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The Times of Harvey Milk
Part of the Series: Criterion American Documentaries Collection
A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world.…
The Most Dangerous Man in America - Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world.…
Inside Obama's Presidency
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
As Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, FRONTLINE takes a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. With inside accounts from his battles with his Republican opponents over health care and the economy to…
The War Room
Part of the Series: Criterion American Documentaries Collection
The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House--and changed the face of politics in the process. For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account…
Evita
Long after Evita was embalmed and secretly buried under a fictitious name in Milan, the former First Lady of Argentina once again was catapulted to fame after Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical. A few years later, Alan Parker's movie adaptation…
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American Experience: FDR
PBS
The longest-serving president in U.S. history, and leader through the Great Depression and World War II -- two of the nation's worst crises -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt is considered by many to be our greatest president. In his early years,…
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Fidel: The Untold Story - A Look into Castro's Personal Life
Whether dismissed as a relic or revered as a savior, many agree that Fidel Castro is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. Rarely are Americans given a chance to see inside the world of this…
Tableau Ferraille
The story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall in a small town, "Tableau Ferraille" ("scrap heap") paints a picture of a corrupt post-colonial elite. Tableau Ferraille offers an intimate view of how modernization, at least as practiced in…
Donald Trump: The Apprentice President
Since announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump is everywhere. To him, it seems that nothing is taboo and no policy too outlandish to embrace. Somehow, this billionaire candidate has become the champion of ordinary America, with supporters travelling hundreds of miles…
Ken Burns: Thomas Jefferson
PBS
Thomas Jefferson is a two-part portrait of one of the most fascinating and complicated figures ever to walk across America's public stage - our enigmatic and brilliant third president. Thomas Jefferson embodies within his own life the most profound contradictions…
2 videos
The Island President
On February 7, 2012, Mohamed Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d'etat perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator. This film is the story of his first year in office. A film…
Political Animals - Pioneering Women Who Paved the Way for LGBT Equality
Political Animals celebrates the legendary civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state politicians - who were all women: Carole Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe. Documenting the tough struggles they endured, the film…
Lumumba: Death of a Prophet - Lumumba: La Mort du Prophete
Part of the Series: The Library of African Cinema
Lumumba: la mort du Prophete offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history. Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an…
Putin's Way
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
The larger-than-life Russian leader has held power -- with one title or another -- for 15 years, and is set to reign for at least a decade more. Yet Putin remains inscrutable. With only a smattering of biographical details released…
Bridging the Divide - Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
During this tumultuous election season, watch a film about an election which made a real difference. Broadcast on PBS in 2016, BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race tells the compelling story about Los Angeles Mayor Tom…
Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader
An intimate portrait of a young man destined to make history. Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader traces the early path of a man destined to make history and to be a catalyst for global change. Features footage from three…
JFK & LBJ - A Time for Greatness
PBS
JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness sheds light on the fascinating story of a president who knew how to harness the nation's grief over JFK's assassination, and become an unlikely champion of Civil Rights. The film includes rarely seen…
Marcus Garvey - A Giant Of Black Politics
Black Nationalist pioneer and First Hero of Jamaica, Marcus Garvey is discussed by contemporaries, historians, family and friends. The film traces his early successes in organizing West Indian contract labor, to the phenomenal rise of his Universal Negro Improvement Association,…
Obama at War
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan, led by a new commander and armed with a counterinsurgency plan that builds on the lessons of Iraq. But can U.S. forces succeed in a land…
Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
What happens when the naivete of a political rookie clashes with the realities of racial politics of the American South and ultra-partisan struggles in Washington DC? Mr. Cao Goes To Washington follows the unexpected journey of Rep. Joseph Cao-the first…