Keyword: race relations

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42 (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 128 minutes Release date: 04/11/2013
In 1946, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and...
12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 133 minutes Release date: 10/17/2013
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will...
Belle

Belle (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: 105 minutes Release date: 05/01/2014
This is the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an...
Help

The Help (2011)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 137 minutes Release date: 08/09/2011
At the dawn of the civil rights movement, three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss, and her mother won't be happy until she finds a husband. Aibileen, a wise African-American maid and caretaker, suffers after the loss of her own child. And Minny, Aibileen's sassy best friend, struggles to...
Crash

Crash (2005)

Rated: R Runtime: 107 minutes Release date: 05/05/2005
A Brentwood housewife and her D.A. husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. An African-American television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple. They all live in Los Angeles. And during the next 36 hours, they will all collide.
Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls (2006)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 130 minutes Release date: 12/14/2006
Set in the turbulent early 1960s to mid-70s, the tale follows the rise of a trio of women--Effie, Deena and Lorrell--who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr., who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James "Thunder" Early. Curtis...
Red Tails

Red Tails (2012)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 120 minutes Release date: 01/19/2012
Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky, even as they battle discrimination on the ground.

The Tenants (2006)

Rated: R Runtime: 97 minutes Release date: 02/02/2006
Harry Lesser, a Jewish-American writer who is the last remaining tenant in an abandoned New York apartment building, is desperately trying to finish his novel. One day he discovers he is not alone. African-American writer Willie Spearmint is using the space to come to terms with his "violent and socially-oppressed" past through his work. The two men come to an uneasy peace, living in the building...
Zulu

Zulu (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 12/03/2013
During apartheid era South Africa, a mutilated corpse is discovered in the city's botanical gardens. As Chief of Police Ali Neuman investigates the murder of the daughter of former rugby champion Stewart Weitz, he makes a startling discovery -- a drug of an unknown composition appears to be the cause of the homicide.
Dear White People

Dear White People (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 106 minutes Release date: 10/16/2014
A witty and whip-smart satire about being a black face in a (mostly) white place, the movie centers on biracial campus DJ and resident advisor Samantha and her fellow African-American students at the prestigious Winchester University.

Black and White (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 07/06/2014
Attorney Elliot Anderson is widowed after the car-crash death of his wife. Elliot has raised his bi-racial granddaughter, Eloise, since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot's world is turned upside-down when the child's African American grandmother Rowena demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for the...
Gran Torino

Gran Torino (2008)

Rated: R Runtime: 116 minutes Release date: 12/11/2008
Walt Kowalski, a grizzled Korean War veteran who can't get along with his kids or his neighbors, finds his only solace in his prize possession - a 1972 Gran Torino. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his car, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Tao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that foul...
Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Rated: R Runtime: 120 minutes Release date: 06/29/1989
On the hottest day of the year, temperatures rise and everything can change in a day. As the inhabitants of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood try to beat the heat, growing tensions and resentment explode in a senseless act of violence. Confronting racial and political issues head-on, Spike Lee's bold directing style and balance of humor and drama caused the kind of controversy upon its...
Hairspray

Hairspray (2007)

Rated: PG Runtime: 115 minutes Release date: 07/19/2007
Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion--dancing. Her dream is to appear on "The Corny Collins Show," Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV. Tracy seems a natural fit for the show except for one not-so-little problem--she doesn't fit in. Her plus-sized figure has always set her apart from the cool crowd, which she is reminded of by her loving but...
Chasing Shakespeare

Chasing Shakespeare (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 07/05/2014
Told in flashback from his wife's deathbed, William Ward's story traces his first meeting of the beautiful Venus who is from the Lightning Clan, a mystical Native American family living in Arkansas. After William's father is stricken ill, they separate and Venus strikes out on her own in New York, believing that she will find her calling on a magical night in the city. William's father passes...
Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 90 minutes Release date: 07/11/2013
Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina and a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four-year-old daughter...
Namesake

The Namesake (2007)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 122 minutes Release date: 03/08/2007
The Gangulis family comes to the U.S. from India in order to experience a world of limitless opportunities--only to be confronted with the perils and confusion of trying to build a meaningful life in a baffling new society. On the heels of their arranged marriage, Ashoke and Ashima jet off from sweltering Calcutta to a wintry New York where they begin their new life together. Virtual strangers to...

Race (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 11/29/2014
Jesse Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler's assertion of Aryan supremacy by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump, and the 400-meter relay at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owens' accomplishments are considered among the greatest athletic victories of all time. Hitler declared that Jews and Blacks would not be allowed to...
Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 106 minutes Release date: 09/18/2008
Veteran Los Angeles cop Abel Turner guards his neighborhood with the same zeal he brings to his patrol route. The single father of a teenaged daughter and preteen son, Abel is one-man security force, ensuring that his strict standards of behavior are adhered to, even if it means ruffling a few feathers in the process. Chris and Lisa Mattson, a progressive and upwardly mobile couple, move in next...
Jihad for Love

A Jihad for Love (2008)

Rated: None Runtime: 81 minutes Release date: 05/20/2008
Explores the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality by illuminating multiple stories as diverse as Islam itself and depicting lives from India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France.
Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 110 minutes Release date: 10/16/2008
Set in South Carolina in 1964, the tale of Lily Owens, a 14-year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace...

Big River (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 07/05/2014
A post-9/11 road movie which depicts the friendship between three unlikely characters, a Muslim, a Japanese tourist, and an American woman.

The Gold Bracelet (2008)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 139 minutes Release date: 09/10/2008
Arjun Singh is an educated man from India who left behind a career as a college professor to come to the United States with his wife, Baljit. He now earns a living repairing cars, and loves his adopted home that will provide his children a better life than he ever knew in India. While Arjun and Baljit continue to observe their cultural traditions, their daughter, Simrun, and son, Ranjit, are much...
Something New

Something New (2006)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 99 minutes Release date: 02/02/2006
If love is an adventure, it's one yet to be embarked upon by Kenya Denise McQueen. A beautiful L.A. career woman, Kenya works as senior manager at a prestigious accounting firm, and is on the verge of making partner. But she has yet to find her own partner and a fulfilling personal life. It's not that she's stopped looking; her (mental) checklist is at the ready. After another Valentine's Day...
In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night (1966)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 109 minutes Release date: 12/31/1966
Philadelphia cop Virgil Tibbs is a star in his hometown but a suspect when he crosses the Mason-Dixon line. Now he must team up with a bigoted cop to bring a killer to justice.