MOVIES AND RACISM

by 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)

Wikipedia: Racism

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)

Documentary

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 .

2. Unconscious Bias Unarmed

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

3. Ghost Skins

82 min | Documentary | Post-production

Ghost skin highlights the FBI's findings of white supremacy in the police force, questioning the roles of implicit and explicit bias considering unarmed black men are 5x more likely to be ... See full summary »

Director: Carolyn Battle-Cochrane

4. Klandestine Man

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 »

Directors: Andrea Kalin, Mark Moormann | Star: Stetson Kennedy

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

6. The Black Cowboy

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.

Director: Charles Westley Perry | Stars: Ernest Marsh, Mary Riitano, Ramontay McConnell, Talisha Lee

7. Django Lives!

Action, Crime, Drama | Pre-production

The renowned gunslinger fends off racism in 1914 America. He's up in years but still as deadly as ever.

Director: Christian Alvart | Star: Franco Nero

8. Black Wall Street

Biography, Drama | Announced

As the nation is ignited in extreme racism, Negros from across the country seek prosperity in the Promised Land, Tulsa, Oklahoma,

Director: Dennis Delemar | Star: Yasmine Mejia

9. I'm Charlie Walker

90 min | Biography, Drama | Post-production

The true story of how one desperate man, armed with only his charm and wits, takes on a racist San Francisco corporation in 1971.

Director: Patrick Gilles | Stars: Mike Colter, Emma Caulfield Ford, Monica Barbaro, Carl Lumbly

10. The Pushback

95 min | Documentary

The story of two women of color running for public office, fighting against decades of institutional racism, and redefining what it means to be a Texan.

Director: Kevin Ford

11. Breaking Bones, Breaking Barriers

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 »

Director: Marques Miles | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Louis Gossett Jr., Quincy Jones, Henry Kingi

12. I Talk to Strangers

Documentary | Post-production

Young congressional staffer, risks it all to embark on a journey of faith to unite various ethical, racial, political, and socio-economic groups through conversation.

Stars: Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Soledad O'Brien, Scott duPont

13. Deepgreen Lane 2022 (2022)

Drama | Pre-production

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14. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Voice of Freedom (2021)

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 »

Director: Rob Rapley | Stars: Marian Anderson, Allida Black, Angela Brown, Renée Elise Goldsberry

Votes: 43

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.

Directors: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler | Stars: Josephine Bolling McCall, Gwen Carr, Tiffany Crutcher, Carolyn Payne

Votes: 16

16. Amend: The Fight for America (I) (2021)

TV-MA | Documentary, History

Will Smith hosts this look at the evolving, often lethal, fight for equal rights in America through the lens of the US Constitution's 14th Amendment.

Stars: Will Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Larry Wilmore, Samira Wiley

Votes: 1,071

17. Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

R | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Shaka King | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback

Votes: 55,998

18. The Legacy: 75 Years of Blacks on Television (2021– )

30 min | Documentary

A 24 episode docu-series celebrating the amazing 75 year journey of Blacks on television in the United States.

Stars: Donahue Tuitt, Debbie Allen, Diahann Carroll, Marla Gibbs

19. Untitled Ed Sullivan Documentary (2021)

Documentary, Biography

For more than two decades, one man with his finger on the pulse of the culture became one of the most powerful men in our country. Ed Sullivan was a mercurial television host who vowed to ... See full summary »

20. Boiling Point (2021– )

Documentary

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.

Stars: Cori Bush, Michael Eric Dyson, Marc Lamont Hill, Andrew Young

Votes: 9

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.

Director: José Maria Martinelli | Stars: Elizabeth Adofo, Sharon Daley, Melissa Jacques, Ndan Marshall

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.

Director: Keli Price | Stars: Robbie Rogers, Evander Holyfield, Aimee Mullins, Apolo Ohno

Votes: 26

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 »

Director: Michael Hopwood | Stars: DeMar DeRozan, Michael Hopwood, Ron Knight, Jerry Pim

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.

Director: Glenn Cutler | Stars: Kiki Harris, K.C. Clyde, Carter W Glade, Lee Perkins

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 »

Director: Marcin Wierzchowski | Stars: Gergana Muskalla, Filip Goman, Çetin Gültekin, Emis Gürbüz

Votes: 7

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 »

Director: David Schendel | Stars: Florentine Mocanu, Kendra McPhee, Greg Sumner, James Lyons

27. Falas Negras (2020 TV Movie)

Drama, History

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.

Director: Lázaro Ramos | Stars: Heloísa Jorge, Reinaldo Júnior, Izak Dahora, Olivia Araújo

Votes: 26

28. Growing Up Black (2020– )

Documentary

An unfiltered and in-depth look at the differences in the Black experience from one city to the next across the country, exploring issues like personal experiences around systemic racism.

