Movies
Our Definitive Movie List for Equality
Adam Schwartz

When was the last time you left the movie theatre feeling inspired? The feeling that you could take on the world? This is why we have created a list of movies that you can sit back and enjoy in the comfort of your own house. These powerful and empowering movies showcase tales of triumph, bias, struggles, and inequality. They create a sense of pride when the good guys finally prevail, and some of them might make you chuckle as well.

These thought-provoking movies will keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch them, and you understand the deeper meaning behind them. Sit back, grab your popcorn and shuffle through the list of these films on the shifts in our culture.

1. Recent Film: "Harriet."

This stunning movie follows the tale of Harriet Tubman, a slave-tuned-abolitionist, who led dangerous missions to liberate hundreds of enslaved African American via The Underground Railway. Although you might have read about her at some point in time, you’ve will never have seen her like this. This biographical film stars Cynthia Erivo as Harriet and chronicles how she escaped slavery and her relentless and distressing journey of liberating others from their shackles.

2. Best Historical Flick: "Selma."

Selma 92014) follows the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his uncompromising and determined pursuit for equal voting rights. Starring David Oyelow as Martin Luther King, the film is centred on the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. It follows the exhilarating story of Dr King on how he embarked on a three-month campaign which would help secure equal voting right for all African Americans.

It eventually came to fruition when President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. From the Oscar-winning producers of 12 Years A Slave, watch this touching and impactful film if you feel you need inspiration.

3. Best Story of Immigration: "The Visitor."

Directed by Tom McCarthy, The Visitor (2007) follows the tale of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian drummer Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (DanaiGurira), his Senegalese girlfriendwho sells jewelry at a local flea market. Although initially hesitant, Walters's initial dismay paves the way for compassion when he invites them to stay.

Tarek teaches the professor how to play the African drum to show his appreciation for letting continue to live there. It follows Vale’s newfound passion for life and Tarek’s possible deportation. Besides offering the perfect example of the forces that bind us and tear us apart, the film also illustrates the many challenges immigrants faced in a world post 9/11.

4. Best Date Night Pick: “Loving"

A movie based on the real-life love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, Loving (2016) follows the tale of an interracial couple married in the 1960s. The miscegenation laws made it illegal for them to wed in their home state of Virginia, which is why the couple travelled to Washington, D.C, to get married after Mildred realized she was pregnant.

What follows is how the Loving's got arrested, were put on trial, and banned from Virginia. What ensued is their fight to live in the state, and how love and persistence led them to the Supreme Court, where the court’s decision eventually ended the country’s last lingering segregation laws.

5. Best Documentary: "The Other Side of Immigration."

Although the documentary came out in 2009, “The Other Side of Immigration” is now more relevant and necessary than ever before. Directed by Roy Germano, this powerful documentary is based on over 700 interviews where roughly half the population has left to get jobs in the United States.

It delves into the reason for this mass exodus, and how it affects those who are left behind. This subtle and thought-provoking approach into the lives of undocumented immigrants is rarely ever witnessed by American eyes. The documentary presents audiences with various challenges, including how to find creative yet practical solutions to this issue.

5. Best Thought-Provoking Thriller: "Get Out."

This spine-chilling thriller directed by Jordan Peele adeptly and skillfully tackles critical issues like racism, cultural appropriation, and slavery by expertly weaving in metaphors. The film centers on Chris played by Daniel Kaluuya, and his Caucasian girlfriend Rose played by Allison Williams.

On a visit to her parents' house, ensues a series of mysterious circumstances and micro-aggressions that eventually lead to something so evil and sinister that Chris could have never pictured.

6. Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.  The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

7. Rosewood

John Singleton's "Rosewood'' re-creates the story of a shameful event in American history, the race riot by whites against blacks in 1922 in the small Florida town of Rosewood, which left the town in smoking ruin while dozens of its residents were shot, burned to death or lynched. But if the movie were simply the story of this event, it would be no more than a sad record. What makes it more is the way it shows how racism breeds and feeds, and is taught by father to son.

8. I Am Not Your Negro

Based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

9. Remember the Titans

In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more lavishly than Christmas, each playoff distinguished more grandly than any national holiday.

All of these moves are gripping, have substance and tell the story in an exciting manner. They are all worth watching more than once, have excellent story lines and good production quality as well.

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