Published: 1st October 2021

Black History Month 2021

This Black History Month we're spotlighting films that celebrate the work of Black actors and filmmakers. From U rated animated movies, to much loved family films and features that are a little different, there’s something on this list for everyone. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share what you’ll be watching this October. 

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Space Jam: A New Legacy

very mild slapstick, language

Space Jam: A New Legacy is an animated adventure fantasy in which LeBron James is transported into a cartoon world where he teams up with various animated characters to compete in a basketball game.


There are several scenes of very mild comic slapstick, which include scenes in which characters are kicked and struck with objects, as well as scenes in which characters are chased by fantastical creatures and characters.


There is very mild bad language (for example, 'freakin', 'damn', 'hell', 'butt', 'God') and a use of unidentifiable mouthed bleeped language.

flashing/flickering lights

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

The Princess And The Frog

Contains mild scary scenes

The Princess And The Frog is an animation film about a poor waitress in 1920s New Orleans who dreams of owning a restaurant, but who is transformed into a frog after she meets a man who has also been turned into a frog.


There are some mild scary scenes, most of which feature a villain who practices voodoo, and an army of shadow creatures who occasionally briefly threaten people. There are also scenes in which dolls come to life, a villain is despatched by colourful ghouls, a poacher flings knives into a tree whilst chasing the heroine, and alligators briefly threaten the heroes. Voodoo is presented as colourful magic, and these scenes are brief and generally counterbalanced by comic scenes showing the heroism, loyalty and friendship of the positively presented characters, with outcome being reassuring.

There is also infrequent very mild language ('butt').

A Wrinkle In Time

mild threat, violence

A Wrinkle In Time is a fantasy drama in which a girl, her younger brother and a friend are transported on an adventure into a fantastical world to search for their missing father.


Children are threatened and pursued by fantastical and elemental forces, including an evil red-eyed villain. There is a scene in which a young child is hypnotised and becomes briefly possessed.


Several people are slammed against a wall by an invisible evil force, and there is a scene in which a boy is captured and strapped on to a bed. Children are seen briefly brawling, but this is undetailed.

A boy is shown a creepy looking teratoma.

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.


mild bad language, fantasy threat

Soul is a US animated fantasy in which a music teacher is suddenly transported out of his own body and must fight to find his way back to his life.


There is infrequent mild bad language ('crap'), as well as milder terms, such as 'God' and 'butt'.


There are scenes of mild fantasy threat, in which characters find themselves in another realm that controls life and death. The main protagonist dies, but this is comically presented, without any detail of injury, and he is immediately transformed into a colourful blob-like state. Other scenes contain darker blob-like beings, which initially appear threatening, but do not bring about any harm. There is also a scene in which a character is surrounded by looming figures who make belittling comments but the emphasis is on the resourcefulness of the protagonist to help rescue them both.

There is very mild rude humour, including a scene in which a man's face comes very close to a cat's behind.

Akeelah And The Bee

Contains mild language

Akeelah And The Bee tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.



domestic abuse, racism, sexual abuse references, infrequent strong language

Respect is a biographical drama about the life and rise to fame of the American soul singer Aretha Franklin.


Discriminatory language includes peer-to-peer and self-referential uses of 'n****r' by African-American figures, as well as the term 'negro' which was in common usage by both blacks and whites in the 1950s and 1960s where the events of the film take place. There are also general references to racial discrimination and segregation, and the anti-racist aims of the American Civil Rights movement. Discrimination is not endorsed by the film as a whole.

sexual violence and sexual threat

There is a brief and discreet implication of a young girl's sexual abuse by a man which the child subsequently refuses to talk about.


A woman's life is depicted as being controlled by male figures, including her father and spouse who turn to physical abuse in moments of anger or jealousy. The violence is shown only briefly and without strong detail.


There is infrequent strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms such as 'bitch', 'whore', 'piss', 'shit', 'ass', 'asshole', 'damn', 'hell' and 'Christ'.

