What is it about?
The article is about African-directed films set in Harlem and the increase in screenings of African movies in the neighborhood since the start of the twenty-first century.
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Why is it important?
The increased presence and circulation of African movies in the famed, historically black neighborhood of Harlem is the direct result of mass migration of French-speaking West Africans to the neighborhood since the 1980s and the current black renaissance in which cultural production on or by black people are gaining more visibility. Also, African movies in Harlem speak to a larger context of historical and contemporary exchanges and encounters between Africa and the diaspora.
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This page is a summary of: Presence and exhibition of African film in Harlem, Journal of African Cinemas, December 2020, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/jac_00034_1.
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Africans in Harlem: An Untold New York Story
"Africans in Harlem: An Untold New York Story" (2022) reveals lesser-known facets of the history of black New York City, the ever-changing complexity of Harlem, and also the African presence and trajectory in the world today. As a case in point, the book critically documents and examines the significant recent shift in the demographics of New York City’s famous neighborhood of Harlem, with a particular focus on the economically and culturally thriving community of African immigrants. The presence of these Africans in Harlem is a reflection of larger trends in immigration to the United States since 1965.
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