Set It Off

Monday, April 15, 2013

Introduced by Yoruba Richen!

In the 90’s, lesbian chic was all the rage, but as documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen remembers, there was (and remains) few images for black women to identify with, which is why this film, about 4 women who rob a bank, meant so much to her: “When Set it Off came out we had a reason to go to the movies on a Friday night, bring our dates and swoon over butch Queen Latifah and beautiful Jada Pinkett. The film showed black women being bad and sexy and going for what we wanted. I ate it up and began to dream that maybe one day I could make films that showed us in all of our complexity- fearless, flawed and determined.”

  • Country USA
  • Rating R
  • Year 1996
  • Running Time 123 minutes
  • Director F. Gary Gray