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The Devil Finds Work

James Baldwin Through Film

James Baldwin, wearing a suit, looks thoughtfully to the side.

Through the ideas in James Baldwin's seminal text The Devil Finds Work, this series of films and discussions explores Black representation in contemporary cinema.

Taking the book The Devil Finds work by James Baldwin, one of the most influential writers and activists of the 20th century, we present a season of films and conversations discussing Black representation in contemporary cinema. 

Baldwin's 1976 book is a deeply personal, imaginative and theoretically complex exploration of American filmmaking, stardom, racial politics, the powerful effect on the personal and social consciousness that films produce.

This series explores James Baldwin’s approaches to cinema and criticism placing the films in dialogue with literature, popular culture, politics, and society. The full line up of guests for the ScreenTalks announced soon. 

Curated by Dr Clive Chijioke Nwonka.

This project is part of the ‘James Baldwin and Britain’ project (2024-2027), led by Douglas Field, Kennetta Hammond Perry and Rob Waters, with thanks for the generous support by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

The film programme is curated by Dr Clive Chijioke Nwonka.


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