30 delightful historical and intense African American movies

Outoftheboxmom has compiled a deep and thoughtful film listing of the lived African American experience. The complete list has some well-known historic figures like Nina Simone, Nelson Mandela, Barrack Obama, and Trevor Noah. However, we’ve slanted our selection to some lesser-known stories some of which are inspired by true stories. You can check the complete list here

Black or White

Black or White

This is a ‘problem picture’ that dramatizes a custody battle of a white grandfather for his mixed-race granddaughter. Written and directed by Mike Binder The movie stars Kevin Costner as Elliott Anderson a troubled recovering alcoholic who has lost his wife and daughter. Rowena Jeffers played by Octavia Spencer is the black grandmother who is determined to gain custody of her granddaughter. The stage is set for a conflicting set of emotions.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

 Swedish Journalist Goran Hugo Olsson has compiled in chronological order events from 1967 -1975. Rare footage never seen before on American TV contributes to the powerful storytelling of events that riveted the world with hope and despair. His odyssey portrays Dr. Martin Luther King as controversial yet kind and admirable. Questlove of the Roots gives some touching commentaries. Ultimate the movie is a view into how the Swedish community saw the Black Power movement.

Mississippi Damned

Mississippi Damned

Based on Tina Mabry’s own childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi, this independent drama was written and directed by Tina Mabry herself. As a result, the film takes a critical look at how poverty may affect children and their families. The movie follows three kids thrown into difficult circumstances at a young age. Each child confronts the difficult reality of growing up without adequate parental love and protection and the eventual consequence of choosing their destined path

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