Groundbreaking filmmaker and novelist Melvin Van Peebles, father of director and actor Mario Van Peebles, has passed away at 89.
His passing was confirmed by Mario in an official statement.
“Dad knew that Black images matter,” Mario said in a statement from the Criterion Collection. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, what was a movie worth? We want to be the success we see, thus we need to see ourselves being free. True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty, and interconnectivity of all people.”