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21 This was a challenging enterprise, for predictable reasons. This early group of students of color were not fully “integrated” into the ﬁlm school—they stood apart as a separate group. They had a separate stream of funding (Ford Foundation) and set of equipment purchased for their use (which some other students perceived as superior to the department’s regular equipment). Like so many others on the front lines of desegregation, the sheer presence of these students created discomfort for white students and faculty.
For example, Alile Sharon Larkin focuses on the consciousness of a child to suggest that the success of a Pan-African struggle hinges on investment in the next generation. Your Children Come Back to You is about the conﬂict between resistance and assimilation, broadly understood. Tovi (played by Charles Burnett’s niece Angela, who also acted in Killer of Sheep [Dir. Charles Burnett, 1977] and Bless Their Little Hearts) lives with her father’s partner, Lani, while he is in Africa ﬁghting in an unnamed liberation movement.
My idea was that art, including ﬁlm, was a means by which a people could engage in a dialogue with itself. Up until then, and especially with regards to motion picture and tele- Introduction | 7 Elyseo Taylor in his UCLA ofﬁce. Collection of Elseo Taylor, courtesy of Renate Taylor. 1. vision, the minority groups had been ease-dropping [sic] in on the dialogue of the white community. [. ] In making their own ﬁlms, the people would [. ] be able to become acquainted with themselves as a community.