Films about the Black experience screening online for free

An extraordinary documentary that we played in 2011, THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE: 1967-1975, was previously made available for free to watch online by IFC Films as the country began the overdue, long-term process of grappling with the ongoing scourge of violence against the Black community.

Through archival conversations with leaders of the Black Power Movement—including Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, and Eldridge Cleaver—enriched by contemporary interviews with Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu and others, this searing chronicle offers a vital look at our recent history.

We remain committed to providing a platform for Black stories. Black Lives Matter.

We have compiled a list of films centering on Black experiences that have been made available to stream for free by various distributors, which we will continue to update.

Many thanks to everyone who has suggested additional films to add to this list.

Films no longer available to stream for free online that were previously included in this list:

  • AND WHEN I DIE, I WON’T STAY DEAD (2015, Billy Woodberry)
  • BLACK MOTHER (2018, Khalik Allah)
  • BLACK PANTHERS (1970, Agnes Varda)
  • THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE, 1967-1975 (2011, Göran Olsson)
  • BODY AND SOUL (1925, Oscar Micheaux)
  • CANE RIVER (1982, Horace Jenkins)
  • DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991, Julie Dash)
  • DOWN IN THE DELTA (1998, Maya Angelou)
  • GURRUMUL (2017, Paul Damien Williams)
  • HANSWORTH SONGS (1986, John Akomfrah)
  • THE HATE U GIVE (2018, George Tillman Jr.)
  • A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY (2001, Spike Lee)
  • JUST MERCY (2019, Destin Daniel Cretton)
  • LET THE FIRE BURN (2013, Jason Osder)
  • LOSING GROUND (1982, Kathleen Collins)
  • MY BROTHER’S WEDDING (1983, Charles Burnett)
  • NATIONTIME-GARY (1972, William Greaves)
  • PORTRAIT OF JASON (1967, Shirley Clarke)
  • THE SCAR OF SHAME (1929, Frank Perugini)
  • SELMA (2014, Ava DuVernay)
  • SUZANNE, SUZANNE (1982, Camille Billops and James Hatch)
  • THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996, Cheryl Dunye)
  • A WELL SPENT LIFE (1971, Les Blank)
  • WINNIE (2017, Pascale Lamche)