The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Director: Keith Beauchamp
Country: USA
Year: 2005
Running Time: 70min
Language: English

This documentary presents a sobering reminder of the racial tensions that gripped America not so long ago. In Mississippi during the ’50s, a black teenager named Emmett Louis Till, who is from Chicago and visiting his great-uncle, whistles at a white woman in public. Not too long afterward, he is kidnapped and murdered. The filmmakers revisit the public outrage that follows, revealing Till’s family as being particularly brave for standing up to white racism when it was clearly unsafe to do so.

Selma, Lord, Selma

Director: Charles Burnett
Country: USA
Year: 1999
Running Time: 94min
Language: English

In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery.

Mighty Times: The Children’s March

Director: Robert Houston
Country: USA
Year: 2004
Running Time: 40min
Language: English

The Children’s March tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today’s young people to be catalysts for positive social change.

Courtesy of Teaching Tolernace.

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement

Director: Laurens Grant
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 60min
Language: English

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement is an original documentary film that chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement through the first person accounts of local activists, protesters, scholars, journalists and others.

Courtesy of BET.

Allen Report: Retracing Transnational African Methodism

Director: Alanna Lockward
Country: Dominican Republic
Year: 2016
Running Time: 76 min.
Language: English, French and Spanish with English subtitles

As the first Dominican-Haitian documentary co-production, this film retraces the liberation legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Namibia and the United States, its place of origin. These common narratives on struggles against enslavement and apartheid is told in three different languages (English, French, Spanish) in the voices of 19 interviewees.

Herencia de un Pueblo

Director: Carmen Roman
Country: Peru
Year: 2016
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: English

Set in the vibrant Peruvian town of El Carmen, this film highlights the people, town, and dance legacy of African descendants in Peru.

Ṣoju

Director: Oluwaseun Babalola
Country: USA/Botswana/Nigeria/Sierra Leone
Year: 2016
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: English

In this documentary, surfers, metal heads, and guerilla filmmakers explore their identities and culture in Sierra Leone, Botswana, and Nigeria.

Sketch

Director: Mariama Diallo
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 14 min.
Language: English

The aesthetics of racial profiling are examined in this film, which follows a police sketch artist who believes he has stumbled upon the suspect from one of his drawings.

Rest in Power, Malik Carmichael

Director: S. Ajay Ram
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 11 min.
Language: English

In this experimental short, eulogizing the life of 16-year-old Malik, a hypothetical teenager from the west side of Harlem, documentary-style interviews with Malik’s friends and family piece together the exceptional existence and senseless death of a black boy genius.

My Third Eye

Director: Nova Scott-James
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 4 min.
Language: English

This silent meditation on the relationship between a little girl and the male family member sexually abusing her examines the pain of intergenerational black familial trauma, but also the gift of spiritual independence.

Farewell Meu Amor

Director: Ekwa Msangi
Country: Tanzania/USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 10 min.
Language: English

On the morning of the long-awaited reunion with his exiled family, a man is faced with the heartbreak of a different type—of parting from his lover.

Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom

Director: Lebert Bethune
Country: Jamaica/USA
Year: 1967
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: English

Bethune’s film portrays Malcolm X at a time when his views were evolving to include what was going on in the world at large. It features interviews filmed during Malcolm X’s trip to Europe and Africa shortly before his assassination in the United States, interspersed with scenes of African rebellion.

Uprize!

Director: Sifiso Khanyile
Country: South Africa
Year: 2017
Running Time: 58 min.
Language: English

On the morning of June 16, 1976, students gathered to protest the use of the Afrikaans language in schools. What started out as a planned peaceful march turned into a bloody confrontation with the police. The student protests spread to other parts of South Africa, causing an economic instability that rapidly plunged the country into crisis. Uprize! looks at the political, social, and cultural conditions that shaped the uprising, how those ideas we transformed into liberatory action, and how those actions helped shape the democratic society we live in today.

 

Play the Devil

Director: Maria Govan
Country: Trinidad
Year: 2016
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: English

In Play the Devil, the prevailing poverty and lush beauty of Trinidad and the pulsating rhythms of Carnival are backdrop to a story where dreams and obsession collide. Gifted 18-year-old Gregory is his family’s only hope for financial success. When the naive young man meets James, a powerful, affluent businessman offering friendship and guidance, his world spins out of control. As James’s persistent advances become more intrusive and menacing, Gregory’s initial compliance changes to rejection and the fallout threatens to ruin his future and expose his secrets. Gregory and James face each other once again—on Carnival Monday, when young men cover themselves in blue paint, dress as devils, and become lost in the frenzy of drumming and howling.

Kalushi

Director: Mandla Dube
Country: South Africa
Year: 2016
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: English, Afrikaans, and Tsotsi-taal with English subtitles

Kalushi is a true story about Solomon Mahlangu, a 19-year-old hawker from the streets of Mamelodi, a ghetto township outside Pretoria, South Africa. After being brutally beaten by police during the 1976 Soweto uprisings, he goes into exile and joins the liberation movement; a series of violent events lead Mahlangu on a journey that culminates in his being forced to stand trial for his life, using the courtroom as his final battlefield. A hero of the struggle against apartheid, Mahlangu would become an international icon of South Africa’s liberation.

Green White Green

Director: Abba Makama
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2016
Running Time: 102 min.
Language: English and Pidgin with English subtitles

Shot on location in Lagos, Green White Green humorously explores social and political views commonly held throughout Nigeria, with each character representing one of the country’s three major ethnic groups. A story about classism and how people from different economic and cultural backgrounds think and behave, Green White Green plays with stereotypes to illustrate just how similar we are despite our diversity and prejudices.

Accra Power

Director: Sandra Krampelhuber and Andrea Verena Strasser
Country: Austria/Ghana
Year: 2016
Running Time: 49 min.
Language: English

Accra Power focuses on the creative and artistic strategies of young Ghanaians situated at the crossroads of tradition and various belief systems, high technological and economic growth, infrastructural deficits and current energy crisis.

Footprints of Pan-Africanism

Director: Shirikiana Gerima
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 78 min.
Language: English

The documentary ­­Footprints of Pan-Africanism revisits the era of Ghana’s emergence into independence, when Africans on the continent and in the diaspora participated in building a liberated territory. This movement, rooted in the determination to reassert black people’s humanity and recover from the impact of slavery and colonialism, constituted an essential, indispensable part of the global Pan-African vision for liberation, which in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s ushered in no less than a black political and cultural revolution. Footprints ultimately celebrates the challenges young generations continue to pose to those who have yet to pick up the baton of the great Pan-African dreamers.

Jojolo

Director: Lebert Bethune
Country: Jamaica/USA
Year: 1966
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: English

A subtle study of cultural identity following a graceful young woman of Haitian descent who works as a fashion model and actress in cosmopolitan Paris. Cool, light, and lyrical in style, Bethune’s portrait has a deft thematic touch.

 

Destination: Planet Negro

Director: Kevin Willmott
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 100 min.
Language: English

destination planet negro

In 1939, a group of African American intellectuals come up with an ingenious and unlikely response to Jim Crow America—leave the planet and populate Mars. A three-person crew embarks on a journey through space that will take them to a world not unlike present-day America.