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Dont Look Back
Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In…
The Singing Revolution - How Music Toppled an Empire
Most people don't think about singing when thinking about revolutions. But in Estonia song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. Few people know the crucial role one of the world's…
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Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song
Strange Fruit is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song's evolution tells a dramatic story of America's radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter.…
Fight the Power - Protest in Film
Part of the Series: The Story of Film
With Ronald Reagan in the White House and Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, the 1980s were the years of protest in the movies. This is the story of how brave filmmakers spoke truth to power. American independent director John Sayles…
African Underground: Democracy in Dakar
African Underground: Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during and after the controversial 2007…
The Believers - The First Transgender Gospel Choir
Recipient of the Frameline 30 Audience Award for Best Documentary and of a 2005 Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund grant, The Believers is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, gender, and religion. Built around the world's…
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars, PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE is a timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades,…
Songs of War - Music as a Weapon
Winner of an international Emmy. Music elates, touches the soul and bypasses reason. Music is magic. But precisely this magic can turn it into an insidious weapon - for music and violence belong together. The brutal power of African war…
No Greater Cause and Faces of Vietnam Protest
No Greater Cause chronicles the height of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the Bay Area. Footage shows the massive confrontations in Oakland between police and anti-draft protestors in l967; the rally of 100,000 against the war at Kezar Stadium in…
Harold
In the late 1940s, Harold Blair emerged as one of the most renowned Australian tenors of the concert hall, at a time when very few Aboriginal people could break through the barriers of the repressive Queensland reserve system. Harold takes…
The Flute Player
Nearly 30 years ago, Pol Pot overtook Cambodia and more than one million people perished in the Khmer Rouge's brutal "killing fields." Many others were forced into unspeakable acts in order to survive; Arn Chorn Pond is one of these…
Musician Activists
Part of the Series: Advocates of Change
They have made a difference and revolutionized the world. They come from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. These remarkable individuals have pioneered, developed and forever improved their industry and the world in which we…
Search For The Everlasting Coconut Tree
Search For The Everlasting Coconut Tree chronicles the journey of musician and mentor WolfHawkJaguar (Adimu Madyun). As a facilitator for DetermiNation, a Black men's Group at United Roots in Oakland, California, WolfHawkJaguar is known for helping young men go from…
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation
For the first time, the greatest singer-songwriters, authors and performers from Greenwich Village reflect on how they collectively became the voice of a generation. Through poignant interviews with the likes of Pete Seeger, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Kris Kristofferson, Arlo…
Mama C - Urban Warrior in the African Bush
Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush" tells the story of Charlotte O'Neal--or Mama C as she is known--poet, musician, visual artist, spoken word artist and ex-member of the Kansas City Black Panther Party. Mama C, whose life was…