Race-related films

Posted Oct 25, 2009
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  1. The Color of Friendship

    The Color of Friendship (2000)


    The Color of Friendship is a 2000 television film based on actual events about the friendship between two girls; Mahree & Piper, one from the United States and the other from apartheid South Africa, who learn about tolerance and friendship. The film was directed by Kevin Hooks, based on a script by Paris Qualles, and stars Lindsey Haun and Shadia Simmons.

  2. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

    Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)


    Introducing Dorothy Dandridge is a television film directed by Martha Coolidge. Filmed over a span of a few weeks in early 1998, the film was aired in the United States on August 21, 1999. The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein. The film is marketed with the tagline: "Right woman. Right place. Wrong time."

  3. Sometimes in April

    Sometimes in April (2005)


    Sometimes in April is a 2005 historical drama television film about the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, written and directed by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. The ensemble cast includes Idris Elba, Oris Erhuero, Carole Karemera, and Debra Winger.

  4. Miss Evers' Boys

    Miss Evers' Boys (1997)


    Miss Evers' Boys is a 1997 HBO television film starring Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne, based on the true story of the decades-long Tuskegee experiment. It was directed by Joseph Sargent and adapted from the 1992 stage play written by David Feldshuh. The film was nominated for eleven Emmy Awards and won in four categories, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

  5. The Ernest Green Story

    The Ernest Green Story (1993)


    The Ernest Green Story is a made-for-television movie which follows the true story of Ernest Green (Morris Chestnut) and eight other African American high school students (dubbed the "Little Rock Nine") as they embark on their historic journey to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Much of the movie was filmed on location at Central High School. It premiered on the Disney Channel on January 17, 1993. Later that year, A.M.L. Productions and the Disney Channel received a Peabody Award for presenting "a story which reminds adults and teaches children about the courageous steps taken toward the elimination of discrimination in American society".

  6. The Rosa Parks Story

    The Rosa Parks Story (2002)


    The Rosa Parks Story is a 2002 American television movie written by Paris Qualles and directed by Julie Dash. It was broadcast by CBS on February 24, 2002.

  7. For One Night

    For One Night (2006)


    For One Night is a 2006 film is based on the true story of Gerica McCrary, who made headlines in 2002 by getting Taylor County High School in her hometown of Butler, Georgia, to integrate the prom after thirty-one years of segregation. It stars Raven-Symoné as Briana McCallister and Aisha Tyler as Desiree Howard. The movie was filmed in summer 2005 in Louisiana just before Hurricane Katrina.

  8. The Eternal Jew

    The Eternal Jew (1940)


    The Eternal Jew (1940) is an antisemitic German Nazi propaganda film, presented as a documentary. The film's title in German is Der Ewige Jude, the German term for the character of the "Wandering Jew" in medieval folklore. At the insistence of Nazi Germany's Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, the film was directed by Fritz Hippler. The screenplay is credited to Eberhard Taubert. The film consists of feature and documentary footage combined with materials filmed shortly after the Nazi occupation of Poland. At this time Poland's Jewish population was about three million, roughly ten percent of the total population. Actor Harry Giese (1903–1991) narrated.

  9. Crisis at Central High

    Crisis at Central High (1981)


    Crisis at Central High is a 1981 made-for-television movie about the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957, based on a draft of the memoir by the same name by former assistant principal Elizabeth Huckaby.

  10. Our Friend, Martin

    Our Friend, Martin (1999)


    Our Friend, Martin is a 1999 animated children's educational film about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement. Two friends travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. It featured an all-star voice cast and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour). It marks John Travolta's voice acting debut. It was the final release under the CBS/Fox Video name.

  11. Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker

    Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (1994)


    Assault at West Point is a 1994 television docudrama about Johnson Chesnut Whittaker, one of the first black cadets at West Point, and the trial that followed an assault he suffered in 1880. The film features Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays a lawyer who defends Whittaker.

  12. For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story

    For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983)


    For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story is a made-for-television biopic that aired on PBS on March 22, 1983. The film was based on the book, For Us, the Living, by Myrlie Evers-Williams and William Peters.

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