The African American Film Critics Association, representing the largest group of Black film critics globally, said Friday it has partnered with Delta Air Lines to curate a collection of films that celebrate Black History Month.
This in-flight collaboration marks a first for AAFCA and promises to bring diverse stories representing the Black cinema experience to Delta customers during the month of February.
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The films featured in this collection have been selected by AAFCA members, working closely with Delta’s In-flight Entertainment team and BOLD, Delta’s Black Community Business Resource Group, to encompass a range of genres and narratives that showcase the richness and depth of Black-themed stories in film.
“In-flight movies offer a great way to discover titles that were previously unknown to me,” says AAFCA president, Gil Robertson. “Over the years, I have been introduced to phenomenal stories that broadened my point of view about different people and cultures from around the world. It is my hope that Delta passengers will enjoy a similar experience from our collection which provides a showcase for the richness of Black-themed stories.”
“Delta seeks to be a champion of diversity through meaningful inflight entertainment content and elevate the onboard offering with thoughtful, value-driven curation,” says Catherine McDaniel, lead content curator of movies for Delta Studio. “Delta is thrilled to partner with AAFCA for this special collection to help us highlight underrepresented voices during Black History Month, and all year round.”
Here is a sneak peek at some of the films on offer:
If Beale Street Could Talk – An adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel by director Barry Jenkins, this is a stunning and sensuous film, expertly crafted and performed. It is the story of young lovers navigating an unjust world.
The Five Heartbeats – Directed and co-written by Robert Townsend, this film takes viewers on a journey with a fictional Black male quintet in the ’60s.
Dreamgirls – This is a lively and colorful musical-film featuring Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson.
Shaft – The Oscar-winning hit that introduced the first African American action hero into the mainstream.
The Best Man – Malcolm Lee wrote and directed this classic comedy about the lives and loves of a tight-knit group of friends.
School Daze – Spike Lee’s thought-provoking film that explores issues of colorism and classism in a college setting.
Friday – A hilarious buddy comedy starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.
Love Jones – This now-classic is a romantic, dramatic comedy that delves into the passionate and intelligent sides of love.
Dear White People – This film is sly and provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama, following African American students navigating racial politics at a predominantly white college.
Crooklyn – A poignant and humorous slice-of-life portrayal of a Black middle-class family in 1970s Brooklyn, was directed by Spike Lee.
The Wood – Three longtime friends recount shared childhood memories in Inglewood as they prepare for one of their weddings.
Sarafina – This is a powerful musical drama film from 1992, based on a South African school uprising against apartheid.
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