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Subjects: Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, American Studies >>
The story of a single mother forced to leave her ailing daughter in Bolivia in order to provide her with a better life is woven into the current debate over amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Winner of multiple awards at Latino film festivals, La Americana puts a human face on this timely and controversial issue.


A colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America which attempts to dispel popular misconceptions and to trace its historical development, both as a native American philosophy stemming from 19th century American traditions of individualism and as a foreign ideology brought to America by immigrants.



Also in: Art History, Chicano Studies, Cultural Studies, Latino Studies, Media Studies >>
Surveys the contemporary Chicano art movement by tracing its development during the height of Chicano political activism in the late Sixties and Seventies, blending archival footage with interviews with the artists and samples of their work, including photographs, murals, graphics, films, paintings, and ephemeral art.



Also in: American Studies, Labor Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, American History >>
Collection: Kartemquin Films
With efforts to recall newly elected Governor Scott Walker making national news, As Goes Janesville provides an in-depth account of the struggles and hopes of union workers, business leaders and elected officials in Janesville, WI to rebuild their town's economy following the closure of the local General Motors plant.
    


What does it mean to be exiled in your own country? In the aftermath of Katrina, two filmmakers embark on a road trip to meet displaced evacuees. An important American documentary, The Axe in the Attic tackles questions of race, class, and the breakdown of trust between a government and its citizens.

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Chronicles the remarkable life of 89-year-old Pedro J. Gonzalez, from his early years as a telegraph operator for Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution to his pioneering career as a radio and recording star in Los Angeles, his 1934 arrest on trumped-up charges and subsequent imprisonment, his deportation to Mexico and eventual return to the U.S. some thirty years later.



Since 1962 the United States has imposed an economic, commercial and financial embargo on Cuba. Bloqueo examines its effects, the reasons for its implementation, and why it has endured for so many decades.



The Borinqueneers is the first major documentary to chronicle the never-before-told story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in the history of the U.S. Army, from its creation in 1899 through its service in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. Narrated by Hector Elizondo.

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Depicts the rise and fall of Joseph R. McCarthy, the Junior Senator from Wisconsin whose name became a household word in the '50s and coined a term for a political attitude that is still with us today.



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In chronicling the career of the political activist and former NY Congressman, this documentary vividly recreates the Civil Rights and antiwar struggles of the '60s and '70s.



Examines U.S. immigration policy, its history as well as the current crisis, and shows how public opinion, human rights and political issues have historically influenced policy decisions.



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A Sundance festival favorite, Crossing Arizona offers a far-reaching and up-to-the-moment look at the hotly debated issue of illegal immigration as captured at America's current flashpoint - the Arizona border.



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In this in-depth interview with Peter Dale Scott, University of California Professor and author of such books as The Iran-Contra Connection and Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, Scott explains his concepts of "deep politics" and "parapolitics" and their roles in the shadowy, subterranean world of American politics, especially in such major scandals as Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, and the JFK assassination.



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In September 1998, Newt Gingrich was one of the most powerful political leaders in America. During the next six months, he led the Republican Party’s efforts to impeach President Bill Clinton as well as a disastrous election campaign.



Profiles the life and work of lesbian novelist, essayist, teacher and political activist Jane Rule.



This historical documentary tells the story of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic founder of the United Farmworkers Union, and the movement that he inspired-one that touched the hearts of millions of Americans with the grape and lettuce boycotts, a nonviolent movement that confronted conservative politicians like Ronald Reagan and the powerful Teamsters Union.



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Examining the case of Martin Sostre, a black Puerto Rican bookstore owner in Buffalo, New York who was framed on drug possession charges in 1967 and sentenced to prison, this film shows how the American justice system can be abused for purposes of political repression.



It's hard to run for office - even in high school. Frontrunners follows the recent elections at the ultra-competitive Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and explores how politics works at its most nascent level.



This documentary about the people embroiled in and affected by the same-sex marriage debate, deftly captures what gets lost in most news reports, the human emotions behind the headlines.



