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Drama201883 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden love in Kenya.

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Drama201881 minsDirector: Leanne Welham

An HIV+ mother has a chance to turn her life around when she's offered a market stall, in Leanne Welham's extraordinary drama.

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Talking about TreesTalking about Trees

Documentary201994 minsDirector: Suhaib Gasmelbari

Beautifully shot documentary about four members of the 'Sudanese Film Club' who decide to revive an old cinema.

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Drama2018107 minsDirector: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

A fostered Nigerian boy growing up in Essex loses all sense of identity and joins a racist skinhead gang. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Oz, Lost) directs this powerful drama based on his own, extraordinary upbringing.

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The Day Shall ComeThe Day Shall Come

Comedy201888 minsDirector: Christopher Morris

An impoverished Miami preacher is lured into terrorism by the FBI, in the latest explosive satire from comedy genius Chris Morris.

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Drama201990 minsDirector: Rashaad Ernesto Green

Budding writer Ayanna’s life is transformed over the course of one hot Harlem summer, when a handsome and mysterious stranger walks into her life.

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Amazing GraceAmazing Grace

Documentary201989 minsDirector: Alan Elliott

Aretha Franklin, at the height of her powers, returns to the music which nurtured her prodigious talent.

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Monsters and MenMonsters and Men

Drama201896 minsDirector: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Unravelling the aftermath of a police killing of a black man - and how it affects the lives of three separate individuals. With John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman).

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Crime2018102 minsDirector: Idris Elba

In his thrilling directorial debut, Idris Elba brings to life Victor Headley’s cult crime novel.

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Sorry to Bother YouSorry to Bother You

Comedy2018111 minsDirector: Boots Riley

A mild-mannered call centre operator whizzes up the corporate ladder after he discovers a unique ability to adopt a "white voice" in writer-director Boots Riley's breathlessly inventive satire.

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Drama2018135 minsDirector: Spike Lee

Spike Lee's stunning crime drama tells the stranger-than-fiction true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK in the 1970s.

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Night Comes OnNight Comes On

Drama201887 minsDirector: Jordana Spiro

After being released from prison, a young African American woman goes in search of her father.

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Drama2019125 minsDirector: Kasi Lemmons

Cynthia Erivo gives a show-stopping turn as the American revolutionary anti-slavery heroine Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons' biopic.

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Comedy201895 minsDirector: Carlos López Estrada

While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend, in this electrifying Sundance hit.

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Documentary2018120 minsDirector: Kevin Macdonald

Stunning revelations and captivating reminiscences paint a picture of the extraordinary life of singer Whitney Houston, in this in-depth portrait by acclaimed filmmaker Kevin MacDonald (Touching the Void, Marley).

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Drama2018111 minsDirector: Icíar Bollaín

Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake) scripts this inspiring biopic of Carlos Acosta, and his journey from a run-down Havana neighborhood to becoming the first black principal dancer of The Royal Ballet.

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and BamiGrace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Documentary2017115 minsDirector: Sophie Fiennes

Grace Jones is laid bare in this intimate and electrifying insight into the fascinating world of a pop-cultural phenomenon.

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Get OutGet Out

Horror2017104 minsDirector: Jordan Peele

Satirical horror and astute social commentary combine in Jordan Peele’s seat-gripping suspense thriller, starring Daniel Kaaluuya.

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I Am Not a WitchI Am Not a Witch

Drama201793 minsDirector: Rungano Nyoni

Welsh-raised, Zambian-born Rungano Nyoni delivers a dazzling debut with this darkly satirical fairy tale about a little girl accused of being a witch.

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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel BasquiatBoom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Documentary201775 minsDirector: Sara Driver

The story of how one of the 20th century's most important artists emerged from the post-punk, b-boy and graffiti scenes of late '70s New York.

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Whitney: Can I Be MeWhitney: Can I Be Me

Documentary2017101 minsDirector: Nick Broomfield

Documentary titan Nick Broomfield turns his gaze to the troubled pop star whose sensational voice masked an inner identity crisis.

