Anti-racist Film Recommendations

Amherst Cinema is an organization founded on the transformative power of storytelling.  We believe film is one of the most powerful conduits for personal and societal change and progress—a “machine that generates empathy,” as Roger Ebert put it. We also believe in the power of film to generate understanding, and to illuminate the horrors of racism, past and present. We stand in solidarity with those protesting during this important moment in the fight for justice and equality.

The following is a selection of films from black creators that speak to the current moment. These films may provide inspiration and guidance to those who are protesting the unjust and criminal treatment of black people in America. These films may also provide some context and insight for viewers who may be looking for answers to the question, "how did we get here?”

We hope these films start conversations that resonate in action as we all work towards creating a future that uplifts and values the voices and dreams of communities that have been systematically oppressed for so long.

Some of these films have screened at Amherst Cinema with post-screening discussions. We're working on digitizing some of these, and will amend this page as these resources become available.

WHOSE STREETS? - dir. Damon Davis & Sabaah Folayan, 2017
Watch on Hulu | Watch on Kanopy

13th - dir. Ava DuVernay, 2016
Watch on Netflix

STRONG ISLAND - dir. Yance Ford, 2017
Watch on Netflix

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO - dir. Raoul Peck, 2017
Watch on Amazon Prime | Watch on Kanopy

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU - dir. Boots Riley, 2018
Watch on Hulu

MALCOLM X - dir. Spike Lee, 1992
Watch on Netflix

WHO KILLED MALCOLM X - dir. Phil Bertelsen & Rachel Dretzin, 2020
Watch on Netflix

(T)ERROR - dir. Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe, 2015
Watch on Netflix

WHEN THEY SEE US - dir. Ava DuVernay, 2019
Watch on Netflix

Watch on Kanopy

EYES ON THE PRIZE - prod. Henry Eugene Hampton Jr., 1987 through 1990
Watch on Kanopy | Watch at Facing History

BORN IN FLAMES - dir. Lizzie Borden, 1983
Watch on Kanopy