Indie Blazing: 5 Independent Black Films You Should See this Season

Communities of color are often underrepresented in the executive boardrooms of movie studios and production companies. Black American communities comprise 12 percent of the national theatrical audience, but our input is undervalued in the spaces where crucial components of movies are decided.

We can’t depend on Tyler Perry to advocate for and deliver quality, accurate movies about our cultural traditions and experiences. However, there is a legion of black filmmakers capturing our stories through cinema.

The spring and summer seasons are ideal for venturing to air-conditioned movie theaters or even drive-ins, so Clutch is highlighting five upcoming or recently-released films directed or produced by a person of color for communities of color.

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  • omfg

    to me, it’s the same stuff. sorry. i just feel like i’ve seen most of these stories before. i feel like black people have other stories to tell, but sometimes we are fixated on black panthers, gun violence, police brutality, etc. not saying it’s not important. but, those stories seem to account for a large chunk of the stories we usually tell about ourselves.

    on a side note, i’d like to see these stream on netflix, esp. the nollywood movies.

    • ScriptTease

      I totally agree because you can best believe white folks don’t write films about oppressing black folks, and all the other negative stereotypes that they are known for.

  • The only film on the list I may check out is Last Flight to Abuja…

  • I saw Oversimplification of Her Beauty and it was an amazing film. Very creative and beautifully done using various art forms. Definitely for the artsy crowd.

  • MommieDearest

    Wow, this is great. I support independent black film whenever I can, so thanks for the info Clutch.