Government, Politics, and Law Film Collection

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Balseros
In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans a few days before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade…
Beyond Borders
Beyond Borders moves past the headlines and takes an in-depth look at the hot-button issues of legal and illegal immigration. The film explores the forces driving the immigration controversy from…
Bury the Hatchet
Bury the Hatchet is a portrait of three Mardi Gras Indian "Big Chiefs." These New Orleans men are the descendants of runaway slaves who were taken in by the Native…
Call it Democracy
Call It Democracy is a fresh perspective on voting rights, election reform and the unresolved electronic voting controversies threatening to undermine confidence in our democratic system. Nearly four years in…
Captive Radio
Every Sunday morning, men and women in captivity deep in the Colombian jungle listen to messages from their families on The Voices of Kidnapping radio show. Captive Radio tells the…
Israel in a Time of Terror
Terror bombing after terror bombing, day after day. A sidewalk cafe becomes as dangerous as a military outpost. A simple trip to the supermarket becomes a horror of flying nails,…
New Muslim Cool
Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Perez ended his life as a drug dealer 12 years ago, and started down a new path as a young Muslim. Now he's moved to…
Portrait of Wally
"Portrait of Wally", Egon Schiele's tender picture of his mistress, Walburga ("Wally") Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years the painting was locked…
The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground
The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, is a feature-length documentary about the Grammy Award-winning, New York-based, klezmer band. The Klezmatics have made numerous television and radio appearances, including PBS's Great Performances…
Through Thick and Thin
"Through Thick and Thin" follows the extraordinary stories of seven binational gay and lesbian couples whose lives are dramatically affected by the current immigration laws. For some partners, it means…
Valley of Tears
Hart Perry (Director of Photography - "Harlan County, USA"), has documented the lives of Mexican-American migrant farm workers in Raymondville, TX since 1979 when the onion workers' strike broke out.…

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50 Children - The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus
Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus never intended to become heroes. But in early 1939, as conditions were worsening for Jews living inside Nazi Germany, the Philadelphia couple embarked on a risky and improbable mission - an effort to rescue 50 Jewish children and bring them to safety in the United States.…
Captive Radio
Every Sunday morning, men and women in captivity deep in the Colombian jungle listen to messages from their families on The Voices of Kidnapping radio show. Captive Radio tells the story of two families that use the unique radio program to communicate with their loved ones held hostage by rebel…
Fight to the Max - Louisiana Prison Boxing Championships 
From Simeon Soffer (director of the Academy Award nominated documentary THE WILDEST SHOW IN THE SOUTH) comes the new film FIGHT TO THE MAX, which spotlights the Louisiana Prison Boxing Championships and the trials and tribulations of incarcerated boxers who fight for pride and redemption in one of the country's…