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Black History Month: Movie & TV Show Suggestions

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When planning the Movie Night for Black History Month, the working group came up with lots of great suggestions we wanted to share! Here are some of the great movies and tv shows showcasing the Black experience.

Movies

  1. Hidden Figures (2016) Three female African-American mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn's launch into orbit. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.

  1. I am Bolt (2016) Following the sprinting legend as he prepares to go for gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Competing in the 100m and 200m races, Bolt attempts to make history by winning these events for a record third time.

  1. Race (2016) Young Jesse Owens (Stephan James) becomes a track and field sensation while attending the Ohio State University in the early 1930s. With guidance from coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis), Owens gains national recognition for breaking numerous records. After heated debates, the United States decides not to boycott the Olympics in Nazi Germany. Overcoming racism at home and abroad, Owens seizes the opportunity to show Berlin and the the world that he's the fastest man alive.

  1. Moonlight (2017) Chiron, a young African-American boy, finds guidance in Juan, a drug dealer, who teaches him to carve his own path. As he grows up in Miami, Juan's advice leaves a lasting impression on him.

  1. Loving  (2017) In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are arrested and thrown out of their home state of Virginia. Determined to go back to their roots, they approach the Supreme Court.

  2. Rocks (2020) A teenage girl suddenly finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother.

  3. Blackklansman (2018) Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

  4. American Son (2019) An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.

  5. The Hate U Give (2018) Starr Carter, an African-American teenager, faces pressure from various communities and tries to stand up for what is right after she witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police.

  6. 93 Days (2016) When the deadliest infectious disease, Ebola, known to man arrives in Lagos, 21 million people are affected.

TV Shows

  1. Black Earth Rising (2018) Kate Ashby was raised in Britain by her adoptive mother, Eve, but was born in Rwanda and was rescued as a young child from the genocide. Following in the footsteps of her mother, a respected British prosecutor in international criminal law, Kate works as a legal investigator for Michael Ennis. When Eve takes on a case prosecuting an African militia leader in the International Criminal Court, Michael and Kate are drawn in and their lives are turned upside-down. The series takes place in the U.K., the U.S., Europe, and Africa, and delves into challenging issues including race, justice, personal integrity and self-determination, on a global scale.
  2. Noughts and Crosses (2020) Following two young people, Sephy and Callum, who live in a dystopian contemporary state divided by colour. Sephy is a member of the black ruling class, whereas Callum is part of the white underclass, and they must fight to be together.
  3. Small Axe (To be released 2020) Small Axe is based on the real-life experiences of London's West Indian community and is set between 1969 and 1982.

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