August Wilson’s feature film, based on the “Mother of the Blues” herself, Gertrude Pridgett, better known as Ma Rainey, takes the audience through the tense recording session of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom album. Rainey’s music embodies the essence of the Southern Back experience by telling her story as a black woman who goes her own way and experiences poverty, sex, incarceration and superstition with a phenomenal performance by Viola Davis.

The film is a strong farewell for Chadwick Boseman, who plays brilliantly in his final role alongside Davis. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a prime example of the plight of black women fighting for what they deserve and of a black man’s will to make a place for himself in a world that does not honor his existence.

Where to see: Netflix