MOVIES AND RACISM

by Dr-Faustus | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 1 hour 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)

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 | Pre-production

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. Evolution of the Black Leading Man (2019)

100 min | Documentary | Filming

This documentary celebrates the Evolution of the Black Leading Man, from the beginning of the stereotypes created in "Birth of A Nation", to the original Black Leading Man Paul Robeson, ... See full summary »

Director: Vaun Monroe

3. The Black Feminist Documentary (2019)

Documentary | Completed

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 »

Directors: Chan C. Smith, Zanah Thirus | Stars: Zanah Thirus, Jaci Williamson, Chan C. Smith, Perpetua Goodall

4. The Best of Enemies (2019)

PG-13 | Biography, Drama, History | Completed

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: Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley, Taraji P. Henson, Anne Heche

5. Iron Grit (2019)

108 min | Documentary | Completed

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: Rickey Smiley, Sylvester T. Echols, Derrick Dee Drake, Chris Ferrell

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

Documentary | Post-production

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

Director: Peter D. Hutchison

7. 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: 64,660 | Gross: $48.27M

8. 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

9. Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (2018)

Documentary | Completed

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: Sharon Washington, Russell G. Jones, Jason Samuels Smith

10. Burden (I) (2018)

129 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Ku Klux Klansman Mike Burden opens the Redneck Shop and KKK museum in historic Laurens, SC. He subsequently falls in love with a single mom, and, under her influence, quits the Klan and is taken in by an African American Reverend.

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

Votes: 199

11. Farming (2018)

107 min | Drama

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, Jaime Winstone

Votes: 49

12. Skin (V) (2018)

110 min | Biography, Drama

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, Bill Camp, Scott Thomas

Votes: 51

13. Emanuel (2018)

90 min | Documentary | Completed

On June 17th, 2015, 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof walked into a bible study and murdered nine African Americans during their closing prayer. This is the story of the victims and survivors of that night.

Director: Brian Ivie | Stars: Kyle Leatherberry, Sean Michael Weber, George Howard Adams, Maddox Robinson

14. Love and Hate Crime (2018)
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: 9

15. 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, Ella Bardine, Michael Howell

16. 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: 12

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

123 min | Documentary

62 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: Kevin Goodman, Dorothy Hill, Judy Hill, Ashlei King

Votes: 209

18. 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: 55

19. Black Lives Matter (2018)

Documentary, Short | Filming

Black Lives Matter is a short film centred on Africans lives who perished .This film is dedicated to their memories and Humanity Through the use of Art , Culture , Religion , Music and Identities .

Stars: Helena Holmes, Aaron Carolina, Terrell D Davis, Trent Ledford

20. 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: 6

21. 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: 37

22. 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: Erin Sanderson, Paul C. Kelly, Reel Rose, Patrick Heraghty

23. 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, Al Burke

Votes: 2,486

24. 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: 138

25. Halt: The Motion Picture (2018)

110 min | Drama

A black couple is pulled over by police when a simple traffic stop becomes a nightmare they will never forget.

Director: Jezar Riches | Stars: Harley Wallen, Andrew Dawe-Collins, Dennis Doyle Jr., Kara Joy Reed

Votes: 29

26. Bleeding Blue (2018)

Documentary

Bleeding Blue investigates the ongoing narrative that our police are blood-thirsty villains patrolling our communities with the purpose of exacting an almost vigilante justice against ... See full summary »

Director: Kenny Latimer

Votes: 19

27. Sorry I Shot You (2018)

29 min | Documentary, Short

Having served an 8-year prison sentence, Stana, a bad-boy East London gangster/rapper, seeks the police officer he shot 12 years ago to express his remorse and sincerely say sorry.

Director: Nicole Stanbury | Star: Dean Stanbury

Votes: 9

28. Monsters and Men (2018)

R | 96 min | Drama

67 Metascore

The aftermath of a police killing of a black man, told through the eyes of the bystander who filmed the act, an African-American police officer and a high-school baseball phenom inspired to take a stand.

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green | Stars: Chanté Adams, Giuseppe Ardizzone, Nicole Beharie, Cara Buono

Votes: 496 | Gross: $0.50M

29. The Hate U Give (2018)

PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 7,356 | Gross: $29.48M

30. Breaking Hate (2018– )

Documentary

One year after the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, MSNBC presents "Breaking Hate," a new special produced by Part2 Pictures following reformed neo-Nazi skinhead Christian Picciolini as ... See full summary »

31. 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: 6

32. Imaginary Walls

52 min | Documentary | Post-production

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

33. Black Bodies (2018)

82 min | Documentary | Completed

'Black Bodies' is a Moore Media film production which takes candid, thoughtful, courageous exploration into what it means to be black in America and in the world. We talk with black people ... See full summary »

