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Black Lives Matter
In 2013 in Sanford, Florida, vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin. As a result, the struggle against police violence flared up under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and turned into one of the biggest grassroots movements in the United States. This film interviewed co-founder Patrisse Cullors about the various forms of violence against black citizens, and why resistance is essential.
Every Mother's Son
Profiles three New York mothers, Iris Baez, Kadiatou Diallo, and Doris Busch Boskey, seeking justice for their sons killed by police.
Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
"Produced by Blackside, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today..."
I am Not Your Negro
"An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism..."
Malcolm X: Great Speeches Video Series
This video presents Malcolm X's "Democracy is Hypocrisy' speech.
Race - The Power of an Illusion series
The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet, that's exactly what this provocative, three-hour series by California Newsreel claims. Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as innate biology, suggesting that a belief in inborn racial difference is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.
Say Her Name : The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
"On July 10, 2015, Sandra Bland, a vibrant 28-year-old African American from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. After three days in custody, she was found hanging from a noose in her cell. Bland’s death was quickly ruled a suicide, sparking allegations of a murder and cover-up, and turning her case and name into a rallying cry nationwide..."
Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders
Winner of Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival. had come a very long way. Neither lawyers nor politicians, they were ordinary women from Mississippi, and descendants of African slaves. They had come to their country's capital seeking civil rights, the first black women to be allowed in the senate chambers in nearly 100 years.
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black
This program features excerpts from the 1969 off-Broadway production at the Cherry Lane Theater of To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: The World of Lorraine Hansberry adapted by Robert Nemiroff (Hansberry's widower) and directed by Gene Frankel.
White Like Me: Race, Racism & White Privilege in America
White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.
Films Available for Free on the Internet
Fruitvale Station - free streaming on Tubi
Based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed in 2009 by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale district station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland.
Selma - free streaming on Google Play
Based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevell and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis.
Criterion Collection - offering free streaming
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
My Brother's Wedding (1983)
Black Mother (2018)
Portrait of Jason (1967)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One (1968)
Losing Ground (1982)
Black Panthers (1970)
Down in the Delta (1998)
Cane River (1982)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Body and Soul (1925)