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Black History Month: A watchlist to educate and open up conversations

Alison Hammond - Back to School:

Alison Hammond travels across the country and back in time on an historical journey to discover some of the black figures who have been hidden from Britain's history.

Sitting in Limbo:

A shocking drama inspired by the Windrush scandal. After 50 years in the UK, Anthony Bryan is wrongfully detained by the Home Office and threatened with deportation.

Am I Next?:

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with Afican-Americans. 

Blue Story:

A tragic chain of events unfolds as two best friends from different areas of London find themselves on rival sides of a vicious postcode war. With Top Boy's Michael Ward.

Hidden Figures: 

Three female African-American mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn's launch into orbit. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.

In the Long Run:

Created and starring Idris Elba, the show follows the Easmon family as they welcome a relative from Sierra Leone into their Hackney home. Set during the 1981 anti-racism protests that begain in Brixton, the series uses humour to depict what it can be like to settle into British life. 

When They See Us:

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.


Desmond Ambrose runs a barbershop In Peckham that is the hub of the community's social scene. Desmond often talks about retiring and returning to his native Guyana, but his affection for his customers and the community prevent him from doing so.

The Murder of Stephen Lawrence:

Dramatisation of Neville and Doreen Lawrence's struggle to prove that their son was murdered by a gang of racists in 1993.

12 Years a Slave:

In pre-civil war America, Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., by two conmen in 1841 and sold into slavery.

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