Top picks and more recommendations to celebrate black history month
By Geoff Berkshire, Metromix
"Night Catches Us"
Historical significance: Proof that black independent filmmaking still turns out vibrant, interesting work, the 2010 directorial debut of Tanya Hamilton explores the late '70s legacy of the Black Panther movement through a former Panther (Anthony Mackie) and a woman (Kerry Washington) from his past.
Also recommended: Other great performances by Washington in "Mother and Child" and Mackie in "Half Nelson." Another historical indie from a female director, "Daughters of the Dust."
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