Cooley High

Cooley High

DVD - 2015
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Set in 1960s, a slice-of-life tale of high school students coping with the challenges of everyday life growing up in the Chicago housing projects.
Publisher: [Chicago, Illinois] : Olive Films, [2015]
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Shown at the St. Louis Public Library - Buder Branch's Senior Film Series on 2/24/2016 when the theme was "Celebrating Black History Month: Black Cinema from the AfroCentric Cinema List."

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Jul 19, 2018

The 60s and 70s saw great strides in both civil rights and in black arts. Although it's easy to dismiss film and pop culture as mere entertainment, I don't think you can underestimate the importance of seeing more black faces in movies, even if a lot of these movies were dismissed as "blaxploitation," a term actually coined by the NAACP. "Cooley High" is a somewhat overlooked coming of age film set in Chicago and is a nice contrast to more violent, gritty black films of the era like "Foxy Brown" and "Superfly."


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