14 Movies That Will Educate You About Racism

14 Movies That Will Educate You About Racism

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On Dec. 4, 1969, Fred Hampton, the rising star of the Black Panther Party, was killed in a police raid at his West Side apartment in Chicago, which immortalized him as a hero of the civil rights movement. Here, Hampton, left, the head of the Illinois Black Panthers, and Dr. Benjamin Spock, right, rally with others against the trial of eight people accused of conspiracy to start a riot at the Democratic National Convention. The rally was held outside the Federal Building on Oct. 29, 1969. Editors note: There is damage to this historic print. | Don Casper / Chicago Tribune

Racism has existed ever since human kind has existed, it is sad that instead of embracing the differences between us, we have built a grudge against different races and stereotyped them. What we really need to understand that it is not the color of the skin but what’s inside our hearts that really matters.

The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Tony McDade have again created a need for bringing justice in the world, especially the U.S. Police brutality is ignored by the law and the Blacks are mostly beaten to death without having a chance to speak in their defense.

Here’s a list of Movies that will educate you about Racism

Luckily there are some who understand how damaging racism can be and how deep rooted its demerits can be, along with making minorities feel lesser of themselves and damaging their self-esteem.

Ashley Clark, Director of Film Programming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and his colleague Jesse Trussell, BAM’s Repertory and Specialty Film Programmer highlight their recommendation in their own words.

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Still shot from ‘The Battle of Algiers’ a 1966 film

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Trussell of Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 historical drama drawn from the Algerian War says, “A lot of these films were works of art, but they were also very importantly used as political agitprop themselves,” The film screened at BAM this March as a part of Portraits of Resistance program, which was co-curated by Clark and Trussell. “Revolutionaries around the world studied The Battle of Algiers almost like a textbook for how you could potentially have this armed resistance within different spaces, and that idea frequently crosses over to this moment that we’re talking about, where it’s art, it’s political, it’s both an organizing tool and a personal reflection—it’s all of these things at once. It’s a real hallmark of this revolutionary kind of cinema.”

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Chicago police remove the body of Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party, who was slain in a gun battle with police on Chicago’s west side Dec. 4, 1969. Shooting erupted as police arrived at the building next to the Black Panther offices to serve a warrant. Another man identified as Mark Clark of Peoria, Ill., was killed and seven others wounded. | AP Photo

The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)

According to Jesse Trussell, “This documentary is about a 21-year-old Black Panther leader from Chicago who was one of the great inspiring speakers of the 20th century and was cut down in his youth by the FBI and the Chicago police department,” further adding “It directly gets back to this idea of the ways that black dissent and black protest has been destroyed and bodies have been murdered and that process keeps repeating itself over and over again. The film isn’t that easy to [find], which speaks to the fact that with so much of the history of black radical cinema on-screen, it’s not always as easy as going to Netflix and queuing up five films in a row. These are frequently films that were suppressed, that have had secondary or minor distribution—and that’s a major part of the narrative of black radical cinema.”

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Blacks Britannica – Above a still from the film. Photographer thought to be David Koff.

Blacks Britannica (1978)

This documentary was produced by PBS in Boston back in 1978, the movie shows racism from the eyes of the black working class community. It also features the interviews of many black activist. As per Clark, “It was American-produced, but it was heavily censored in the U.S. and banned outright in the U.K.,” Clark and Trussell are both of the idea that “work that is truthful is often suppressed. The international language is often suppressed.”

Still shot from Handsworth Songs film by John Akomfrah
Still shot from Handsworth Songs film by John Akomfrah

Handsworth Songs (1986)

“There are a bunch of films from the late ’70s and ’80s that are really important documentaries about civil unrest and police brutality in the U.K.,” Clark says. “The key one is called Handsworth Songs, directed by John Akomfrah and the Black Audio Film Collective.” At BAM last year the film was described as “freeform documentary mosaic,” using Handsworth riots that happened in Birmingham, England to see the broader racial problems in the country.

Anti-Racist movies on Netflix

American Netflix has the largest library, however with a simple work around using a VPN you can watch American Netflix in Australia.

List of 10 Anti- Racist movies on Netflix.

  1. Self Made
  2. #blackAF
  3. See You Yesterday
  4. Who killed Malcolm X?
  5. Becoming
  6. Dear White People
  7. Who Shot The Sheriff
  8. Chris Rock
  9. American Son
  10. LA 92

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