BAMcinématek and The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness

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

Despite being a powerful social and political force, whiteness has often been treated as a neutral, rather than racialized, identity. Presented in collaboration with Claudia Rankine’s The Racial Imaginary Institute, this series explores how whiteness has been deliberately and subconsciously constructed, ignored, and challenged in the history of American film. In bringing together a diverse array of works that touch on issues of ethnic identity, assimilation, racial grievance, passing, and privilege, On Whiteness aims to foster a dialogue about what it means to be white in America.

July 11—19