Important Movies To Watch About Black History

The whole world is rightfully protesting against the injustice towards Black people, following the murder of George Floyd.

As a white person, I am taking it upon myself to actively research about the history and current anti-black racism, and everything black culture.

Fortunately, there are several feature films and documentaries available to stream, such as those below.

Of course I was going to talk about movies – you didn’t expect The Movie Dweeb to do sets of LEGO that could educate you on the matter, did you?

12 Years A Slave

A freeborn black man is abducted from New York and sold into slavery in this historical drama based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup.


In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyse the criminalisation of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.


Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with Becoming.

Black Panther

T’Challa, the super-powered new leader of the hidden, highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, strives to protect his home from enemies old and new.


The Ku Klux Klan just found their latest recruit. There’s only one problem: He’s black.


Nearing the end of his probation, ex-convict Colin just wants to avoid prison — but his best friend Miles and their city of Oakland don’t make it easy. 

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.

Fruitvale Station

This dramatic rendering of a real-life tragedy recounts the final hours of Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police on New Year’s Day, 2009.

Green Book

Out of their elements, a refined pianist hires a street-smart driver to navigate a concert tour of the segregated Deep South.

The Hate U Give

A teen witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a trigger-happy cop and must decide whether to testify or not.

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

This intimate, in-depth look at Beyonc√©’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is a soulful drama about a young couple fighting for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.

Just Mercy

A powerful true story that follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his battle for justice as he defends a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence.


In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up poor, black and gay in a rough Miami neighbourhood tries to find his place in the world.


Two Mississippi families – one black, one white – confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era.

Sorry to Bother You

He’s a talented salesman whose success opens the company’s biggest doors. The question is… Does he want to enter?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone achieved fame, fortune and legend status. But she wanted more. She wanted equality.

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