For those looking to expand their worldview, especially when it comes to the Black experience, doing so through the lens of cinema is always a great place to start. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, the OG streaming platform is a great place to start a crash course in cultural assimilation. To help you get started, we’ve put together this roundup of the best black movies on Netflix that you can stream right now.
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Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland
Based on the 1929 novel of the same name, passing Tessa Thompson and Ruth Nega starred as Irene and Claire. Old friends who reunite after a chance meeting at a hotel, Irene is black and is married to a black physician. Claire, while Black, is able to “pass off” as White because of her lighter skin-colour. As the two women grow closer, their personal lives, insecurities and secrets begin to open up and weave together. Actress Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, passing An emotionally intense chamber drama with mesmerizing and complex-layered performances from both Thompson and Nega.
Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson
In marshalIn this, Chadwick Boseman stars as Thurgood Marshall, a black lawyer who takes on the case of a lifetime. When black driver Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) is accused of sexual misconduct by socialite Eleanor Straubing (Kate Hudson), Marshall travels to Connecticut to rescue Spell. Joining forces with local Jewish lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), the two men work tirelessly to acquit Spell while struggling with racial and anti-Semitic inequality. With a commanding lead performance from Boseman as Titanic Attorney, marshal A riveting courtroom drama and a breath of fresh air from standard biopic traditions.
High Flying Bird (2019)
Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg
over 90 million
In the wake of the NBA lockdown, sports agent Ray Burke (Andre Holland) is in danger of losing his entire career. Hoping to turn things around, the agent has less than 72 hours to present a controversial business plan for one of his rookie players, a business venture that will have major ripple effects throughout the NBA hierarchy of power. From director Steven Soderbergh, high flying bird combines the simplicity of richly scripted sports dramas such as moneyball And fills the narrative with energy that only a Soderbergh film can deliver. It is also Soderbergh’s second film to be shot entirely on the iPhone.unwell being the first).