The best blockbusters with black narratives

Amanda Goh examines 5 of the best black narratives in film.

Amanda Goh
15th October 2019
Image: Kevin Smith via Flickr
It's Black History Month again and what better way is there than to spend it watching some films! These films are not only great, they also consist of black narratives. While Blacks have been underrepresented in the cinema, there have been hints of resurgence in the recent years. Here are 5 that you would not want to miss!

1. The Help

First up is The Help. It is a melodrama that frames the push for racial equality. The film follows a tale of oppressed African Americans who have been given a voice by a journalist. This screenplay concentrates on personal injustices and the hardship and inequalities that have been experienced by African Americans. The films pulls on your heartstrings and is definitely one that you cannot miss!

2. Moonlight

This coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, is based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It follows a man's journey from a deprived childhood to self-realisation- Jenkin's film has won multiple oscars and it is obvious why!

3. Selma

Ava DuVernay's film of Selma is an inspiring picture about Martin Luther King and his civil rights march in 1965. The film stars David Oyelowo as King. This film highlights the racism evident in America, emphasising both the wider ramifications for the public and the personal implications for those involved in the civil rights movement.

4. The Colour Purple

This film by Steven Spielberg is a tale of the years in the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg). Goldberg  wonderfully portrays an African-American woman in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. The film is a close adaptation to the book by Alice Walker. It is definitely recommended for the Spielberg fans out there. But even if you are not a fan, still give it a shot. (or give the book a shot!)

5. Invictus

Invictus is a biographical film about Nelson Mandela unifying a country divided by race after his imprisonment. Morgan Freeman portrays Mandela wonderfully. The film is inspiring at its best and will no doubt tug at your heart strings.

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