July 2020 Collection Highlights
Inclusion is a hallmark of the LAFS Library’s Core beliefs. We do our best to spotlight creators from all countries, backgrounds, and cultures. To highlight issues currently affecting our world, we have curated a list of the films that shine a light on racial injustices and inequality.
You can watch it online (either free or paid) or read the scripts via our Koha catalog!
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, which is used as the title in DuVernay’s documentary. It follows the history from slavery through to the mass incarceration of Black people in the United States. The documentary shows why people have been calling for police reform.
Da 5 Bloods
Another Spike Lee Original: Four African American veterans return to Vietnam years after the war ends to find treasure and their Squad Leader’s remains.
Based on the Memoir from Ron Stallworth, the first African American Detective in the Colorado Spring Police Department. Spike Lee tells the tale of how Stallworth wants to do the impossible: Infiltrate and Expose the Klu Klux Klan.
The Black Godfather
A documentary film that tells the story of Clarence Avant, a music executive whose presence in music, film, TV and Politics is profound and infamous, though few outside of these circles might know his name. The Behind the scene style documentary is told by the people who worked with him.
Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture and based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished, Semi-autobiographical play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, Moonlight depicts a coming of age story of a black man that is guided by the support, love and kindness that his community provides.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Based on the 1974 Novel by James Baldwin, Beale Street depicts the love story of Tish and Alonzo and how a community supports them when Alonzo is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and the fight to prove his innocence.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
A Episodic series looking into the creation of the Wu-Tang Clan from their formative years and how they became a world wide phenomenon and a house hold name.
Do The Right Thing
Do the Right Thing is about one tragic day in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. A story about Race and Police Brutality. Dramatic, poignant, insightful, and a little funny.
A documentary of the activists in the 1960’s who rode buses through the south to challenge the non-enforcement of desegregating buses, and who were often met with violence.
The story of Oscar Grant, who was shot by police in Oakland, California. Won multiple awards at Sundance Film Festival
An Oscar winning horror movie about a black man who goes to his girlfriends home to meet her family and finds that nothing is as it seems. An interesting and insightful look into racial issues.
I'm Not Your Negro
A documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, and based on James Baldwin’s unfinished work, Remember this house. I’m not your Negro takes a look at historic racism through the eyes of civil rights leaders
The story of Malcolm x’s career, incarceration, conversation, the controversies around him, and his eventual assassination. Starring Denzel Washington and directed by Spike Lee
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
This documentary series follows the 2012 shooting of Trayvon martin by George Zimmerman, and the rise of the BLM movement.
A Netflix series that tells a story of a police officer who tries to cover up the death of a young black boy and his mothers’ fight for the truth.
Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement
A documentary takes us step by step through events that led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Activists, leaders, journalists, celebrities and scholars talk about their experiences and how it led to their involvement in the BLM movement.
Sorry to Bother You
An alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., where a Cassius Green, a telemarketer finds the key to material glory. As he begins to rise in the ranks, those that he works with and loves fight against corporate oppression, and Cassius must make a choice.
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