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Black Film Is Not A Genre

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

From historical biopics like Belle to surrealist commentary like Sorry To Bother You, contemporary black filmmakers are redefining what some might think of as 'Black cinema'. Black Panther's block busting performance while wearing it's Afrofuturism unapologetically has proved that good stories and well made films are universally appealing. These creators have always been there, working passionately in many genres.


We asked our network what films from Black filmmakers we should be watching, with a few TV shows thrown in - links below.

Row 1: Moonlight - Barry Jenkins (2016), Belle - Amma Asante (2013)

Row 2: Black Dynamite - Scott Sanders (2009), Black Panther - Ryan Coogler (2018)

Row 3: Do The Right Thing - Spike Lee (1989), Eve's Bayou - Kasi Lemmons (1997)

Row 4: Get Out - Jordan Peele (2017), Malcolm X - Spike Lee (1992)

Row 5: Sorry To Bother You - Boots Riley (2018), I May Destroy You - Michaela Coel (2020)

Row 6: Atlanta - Donald Glover (2016)

Row 7: Lovecraft Country - Misha Green/Jordan Peele (2020)

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