Paris is Burning

    by Tristan Davies, 16th September 2022

    “This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion.” (source: Wikipedia) Paris is Burning is a documentary […]


    by Tristan Davies, 15th September 2022

    Set in the 1980s, ‘Pose’ is a fictional portrayal of the New York queer Ballroom scene. It became a crucial for self-expression, celebration of a marginalised community-within-a-community, and a way to take care of each other. “Beginning in the late 20th century, Black and Latino drag queens began to organize their own pageants in opposition […]

    Shame in the game: Racism in Football (2020)

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    As incidents of hate crimes at professional football matches were on the rise, this 2020 documentary from the BBC delves into the levels and impact of racism in football in the UK. “With emotional interviews and shocking undercover footage of abuse, this film shows the scale of racism that still needs to be tackled. The […]

    Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Son of Patricia is a Netflix comedy special starring the Daily Show host Trevor Noah. In the stand-up show, Trevor, originally from South Africa, touches on his experiences of racism and immigration, alongside tacos, runaway snakes, camping and lessons he learned from his mother.” (source: Netflix)

    The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992) was an American gay activist and self-identified drag queen. The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson is a 2017 film documentary by David France. In it, France looks at the work and legacy of Johnson, as well as the circumstances around Johnson’s death, which the police initially declared was by suicide.   From […]


    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    BlackAF is an American sitcom starring and executive produced by Emmy nominees Kenya Barris (“black-ish”) and Rashida Jones #blackAF. In the series, a fictional Kenya Barris and his family navigate relationships, race and culture while grappling with their newfound success.

    Top Boy

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “This drama takes viewers into the housing estates of east London. There is tension between the drug gangs that operate almost openly and those who strive to live honest lives against the odds in the crime-riddled area… The programme combines elements of a tense gangster thriller with subtle social realism, some tenderness, innocence and wry […]

    Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Former professional footballer Anton Ferdinand explores the issue of racial abuse in the game from a personal perspective. He also confronts the online abuse he has experienced since, which has affected his mental health, his career and the lives of his loved ones.” (source: BBC iPlayer) We have selected this resource as an opportunity to […]


    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Four close friends in Los Angeles challenge and support each other through life’s triumphs and disasters. Sophisticated, relatable and always funny.” (source: Netflix)

    Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “A unique portrait of how art and activism for black people in film are indivisible from race and cinema… From background actors to centre stage, Gone With the Wind to Black Panther. Stars including Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg and John Boyega share stories of prejudice and success.” (source: BBC iPlayer)

    Small Axe

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    Small Axe is an anthology of stories by Steve McQueen. In five films, we experience stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s. We have selected this resource as an illustration of historic and modern day injustice faced by members of West Indian immigrants in the UK. Many from the Windrush Generation faced […]

    Being British East Asian: Sex, Beauty & Bodies

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Elaine Chong reveals what British East Asians think about their bodies and their lives. She explores the struggles they face caught between the cultures of West and East.” (source: BBC iPlayer) This TV series highlights the experiences of East Asian people in the UK. Watch the series on BBC iPlayer:

    Racism in the Ranks

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    This documentary investigates experiences of racism within the Armed Forces. “In the British Army, complaints of bullying, harassment and discrimination come disproportionately from ethnic minority soldiers. Reporter Callum Tulley hears some shocking complaints from ex-soldiers, including those who were born in Commonwealth countries, and meets a British soldier who was thrown out of the army […]


    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    A sharp comedic sketch show starring Black British talent. Meet the Nigerian prince no one emails back, discover Nollywood’s ‘finest’, and watch the rudest Midsomer Murders ever. “Famalam travels across the galaxy with a dazzling array of accents, cultural observations and colourful costumes. Famalam gives a glimpse of the latest Nollywood blockbuster, and reveals who […]

    I May Destroy You

    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    I May Destroy You is a comedy drama series written, co-directed and produced by Michaela Coel. Based on her own life experiences, this BBC and HBO series explores consent, race and life as a millennial. Michaela Coel is a Black British actress, writer, director and producer. She made history creating ‘I May Destroy You’ by […]


    by Tristan Davies, 14th September 2022

    “Black-ish follows an upper middle class black family led by Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross). The show revolves around the family’s lives, as they juggle several personal and sociopolitical issues.” (source: Wikipedia) Designed to educate and entertain, Black-ish is a highly-renowned fictional program for its authentic depiction of the lived […]

    The Birth of a Nation (2016)

    by Tristan Davies, 1st April 2022

    The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 period film drama by actor and film maker Nate Parker. “The film, which also stars Nate Parker and Armie Hammer, tells the true story of Nat Turner, an enslaved man who ended up leading a revolution.” (source: Wikipedia) Watch on Amazon

    Disclosure (2020)

    by Tristan Davies, 31st January 2022

    “Examining Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact it’s left on both the transgender community and American culture.” (source: Netflix) This film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture. (required paid subscription)

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