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6 Movies on Racial Injustice You Can Watch for Free Right Now

These movies are troubling, thought provoking and enlightening.

The murder of George Floyd has led to protests and marches across the world, and sparked conversations across the United States about racial inequities. Many streaming services are currently offering educational and historical films about racial injustice and civil rights for free. These movies are troubling, thought provoking and enlightening.

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This moving biopic stars Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer trying to free a wrongfully accused man (played by Jamie Foxx) from death row. It’s a heartbreaking look at mercy, grace and the flaws of the criminal justice system.

Available for free on: Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes

Read the Guideposts.org exclusive on how Jordan’s upbringing has shaped his career.


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2 of 6/ Selma

Director Ava DuVernay helms this historical film about the 1965 voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King Jr. (played by David Oyelowo). Selma is a sobering look at the realities of racial disparity in the United States and how marching and protests ultimately led to change.

Available for free on: Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes

Read how a sign from God led David Oyelowo to a fascination with Martin Luther King Jr.

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3 of 6/ 13th

This documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay takes its name from the 13th amendment to the United States constitution. The documentary purports to explore the intersections of “race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.”

Available for free on: Netflix


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4 of 6/ The Hate U Give

Based on the best-selling novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a young black girl struggling to balance the different personas she adopts in her poor neighborhood and the rich, prep school she attends. The balance is shattered when she witnesses a friend get shot by a police officer. It’s an inspiring, challenging story of a young girl finding her voice and speaking out against injustice.

Available for free on: Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes

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5 of 6/ When They See Us

This four-part miniseries created, co-written and directed by Ava DuVernay is based on the real-life story of the five teens who were falsely accused in the 1989 Central Park jogger case. It’s a searing, eye-opening look at injustice and how a single event can impact an entire nation.

Available for free on: Netflix


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6 of 6/ King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

This Academy Award-nominated documentary collected archival footage following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as he became the leader of the Civil Rights movement. It’s a three-hour deep dive into Dr. King’s work and long-lasting influence.

Available for free on: Kino Now

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