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ACUMEN FIRST 5: TOP FIVE FILMS TO STREAM IN 2021



The Rabbit-Proof Fence The movie was conceived from the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by D. Garimara. The film documents a government-sanctioned child removal policy that targeted mixed-race offspring of native women and European men. The film follows three First Nation (Australian) girls taken from their families and forced into an industrial school. The school served as an incubator and grooming station to strip mixed-race children of their non-European culture and train them for integration into European households as servants. The girls escaped and set out to find their way home -- more than 1200 miles away -- using a rabbit-proof fence that spanned the territory as a guide. The real-life story dramatizes the barbaric policies designed to "civilize" mixed-race Australians into the 1970s.

The Banker Another movie based on real-life events tracks the entrepreneurial journey of two African American men, Bernard Garrett, and Joe Morris. The businessmen amassed small fortunes by pretending to be the janitors at the banks they actually owned on paper. Due to their skin color, they are not supposed to earn a livable wage that exceeded their white counterparts or enter into certain deals. The men worked the system successfully until they hit a snag hiring a White man to impersonate a partner in their firm. Achieving the American dream cost them years of freedom as the dream was only for Whites.

The Willoughby's The children of a couple feel that they would be better off raising themselves. Their parents hate children. The children hatch a plan to get rid of their parents and their parents fall for it; they go on an adventure devised by the children. But things quickly go awry and the children must navigate foster care and attempts to reunite their family. Meanwhile, the parents find that the adventure is anything but pleasant and must determine how they will survive the frigid mountainside.

See You Yesterday is a film based on a short film of the same name. The film is centered around a female science prodigy. Her science fair project -- a time machine -- was tested on her brother’s death. She travels back in time several times and has to surmount several issues surrounding her own concept of life and time, while time traveling. Determined to save her brother, she alters reality a few times attempting to correct the future and save her brother's life.

The Cultural Destruction of African Fashions is a film by Merira Kwesi. It details the hairstyles and fashions worn by Africans from antiquity to modern times. Through artwork, statues, and writings, Kwesi shows how braids, dreads, picks, and necklaces were invented and worn centuries before the New World documented them. In her examination, shows the use of what has been thought of as modern beauty aesthetics, like hair dye. She proves the adage, "there is nothing new under the sun." Much of the jewelry shown in this film was sold as an Elizabeth Taylor line. The resemblance is not there because it is an exact copy. There is no difference between what we create as fashion now and what ancient Africans made and wore.

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