5 interesting Netflix movies to enjoy on Juneteenth

By Adam C. BetterJun 29, 2024 16:31 PMFilms
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Commemorating Juneteenth, a significant day marking the end of enslavement in America, calls for reflection and celebration. Netflix offers a range of impactful movies that shed light on the Black experience, both within the United States and across the globe. This selection of five films captures the essence of this diverse experience and prompts contemplation. This is reported by SSP.

1. "The Woman King" (2022)

"The Woman King" (2022) immerses viewers in the mythic world of a group of remarkable female warriors defending their African kingdom of Dahomey. Led by the outstanding Viola Davis, the film flawlessly combines mythical elements with thrilling action sequences, though one might crave for more due to its relatively short duration.

2. "The Harder They Fall" (2021)

In a groundbreaking narrative, "The Harder They Fall" (2021) redefines the traditional Western genre by presenting a gang of Black outlaws who reunite to confront an old adversary. This movie triumphantly showcases a talented ensemble cast of Black actors, breathing new life into the genre and marking it as a cool, rebellious standout.

3. "Waves" (2019)

Bold and ambitious, "Waves" (2019) narrates the story of two siblings navigating their lives amidst stringent parents and personal struggles in contemporary Florida. With a captivating performance by Sterling K. Brown, the film artfully transitions between distinct halves, immersing the audience in contrasting tones and emotional journeys that are difficult to encapsulate.

4. "Inside Man" (2006)

While race may not be the central theme, "Inside Man" (2006) is an exceptional thriller directed by Spike Lee. Denzel Washington's exceptional portrayal of a detective engaged in a high-stakes bank robbery delivers tension and intrigue. Lee's masterful direction, a captivating plot, and unexpected twists make it evident that his brilliance transcends genres.

5. "Harriet" (2019)

Finally, "Harriet" (2019) presents an honest depiction of Harriet Tubman, a former slave who transformed into an emblematic Underground Railroad conductor. This cinematic biography, portrayed with an almost mystical quality, showcases Cynthia Erivo's brilliant performance and honors the resilience and bravery of a woman who fought not only for her own freedom but also for others'.

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