Could this man be the next President of the United Sates? This incisive documentary examines Rudolph Giuliani's rise to power, his policies, and their effect on the city he referred to as the 'Capital of the World.'



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Hand to Hand is William Archer’s story, the story of an outsider learning about the American political process and coming to terms with his own ‘political’ past in Britain.



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This documentary examines the turbulent life in California of political philosopher Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), author of One-Dimensional Man, Reason and Revolution and Eros and Civilization, among other books, professor of philosophy at the University of California San Diego, and a visionary and influential force for the student movement worldwide during the Sixties and Seventies.



Examines the political activism of the religious New Right, focusing on their anti-abortion efforts.



Over 20,000 American soldiers have been wounded in the war in Iraq. This powerful documentary gives a face and a voice to these under-represented soldiers by telling one family's heartbreaking and inspiring story.



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In this ongoing video series, Saul Landau—internationally known scholar, author, lecturer, and filmmaker—talks to guests about current events, politics, social issues, education, religion, and entertainment, among a wide range of other topics.



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In 1994, for the first time in forty years, the Republican Party gained control of both houses of Congress. Newt Gingrich, new Speaker of the House, was the principal author of the Republicans' "Contract with America," which aimed to set limits on federal spending, reform welfare, and reduce taxes.



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The real-life saga of the triumphs and tragedies of America's most powerful political dynasty is told in this remarkable video.



Subjects: Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, Criminal & Law, American Studies >>
A look at one of the most controversial aspects of American immigration policy: family detention. The Least of These brings to light the troubling conditions inside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former prison operated by a private corporation that is being used to house immigrant families.


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This documentary, hosted and narrated by Burt Lancaster, examines the effects of the highly publicized investigation of the motion picture industry by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), which began in 1947.



Abortion is illegal in Ireland. Yet every year, more than 8,000 women travel in secret to England to have abortions. They do so despite the risk of life imprisonment and social stigmatization. Like A Ship in the Night follows three such women as they plan their journeys across the sea.



An engaging, informative and fascinating documentary, Lunch Line chronicles the political and social history of the National School Lunch Program, one of our nation's most successful social programs, from the factors that led to its creation in 1946 to the current debate over its nutritional standards.


Collection: Kartemquin Films
Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita puts a human face on the stem cell debate by following the work of Dr. Jack Kessler, a renowned expert in the field, as he searches for a cure to spinal cord injury, and the breakthrough that will allow his injured daughter to walk again.

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A behind-the-scenes look at media coverage of the 1992 Republican National Convention where, for one hectic week, 15,000 members of the working press crowded into Houston's Astrodome complex.



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Examines the continuing human tragedy of families divided as a result of the thirty year conflict between the U.S. and Cuba.



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Completed shortly after his April 1989 suicide, this provocative and comic NYC deli encounter between Sixties radical-emeritus Abbie Hoffman (on the eve of his 50th birthday) and actress/filmmaker Nancy Cohen shows the self-proclaimed "Jewish Road Warrior" at his feisty, outspoken and humorous best.



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Surveys the activities of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party in the 1950s, including the background to the shooting incident in the U.S. Congress by four Puerto Rican nationalists in March 1954, and the contributions of the movement's leading figure, Don Pedro Albizu Campos.



Also in: American Studies, African Studies, African-American Studies, Anthropology >>
Collection: Kartemquin Films
A landmark seven-hour documentary series, The New Americans follows the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants - from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, India, Nigeria and Palestine - to offer a kaleidoscopic picture of immigrant life in the U.S. Available for the first time in its entirety on DVD.
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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, the Peace Corps has inspired generations of young people into service around the world. Directed by one of its early volunteers, this exceptional documentary offers a fascinating first-person account of the organization's founding, early days and lasting influence. It also engenders greater understanding and a much-needed positive appreciation of Africa.


