The Regeneration exhibit at the Academy Museum explores how black performers and filmmakers helped define cinema in America

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A new exhibition opens this weekend at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971” offers the public an opportunity to learn more about how black performers and filmmakers helped define cinema in America.

“People should come to see this exhibition. You’ll look at film history in a very different way,” said Jacqueline Stewart, the museum’s president. “This is an exhibition that traces the work of black filmmakers from the late 19th century to the civil rights movement.”

“Regeneration” examines both the achievements and challenges faced by black filmmakers for more than 70 years. The exhibition shows rarely shown excerpts from films and documentaries; newsreels, home videos; Photos, scripts and much more.

“We have montages, we have a series of films that have been preserved or restored or thought to have been lost,” said co-curator Rhea Combs. “So this becomes a rich, engaging opportunity for visitors of all ages to explore and learn about a story that is less known to many.”

“In this exhibition, we showcase more than seven decades of American cinema, featuring iconic costumes by black performers, diverse musical shorts starring the likes of Dorothy Dandridge and Cab Calloway,” said Associate Curator Raul Guzman.

“Of course we also have stars,” says co-curator Doris Berger. “People may know Hattie McDaniel and her moving 1940 Oscar speech, but also stories about Sidney Poitier, Harry Belefonte, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Her acting and activism remain truly inspirational to this day.”

The exhibition opens on Sunday 21 August.

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