Between the World and Me

7.21 h 19 min202116+
Ta-Nehisi Coates' book about growing up in inner-city Baltimore is brought to life in this HBO Special.
Kamilah Forbes
Mahershalhashbaz AliAngela BassettTa-Nehisi Coates
English [CC]
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2020
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Excellent Film
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There's nothing I can write to make you understand the impact or significance of this film unless you're a Black person.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021
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Black Excellence
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I read the book first before I saw this documentary. This was a great adaptation. As Toni M said, this is required reading. I encourage every black parent to make sure they read the book with their black children before they graduate high school. I cried at the end of this when I saw the many names of the black bodies that were lost at the hands of the police. This portrayal of the book is a great way to connect with the book but trust me when I say it, read the book first. If you have only seen the film, then complete your journey and purchase the book and read it for yourself. As Coates said.. the ultimate goal is to be woke, to be knowledgeable... You must understand where the root of your bias comes from before you can began to fill it. Use this documentary and the book to erase the façade of the American dream. Hopefully one day there will be a generation of Black bodies in America who will no longer have the "breach" between the world and them.
Lola in AustinReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
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The Scorching Brilliance of Ta Nehesi Coates
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I've never experienced such a successful adaptation of a book. "Between the World and Me" is one of the most moving, illuminating and educational books I've ever read, and it introduced me to the writing of Ta Nehesi Coates. This film was made to capture the feelings and insight from that book, and they wisely did so by using the text from the book, presented by a huge cast of exceptional Black actors. This film is one that you can listen to without watching as well. I hope they'll release the audio. I watched the film last night and I still feel raw, but on the other hand, I also feel grateful.
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Edward CReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2020
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Truly enjoyed this documentary on what really is the Black experience in the US. And an opportunity for others to hear a view that one can only be imagined yet never experience!
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LyricalOneReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2020
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Yes and thank you I needed this!
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The actors did an incredible job of personalizing and bringing alive the words and emotion. I really loved the storytelling through art, actors, and historic archives. I will use this as a teaching tool.
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Brother AnkhReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2021
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Awesome film.
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I love how well the concepts in the book are well translated into this film. I am grateful that the actors in this film used their time and talents to bring this masterpiece to life.
Jan Shaw 3/31/21Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2021
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Loving, Bittersweet and Raw
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It touched me at my core. As a Black woman, I find it hard right now to try to convey the depth of my emotions. Janathel Shaw
Joe publicReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully written, eloquently presented for pure hearts only.
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This piece is beyond its time and speaks volumes as to where people of color still are positioned stationary in this American dream.
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