The best films on racial discrimination and social justice have the distinction of openly portraying the abuses suffered throughout history by minority groups, but at the same time delivering a hopeful message that it is possible to achieve a more tolerant and respectful diversity society. . Inspired by real events, social movements or the period of slavery, these are some of the titles that you can see on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, among other streaming platforms.
Based on the self-titled book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures recounts the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three brilliant African-American women who worked for NASA in the 1960s and participated in a series of space projects, such as the Mercury Atlas 6 mission (1962) and Apollo 11’s first flight to the moon (196). The trio of women overcame all gender and racial disadvantages to inspire an entire generation to dream big.
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The acclaimed Moonlight tells the dramatic and heartbreaking story of Chiron, an African American who must deal with his racial and sexual identity in a troubled Miami suburb. Told through three chapters that address Chiron’s childhood, adolescence, and maturity, Moonlight It shows the difficulties you face in relating to your environment and your own internal conflicts. Winner of the Golden Globes and Oscar Awards, this film directed and written by Barry Jenkins is based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), recently elected President of South Africa, knows that despite the end of the apartheid , the country continues to be divided both racially and economically. Mandela believes that sport is a universal language that can unite the population. Although rugby until then was a sport practiced mainly by the white population, Mandela motivates and encourages the national team led by François Pienaar (Matt Damon) to win the 1995 World Cup, in an attempt to achieve peace in the troubled nation African.
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The stories of African-American maids Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), who has devoted her entire life to raising white children, but has just lost her only child, and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), who often offends her employers, suddenly they join with Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone), a young white writer. The young woman writes a book in which she collects twelve stories of abuse of power against African-American maids, shaking the town of Jackson, Mississippi.
This dramatic and biographical film pays tribute to Malcom X, the controversial activist and leader of the black liberation struggle. Starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett – who plays Malcolm X’s wife Betty X – this title addresses how Malcolm X’s life hit rock bottom during his incarceration in the 1950s, his subsequent conversion into a Black Muslim, and, more later, in leader of the Nation of Islam. His murder in 1965 left for many a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.
12 Years of Slave
12 Years of Slave is a movie inspired by the eponymous memoirs of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a black abolitionist from New York who in 1841, in the years before the Civil War, was kidnapped and sold as a slave. Facing cruelty – and also unexpected goodness – he struggles not only to stay alive, but also to preserve his dignity. After 12 years, he meets a Canadian abolitionist who will change his life forever.
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Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran of the Korean War, who is unable to get along with his children and with his neighbors. Grumpy, prejudiced, inflexible, unhappy, his only possession is a 1972 Gran Torino, which he keeps in perfect condition. When his neighbor, Thao Vang Lor, a young teenage boy of Asian descent, tries to rob him, Walt sets out to reform him and takes steps to protect him from neighborhood gangs, in a drama that revolves around racial prejudice.
* Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on June 21, 2020