Some Black British and US films for Black History Month

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BRITISH FILMS

A WAY OF LIFE (15) 2004 UK ASANTE, AMMA £15.99
Controversial British drama that starts with a brutal attack by a group of teenagers on a middle-aged man, and then goes back to fill in the events leading up to the assault.
AMAZING GRACE (PG) 2006 UK APTED, MICHAEL £15.99
Period biopic based on the British slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce.
BELLE (12A) 2014 UK ASANTE, AMMA DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £27.99
Set in th18th Century, Dido, is an black African woman, is sent to England to live on the estate of Lord Mansfield. Here she quickly realises that her ethnicity is problematic in this upper class society.
BULLET BOY (15) 2004 UK DIBB, SAUL DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Ashley Walters stars as Ricky, just released from a young offenders’ institute and determined to go straight. Instead, he becomes involved in a clash with a local gang member.
BABYLON (15) 1981 UK ROSSO, FRANCO £19.99
Set in South London at the start of the ’80s, a time when reggae music was at its peak and
racism was rife, the film follows Blue, the lead rapper for Ital Lion Sound, in the run-up to a Sound System competition with a rival crew led by Jah Shaka.
BLACK JOY (15) 1977 UK SIMMONS, ANTHONY £12.99
British culture-clash comedy with a social comment. Ben, a young man from Guayana who comes to London in search where he finds himself caught up in all manner of misunderstandings and disasters on the streets of Brixton, before finally learning how to stick up for himself.
BORDERLINE (15) 1930 MACPHERSON, KENNETH £24.99
A groundbreaking silent British avant-garde film with its explicit theme of racial prejudice and with an implicit homoerotic subtext, this is a seething exploration of love, passion and betrayal starring the legendary Paul Robeson. This lost classic tells the story of a tense, inter-racial love triangle and its deadly consequences.
BURNING AN ILLUSION (15) 1982 UK SHABAZZ, MENELIK £19.99
Ground breaking British feature exploring a black woman’s questions of racial identity, set amongst the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove areas of West London.
CRY FREEDOM (PG) 1987 UK ATTENBOROUGH, RICHARD £9.99
The story of Steven Biko, a South African black activist, and his friendship with white journalist Donald Woods.
DANCING ON THE EDGE (15) 2012 £19.99
Steven Poliakoff writes this five-part drama set in London in the 1930s following the rise and fall of a black jazz band.
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS (15) 2002 UK FREAR, STEPHEN £15.99
Highly educated Nigerian, Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) can only find work low paid work in London. He shares a room with another illegal immigrant Senay (Audrey Tatou). They both live in fear of being caught.
FLAME IN THE STREETS (PG) 1961 UK BAKER, ROY WARD £12.99
Hard-hitting melodrama about racial tensions in early 1960s England
PRESSURE/BALDWIN’S NIGGER (15) 1975/6 OVÉ, HORACE £19.99
‘Pressure’ (1975) is widely seen as Britain’s first black feature. Set in 1970s London, it follows the daily struggle of young black British youths in an uncaring society.
‘Baldwin’s Nigger’ (1969) is a documentary portrait of the writer James Baldwin during his 1969 visit to the UK.
THE PROUD VALLEY (PG) 1940 UK TENNYSON, PEN £15.99
Paul Robeson stars as David Goliath, a charismatic African-American seaman who washes up in a small mining village in Wales.
SAPPHIRE (PG) 1954 DEARDEN, BASIL £12.99
Graphic portrayal of ethnic tensions in 1950s London
YOUNG SOUL REBELS (18) 1991 UK ISAAC JULIEN £19.99
In the long hot summer of 1977, London prepared for the Silver Jubilee celebrations as social and sexual tensions in the community reach boiling point following the murder of a local black gay man.