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The Rape of Recy TaylorThe Rape of Recy Taylor

Documentary201791 minsDirector: Nancy Buirski

Nancy Buirski's vital documentary revisits an unjustly forgotten chapter of American history; the story of an immensely brave woman who refused to be silenced.

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Sweet CountrySweet Country

Period drama2017113 minsDirector: Warwick Thornton

Australian director Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) brings a vital Indigenous perspective and great cinematic vision to this powerful, revisionist Western, with Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.

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Drama2017143 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

John Boyega excels as the security guard caught up in a violent conflagration during the riots of 1967, in Kathryn Bigelow's blistering thriller.

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The WeekendThe Weekend

Comedy201694 minsDirector: Sheridan De Myers

Street-smart Hackney comedy about three friends whose unexpected cash windfall funds the mother of all parties; from the talents behind YouTube hit Mandem on the Wall.

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Southside with YouSouthside with You

Biopic201684 minsDirector: Richard Tanne

This smart, sophisticated, Sundance-nominated romance follows the first date of a couple who would go on to change the world – Barack and Michelle Obama.

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I Am Not Your NegroI Am Not Your Negro

Documentary201694 minsDirector: Raoul Peck

Raoul Peck’s penetrating and acclaimed documentary reconstructs an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, chronicler of America’s Civil Rights Movement.

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Biopic2016135 minsDirector: Stephen Hopkins

The remarkable story of Jesse Owens, the grandson of a slave whose athletic feats defied Nazi ideology at the 1936 Olympics.

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A United KingdomA United Kingdom

Drama2016111 minsDirector: Amma Asante

Amma Assante (Belle) directs this impassioned drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike depicting an interracial romance that changed the world.

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Drama2016111 minsDirector: Barry Jenkins

Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture (eventually!), Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating drama follows the furtive life of a gay black boy through 80s Miami.

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Generation RevolutionGeneration Revolution

Documentary201672 minsDirector: Usayd Younis

This urgent, impassioned documentary follows a new generation of Black activists as they fight for social and political change in London and beyond.

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Drama200899 minsDirector: Noel Clarke

After being released from prison following a murder charge, Sam Peel (Noel Clarke) attempts to reboot his life and seek redemption.

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Crime2016104 minsDirector: Noel Clarke

A decade after the release of Adulthood, Sam (Noel Clarke) is trying to keep his family safe while simmering old grudges threaten to resurface.

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Embrace of the SerpentEmbrace of the Serpent

Action and Adventure2015124 minsDirector: Ciro Guerra

The spirit of Werner Herzog and Apocalypse Now imbue this majestic Oscar-nominated odyssey through the heart of the Amazon.

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Urban HymnUrban Hymn

Drama2015114 minsDirector: Michael Caton-Jones

In the wake of the London riots, teenager Jamie (Letitia Wright) finds herself at a crossroads; until music offers an unexpected path to salvation.

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Musical2015127 minsDirector: Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s bold and vivacious hip-hop musical restages an ancient Greek battle-of-the-sexes in 21st-century Chicago.

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Drama201590 minsDirector: Bilall Fallah

Star-crossed lovers from rival street gangs conduct an illicit affair in this pulsating urban romance.

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Looking for LoveLooking for Love

Documentary2015115 minsDirector: Menelik Shabazz

Leading filmmaker Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion) explores intimacy and relationships within Britain’s black community.

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The Hard StopThe Hard Stop

Documentary201586 minsDirector: George Amponsah

The story of Mark Duggan, who was shot and killed in Tottenham in 2011, is brought to the screen in this humane, thought-provoking and topical documentary.

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The FitsThe Fits

Drama201572 mins

Toni, an eleven year-old tomboy, finds a new purpose when an epidemic of seizures strikes her dance class, in this riveting and psychological character portrait from filmmaker Anna Rose Holmer.

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Biopic2014128 minsDirector: Ava DuVernay

David Oyelowo’s stunning performance as Martin Luther King Jr. adorns this gripping account of the campaign that changed the course of American civil rights.

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Stories of Our LivesStories of Our Lives

Documentary201461 minsDirector: Jim Chuchu

Five stories of forbidden desire, courageously collected to tell the hidden truths of LGBT life in Kenya.

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Documentary201498 minsDirector: Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto’s inspirational documentary about Brenda, a Chicagoan charity worker who helps vulnerable prostitutes leave the industry.

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Biopic2004152 minsDirector: Taylor Hackford

Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his extraordinary performance as Ray Charles, in a film that revived the potency of the musical biopic.

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Gone Too Far!Gone Too Far!

Comedy201388 minsDirector: Destiny Ekaragha

Riotous urban comedy adapted from the hit Royal Court play, about a Peckham teen affronted by the arrival of his long-lost Nigerian sibling.

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Jimi All Is by My SideJimi All Is by My Side

Biopic2013118 minsDirector: John Ridley

OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix on the cusp of greatness, honing his act in Swinging London, in this revealing and alternative take on the rock biopic.

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12 Years a Slave12 Years a Slave

Biopic2013134 minsDirector: Steve McQueen

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender star in Steve McQueen’s fearless, Oscar-winning story of a free man who’s sold into slavery.

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20 Feet from Stardom20 Feet from Stardom

Documentary201387 minsDirector: Morgan Neville

This moving documentary shines a spotlight on the backing singers behind some of the great musical hits of the 21st century.

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Drama201379 minsDirector: Rob Brown

A former child soldier in Congo, now living in London, witnesses a crime and is drawn into a violent world he'd hoped to leave behind.

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Of Good ReportOf Good Report

Drama2013110 minsDirector: Jahmil Xolani Thandikhaya Qubeka

Disturbing but deeply stylish South African drama about a teacher who becomes obsessed with an under-age pupil in his class, with tragic consequences.

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A Man's StoryA Man's Story

Documentary201098 minsDirector: Varon Bonicos

A documentary charting twelve years in the career of Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng.

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Beasts of the Southern WildBeasts of the Southern Wild

Drama201293 minsDirector: Benh Zeitlin

Set in a Deep South delta, Zeitlin’s feature debut takes a child’s eye view of poverty, adult apathy and ecological crisis. Hallucinatory fare

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Julius CaesarJulius Caesar

Drama2012151 minsDirector: Gregory Doran

Gregory’s Doran’s innovative Shakespeare interpretation transplants the action to post-independence Africa.

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Half of a Yellow SunHalf of a Yellow Sun

Drama2012111 minsDirector: Biyi Bandele-Thomas

Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in the acclaimed adaption of the Orange Prize-winning novel.

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The Nine MusesThe Nine Muses

Documentary201092 minsDirector: John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah mixes archive material, literary and musical quotations and newly shot silent footage in a wry, rapt meditation on memory and migration.

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The First GraderThe First Grader

Drama201199 minsDirector: Justin Chadwick

Inspiring true story of a Kenyan man who returned to school aged 84. With Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris.

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For Colored GirlsFor Colored Girls

Drama2010134 minsDirector: Tyler Perry

An ensemble cast including Janet Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg bring to life Ntozake Shange's extraordinary 1975 play about the experiences of black women.

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Daddy's Little GirlsDaddy's Little Girls

200796 minsDirector: Tyler Perry

Idris Elba’s kickstarted his Hollywood film career as a mechanic trying to win back his kids’ custody, in this melodrama from black auteur Tyler Perry.

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Something NewSomething New

2006100 minsDirector: Sanaa Hamri

A high-flying black professional finally finds the man of her dreams, only for her family to disapprove because he’s a white guy.

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One LoveOne Love

Romance200596 minsDirector: Rick Elgood

Rick Elgood and the legendary Don Letts direct this reggae romance about a rasta musician whose affair with a gospel-singing preacher’s daughter causes a stir in Kingston.