Director: Charlotte Moore

34. Mr. Soul! (2018)

90 min | Documentary

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL. On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and ... See full summary »

Directors: Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Blair Underwood, Anna Maria Horsford

Votes: 19

35. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 10,909 | Gross: $22.61M

36. ForeignPlug Presents: Cultural Voices (2018)

Documentary

Cultural voices is a documentary that aims to bring about cultural awareness in a racially driven societies. Every culture is surrounded by a rich untold history, unique cultural styles and... See full summary »

Director: Michael Delancy | Stars: Tricia Anna, Walter Binns, Michael Delancy, Jessica Dobson

37. No Passport Required (2018– )

Documentary

Chef Marcus Samuelsson hosts a culinary and anthropological exploration of the people, rituals and food of multicultural America.

Stars: Marcus Samuelsson, Jon Madray

Votes: 25

38. Latin History for Morons: John Leguizamo's Road to Broadway (2018)

90 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comic and actor John Leguizamo examines the repression of Hispanic culture throughout American history in his one-man show "Latin History for Morons."

Directors: Ben DeJesus, Aram Rappaport | Star: John Leguizamo

Votes: 1,093

39. Travel Ban (II) (2018)

Documentary

Travel Ban is a political comedy about being brown and immigrant in Trump's America seen through the eyes of comedians of Middle Eastern origin.

Director: Sam Chouia | Stars: Russell Peters, Maz Jobrani, Ramy Youssef, Paul Elia

Votes: 162

40. Through Her Eyes (I) (2018)

Drama

Based on true life events. Through Her Eyes is a drama about an African American teenager struggling with self-esteem; who after deciding to attend a newly integrated school, must find the ... See full summary »

Director: Trenton Lumpkin | Stars: Rayven Symone Ferrell, William Tokarsky, Tony Demil, Deborah Tucker

41. The Rachel Divide (2018)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Rachel Dolezal becomes a social phenomenon when she passes herself off as an African American and becomes the head of her local N.A.A.C.P. chapter.

Director: Laura Brownson | Stars: Siobhan Abrams, Esther Dolezal, Izaiah Dolezal, Rachel Dolezal

Votes: 1,246

42. Cultural Clash (2018)

Drama, Thriller

When a Nigerian family with traditional values move to the ghetto from their Roswell Mansion to survive hard times, they soon find out that money is the least of their problems. Yinka and ... See full summary »

Director: Omodada Pro | Stars: Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Tairat Baoku, Yemi Blaq, Germaine Brooks

44. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 7,069 | Gross: $21.47M

45. Citizen Clark... A Life of Principle (2018)

95 min | Documentary

For fifty years, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has challenged the abuses of U.S. power and championed the causes of human rights.

Director: Joseph C. Stillman | Stars: Brian Becker, Richard Becker, Blase Bonpane, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 19

46. Lady Titi (2018)

94 min | Drama

It seems that race and racism are issues that does not disappear from the news all over the world. But Worko does not care about race. He is a 27 years old man from Ethiopian origin who ... See full summary »

Director: Esti Almo | Stars: Zvika Hizikias, Elsa Almo, Tehilla Yashayauh, Beyene Gethon

47. How Jack Became Black (2018)

84 min | Documentary

The births of Jack and June, the third multiracial generation in filmmaker Eli Steele's family, coincided with a startling projection: by 2050, at least 20% of all Americans will ... See full summary »

Director: Eli Steele | Star: Justin Gordon

Votes: 17

48. Bigger Than Africa (2018)

90 min | Documentary

When the slave boats docked in the Americas, Cuba and the Caribbean, hundreds of cultures and religions came with the Africans but only one survived the plantations. To date, the most ... See full summary »

Director: Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye

49. American Jail (2018 TV Movie)

Documentary

In this deeply personal film, director Roger Ross Williams sets out on a journey to understand the complex forces of racism and greed currently at work in America's prison system.

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Votes: 33

50. Evidence of Innocence: TV One Series to Look at the Wrongly Convicted (2018– )

Documentary

Evidence of Innocence is in response to the national headlines regarding the racial injustice in America's justice system. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects, the show will tell ... See full summary »

Stars: G.S. Wade II, George Howard Adams, Kimberly Christian, Skai Dabney

Votes: 6

51. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo

Votes: 1,057

53. Quincy (2018)

124 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.

Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones | Stars: Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Clarence Avant

Votes: 1,641

54. The Jazz Ambassadors (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

The Cold War and Civil Rights collide in this remarkable story of music, diplomacy and race. Beginning in 1955, when America asked its greatest jazz artists to travel the world as cultural ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Berkeley | Stars: Darius Brubeck, Bill Crow, Quincy Jones, Leslie Odom Jr.

Votes: 37