It’s not going well in the United States. Cases of coronavirus increase in arrow and the question of racial divides still and always the country. On the occasion of the weekend of Independence Day, the 4th of July, Americans who are looking for inspiration and a dose of positivism may review these films telling the story of personalities out of the ordinary, who, by their political action or activism, have helped to change things.
Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln)
- Realization : Steven Spielberg
- Actor : Daniel Day-Lewis
- Awards : Oscar and Golden Globe best actor
This portrait of the last months of the life of president Abraham Lincoln focuses on the political struggle fierce that it has led to the abolition of slavery in the southern States of the United States.
Milk (Harvey Milk)
- Production : Gus Van Sant
- Actor : Sean Penn
- Awards : Oscar for the best actor and best original screenplay
First elected openly gay in the United States, Harvey Milk has been advisor to the mayor of San Francisco and has been an activist for the civil rights of homosexuals, before being assassinated by a rival political.
Selma (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
- Production : Ava DuVernay
- Actor : David Oyelowo
- Awards : Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for best original song
By pointing his camera on the walk of a few hundred defenders of the civil rights of Blacks, between Selma and Montgomery in 1965, filmmaker Ava DuVernay offers one of the rare portraits of the pastor and activist Martin Luther King at the cinema.
42 (Jackie Robinson)
- Achievement : Brian Helgeland
- Actor : Chadwick Boseman
First black player in the major leagues (after a one-year stay in Montreal), Jackie Robinson has had to absorb racist insults and vicious attacks in order to put an end to the racial segregation that existed in baseball.
On The Basis of Sex (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)
- Réalisation : Mimi Leder
- Actress : Felicity Jones
Few have done as much to advance the cause of women’s rights in the United States that this brilliant lawyer. This film depicts the early years of the woman who would become a judge of the supreme Court of the United States.
Hidden Figures (Katherine Johnson)
- Achievement : Theodore Melfi
- Actress : Taraji P. Henson
Women at NASA ? Black and more ? During the 1960s ? This film echoes the journey admirable, but little-known three mathématiciennes, in particular Katherine Johnson, who contributed to the conquest of space.
Malcolm X (Malcolm X)
- Achievement : Spike Lee
- Actor : Denzel Washington
- Awards : silver Bear for best actor at the Berlin film Festival
Considered as one of the great biographies in the cinema, this film paints a portrait developed from Malcolm X, from his criminal past to his assassination in passing by his conversion to islam and his years of activism for the rights of black people.