Netflix has compiled a collection of movies, TV shows, and documentaries targeting racial injustice and being Black in America. The Black Lives Matter category consists of approximately 50 titles that are meant to spotlight Black storytelling.
“When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters,'” the company said on Instagram. “With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.”
Netflix’s Black Lives Matter collection includes standout films such as Barry Jenkins‘ Oscar-winning drama, Moonlight, and Spike Lee’s 1992 historical drama, Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington. Ava DuVernay‘s limited series, When They See Us, is also featured, in addition to her 2016 documentary, 13th. Spike Lee’s new Netflix picture, Da 5 Bloods, is also part of the assortment, releasing on the streaming service on June 12.
Netflix first spoke out about the Black Lives Matter movement last month in a tweet stating, “To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.”
According to Variety, the streaming platform has seen a significant increase in searches for “Black Lives Matter” amid protests following the murder of George Floyd.
The Black Lives Matter titles are available worldwide and showcased on the home screen for US subscribers. You can also access the collection through the “Genre” menu and netflix.com/blacklivesmatter.
See below for the best titles from Netflix’s Black Lives Matter selection, complete with descriptions from the streaming provider.
“In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.”
“A young Barack Obama forges his identity while dealing with race, diverging cultures and ordinary life as a New York City college student.”
“Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connections with others as she tours with Becoming.”
Da 5 Bloods
“Four African American veterans return to Vietnam decades after the war to find their squad leader’s remains — and a stash of buried gold.”
Dear White People
“Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that’s not nearly as “post-racial” as it thinks.”
“This intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.”
The Innocence Files
“The Innocence Project unravels missteps and deceit in a series of wrongful convictions, exposing the injustice inflicted on victims and the accused.”
“Previously unseen footage powers this documentary on the riots that erupted in LA after the acquittal of four police officers filmed beating Rodney King.”
“Spike Lee’s epic drama spans the extraordinary life of activist Malcom X, whose relentless advocacy for Black liberation made him a humanitarian icon.”
“In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up poor, Black and gay in a rough Miami neighborhood 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.”
She’s Gotta Have It
“Fiercely independent Brooklyn artist Nola Darling tries to remain true to herself while hooking up with three wildly different men.”
They’ve Gotta Have Us
“Powered by candid recollections from esteemed African American entertainers, this docuseries traces the history of Black cinema.”
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike
“In this funny and provocative series, rapper and activist Killer Mike puts his revolutionary ideas about about achieving social change into action.”
When They See Us
“Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.”