It is one of sev­er­al steps the com­pa­ny has tak­en to sup­port the fight for social jus­tice.

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In response to the mur­ders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade and Bre­on­na Tay­lor, as well as the dis­pro­por­tion­ate toll COVID-19 has had on com­mu­ni­ties of col­or, the Cri­te­ri­on Col­lec­tion announced a few steps it’s tak­ing to fight sys­temic racism. For starters, Cri­te­ri­on plans to lift the pay­wall on select titles from black film­mak­ers and doc­u­men­tary por­traits of the black expe­ri­ence.

The titles will stream for free on Criterion’s new stream­ing ser­vice, which is avail­able on sev­er­al plat­forms, includ­ing Apple TV, Ama­zon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android.

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Some of the titles include Daugh­ters of Dust (the first fea­ture film by a black woman to be dis­trib­uted in the­aters in the US)Maya Angelou’s Down in the Delta, Shirley Clarke’s Por­trait of Jason, Agnès Varda’s Black Pan­thers and Kath­leen Collins’ Los­ing GroundIndieWire reports. Cri­te­ri­on will share work by both ear­ly pio­neers of African Amer­i­can cin­e­ma and con­tem­po­rary film­mak­ers.

“We are also com­mit­ted to exam­in­ing the role we play in the idea of canon for­ma­tion, whose voic­es get ele­vat­ed, and who gets to decide what sto­ries get told,” pres­i­dent Peter Beck­er and CEO Jonathan Turell wrote in a let­ter to the Cri­te­ri­on com­mu­ni­ty.



Cri­te­ri­on has estab­lished an employ­ee-guid­ed fund with an ini­tial $25,000 con­tri­bu­tion to sup­port orga­ni­za­tions fight­ing racism in Amer­i­ca, includ­ing bail funds, com­mu­ni­ty groups, legal defense funds and advo­ca­cy groups address­ing police reform. Cri­te­ri­on has pledged to con­tribute an addi­tion­al $5,000 month­ly to these caus­es.

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“We sup­port the pro­test­ers who have tak­en to the streets to demand jus­tice, and we share their hopes. We are com­mit­ted to fight­ing sys­temic racism,” Beck­er and Turell wrote.

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