Stars: Arnould Burks, Cierra Chenier, Melinda Foy, Brandon Odums

29. Trial 4 (2020)

TV-MA | 437 min | Documentary, Crime

Charged as a teen in the 1993 killing of a Boston cop, Sean K. Ellis fights to prove his innocence while exposing police corruption and systemic racism.

Stars: Sean Ellis, Rosemary Scapicchio, Edward McNelley, Mary Jackie Ellis

Votes: 1,790

30. A Crime on the Bayou (2020)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

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 »

Director: Nancy Buirski | Stars: Gary Duncan, Richard Sobol, Lolis Eric Elie, Robert A. Collins

Votes: 22

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.

Directors: Toni Venturi, Val Gomes

Votes: 8

32. The Tinderbox (2020)

91 min | Documentary

Israel and Palestine: time to call time on the conflict? This Doc Feature is an extraordinary, balanced and heart-wrenching examination of the Isreali-Palestinian conflict - never before ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Mosely

33. Da 5 Bloods (2020)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, War

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis

Votes: 46,735

34. When Liberty Burns (2020)

111 min | Documentary

An in-depth analysis on the 40th Anniversary of the life and untimely death of Arthur Lee McDuffie at the hands of Miami Dade police officers.

Director: Dudley Alexis

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.

Directors: Marcus Brown, Dekoven Riggins | Stars: Dan Belcher, Rhonda Blake, Faith Bloomer, Marcus Brown

Votes: 36 | Gross: $0.04M

36. The Banker (2020)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

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.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long

Votes: 23,249

37. The IMDb Show (2017– )
Episode: What to Stream For Black History Month (2020)

Talk-Show

Host Drew Dorsey takes a look at 5 inspiring documentaries to stream this Black History Month.

Star: Drew Dorsey

Votes: 26

38. IMDbrief (2018– )
Episode: Unsung Black Heroes of Film History (2020)

Short, News

On this IMDbrief, we celebrate four unsung Black heroes of film history and four films to watch to get to know them better.

Star: Albert Lawrence

Votes: 30

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.

Directors: Nate Adams, Adam Carolla | Stars: Willy T. Ribbs, Phillip Ribbs, Geraldine Ribbs, Marshall Pruett

Votes: 657

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.

Director: Sonia Lowman | Stars: Carmelo Anthony, Cris Carter, Harry Edwards, Jemele Hill

Votes: 231

41. Through Her Eyes (2020)

Short, Drama

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 »

Director: Trenton Lumpkin | Stars: Rayven Symone Ferrell, Deborah Tucker, William Tokarsky, Tony Demil

Votes: 22

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.

Director: Dan Rizzuto | Stars: Sam Vincent, Dexter Bell, William 'Big Sleeps' Stewart, Karen Holness

Votes: 1,032

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 »

Directors: Anna Klühspies, Anna Tillack | Stars: Katja Amberger, Katharina König-Preuss, Sebastian Lipp, Stephan Mayer

44. Science of Racism (2019)

51 min | Documentary | Completed

The Science Of Racism is a documentary that explores the intellectual and systematic study of traits and behaviour as it relates to racism through observation and experiment. It also ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Bebia Mawa

45. EXILED Rohingya (2019)

Documentary

The silence behind the genocide of the Rohingyas in Burma.

Director: Shahida Tulaganova | Stars: Maung Zarni, Rajuma Begum, Khin Nyuit, Mukhammad Sadek

46. Bark (2019)

20 min | Short, Drama

A teenage biracial girl struggles to come to terms with her identity in a racially driven world.

Directors: Laura Coleman, Anthony Penney | Stars: Eva Coleman, Pamela Slagg, Jeannie West, Lisa K. Carter

Votes: 7

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 »

Director: John G. West | Star: Andres Williams

Votes: 10

48. We Need A Resolution (2019)

8 min | Short, Drama

A 15 year old boy remembers his friend after he was killed because of the colour of his skin. A 1980s short film set in the UK.

Director: Orgill Brandon | Stars: Jack Cunningham-Nuttall, Billy Mhindurwa, Caine Lewis Hodges, Phoenix Pate

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 »

Director: Frank Panico | Stars: Wayne Gill, Joan Holmes, Dr. Christopher Metzler

50. The Price of Protest the Colin Kapernick Story (2019)

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 »

Director: Annebeth Jacobsen | Star: Colin Kaepernick

Votes: 117

51. The Unknown (2019– )
Episode: Colin Kaepernick (2019)

27 min | Documentary

Colin Kaepernick has made fans and enemies around the world from on simple action - kneeling. While he may now be fighting a legal battle for his return to the field, there's a lot more to ... 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

Votes: 68

53. Imaginary Walls (2019)

52 min | Documentary

At a time when racial friction has reached a new level, it turns out that the solution to racism is quiet and introspective.

Director: Anita Casalina | Stars: Aeeshah Clottey, Kokomon Clottey

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.

Director: Alan R. Sasiain | Stars: Daniel Adler, Rosana Anesi, Lucas Baima, Gerardo Barboza

Votes: 78