The Best Anti Racist Films
How many ways does this film tear apart stereotypes?
It takes place in recent times, not the old west.
The characters all actually are Indians, not whites playing Indian. (Twilight films and Billy Jack, I'm talking about you.)
The characters are not from a Plains tribe for a change.
The film is one of the first to show Indians with a sense of humor.
The film depicts Indians dealing with day to day issues like racist whites, alcoholism, and broken families, and yet avoids being preachy.
The film doesn't depict Indians as violent, stoic, lost, or fated to disappear, for a change.
The film actually shows Indians calling themselves Indians, instead of that awkward govt term, "Native American", so beloved by paternalistic white liberals.
Show this to anyone who imagines Indians aren't around anymore. Even a hardcore racist will have a hard time from laughing and starting to question their misperceptions. ” - educatedindio
Back when roles for Mexicans were limited to maids, criminals, and beaten down peasants (disturbing how little has changed), Salt of the Earth had as its main characters a Mexican woman and her husband, hard working, dignified, poor but proud and unbroken, and not the slightest bit submissive. The film is not afraid to take on issues like brutal working conditions, the ignorance even of some well meaning whites, and a devasting self critique of sexism among Latinos.
Every Latino and everyone living in an area with many Latinos should see this. ” - educatedindio
It may sound preachy, but honestly it's not at all. It's actually enormously funny, a devastating satire. The brilliant touch was to make the main character casually bigoted, but not a vicious angry racist.
Now he has to deal with police harassment, stores and bystanders assuming he's a criminal, white women who believe the sexual stereotypes, and a wife who finds out she's not as openminded as she claimed to be.
An eye opener, and in need of a remake. ” - educatedindio
A Black and white convict are chained together, despising each other but forced to cooperate to try and escape. The two face a lynching, and one actually sells out the other. Later he will face a choice, does he turn down a chance for escape to help the other. ” - educatedindio
A typical day in the life of a multiracial neighborhood, when a series of misunderstandings lead to tragedy. It's a call for tolerance, and has some of the bravest dialog in any film, with characters giving voice to their prejudice, laid bare and exposed for what it is.
This it the film that Crash wish it could have been, before it wimped out and instead went with a cheap lazy message of letting racists off the hook. ” - educatedindio
Hate follows three young immigrants in Paris, one Jewish, one Arab, and one African. We see a Europe we don't often see, that of the new immigrants facing even more bigotry than immigrants face in the US, hostility from the media, police, and people on the street.
A meditation on violence and the aimlessness of youth, well worth your time. ” - educatedindio
American Indian comedy goes all the way back to humor being used in oral traditions. Cherokee comedian Will Rogers was bigger in his day than Seinfeld was in his heyday. And like Jews, Indians use humor to cope with tragedy.
Legendary comedian Charlies Hill, the first modern Native stand up, hosts this. With half a dozen hilarious Native comedians, prepare to laugh your tail off and find yourself surprised at how much you like Indian humor. ” - educatedindio
So often Hollywood has only showed Asians in martial arts, as sex kittens, or not shown they voices at all. ” - educatedindio
Spielberg does have a disturbing habit of always choosing to tell a story from the POV of a white gentile, even when the story's not about them. Not just this film, but also Amistad and Bury My Heart.
That misgiving aside, the film does show Holocaust survivors and their experience, and by giving us a story of hope avoid wallowing in aimless pity as so many other Holocaust stories do. ” - educatedindio