Tongues Untied (1989)
Marlon Riggs essential film about being a gay, black man was recently added to the Library of Congress Film Registry and for good reason. It still resonates today. Bold aesthetics and stories by one of the best filmmakers of his generation.
Available to stream on Kanopy
Beyond the Lights (2014)
My favorite Gina Prince-Bythewood film tells a romantic story around the music business in a heartfelt and meaningful way. Great music as well.
Available on Kanopy
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Julie Dash’s visually stunning film explores the Gullah culture of the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina. Set in 1902, it follows three generations of Gullah women as they grapple with preserving their heritage while contemplating a move to the mainland.
Available on Mubi and free on Tubi
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
Directed by Kasi Lemmons, this atmospheric drama revolves around a young girl in 1960s Louisiana who struggles with family secrets and mystical experiences. The film beautifully explores themes of identity, relationships, and the blurred lines between reality and perception within a captivating Southern Gothic setting. We covered this one on the show a few years ago. It’s beautiful and stars Jurnee Smollett and Samuel L Jackson.
Also available on Mubi (it’s worth the price for this subscription, trust me)
Also on Roku and FreeVee with ads.
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