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Grab the Popcorn!

I’ve been on the go for several weeks now.  First to Chicago, then off to Florida, and finally a staff retreat on Whidbey Island last weekend.  I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m ready to CHILL OUT this weekend.   I do have to preach at church on Sunday (have mercy!) so I might not be able to get quite the rest I’m hoping for but I’m definitely eager for a little downtime in the next few days.

If you’ve got a low-key weekend coming up, here’s a list of 10 movies that are worth watching.  They each deal with race and issues of racism in various ways.

Some of them might not be your cup of tea and that’s ok!  Be sure to check out the reviews to see if it’s a good fit for you.  Some of these are violent, some have strong language, sexual content, difficult themes, you name it.  But each one is worth a watch because it is guaranteed to make you think and I tried to include a good mix of the different types.

debatersMovies can be a powerful way to enter in to a story that is so far removed from your story that you might not otherwise get the chance.  I would love to hear what you think of these!  And if you have any other suggestions, fire away in the comments.  There are so many to choose from and it was hard to narrow it down to 10!


  1. Crash – available on Netflix DVD
  2. District 9 – available on Netflix DVD
  3. Invictus – rent it from Amazon Prime for $2.99 or get the disc from Netflix
  4. Mi Familia (My Family) – available on Netflix DVD
  5. Spanglish – available on Netflix DVD
  6. Belle – rent it from Amazon Prime for $4.99
  7. The Namesake – rent it from Amazon Prime for $2.99 or get the disc from Netflix
  8. The Visitor – rent it from Amazon Prime for $2.99
  9. Red Tails – rent it from Amazon Prime for $2.99 or get the disc from Netflix
  10. The Great Debaters – available on Prime Instant Video or you can get the disc from Netflix

Happy Watching!

  • Rena Marie

    I love your list. I would add Gran Torino and Smike Signals.

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  • Here are my first 6 Dr. Brenda. Great minds think alike!

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  • Peonita Harris

    I watched the movie Belle. There were several soul stirring points in the movie. The scene with Dido and Elizabeth’s conversation about status and the legacy. The dialogue was a true example of sharing in an intimate relationship, but never addressing the differences that make the relationship what it is. Neither women had their biological fathers in their life; however, how that impacted their self-worth and their relationship needs was drastically different. Papa’s struggle with his fatherly love for Dido and his fear of going against the norm when ruling for justice for the slaves on the ship was also difficult to
    observe. He was challenged to look deeper and to look inward at his motives, his prejudices and using his power for justice and not injustice. What is stirred internally about race, class and injustice will also be demonstrated externally. Are we really looking deeper? Great film and wonderful suggestion for a movie watch, Dr. Brenda. Love your Blog!!

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