Netflix has added a Black Lives Matter section to its genre tab in response to viewers’ interest in titles related to the racial injustice and the experience of Black Americans.
The series features over 45 titles, including Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods; Ava DuVernay’s 13th and When They See Us; Dee Rees’ Mudbound; Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight; Dear White People; and Orange Is the New Black.
“When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters,’” Netflix said in a tweet, referencing the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing anti-racism protests happening across the world. ”With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.”
The collection can be accessed through Netflix’s main menu, by searching for Black Lives Matter, and online via the link netflix.com/blacklivesmatter. It can also be found through the genre drop-down menu on the TV and movie homescreens.
The series joins other Netflix collections themed around Black creators and subjects, including Black Behind the Camera, Black Comedy Icons, Black Music Legends, and Black and Queer.
“To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter,” Netflix said in a May 30 tweet. “We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators, and talent to speak up.”
Similarly, the Criterion Collection has lifted its paywall on all its titles from Black filmmakers and documentaries about the Black Experience. Films by pioneers of African American cinema, such as Oscar Micheaux, Maya Angelou, Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye, and more are now available to all, regardless of being a Criterion Collection subscriber or not.
Contemporary works by Khalik Allah and Leilah Weinraub, as well as documentaries on Black experience by white filmmakers Les Blank and Shirley Clarke, will also be available for free.