Black films, still a taboo in Hollywood

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2012, 18:35 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Hollywood has a long tainted history in depicting black people in the most negative manner. The norm got reaffirmed recently when ace filmmaker George Lucas held Hollywood responsible for subjective prejudice against ‘people of color’.

Highlighting the American film industry’s racist past, Lucas said that Hollywood does not support black films.

Director George Lucas said it took 20 years to get his latest film made, "because it`s an all-black movie".

Speaking to media, Lucas said that he had to self-fund ‘Red Tails’, the true story of a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II.

He claimed major film studios would not back the movie because “there`s no major white roles in it at all”.

“I showed it to all of them and they said, `No. We don`t know how to market a movie like this,`" he said.

"They don`t believe there`s any foreign market for it, and that`s 60% of their profit," he added.