Supporting the BLM and Anti-Racism Movements
July 21, 2020
JustWatch supports the ongoing worldwide movements against racism and police brutality.
Only a few short weeks ago, this was on everyone’s minds and there has been some small progress - finally renaming racist streets and subway stops, vows for police reforms - but it’s not enough. As a company, we have always been committed to learning and feel there is so much to learn from movies and shows about the experiences of Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), some of which we have listed below:
True Stories and Documentaries - eerily similar to what’s happening now
True Stories - showcasing struggles throughout history
- Just Mercy
- When They See Us
- The Banker
- Hidden Figures
- Malcom X
- Remember the Titans
- 12 Years a Slave
- Dolemite is My Name
- City of God
Documentaries - the realities of BIPOC
- I Am Not Your Negro
- King in the Wilderness
- What Happened, Miss Simone?
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
- Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
- The Green Book: Guide to Freedom
- When We Were Kings
- Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
Fiction - Watch Black Stories. Understand Black Experiences. Acknowledge Black Truths.
- Boyz n the Hood
- Do the Right Thing
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- Queen & Slim
- Get Out
- Sorry to Bother You
- The Color Purple
- American Son
- The Hate U Give
- The Birth of a Nation (2016)
- The Last Black Man in San Francisco
- Bless Their Little Hearts
- Black Panther
- La Haine
TV Shows - For when you need more than a film
As much as learning is a step forward though, we know it’s not enough
JustWatch is in a fortunate enough position to do more, so we sat down and properly outlined what we could do to help.
We’ve donated to Black Youth Project 100 in the US, to combat the injustices displayed so prominently with the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and so, so many others. BYP100 is a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people.
We also want to make sure we’re combating racism in our own backyard, so we’ve made a contribution to Each One, Teach One based in Berlin. EOTO focuses on archive work, empowerment projects, empowerment of young people, leadership training, discrimination advice, political advocacy and networking, cultural events and scientific symposia to form a connection with which African, Afrodiasporian and Black people change society.
Finally, we want to do our best to tackle the racism in our own industry and have donated to the Talent x Opportunity Fund, which is designed for entrepreneurs who have the talent, drive, and ideas to build great businesses but lack the typical background and resources to do so.