Movies About Social Injustice

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  • Selma
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Fruitvale Station
  • American History X
  • Crash
  • Sometimes in April
  • Higher Learning
  • Rosewood
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Ghosts of Missisppi
  • Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
  • Red Tails

Selma (2015)

Movies can have an incredible impact on social change. From Crash to Fruitvale Station, a dramatized version of events offers the kind of human perspective that news reports and statistics can't. With the recent tragic deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown — young, innocent Black men killed by police brutality — films about social injustice are more important than ever.

Our list kicks off with this year's Best Picture nominee at the Oscars, Selma. Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama celebrated the protests of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on behalf of the voting rights act, and inspired protests among those who believe the film was snubbed for Best Director and Best Actor (David Oyelowo) noms. This Sunday, President Obama will make a speech on the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the march, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the televised violence dubbed "Bloody Sunday." 

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