BaadAsssss Cinema

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BaadAsssss Cinema
Directed byIsaac Julien
Produced byPaula Jalfon
Colin MacCabe
Caroline Kaplan
Written byIsaac Julien
StarringSamuel L. Jackson
Pam Grier
Quentin Tarantino
Edited byAdam Finch
Distributed byIndependent Film Channel
Release date
  • August 14, 2002 (2002-08-14)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5,000,000 (estimate)[1]

BaadAsssss Cinema is a 2002 TV documentary film, directed by Isaac Julien.[1] Julien looks at the Blaxploitation era of the 1970s in this hour-long documentary.


With archive film clips and interviews, this brief look at a frequently overlooked historical period of filmmaking acts as an introduction rather than a complete record. It features interviews with some of the genre's biggest stars, like Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, and Richard Roundtree. Director Melvin Van Peebles discusses the historical importance of his landmark film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. For a contemporary perspective, director Quentin Tarantino offers his spirited commentary, and author/critic bell hooks provides some scholarly social analysis.

The music of Blaxploitation films is discussed, focusing on Curtis Mayfield's Super Fly and Isaac Hayes' Shaft. Interviews with writer/director Larry Cohen and film historian Armond White are also featured. BaadAsssss Cinema was originally shown on the Independent Film Channel in August 2002 as part of a week-long Blaxploitation film festival.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c "Review: BaadAsssss Cinema". IMDb. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. ^ "8 Movies to Watch After You See 'All Eyez On Me'". Film School Rejects. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-06-23.

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