Friday, March 13, 2009

Class Three: Other Films Dealing with Racial Prejudice

There are many well-known films dealing with racial prejudice. Two recent popular titles are Gran Torino and Remember the Titans.

Classic film dramas In The Heat of the Night and To Kill A Mockingbird both won numerous Academy Awards, as did the comedy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. All three of those dealt with racism toward a black man. In fact, it was the same black actor in Heat and Dinner - Sir Sidney Poitier.

Another famous flick, Gentleman's Agreement, exposed anti-Semitism.

I discovered several sites which have listed films about racial prejudice:


Internet Movie Database

Planned Legacy


YWCA Racial Justice Film Series

What films have you seen that deal with prejudice based on race?


Erin said...

Snow Falling on Cedars is really a beautiful movie about Japanese Americans in the 1940s.

Fantastic Forrest said...

I can't believe I haven't seen that yet! Thanks, Erin, for reminding me. It would have been a good companion to the first week's film as well, to depict the prejudice that Japanese Americans faced even after internment ended.