The American Film Institute and Universal Pictures Monday launched a week-long AFI Movie Club event called “Black Stories Matter,” spotlighting celebrated Black films.

Born from a recent AFI/Universal collaboration honoring “Do The Right Thing” and Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee, the expanded partnership will pay tribute to the films “BlacKkKlansman,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Loving” and “Straight Outta Compton” with free digital movie rentals available through Sunday on Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Dish, FandangoNOW, Redbox, Verizon and Vudu, among others.

AFI Movie Club will enhance the free rentals by highlighting each day’s movie with a conversation between critic Shawn Edwards and filmmakers and talent involved with the films; “Behind the Scene” featurettes about a specific scene examined by an artist from the film; and clips sourced from AFI’s archive of Master Class Seminars.

Interview subjects include composer Terence Blanchard (“BlacKkKlansman”, Malcolm D. Lee (“Girls Trip”), cinematographer and AFI alum Matthew Libatique (“Straight Outta Compton”, Ruth Negga (“Loving”), writer Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip”) and Ron Stallworth, whose 2014 memoir was the basis for “BlacKkKlansman.”

“For decades, Universal has supported thought-provoking stories and powerful perspectives that have served to enlighten, enrich and entertain,” said Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and an AFI trustee. “hrough this partnership with AFI, we are proud to further shine a light on these distinctly important works that continue to so poignantly amplify today’s conversation.”

The moderated conversations, featurettes and exclusive AFI Archive material will be available on and the AFI YouTube channel at

“The mission of AFI and the AFI Movie Club has always been to educate and inspire audiences — and to drive culture forward,” said Bob Gazzale, president and CEO of the American Film Institute. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Universal and to further the conversation about stories that are culturally and nationally significant.”

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