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7 Films to Learn More About the Fight For Equality

Discover our selection of films that will help you better understand the fight for equality.
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This compilation will help you to identify racism and social inequalities from different points of view: starting from how the problem has been dealt with over the decades, to its achievements and how much remains to be done. A projection of real events, this list can be a good start to create self-awareness.

By Goran Hugo Olson

Available on Amazon Prime.

During the '60s and '70s, a group of Swedish journalists travelled to the United States to learn more about the problems of the time. 30 years later, the Swedish director has collected the visual material and shares never-seen-before images and interviews. Through a foreign perspective, but with the local voices of true activists such as Angela Davis or Louis Farrakhan, this documentary tells us a little about the lives of the inhabitants of Brooklyn or Harlem and their fight for equity.

By Raoul Peck

Available on YouTube Premium.

Written by James Baldwin and voiced by the great Samuel L. Jackson, this documentary is based on Baldwin's unfinished work, Remember This House. This literary work speaks of the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X, the most recognised voices in the fight for civil rights, and the footprint they have left in American history. In this great audiovisual project, images and interviews of Baldwin are recovered, speaking of the restless fight for African American rights. Today his words are more relevant than ever.

By Alfonso Cuarón

Available on Netflix.

n 2018, this black and white masterpiece was brought to the big screens by the Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. This story allows us to visualise social inequality during the '70s, starring Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira. Inspired by Cuarón's babysitter, Libo Rodriguez, this film explores the relationship between classes in Mexico.

By Liz Garbus

Available on Netflix.

This documentary that tells about the incredible life of Nina Simone was released in 2015. Born in the United States, the legendary artist was not only a talented singer, but also fought for African American rights for decades. Through this project, we can learn how the reality affecteed the life on stage.

By Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith

Available on Amazon Prime.

This feature film, produced by Layda Negrete and Roberto Hernández, tells the story of José Antonio Zúñiga, a young man, 27 years old, who is being accused of a homicide he did not commit. In a case that seemed lost, Presumed Guilty shows us the reality of many prisoners and the disturbing justice processes in Mexico.

By Ava DuVernay

Available on Netflix.

The mini series relives the true story of the 5 teenagers convicted in the Central Park brokerage case of 1989. With a trial full of irregularities, this series takes a deeper look at the United States judicial system and gives a voice to its victims: Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Antron McCray.

By Ava DuVernay

Available on Netflix.

This is an in-depth analysis of the serious problem of mass incarceration in the United States, and how this directly affects African American citizens. This documentary explores the operation of prisons and the corporations that enrich themselves through this system. Nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary, this project invites us to look at the reality of thousands of prisoners and create awareness.

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