“This is one of those stories that must be told!”   –  The People’s Film Festival


  • RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2023 on Netflix
  • GENRE: Documentary
  • DIRECTOR: Roger Ross Williams
  • PRODUCERS: Alisa Payne, Roger Ross Williams, David Teague
  • EDITORS: Francesca Sharper, John S. Fisher
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mara Brock Akil, Geoff Martz, Susie Fitzgerald, & Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Hold on to your seats, because Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s groundbreaking book, “Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas,” has made its way to the screen in a new hybrid documentary/scripted feature on Netflix. Directed by Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams, this film is a powerful and compelling exploration of race in America.

“Stamped From The Beginning” takes viewers on a journey through the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their profound impact on American history. From the 15th century Europe to the present day, the film delves deep into the development and perpetuation of racist ideas and imagery in American culture. Just like the book, this film is “heavy and thought-provoking”, providing viewers with a lot to digest in its 91-minute runtime.

Williams masterfully captures the spirit of Kendi’s New York Times Bestseller, bringing its bold and powerful imagery to life through gripping animation scenes. The film keeps you glued to your seat as it explores the history of racism and its enduring influence on society. What sets this documentary apart is the exceptional cast of black women scholars and activists, including Dr. Angela Davis, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, and Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan. Their contributions add depth and authenticity to the storytelling, making the film all the more impressive.

“Stamped From The Beginning” has already made waves in the film festival circuit, earning a nomination for a Critics Choice  Documentary Award. It premiered at several festivals and currently showing at at DOC NYC, where it is screening for one week only before its release on Netflix on November 20, 2023.

This film is a must-see for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of race in America. “Stamped From The Beginning” is a powerful testament to the enduring impact of racist ideas and a call to action for a more equitable future.

“There will come a time when Americans will realize that the only thing wrong with black people is that they think something is wrong with black people… when racist ideas will no longer obstruct us from seeing the complete and utter abnormality of racial disparities,

… There will come a time. Maybe just maybe that time is now…”

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi