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8 Black Documentary Films Everyone Should Watch

“Have You Heard From Johannesburg?”

“Have You Heard From Johannesburg?” is a seven-part documentary series that shines light on the global citizens movements that took on South Africa’s apartheid regime. It focuses on one of South Africa’s most important and powerful allies, the United States, which becomes a key battleground in the anti-apartheid movement as African-Americans lead the charge to change the government’s policy toward the apartheid regime. Strengthened through years of grassroots organizing during the civil rights movement, black leaders and their allies take on U.S. foreign policy on South Africa, directing campaigns in corporate boardrooms, universities, embassies, and finally in the U.S. Congress itself, where a stunning victory is won against the formidable opposition of President Ronald Reagan. African-Americans alter U.S. foreign policy for the first time in history, and the U.S. — once the backbone of support for apartheid South Africa as its ally in the Cold War — finally imposes sanctions on Pretoria.

“500 Years Later”

Filmmaker Owen Alik Shahadah explores the tragic legacy of trans-Atlantic slave trade that forced untold millions of Africans from their homeland and the unique challenges that have resulted from this displacement. Through penetrating interviews with scholars and laypeople alike — and ranging from the United States to London to Barbados — this unflinching documentary sheds new light on the problems of racial inequalities, poverty and oppression.

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10 thoughts on “8 Black Documentary Films Everyone Should Watch

  1. what about Hidden Colors

  2. Aly Coulibaly says:

    yes I watched it and liked

  3. Berna Mason says:

    Youth have a new list.

  4. And today in S.Africa these are the facts after the alledged revolution –

    SOUTH AFRICA – Facts and Figures –
    Apartheid – "For over 40 years, black South Africans were given access to inferior medical and educational services under injustices of colonial rule. TODAY: "Approximately 50% of the country survives on nearly $2.27/day.
    27% of people live without access to electricity.
    Nearly 23% of the population does not have access to proper sanitation.
    Only 62% of high school students pass National Certificate exam required for graduation.
    [Only] 30% of black Africans under age 30 are employed.
    10% of the country suffers from AIDS (SIDA).
    Cape Town’s murder rate is among the highest in the world.#MandelaMemorial??

    Where are the trillion of dollars from the gold and diamonds, should we ask the Oppenheimers and the rest of the S. African plutocracy? I can guarantee you 50 years from now in S. Africa not much would have changed. I see the perpetual poverty gradually sinking people year by year,and no life savers in sight. The elite Black class created by white S. Africans will turn a blind eye to poverty and pay lip service to to this tragic pandemic.
    It has been 20 years since the transfer of the alleged Black "rule" and the plight of Blacks has changed very little since then. According to the S. African intellectuals I've met they all agree the ANC no longer represent the poor and oppressed class. The ANC is an arm of the power base, it's primary objective is maintain order and squelch dissent, remember the miners strike. They shot and killed striking unarmed miners with impunity, reminiscent of the old white regime. Looks like the revolution has been conscripted and bought by the power brokers. Another blow to the poor, again and again they toil waiting for justice . They stand a better chance waiting in hell for salvation.

  5. Pam Hart says:

    a must see is the documentary made by a Somalian who live in Canada on the PIRATES IN SOMALIA…It is riveting….I was shocked n disgusted to know that people from North America etc saw the pirates as an investment…i.e. they funded them as the return on their investment was sooooo much…u will hear about money being wired to buy the boats and the guns that the pirates will then use to hijack a ship n wen the ransome
    is paid, the investor gets his cut…u can hear one saying how much the return can be on a $50k investment…the documentary is eye-opening in many a way….check out this article on its making….

  6. Larue Watson says:

    Black Power to the People!

  7. Not mentioning Hidden Colors 1 & 2 makes this list grossly incomplete!

  8. Bob Narley says:

    and if the ANC went ahead with massive reforms as you insist ( I agree) they'd be labelled a "rogue nation" like Zimbabwe (I support Mugabe) and be subject to foreign military interventions or mercenary invasions like Syria. Very very complex issues here

  9. Abbas Ali says:

    where can i see this documentry?

  10. Melcolm Melcolm Melcolm says:

    The more I learn about south Africa, the less I like Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

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