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Born in-a BabylonBorn in-a Babylon

Documentary200035 minsDirector: Nicolas Chaudeurge

A portrait of Rastafarians living in Tottenham at the start of the new millennium.

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Dog Eat DogDog Eat Dog

Comedy200193 minsDirector: Moody Shoaibi

David Oyelowo makes his first feature film role as one of posse of DJs who enrage a local drug baron after stealing his dog.

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The Best ManThe Best Man

Comedy1999120 minsDirector: Malcolm D. Lee

Malcolm D. Lee set the standard for middle-class black comedy with this smart, chic feature about a best man whose indiscreet novel scuppers the wedding plans.

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Musical199877 minsDirector: Julian Henriques

Neeta and her crew rise to dancehall fame in North West London's Caribbean community, in the first Black British musical.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19974 minsDirector: Victor Olusola Opeyokun

Animated awakening: a young black man in an oppressive urban environment finds a new outlook by embracing his African roots

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Eve's BayouEve's Bayou

Drama1997115 minsDirector: Kasi Lemmons

Samuel L. Jackson stars in this seething slice of Southern Gothic, about the travails of a Louisiana family bedevilled by infidelity, incest and witchcraft.

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Drama199691 minsDirector: Vondie Curtis Hall

Tupac Shakur’s penultimate film is his most impressive; a darkly humorous drama in which he takes a daring role as a heroin addict.

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The AssociateThe Associate

Comedy1996114 minsDirector: Donald Petrie

Whoopi Goldberg plays an investment banker forced to invent a male superior in this unjustly forgotten, feminist workplace satire.

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Sidney's ChairSidney's Chair

Drama199521 minsDirector: Roberto Bangura

What do you do when a Hollywood star makes a film in your neighbourhood? Nick his chair, of course!

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Welcome II the TerrordomeWelcome II the Terrordome

Drama199394 minsDirector: Ngozi Onwurah

A ferocious dystopian nightmare, this was the first film directed by a Black British woman to receive a UK theatrical release.

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Concrete GardenConcrete Garden

Drama199423 minsDirector: Alrick Riley

A sweet tale about a young girl who moves to London after 11 years living with her Jamaican grandmother.

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The Glass ShieldThe Glass Shield

Drama1994110 minsDirector: Charles Burnett

The first black recruit in his squad, rookie cop J.J. Johnson (Michael Boatman) struggles to adapt to life on the force, in this thrilling drama from acclaimed director Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep).

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Menace II SocietyMenace II Society

Drama199397 minsDirector: Albert Hughes

The Hughes brothers' lean, powerful and unflinching look at the mean streets of the urban ghetto.

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Malcolm XMalcolm X

Biopic1992202 minsDirector: Spike Lee

Denzel Washington takes the lead in one of the great screen biopics, directed by Spike Lee.

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Crime1992101 minsDirector: Walter Hill

Rap legends Ice Cube and Ice-T share a screen for the first time as gang members facing off against firemen hunting for a stash of gold.

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Daughters of the DustDaughters of the Dust

Drama1991112 minsDirector: Julie Dash

Julie Dash’s groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust remains urgent and poetic and continues to resonate, inspiring Beyoncé’s iconic visual album Lemonade.

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Smack and ThistleSmack and Thistle

Drama198995 minsDirector: Tunde Ikoli

When a young black wide-boy rescues a rich white girl from a heroin overdose – and falls for her – he’s drawn into a world of high-class crime.

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Speak Like a ChildSpeak Like a Child

Drama199877 minsDirector: John Akomfrah

Moving drama about three close friends forever tied to a dark secret from their teenage past.

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Coffee Coloured ChildrenCoffee Coloured Children

Biopic198817 minsDirector: Ngozi Onwurah

Experimental monologue about the trauma of racial harassment and self-hate that accompanies growing up mixed-race in Britain.