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US FILMS

12 YEARS A SLAVE (15) 2013 MCQUEEN,STEVE
DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £24.99
Award-winning historical drama of Solomon Northup, an African-American living with a wife and two children in Saratoga, New York, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
AMERICAN VIOLET (12) 2008 DISNEY, TIM £15.99
Based on a true story of innocent African-American single mother Dee Roberts who is arrested on drug charges and is helped by American Civil Liberties Union lawyer to clear her name.
AMISTAD (15) 1997 SPIELBERG, STEVEN £19.99
Based on actual events. In 1839, a group of fifty-three African slaves held on the ship ‘Amistad’ revolt and kill the crew, demanding to be returned to Africa. The helmsman misleads them, taking them to America, where the Africans are put on trial.
ANTWONE FISHER (15) 2004 WASHINGTON, DENZEL £17.99
Based on the memoirs of Antwone Fisher, a young African American sailor who has to confront his past in order to deal with his anger.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (12) 1974 KORTY, JOHN £10.99
Award-winning made-for-TV drama with Cicely Tyson portraying the life of a fictional 110-year-old African-American woman.
BARBERSHOP/BARBERSHOP 2 – BACK IN BUSINESS (12) £12.99
A double bill of barbershop humour, in these feel-good tales about a Chicago African-American barbershop barbershop.
THE BUTLER (12) 2013 DANIELS, LEE . DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £24.99
The film tells the story of the black butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker)’s who worked for 34-year as head butler at the White House.
CARMEN JONES (U) 1954 USA PREMINGER, OTTO £19.99
Modern remake of Bizet opera set in an all-black army camp, where civilian parachute maker Carmen Jones is in love with Joe, who’s engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War.
COLOR PURPLE (15) 1985 SPIELBERG, STEVEN £12.99
Adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel, which spans 40 years in the life of a poor black woman who endures years of abuse from her father and her husband.
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (12) 2014 SIMIEN, JUSTIN £17.99
Satirical comedy set at the prestigious and predominantly white Winchester University, black student Sam (Tessa Thompson) tries to shake up her school’s student body and confront its widespread racial disparity with her campus radio show ‘Dear White People’.
THE DEFIANT ONES (U) 1958 KRAMER, STANLEY £15.99
In America’s Deep South two convicts, one black (Sidney Poitier), one white (Tony Curtis), escape from a chain gang and go on the run still handcuffed together. Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American to be nominated as best actor for his acting in the film.
DO THE RIGHT THING (18) 1989 LEE, SPIKE £9.99
Spike Lee’s study of racial tensions takes place on the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York.
DRIVING MISS DAISY (U) 1989 BERESFORD, BRUCE £12.99
Set in the Deep South of the 1950s and 60s, the film touches on racism and prejudice but mainly focuses on the developing relationship between the wealthy Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, who she initially ignores, then accepts and finally befriends.
FRUITVALE STATION (15) 2013 COOGLER, RYAN DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Docudrama that reconstructs the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black Oakland resident who was shot in the back by a white officer. The incident sparked outrage and debate about police brutality and civil justice.
THE GREAT DEBATERS (12) 2007 WASHINGTON, DENZEL £19.99
Denzel Washington stars as the maverick college professor who inspires a student debate team against the backdrop of racial segregation in the 1930s American South.
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER ANNIVERSARY EDITION (PG) USA 1967 KRAMER, STANLEY £12.99
A crusading publisher and his wife struggle to come to terms with their daughters choice of her new fiancee, a distinguished black doctor. The mother accepts her daughter’s decision, but her father is shocked by this interracial union.
THE HELP (12) 2011 USA TAYLOR, TATE £19.99
Set against the backdrop of the 1960s American civil rights movement, based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. It is 1964 and racism is rife in Jackson, Mississippi. Skeeter (Emma Stone), the strong-willed daughter of a well-to-do family, returns to the town from college to take up a role at the local newspaper.
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (12) 1967 USA JEWISON, NORMAN £9.99
Rod Steiger plays a small-town Mississippi sheriff who is forced to collaborate on a murder investigation with Virgil Tibbs, a black homicide detective from Philadelphia (Sidney Poitier). The pair at first find themselves totally at odds with each other, but as the investigation proceeds each learns to respect the other’s talents. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Steiger.
INVICTUS (12) 2009 USA EASTWOOD, CLINT DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £26.99
Drama based on events that took place in South Africa. In an effort to help unite his racially and economically divided country newly-elected Nelson Mandela joins forces with Francois Pienaar captain of South Africa’s rugby team to the universal language of sport to help bring his people together.
KILLER OF SHEEP (12) USA 1977 BURNETT, CHARLES £15.99
Examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.
MALCOLM X (15) 1992 USA LEE, SPIKE £12.99
Spike Lee’s film about the life of the controversial black leader Malcolm X, who emerged from the streets to become a powerful voice for the black rights movement in America.
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (12A) 2013 CHADWICK, JUSTIN £19.99
Idris Elba stars as Mandela in this biopic of the former South African President and key anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela.
MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA (15) 2008 LEE SPIKE £14.99
Based on James McBride novel about the all-black 92nd Division Buffalo Soldiers who served in Europe from 1944 to the end of the War.
MISSISSIPPI BURNING (18) 1988 PARKER, LANA £9.99
A fictionalised version of the events surrounding the Ku Klux Klan’s murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.
RED TAILS (12) 2012 HEMINGWAY, ANTHONY £15.99
World War Two action adventure based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the squadron of African-American fighter pilots who overcame both American racism and the German Luftwaffe to prove their courage and skills in the air.
SAVANNAH (12) 2013 HAYWOOD-CARTER, ANNETTE £15.99
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in this historical drama based on the true story of freed slave Christmas Moultrie.
SELMA (12) 2014 DUVERNAY, AVA DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £21.99
Based on the Selma to Montgomery marches of 1965 that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act,  the film follows the story of James Bevel (Common), Hosea Williams (Wendell Pierce) and  Martin Luther King Jr (Oyelowo) as they campaigned for their right to vote.
SHADOWS (PG) 1959 USA CASSAVETES, JOHN £19.99
Set in the jazzy, beatnik underground of 50s New York, John Cassavetes’ first film features a score by Charles Mingus, improvised performances, a gritty naturalism and is widely considered to be a landmark in independent filmmaking. A black woman (Lelia Goldoni) begins an affair with a white man, creating family and racial tension
SHAFT (15) 1971 PARKS, GORDON £12.99
Private detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is called in when the daughter of Harlem gangster Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn) is kidnapped. One of the first blaxploitation film made for a black cinema audience.
SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG (18) 1971 PEEBLES, MELVIN VAN £19.99
Hustler Sweet Sweetback (Melvin Van Peebles) sees two cops beating up a black revolutionary. He takes revenge by killing the cops, but is then forced to go on the run.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (PG) 1962 USA MULLIGAN, ROBER £19.99
Gregory Peck gives an Oscar winning performance as a lawyer defending a black man accused of assaulting a young white woman.

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