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7 cinematographic works and series to understand inequality

Committed to the current situation, we share with you a selection of tapes to better understand the importance of the fight for equality.
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This compilation allows us to identify racism and social inequalities from different points of view. From how the problem has been dealt with over the decades to its achievements and how much remains to be done, these cinematographic works can educate us more about equality and the problems of racism.

In a projection of real and still latent events in society, this list can be a good start to create self-awareness for all.

The Black Power Mixtape

By Goran Hugo Olson

Available on Amazon Prime.

During the 60s and 70s a group of Swedish journalists traveled to the United States to learn more about the problems of the time. 30 years later, the Swedish director gathered the visual material and shared images and interviews never seen before.

Through a foreign perspective, but with the local voices of true activists such as Angela Davis or Louis Farrakhan , this documentary tells us a little about the lives of the inhabitants of Brooklyn or Harlem and their fight for equity.

I Am Not Your Negro

By Raoul Peck

Available on YouTube Premium.

Written by James Baldwin and voiced by the great Samuel L. Jackson , this documentary is based on Baldwin's unfinished work, Remember This House .

This literary work speaks to the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. , Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X , the most recognized voices in the fight for civil rights and the footprint they left in American history.

In this great audiovisual project, images and interviews of Baldwin are recovered, speaking of his tireless fight for African American rights. Today his words are more relevant than ever.


By Alfonso Cuarón

Available on Netflix.

The Mexican director brought the screens to this black and white masterpiece in 2018. This story allows us to visualize social inequality during the 70s starring Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

 Inspired by Cuarón's nanny, Libo Rodriguez , through this film the relationship between classes in Mexico is explored.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

By Liz Garbus

Available on Netflix.

In 2015, this documentary that tells about the incredible life of Nina Simone was released. Born in the United States, the legendary artist was not only a talented singer, she fought for decades for African American rights.

And through this project we can learn how it brought the reality of its historical context to the stage.

Presunto Culpable

By Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith

Available on Amazon Prime.

This feature film produced by Layda Negrete and Roberto Hernández , tells the story of José Antonio Zúñiga , a young man who at 27 is accused of a homicide he did not commit. In a case that seemed lost, Presumed Guilty , shows us the reality of many prisoners and the disturbing justice processes in Mexico.

When They See Us

By Ava DuVernay

Available on Netflix.

The mini series relives the true story of the 5 teenagers convicted in the 1989 Central Park brokerage case. With a trial full of irregularities, this series takes a deeper look at the United States judicial system and gives them a voice to their victims: Kevin Richardson , Yusef Salaam , Raymond Santana , Korey Wise and Antron McCray .


By Ava DuVernay

Available on Netflix.

It makes an in-depth analysis of the serious problem of mass incarceration in the United States and how this directly affects African American citizens. This documentary explores the operation of prisons and the corporations that enrich themselves through this system.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, this project invites us to look at the reality of thousands of prisoners and create awareness.



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