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Films and TV shows you can watch to learn why “black lives matter”

Films and TV shows you can watch to learn why "black lives matter"

As protests keep raging on around the world surrounding George Floyd’s death and the subsequent resurgence of the BLM movement, many of us in this part of the world are starting to take a closer look. If you’re finding yourself under-resourced on contexts, and have little time or patience, or perhaps both, here’s a handy list of movies and TV shows that will educate you on the struggle of coloured people in the US. If nothing else, you’ll at least end up watching some good reels. Stream away.

Watchmen, the TV series

When masked vigilantes are treated as criminals by government agencies, some band together to start a mutiny while others aim to stop it before it yields chaos.

13th

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.

Selma

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 in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Help

Skeeter, an aspiring author, decides to write a book on African-American maids and the struggles they face on a daily basis.

To Kill a Mockingbird

In the Depression-era, Atticus Finch, a lawyer, sets out to defend a black man, who is accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, his children, Scout and Jem, spy on their reclusive neighbour.