MOVIES AND RACISM

by Dr-Faustus | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 2 weeks 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.

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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. The Banker (2019)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

Story of one of the first African-American bankers in the United States.

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

3. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

R | 121 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director: Joe Talbot | Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold

Votes: 5,368 | Gross: $4.52M

4. 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

5. Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation (2019)

85 min | Documentary

An exploration into the fate of the post-modern man.

Director: Peter D. Hutchison

6. Iron Grit (2019)

105 min | Documentary

In 1979, a city official seeks to get elected as the first Black mayor in Birmingham, Alabama in the midst of racial unrest after the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black girl by a White police officer.

Director: Jamel Lajuan | Stars: Richard Arrington, Jim Bagget, Philip Blanton, Jim Brucke

7. Harriet (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters

Votes: 2,848

8. Fiela se Kind (2019)

Drama

A coloured woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs.

Director: Brett Michael Innes | Stars: Zenobia Kloppers, Melissa Willering, Drikus Volschenk, Cindy Swanepoel

Votes: 19

9. Luce (2019)

R | 109 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

Director: Julius Onah | Stars: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Votes: 3,281 | Gross: $1.78M

10. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Toni Morrison, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Banks

Votes: 230 | Gross: $0.88M

11. Mr. Jane and Finch (2019)

44 min | Documentary, Short

Winston LaRose is an 80-year-old community activist affectionately known as Mr.Jane and Finch. He has dedicated the last 25 years to supporting residents who live in the troubled community ... See full summary »

Director: Ngardy Conteh | Star: Winston LaRose

12. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

An look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre from the very beginning.

Director: Xavier Burgin | Stars: Meosha Bean, Ashlee Blackwell, Robin R. Means Coleman, William Crain

Votes: 499

13. The Black Feminist Documentary (2019)

Documentary

Black Feminist is a feature length documentary film surrounding the double edged sword of racial and gender oppression that black women face in America. This documentary is told through ... See full summary »

Director: Zanah Thirus | Stars: Jessica Abell, Veronica Appleton, Rae Chardonnay, Chevonne Collins

14. Sticks 'n Stones the Daisy Myers Story (2019)

Drama

This movie tells the story of Bill and Daisy Myers the 1st black family to move into a all white area in Levittown, PA and their racial harassment. Daisy Myers the Rosa Parks of the North lead the charge for housing discrimination laws.

Director: Alethia M Brown

15. Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded (2019)

88 min | Documentary

"Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded", is an honest and unflinching documentary that portrays the extraordinary true life story of Major James Capers, Jr., an American hero, who ... See full summary »

Director: Ashley Cusato | Stars: Ronald L. Bailey, John L. Borst, Doc Lowell Burwell, James Capers Jr.

16. Emanuel (2019)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

On June 17th, 2015, a white supremacist walked into a bible study and murdered nine African Americans. This is the story of the victims and survivors of that night.

Director: Brian Ivie | Stars: George Howard Adams, A.R. Bernard, Nadine Collier, Brien Gregorie

Votes: 126 | Gross: $1.20M

17. The Green Book: Guide to Freedom (2019 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History

A deeper look into the real story of Victor H. Green's "The Negro Motorist Green Book" during the Jim Crow era and beyond.

Director: Yoruba Richen | Stars: Yoruba Richen, Marquette Folley, Karen Allen Baxter, Jennifer Ivey

Votes: 424

18. American Masters: Charley Pride (2019 TV Special)

Documentary

The first black superstar in the all white world of country music, Pride played down his racial difference and tried to avoid controversy.

Director: Barbara Hall | Stars: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Charley Pride

Votes: 10

19. The Other Boys of Summer (2019)

42 min | Documentary

The story of racism, segregation and Civil Rights in America told through the lives of the Negro League baseball players. Features exclusive interviews with the men who played alongside of Jackie Robinson.

Director: Lauren Meyer | Stars: Monte Irvin, Mamie Johnson, Minnie Minoso, Jim Robinson

20. Door Ajar - The M.B. Mayfield Story (2019)

75 min | Documentary

From inside a broom closet through a cracked door, an African American janitor listens and learns art in segregated Mississippi. 1949 Segregated Mississippi While driving through Ercu, ... See full summary »

Director: John Reyer Afamasaga | Stars: John Reyer Afamasaga, James Meredith, Roy Turner, David Mcgee

21. City on a Hill (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1990s Boston, an assistant district attorney and a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran work together to take on a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O'Brien

Votes: 4,529

22. The Best of Enemies (2019)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History

49 Metascore

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

Director: Robin Bissell | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche

Votes: 4,678 | Gross: $10.21M

23. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 169,179 | Gross: $48.69M

24. From Jim to James Crow (2018– )

Documentary

An in depth look at racial inequality in America today and how it transitioned from the nation's history of racism.

