Black History Month (BHM) is a great time to explore Black history and reflect on Black experiences in both the past an present during October. The month aims to raise awareness about issues which are often neglected in history as they are not part of a popular narrative. Coronavirus has sadly led to the cancellation of many in-person events, consequently leaving a much greater emphasis in engaging with BHM from home.
To help you out, we created a list of 5 must-watches during BHM. Check them out:
This film tells the story of a slave turned abolitionist, Harriet Tubman. It focuses on Harriet’s efforts in leading slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes who helped change the course of history.
When They See Us (15)
When They See Us is a series which tells the real-life story of the Central Park Five, a group of five teenage boys who were wrongfully convicted in a 1989 sexual assault case. The series spans over 25 years, highlighting from when the teenagers were first questioned about the crime, right up until the settlement that was reached in 2014.
12 years a slave (15)
The movie 12 years a slave follows the story of a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery.
This one is for the documentary fans. 13th, which refers to the 13th US Amendment, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. The documentary contains a mix of testimonies from politicians, historians, activists and formerly incarcerated individuals and archival footage.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (15)
This film follows the inspiring story of African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker played by Octavia Spencer, who built a hair care empire that made her America’s first female self-made millionaire.
Check out the BBC’s top watched for Black History Month 2021.