Raoul Peck uses an unpublished James Baldwin work as his guide & script, enriched by archival clips & interviews, to expose racism in the US.
The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in MS in 1955 sparks outrage leading to the C-R Movement, thanks to his determined mother Mamie.
Fannie Lou Hamer’s America
The inspiring life story of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer in Mississippi.
Amend: The Fight for America (2021)
Will Smith, using graphics & actors, hosts this survey of the long struggle for Blacks to become full citizens, centering on the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Son of the South (2020)
Writer-director Barry Alexander Brown’s film is based on Bob Zellner’s well-received 2008 autobiography The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement. The author’s move from sympathetic but do-nothing white moderate to zealous C-R activist is a good illustration of Dr. King’s criticism in his famous prison letter. At first …
The biopic covers the ups & downs of the life of Aretha Franklin from age 10 through her recording of her most popular album “Amazing Grace.”
American Experience: The Voice of Freedom (2021)
Concert singer Marian Anderson’s story, from her childhood church singing through her rejection that led to her famous Lincoln Memorial Concert through the Civil Rights era.
The racism of the London police trigger an uprising of London’s West Indian Community when the cops continually raid their beloved Mangrove Cafe.
One Night in Miami (2020)
On the 1964 night when Cassius Clay won the World Heavy Weight Boxing Championship in Miami Malcolm X hosts a small party that includes the Champ & their 2 friends singer Sam Cook & football player Jim Brown, their conversation ranging over issues of racism & their part in fighting it.
ALL IN: the Fight for Democracy (2020)
The story of voting & voter suppression is told, with Stacey Abram’s loss in the rigged 2018 election in Georgia as the primary example–and warning for the 2020 national election.