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Subject: Sociology, Political Science & Anthropology

A Village Called Versailles

A Village Called Versailles

by S. Leo Chiang

One community's political awakening in the aftermath of tragedy.

American Odyssey

American Odyssey

by Christina Monnier

A film about age, adventure and the open road

Ask Not

Ask Not

by Johnny Symons

The definititve story of the history and activism behind "don't ask, don't tell."

At Home In Utopia

At Home In Utopia

by Michal Goldman and Ellen Brodsky - Co-producer

Cooperative living in complicated times.

Bachelorette, 34

Bachelorette, 34

by Kara Herold

Bachelorette, 34 examines the pressure society puts on women to find Mr. Right.

Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour

Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour

by Susan Stern

Everybody has a Barbie story. The stories are about us.

Becoming American

Becoming American

by Ken Levine and Ivory Waterworth Levine

A Hmong refugee family from highlnd Laos resettling in the U.S.

Bionic Beauty Salon

Bionic Beauty Salon

by Gretchen Stoeltje

A chronicle of fact and fiction about the female body

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Bonecrusher

Bonecrusher

by Michael Fountain

An intimate journey inside the lives and work of coal miners.

Brooklyn Matters

Brooklyn Matters

by Isabel Hill

Urban neighborhoods on the brink of change - Who makes the decisions?

By Invitation Only

By Invitation Only

by Rebecca Snedeker

A brave critique of an alluring family tradition

Children of the Left

Children of the Left

by Eric Stange

Red diaper babies describe growing up communist in 1950s America

Chris and Bernie

Chris and Bernie

by Bonnie Friedman and Deborah Shaffer

Two divorced single mothers share the responsibilities of family and career.

City of Borders

City of Borders

by Yun Suh

Israelis and Palestinians find an island of peace at Jerusalem's only gay bar.

Dawn's Early Light

Dawn's Early Light

by Jed Dannenbaum

Ralph McGill and the segregated South.

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Deadly Deception - General Electric, Nuclear Weapons, and Our Environment

Deadly Deception - General Electric, Nuclear Weapons, and Our Environment

by Debra Chasnoff

Grassroots activists successfully expose a corporate giant's environmental record

Deep Down

Deep Down

by Sally Rubin & Jen Gilomen

A story from the heart of coal country

Dirty Secrets: Jennifer, Everardo & the CIA in Guatemala

Dirty Secrets: Jennifer, Everardo & the CIA in Guatemala

by Pat Goudvis

Exposing CIA complicity in Guatemalan human rights violations

Domestic Violence and Health Care

Domestic Violence and Health Care

by Peter Cohn

Going above and beyond to stop family violence.

Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement

Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement

by Peter Cohn

Three Cities, Three Departments, One Common Goal.

Downpour Resurfacing

Downpour Resurfacing

by Frances Nkara

Addressing the repercussions of child sexual and physical abuse

Downside UP

Downside UP

by Nancy Kelly

How art can change the spirit of a place

Drunks

Drunks

by Peter Cohn

The groundbreaking feature film about Alcoholics Anonymous.

Eager For Your Kisses, Love and Sex at 95

Eager For Your Kisses, Love and Sex at 95

by Liz Cane

A 95-year-old man's determination to keep love and sex in his life

Every Mother's Son

Every Mother's Son

by Kelly Anderson & Tami Gold

Three women lose sons to police brutality and unite to fight for change

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Fallon, NV: Deadly Oasis

Fallon, NV: Deadly Oasis

by Amie Williams

A town tries desperately to find out what is making their children sick

Father Roy: Inside the School of the Assassins

Father Roy: Inside the School of the Assassins

by Robert Richter

The CIA's and the Pentagon's secret torture training revealed.

Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

by Regan Brashear

Exploring disability and the promise and perils of human enhancement technologies.

Gaining Ground: Building Community on Dudley Street

Gaining Ground: Building Community on Dudley Street

by Mark Lipman and Leah Mahan

An inside view of community organizing at its best.

The Garifuna Journey

The Garifuna Journey

by Andrea Leland and Kathy Berger

A first voice testimony celebrating the resiliency of the Garifuna people and their traditions. 

Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family

Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family

by Joan Mandell and PeA Holmquist, Pierre Bjorklund

The impact of war on a Palestinian family

The Global Assembly Line

The Global Assembly Line

by Lorraine Gray

The powerful story of working women and men linked in our new global economy and the business decisions behind it, Emmy Award winner.

Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street

Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street

by Mark Lipman and Leah Mahan

The award-winning documentary about community vision, struggle, and change

Home Economics: A Documentary of Suburbia

Home Economics: A Documentary of Suburbia

by Jenny Cool

An ethnographic look at the American Dream of homeownership.

Homes & Hands - Community Land Trusts in Action

Homes & Hands - Community Land Trusts in Action

by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen

Three low-income communities find new ways to develop permanently affordable housing.

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Hungry For Profit

Hungry For Profit

by Robert Richter

Is Third World famine the price we're paying for our food?

In Whose Honor?

In Whose Honor?

by Jay Rosenstein

American Indian mascots in sports

The Insular Empire

The Insular Empire

by Vanessa Warheit

What is it like to be a colonial subject of the greatest democracy on earth?

It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School

It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School

by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen

All kids are affected by anti-gay prejudice, and all adults have the ability and responsibility to address it.

It's STILL Elementary

It's STILL Elementary

by Debra Chasnoff & Johnny Symons

The movie and the movement about addressing homophobia in schools

Jamesie, King of Scratch

Jamesie, King of Scratch

by Andrea Leland

A spirited musical journey to the U. S. Virgin Islands

Kansas vs. Darwin

Kansas vs. Darwin

by Jeff Tamblyn

Darwin's theory of evolution is challenged by a Midwestern school board

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The Key Of G

The Key Of G

by Robert Arnold

An award-winning doc about disability, caregiving and interdependence.

Knocking

Knocking

by Tom Shepard and Joel P. Engardio

Where fundamentalism and freedom meet at the front door. The untold stories of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Land of Opportunity

Land of Opportunity

by Rebecca Snedeker & Luisa Dantas

The frontlines of the unprecedented rebuilding process in New Orleans.

Laramie Inside Out

Laramie Inside Out

by Beverly Seckinger

Gay-bashing murder inspires community transformation

The Last to Know

The Last to Know

by Bonnie Friedman

Alcohol, prescribed drugs, and women - the myth, the stigma, the reality

Let's Get Real

Let's Get Real

by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen and Kate Stilley

Opens up dialogue about name-calling, bullying, and bias among middle school age students, told entirely from a youth perspective.

Letter to the Next Generation

Letter to the Next Generation

by Jim Klein

Today's college students and the world they live in

Letters Not About Love

Letters Not About Love

by Jacki Ochs

A gripping exploration of language, culture, and communication as seen through the dynamic exchange of letters between a Russian and American poet.

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Living Broke in Boom Times: Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty

Living Broke in Boom Times: Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty

by Paco de Onis and Peter Kinoy, Pamela Yates, Kathleen Dara Kell

Lessons from the movement to end poverty: the hidden story of poor people organizing in America.

The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

by Andrea Leland

The odyssey of a young Guatemalan Maya refugee.

The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today

The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today

by Jay Rosenstein

The Peabody Award-winning story of how separation of church and state began in American public schools, and the courageous woman who made it happen.

Made in Brooklyn

Made in Brooklyn

by Isabel Hill

Urban manufacturing and the future of our cities

Maid in America

Maid in America

by Anayansi Prado

Award-winning PBS documentary about the Latinas who clean your homes and help raise your children.

Maybe Baby

Maybe Baby

by Shannon O'Rourke

What happens when single women give up looking for Mr. Right and settle for Mr. Right's DNA?

Means of Grace

Means of Grace

by J Clements

A tribute to the women who were institutionalized in the 1950's

Men's Lives

Men's Lives

by and Will Roberts

The classic film about masculinity in America

The Most Distant Places

The Most Distant Places

by Mike Seely

A small team of Ecuadorian doctors expanding the possibilities of rural health for their own people.

