Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman
"Anna Deavere Smith, Notes From the Field (2019): This is a documentary play about the school-to-prison pipeline. Smith created the play out of interviews that she conducted with people from across the country (ranging from teachers to prison inmates) and then performed all of the roles herself. [Note: Smith also used a similar strategy to create Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, a play about the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the acquittal of police officers for beating a black man.] Reading Smith's play is fascinating, but it's even better to watch it! A movie based on Smith's one-woman show is currently streaming on HBO." - Professor
"The Wire (2002-2008): This HBO TV show, created by former Baltimore newspaper reporter David Simon, is a gritty, realistic crime drama that's set in Baltimore. It's considered by some TV critics to be one of the best TV shows ever! Each season of the show focuses on a different public institution, but the first season examines the illegal drug trade in Baltimore--mostly from the perspectives of cops and drug dealers. It's available on Hulu, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime." - Professor , themes of the show explained in Youtube above
The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)
Blacks Brittanica (1978)
Handsworth Songs (1986)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Malcom X (1992)
The Glass Shield (1994)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Am Not Your Negro (2017)
Whose Streets? (2017)
La Haine (1995)
Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers) (2014)
“On a break before his last semester of medical school, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael García Bernal) travels with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) from Brazil to Peru by motorcycle. The two men soon witness the great disparities in South America, encountering poor peasants and observing the exploitation of labor by wealthy industrialists. When they reach a leper colony in Peru, Ernesto's values have changed so much that he sides with the sufferers, forgetting his own comfort.”
“Mexican filmmakers Sebastian and Costa, shooting a film in Bolivia about the conquest by Christopher Columbus, become embroiled in controversy when their film schedule runs up against the Cochabamba protests. With local natives rising up against the privatization of their water supply. As the production is beset by more and more problems and the riots escalate, the tension rises between the crew members.”
“LATINO AMERICANS is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.”
"The films/film series address racial inequality and racial justice, more broadly, although the last one focuses specifically on Black Lives Matter. 1) Race: The Power of an Illusion. There are three films in this series, all excellent, but I would particularly recommend the third entitled, "The House We Live In" which focuses on the wealth gap. You can read about the entire series here: https://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm And it can be accessed via our library's homepage via kanopy (under streaming videos). You may also be able to get a link directly to it from the library…" - Professor
"Eyes on the Prize. This is an outstanding series on the Civil Rights Movement. While it's long (it's in 14 parts), it's phenomenal. The individual programs were made to be able to stand alone, and thus, the viewer will still get a lot from it, even if they just choose to watch one or two of the programs. You can read about the entire series here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/eyesontheprize/ . It too can be accessed via kanopy. " - Professor
Time: The Kalief Browder Stories is a six-episode American documentary television miniseries that broadcast on Spike's beginning on March 1, 2017. The documentary recounts the story of Kalief Browder, a Bronx high school student who was imprisoned for three years, two of them in solitary confinement on Riker's Island, without being convicted of a crime. On Netflix.
This HBO documentary follows Bryan Stevenson and EJI's struggle to create greater fairness in the criminal justice system. Click here for the link.
Whose Streets? is a 2017 American documentary film about the killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson uprising.
William Julius Wilson, "Race Relations in the Age of Trump", video streaming from Loyola library