When They See Us

Black Lives Matter: movies & shows that support the movement

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” – Angela Davis

The brutal murder of George Floyd in Minnesota was something we can’t look away from, and something we needed to be confronted with; but as American political activist Angela Davis says, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” 

These movies and TV shows are just some of the ones out there to help educate you and give you a stronger voice on racial injustice – including on our own soil; 434 Aboriginals have died in custody in Australia since 1991.   

First Australians 

Aboriginal lives matter

This must-watch seven-part documentary shines a light on the clouded history of Aboriginal Australians, who share ‘the untold story of Australia’ that unfolded with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Watch it on SBS On Demand. 

When They See Us

When They See Us

Image source: The Guardian

Based on the tragedy of the ‘Central Park 5’, this American Netflix miniseries explores how five young black men were wrongly accused of assaulting and raping a female jogger in Central Park in 1989, their lives, and families’ lives torn apart. 


13th documentary

An eye-opening documentary exploring how America’s prisons came to be wrongly and disproportionately populated with African Americans and Hispanics. The individual cases explored are endless and devastating. Watch it on Netflix

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station movie

A biographical film that tells yet another tragic African American story: In 2009 on New Year’s Day, 22-year old Oscar Grant (played by Michael B. Jordan), working to get his life back together, was shot for no reason by the BART police at Fruitvale Station in Oakland. Watch it on iTunes

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Time Kalief Browder

Imprisoned at New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail for three years (two of which were in solitary confinement) for allegedly stealing a backpack, Kalief Browder’s story is a tragedy. Highlighting everything that’s wrong with the system, watch this six-part documentary on Netflix. 

The BlacKkKlansman


Based on outrageously true events in the 70s, this American crime film featuring John David Washington and Adam Driver tells the story of Ron Stallworth: the first African American in Colorado Springs’ police department, he infiltrates the local Klu Klux Klan to investigate and expose the white supremacist organisation. 

Just Mercy  

Just Mercy movie

A film depicting the true story of African American civil rights defense attorney, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan), and wrongly-accused African American death row prisoner, Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx). Stevenson makes it his mission to free McMillian, convicted for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite the evidence proving his innocence. Watch it on iTunes

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Published: 11/06/20

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