Movies and Documentaries about Race that You Need to Watch

With the Black Lives Matters protests continuing around the world and the movement growing momentum each and every day, it is important for people to understand the issues relating to race and racism. One thing you can do to increase your knowledge is watch movies and documentaries about race. Here is a list of some movies and documentaries about race that you need to watch.

  1. 13th (2016)

This though-provoking documentary is available on Netflix that analyses issues about race and the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

  1. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Netflix has another great movie about race and issues surrounding racism and black women. This movie is about Nina Simone. It follows how she achieved her legend status but also examines but what strived for: equality.

  1. Teach Us All (2017)

Another Netflix movie about race is Teach Us All. The movie discusses the segregation in American schools and the decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

  1. The Hate U Give (2018)

This movie is available on Amazon Prime with Cinemax. It follows a story about a teen who witnesses the fatal shooting of her dear childhood friend by a racist cop. She must then decide whether to testify or not. This is an important movie on race and the tensions between citizens and authoritarian police.

  1. Mudbound (2017)

This movie is about two families in Mississippi – one black family, and one white family. They confront the issues with race, prejudice, farming and friend in a divided time during the Second World War. Mudbound is available on Netflix for anyone wanting to educate themselves further on race and racial issues.

  1. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues, it is important to remember that black trans lives matter too. Race and gender are two issues that are extremely important to discuss. This documentary probes into the suspicious death of Marsha P. Johnson in 1992 and violence against trans women.