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Friday, September 25, 2015

BLACK ON HBOnow

MOVIES about

Rwanda,

South Africa,

England

There is some cheap and easy history in these fictional stories. And at least one American Comedy. Check out the clips. If you don't have HBO or HBONow keep them in mind for watching in the future.
  

SOMETIMES IN APRIL   (Idris Elba)
The political backdrop of genocide in Rwanda as told via the story of two brothers.


FROM THE MOVIE INTRO 
"For centuries, the Hutu, Tutsi and the Twa of Rwanda shared the same culture, language and religion

In 1916, Belgium took control of Rwanda from Germany and installed a rigid colonial system of racial classification and exploitation By elevating the Tutsi over the Hutu they created deep resentment among the Hutu majority.

In 1959,  the Belgians handed control of Rwanda to the Hutu majority. With independence came decades of institutionalized anti-Tutsi segregation and massacre Hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus were forced into exile.

In 1988 some of these refugees formed a rebel movement called the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) to reclaim their homeland.  

In 1990, from their base in Uganda, the RPF launched and offensive against the Hutu regime that was stopped the French and Belgian military support.  A deadly cycle of war and massacre continued until 1993 when the United Nations negotiated a power-sharing agreement between the two sides

To protect their power, the hard-line Hutu extremists resisted the implementation of the agreements and planned one of the most terrifying genocides in history.






THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY 
Drama-Comedy


BELLE    (Gugu Mbatha-Raw)

Based on a true story, Belle follows the story of an Dido Elizebeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.



Cry Freedom (Denzel Washington)Black Activist Steven Biko, A story of apartheid in South Africa