You might want to check in a standard resource like Petersen's Guide
(breaks out schools by program and terminal degree; the MLA (Modern
Language Association) Membership directory to check with which schools the
film intellectual heavyweights are affiliated; biographies of the people
who are already in the position you want be in, etc.
In response to Ray's recommendation -- NYU has in fact some of the best
scholars in film theory (with emphasis on diasporan cinema) but it is not
necessarily the best school for anyone wanting a solid grounding in both
film history and theory. (and please Ray, don't ever put Manthia Diawara
and Clyde Taylor in the same sentence again) .
Unless the original inquiry was looking for production/directing/acting
schools, my recommendation would be to find a school that has a strong
program in whichever of the disciplines is the foundation of the interest
in film (comparative literature, cultural studies, anthropology, history,
etc) and take as many courses in non-technical film that are offered.
(Unfortunately, film programs of the BFA variety are still a little thin on
the academic side, and still tend to treat film as if it exists in a
cultural and artistic vacuum).
Trust me, films from African or from diasporan filmmakers are shown
infrequently, are rarely given a course of thier own, and are all too
frequently taught by folks who don't know from the cultures of the films.
In that respect, NYU is at the top, but still not necessarily the best.
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