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Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

by S. Leo Chiang

An idealistic rookie challenges politics polarized by race and partisanship.

My Brooklyn

My Brooklyn

by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean

Who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

My So-Called Enemy

My So-Called Enemy

by Lisa Gossels

Everyone has a story:  A coming-of-age film about the power of empathy to overcome personal, political & religious divides. 

My Perestroika

My Perestroika

by Robin Hessman

Five former childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.

Never Enough

Never Enough

by Kelly Anderson

Do you own your stuff or does it own you?

New American Soldier

New American Soldier

by Emma Cott & Anna Belle Peevey

Fighting for America. Fighting to become American.

The New Old Country

The New Old Country

by Faye Lederman

Nostalgia, memory, and history on the Lower East Side

No Dinosaurs in Heaven

No Dinosaurs in Heaven

by Greta Schiller

A film about Noah's Ark, The Grand Canyon and the struggle to keep religion out and science in our public schools.

No Dumb Questions

No Dumb Questions

by Melissa Regan

Uncle Bill is becoming a woman in this funny and touching exploration of gender and sexuality through the eyes of 6, 9 and 11 year old sisters.

Old People Driving

Old People Driving

by Shaleece Haas

Two elderly men confront the end of their driving years.

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One Wedding and a Revolution

One Wedding and a Revolution

by Debra Chasnoff and Kate Stilley

The frantic planning inside city hall for the first gay marriage

The Optimists

The Optimists

by Jacky Comforty

The story of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust 

Our Disappeared (Nuestros Desaparecidos)

Our Disappeared (Nuestros Desaparecidos)

by Juan Mandelbaum

A personal journey to Argentina's dark history of "disappearing" political activists

Our School

Our School

by Mona Nicoara

Three Roma (“Gypsy”) children from a small Transylvanian village are swept in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools.

Out at Work

Out at Work

by Kelly Anderson & Tami Gold

Can you be fired because of who you sleep with?

Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai'i

Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai'i

by Marlene Booth

The impact of "English only" policies on students' learning and self esteem

Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America

Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America

by Peter Cohn

One Woman's Desperate Journey; a Revolution at a Crossroads

Puzzles

Puzzles

by Tami Gold & David Pavlosky

When Hate Came to Town  (Closed Captions on DVD)

Quilts in Women's Lives

Quilts in Women's Lives

by Pat Ferrero

Traditional quilt makers share their art and their lives

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Rebels With A Cause

Rebels With A Cause

by Nancy Kelly

They were unpaid and they were crazy. They were REBELS WITH A CAUSE. How a battle over land changed the landscape forever.

The Red Pines

The Red Pines

by Katie Jennings and Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers

A pioneering Japanese American community perseveres

Shellmound

Shellmound

by Andres Cediel

Native Bones and Toxic Waste Buried Under a Shopping Mall

The Shrimp

The Shrimp

by Keith Wilson

Tracing an environmentally threatened seafood from source to plate and back again.

Silences

Silences

by Octavio Warnock-Graham

What happens when an interracial person's identity is denied by his white family and friends?

Silent Choices

Silent Choices

by Faith Pennick

African American women and abortion. Finally, the silence is broken.

Song of the Canary

Song of the Canary

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A pioneer documentary, looking at environmental dangers in America

Special Circumstances

Special Circumstances

by Marianne Teleki and Hector Salgado

Special Circumstances follows former political prisoner, Hector Salgado, back to Chile to confront his perpetrators.

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Spirit of the Dawn

Spirit of the Dawn

by Heidi Emberling

Dramatic changes in Indian education

State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism

State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism

by Paco de Onis and Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy

Based on the work of Peru's Truth Commission, State of Fear dramatizes the human and societal costs a democracy faces when it wages a 'war on terror'.

Straightlaced - How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

Straightlaced - How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

by Debra Chasnoff and Sue Chen

How gender pressures impact all youth - straight and LGBT

Sun Come Up

Sun Come Up

by Jennifer Redfearn & Tim Metzger

An Oscar® nominated film about some of the world's first environmental refugees.

