Amid nationwide protests and conversations around racism, film studios and streaming services have made a number of films and documentaries with themes of racial injustice and the black experience free to watch online.
Warner Bros. was the first to jump on board after making the 2019 film “Just Mercy” free for streaming this month. Now, several other studios have followed suit.
Here’s a list of some films free to stream for a limited time.
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Happy to share: Paramount Pictures is offering SELMA for free rental on all US digital platforms for June, starting now. Just go to your cable on demand or iTunes or Amazon or whatever you use to rent films, and it’s free. Netflix has also made 13TH available for free on YouTube. I believe these films should be available to all at no cost, especially in these important times. We’ve gotta understand where we’ve been to strategize where we’re going. History helps us create the blueprint. Onward.
“Just Mercy” (2019)
Based on a true story, this legal drama follows the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, who helps appeal the murder conviction of Walter McMillian. The film stars Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, this Oscar-nominated historical drama tells the story of 1965 voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
This documentary, also from filmmaker DuVernay, explores the history of racial inequality in the U.S. and its ties to the prison system.
Where to watch it: Netflix has made “13th” available to watch for free on YouTube.
“The Hate U Give” (2018)
Starring Amandla Stenberg, this drama follows the fallout after a high school teenager, Starr Carter, witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer.
Superstar Will Smith portrays the legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali in this biopic. The film focuses on an integral decade in the sports legend’s life from 1964 to 1974, including social and political moments during the period.
“Brian Banks” (2019)
This biopic tells the story of an all-American high school football star wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit. Years later, following his release, he gets help from the California Innocence Project to clear his name and fights to fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.