Ryan Coogler Included A Subtle But Powerful Message On Pan-Africanism In 'Black Panther'
Did you catch it?
February 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm
In a new video, 'Black Panther' director Ryan Coogler broke down the casino scene, detailing his intention with the costumes and the logistics of one of the film's most pivotal scenes.
He also revealed how he sneaked pan-African symbolism into the movie. If you weren't paying attention, you might've missed it.
Lupita Nyong’o wears a gorgeous 3-D printed green dress, Danai Gurira wears a red gown, and Chadwick Boseman wears a black suit. Coincidence? Not at all.
All of these outfits correspond to the colors of the Pan-African flag, which is black, green and red and symbolizes the movement that advocates for the union of all people of African descent.
The whole movie focuses on proving that neither Africa nor blackness is a monolith by including symbolism like this throughout the film. In addition to the Pan-African flag, Andy Serkis’ character, Ulysses Klaue, is dressed in blue to represent colonization, which ultimately destroyed us.
However, despite the effects of colonialism, Black Panther is proof that Pan-African heritage and pride trumps all.