There has been an influx of race-based movies in Hollywood recently. We are seeing more and more racially sensitive movies getting made these days. Most of these films take a deeper look at the brutal racism which was a part of American history — and to this day continues to be part of conversation. Making people aware of racism and its implications is surely something filmmakers are trying to address with such films. Add ‘The Best of Enemies’ also to the list of those movies. It is a film based on a real-life incident about a civil rights activist and a Ku Klux Klan leader. The film stars Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson who play the roles of C. P. Ellis and Ann Atwater respectively. The story in the film is inspired by the book written by Osha Gray Davidson called ‘The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South’.
In case, you are looking for more racially sensitive movies similar to The Best of Enemies, you have come to the right place. Below is the list of movies that we would recommend strongly to you. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Best of Enemies’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Birth of A Nation (1915)
If we are to understand the problems surrounding racism and its effects on society, it is imperative to take a look at movies like D.W. Griffith’s 1915 propaganda film ‘The Birth Of A Nation’. In this film, Griffith shows the Americana slaves as evil, cruel, conniving criminals who can never be up to any good. We also see how the infamous Ku Klux Klan was founded and their brutal acts of violence against the slaves. This movie has been infamous for sparking violence across African-Americans throughout the United States. What the problem with this film is that though it might peddle complete lies and propaganda, there are moments of truly cinematic brilliance, with excellent direction and cinematography which makes this movie hard to ignore. What we should take away from this film is the fact that there is propaganda everywhere, and it will be enticing to make us fall for it. We have to be aware and always try and understand the political thought behind any work of art we see, read, or hear.
9. The Birth of A Nation (2016)
Another movie with the same name but with a completely different approach and story. This 2016 film is directed by and starring Nate Parker in the leading role tells the story of Nat Turner a slave who rose up in rebellion against his masters and led the slave revolution of 1893. Turner, a preacher, was among the very few literate slaves in the antebellum South and initially used to help his master preach propaganda to control the slaves and keep them from opposing any decision of their owners. Later, when he saw the inhuman torture and oppression that his people were made to go through every single day, Turner revolted against the white masters and organized a revolution. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.