Every day is a good day to enjoy Black cinema, and today (yes, right now!) is an especially good one, as many distributors have made key films from the Black canon available for free, in support of the ongoing and historic protests opposing police violence against the Black community.
These films cover a wide range of styles, tones, and themes, but are held together by their shared emphasis on the centrality, beauty, and struggles of Black life. Though they represent only a small fraction of this rich canon, we hope you can find a new title or two amongst these offerings, and maybe feel inspired to take a deeper dive!
Black Lives – The Criterion Channel
The Criterion Channel has created a collection of films focusing on the dreams, struggles, desires, and art of black characters and real-life subjects.
“Black Lives Matter, and art has a role to play in centering and celebrating the experiences of black people… From rediscovered gems by mavericks of early African American cinema like Oscar Micheaux and Spencer Williams, to independent-film landmarks by Charles Burnett and Julie Dash, to documentary portraits of black artists by white filmmakers Les Blank and Shirley Clarke, to innovative contemporary work by Khalik Allah, these films offer an invitation to reflect on the resilience and creativity of black individuals and communities in the United States and beyond.”
Criterion Channel subscribers can check out the films below!
Friend of Kan-Kan, Windsor Park neighbor, and Masters of Film Studies Coye Lloyd gives us “A Jumping Off Point” for Black Cinema – a beautiful and essential tribute to Blackness in cinema, with a full range of film recommendations!
Films Made Available to Watch for Free in Support of Black Filmmakers and Voices
Films & series from the 1920s through the 2020s have been made available to watch at no cost to you.
Change requires action by every single person. We each must act to create the change we want to see. One way is to exercise our privilege and responsibility to vote. Register to vote. Be informed about the candidates. And on November 3rd, VOTE.
Check out our additional resources page for a children’s read-along Black Lives Matter Library, A Trans History with Laverne Cox , and more!