There are scenes of emotional upset, including a child's reaction on learning of the death of a parent and a woman's turmoil as the pressures of her career lead to alcoholism and mental instability. There is mild violence as two men fight briefly. There are mild sex references. There is cigarette smoking which reflects the historical era in which the events of the film are set.


Contains infrequent strong language and moderate comic violence

A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.

Black Panther

moderate violence, injury detail, rude gesture

Black Panther is a US action adventure in which the king of a hidden kingdom must prevent a rival from unleashing war on the world.


There are battles with swords, spears, guns and fantastical weapons. The violence includes slashes, stabs and hand-to-hand combat. A character breaks another's arm, and a warrior's throat is cut, but without strong detail.

Injury detail

A torso wound is shown during a healing process. Other injuries, sometimes bloody, are seen briefly and without strong detail.


During a comic scene, a character gives a middle-finger gesture. There is also use of mild bad language ('shit'), as well as milder terms such as 'hell'.

A fantastical mind-altering potion is drunk during a ceremonial ritual.

Girls Trip

strong sex references, language, nudity

Girls Trip is a US comedy in which four friends reunite for a trip to New Orleans


There are frequent verbal references to sexual behaviour. A character demonstrates performing 'fellatio' on a banana. A character holds grapefruits over his penis.


There is strong language ('motherf**ker' and 'f**k'). Milder terms include 'bitch' and 'shit'.


There is brief full frontal male nudity when a man flashes at a group of women.

Characters hallucinate after accidentally drinking too much absinthe. Characters share a marijuana joint.

Waiting To Exhale

Contains frequent strong language and moderate sex.

Waiting To Exhale is a drama, from 1995, in which four women deal with the friendships and romances in their lives.


There is strong language ('f**k', 'motherf**ker').


There are scenes of moderate sex featuring thrusting, but no strong nudity. In another scene it is implied that a woman is performing oral sex on a man. There are also verbal references to penis size.


strong language, sex, sex references, drugs misuse

Moonlight is a US drama following the impact of a young man's upbringing, relationships and surroundings across three periods of his life.


There is occasional use of strong language ('f**k', 'motherf**ker'), and frequent racial language ('nigga') used informally between black characters. There is also use of homophobic language in a scene in which an adult explains to a young boy that 'faggot' is an offensive term.


Scenes of sexual activity include implied masturbation and penetration, and in one scene a character wakes up following a 'wet dream'. Strong verbal references are made to oral sex and intercourse.


There are scenes of drug dealing and characters smoking 'crack' and marijuana. The work as a whole does not condone or endorse drugs misuse.

Infrequent scenes of moderate violence include a boy being beaten by a gang of bullies, with subsequent sight of his cut and bloodied face.


strong sex, sexual violence

Zola is a US comedy drama film, based on a series of tweets, in which a stripper travels to Florida with a nefarious new friend.


There are scenes of strong sex, which include genital nudity. There is verbal reference to a 'gangbang' before multiple men in their underwear stand over a sex worker, who kneels before them while stroking her clothed crotch.

sexual violence and sexual threat

There is a scene of sexual assault in which a man grabs a woman from behind to use her as a human shield before offering her to two gunman. One of the armed men sticks his hands down her pants where it is is implied he penetrates her with his fingers, without her consent, before putting them in her mouth. There are scenes of sexual threat in which a sex worker is violently pulled inside a hotel room by a client and a number of men try to coerce two sex workers into group sex. There are also scenes in which a pimp uses verbal, physical and financial intimidation to manipulate two women into performing sexual acts on clientele he has picked for them.

flashing/flickering lights

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

There is a scene of strong violence in which a person is shot and blood spurts from his neck. There is a sustained scene of threat in which two men threaten a group of people with shotguns after physically assaulting their friend and holding her hostage in their hotel room. There is a scene in which a man jumps off a balcony after threatening to kill himself during an argument with his girlfriend. He ultimately survives, however there is an aftermath image of his unconscious body lying on the ground. There is use of strong language ('motherf**ker', 'f**k') and use of milder terms ('nigga', 'bitch', 'ass', 'shit', 'tits', 'dick').