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Movies to Watch

Movies to Watch

Glory

 Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington star in this inspiring story of the first Black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War.

 

The Great Sioux Massacre

 Custer, an outspoken believer in fair treatment for the Indians, is ousted from his post and forced into retirement. Fueled by ambition when a senator convinces him to run for president, Custer decides to upstage General Terry at Little Big Horn.

 

A Time to Kill

 A murder trial brings small Mississippi town’s racial tensions to the flashpoint. Amidst frenzy an idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice.

 

Imitation of Life

 The legendary Lana Turner stars in this 1959 version of Fannie Hurst’s emotionally charged drama, which chronicles two widows and their troubled daughters as they struggle to find true happiness amidst racial prejudice.

 

Rosewood

 Rosewood shows what happens when hatred runs unchecked, and how one lie, combined with hate, envy, and racial enmity, led to the destruction of an African American township in Florida. As powerful as the movie is, the true story of Rosewood was probably even worse, given that the level torture, mutilation, and brutality inflicted on the Black residents of the town could never be properly put on-screen and released by a Hollywood studio.

 

Blazing Saddles

 Once Mel Brooks’ lunatic film, many call his best, gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous.

 

The Westside Story

 A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangsthe Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony (RichardBeymer) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of the Sharks leader, it’s more than these two warring gangs can handle. And as mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues, and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.

 

Mississippi Burning

 As three civil rights activists drive down a desolate stretch of highway, headlights ominously draw near. Telling each other to stay calm, they have no way of knowing that in minutes they will disappear into the night and spark one of the most explosive murder investigations in history.

 

In the Heat of the Night

 While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crime and then asked to solve it! Finding the killer proves to be difficult, however, especially when his efforts are constantly thwarted by the bigoted town sheriff (Steiger). But neither man can solve this case alone. Putting aside their differences and prejudices, they join forces in a desperate race against time to discover the shocking truth.

 

The Long Walk Home

 Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington star in this inspiring story of the first Black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War.

 

Watermelon Man

 A bigoted white insurance agent, married with two children, wakes up to find that he is now a blackman! His doctor suggests he might be more comfortable with a black doctor, his neighbors want him to move so their property values won’t drop, his wife takes the children and leaves and his boss’ desires to capitalize on him as the man to tap the black insurance market.

 

12 Years A Slave

 A powerful film based on the true story of a man kidnapped and sold into slavery.

 

Malcolm X

 Malcolm X burst into the public consciousness with a radical perspective on race relations in America. His inspiring and enlightening ideologies touched and continue to influence millions.

 

Ghosts of Mississippi

 This movie is about an assistant DA seeking justice for the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

 

King

 This biography based story expounds on the remarkable life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., takes an intimate look at one of the world’s most public heroes during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. In 1950s/60s America, the civil rights movement found its leader in a Southern Baptist minister–King.

 

Race to Freedom

 The story of heroic fugitives, bold conductors, and a candle in the window; the story of those who risked their lives by taking charge of their destiny, all for the chance to be free.

 

Freedom Songs

 The film captures many of the trials and tribulations Blacks faced at that time including voter registration, sit-ins, marches, secret Snick meetings, and Freedom Riders.

 

Miss Evers’ Boys

 In this fact-based story, nurse Eunice Evers (Alfre Woodard) was drawn into the Tuskegee syphilis research study by promises that treatment would be coming, hopefully in six months to a year. Her responsibilities included recruiting African American subjects. They were screened for being syphilis positive and then brought into the research study without full disclosure that no actual effective treatment was being provided.

 

The Butler

 The movie tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.

 

Hidden Colors: The Untold History Of People Of Aboriginal,Moor,and African Descent

 Hidden Colors is a documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history.

 

Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph Of Melanin

 This installment of Hidden Colors goes into topics such as: .The global African presence * The science of melanin * The truth about the prison industrial complex * How thriving black economic communities were undermined in America * The hidden truth about Native Americans * And much more.

 

Hidden Colors 3:The Rules Of Racism

 This installment of Hidden Colors tackles the taboo subject of systematic racism. The film explores how institutional racism effects all areas of human activity,and the rules,laws,and public policies that are utilized to maintain this system.

 

Hidden Colors Part 1, 2, & 3 (Brand NEW)

 Each film explores how institutional racism effects all areas of human activity, rules, laws, and public policies that are utilized to maintain this system.

 

Up From Slavery

 e Dramatic story of Black Slavery in America from the first arrival of African slaves at Jamestown in 1619 to the Civil War and the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 which prohibits the government from denying a citizen the vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude (i.e., slavery) – the third of the Reconstruction Amendments which finally ended the legitimacy of Slavery in the United States.

