Celebrate Black Stories Through These Films For Black History Month
Black stories and perspectives, both on-screen and behind the scenes, deserve year-round consideration and curation. However, Black History Month creates an opportunity to celebrate these artists and films through the ages. That’s why Xfinity is sharing a curated collection of Black independent films on its Black Experience on Xfinity channel in celebration of Black history, representation, and storytelling.
On both sides of the camera, Black films tell stories completely. These movies can present the past with authentic perspectives, capture the now with realism, and inspire the future. Often, these pieces of art provoke dialogue, awareness, and understanding within the community and beyond, showing the best outcomes of the motion picture.
Xfinity is committed to connecting its audience through authentic and diverse storytelling and programming. These independent Black films, available in the Xfinity library, reflect the dynamic themes, genres, and messages. This collection spans more than five decades and multiple award-winning performances from insightful comedy to tragedy, romance to satire.
These are some of standout films from the Black Experience on Xfinity collection*:
- The Great Debaters, 2007
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Starring Denzel Washington. The critically acclaimed film received a number of awards including multiple NAACP Image Awards, Christopher Award, BET Award, Young Artist Award, among others.
- Daughters of the Dust, 1991
Julie Dash’s award-winning 1991 independent film examines one family’s history and culture at the turn of the 20th century as they prepare to relocate from an island off the Georgia coast to Nova Scotia. Dash went on to receive an award at Sundance Film Festival for Cinematography and an NAACP Image Award.
- If Beale Street Could Talk, 2015
Barry Jenkins’ award-winning drama chronicles a 1970s couple whose love endures prejudice and incarceration. Regina King took home an Oscar for her performance. The critically acclaimed feature went on to receive an Academy Award – Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Independent Spirit Award, NAACP Image Award, and a National Society of Film Critics Award, among others.
Visit xfinity.com/blackexperience to learn more about the Black Experience on Xfinity library.
*Programming subject to change. Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required to access select titles on streaming services.