhibition. She has worked in a variety of roles at different film festivals and other film organizations including the California Film Institute, Athena Film Festival, True/False Film Fest, Tribeca, SIFF, and many more. In addition to her programming roles, she is also Director of Distribution at Open Your Eyes and Think MF, the distribution wing of David Magdael & Associates, a consultant on different film projects, and a freelance culture critic.