10 Below-the-Radar Films That Celebrate Black American Experiences

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The collective uprisings all across the world in response to centuries of systemic white supremacy, but more specifically the recent murders of several Black people in the United States, have many people turning to art to help process their feelings of rage, helplessness and sorrow.

Social media feeds have transformed into memorials to the lives that have been stolen, with drawings re-imagining them as royalty and others that have them adorned in flowers. James Baldwin and other late historical figures’ works have experienced an exhumation, with their decades-old musings eerily speaking to today’s societal anxieties.

Books are often the first places that people go to seek guidance for our troubled times, but those lists can feel overwhelming and not conducive to our sense of urgency. Enter: movies. With the wealth of streaming services today offering up an array of titles, it can be difficult to know where to start. Though many lists seem to emphasize works that depict the brutalities of Black American life, here is a selection that can hopefully offer just a glimpse into the full breadth of the Black American experience.