Eight Great Black Independent Films Past and Present

March 22, 2011  |  

Looking to watch a Black film and in the mood for something other than Tyler Perry? There are many Black independent directors, writers and actors who are making quality, complex films that will make you laugh and touch your heart. Some of these works are by artists who have worked hard to make these films without big studio bankrolls. Due to lack of promotion and distribution, many folks have no idea that these great films even exist. There are also some brilliant classic Black films that many of us  have not been exposed to. These poignant works deserve some shine and we need to demand that they receive adequate marketing and are made widely available. However, that’s a topic for another post. For now, please load up your Netflix queue with these flicks or support them in the theaters. Here is a list of great independent or lesser-known Black films past and present.

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  • lovereal

    THE MINORITY by Dwayne Buckle is not on this list.

  • *heart…

  • Amour Infinity – a cult classic. Great film and a heat tugger.

  • Brown Eyes

    I LOVED "Night Catches Us" and I've got my eyes on Mr. Anthony Mackie!

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  • Candace

    I have seen a good chunk of these ( Barry Jenkins is the bomb, Medicine for Melancholy is one of my favorite films, as is Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.) I recently got a chance to see The Night Catches Us on DVD And I Will Follow at a screening in ATL (I made it home just in time :D) It was enjoyable. I love that these films are getting more exposure. I am going to check out the rest ASAP.

  • Dee

    This is a good starting point. I can think and so many others that are amazing stories. She's gotta have it was the first black indie I ever saw. I've since seen others from Alma's Rainbow to Sankofa to American Violet. Many of these gems can be found on Netflix. I am always on the hunt.

  • Edone

    I loved Cornbread and Me.

  • Paul Mollica

    Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), directed, written and self-produced by Melvin Van Peebles.

  • I loved Kerry Washington in LIFT. Check it out if you get a chance.

  • real rap

    the sad reality is that most of us will NEVER see these movies or truly appreciate them. if there isnt a bunch of sex, profanity, and gun play AND no tyler perry connection then we arent the least bit interested.

  • Intrinsic Beauty

    Great post. Thanks for the movie ideas.