SBS World Movies Black Lives Matter collection

Wongutha-Yamatji actor, writer and artist Meyne Wyatt will present a special Black Lives Matter collection on SBS World Movies airing nightly at 9:30pm from Sunday November 1.

The two-week curation – featuring films and documentaries from Australia and around the world – shines a light on important Indigenous and Black stories. Wyatt says the collection holds up a mirror to the world and asks, ‘Do you like what you see?’

“These stories are so important. I hope the questions you ask afterwards, and the questions you ask each other offer the glimmer of hope and change that is so desperately needed,” he says.

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) – Sunday, 1 November at 9.30pm
Based on Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House – a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Do The Right Thing (1989) – Monday, 2 November at 9.35pm
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence. Directed by Spike Lee.

Precious (2009) Tuesday, 3 November at 9.30pm
In New York City’s Harlem in 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate 16-year-old (Gabourey Sidibe) is invited to enrol in an alternative school in the hope that her life can head in a new direction.

12 Years A Slave (2013) Wednesday, 4 November at 9.35pm
Based on the true story of one man’s fight for freedom. Solomon Northup, a free Black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Directed by Steve McQueen and stars Lupita Nyong’o.

Selma (2015) Friday, 6 November at 9.30pm
A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Sweet Country (2017) Monday, 9 November at 9.30pm
Set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, this is the story of a young boy called Philomac, who witnesses Sam, an Aboriginal stockman, kill station owner Harry Marsh in self-defence.

Sitting In Limbo (2020) Wednesday, 11 November at 9.30pm
Based on a shocking story from the Windrush Scandal. After 50 years in the UK, Anthony Bryan is wrongfully detained by the Home Office and threatened with deportation.

Farming (2018) Thursday, 12 November at 9.30pm
A young Nigerian boy is sent to be raised by a white British family in the hopes of securing a better future, and instead becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) Friday, 13 November at 9.30pm
Based on a true story, three Aboriginal girls escape after being taken from their family as part of the ‘White Australia’ policy and set off on a treacherous journey to find their way home.

The Black Lives Matter Collection on SBS World Movies is part of the network’s 2020 NAIDOC Week programming slate.

4 Comments:

  1. It is great SBS is doing this. With streaming services lacking decent collections of African American or Indigenous productions it is good to know that at least SBS can fill some of that gap.

  2. What a shame I missed the #FreeHongKong week they did – can anyone remember what movies they showed that week in support of that political movement?

    Oh what.. there wasn’t one? How strange… for a “World Movies” channel to not do that… so weird…

  3. I don’t see anything wrong at all in showing Indigenous and American African heritage and minority films, or the concept of having a collection themed event. The issue is in the usage of the term BLM, which can be seen as highly political, sensitive and divisive with political influences beyond the veneer, such as identity politics, even and especially within the minority cultures themselves. The same controversy arises in sports that take on the movement. I wholeheartedly agree with an end to racism, and unfair and unjust treatment.

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