Race in Cinema

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In trying not to be biased, I'm including the good, the bad and the ugly here - from the ugly and racist to the beautiful and empowering. I initially deleted this list after feeling that it was more of a niche and that the list served no purpose, but what's happening at the moment reminded me of the importance that these films have in making people politically aware. Some of these films are blatantly offensive, but skipping them would be obscuring history, which is worse than being offended for a moment. Not all of these films are explicitly focused on racial politics, a lot of more subtextual or contextual. Some have black people…

  • 12 Years a Slave

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  • 13th

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  • 3 Brothers: Radio Raheem, Eric Garner and George Floyd

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  • 4 Little Girls

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  • Abby

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  • After Earth

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  • Ali

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  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

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  • All Day and a Night

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  • American History X

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  • Amistad

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  • Anthem

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  • Antwone Fisher

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  • Ashes and Embers

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  • Attack the Block

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  • Avatar

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  • Bad Boys

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  • Bad Boys for Life

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  • Bad Boys II

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  • Bad Trip

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  • Ballast

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  • Bamboozled

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  • Bear

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  • Belle

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  • Belly

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  • Bessie

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  • Bird

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  • The Birth of a Nation

    28

  • The Birth of a Nation

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  • The Birth of a Race

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  • Birthright

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  • Black Dynamite

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  • Black Girl

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  • Black Is … Black Ain’t

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  • Black Liberation

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  • Black Mama, White Mama

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  • Black Mother

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  • Black Panther

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  • Black Panthers

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  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

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  • BlacKkKlansman

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  • Blacula

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  • The Blind Side

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  • Blindspotting

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  • The Blood of Jesus

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  • Blue Collar

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  • Body and Soul

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  • Bones

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  • Born in Flames

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  • Boyz n the Hood

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  • Broken Blossoms

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  • A Bronx Tale

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  • The Bronze Buckaroo

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  • Bulworth

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  • Candyman

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  • Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

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  • Car Wash

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  • Carmen Jones

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  • CB4

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  • The Central Park Five

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  • Chi-Raq

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  • Clockers

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  • Coffy

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  • Color Adjustment

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  • The Color Purple

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  • Colors

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  • Cooley High

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  • The Craft

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  • Crash

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  • Crooklyn

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  • Cry Freedom

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  • Da 5 Bloods

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  • Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

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  • Daughters of the Dust

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  • Dead Presidents

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  • Deep Cover

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  • Def by Temptation

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  • The Defiant Ones

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  • The Defiant Ones

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  • Detroit

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  • Devil in a Blue Dress

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  • Django Unchained

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  • Do the Right Thing

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  • Dolemite

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  • Dolemite Is My Name

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  • Dreams Are Colder Than Death

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  • Driving Miss Daisy

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  • Drums Along the Mohawk

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  • A Dry White Season

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  • Eddie Murphy Raw

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  • The Equalizer

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  • The Equalizer 2

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  • Ethnic Notions

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  • Eve's Bayou

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  • The Eyes of the Rainbow

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  • Feathers

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  • Field Niggas

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  • Finally Got the News

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  • Finding Forrester

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  • The Fits

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