Movies, TV Shows and Online Videos

The Beloved Community Commission recommends the following movies, videos and TV shows.

Here I Am, Send Me: The Story of Jonathon Daniels
This award winning documentary explores the life of modern Christian martyr, Jonathon Daniels, who gave his life bravely defending a young woman in Alabama during the civil rights era.

The Central Park Five
Documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon & Sarah Burns (© 2012) telling the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989

Directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Spencer Averick & Ava DuVernay (© 2016).
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

Dark Girls
Directors/Producers D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke (© 2013)
Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color — particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

White Like Me
Directed by Scott Morris and written by Jeremy Earp & Scott Morris (© 2013).
Exploration of race and racism in the US from a white person’s perspective of whiteness and white privilege.

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
Produced, directed and written by Kathrine Brown (© 2008).
History finally gets rewritten as descendants of the largest slave-trading family in early America face their past, and present, as they explore their violent heritage across oceans and continents.

Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America
Directed by Marco Williams (© 2007).
A look at three U.S. cities, which were part of many communities that violently forced African American families to flee in post-reconstruction America.

Directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb(© 2014).
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

RACE: The Power of An Illusion – How the Racial Wealth Gap Was Created
Produced by Larry Adelman (Executive Producer) and Christine Herbes-Sommers, Tracy Strain, Llewellyn Smith (Episode Producers).
Documentary series that questions the very idea of race as innate biology, suggesting that a belief in inborn racial difference is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.  Some episodes available via free online streaming, rental from Vimeo and DVD purchase.  Online Facilitator Guide also available.

“The Lunch Date”
YouTube video published by SpringboardSchools showing a “study of perceptions.”

“Dr. Joy DeGruy-Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” and “Post traumatic Slave Syndrome (Part 4)”
A series of YouTube video presentations by Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary (© 2016 and 2017), based on her 2005 book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (PTSS).

“Strange Fruit – The Story Behind the “Song of the Century”
YouTube video released at the 75th anniversary of the classic Billie Holiday song “Strange Fruit.” (© 2008).

“Terror Lynching in America – Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror”
Narrated animated video portraying the “Enduring Impact of Racial Terror Lynchings in America” from the Equal Justice Initiative by Bryan Stevenson and illustrated by Molly Crabapple (© 2016)