Nana And The Unborn Child Analysis

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Nana, as well as the unborn child, narrate the decisions and journey of the Peazant family; their narration project more realistic and accurate representation of African-American woman than previously seen in cinema. One of the mechanisms of this representation was through Nana and the unborn child’s unconventional narration, which did not depend on Hollywood’s usual clichés. Such clichés which typically inaccurately represented or underrepresented not only African American women, but also all women. African-American women in films are frequently characterized by clichés. For example, African-American women rarely take precedent in the maintenance of the narrative, instead often being pigeonholed as a secondary character. Typically African-American…show more content…
Nana is the silence that you cannot understand, just like the many complexities of African-American women that cannot be understood by many in the film industry, as well as in society. Nana, as well as the other female characters in the narrative, are more than stereotypical archetypes because they are multidimensional characters that represent the importance of intersectionality. Therefore, Nana and the Unborn Child, free from outside oppression, such as Hollywood’s expectations, are able to control the narration of their family’s journey freely; through their point of view, the realities of the African-American struggle is accurately shown and represented in an authentic way. As Jennifer Machiorlatti notes in Revisiting Julie Dash 's "Daughters of the Dust": Black Feminist Narrative and Diasporic Recollection, Nana and the Unborn Child narration allows for “those who have been neglected to marginality in cinematic history to move to the center to claim and own their representation, story, and myth. ” Daughters of the Dust representation of African American women is different from anything in Hollywood’s past. This unique perspective of an African-American woman weakens the control of dominant and inaccurate viewpoints from white men, and moves it to black women, who are less willing to follow the hurtful clichés of normal storytelling in

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