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10 Black Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now

From Spike Lee's "School Daze" to Kenneth Gyang's "Òlòtūré," here's a guide to streaming the best Black films on Netflix.

BARRY, Devon Terrell, as Barack Obama, 2016. ph: Linda Kallerus /© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

Devon Terrell as Barack Obama, in “Barry” (2016)

©Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection

The sheer number of films streaming on Netflix on any given day can make finding and deciding on what films to watch an arduous journey through an overabundance of content, navigating with an interface that’s not exactly the most ideal. To assist, IndieWire already runs a monthly series that highlights movies and television series worth streaming on every major platform in the U.S.

As an extension of that popular ongoing series, IndieWire will also publish monthly lists of films and television series that specifically tell Black stories and are streaming on those same major streaming platforms. The list will be updated regularly as new titles become available, and existing titles are replaced. It’s a move partly inspired by what has been referred to as a nationwide racial reckoning, as well as recent reports by the Motion Picture Association and other organizations revealing that so-called ethnic minority groups generally watch more movies, and are more likely to stream content regularly.

We launched the series last week with Amazon Prime. This weekend’s streamer of choice is the 800-pound gorilla towering over other players in the space.

From Spike Lee’s sophomore feature “School Daze,” to a Nigerian drama about human trafficking (Kenneth Gyang’s “Òlòtūré”), here is our first list of Black films worth a look that are currently streaming on Netflix.

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