The Legacy of 'Blaxploitation' Cinema

In the 1970s, African-American filmmakers cranked up the black action movie by adding elements of such genres as the western, kung fu, and horror, as well as soundtracks by the likes of Curtis Mayfield. Isaac Julien, a visiting professor of Afro-American studies at Harvard University and a filmmaker who is renowned in experimental-film circles for his explorations of racial and sexual politics, gauges the cultural significance of "blaxploitation" films in his documentary film BaadAsssss