AV: USA, Race & Eye Contact

This audiovisual essay takes 9 recent films about racial/socio-political tensions in contemporary America, and binds them together in order to highlight similar cinematic themes and motifs – namely, eye contact.

What does it mean to have a character look directly into the camera? If eyes are the windows to the soul, how does this impact the viewers staring back? And what could the filmmakers’ intentions be with such a simple, universal creative choice?

Footage used includes: BlackKklansman (2018), Blindspotting (2018), Get Out (2017), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Monsters and Men (2018), Moonlight (2016), Selma (2014), Sorry to Bother You (2018), and Us (2019).


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