A few months ago, America was burning with the spirit of activism and awareness to spread information about the Black Lives and what discrimination they have to experience in their daily lives. Police brutality leads to protests in different parts of the country. Even celebrities came out to support this because Black-Americans have faced discrimination and poor behavior all their lives. If you want to understand them and their plea in-depth, there is nothing better than watching the events at hand. You can start by interacting with black people or start with a movie that shows their daily life struggles.
Recently, Netflix launched a separate category dedicated to black people and titled it ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Through this category, they are trying to raise awareness about the gravity of the situation. If you are interested in learning and gaining insights on the situation, watch the following movies on Netflix.
Barry is a 2016 American drama by Vikram Gandhi that shows the life of Barack Obama at Columbia University in 1981. This film is a portrayal of the early life of the Ex-President of the US. He was one of the few black-American students who faced judicial discrimination and racist opinions during his University years. It also shows his struggles to stay connected to his parents and build new connections with his classmates. He also battles with the identity crisis and observes the injustices he experiences in his life. This is what motivated him to rise in career and politics.
Becoming is a 2020 American documentary about the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. The documentary is partly based on her bestselling auto-biography of the same name. In the film, Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her life, hopes, and connections with others. There are moments in the movie when Obama speaks about the racism she and her family endured. She expresses what it was like to be an African-American living in the White House.
She’s Gotta Have It
She’s Gotta Have It is a 1986 American comedy-drama in black and white. The protagonist, Nola Darling, is a black-American who cannot decide the kind of man she wants to date. Thus, she decides to date three men at a time. All the men she dates wish to commit solely to her, but she refuses to do so. All the three men she dates are entirely different in terms of behavior and emotions. This is a low-budget movie that gained a lot of attention at the time of its release.
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Homecoming is a concert film that won the Grammy for Best Musical Film. Beyoncé has turned heads with this movie, followed by Black Is King and Lemonade. This film is all about taking an in-depth look at Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance. The performance raised the bar, showed a uniquely creative depth, and signifies and celebrates the black culture. It showed a roller coaster of emotions that creatively portrayed the cultural concept and movements.
All Day and a Night
All Day and a Night is an American drama film that features the story of Jahkor Abraham Lincoln, who is aspiring to be a rapper. Suddenly, a gang war happens in Oakland, and somehow his life gets intertwined in the action while looking for a way out. Some wrong events lead him to prison, where he ends up serving a life sentence for murder. With all the time in hand, he looks back on his childhood and starts a self-realization and discovery process to find clues to his way forward in life and his survival.
13th is a 2016 American documentary film by Ava DuVernay. It explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass imprisonment in the United States. The film’s title is inspired by the ‘Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution,’ which was adopted in 1865. This amendment abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude for black people. Thus, the film focuses on showing the history of racial inequality in the United States. It also indicates how the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
Netflix is offering a massive collection of movies, so you can explore and watch anything you prefer. The ones mentioned in this list are must-watch if you want to have a better and in-depth look into black people’s hearts and minds.