Netflix Launches ‘Black Lives Matter’ Collection With More Than 45 Films, TV Series and Docs

New category includes titles like “Da 5 Bloods,” “13th,” “When They See Us” and “American Son”

Last Updated: June 10, 2020 @ 9:22 AM

Netflix launched a “Black Lives Matter” collection of more than 45 titles on Wednesday, including movies, TV series and documentaries.

The new category includes Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” Ava DuVernay’s film “13th” and miniseries “When They See Us,” and the Kerry Washington-led play-turned-movie, “American Son,” among dozens of other titles.

“When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters,'” the streaming service said in a statement tweeted Wednesday. “With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience. When you log onto Netflix today, you will see a carefully curated list of titles that only begin to tell the complex and layered stories about racial injustice and Blackness in America.”

Netflix’s launch of the new category comes amid nationwide protests in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.

Some of the other offerings Netflix subscribers will find in the new “Black Lives Matter” collection include TV series “Orange Is the New Black,” “#blackAF” and “Dear White People,” Michelle Obama’s documentary “Becoming,” and the movies “Malcolm X,” “Moonlight” and “Mudbound.”

Absent from the group is the 2011 film “The Help,” which made it to No.1 on Netflix’s Top 10 movies list last week. The movie’s renewed popularity drew criticism on social media for being a “racial reconciliation” film, with black writers and activists suggesting other titles people could watch to better inform themselves about race.

Over the last few days, the streaming service has been pulling content that has been criticized for its depictions of race and use of blackface and brownface, including four Chris Lilley series that were removed in Australia and New Zealand and two British comedies that were yanked in the U.K. Those shows were not originally available for streaming in the U.S.