Since the killing of George Floyd and the #BlackLivesMatter protests that shortly followed, a massive plead for education and reform has been called on for white people unaware of the experience of black lives. The demand for resources has never been so great, but with so many options, it is hard to know where to start. For an in-depth education, the New York Times 1619 Project is essential reading with interactive articles and a podcast. But another platform using its mass following to share stories of the oppressed, Netflix has launched its own collection of films, documentaries and television for easy-to-find resources.
Across 42 titles on Netflix Australia (this may differ elsewhere), users can view heart wrenching stories of black people which highlight the experiences of those of colour. Announced via Twitter, Netflix has said in statement, “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters. With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time — we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.”
When you log onto Netflix today, you will see a carefully curated list of titles that only begin to tell the complex and layered stories about racial injustice and Blackness in America. https://t.co/dN6XQmsrGK pic.twitter.com/3CIrrno6mw
— Netflix (@netflix) June 10, 2020
The lineup includes must-watch, Academy Award nominee documentary, 13th, which highlights the criminal justice system in America and the real political reasons behind a sharp rise in prison population since the ’70s. Directed by Ava DuVernay, it features interviews from scholars, activists and politicians. Also directed by Ava DuVernay, award-winning When They See Us, is a moving and powerful retelling of the five boys who were once known as the ‘Central Park Five’, wrongfully convicted for the brutal rape of a woman. Elsewhere is Orange Is The New Black, Dear White People, Moonlight and new Netflix Original, American Son.
Visit Netflix to begin watching here.