If Beale Street Could Talk


A spotlight on current social justice issues.

This series highlights films that use the medium to broaden and deepen perspective on issues like poverty, racism, immigration, gender inequality and climate change. We know film is an extremely powerful consciousness-raising tool, but we also believe that seeing a movie in the theater creates an opportunity for a community to come together, to form coalitions and learn how each one of us can play a part in making this a better world.

To this end, Hop Film frequently partners with campus and community groups pursuing social justice to present documentaries about important issues--but we are just as interested in films that come in an entertaining package and subtly change our perspective on an issue through increased representation, subverting power dynamics or building empathy toward people unlike ourselves.

These films, which Hop Film has presented as part of our #ReelChange series or championed, have inspired thoughtful and important conversations in our community about racial inequality and pathways toward justice. We consider these essential viewing:


Fruitvale Station (D: Ryan Coogler, 2014, Rent Online
The Hate U Give (D: George Tillman Jr, 2019, Rent Online)
Do the Right Thing (D: Spike Lee, 1989, Rent Online)
Queen & Slim (D: Malina Matsoukas, 2019, Rent Online)
If Beale Street Could Talk (D: Barry Jenkins, 2018, Watch on Hulu
I Am Not Your Negro (D: Raoul Peck, 2016, Watch on Kanopy
Get Out (D: Jordan Peele, 2017, Rent Online)
Just Mercy (D: Destin Daniel Cretton, 2020, Free on Prime Video
Selma (D: Ava DuVernay, 2014, Rent Online)
When They See Us (D: Ava DuVernay, 2019, Watch on Netflix)
Clemency (D: Chinonye Chukwu, 2019, Rent Online)
13th (D: Ava DuVernay, 2016, Watch on Netflix)
Dear White People (D: Justin Simien, 2014, Rent Online)
BlacKKKlansman (D: Spike Lee, 2018, Rent Online)