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The Color Purple (1985)

Following the story of Celie, a young Black woman who faces countless hardships and injustices throughout her life in the early 20th century. The film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. The film is a moving and emotional portrayal of the struggles faced by Black women…

Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Powerful and emotional in equal measure, this movie is based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska in 1993. Hilary Swank delivers a stunning performance as Brandon, capturing the complexity and depth of his character with great nuance and sensitivity. The strongest element in this is its…

The Florida Project (2017)

The film tells the story of Moonee, a six-year-old girl who lives with her mother Halley at the Magic Castle Motel near Disney World in Florida. The film showcases Moonee’s carefree and adventurous summer days, as well as the struggles of her mother to make ends meet. What sets this film apart is the amazing…

Tangerine (2015)

A groundbreaking film that explores the lives of transgender sex workers in Los Angeles. Directed by Sean Baker, the film was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, giving it a raw, unpolished look that perfectly captures the rough-around-the-edges spirit of the city. The film stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor as Sin-Dee and Alexandra,…

Cabaret (1972)

A classic musical film that has been entertaining audiences for nearly 50 years. Directed by Bob Fosse, this movie tells the story of Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), an American singer performing at the Kit Kat Club in Berlin during the rise of Nazi Germany. The musical numbers are integrated seamlessly into the narrative, with the…

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

An eye-opening documentary that explores the life and legacy of the iconic LGBTQ+ rights activist, Marsha P. Johnson. The film delves into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Johnson’s death and the larger issue of violence against trans women of color. Through interviews with friends, activists, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, we gain a deeper understanding…

Paris is Burning (1990)

Incredibly moving, energetic, and full of hard truths, this documentary explores the underground world of New York City’s ball culture in the 1980s. The film captures the lives of queer and black trans/trans people of color as they compete in drag competitions known as balls. Beautifully portraying the community’s fierce determination to break free from…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

A thought-provoking film that explores themes of grief, justice, and redemption in a small town in Missouri. At the heart of the story is Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother who is frustrated with the local police department’s inability to find the culprit behind her daughter’s murder. In an effort to draw attention to the case,…

Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman, the film tells the story of Elio, a 17-year-old boy living with his family in northern Italy during the 1980s, who falls in love with Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student who has come to stay with them for the summer. This is a breathtaking…

Parasite (2019)

Parasite (2020) Films made in the USA rarely touch on subjects like class disparity. Mostly it’s because the political climate here is too hot for them to even be considered. But also because politicians really love to hide classism as individualism. And a lot of people, wealthy, well off peoplec believe that or at least…


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