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5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (8/29/13)

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 29, 2013 12:54 PM
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Anderson Monarchs

The Anderson Monarchs (named after famed African American opera singer Marian Anderson and Jackie Robinson's Negro League baseball team the Kansas City Monarchs) is about an all-girls soccer team competing, living, and thriving in an at-risk neighborhood in Philadelphia. 

Nominated in 2008 by Sports Illustrated as “Sports Team” of the year, they were also hailed as “the future of American Soccer” in the London newspaper, The Guardian

The documentary follows two girls, Jlon, age 11, and Kahlaa, age 10, through their formative years from 2009 to 2011. 

As the girls grow as soccer players, they learn more about their own abilities. Bodies and minds become healthier, aspirations grow, and new dreams are formed. Barriers start to fall by the side as they become confident in school. Marian Anderson, when asked about the time when she was denied the right to sing in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., replied, “I had no bitterness and I have no bitterness now, because we look for bigger things, and if you’re all right on the inside, you don’t have to worry about things like that”. The Anderson Monarchs, like their namesake Marian Anderson, are making history. By seeking a level playing field, they are changing how they are perceived. They are also setting the stage for other girls far and wide to walk in their footsteps. The real messages of the film are grounded in social justice, the right to be treated equally, and freedom. Most importantly, the film celebrates the rights of young women and the community they are building for themselves as talented athletes, emerging scholars, and leaders. Their remarkable story brings them to a place they only ever imagined in their dreams.

Directed by Eugene Martin, The Anderson Monarchs is now available digitally on iTunes as well as Amazon's VOD service, for both rental and purchase... and now on Netflix.

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  • Vichus | August 31, 2013 11:09 AMReply

    Man, that freelancers poster. The worst 'shop job I've seen in a while

  • Bforreal | August 30, 2013 7:59 PMReply

    For some reason I just can't muster up much energy for any item on this list. I gave up on A Haunted House 20 mins into it. It is just unnecessarily raunchy (even for a Wayans film) and plain unfunny.

  • somerset | August 30, 2013 10:00 AMReply

    I'll definitely be checking out Somebody's Child, but am I alone in being surprised that Lynn Whitfield is playing the mother of Michael Jai White. They look more like a couple instead of mother and son.

  • Ivy | September 3, 2013 1:45 AM

    Somerset, thought it was just me. Ms Whitfield far too young looking to be playing their mother. Bad casting in my view.

  • Jake-ann | August 30, 2013 6:37 AMReply

    Actually, I appreciate the heads up about movies by and with people of color, regardless of whether they're good or not. I think it's useful and valuable to get a sense of the wide variety of movies that are being given a platform on an outlet like Netflix. I'm sure I'm not the only person who hasn't heard of these films, and I'm always interested to know what's out there. And I think since the writer makes it plain they're not advocating for the films, just informing us about them, it's worthwhile. I don't really know why anyone would bother to be critical of a service that seeks to inform all viewers, not just the ones who've already seen the film. If you've seen it, more power to you. But realize you're not the only viewers out there -- some of us just like to be kept in the loop, good or bad.

  • Nadia | August 30, 2013 10:35 AM

    Thank you!! Folks always have something to complain about. Instead of appreciating the gesture, they look for something to be negative about.

  • truth | August 30, 2013 3:26 AMReply

    It's important to point out that the author introduced these movies by stating:
    "As usual... These aren't necessarily recommendations. Consider the list more of an FYI - films we've talked about on this site, at one time or another, that are now streaming on Netflix, that you might want to check out and see for yourselves."

  • CinemaPsycho | August 29, 2013 5:45 PMReply

    Oh, I get it. All of these movies have black actors in them. Well, that's fine, I have no problem with that. But if you're going to do that, why not recommend GOOD MOVIES with black actors in them that are on Netflix, and make that the topic of your article? Otherwise, I don't really see the point. This is just basically "here's 5 random movies with black actors in them that happen to be on Netflix. They may or may not be worth watching." I find that odd. What's the point? I saw Freelancers, it's an OK B-movie at best. Surely you can come up with something better.

  • CinemaPsycho | August 29, 2013 5:34 PMReply

    I'm glad you said "these aren't necessarily recommendations" because A Haunted House is definitely not something I would want to waste my time with. Why would you feel the need to point out that that's on Netflix? This is IndieWire, not CrapWire.

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