Film Friday:5 Movies to Watch This Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with Powerful Films! It’s time to dive deeper than ever before. This Film Friday, we’re spotlighting 5 must-watch movies that illuminate the Black experience across genres and eras. From historical dramas to coming-of-age stories, get ready for journeys of resilience, joy, and profound truths. So, grab your popcorn, settle in, and let these films move and inspire you.

Remember the Titans

Remember the Titans throws you onto a racially divided football field, where Coach Boone (Washington) unites black and white players. It’s more than just winning games; it’s about overcoming prejudice. The film’s heart lies in the performances, with Washington’s stoicism and Patton’s reluctant acceptance building a powerful bond. While predictable at times, it’s the emotional journey that resonates. Touchdowns, laughter, and tears – this Disney film packs a punch, reminding us that unity is the ultimate victory.


42 (2013) powerfully portrays Jackie Robinson’s journey as he shattered baseball’s color barrier. Chadwick Boseman delivers a captivating performance as Robinson, facing relentless racism with quiet dignity and athletic prowess. Harrison Ford shines as Branch Rickey, the Dodgers’ visionary GM who took a chance. The film doesn’t shy away from the ugliness of prejudice, but it ultimately celebrates Robinson’s resilience and his pivotal role in sports history. While some historical liberties are taken, the emotional impact remains strong.


More than a history lesson, Selma is a powerful immersion in Dr. King’s fight for voting rights. Oyelowo embodies King’s charisma and struggle, while DuVernay masterfully captures the courage and brutality of the marches. The film doesn’t shy from internal conflicts, adding depth to the movement. While some pacing issues exist, Selma’s emotional resonance and impactful message stay with you long after the credits roll. A must-watch for understanding the ongoing fight for equality.


Ava DuVernay’s “13th” isn’t just a documentary; it’s a powerful indictment of America’s racialized mass incarceration system. Through interviews with activists, politicians, and scholars, the film exposes the loophole in the 13th Amendment that allows slavery “as a punishment for crime,” linking the dots between Jim Crow laws, the War on Drugs, and the explosion of Black people behind bars. DuVernay’s unflinching lens reveals the system’s economic exploitation and its devastating impact on families and communities. “13th” is a must-watch, leaving you informed, enraged, and determined to fight for justice.

12 Years a Slave

“12 Years a Slave” is not an easy watch. It’s a harrowing journey into the depths of American slavery, told through Solomon Northup’s unflinching perspective. Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a tour-de-force performance, capturing both the resilience and degradation of a free man stolen and brutalized. The film is unflinching in its depiction of violence and cruelty, but it’s never gratuitous. Instead, it serves as a stark indictment of a barbaric system and a testament to the enduring human spirit. While emotionally challenging, “12 Years a Slave” is a powerful and necessary film, leaving a lasting impact long after the credits roll.

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