Stars: Greg Lockett, Cyrus Webb

25. Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (2019)

75 min | Documentary

An inventive feature documentary capturing the vivid life of Bill Traylor, who in his late 80s, living homeless on the street in the thriving segregated black neighborhood of Montgomery, ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Wolf | Stars: Russell G. Jones, Jason Samuels Smith, Sharon Washington

26. Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Just Mercy shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx

Votes: 508

27. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War

58 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Votes: 11,344 | Gross: $0.35M

28. NIGGA (2018)

113 min | Documentary

A discussion-based documentary, that will make us twice think about the words we use on a daily basis. Varying points of views shared by people of different background, race and age all ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Daniels | Stars: Dujhan Brown, Titus Covington, Maricela Janette Garcia, Nadine Jackson

Votes: 14

29. Burden (I) (2018)

129 min | Drama

63 Metascore

When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker) strives to keep the peace even as he urges the group's Grand Dragon (Garrett Hedlund) to disavow his racist past.

Director: Andrew Heckler | Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 222

30. Farming (2018)

R | 101 min | Drama

51 Metascore

Based on the writer/director's childhood, FARMING tells story of a young Nigerian boy, 'farmed out' by his parents to a white British family in the hope of a better future. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.

Director: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Damson Idris

Votes: 338

31. Skin (V) (2018)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp

Votes: 12,166

32. Love and Hate Crime (2018–2019)
Episode: Murder in Mississippi (2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Documentary

When a black man is murdered, the FBI uncover a campaign of attacks by local white kids.

Director: Ben Steele | Stars: Mary Hargon, Taylor Graves, Sandra Stasher, James Bradfield

Votes: 13

33. Mississippi Whistle (2018)

40 min | Documentary

A filmmaker recounts the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi, while traveling to the places in which the events occurred.

Director: Justyn Bell | Stars: Steven Brown, Justyn Bell, Timm Knight, Edward Reid

34. Martin Luther King Jr.: Marked Man (2018 TV Movie)

44 min | Documentary

Martin Luther King Jr. helps drive change in the United States in the face of bitter opposition, not least from opponents within the U.S. government; King is subjected to a fierce campaign of intimidation by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.

Director: Edward Cotterill | Stars: Martin Luther King, Cheryl Sterling, Tim Weiner, Bonnie Greer

Votes: 8

35. Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America (2018)

Documentary

When Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in Memphis, TN on April 4, 1968, he left a legacy of profound change. This one-hour documentary explores the key battles in the Civil Rights ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Nelson

36. Glory News (2018)

77 min | Drama

A film about racism, hope, and redemption of a Caucasian Bible-belt Pastor with a predominately African American congregation whose heart needs converting.

Director: Bridget Pervalle | Stars: Elisa Annette, Beau Thompson, Patrick Lescarbeau, Jamie Nicole Jordan

37. Man on Fire (2018 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

Grand Saline, Texas was a sleepy, unremarkable town--until a white preacher lit himself on fire to protest the town's racism in 2014.

Director: Joel Fendelman | Star: Ron Blanton

Votes: 39

38. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018)

123 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire is the story of a community of black people in the American South during the summer 2017, when a string of brutal killings of black men sent ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Minervini | Stars: Judy Hill, Dorothy Hill, Michael Nelson, Ronaldo King

Votes: 421 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Black Sheep (II) (2018)

26 min | Documentary, Short

After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius' family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive.

Director: Ed Perkins | Stars: Kai Francis Lewis, Nikisha Lewis, Larry Olubamiwo, Cornelius Walker

Votes: 1,134

40. Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation (2018)

Documentary

Documentary series examining the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Stars: Duwayne Brooks, Doreen Lawrence, Neville Lawrence

Votes: 67

41. Black White & Blue (2018)

76 min | Documentary

Black White & Blue covers race issues in America, police brutality, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Flint Water Crisis, and the 2016 election of President Donald Trump. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Asia Norris | Stars: James David Dickson, Michael Dowd, Karen Dumas, Michael Eric Dyson

Votes: 10

42. My Name Is Myeisha (2018)

82 min | Drama

My Name Is Myeisha is a hip-hop musical inspired by the 1998 police shooting of California teen Tyisha Miller (as well as countless other acts of police brutality against African American ... See full summary »

Director: Gus Krieger | Stars: Rhaechyl Walker, John Merchant, Dominique Toney, Dee Dee Stephens

Votes: 40

43. Who Matters (2018)

Drama

Tragedy is color blind, What would you do with only a few seconds to make a decision? Can we really judge a persons actions without knowing the circumstances? With racism being a major ... See full summary »

Director: Hannibal King | Stars: Kyle Merker, Cheyenne Lutek, Randall Holloway, Nadia Zebib

44. Childish Gambino: This Is America (2018 Video)

4 min | Short, Crime, Music

Official music video for "This Is America" by Childish Gambino.

Director: Hiro Murai | Stars: Donald Glover, Calvin C. Winbush, Kenneth Beck, Rose Marie Brown

Votes: 3,626

45. Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

An investigation into what happened to activist Sandra Bland, who died in police custody after a routine traffic stop.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Sandra Bland, Robert E. Brzezinski, Brian Encinia, Cannon Lambert

Votes: 363

46. Halt: The Motion Picture (2018)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

3.7