Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
On Sunday, September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed by four members of a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated racist group. Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, four African-American girls between the ages of 11 and 14 who had been attending the church's Sunday school, were killed in the blast.
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.
Four African American veterans battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam looking for the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.
Hair Love is a 2019 American animated short film directed by Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr., and Bruce W. Smith, and written by Cherry. It follows the story of a man who must do his daughter's hair for the first time, and it features Issa Rae as a voice of the mother.
From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told.
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.
After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian's life.
Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and were married in 1958. They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C., but the family ultimately tries to find a way back to Virginia.
A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.
A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for Blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated with President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Over the course of six weeks during the summer of 1969, thousands of people attend the Harlem Cultural Festival to celebrate Black history, culture, music, and fashion.
A BAFTA award-winning film by Deeyah Khan that examines the erosion of reproductive rights in the United States, focusing on the experiences of impoverished women and women of color.
Directed by Erika Cohn, this Emmy-winning documentary exposes illegal sterilizations and reproductive injustice in California prisons.
A documentary by Civia Tamarkin likened to a real-life Handmaid’s Tale, exploring the increasing control over pregnant women in America and the resultant public health crisis.
This film by Celina Escher highlights the extreme state control of women's bodies in El Salvador through the story of Teodora Vásquez, sentenced to prison after a stillbirth.
A film about a Chicago-based women’s health group known as "Jane," which performed nearly 12,000 safe illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973 without formal medical training.
A 2020 film by Eliza Hittman about two teenage cousins who travel from Pennsylvania to New York City so one can get an abortion without parental consent.
A Mike Leigh film set in the 1950s London about a working-class woman who provides abortions to women in need, a decade before abortion became legal in the UK.
An intimate documentary, a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, capturing life through the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.
An animated film about Amin's life journey from Afghanistan to Denmark, exploring his past, trauma, and acceptance of his own sexuality.
The story of Maria, a young Colombian woman who becomes involved in drug smuggling to find better opportunities in the United States.
A documentary shot on mobile phones, following director Hassan Fazili and his family as they flee the Taliban.
a poignant and beautifully crafted drama that follows a Korean-American family who moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The film, directed by Lee Isaac Chung, delicately explores the challenges of new beginnings and cultural identity, anchored by strong performances and an intimate storytelling style.
This documentary tells the journey of Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy, who built a multi-million dollar donut empire in California.
A film offering a glimpse into the U.S. immigration detention system through the story of Walter and an undocumented couple in Manhattan.
An optimistic vision of the future, 2040 focuses on technological and creative solutions to combat the challenges of climate change.
This documentary, a collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic, takes viewers around the world to witness firsthand the effects of climate change.
This documentary examines the devastating Australian bushfires of 2019-2020, offering insights into the effects of climate change and governmental inaction.
This documentary vividly portrays the threat to coral reefs from climate change, with a passionate depiction of oceanic ecosystems.
Narrated by Kate Winslet, this documentary explores the impact of the global food industry on climate change, highlighting unsustainable practices.
A dramatic film depicting catastrophic climate events, highlighting the urgency of addressing climate change and critiquing governmental inaction.
Set in a future where a failed climate change experiment leads to a new ice age, this film explores themes of environmental disaster and class disparity.
Biographical film about Harvey Milk, a pioneering gay rights activist and the first openly gay elected official in California.
A groundbreaking film featuring Tom Hanks as a gay lawyer who fights against discrimination after being fired for having AIDS.
Based on a true story, this film depicts the alliance between LGBTQ activists and miners during the 1984 British miners' strike.
A comedy-drama about two drag queens and a transgender woman traveling across the Australian desert to perform cabaret.
This film portrays the early HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City, focusing on the gay community's fight for recognition and support.
A documentary that delves into the pivotal events of 1948 in the Middle East, offering perspectives from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A film that portrays the journey of a young Palestinian girl during the upheavals of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, exploring themes of resilience and survival.
This documentary, filmed by a Palestinian farmer, captures the conflict and resistance in his village against Israeli settlements.
A gripping narrative about a young Palestinian man navigating love, betrayal, and struggle amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This poignant film follows a Palestinian father and his daughter as they face daily challenges and restrictions in the West Bank.
A semi-autobiographical film offering a humorous yet melancholic look at the life of Palestinians living as a minority in Israel.