MacArthur ‘Genius’ Jacqueline Stewart on collecting evidence of Hollywood’s racism

“I came to the [Academy] museum because it has a mission that aligns with the goals that I had as a film scholar, which is to make film history as inclusive as possible,” says Jacqueline Stewart. Photo by MacArthur Foundation (CC BY 4.0).

One of the newest MacArthur “Geniuses” is Jacqueline Stewart, who uncovers and preserves the lost contributions of Black filmmakers, and aims to make history more inclusive. She’s now the head of programming at LA’s new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

On films that negatively portray African Americans, she says, “If we suppress them because they're painful or problematic, then we also can't call Hollywood to task for these histories. … I think that it's really important to have the evidence of Hollywood's mistreatment of Black people both on screen and off screen.”

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