As of now, Netflix features thousands of titles from various genres. If you are in a mood tonight to watch a movie based on racism, spending an hour scrolling down the Netflix menu doesn’t sound like a good idea. When it comes to racism, the streaming platform has a long list of movies from America and around the world. Societies have been segregating people into boxes based on their physical traits, ancestry, genetics, and social or cultural traits from the beginning of civilization. Racism turns out to be a monster predating on innocent lives when one race tries to gain superiority over another. Discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their race have led to many bloodbaths, wars, genocides, and other brutalities in and out of history books. With all that said now, here’s the list of really good racism movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
10. 13th (2006)
Ava DuVernay’s docu-drama, ‘13th‘, is an in-depth investigation of the functioning of the U.S. prison system. The movie upturns some of the unknown pages of American history and sheds light on the traces of racial inequality. The narrative compiles views of scholars, activists and politicians to draw a vivid picture of the criminalization of African American identity, which culminates in a general science about the people. DuVernay also checks the facts and figures behind the so-called ‘prison boom‘ in the U.S. in this thought-provoking work on race, human rights, justice, brutality, suffering, and embarrassment.
9. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)
‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ is a breathtaking account of the ups and downs in the turbulent history of the Black Panther Party. For half a century, the controversial organization had been frequently listed in the headlines. An alluring cult had grown around it, supplemented by artworks, graffiti, movies, theater production, slogans, poems, and songs. Told in a non-linear mode, the documentary inquires the myth behind the Black Panther Party and documents the violence and criminal acts.
Renowned documentary filmmaker, Stanley Nelson weaves a dynamic account of the events using rare archival footage and first-person narratives including people from police, FBI, media, ex-Black Panthers, and detractors. ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ turns out to be an essential historical document of one of the most radical and divisive revolutionary cultural movements in the U.S.