Landmark Films That Confront Racism In The U.S.

Written by Mark Rausch


Paul Haggis’s original film aggressively attacks the structure of race relations in modern-day Los Angeles. A bigoted white cop, an indignant black wife of a “whitewashed” Hollywood director, a Mexican dad, two black buddies who are also carjackers, the furious white carjacked upper-class woman, the Arab shopkeeps–color, stereotypes, cultures, motives and class all “crash” into each other as the story weaves these characters together. A divisive, operatic film, “Crash” hammers multiple messages on race into its audience.