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Black History Month - Film Review

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Designed to recognise history, experiences and accomplishments of black people, October has seen hundreds of events around the UK. Black History Month has now come to a close, but that doesn’t mean we cannot celebrate Black excellence all year round.

Here are ten programmes and films to watch this year:

1. Hidden Figures

A story about the brilliant black female mathematicians behind the early years of the US space programme.

2. Get Out

A satirical horror, Get Out is the story of meeting the parents gone BADLY wrong.

3. Mudbound

Oscar nominated, this film follows the lives of two WWII soldiers who have to deal with racism and settling back into life after the war.

4. A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time First film follows Meg, a young girl on a magical journey to be reunited with her missing father. Ava DuVernay, the film’s director, became the first woman of colour to direct a live-action film with a production budget over $100 million.

5. Paris is Burning

A documentary about the ball culture of the New York drag community in the late eighties with an exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.

6. Dear White People

Netflix’s version of the original film, Dear White People follows the lives of black students attending the USA’s most prestigious universities.

7. Belle

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. Adopted into aristocracy by her great-uncle, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.

8. The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog follows the story of Disney’s first black princess. Hard-working and ambitious, Tiana aims to open her own restaurant but saving money, kissing frogs and breaking voodoo spells mean it’s not all plain sailing.

9. Chewing Gum

The hilarious and heart-warming story of a young British black woman who rejects her Mother’s religion and starts to find her own way in the world.

10. Black-ish

Black-ish follows the life of a black family whose father struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighbourhood.


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