By Ray Pride

Jason Bailey

“Bigelow has spent much of her career making movies about men, about their interactions, transactions, and bravado, and it’s hard to think of another director who could better capture the tension of escalating, toxic masculinity. Considering her preoccupations and Boal’s attention to historical detail, it’s dispiriting that a strain of criticism has appeared insisting that, as a white woman, it wasn’t Bigelow’s place to direct this film, or that it was made “by white creatives who do not understand the weight of the images they hone in on with an unflinching gaze.” Putting aside the troubling bad faith assumed by such a charge, it’s worth wrestling with whether white filmmakers are to tell stories rooted in the history and struggles of people of color. There should be more African-American filmmakers with resources to tell stories like these; inclusion behind the camera should be the ultimate goal. But does that mean there’s a moratorium on those stories in the meantime? Would it be better for this tragedy to go untold than for it to be dramatized by a gifted director? Is she permitted only to tell stories about white people – and thus, put even more of them into a cultural marketplace that’s already saturated?  That’s everyone’s own call to make. If Detroit had been made by a person of color, it might have been a better film; it might not’ve. It would’ve certainly been a different film.”
~ Jason Bailey

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