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Antiracist Resources: Films

Guide to antiracist resources including books, films, articles, primary sources, local and national action networks, protest resources, and bail funds.

Streaming Films

Films are powerful tools for generating empathy. This page offers suggestions of both narrative and documentary films about the Black experience. The following films are available for streaming via library databases; click the link and use your SVA credentials to sign in.

*please note that films in Kanopy are licensed on an annual basis. Please reach out to library@sva.edu if a film's license has lapsed.

Further Suggestions

The following films may be available on various commercial streaming services or for a small rental fee. Also, check the link below to the Criterion Collection, a film distributor that has lifted their paywall for many films about the Black experience.

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay, 2016)
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (Göran Olsson, 2011)
  • Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1986)
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler, 2013)
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr., 2018)
  • Killer of Sheep (Charles Barnett, 1977)
  • Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992)
  • Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1921)
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay, 2015)
  • Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley, 2018)