It’s been an amazing time for Black cinema, with several actors and films being recognized and honored for their incredible work. Films like Judas and the Black Messiah, King Richard and The Harder They Fall have set a standard for Black art that will undoubtedly propel the next wave of films forward. Over the next few months there are a plethora of titles poised to make their mark and showcase the very best of Blackness.
Below are four such films, featuring Oscar winners Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya along with stars like Idris Elba, Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall, with direction from Jordan Peele and Gina Prince-Bythewood. Check the list and set your calendars. It’s about to be a Black excellence summer, and I can’t wait!
Date: July 22, 2022
Starring: Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya
Director: Jordan Poole
Synopsis: Caretakers at a California horse ranch encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behaviour.
Date: August 19, 2022
Starring: Idris Elba, Leah Jeffries, Iyana Halley
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Synopsis: Recently widowed Dr. Nate Daniels and his two teenage daughters travel to a South African game reserve managed by Martin Battles, an old family friend and wildlife biologist.
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.
Date: September 2, 2022
Starring: Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown
Directors: Adamma Ebo, Adanne Ebo
Synopsis: Proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, Trinitie Childs carries immense responsibility on her shoulders. After a scandal involving her husband, the church is forced to temporarily close, leaving Trinitie struggling to manage the aftermath. Now, she and her spouse must rebuild their congregation and reconcile their faith by all means necessary to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.
The Woman King
Date: September 16, 2022
Starring: Viola Davis, John Boyega, Lashana Lynch
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Synopsis: A historical epic inspired by the true events that happened in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.