The worldwide success of the Black Panther movie has highlighted the reality of “the black experience” and spawned a positive conversation about African identity.
That’s according to Diarah N’Daw-Spech, the New York-based co-founder of the African Diaspora International Film Festival, who has also been involved with the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent initiative.
The Marvel Studios superhero film has a nearly all-black cast and is set in the mythical African kingdom of Wakanda where a power struggle threatens the fate of the whole world.
It’s been hailed by critics as a cultural phenomenon and since being released in mid-February, it’s already made more than $750 million at the box office.
Fatima Mendez asked Ms. N’Daw-Spech to describe the film’s impact so far.