Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers

Directed by Charles Haid • 1997 • United States
Starring Danny Glover, Mykelti Williamson, Lamont Bentley

Freed following the Civil War, former slave Washington Wyatt (Danny Glover) heads west in search of a new life far from Southern oppression. Enlisted by the U.S. Army to fight in the Apache Wars on the frontier, Wyatt and his fellow Black recruits—nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers—find themselves caught between the racism of their white officers and their empathy for the Native Americans who are supposed to be their enemies. This rousing drama brings an untold slice of American history to life with vigorous action and moral complexity.

Please be advised: this film contains offensive racist language and racial stereotypes directed against Black and Native American people. For more information, we suggest watching film scholar and guest programmer Mia Mask contextualize the Black Westerns series in the “Introducing Black Westerns” program below.

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Buffalo Soldiers
  • Buffalo Soldiers

    Directed by Charles Haid • 1997 • United States
    Starring Danny Glover, Mykelti Williamson, Lamont Bentley

    Freed following the Civil War, former slave Washington Wyatt (Danny Glover) heads west in search of a new life far from Southern oppression. Enlisted by the U.S. Army to fight in the Apache ...

Extras

  • Introducing Black Westerns

    The following interview with film scholar Mia Mask was recorded in 2020. Viewer discretion advised: this video discusses racial trauma, slavery, and racial slurs.