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Alfre Woodard leaves the big city behind and heads down south to save her family in this heartfelt film directed by Maya Angelou.

“On the Criterion Channel, we’re highlighting films that focus on Black Lives, and have taken down the paywall on as many of these titles as we can, so even if you aren’t a subscriber you can watch them for free.”

Check out the Criterion Channel’s homepage for additional free titles.

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One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice? With a deep sense of humanity and a deft directorial hand, Reinaldo Marcus Green smartly reformulates the traditional construction of “protagonist” to magnify the power of perspective.

“At this critical time, we are postponing the promotion of our new films and dedicating all efforts to amplify black voices. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be making NEON films directed by black filmmakers available to watch for free.”

Courtesy of director Reinaldo Marcus Green, his debut feature, Monsters and Men, is the first film in this series.

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