CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH.  SOME FILMS TO WATCH ON DVD

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12 YEARS A SLAVE (15) 2013 MCQUEEN,STEVE  DVD – £10.99 BLU RAY – £12.99
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 but with the help of a American Civil Liberties Union lawyer clears her name.
AMISTAD (15) 1997 SPIELBERG, STEVEN £19.99
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.
BANDE DE FILLES/GIRLHOOD (15) 2014 FRANCE SCIAMMA, CÉLINE  DVD – £17.99   BLU RAY – 22.99
16-year-old Marieme suffers from abuse at home and failure at school. She only discovers a  sense of identity when she befriends a gang of three girls.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (12) 2012  ZEITLIN, BENH   £15.99
Academy Award-nominated fantasy drama about a six-year-old girl, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), who  struggles to survive in  a poverty-stricken  swamp area not protected by the  levee system. When a colossal storm threatens she and her sick father take to the water in a makeshift boat fashioned from the back of an old pickup truck.
BELLE (12A) 2014 UK   ASANTE, AMMA  DVD – £10.99    BLU RAY – £12.99
Period drama inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. Dido is an African woman who is sent to be in England to live on the estate of  Lord Mansfield.  Here she quickly realises that her ethnicity is problematic in this upper class society.
BOROM SARRET/LA NOIRE DE/BLACK GIRL (15) 1966 SENEGAL  SEMBENE, OUSMANE IN FRENCH  £19.99
La noire de./Black Girl’ (1966) follows young Senegalese nanny with high-hopes who travels to the Antibes with her white employers. Upon arrival in France, her  relationship with her employers deteriorates as they subjugate her to the role of an all-purpose housemaid. The short ‘Sarret’ (1969) follows a day in the life of a poor horse cart driver in Dakar.
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-years 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.

FENCES (12) 2016 WASHINGTON, DENZEL £19.99
Drama adapted from August Wilson’s play about a working-class African-American former baseball player struggling to come to terms with events which led him to take up a job as a waste collector in 1950s Pittsburgh.
FRANTZ FANON: BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASK (15) 1995  JULIEN, ISAAC  £15.99
Film about Afro-French psychiatrist Frantz Fanon (Colin Salmon) who was heavily involved in anti-colonial movements throughout his life in his native Martinique, Algeria and throughout the world as he grew increasingly frustrated with the oppression of black people.
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 (PG) USA 1967 KRAMER, STANLEY £12.99
A crusading publisher and his wife struggle to come to terms with their daughters choice of fiancée, 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 DVD DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett and set in racist Jackson, Mississippi,in 1964. Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college and decides to write a book after interviewing black women who have spent their lives working as maids to prominent southern families.
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.
INVICTUS (12) 2009 USA EASTWOOD, CLINT DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £26.99
In an effort to help unite his racially and economically divided country newly-elected Nelson Mandela joins forces with the captain of the South Africa’s rugby team to use the universal language of sport to unite the country.

LOVING (15) 2016 NICHOLS, JEFF £19.99
1950s historical drama about an interracial couple who defy state laws to marry in 1950s Virginia.
MALCOLM X (15) 1992 USA LEE, SPIKE £12.99
Film about the life of the controversial black leader Malcolm X.
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (12A) 2013 CHADWICK, JUSTIN £19.99
Idris Elba stars as Mandela in this biopic .
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.

MOONLIGHT (15) 2016  JENKINS, BARRY  DVD –  £15.99   BLU RAY – £19.99
  Set in a rough Miami neighbourhood, the film chronicles, from early life to young adulthood, the life of poor African-American Chiron.   Chiron is a small withdrawn boy who is bullied at school and who falls under the wings of  drug dealer Juan.  Juan tries to help Chiron  not to accept his lot in life.

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (12) 1959   WISE, ROBERT £19.99
Crime drama starring Harry Belafonte, as black gambler Johnny who takes part in a bank raid
with racist ex-con Earl (Robert Ryan)
PARIS BLUES (12) 1961 RITT, MARTIN DUAL FORMAT ED. £19.99 
Set in Paris two jazz musicians  (played Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier), live for music, but  their carefree idyll is disturbed when two American tourists enter their lives.
PIONEERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA(E) 5-DISC DVD SET – £49.99  5-DISC BLU-RAY SET – £69.99
Extensive look at the  the landmarks of early African-American cinema,  with this newly restored  collection of features and shorts.
RACE (PG) 2016  HOPKINS, STEPHEN     £12.99 
Biopic of the African American athlete Jesse Owens (Stephan James) who  overcomes a number of challenges and broke down racial barriers before winning gold at the Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936.
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, a black woman (Lelia Goldoni) begins an affair with a white man, creating family and racial tension. The film features a score by Charles Mingus .
SHAFT (15) 1971 PARKS, GORDON £12.99
Private detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is called in when the daughter of Harlem gangster 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.
WITHOUT PITY (12) 1948 ITALY LATTUAD, ALBERTO £9.99
Co-written by Federico Fellini the film was deemed controversial upon its release for its love story between a black G.I and a local Italian girl.

DVDs available to buy on release from J.Whiting Books/Worldonlinecinema.com at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/new-english-language-films-on-dvd#TOC-CELEBRATE-BLACK-HISTORY-MONTH—

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