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Profiles the journalist and political activist who exposed the U.S. government's cover-up of the health hazards from low-level radiation, chronicling this scandal from atomic fallout contamination of soldiers during early tests in the Fifties and Sixties to problems facing nuclear industry workers today.



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This documentary records the activities of the 93rd Congress, whose members, while involved in historic proceedings such as the investigation of President Nixon's role in the Watergate burglary, the cover-up and the ensuing impeachment hearings.



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This video chronicles the emergence of the religious New Right in the early Eighties, when, buoyed by the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan as President, conservative politicians and organizations launched nationwide attacks on communism, homosexuality, feminism, abortion, pornography and liberal politicians.



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Examines an unusual episode of the Mexican Revolution, on March 9, 1916, when Pancho Villa's guerrilla band attacked the small border town of Columbus, New Mexico. In response, the U.S. Army launched a 10,000 man, eleven month punitive expedition into northern Mexico to capture Villa and his men.



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This timely documentary chronicles the post-9/11 racial profiling, large scale round-ups, detentions and mass deportations of Arab, Muslim and South Asian men as part of the government’s "War on Terrorism."



An epic, visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States, from colonial times to the present, as seen through its cemeteries, historical plaques and markers. 2008 National Society of Film Critics Award winner.



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This timely documentary encourages Americans to think more deeply about the importance of memorials on our landscape. In light of the continuing debate surrounding the September 11th memorial design in New York, it is an excellent opportunity for the greater public to rethink the meanings and motivations behind building a memorial of such historical significance.



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A biographical profile of America's leading consumer advocate and author who has been responsible for the passage of dozens of major environmental, consumer and safety reforms.



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This video documents the first national convention in El Paso, Texas in September 1972 of the La Raza Unida Party, a third political party whose membership consisted primarily of Mexican-American citizens.



An unflinching look inside the contentious recall of an immigrant rights activist in California, and the fierce conflict it sparked within the Latino community, between recent and assimilated immigrants, over what it means to be an American.



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An investigative (but frequently humorous) documentary on the surveillance activities of the New York City Police Department's Bureau of Special Services, known as the Red Squad.



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A portrait of the life and career of Albert B. 'Happy' Chandler, documenting his rise from rural poverty to a long career in public office, from Governor of Kentucky, to U.S. Senator during WWII, Commissioner of Baseball during the 1950s, and two-time candidate as the Democratic nominee for President.



Also in: African-American Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, New York City >>
Examines the way Red Scare politics were used to impede the emergence of African-Americans as full participants in the political, social, and cultural aspects of postwar American life. Hosted by Morgan Freeman.



This acclaimed documentary tells the moving and nearly unbelievable story of the first American soldier to be killed in Iraq, a one-time street kid from Guatemala who illegally crossed into the United States.



Examines the Anti-Apartheid Movement at the University of California at Berkeley during 1985-86, which led to similar student protests nationwide.



This remarkable, three-part video series thrusts viewers into the front lines of the struggle over abortion rights between members of Operation Rescue, pro-choice demonstrators, clinic staff and patients.



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This inspirational video shows the work of Coleman Advocates for Youth and Children in San Francisco to train parents and youth in the arts and skills of political advocacy on behalf of families and children.



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This feature-length video offers a comprehensive survey of the major third party efforts in American politics today.



An urgent, beautifully crafted examination of urban sprawl and its impact on the environment, The Unforeseen is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary from director Laura Dunn and executive producers Terrence Malick and Robert Redford.

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Also in: Middle Eastern Studies, Women's Studies, Media Studies, Political Science, World History >>
A fascinating account of Egypt post-revolution, Words of Witness follows a 22-year-old female reporter, an incredible, fearless young woman, as she covers her country's unsteady transition to democracy. From the director of Garbage Dreams, a dynamic portrait of the youth movement that sparked the revolution and its continued reliance on social media.
  


A documentary about greed, politics, urban development and renewal, the award-winning Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride is an absorbing chronicle of the efforts to redevelop an iconic American landmark, Coney Island.
  



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