Diversity Movie Recommendations

Film can be such a wonderful teaching tool, especially when used to begin conversations. This section provides some recommendations of movies that may help stir up helpful discussions about diversity issues. Personally, I typically like to go into movies knowing as little as possible about them as possible. So I provide very little information about the movie on this page, but hopefully I will be adding some review and discussion content links before long. The content on this page focuses largely on ways this movie could be used.

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Crash is a very powerful movie dealing with diversity issues in a very real manner. It's a great movie for beginning discussions, especially discussions examing your own prejudices. Highly recommended.

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American History X is another powerful movie. It deals with issues of transformation and also deals with racial identity development.

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Higher Learning also deals with issues of racial identity development and racism.

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Monster's Ball is set in the South and approaches a variety of racial issues, including the racism and interracial relationships. The acting is also extremely good.

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Hotel Rwanda is as good of a movie as I have ever seen. It's well written, superbly acted, and does an incredible job at dealing with the issues. The movie is about the genocide which occurred in Rwanda and the world's reaction.

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Sometmies in April has many similarities to Hotel Rwanda, also dealing with the genocide in Rwanda. It provides some different information and viewpoints.

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A Day Without a Mexican is another great independent film. In a somewhat humourous way, it explores what would happen to California if all the Mexicans were suddenlty gone.

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The Laramie Project tells the story of Matthew Shephard's murder. The murder was a hate crime in which Shephard was the target because he was gay. This is an extremely important movie.

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Priest is an important movies dealing with homosexuality and religious issues.

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If These Walls Could Speak 2 is three different stories which look at the historical struggles associated with being lesbian at different points in history.

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Angels in America began as an HBO miniseries dealing with issues of homosexuality and HIV. The series was important enough to draw many big name actors to the series.

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Boys Don't Cry is based on a true story which occured in rural Nebraska. Deals with issues of homosexuality and homophobia.

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The Crying Game is a movie which is quite thought provoking and deals with a variety of diversity issues.

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Tiptoes is a movie most people probably haven't heard of, but this movie is well worth watching. One of the things that makes this a great diversity movie is that it deals with a form of diversity not often talked about: "Little people" or "dwarfs." The movie deals directly with some difficult diversity issues in a way that applies well to other forms of diversity.

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North Country is based upon a true story relevant to the first class action sexual harassment law suit in US history. It does an excellent job of creating a visceral feel for the experience of the women. It is well acted and did a good job of dealing with many issues related to sexual harassment and sexual discrimination.

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Remember the Titans tells the story of a football coach who uses sports to help his players work through racial conflicts.

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School Ties focuses on issues of Anti-semitism in a historical context. A very good movie to set some of the historical contexts.

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Antwone Fisher is a very powerful movie that is well acted. It's a great movie of transformation, change, and learning. There are many good therapy applications, too.

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Charolette Sometimes is an easy to miss independent film, but it should be. There is great acting around the emotional themes and a lot of good psychological material. The diversity issues are as explicit, but it shows some good issues related to Asian culture.

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The Joy Luck Club also focuses on Asian culture and acculturation issues.

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Amistad is a great movie dealing with the slave grade.

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The Color Purple has many layers of historical importance. The movie is based upon the novel by Alice Wallker, who is considered the founder of the womanist movement. It has many important actors including Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, and Whoopi Goldberg. The movie deals with racism in South.

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Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored is another important historical movie dealing with racism.

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Roots is a classic in the same genre as The Color Purple and Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored. This mini-series is also important because of the impact it had upon culture.

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Grand Canyon is a great psychological movie that deals with much more than diversity issues. However, the diversity issues are very noticeable.

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House of Sand and Fog deal with cross cultural issues. The acting is again extremely good.

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John Q delas with diversity issues and adds in the socioeconomic component quite well.

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In the Flies of Butterflies is a historical movie set in the Dominican Republic. Deals more with culture than diversity issues.

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Bend it Like Beckham is an especially good movie for dealing with cultural issues with youth.

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Barbershop is a comedy that does a good job as still dealing with diversity issues and other sociocultural issues. Don't let the genre fool you!

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Barbershop 2 is the sequel to Barbershop. While not as good as the original, it's still worth watching.

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Boyz in the Hood is a classic movie. It's easy not to recognize the importance today as there have been many movies which have addressed this and similiar issues since. However, Boyz in the Hood led the way. It also brought Ice Cube into an important role. You'll noticed many movies on this page have Ice Cube as an actor and for good reason. He's an outstanding actor that has been in many important movies dealing with diversity issues. It deserves a viewing.

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is also a classic movie for dealing with diversity issues. It's an older movie, but still relevant. Deals with interracial relationships and family relations.

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Guess Who is a more contemporary version of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. It's more of a comedy, but still can stimiluate some thoughts abouts about diversity issues and interracial relationships.

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Kissing Jessica Stein is part comedy, part drama. Can start some good discussions about lesbianism.

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