12 Years A Slave
"Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery...."
"In 1839, slaves start a shipboard rebellion against their captors while en route to America. Later, a sympathetic former slave convinces a property lawyer to prove the kidnapped Africans were 'stolen goods', and the case goes to the Supreme Court."
"A satire of black representation on TV focuses on a network exec with a hit show based on negative stereotypes."
The Color Purple
"Celie is a Southern black woman who lives in fear of her domineering, abusive husband. She learns to stick up for herself after befriending the strong-willed Sofia, who pays a price for her fierce independent streak."
Dear White People
"A biracial college student hosts a controversial radio show that sparks an epic media frenzy at a predominately white university. Later elected president of an all-black residential hall, she becomes the subject of a racially charged reality program."
"Adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a black garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh named Troy Maxson. Bitter about his lot in life, Maxson frequently takes out his frustrations on his loved ones."
"A tribute to the Army's first black regiment, formed during the Civil War.."
"As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. .."
Last Black Man in San Francisco
"Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind..."
"...is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality."
A Raisin in the Sun
"A black family living in a cramped tenement in 1940s Chicago have a chance to improve their lives via an insurance-policy check, but are in disagreement as to how best to spend the windfall."
"Civil-rights activists march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery to secure voting rights for black Americans in this docudrama, which focuses on the actions of Martin Luther King Jr."
(Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun)