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LIST OF FILMS WITH A POC LEAD

35 Shots of Rum by Claire Denis (2008) intimate family study. 97% rotten tomatoes

Alice in Earnestland

Amreeka (2009)
Mona, a Palestinian woman moves to America to start a new life with her son Faddy. But life isn’t easy in post-9/11 America as anti-Arab sentiments rise. Mona and Faddy make new friends, enemies, and a new life for themselves in Illinois. Warmth and humour whilst dealing with very serious themes: war, racism, migration and cultural identity.

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
A black girls path to win a spelling contest.

Anita (Documentary, Dir. Freida Lee Mock) 76%Anita and Me (2002)

"A Different Image" by Alile Sharon Larkin (1982)
An African American woman living away from her family in Los Angeles yearns to be recognized for more than her physical attributes. In cultivating the friendship of a male office mate, she aspires to a relationship where romance is not a factor, seeking someone who can "see her as she is," rather than see only what he wants to see.

"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" by Ana Lily Amirpour (2014)

Audre Lorde, 1934-1992

"Advantageous" by Jennifer Phang (2015) 8.0
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.

"Ala Modalaindi" by Nandini Bv Reddy (2011)
"All About You" by Christine Swanson (2001)
"Alma's Rainbow" by Ayoka Chenzira (1994)
"Appropriate Behavior" by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

“Arranged” (2007)
An Orthodox Muslim woman and an Orthodox Jewish woman befriend each other when they are assigned to teach the same class. They realize they both have a lot in common in terms of their cultural and relationship experiences, the way they practice their faith, and the type of stereotyping and scrutiny they face by others.

"B For Boy" by Chika Anadu (2013)
"Bande de Filles/Girlhood" by Céline Sciamma (2014)

"Belle" by Amma Asante (2013)
Based on history, this film follows Dido Belle, the mixed-raced daughter of a British admiral. Dido is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle, who is also Lord Chief Justice of England. While her lineage gives her certain privileges in society, Dido faces prejudices and limitations based on the colour of her skin and her gender. Set at a historic moment, just before the abolition of slavery, this must-see film explores the interplay of class, race and gender within the British aristocracy during the late 1700s.

Beauty Shop: Queen Latifah

"Bend it Like Beckham" by Gurinder Chadha (2002) hollywood like
Set in London, England, Jess is the daughter of Orthodox Punjabi Sikh parents. Her parents prefer she learn how to make the perfect chapati and cook daal, but Jess would rather play professional football (soccer). She secretly joins a football team, her heart set on pursuing her passion. Adventurous and empowering comedy.

"Bessie" by Dee Rees (2015)
"Beyond the Lights" by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2014) Nate Parker
Born in Flames
"Bhaji on the Beach" by Gurinder Chadha (1993)
"Caramel" by Nadine Labaki  (2007)
"Circumstance" by Maryam Keshavarz (2011)
"Civil Brand" by Neema Barnette (2002)
"Compensation" by Zeinabu irene Davis (1999)

"Coonskin" (1975)
animated crime drama to screens to a lot of controversy back in 1975. A satire of mob films, racist stereotypes, and Songs of The South, Coonskin not only challenged what we could and should expect from animation, its bold and brazen depiction of race relations in America (the country is here represented by a blonde woman who seduces and kills African-American men) is unlike anything you’ve ever seen this generation or otherwise. 

"Daughters of the Dust" by Julie Dash (1991)
"Double Happiness " by Mina Shum (1994)
"Down in the Delta" by Maya Angelou (1998)
"Drylongso" by Cauleen Smith (1988)
"Earth" by Deepa Mehta (1998)
"Elza" by Mariette Monpierre (2011)

Empire of Dirt (2013)
Lena, a First Nations mother, flees her hometown after her 13 year old daughter gets in trouble. Lena reunites with her mother, and the three women try to bridge the generation gap and face demons from their past. It’s a beautiful, critically acclaimed Canadian film about motherhood, family, overcoming cycles of trauma, and healing.

"Endless Dreams" by Susan Youssef (2009
"Eve's Bayou" by Kasi Lemmons (1997)
"Fire" by Deepa Mehta (1996)

"Frida" by Julie Taymor (2002) Hollywood (would like to watch again)
"Girl in Progress" by Patricia Riggen (2012)
"Girlfight" by Karyn Kusama (2000)
Gotta Kick it Up
Hallelujah (1935) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcSrnkwiwEM
"Habibi Rasak Kharban" by Susan Youssef (2011)
"Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad Nemizanand (Hush! Girls Don't Scream)" by Pouran Derahkandeh (2013)
"Honeytrap" by Rebecca Johnson (2014)

"I Like It Like That" by Darnell Martin (1994)
"I Will Follow" by Ava DuVernay (2010
Imitation of Life (1934) – Netflix. Two female leads, the WOC performs the housekeeper
Imitation of Life –1959 (Douglas Sirk)
"In Between Days" by So-yong Kim (2006)
"Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" by Martha Coolidge (1999)
"It's a Wonderful Afterlife" by Gurinder Chadha (2010)
"Jumpin Jack Flash" by Penny Marshall (1986)
"Just Another Girl on the IRT" by Leslie Harris (1992)
"Just Wright" by Sanaa Hamri (2010)
"Kama Sutra" by Mira Nair (1996)
"Losing Ground" by Kathleen Collins (1982)
"Love & Basketball" by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000)
"Luck by Chance" by Zoya Akhtar (2009)

Marry Me – 2010
light-hearted Hollywood rom-com. Lucy Lui plays Rae Ann Carter, a social worker who dreams of becoming an artist and getting married. She goes from having no one interested in her to three men romantically pursuing her. She must figure out what and who she wants. On top of all of that, Rae has a snarky and mischievous foster kid on her hands, Imogen, for whom she must find a suitable foster family. This film is especially worth watching for the friendship that develops between Rae and Imogen. While the marriage plot can get a bit tiring, what I liked most about this film was the chemistry between the cast, the witty banter, snappy dialogue, clever writing and strong acting.

"Mi Vida Loca" by Allison Anders (1993)
"Middle of Nowhere" by Ava DuVernay (2012)
"Mississippi Damned" by Tina Mabry (2009)
"Mississippi Masala" by Mira Nair (1991)
"Mixing Nia" by Alison Swan (1998)
"Monsoon Wedding" by Mira Nair (2001)
"Mosquita y Mari" by Aurora Guerrero (2012)
"Na-moo-eobs-neun san (Treeless Mountain)" by So-yong Kim (2008)
"Night Catches Us" by Tanya Hamilton (2010)
"Pariah" by Dee Rees (2011)

Patient (Paciente) Jorge Caballero Colombia. middle-aged woman cares for her cancer-stricken 23-y.o. daughter. unsentimental and briskly economic, a textbook example of how horrendously difficult and sensitive material can and should be handled.

"Picture Bride" by Kayo Hatta (1994)
"Rain" by Maria Govan (2008)
"Real Women Have Curves" by Patricia Cardoso (2002)

"Saving Face" by Alice Wu (2004) WOC
A romantic comedy about a Chinese-American mother and daughter who struggle to face the consequences of life choices they have made. Wil is a lesbian who’s afraid of coming out to her traditional mother and being publicly open about her relationship. Much to Wil’s surprise, her mother Gao soon shows up on her doorstep, pregnant out of wedlock. Both must learn to accept themselves as well as each other.

"Second Coming" by Debbie Tucker Green (2014)

“Selena”
Jennifer Lopez stars in this biographical film about the late Mexican-American singer, Selena. It follows her life and career as she shoots to fame and the struggles she faces along the way. Selena was Jennifer Lopez’s breakthrough film role and also inspired her singing career.

Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded  (2011)
problematic representations of Asian women in Hollywood

"Something Necessary" by Judy Kibinge (2013)
"Something New" by Sanaa Hamri (2006)

Sonita
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's documentary on a teenage Tehran rapper was a wide-margin winner of the audience award at the Dutch festival.

Sepideh
"Still the Water" by Naomi Kawase  (2014)
"Stranger Inside" by Cheryl Dunye (2001)
"Sugar Cane Alley/Black Shack Alley" by Euzhan Palcy (1983)

'The Bravest, The Boldest' –2014. A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can't bring herself to accept.
The Color Purple (1985)
"The Kite" by Randa Chahal Sabag (2003)
The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency. (2009) TV series Botswana Female detective.
"The Rich Man's Wife" by Amy Holden Jones (1996)
The Sapphires 2012
Black women band in Australia
"The Secret Life of Bees" by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2008)
"The Silence of the Palace" by Moufida Tlatli (1994)
The Stuart Hall Project / Akomfrah, John [Regie] / Künstl.Lehramt-Bibliothek IKL( 1/ 0)
"The Watermelon Woman" by Cheryl Dunye (1996) WOC
IndieFlix #SistahSinema: https://indieflix.com/indie-films/the-watermelon-woman-41943/
"The Women of Brewster Place" by Donna Deitch (1989)
"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Darnell Martin (2005)
"Things We Lost in the Fire" by Susanne Bier  (2007)

"Wadjda" by Haifaa Al-Mansour (2012) netflix
 Wadjdah is a rebellious Saudi girl who longs to possess a green bike that she spots in a store. She wants to race against her friend Abdullah who already owns a bike. Her mother refuses to buy the bike because it is frowned upon girls to ride bikes. Wadjdah must figure out a way to raise enough money to buy it herself. She decides to enrol in a Quran competition and use the winnings toward the bike. Wadjdah is the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director and has won numerous film awards.

"Water" by Deepa Mehta (2005)
"Whale Rider" by Niki Caro  (2002)
"What's Cooking?" by Gurinder Chadha (2000)
"Where Do We Go Now?" by Nadine Labaki  (2011)
"Whitney" by Angela Bassett (2015)
"Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day" by Neema Barnette (2012)
"Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl" by Joan Chen (1998)
"Yelling to the Sky" by Victoria Mahoney (2011)
"Young and Wild" by Marialy Rivas (2012)
courtesy of Ava DuVernay


SILENT BPOC FILMS

Body and Soul (1925)
Silent film produced, written, directed, and distributed by Oscar Micheaux and starring Paul Robeson in 1925. When the filmmaker applied for an exhibition license from the Motion Picture Commission of the State of New York, it was denied approval on the grounds it would "tend to incite to crime" and was "immoral" and "sacrilegious". He re-edit the film twice before the commission approved it. Body and Soul is one of three surviving silent films created by Micheaux, who is credited with making 26 silent productions. It was originally released to cinemas catering to an exclusive African American audience, and for many years the film was unknown to white moviegoers.

HOLLYWOOD ON RACE

Hallelujah!
Judge Priest
Imitation of Life
God’s Step Children
The Duke Is Tops
Gone With the Wind
The Blood of Jesus
The Jackie Robinson Story
Native Son
Carmen Jones
The Defiant Ones
In the Heat of the Night
Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song
Lady Sings the Blues
Cooley High
Killer of Sheep
A Soldier’s Story
Do the Right Thing
Boyz N the Hood
Eve’s Bayou
Bamboozled
Madea’s Family Reunion
Mississippi Burning
I Am Legend
Roots
Ruby Bridges
To Kill A Mocking Bird


INTERRACIAL ROMANCE

Our Family Wedding
Unbowed (1999) Amerindian / Black love story
A Patch of Blue (1965) 8/10 
A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life. (105 mins.)

INDIGENOUS

Smoke Signals. Amerindian
North of 60. Amerindian
Pathfinder, a 2007 movie about Vikings' battling Native Americans in the New World.
Rez Bomb, director Steven Lewis Simpson, at native Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Reel Injun. disassembles tropes such as the “White Messiah” (Dances with Wolves) and the “Groovy Indian” (perpetuated by Cher in “Half Breed”), and features films that truly amplifies Aboriginal voices, like Atanarjuat: the Fast Runner. Stereotypes not only run rampant in the present, but in the past were combined with the fact that white actors were dressed up and put in brown-face to play the parts of Native actors. Aside from being offensive and untrue, this was effectively wiping representation of Aboriginal people completely from mass media and popular culture.

Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas. A documentary film of the Norwegian expedition won an Academy Award in 1951. In 2012, a dramatised version was released and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar and Best Foreign Language Golden Globe Award.


DECOLONIAL FROM LATIN AMERICA

El Abrazo de la Serpiente (The embrace of the Serpent) 2015. Colombian filmmaker.
Indigenous cosmovisions and the impact of colonialism on indigenous peoples.

Libertador aka Liberator (2013, Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela)
The story of the historical South American liberator, Simón Bolivar, played by Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramírez. Since his childhood among the different social classes in Venezuela until the betrayal that led to his execution.

Río de Oro aka Gold River (2010, Pablo Aldrete, Mexico)
The story of the war between Mexico and the United States, a war that left the apaches, the landowners and the farmers in the middle of a bloodbath produced by the American army. Trinidad has lost his family in this war and prepares to go to the South in search of gold. Estela is a woman who has also lost her family, and has been kidnapped by an apache named Goyahkla.
The war, the Navajo tribe, and the people living on the frontier during this conflict on the Sonoran desert.

