Documentaries

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Ask a Silly Question
Kastner, John
Film/Video
2012
An inquiry into the polling and market industry. Through bogus street polls, we see how frequently people are willing to give opinions on subject matter they know nothing about.
The Betrayal
Winther, Karen
Film/Video
2011
The filmmaker's personal journey to confront her past, baring her soul to those most hurt by her troubled youth when she ricocheted from far-left radicalism to neo-Nazi fascism out of a desperate need...
Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
Gertten, Fredrik
Film/Video
2011
First there was a film about banana workers saying the Dole Food Company had made them infertile. Then Dole attacked the filmmakers. Now it's time for a new film!
Bonus March, 1932
Seltzer, Leo, Balog, Lester
Film
1932
WFPL footage of the 1932 Bonus Army demanding early redemption of their service certificates in Washington D.C. through protest.
Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story
De Felitta, Raymond
Film/Video
2012
In 1965, African-American waiter Booker Wright spoke out in a television documentary, outraging many white Southerners and resulting in his murder. Years later, the filmmaker's son returns to examine...
Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids
Briski, Zana; Kauffman, Ross
Film
2004
The chronicling of two documentary filmmakers and their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.
Brink of Reality: New Canadian Documentary Film and Video
Steven, Peter
Book
1983
From angles both practical and philosophical, Peter Steven examines the business of making documentaries in Canada and reaching audiences with them.
Call Me Kuchu
Zouhall-Worrall, Malika; Fairfax, Katherine
Film/Video
2012
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while ...
Canned Dreams
Gauriloff, Katja
Film/Video
2012
A simple can of ravioli propels this spectacular 30,000-kilometre, eight-country journey through all phases of food production and the far flung sources of international ingredients.
Century of Progress
Balog, Lester
Film
1934
WFPL documentary film that criticizes society's direction in the early decades of the 20th century.
Chevron's Crude Attacks: Court Sides With Big Oil
Winship, Michael
Article
2011
Yet another instance of the increasingly pro-business stance of the US legal system.
CRAC-PC: take the arms and the destiny of our lives in Guerrero, Mexico
Colectiva, Ruptura
Film/Video
2017
A documentary on the CRAC-PC (Regional Coordinator of Communitary Authorities - Communitarian Police), a police force of community volunteers elected by regional assemblies, operating in the Guerrero ...
Crayons of Askalan
Hotait, Laila
Film/Video
2011
In 1975, at the age of fifteen, Palestinian artist Zuhdi Al Adaw is sentenced and confined in the high security prison of Askalan, Israel for fifteen years. With the help of his fellow prisoners and t...
Defamation
Shamir, Yoav
Film
2009
A critical look at modern anti-semitisim by way of an expose of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League.
Detropia
Ewing, Heidi; Grady, Rachel
Film/Video
2012
A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.
"Do Not Resist": The Police Militarization Documentary Everyone Should See
Devereaux, Ryan
Article
2016
On a sunny afternoon last summer, Craig Atkinson, a New York City-based filmmaker, stood in a front yard in South Carolina surrounded by several heavily armed police officers. Inside, they found a ter...
Dream Tower
Mann, Ron
Film
1994
Follows the history Rochdale College, a famous experiment in co-operative living and self-directed education in 1960's Toronto.
Drought
Gonzalez, Evereado
Film/Video
2011
As a result of the persistent drought, an entire community prepares for an inevitable exodus from their homeland in northern Mexico.
Espoir Voyage
Zongo, Michel K.
Film/Video
2012
Like many young men of his country, Joanny travelled from Burkina Faso to the more affluent Ivory Coast in search of work and a better life. For many young Burkinabe men this emigration is a ritual an...
Fed Up
Soechtig, Stephanie
Film
2014
An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.
The Field of Magic
Survila, Mindaugas
Film/Video
2011
Field of Magic is a docu-poem about people living for over two decades in Buda forest near the closed down Kariotiške.s dump, 40 km from Vilnius, Lithuania. A result of four year’s work, the film capt...
Finding North
Silverbush, Lori; Jacobson, Kristi
Film/Video
2012
A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
Ford Massacre: Detroit Workers News Special, 1932
Houdyma, Joseph; Del Duca, Robert; Auringer, Jack; Seltzer, Leo
Film
1932
WFPL newsreel of the March 7th Detroit/Dearborn demonstration and hunger march of unemployed Ford workers.
Frontier Films
Article
Frontier films Inc. was a non-profit organization formed in March 1938 out of the Worker's Film and Photo League and Nykino, meant to continue the tradition of producing films for social change in a d...
