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Great African American Movies to Watch in December

November and December have some great African-led movies you should watch before the end of the year. Here’s our compilation of some great picks to watch during the holidays:

Christmas Ransom (December 1)

This Stan Original Film premiered on Stan on December 1, an Aussie comedy clearly inspired by Home Alone. You can imagine this one’s a comedy.

Christmas Ransom portrays a pair of shoplifting kids played by Evan Stanhope and Tahlia Sturzaker hijack the Harrington and Sons toy store, teaming up with heavily pregnant security officer Gladys to save Christmas.

The wackiness of the movie will make anyone who watches it feel like a child again, and the cast of the film had a lot of fun making their film’s joy infectious.

Darby and the Dead (December 2)

While Darby and the Dead doesn’t really count as upcoming anymore, it’s still one black-led comedy you shouldn’t miss this December. Darby (Riele Downs) suffered a near-death experience.

When she was seven, Darby (Riele Downs) and her mother were swept away by a wave. Darby was resurrected, but her mother passed away. Darby gained the ability to see the dead and began a side business to help these spirits, called “Deados”, to move on to the afterlife by helping them fulfill all unfinished business.

This Hulu film is a modern take on the classic teen horror comedy genre, with all the black comedy tropes it entails, and this time with an African Canadian lead.

Emancipation (December 9)

Emancipation is a 2022 historical action film starring Will Smith, notable for being his first feature film after the infamous Oscar slap. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by William N. Collage, based on the true story of Gordon, named “Peter” in the film, and the photographs released worldwide of his heavily scourged back from an overseer’s whippings. 

Devotion (November 23)

If you’re into historic war films, you might like Devotion. This one’s a 2022 American biographical war film, inspired on the 2015 book Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice.

The movie tells the story of the comradeship between naval officers Tom Hudner and Jesse Brown during the Korean War. Jesse Brown is the first black aviator in U.S. Navy History, and it was his rapport with Tom Hudner what helped win the most brutal battle in the Korean War, making them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen.

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