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Black History Month - Documentaries

Documentaries that celebrate and document Black lives and Black culture, all available for free on Freeview Play. 

 

Queen of Africa: The Miriam Makeba Story

A Storyville documentary that takes a look at the life of South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, whose music delivered messages against racism and poverty.

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Miriam Makeba and Nelson Mandela smiling towards the camera

The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files

How black immigrants who made Britain their home came face to face with the government's 'hostile environment'. David Olusoga exposes the secret files behind the Windrush scandal.

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Historian David Olusoga in front of a portrait wall of Black families

The Talk

Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sandé, and other well-known Black Britons share their poignant, funny, and emotional experiences of the conversations parents have to help their children face racism.

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Hair Power: Me and My Afro

A taboo-busting look at how Afro-textured hair shapes Black experience in modern Britain, as writer Emma Dabiri talks to men and women about their hair stories

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The School That Tried to End Racism

BAFTA-winning documentary series that follows a British school as it helps its students uncover and eradicate hidden racial biases, exploring how this can affect us all and what we can do to tackle it.

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Black is the New Black

Exceptional figures from politics, business, sport, science, and more share their insights into being black and British today, how they got where they are, and thoughts on what the future holds.

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Prominent Black figures including Trevor Macdonald and Naomi Campbell

Fighting the Power

Daniel Henry follows the Black Lives Matter campaign in the UK, as the country is forced to look again at its record on race in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

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A group of young black people standing in the sunshine in London

Too White For Me

Nick Broomfield's 1992 film follows Chicco Twala, one of South Africa's few aspiring Black millionaires, as he tries to promote a Tracy Chapman concert in Johannesburg.

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Obama: The President Who Inspired the World

Matt Frei examines Barack Obama's life and career, a year after the end of his presidency.

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Close up of President Obama speaking into a microphone

Uprising

1981: a devastating fire leaves 13 black teens dead. The protests, unrest, and accusations of indifference defined race relations for a generation. From director Steve McQueen.

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Take Your Knee Off My Neck

Black British filmmakers explore the impact of George Floyd's killing by the police and the protest it has sparked in the UK.

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A young Black female protestor speaking into a microphone

Whitney: Can I Be Me?

Made with rare footage and exclusive live recordings, Nick Broomfield's film tells Whitney Houston's incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

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Black Power

An examination of the Black Power movement in the late 1960s in the UK, surveying both the individuals and the cultural forces that defined the era. 

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For more recommendations, and more Black History Month content, head over to Channel 100 on your Freeview Play TV.

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Michaela Coel, Ashley Banjo and Lenny Henry