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Omega RisingOmega Rising

198850 minsDirector: D. Elmina Davis

The women of Rastafari talk about their relationship to the movement’s development.

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Do the Right ThingDo the Right Thing

Comedy1989120 minsDirector: Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s awesome cinematic sucker-punch remains one of the great films about race relations.

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Midnight BreaksMidnight Breaks

1988113 minsDirector: Laurens C. Postma

Big Audio Dynamite’s Don Letts made his acting debut in this gripping, gritty 1990 drama of dreads, drugs, and music business corruption.

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Playing AwayPlaying Away

Sport1986102 minsDirector: Horace Ové

A cricketing comedy of manners exploring white and black stereotypes, from pioneering British filmmaker Horace Ové.

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Mark of the Hand Aubrey WilliamsMark of the Hand Aubrey Williams

Documentary198753 minsSilentDirector: Imruh Caesar

The Guyanese painter returns to his homeland on a “journey to the source of his inspiration”.

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Wolcott Part 1Wolcott Part 1

Police drama198150 minsDirector: Colin Bucksey

The gritty and ground-breaking drama debuted Britain’s first black TV cop, with George William Harris as the CID officer embroiled in a drug war.

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Wolcott Part 2Wolcott Part 2

Police drama198150 mins

Second episode of the provocative detective drama starring George William Harris.

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Wolcott Part 3Wolcott Part 3

Police drama198152 minsDirector: Colin Bucksey

Continuing the gritty and ground-breaking drama featuring Britain’s first black TV detective.

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Blood Ah Go RunBlood Ah Go Run

Documentary198213 minsDirector: Menelik Shabazz

This documentary by Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion) about the response to the New Cross Fire in 1981 prefigures the widespread social unrest later that year.

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Wolcott Part 4Wolcott Part 4

Police drama198142 mins

The concluding episode of the pioneering black detective series.

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Riots and Rumours of RiotsRiots and Rumours of Riots

198134 minsDirector: Imruh Caesar

Radical resistance in the postwar British Caribbean community, from the 1948 Nationality Act to the 1958 Brixton riots.

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Brewster's MillionsBrewster's Millions

Comedy1985101 minsDirector: Walter Hill

Richard Pryor plays the everyman who inherits a vast estate with a massive catch: he’ll have to spend $30million in 30 days in order to inherit it all.

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The WizThe Wiz

Fantasy1978134 minsDirector: Sidney Lumet

NYC becomes Oz in the cult, urban reimagining of the family favourite, featuring an all-African American cast including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

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Blue CollarBlue Collar

Industry sponsored film1978114 minsDirector: Paul Schrader

Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel star in Paul Schrader’s great, gritty 1970s drama, one of the rare Hollywood films to tackle American labour.

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Bustin' LooseBustin' Loose

Comedy198193 minsDirector: Oz Scott

Richard Pryor sets out on the road to redemption, as an ex-con ferrying a busload of troubled kids on a wild cross-country adventure.

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The Music MachineThe Music Machine

Drama197990 minsDirector: Ian Sharp

Get Saturday night fever - North London style - with Patti Boulaye and Gerry Sundquist in this bubbly British disco drama.

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Good FatherGood Father

Documentary198059 minsDirector: Nick Gifford

You'll be delighted to meet Sid Williams and his six children, from Montpelier in Bristol, in this engaging documentary

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Blacks BritannicaBlacks Britannica

Campaigning film197857 minsDirector: David Koff

British racism is discussed in the context of the class struggle in this powerful American documentary.

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Dread Beat and BloodDread Beat and Blood

Biopic197944 minsDirector: Franco Rosso

Vibrant documentary portrait of dub poet and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson, fighting racism with the spoken word on the streets of 1970s Brixton.

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Car WashCar Wash

Comedy197696 minsDirector: Michael Schultz

Richard Pryor, Bill Duke, Antonio Fargas are among the ensemble cast for the cult comedy set in a California car wash.

