U.S., 2022, 91 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Mariama Diallo, Rated R, Amazon
“Led by a daring Regina Hall, Mariama Diallo's impressive debut memorably studies the intersection of race, class and gender”. —Variety
"A creepy, accomplished, never-less-than-memorable feature debut, both an indictment of racist institutions and a horror movie in the vein of Get Out and Candyman.” —Entertainment Weekly
Master (2021) is one of the beneficiaries of the Jordan Peele era, when studios are willing to bet on Black-led horror projects with a social justice bent. Directed by newcomer Mariama Diallo, this film tells the story of two Black women – one a faculty member (Regina Hall) and one a freshman – who must learn to navigate a majority white campus with a reputation for witchcraft. The result is a smart film examining the true-life challenges of racial isolation set on a college campus with just enough mystery and horror to make the viewer ask who the real villains are. – Tananarive Due
This film screens as part of In Exhibition With: Tananarive Due
TANANARIVE DUE (tah-nah-nah-REEVE doo) is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is an executive producer on Shudder's groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She and her husband/collaborator Steven Barnes wrote "A Small Town" for Season 2 of Jordan Peele's "The Twilight Zone" (Paramount+) and two episodes of Shudder's Horror Noire anthology film. A leading voice in black speculative fiction for more than 20 years, Due has won an American Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a British Fantasy Award, and her writing has been included in best-of-the-year anthologies. Her books include Ghost Summer: Stories, My Soul to Keep, and The Good House. She and her late mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due, co-authored Freedom in the Family: a Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. She is married to author Steven Barnes, with whom she collaborates on screenplays. They live with their son, Jason, and two cats.
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