Before Charlottesville: Ten Documentaries that Confront White Supremacy

Following the events in Charlottesville, VA, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema recently announced a curated series of classic narrative films that “reflect on bigotry and intolerance.” This video essay suggests ten works of nonfiction cinema to complement their picks.


CREDITS

For more information about the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s “Intolerable” series, visit: drafthouse.com/event/intolerable

100% of proceeds from the series will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Donate now at: www.splcenter.org

Narrative Films:
DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) by Spike Lee
12 ANGRY MEN (1957) by Sidney Lumet
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966) by Gillo Pontecorvo
BLAZING SADDLES (1974) by Mel Brooks
CABARET (1972) by Bob Fosse
GREEN ROOM (2015) by Jeremy Saulnier
HAIRSPRAY (1988) by John Waters
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) by Norman Jewison
PUTNEY SWOPE (1969) by Robert Downey Sr.
SELMA (2014) by Ava DuVernay

Nonfiction Films:
TWO TOWNS OF JASPER (2002) by Marco Williams and Whitney Dow
BLOOD IN THE FACE (1991) by James Ridgeway, Kevin Rafferty, and Anne Bohlen
WELCOME TO LEITH (2015) by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker
4 LITTLE GIRLS (1997) by Spike Lee
NO CROSSOVER: THE TRIAL OF ALLEN IVERSON (2010) by Steve James
FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS (2012) by Shola Lynch
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2012) by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon
SHENANDOAH (2012) by David C. Turnley
WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN? (1987) by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña
3½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS (2015) by Marc Silver

Music:
“Fight the Power” (Soundtrack Version)
by Public Enemy
from the soundtrack of DO THE RIGHT THING


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