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15 Important Movies About Race to Start (or Continue) the Conversation

Movies give us a unique opportunity to sit in the dark and experience a world outside of our own. By turning on a film, we can walk in someone else's shoes for a couple of hours, explore countries, cities, and neighborhoods we may never otherwise see, get a peek into a different perspective, and learn about history in a way that doesn't feel like a lesson. If you've ever sat in a movie theater in stunned silence for a couple of seconds after an amazing movie rolls the credits, you already know what we're talking about.

For those of us who are trying to broaden our worldviews, giving the reins to Black and POC filmmakers is a great way to do that. Movies have a unique ability to get under the skin and stick there, thanks to powerful imagery, impactful storytelling, and transformative performances. And if you don't already seek out films by Black creators, there's no time like the present moment. In a time when many of us are looking for ways to combat racism in our society, diversifying our entertainment diet is one small, but meaningful step. Some of these are free to rent on Amazon, others available on Netflix or Hulu, and the rest are well worth a couple bucks to rent.