Picks for the Pandemic: The African American Experience

July 29, 2020 -

Produced by: Tropic Cinema
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The Tropic is providing our curated streaming recommendations on a variety of topics during our closure—and, in conjunction with our Recognize, Acknowledge, Participate documentary bundle from Magnolia Pictures, we suggest these films that deal with race and the African American experience. 

Once you’ve checked out I Am Not Your Negro, Whose Streets? and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, available here, take a look at the following.

13th (Netflix)
Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) directs this in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

Crime and Punishment (Hulu)
This New York Times Critics’ Pick chronicles the real struggles of a group of whistleblower cops in New York as they fight back against the illegal arrest quotas they’re pressured to abide by.

Dear White People (Netflix)
Based on creator Justin Simien’s acclaimed film, this comedy series follows students of color as they navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that’s not nearly as “post-racial” as it thinks.

Do The Right Thing (Available for rent on Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, YouTube and others)
In Spike Lee’s incendiary classic, it’s the hottest day of the year on a Brooklyn street—and residents can do nothing, do something, or do the right thing.

Get Out (Available for rent on Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, YouTube and others)
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is a tense, disturbing thriller about what happens when people of color are invited, but not exactly welcome.

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

Just Mercy (Prime)
Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx star in the powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence.

Mudbound (Netflix)
Writer/director Dee Rees tells the powerful story of two Mississippi families — one black, one white — who confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era.

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