It might be a Netflix world, as the 800-pound gorilla in the space, but there are other competitive streaming platforms offering home viewing options that are more bountiful than ever before. Amazon Prime is one of them, which, like Netflix, offers a library of films, old and new, that have become increasingly diverse over the years, in an effort to meet demand. However, it still can be a difficult task for any discerning viewer looking specifically for Black films to sift through the deluge.
As an extension of IndieWire’s monthly list of the best new films on Netflix, this list will be updated periodically as new titles become available, and old titles will be replaced.
From pioneer Oscar Micheaux’s “Within Our Gates” (1920), the earliest surviving feature film by an African American filmmaker, to Melvin Van Peebles’ only studio picture, a Kafkaesque comedy titled “Watermelon Man,” the first blaxploitation parody, a fascinating documentary chronicling the evolution of hip-hop fashion, and more, there’s a little something for everyone this month.
Readers can also check out this month’s list of Black films to stream on Netflix.