MOVIES AND RACISMby Dr-Faustus | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Definition of racism: 1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability, and that a particular race is superior to others. / 2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
IMDb Watch Now Link: The Myth of Race and the Evolution of Skin Color
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Wikipedia: Race (human categorization)
Film has made a significant contribution in exposing and addressing the cancer of racism in our society, and continues to create awareness to a very real and ongoing global issue.
Listed below are a number of films which address racism, racial issues, and race relations, in whole or in part.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. - Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
Please note: Listing is in reverse chronological order and includes documentaries and short films.
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1. Love in Black and White (2019)
Four part documentary series about interracial life in America from 1940 to present day and how media (television, film and music) has both helped to divide and bring together it's people .
112 min | Documentary | Post-production
It's an epidemic. How many viral videos do we need to see before the live deaths of unarmed black men stop. What is it going to take before we all care asks Dr. Anthony Burrow a professor ... See full summary »
Director: Carolyn Battle-Cochrane
90 min | Documentary | Post-production
Stetson Kennedy waged a lifelong war against racial inequality, institutional segregation and social injustice. An audacious, determined, larger-than-life character, his daring actions ... See full summary »
5. Strange Fruit: Taking A Stand Through Song (Video)
15 min | Documentary, Short, History | Post-production
The history of the iconic song "Strange Fruit" and how its incredible power, stemming from the horror of its lynching theme, Billie Holiday's tremendous rendering and its haunting melody, ... See full summary »
Director: Sam Seliger
Documentary | Filming
The Black Cowboy is a look at a little-known chapter in the history of the United States. It is a story that illuminates the often overlooked people who contributed to the building of the ideal that is the American dream.
Documentary | Post-production
Breaking Bones, Breaking Barriers tells a story of diversity, inclusion, and the American dream. The film centers around the pioneer black stuntmen and women who broke racial, gender and ... See full summary »
American Experience (1988– )
The Voice of Freedom
TV-PG | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, History
On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Inscribed on the walls of the monument behind her were the words "all men are ... See full summary »
15. Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (2021)
117 min | Documentary
Jeffery Robinson's talk on the history of U.S. anti-Black racism, with archival footage and interviews.
17. Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
R | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History
Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.
20. Boiling Point (2021– )
Boiling Point investigates instances of police brutality, voter suppression, school segregation, environmental racism and mass incarceration throughout American history, and the impact those injustices have had on equality.
21. Is the UK Innocent? Black Lives Matter (2021)
46 min | Documentary
'Is the UK innocent?' explores the relationship between the transatlantic trade of enslaved African people between the 1600s to 1800s and racism today in the UK.
22. On Thin Ice (2021)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport
Athletes who have struggled for acceptance due to race, religion, sexual orientation, and other prejudices, endure conflict in their quest to level the playing field.
23. Living Legends 66-0 (2021)
114 min | Documentary, History
As the nation was gripped by the Watts riot and civil rights movement, An all-black basketball team in post-riot Compton, California was led by a white head coach called the John Wooden of ... See full summary »
24. Three Blacks and a Jew Walk Into a Bar (2021)
Comedy | Post-production
Three Black Teens persuade their forty something Jewish Neighbor to drive them from Miami to New York for a wedding. What could go wrong? What unfolds is a story of hysterical mishaps and a heartwarming coming of age adventure touching on racism, sexuality, and facing fear.
25. Hanau - Eine Nacht und ihre Folgen (2021)
46 min | Documentary
The murderer-assassin came from the neighborhood: On February 19, 2020, he shot and killed nine young people for racist motives. Survivors and relatives report how they experienced the ... See full summary »
26. Enduring Democracy: The Monterey Petition (2021)
60 min | Documentary, History, News | Post-production
Encouraged by John Steinbeck, a group of women activists confront economic racism against Japanese Americans in 1940s Monterey, California. At a time when the fear of WWII gripped our ... See full summary »
27. Falas Negras (2020 TV Movie)
The special features 22 real testimonials from people like Mandela, Martin Luther King and Marielle Franco, who fought racism and freedom in favor of justice.
30. A Crime on the Bayou (2020)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary
A Black teenager bravely challenges the most powerful white supremacist in 1960s Louisiana with the help of a young Jewish attorney. Systemic racism meets its match in decisive courtroom ... See full summary »
31. In My Skin (2020)
85 min | Documentary
A doctor mistaken for a thief. A cleaning lady treated like a slave. A mother who lost a son killed by the police. What do they have in common? Their skin color. A documentary that unveils the structural racism rooted in Brazilian society.
33. Da 5 Bloods (2020)
R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, War
Four African-American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.
35. Black Wall Street Burning (2020)
R | 78 min | Drama
This film is a retelling of the worst act of American terrorism and racism in American History. The Tulsa race massacre of 1921, when mobs of white residents rampaged. attacked, and murdered black residents of the Greenwood District.
Votes: 36 | Gross: $0.04M
36. The Banker (2020)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.
39. Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story (2020)
109 min | Documentary
An in-depth profile of the life and career of Willy T. Ribbs - the controversial Black driver who shattered the color barrier of professional auto-racing and became the first Black qualifier in the storied history of the Indy 500.
40. Black Boys (2020)
95 min | Documentary
BLACK BOYS illuminates the spectrum of black male humanity in America. An intimate, inter-generational exploration, BLACK BOYS strives for insight to black identity and opportunity at the nexus of sports, education and criminal justice.
41. Through Her Eyes (2020)
Based on true life events. Through Her Eyes is a drama about an African American teenager struggling with self-esteem; who after deciding to attend a newly integrated school, must find the ... See full summary »
42. Torn: Dark Bullets (2020)
96 min | Thriller
A raw and unapologetic look into a police shooting, racism, and the connections they share. Without stating that we know the answers, but not being afraid to ask the direct questions.
43. The Fragile State (2020 TV Movie)
44 min | Documentary
A recent wave of right-wing violence with a racist and anti-Semitic background has shaken the Federal Republic of Germany. The state promises to show strength to its enemies. The motto that... See full summary »
47. Human Zoos (2019)
49 min | Documentary, History
Human Zoos tells the story of how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in the early decades of the twentieth century. Often touted as "missing links" ... See full summary »
49. Each One Teach One (2019)
56 min | Documentary
Each One Teach One is a compelling documentary film that dives deep into the culture surrounding African Americans in America. The main story-line revolves around righteous individuals who ... See full summary »
52 min | Documentary
A simple gesture turned football player Colin Kaepernick into the most controversial athlete of our time. In 2016, he kneeled during the national anthem before an NFL game as an act of ... See full summary »
52. We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019)
95 min | Documentary
WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS documents an Oakland-based alternative to the Girl Scouts - specifically for girls of color, ages 8-13. The girls earn badges for units on social justice, such ... See full summary »
Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
54. El Credo (2019)
87 min | Documentary
In a community marked by youth unemployment and precariousness, a neo-Nazi organization makes its way violently until it finds itself a mobilized society that faces the hatred of racism, xenophobia and discrimination.
85 min | Documentary