A FEATURE ON MOVIES WITH BLACK FEMALE LEADS
March 22, 2021
Translated by: Maria Galanopoulou
Bidding farewell to Black History Month, we have collected movies about black and powerful women, about women who bend but bounce back with the same courage to claim their place in a male-dominated, but most importantly, white world.
Join us in a journey through their lives and experiences!
The Help (2011)
A young, white author decides to write a book about the lives of African-American maids, based on their own interviews. The movie describes the lives and hardships of women in the 1960s, during the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement in America. “The Help” was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning,eventually, one.
Hidden Figures (2016)
The movie tells the true story of three African-American mathematicians who played a crucial role in the successful operation of NASA’s space program. Despite the racist treatment to which they were subjected in the workplace, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan proved their worth to those who questioned their abilities, thus becoming role models for all those young African-American women who aspire to pursue careers in science.
The Color Purple (1985)
The movie tells the utterly tear-jerking story of a middle-aged black woman who has been faced with abuse since her childhood.
Directed by Spielberg, the movie (1986) was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.
The movie tells the story of three African-American women in pursuit of their dream to become famous as the jazz trio “The Dreamettes”, while also facing their own personal problems. Starring Beyonce Knowles, this movie is considered to be one of the most expensive productions in the history of American cinema, with its cast consisting of African-Americans, for the most part.
Carmen Jones (1954)
It is a contemporary version of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, the cast of which, however, includes solely black actors and actresses. For her role in this movie, Dorothy Dandridge became the first black female to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Precious is a black, overweight, abused, and illiterate teenager, who is pregnant with her second child and is given the opportunity to attend some courses in an alternative school in order to turn her life around. It is a hard watch that goes to wild extremes and touches upon sensitive issues. Precious was nominated for 6 Academy Awards (of which it won 2) and is based on Sapphire’s book “Push”.
Princess and the frog (2009)
Of course, the first (and, up until now, only) black Disney princess, princess Tiana, could not be missing from this feature. In the movie, Tiana kisses a frog in the hopes of him turning into a human prince but, eventually, there is a plot twist: Tiana is turned into a frog!
Nominated for three Academy Awards, this movie is already considered a “Disney classic”.