Black Camera

Black Camera, a journal of Black film studies, is devoted to the study and documentation of the Black cinematic experience and aims to engender and sustain a formal academic discussion of Black film production. It includes reviews of historical as well as contemporary books and films, researched critiques of recent scholarship on Black film, interviews with accomplished film professionals, and editorials on the development of Black creative culture. Black Camera challenges received and established views and assumptions about the traditions and practices of filmmaking in the African diaspora, where new and longstanding cinematic formations are in play. The journal devotes issues or sections of issues to national cinemas, as well as independent, marginal, or oppositional films and cinematic formations.

Journal Details

  • Frequency: semiannually
  • ISSN: 1536-3155
  • eISSN: 1947-4237
  • Keywords: Film, African Studies, African Diaspora
  • First Issue: Volume 1, number 1 (1985)

Additional Information

Editorial Details

Editorial Office Contact Information
Black Camera
Black Film Center/Archive
Indiana University
Wells Library / Room 044
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

  • Michael T. Martin
Assistant Editor
  • Amanda C. Fleming
Film and Book Review Editor
  • David C. Wall
Advisory Editorial Board
  • Roy Armes, Middlesex University, United Kingdom (Emeritus)
  • Erna Beumers, Conservator Afrika, Netherlands
  • Eileen Julien, Indiana University, United States
  • Gaston Kabore, IMAGINE--Film Training Institute, Burkina Faso
  • Delphine Letort, Universite of Le Mans, France
  • Bruce Paddington, University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Lucia Saks, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Gregory Waller, Indiana University, United States
  • Lamont Yeakey, California State University, Los Angeles, United States

The Editor and Black Film Center/Archive gratefully acknowledge the generous support for the publication of this journal by The College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Submission Info

Black Camera is devoted to the study of the black cinematic experience and is the only scholarly film journal of its kind in the United States. It features essays and interviews that engage film in social as well as political contexts and in relation to historical and economic forces that bear on the reception, distribution, and production of film in local, regional, national, and transnational settings and environments.

In addition, Black Camera includes research and archival notes, editorials, reports, interviews with emerging and prominent filmmakers, and book and film reviews and addresses a wide range of genres—including documentary, experimental film and video, diasporic cinema, animation, musicals, comedy, etc. While its scope is interdisciplinary and inclusive of all of the African diaspora, the journal devotes issues or sections of issues to national cinemas, as well as independent, marginal, or oppositional films and cinematic formations.

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Call for Papers

Abstract & Index

  • British Humanities Index (BHI)
  • International Index to Film Periodicals