Column: How Films Deals With Racism And Injustice
Film and storytelling is the best thing around to visualize the world around it. How injustice has been served for a long time in a country becoming the world’s largest democracy.
The world is set ablaze for the time being. America we all love and cherish all over the world is in a real struggle. Pain. Pain that has been all over for a long time. Voices are raised and the communities want justice. Justice for corruption and injustice. This ain’t news for many. Many don’t care and ignore this but is keep getting worse. This problem is worldwide. It’s global You can’t escape it unless you solve this issue.
Hollywood and other production companies, share this problem whether you like it or not. The industry is aware of it and it’s shown many, many times. For example, of systematic corruption and injustice, you have Just Mercy. A film with Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson. It’s a film that shares the values of corrupt and systematic racism.
12 Year A Slave, with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup and Lupita Nyong’o where a black a man is sold to slavery. A strong performance from Lupita who won a well-deserved Academy Awards for her performance. You also have Django Unchained where Jamie Foxx stars as Django and he finally got the redemption to be a free man. BlackKKlansman depicts about the racist KKK where John David Washington aka Ron Stallworth, infiltrate the Klan. Selma tells the epic story on how Martin Luther King marched from equal right in 1965. Ava DuVernay directed the film with David Oyelowo in the lead. The film won an Oscar for Best original song. Get Out is also another example of racism, where Jordan Peele tells a horrifying truth and the respectless behaviour of white people who takes their judgemental way too far. Malcolm X, with Denzel Washington, is one epic tale of activist Malcolm X and his life. And Moonlight with Mahersala Ali. A film directed by Barry Jenkins. The film shows a coming-of-age story of a black man struggle with his sexuality. Another film that Mahersala Ali starred in was Green Book, a film depicting on how the southern of the ’60s treated him wrongfully only for his skin color.
But let’s also celebrate that many talented actors have been spotlighted for real. In Jordan Peele’s Us, a family get a visit from their doppelgänger with a dangerous outcome. In upcoming Tenet, Denzel Washinton’s son John David Washington playing the lead in a film close relative to Inception. Spike Lee Da 5 Bloods explore how it was for African-Americans in the jungle during Vietnam. It’s worth a worth and will be available on Netflix June 12. And then we’ve Creed, where Michael B. Jordan plays a boxer teacher by Rocky. In 2018, we had Black Panther from Marvel Studios who crossed the golden line with $1 Billion dollars on the box office, it was a film with a majority of some of the best actors of colour in the business.
The list goes on, on, on and on. Hollywood has tried for a long time to tell you this. The racism and struggle in black communities are real. But if you think otherwise, it’s time to do the right thing. These films justify the only recent time that Hollywood has explored cruel injustice. Why not follow Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Do the right thing? t’s time for a change. These films would exist if it was not a problem of racism. Be part of the solution, not the problem.