See 5 films to reflect the impact of racism on today’s society

See 5 films to reflect the impact of racism on today’s society

One of the most archaic problems in history still guides society. THE racial prejudice it is structured in the beginning of humanity, but it extends to the present moment. Racial hate crimes began to be criminalized only in 1989, marking the history of a race, but making prejudice veiled and still structured.

Discrimination is still very present in several social sectors, repressing blacks and placing them in lower positions. According to the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), blacks are 2.7 times more likely to be victims of homicide than whites. Refuting any kind of racial hatred, the Vida Negras Importam movement sparked more than a week of incessant protests after the murder of George Floyd, black and American, by a white police officer. People of all races and ethnicities took to the streets around the world in search of justice, calling for an end to inequality.

Due to the fight against prejudice, some movies they are essential for understanding the arduous history lived by the black population and how inequality still affects their lives.

Films to reflect the impact of racism

1. (2018)

The plot shows the life of teenager Starr Carter, who, after witnessing the murder of her best friend by a white police officer, begins to question how racism is deeply ingrained around her.

Starr then begins to wonder about his role as a black woman in society, after becoming the only witness in the homicide case witnessed by the same, and goes in search of justice for his friend.

Studying at a mostly white school and living in a socially criminalized neighborhood, the teenager begins to fight for her equal rights.

The Hate You Sow

2. (2012)

The film shows the reality of the black American population in the 1960s. Skeeter, a white journalist, begins his search for interviews with the aim of telling unfair stories lived by blacks. Amid the thunderous segregation experienced in the United States in 1960, the plot shows how black women left their lives to work for white people, raising other people’s children and abandoning their own families in order to survive.

The racial discrimination experienced shows how the past should not be erased, but used as a reference to seek the path to equality.

Cross Stories

3. (2016)

The film tells the story of Black, a black boy who finds himself in the middle of the criminal world. While searching for a better life, Black marks a journey of self-knowledge, while suffering physical and emotional abuse.

The plot shows how blacks are marginalized by society, and how Black wants to walk his own path, accepting who he is. The film became the first feature film with a cast formed only by black people, winning the Oscar for ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ and ‘Best Supporting Actor’.

Moonlight: Under the Moonlight

4. (2007)

The plot tells the story of the residents, mostly black, of a tenement in Salvador. The film raises questions about racial hate crimes and the strong violence against the black population.

In the midst of the traditional Brazilian carnival, it has the mission of showing the ills faced by the black race. In addition to showing how race influences the occupation of social classes stipulated by society, in most cases, marginalizing black people.

films about racism

5. (2014)

The film tells the story of one of the greatest activists in history, Martin Luther King. In the midst of situations of extreme racial prejudice, Luther King fights for the right to vote for people of African descent.

After leading one of the largest marches the world has ever seen, the protagonist promotes the signing of the Voting Rights Law, a major milestone for the black population. Resilience and the will to win show the trajectory of the black race, which, despite being inferior for decades, continues to struggle towards equality.

Selma: A Struggle for Equality

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