Gandalf (kebedes) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

20 (5) Under the Radar Black Movies You Should Seek Out

We're about halfway through Black History Month. If you're interested in Black films to watch during what's left of it, or if you just need something to watch this weekend, here's a handy dandy list of underrated movies to check out.

Daughters of the Dust (1991)
dir. Julie Dash


A languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last bastions of these mores in America. Set in 1902.

"Cultures and lifestyles collide in this beautifully poetic film that preaches the importance of holding on to history and traditions – no matter where you are."

Currently streaming on The Criterion Channel and Kanopy.

The Fits (2016)
dir. Anna Rose Holmer

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

"Anna Rose Holmer's coming-of-age character study, The Fits, stands out because it tells the kind of unique story we hadn't seen on screen before its release—or since."

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Kanopy and Tubi.

Cabin in the Sky (1943)
dir. Vincente Minnelli

Compulsive gambler Little Joe Jackson dies in a drunken fight and awakens in Purgatory, where he learns that he will be sent back to Earth for six months to prove that he deserves to be in heaven. He awakens remembering nothing and struggles to do right by his devout wife, Petunia, while an angel known as the General and the devil's son, Lucifer Jr., fight for his soul.

"It's, well, a lot, but full of great musical numbers and performances from Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. [...] [I]t's little wonder the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress."

Currently streaming on Hoopla.

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992)
dir. Leslie Harris

Chantel Mitchell dreams of medical school, a family, and an escape from generational poverty and the street-corner life. But personal and sexual challenges confront Chantel on her way to fulfilling her dreams.

"[Harris] addresses the HIV/AIDS crisis, racism, and problems in the education system in a hopeful and not heavy-handed way, painting a vivid picture of life in New York City in the early 1990s as she does."

Not currently streaming, but available to rent or buy on Amazon, Vudu and YouTube.

Class Act (1992)
dir. Randall Miller

A genius valedictorian and a juvenile delinquent have their school records switched and begin to be treated like the other. Seeing the mutual benefits, the two agree to keep up the ruse.

"After the success of House Party and [its] sequels, rappers Kid 'N Play wanted to branch out in a different direction, and Class Act was born. It may not have received the same hype as the House Party movies [...] but it's a hilarious movie cherished by its fans and well worth tracking down."

Currently streaming on HBO Max.

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What are some of your favorite Black films, ONTD?

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