Undefended: Race Relations.

This week, five movies that do a fine job exploring race relations.


Sean Johnson:

1. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

2. To Kill A Mockingbird

3. Glory

4. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

5. ET


James Banks:

1. The Last of the Mohicans

2. Gran Torino

3. Cry, the Beloved Country

4. The Outlaw, Josie Wales


5. Changing Lanes


Elizabeth Stinnette:

1. The New World

2. 42

3. Remember the Titans


4. Rabbit-Proof Fence

5. Fiddler on the Roof


Joseph Gross


1. Do the Right Thing

2. Blazing Saddles

3. District 9

4. Car Wash

5. The Boondocks (Seasons 1-3)


Joshua Gibbs

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1. This Is England

2. Empire of the Sun

3. Othello

4. Bulworth

5. Cache


Brian Murnion

1. White Material (2009)

2. La Promesse (1996)


3. White Dog (1982)

4. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

5. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)


Remy Wilkins:

1. Secrets & Lies

2. Eternity and a Day

3. The Terminal


4. House of Sand and Fog

5. Apocalypto

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs teaches great books, collects records and jogs to work. He and his wife have two children, both of whom have seven names. He tweets at @joshgibbs and blogs for the CiRCE Institute.

4 Responses to Undefended: Race Relations.

  1. Remy, you thought of this one from a different angle than the rest of us, I feel. “The Terminal” was a great pick.

  2. I thought for sure you’d take House of Sand and Fog. I know it’s a little melodramatic, but I can count on one hand the scenes that break me up inside Every Single Time and Behrani “asking for his son” does it to me without fail.

    • When he’s running around with his hands covered in blood saying, “I ask only for my son,” I don’t know how anyone watching isn’t a universalist.

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