Black characters aren't often seen in sci-fi movies, unless they're the first one to get killed. That's why this series of videos is so special. Created by editor and filmmaker M. Asli Dukan of Mizan Media, the three videos cover what she believes are the thirty most significant black characters that have ever appeared in SF movies, ranked by significance.

In case you're wondering, here's the criteria she used to calculate the characters' "significance":
In this case, significance is defined as "something that is conveyed as a meaning, often obscurely or indirectly", I have set 5 basic criteria for picking characters (not the films!). They are as follows below:
1. Character (is the character primary, secondary or extra)
2. Agency (does the character have the ability to make their own choices)
3. Survival (does the character live until the end of the film)
4. Boglesque (does the character appear as a stereotype)
5. Relevance (does character have historical, political or social relevance)
Click to play the three videos in order.

30 Significant Black Characters in SF Films (Part One) from Mizan Media on Vimeo.

30 Significant Black Characters in SF Films (Part Two) from Mizan Media on Vimeo.

30 Significant Black Characters in SF Films (Part Three) from Mizan Media on Vimeo.

[Maslidukan.com/ via Vimeo.com via Indiewire]

Which is your favorite black character? Which one do you think is most significant?

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