Reviews and Festivals
"Overall, the films is very well made, polished, and sends a positive message. Its transitions are flawless, and the soundtrack fits the pacing like a glove. The all-boys choir and musicians performing at the end of the film are superb...I highly recommend this film for the study of the black family in areas of African-American, psychology, sports and sociology."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"Addresses the dehumanization of Black boys by attempting the
reverse: reconstructing them to show they are worth the care and respect
they're systematically denied in America...director, Sonia Lowman,
takes a commendable poetic approach."
— New York Times
"An illuminating and focused watch...Skillfully explores the fleeting highs and systemic lows of being a Black boy in America...This is the type of documentary that should be shown in high school history classes and white people's living rooms."
— TV Guide
"An insightful documentary, and one that calls for more awareness about how racism persists in America, and why it's important for everyone to be part of the conversation"
— Common Sense Media
"The film challenges us to do what it takes to give black boys and men the same opportunities open to everyone else. Think about what that could bring them and the entire population if they felt part of the collective."
— Orca Sound
"Powerfully examines systemic racism against black male bodies...Emotionally raw...the truths within simultaneously enlightening and uncomfortable...Searing examination of the many ways in which our present-day world of continuing racism is rooted in the past. Perhaps most striking are the comparisons of today's professional football drafts to former slave auctions...Ultimately, Black Boys showcases, with great sensitivity and respect, its onscreen subjects, allowing them to speak and be heard."
— Film Festival Today
"Gives us a comprehensive, well-researched look at the cultural intersection of sorts and education and justice in the lives of Black males...Well-documented, compelling, hopeful and devastating all at once."
— Awards Daily
"Examines the pressures, challenges, tragedies, and hopes of the next generation of Black boys in America from almost every angle. It's laser-like focus and deft mix of personal stories, systemic observations, and sharp facts takes us on a slow-moving revelation into big topics without deviating one bit. The documentary shows the audience truly empathetic story of the Black experience without flinching at the legacy of brutality as well as the kernel of hope nestled within...With a bouncing soundtrack, an honest narrative, and an unflinching gaze Black Boys has my full heart and soul...this documentary will guarantee to motivate you."
— Films Gone Wild
"Lowman confronts her own pervasive 'white fear' by not shying away from the very real definition of WHY there is such a narrow, specific lens circumvented onto this faction of society."
— The Curvy Film Critic
"Timely and necessary documentary that does more than simply help people see beyond their own experience to that of others living in the same society. Director Sonia Lowman centers real people and real struggles in ways that bring the humanity of Black boys into sharp and inescapable focus."
— MTR Network
"Black Boys disrupts the single-story narrative and allows us to chart a new path for our Black boys."
— Kelisa Wing, Author of Promises and Possibilities: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
"There is nothing easy about Black Boys. It is beautiful, yes, because it is human, because it is full of joy — of children playing and teenagers laughing and adults talking passionately about the things that matter most. But it is difficult because it is also full of sorrow...White people must watch this film and hold that mirror up to ourselves."
— Jay Wamsted, Benjamin E. Mays High School
Twin Cities Film Festival, Robert Byrd Best Documentary Award
Justice Film Festival
Toronto Black Film Festival
Montreal International Black Film Festival
American Black Film Festival
Cinematters: NYC Social Justice Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Heartland International Film Festival
Original Thinkers Film Festival
This Is Our Chance Film Festival
Twin Cities Film Festival
Bentonville Film Festival