Madman Films have made 5 documentaries available to watch FREE in the month of June 2020. You're encouraged to take the time to learn and listen and better still, share these films and open up a conversation with family and friends. You're also asked to consider donating to various organisations after watching the films, as listed on the website.
If you'd like to further understand the fight against racism or are finding it hard to articulate how to discuss issues of racism, injustice, discrimination and privilege, you're encouraged to view the following free 5 docos which are important stories from filmmakers and storytellers. SEE HERE to watch the documentaries.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2016) - explores the history of racism in the United States through novelist, essayist, playwright, and poet James Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. This film draws its inspiration from Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, and is a searing indictment of America's failure to rectify its shameful history of racial inequality.
GURRUMUL (2017) - Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind at birth, music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land gave his life purpose and meaning. His breakthrough album Gurrumul got him noticed globally. This film is the portrait of an artist balancing that which mattered most to him while on the brink of global reverence.
WESTWIND: Djalu's Legacy (2017) - This film accounts how Yolngu warrior, shaman and father Djalu Gurruwiwi, with some help from global pop star Gotye, finds a way to bring two worlds together to save his culture. Master Yidaki (didgeridoo) player Djalu Gurruwiwi is a custodian of his people's ancient Songlines that has stored his clan's Knowledge, Culture and Country since the birth of time, however he's running out of time to pass them on for the future of his people. In order to save the Songlines, he breaks with tradition and finds unexpected help from a world-famous musician to help amplify the songs to the world.
MURUNDAK: Songs of Freedom (2011) - This film follows the Black Arm Band, a gathering of Australia's finest Aboriginal musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of struggle, resistance and freedom. This is the heart of Aboriginal protest music that brings together pioneering singers like Archie Roach and a stellar lineup of emerging indigenous talent including Dan Sultan and Emma Donovan.
3½ MINUTES, TEN BULLETS (2015) - This film echos what is currently happening in 2020. Three and a half minutes and 10 bullets later; it dissects the 2012 murder of 17 year old high school student Jordan Davis who was shot at a Florida gas station by Michael Dunn over an argument about loud music. With intimate access, follow the trial of Dunn and its deep impact on Jordan's family and friends.
I Am Not Your Negro, 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, and Westwind: Djalu's Legacy also form a list of 10 documentaries suggested by DOCPLAY to watch about race. The listed films are all important documentaries about racial prejudices and privilege within our society.