Cambridge Movie Night – Friday, June 12

Welcome to our second Dinner & Movie Night, presented by Cambridge City Council

Please consider making a donation to Cambridge Community Art Center, celebrating more than 80 years of creative community programs.


Tune in at 6pm for a special introduction by Ivy Moylan and Ned Hinkle from The Brattle!

Below are the movies we’ve curated for tonight’s movie night. They are both available through various streaming services (links below). It is not necessary to click the “Donate” button in order to watch the films but please consider making a donation to the Brattle in lieu of buying a movie ticket. There are no strict showtimes involved with this. It’s on your schedule. Watch them anytime! Please let us know what you think about the program or the films by emailing us at [email protected]. And tune into next week’s edition of The Brattle Film Podcast as we are sure to be discussing these two great classics!

This week’s Cambridge Dinner and a Movie night will celebrate Black Lives by highlighting Black owned restaurants in Cambridge and Somerville with film selections drawn from lists created by BIPOC curators, creators, and critics.


The following list of titles, with the exception of the “New Offerings” have all been taken from articles written by Black curators, creators, and critics (source list below). All of these films put Black Lives at the forefront – whether an extremely dark satire (Watermelon Man), an archival doc (I Am Not Your Negro), or an inspiring real-life drama (Selma). We encourage you to take a look at the list below, read about the films, and choose one that you’ve never seen, or maybe haven’t even heard of, before. If nothing here appeals to you, strike out on your own and find something different that centers the Black experience. Feel free to tell us what you watched and share your thoughts with us by emailing [email protected].

New Offerings

DA FIVE BLOODS (2020) – Spike Lee’s newest film starts streaming today on Netflix

RIGHT ON! (1970) – MOMA’s new restoration of this guerrilla-style doc/performance film featuring the original Last Poets is streaming for free on YouTube through June 18

Wicked Queer presents Isaac Julien’s YOUNG SOUL REBELS (1991) (ticketed event)

Several titles in the 2020 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (ticketed events)

Brattle Favorites

BLACK GIRL (1966) – free on Criterion
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991) – free on Criterion
LOSING GROUND (1982) – free on Criterion
THE WATERMELON WOMAN (1996) – free on Criterion
WATERMELON MAN (1970) – stream on Amazon Prime

Indispensable Documentaries

13TH (2016) – free on YouTube
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2016) – stream Kanopy or rent from the Coolidge
WHOSE STREETS? (2017) – stream Kanopy or rent from the Coolidge

True Dramas

FRUITVALE STATION (2014) – free on Tubi
MALCOLM X (1992) – stream on Netflix
SELMA (2014) – free rental on most platforms

A Centennial First

WITHIN OUR GATES (1920) – stream on Criterion

A Little Comedy

HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (1987) – stream on AmazonPrime

Please note: While we have offered the most convenient or free links above, many of these titles are also available for rent or from other services if the above do not work for you.

Don’t stop here! Take a look at the links below or branch out and find your own source. There are so many inspiring, moving, informative, challenging, and entertaining films that focus on Black Lives. Keep watching, learning, and connecting!

Sources for the above titles:

More Free Films:


To begin your planning, here is a list of Black owned restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville that are currently open for take-out and/or delivery:

Order dessert first!!
PETSI PIES (order by noon the day before!)

ASMARA (Ethiopian)

COAST CAFÉ (soul food)

LA FABRICA (Latin Caribbean)




PURITAN & CO (modern American)

This list is a subset of the Black-Owned Businesses list compiled by Cambridge Local First ( If there are any businesses that are currently open and that you feel are missing please email us at [email protected] so that we can update this list.

Please Note: A donation is not required to watch the films. Simply click the link for your streaming source of choice and enjoy!

Find Local Restaurants
Cambridge Local First can help you find a restaurant offering take-out and delivery options in your area!

Share the fun! We encourage you to share photos from your experience on Cambridge Local First’s Love Letters to Cambridge Local Business group on Facebook (don’t forget to tag the restaurant your ordered from!). We can’t wait to see how you all took part in this first-of-its-kind virtual event!

Special thanks to the Cambridge City Council for making this event possible, and to Cambridge Local First and Opendatasoft for providing promotional support.