In recent years the hidden has been revealed. Racism and ethnic discrimination have been identified as a global problem and often sparked protests and violence when people advocate equal justice and treatment.
Trying to understand these multi-faceted, complex issues can mean grappling with centuries of past history, paying special attention to minority views (ethnic, political, or otherwise) that may have been left out of popular narratives. In such a process, films based on real events can be helpful.
Even before last year, when the murder of the unarmed black George Floyd sparked protests that had an impact on society around the world, Netflix had compiled and promoted relevant films with its diverse films Strong black lead initiative. Storytellers offer a new perspective on how to see these issues of injustice and inequality in society.
Here are six insightful films and series about racial relations currently available on Netflix in the US, with an emphasis on US-related racial issues (Note that the availability of titles may change.)
1. Station Fruitvale (2013, 85 minutes)
When Creed and then Black Panther came on stage, many think that director Ryan Coogler, star Michael B. Jordan and composer Ludwig Göransson (The Mandalorian) everything came out of nowhere. They all worked on Coogler’s feature film debut first Fruitvale train stationwho reenacts a day in the life of a young black father before he was killed.
Eleven years before the pivotal events of summer 2020, a similar incident occurred in 2009 when 22-year-old African American Oscar Grant III was shot dead by authorities. With the charismatic Jordan at the top, you are drawn to it–with a third act that lands like a blow.
2. The Best of Enemies (2019, 133 minutes)
Carefully justified in original sources, The best enemies presents a crucial but little-known chapter in the history of civil rights, which is marked by a powerful performance by Taraji P. Henson (rich) as black community activist Ann Atwater, who alongside Sam Rockwell (conviction) as Ku Klux Klan leader CP Ellis.
Civil rights icon Bill Riddick, who was 80 years old checked the script and was closely involved in the film, bringing Atwater and Ellis together to run what it brought in. is called charrette–a joint meeting of opposing sides called to solve problems. In a segregated city, the arson of a school attended by black children gave the city the impetus to finally integrate … if they could learn to see difficult realities through the eyes of others.
3. Get up (2014, 138 minutes)
Every role Chadwick Boseman took is worth searching, a fact some only discovered since his untimely death last year at the age of 43. This is especially true of its four big budget biopic features Marshall, 42: The Jackie Robinson Story, The Express, and Rise, the latter, where he portrays the larger-than-life singer-dancer-bandleader James Brown.
Chadwick Boseman Brown embodies ghostly, almost unfathomable–his electric stage personality, his concise musical brilliance, his narcissism and the underlying feeling of abandonment and above all his unique intensity. ” writes Reviewer Ben Doleac. Despite these few historical figures and events hardly noticed in the film, this is an epic journey not to be missed.
4. Self Made (2020, 189 minutes, 4-part mini-series)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden figures) portrays Madam CJ Walker, a former household laundress who is building a beauty empire through her ingenuity and knowledge of black hair care. Viewers will experience the personal trials and betrayals they faced, while also gaining insight into the post-industrial revolution economy in the late 19th century.
As the first self-made millionaire in American history, Walker founds an assembly line factory for her custom-made products and gains market share through an innovative mail order strategy. It’s an inspiring story with a compelling lead from Spencer.
5.Love (2016, 123 minutes)
It is shocking to learn that interracial marriage was illegal in the United States until 1967, not many decades ago. According to current reporting, Couples from diverse ethnic backgrounds are still uniquely exposed to malicious hostility from strangers. This acclaimed film tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a married couple who got married against the law. It is about a legal case (Loving Virginia), filmmakers make her a love story first and foremost.
6. When They See Us (2019, 296 minutes, 4-part miniseries)
Few police incidents in the twentieth century have been so discussed and impacted as what happened in New York’s Central Park on April 19, 1989. Regardless of whether you think the four-part narrative from acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay gets the story right–a few details are controversial–see this because of its emotional resonance and cultural impact.
When a white woman was raped, five teenagers (four blacks, one Latino) are held as suspects and eventually charged with various crimes. The oldest was imprisoned for 13 years and 8 months. In 2002, DNA evidence exonerated the young men and the convictions overturned. Although they received millions of settlements, it could not bring back the years lost in that harrowing miscarriage of justice.
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