ABSTRACT

Liz White's film of Othello,l the only film in this study never commercially released, is a remarkable example of independent black filmmaking and offers a powerful reading of Shakespeare's text in which the play's treatment of race is transformed by its reproduction within an all-black milieu. The film is entirely the work of black people-from director, cinematographer, and cast to technical crew. The story of how the film came to be made is closely interwoven with its approach to Shakespeare, for this is an Othello in which the historical experience of black Americans plays a central role.