BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
Documentaries (more coming!!!)
13th (2016) - Ava DuVernay *Netflix feature but FREE on YouTube right now! (a documentary that 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)
There’s Something in the Water (2020) - Elliot Page *A Netflix documentary that shines light on environmental racism and focuses on how injustices derived from environmental racism impact the province of Nova Scotia. The film gives voice to Indigenous and African women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their futures.
Asian Americans (2020) - PBS: a five-hour film series that will chronicle the contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. Personal histories and new academic research will cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it.
Latino Americans (2013) - PBS: documentary series that 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.
Blackkklansman (2018) - Spike Lee: a crime film about Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective in his department, who sets out on a mission to infiltrate & expose the Ku Klux Klan
Miss Juneteenth (2020) - Channing Godfrey Peoples: a drama that follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local "Miss Juneteenth" pageant
Parasite (2019) - Bong Joon-ho: a Korean thriller/comedy that focuses on the symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim family
Moonlight (2016) - Barry Jenkins: a drama that looks at three defining chapters of Chiron, a young gay black man growing up in Miami, and his journey to manhood
The hate U give (2018) - George Tillman Jr. : a film following Starr Carter who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalid, at the hands of a police officer. Khalid was unarmed. Facing pressure from many sides of her community, Starr must find her voice & decide to stand up for what's right
Fruitvale Station (2013) - Ryan Coogler :drama/indie film (based on a true story) on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was killed in 2009 by a police officer at the Fruitvale district station in Oakland
When They See Us (2019) - Ava DuVernay: Netflix series about the Central Park Five, who were five young people innocently charged with the rape and assault of a jogger. Through their jailtime, the five maintained their innocence & spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated
On My Block (2018-current) - Ryan Shiraki: a coming-of-age comedy series that follows four friends, who navigate their way through high school and confront the challenges of adolescence and life in their predominantly Hispanic and black neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles
Kim's Convience Store (2016-current) - Ins Choi: a Canadian sitcom follows members of a Korean-Canadian family as they deal with customers in their family convience store, each other, and the evolving world around them
Gente-fied (2020-current) - Marvin Bryan Lemus: (Netflix) a comedy-drama about three Mexican-American cousins chasing the American Dream, even while that same dream threatens the things they hold most dear: their neighborhood, their immigrant grandfather and the family taco shop
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) - Elle-Maija Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn: (Netflix) film that depicts a chance yet profound encounter between two Indigenous women in Vancouver on a rainy afternoon. Issues of race and class enter the story gradually, making the relationship between the two strangers more complex as their interaction wears on.
Black Panther (2018) - Ryan Coogler: an action/fantasy film that revolves around T'Challa as he return home to the African nation of Wakanda after his father's death to become king. Faced with danger, he must rally his allies & release the full power of Black Panther to secure the safety of his people
The Farewell (2019) - Lulu Wang: a comedy-drama that follows Billi and her family who return to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved Grandma -- the only person that doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live