Eco de la montaña aka Echo of the Mountain (2014, Nicolás Echevarría, Mexico)
In the Sierra Madre of Mexico, an extended mountain range that goes all over the country, there’s a community of natives named huicholes. The culture of the huichol is rich in art and traditions. This documentary shows us the unjust but wonderful life of this wixárika named Motoapohua which literally means Echo of the Mountain.

Los viajes del viento aka The Wind Journeys (2009, Ciro Guerra, Colombia) 85%
Telling the story of an old legend that guided us into the history of the vallenato, a popular Colombian music genre that mainly features the accordion, alongside other native instruments, which provides it with its particular Caribbean sound. The story goes about the journey of Ignacio, an old juglar (minstrel) who wants to give his old master back the accordion he possesses, and legend has it that this accordion once belonged to the devil. In his journey, the young Fermín joins him, wanting Ignacio to teach him how to be a good musician. So they travel to the depths of the most unknown places in the Colombian Caribbean until they reach the distant Guajira desert.

Cabeza de Vaca (1991, Nicolás Echevarría, Mexico) 75%
The conquest of Latin America


TV SERIES

Into the West (2005) (Wheel to the Stars) By DreamWorks. The characters speak in indigenous languages, which are translated in subtitles - but the tribute to the Lakota turns out to be mostly stifling. Most of the tribal conversation consists of dire predictions of doom at the hands of the white invaders; the individual personalities remain as noble and static as the chief in the 1971 anti-pollution ad featuring the "crying Indian." Charles Crocker cut off food and other supplies. After eight days of increasing privation, Crocker confronted the starving workers, along with James Strobridge, the local Sheriff and a contingent of deputized white men, insisting that he would make no concessions and threatened violence to anyone preventing workers from returning to the job. Facing starvation and coercion, the workers ended the strike. Charles Crocker became convinced that the labor action was a plot by the Union Pacific, which aimed to sabotage the Central Pacific’s forward progress in their race to gain more miles for subsidies. He never considered that the Chinese workers were capable of asserting their own interests. Instead of the Wheelers’ boldly representing a classic strain of American avariciousness, their desire for wealth is treated as a kind of random pestilence — a social disease that periodically ravages Native Americans and whites alike.
http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/noble-intentions-cant-save-spielbergs-into-the-west/


TRANSGENDER LEADS

Tangerine 2015 netflix
Two working trans women, Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor), through the seedy streets of Los Angeles as they try to track down their absentee pimp, Chester (James Ransone), on Christmas Eve. Foul and funny, Baker’s film blurs the line between documentary and fiction in his revolutionary depiction of both prostitution and being trans in a modern day Tinseltown.


REVOLUTION

Home (2009 Documentary) 8.6/10
With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked. (120 mins.)

La muerte de un burócrata (1966) 7.8/10
A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape. (85 mins.) Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
One of the best Cuban films ever made. Great laughs. Relevant for anyone to view.

Mary and Max (2009) 8.2/10
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)

The Strange Case of Señor Computer (2000) 7.2/10
A lonely computer wiz creates a robot with human-like intelligence. They will influence and teach each other as their lives spin out of control. (91 mins.)

Viva Zapata! (1952) 7.5/10  brown face of marlon brando
The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century. (113 mins.) Director: Elia Kazan

Obvious Child (Comedy, Dir. Gillian Robespierre) 89%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) 86%
Scandal 91%

DOCUMENTARIES

Intangible Asset Number 82 (2008 Documentary) 8.4/10
The search for an enigmatic South Korean shaman, and the inspiration found on the journey, renews a jazz musician's faith in the power of music. (90 mins.)

Price of Gold (2012 Documentary) 7.4/10
Mongolia is known for its original Nomad culture as well as the spectacular natural landscape. Since gold deposits have been discovered however... (87 mins.)

Thrive (2011 Documentary) 6.7/10
An unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's really going on in our world by following the money upstream... (132 mins.)

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003 Documentary)   7.9/10
A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots. (83 mins.) “ A charming, upbeat look inside the world of wild Peruvian and Argentinian parrots living in San Francisco -- and the man who cares for them.”

Pickup on South Street (1953) 7.8/10
A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)