Sunshine

Sunshine

by Karen Skloss

An intimate portrait of two generations of unwed mothers.

Tales of the Waria

Tales of the Waria

by Kathy Huang

Four transgender women search for love and intimacy in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country.

The Tailenders

The Tailenders

by Adele Horne

Missionaries evangelize indigenous communities using low-tech media

Taken for a Ride

Taken for a Ride

by Jim Klein and Martha Olson

Why Does America Have the Worst Public Transit in the Industrialized World, and the Most Freeways?

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Taking The Heat

Taking The Heat

by Bann Roy

The daring story of the first women firefighters of New York City

Tales from Arab Detroit

Tales from Arab Detroit

by Joan Mandell

What does it mean to be Arab American?

Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press

Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press

by Rick Goldsmith

A piercing look at censorship and suppression in the news media

That's a Family!

That's a Family!

by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen and Ariella Ben-Dov, Kate Stilley, Fawn Yacker

What kids want us to know about what "family" means today

There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho

There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho

by Briar March

Multi-award winner film about the human face of climate change.

The impact of climate change forces an island community in the Pacific to consider leaving their homeland forever. 

These Are Our Children

These Are Our Children

by Joanne Hershfield

Saving the children of Kenya, one dream at a time.

This Unfamiliar Place

This Unfamiliar Place

by Eva Ilona Brzeski

An award-winning film about secrets, survival and memory

Through a Glass, Lightly

Through a Glass, Lightly

by Jacky Comforty and Kathy Berger

Inner city art and transformation of environment, society, and self

Thy Will Be Done

Thy Will Be Done

by Alice Bouvrie

A documentary that explores the point of tension where gender, family relationships, and faith, intersect.

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The Times of a Sign

The Times of a Sign

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A folk history of the Iran-Contra affair

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

by Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto

What happens in this teen theater company will amaze you.

Union Maids

Union Maids

by Julia Reichert & Jim Klein and Miles Mogulescu

A vivid history of women organizing in the 1930's

Vietnam: The Secret Agent

Vietnam: The Secret Agent

by Jacki Ochs

The definitive exposé of the consequences of America's wartime use of Agent Orange in Vietnam

View From A Grain Of Sand

View From A Grain Of Sand

by Meena Nanji

Three Afghan women tell how international interventions, war, and the rise of political Islam, has stripped Afghan women of basic rights.

Voices from a Steeltown

Voices from a Steeltown

by Tony Buba

The rise and fall of an American town

Voices From Inside

Voices From Inside

by Karina Epperlein

Women prisoners and their children speak out

Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment

Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment

by Joan Mandell and Laura Hayes

Arab Americans bring civil liberties to the Supreme Court

War Don Don

War Don Don

by Rebecca Richman Cohen

Through the trial of a rebel leader in Sierra Leone, a nation faces its wartime past.  Now international justice is on trial for the world to see.

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When the Light's Red

When the Light's Red

by Keith Wilson

How do you decide between help and harm?

When I Came Home

When I Came Home

by Dan Lohaus

An Iraq veteran's struggle for survival after returning from the war

Where Soldiers Come From

Where Soldiers Come From

by Heather Courtney

From a snowy small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war.

Which Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam

Which Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam

by Lynne Sachs and Dana Sachs

Two American sisters reflect on both the war and contemporary life in Vietnam

With Babies and Banners

With Babies and Banners

by Lorraine Gray

The dramatic story of working women and men who changed American history, Oscar nominated and Grand Prize winner.

Witness To War

Witness To War

by Paco de Onis and Deborah Shaffer, David Goodman

One man's journey of conscience from war to peace.

Woman Rebel

Woman Rebel

by Kiran Deol

One woman rebel soldier's revolution; from the jungles of Nepal to the halls of Parliament.

Writ Writer

Writ Writer

by Susanne Mason

How a self-taught Texas prisoner sparked historic prison reform.

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Writings On the Wall

Writings On the Wall

by Angad Bhalla and Siddhartha Luther

The hopes and dreams of India's film poster artists.