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Streaming Film Collections by Subject

This guide is designed to help faculty and students identify streaming films for use in classes, projects, or even as secondary sources.

African American Studies Featured Film

An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

Streaming Service Videos


  • African American Studies Videos
    • This link has already set the videos to include those from 2010 to the present with over 600 videos ranging from a few minutes to full documentaries.
  • Black Studies in Video (African American Studies in Video)
    • The collection contains 500 hours of film covering African American history, politics, art and culture, family structure, gender, and more.  
  • California Newsreel
    • California Newsreel ( produces and distributes cutting edge, social justice films that inspire, educate and engage audiences. Founded in 1968, California Newsreel is one of the nation’s oldest non-profit, documentary production and distribution centers

Films on Demand

African American Studies Videos

Over 500 videos that allows for easy filtering of topic, ex. African American culture, African American history, etc. Majority of videos are episodes, documentaries or TED Talks. 


Ethnicity & Identity Videos

Ethnicity & Identity related documentaries and episodes. 


African American Studies Videos

African American related documentaries. 

Black Film Archive (Maya Cade)

Black Film Archive is a curated database of Black films released between 1915 and 1979 that are currently streaming on online platforms like YouTubeNetflix, and Tubi. Some of the films are free to view due to public domain laws. The site is inclusive of approximately 250 Black films as of its August 26, 2021 launch.  The films range in genre and are organized by decade.