Real means of cultural expression, films, series and books are often used to address important social issues. Especially that of racial inequalities.
The death of George Floyd – a young African-American killed by a police officer during his arrest in Minneapolis on May 25 – and the numerous demonstrations that have taken place since then, are reopening the debate on the inequalities and police brutality that are devastating the United States.
In response to this violence, the Black Lives Matter movement has taken up the fight against racism again and has become the spearhead of the fight against racism. On June 2nd, Instagram was the scene of a worldwide blackout by hosting thousands of black images accompanied by the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday.
An initiative that has been widely covered, particularly in France, since unfortunately, racism knows no borders. On the same day, a large rally took place in France, in front of the Court of Paris, to demand justice for Adama Traoré, killed in 2016 during an arrest by the police in the Val d’Oise.
OSCAR-WINNING FILMS, SHOCKING SERIES AND POWERFUL BOOKS
Culture can claim to be a vast means of expression and awareness. Whether through feature films, series, books or podcasts, issues of racial segregation, inequality and oppression of the black community have often been addressed.
We remember films such as “Malcolm X” (1992) by Spike Lee, or “Green Book” (2019) by Peter Farrelly, winner of 3 Oscars. On the serial side, we retain the striking show by Ava DuVernay, called “When they See Us” – available on Netflix – inspired by the Central Park jogger affair.
The literature is not to be outdone, having also dealt with this subject with, among others, “In the Heat of the Night” by John Ball (1965) and “The Colour of Feelings” by Kathryn Stockett (2009) – also adapted for the big screen in 2011.
So at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement is intensifying, let’s take a look at these films, books, series and podcasts that address this thorny but necessary theme.
22. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner By Stanley Kramer (1967)
Dramatic comedy. Joey Drayton, from a bourgeois family, decides to introduce his fiancé to his parents at a dinner party. Only thing is, she neglected to tell them that her future husband is black.