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Blazing SaddlesBlazing Saddles

Comedy197493 minsDirector: Mel Brooks

Gather around the campfire for one of the all-time great film comedies, Mel Brooks’ inspired and anarchic deconstruction of the cowboy film.

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Sid's FamilySid's Family

Documentary197249 minsDirector: Nick Gifford

You know Seven Up, but have you heard of Sid's Trilogy? See life through Jamaican-born father Sid's eyes in this 70s doc

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The BurningThe Burning

Drama196731 mins

A white woman and her young grandson come face to face with a black uprising in Apartheid South Africa, in a tough short film by Stephen Frears.

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Dream A40Dream A40

Drama196516 minsDirector: Lloyd Reckord

A young gay couple’s relationship is put to the test as a road trip takes a sinister turn in Lloyd Reckord's daring underground short.

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Documentary196727 minsDirector: Vic Hughes

This Week reports from Birmingham and finds that slum housing affects all communities including local Irish, Pakistani and West Indian immigrants.

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Documentary196525 minsDirector: Peter Davis

A fascinating, unsettling study of immigration in 1960s English cities.

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Coloured Voting - Hidden IssueColoured Voting - Hidden Issue

Factual TV196414 minsDirector: James Butler

Current affairs programme from Birmingham investigating the possible impact that immigration and racial prejudice may have on the upcoming election.

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Black MuslimsBlack Muslims

Documentary196311 mins

Remarkable interview with Malcolm X, spokesman for the Nation of Islam, about police brutality against black Muslims in LA

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Flame in the StreetsFlame in the Streets

Drama196193 minsDirector: Roy Ward Baker

John Mills stars as a progressive union leader who is confronted with his own internal prejudices when his daughter brings her West Indian boyfriend home.

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Police drama195992 mins

A young student with a secret is brutally murdered in this British Academy Award winning thriller about race, sex and jealousy.

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Pool of LondonPool of London

Crime195185 minsDirector: Basil Dearden

Earl Cameron plays a naive Jamaican sailor who's dragged into a botched diamond robbery when trying to help a friend.

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Hot Summer NightHot Summer Night

Drama195982 minsDirector: Ted Kotcheff

A progressive union boss is confronted with his family's prejudices when his daughter brings home her black boyfriend.

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Cabin in the SkyCabin in the Sky

Musical194399 minsDirector: Vincente Minnelli

Featuring an all-star, all-African-American cast, Cabin in the Sky plays like a gospel reworking of Faust and the Wizard of Oz.

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Blood of JesusBlood of Jesus

Drama194156 minsDirector: Spencer Williams

Spencer Williams feverish melodrama about a woman’s flirtation with Satan was independently produced out of Texas with an amateur cast and a budget of $5,000.

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The Proud ValleyThe Proud Valley

Drama194077 minsDirector: Penrose Tennyson

Deeply moving mining drama that provided the legendary American singer/actor Paul Robeson with his best British film role.

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Drama193874 minsSilentDirector: Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux directs the story of a Harvard graduate whose attempts to establish a rural school runs into opposition from both races.

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Song of FreedomSong of Freedom

Drama193677 minsDirector: J. Elder Wills

A black London docker becomes a famous opera singer in this stirring musical drama starring Paul Robeson

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Show BoatShow Boat

Period drama1936114 minsDirector: James Whale

By far the best film version of Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern’s landmark stage show.

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Body and SoulBody and Soul

Drama192593 minsDirector: Oscar Micheaux

Paul Robeson made an auspicious film debut in a twin-role, in this key work from pioneering black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.

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Kentucky MinstrelsKentucky Minstrels

Musical193566 minsDirector: John Baxter

Rarely-seen 1930s British musical about two African American travelling minstrels in search of entertainment work.

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Within Our GatesWithin Our Gates

Drama191974 minsSilentDirector: Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux’s startling silent classic – the earliest surviving feature from an African-American director – presents a fascinating black counterpoint to Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.

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