 

Amistad

 AMISTAD is about a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the Northeast Coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free-man who led the revolt.

 

Murder In Mississippi

 This movie is about the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. It illustrates the difficulties encountered by those who attempted to register blacks to vote in Mississippi during the racial strife that took place during the 1960s and eventually led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through the efforts of President Lyndon Johnson.

 

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

 In 1936, 18 African American athletes dubbed the “black auxiliary” by Hitler defied Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. The world remembers Jesse Owens. But, Olympic Pride American Prejudice shows how all 18 are a seminal precursor to the modern Civil Rights Movement.

 

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

 When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to the bittersweet, have been brought to vivid life in this unique HBO documentary special, featuring the on-camera voices of over a dozen top African-American actors

 

CSA: The Confederate States of America

 In mockumentary format, director Kevin Willmott examines an alternate world in which the Confederates won the American Civil War to establish the Confederate States of America -- a land that celebrates the practice and institution of slavery and racism. Following British documentarians as they interview several historians, politicians and other inhabitants of the Confederacy and neighboring Canada, Willmott has his protagonists delve into the history and events that led to this new modern day.

 

The Spook Who Sat By the Door

 Based on Sam Greenlee's controversial novel, THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR is a hard-hitting shocker that depicts a world in which the long-suppressed black man fights back with a vengeance. Director Ivan Dixon's uncompromising adaptation was relegated to bottom-rung status upon its release, and it subsequently slipped into oblivion for decades until the film was rediscovered and released on DVD in 2004. Lawrence Cook plays Dan Freeman, a head-nodding, smiling African-American who impresses his CIA cohorts with his winning demeanor. What they don't realize is that Freeman's friendly facade is nothing more than a mask for a deep seated hatred of white people. When he returns to his Chicago hometown, Freeman uses his newly acquired knowledge to organize an underground militant movement that revolts against the very army that trained him. Dixon's matter-of-fact approach to the material makes the film an even more powerful experience. It also manages to transcend the Blaxploitation genre by making a broader statement about the devastating effects of death and war. Featuring an impassioned performance from Cook (COLORS, POSSE), THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR is a frightening, but important, cautionary tale.

 

Daughters of the Dust

 DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST portrays the unique culture of the Gullah people by focusing on the extended Peazant family as its members struggle with the decision to leave their island and move north. On the eve of their departure, memories of their Gullah history and its African roots come rising to the surface. Part of the National Registry of top U.S. Films.

 

Sankofa

  SANKOFA" ...Journey To Utopia.... This 'slide-show style' video presents an presentation of events and concepts from the ancient times of ATLANTIS, KEMET, CHINA...and other great civilizations. What did those people know that helped them to survive, achieve and thrive?

 

Life and Debt

 Set to a beguiling reggae beat, Life and Debt takes as its subject Jamaica's economic decline in the 20th century. The story has reverberations in the plight of other third-world nations blindsided by globalization, like Ghana and Haiti. After England granted Jamaica independence in 1962, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) stepped in with a series of loans. These loans came with strings attached--the kind that would eventually plunge the country $7 billion into debt, stranded without the resources to dig themselves out. Although IMF officials get the chance to have their say, it's clear where filmmaker Stephanie Black's sympathies lie--with the country's underemployed farmers and sweatshop workers. Jamaica Kinkaid (A Small Place) penned the narration, while the soundtrack features some of the "imports" with which this island nation remains mostly closely associated: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Mutabaruka, who performs the title track.

 

500 Years Later

 Crime, poor education, poverty, self hatred, incarceration, and broken homes plague people of African descent globally. Why? From the onset of the African holocaust of enslavement and colonialism, Africans are still struggling for basic freedom. Filmed in five continents, 500 Years Later is a critically acclaimed, multi award winning journey infused with the spirit and music of liberation. It chronicles the struggle of a people who have fought, and continue to fight, for the most essential human right - self determination.

 

Goodbye Uncle Tom

 It was advertised as "The first motion picture based on historical facts about the rise and revolt of slavery in America." It became one of the most reviled and misunderstood films of its time. Written, edited, produced and directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, this epic recreation of the American slave trade atrocities was both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. The Detroit Chronicle hailed it as "a graphic, moving, nerve-paralyzing film." Legendary film critic Pauline Kael called it "the most specific and rabid incitement of the race war." Three decades cannot diminish GOODBYE UNCLE TOM's impact or quiet its controversy. This is the complete 123-minute English Version of GOODBYE UNCLE TOM, fully restored from the original vault negatives, loaded with incredible Extras and now presented totally uncut, uncensored, and virtually unseen since its abortive theatrical release more than 30 years ago.