G-Dog
Mock, Freida
Film/Video
2012
Unlikely gang expert Jesuit Father Boyle, known as G-Dog, creates Homeboy Industries, leading former gang involved youth to become a positive force in their communities.
Gasland
Fox, Josh
Film
2010
Today, communities in the United States are being more and more affected by natural gas drilling and, specifically, hydraulic fracturing.
The Great Depression
Bailen, Maurice; Freitag, John
Film
1934
WFPL docudrama with a silent narrative of one man's struggle and despair in search of a job in Depression-era Chicago.
Halsted Street
Friberg, Conrad
Film
1931
WFPL Documentary portraying the various ethnic groups along Chicago’s Halsted Street.
Harlan County USA
Kopple, Barbara
Film
1976
An effort of 180 coal miners and their wives to strike for benefits at the Eastover Coal Company's Brookside Mine in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky in 1973.
Herman's House
Bhalla, Angad Singh
Film/Video
2012
'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace,...
Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County
Pelosi, Alexandra
Film
2010
Follows a group of children as their families struggle to live survive in one of the country's wealthiest areas.
Inocente
Fine, Sean; Nix, Andrea
Film/Video
2012
Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America: children.
Interview with director of "Like"
Hynes, Eric
Article
2016
The director of a documentary about Bangladeshi workers who get paid to "like" Facebook posts discusses the people and ideas behind her film.
The Invisible War
Dick, Kirby
Film/Video
2012
An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
Jai Bhim Comrade
Patwardhan, Anand
Film/Video
2011
India’s Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as “untouchables”. The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra's Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, i...
The Kill Team
Krauss, Daniel
Film
2013
An account of the aftermath of one American soldier's decision to turn whistleblower after his involvment in the Maywand District murders during the War in Afghanistan.
Krisis
Pashalidou, Nina Maria; Katsaounis, Nikos
Film
2012
By 2010, Greece was in an economic crisis and the society and people were shown to be deeply affected by the country's state.
Last Stand of the Lubicon Cree
Goddard, John
Book
1991
Manufactured Landscapes
Baichwal, Jennifer
Film
2006
Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.
Manufacturing Consent
Achbar, Mark; Wintonick, Peter (directors)
Film/Video
1992
A film about Noam Chomsky's ideas about the media, ideology, propaganda, and elite control of society's institutions.
Milton Rogovin, Social Documentary Photographer
Website
Social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin has been likened to the great social documentary photographers of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis. Milton, who lived to be 101 yea...
Miss Representation
Newsom, Jennifer and Acquaro, Kimberlee
Film
2011
Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
My Freedom, Your Freedom
Naecke, Diana
Film/Video
2012
Knowing nothing but drugs and violence since childhood, Kuebra and Salema have spent their adult years in and out of a Berlin prison, their experiences calling into question the effectiveness of incar...
The National Hunger March to Washington, 1932
Seltzer, Leo; T. Hurwitz, Leo; Del Duca, Robert; Brody, Sam; Nelson, C.O.
Film
1933
WFPL Documentary of the Second National Hunger March to Washington, D.C. 1932.
National Hunger March, 1931
Brody, Sam; Del Duca, Robert; Seltzer, Leo; Balog, Lester
Film
1931
WFPL footage of protesters marching to Washington demanding jobs, food, and clothing during the infancy of the Great Depression.
Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority
Omeish, Sufyan; Omeish, Abdallah
Film
2007
A thorough examination on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 30, 2016: Conflict of interest
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
This issue of Other Voices shines a light on the murky world of conflict of interest, the hidden reality that often underlies appearances of neutrality, objectivity, and due process. Conflicts of inte...
Our Daily Bread
Geyrhalter, Nikolaus (director)
Film/Video
2005
Our Daily Bread (original German title: Unser taglich Brot) is a 2005 documentary film, depicted how modern food production companies employ technology to produce food on large scales. It consists mai...
Peace Out
Wilkinson, Charles
Film/Video
2011
Charles Wilkinson explores the costs of damming, fracking, and extracting, and how they implicate every gas tank and light switch in this country.
Price of Gold
Zellner, Sven; Borkhu, Chingunjav
Film/Video
2012
Mongolia is known for its original Nomad culture as well as the spectacular natural landscape. Since gold deposits have been discovered however, both are threatened.
The Revisionaries
Thurman, Scott
Film/Video
2012
The Revisionaries follows the attempts of a creationist Board of Education member to revise the science and history curricula to better suit a white, Christian nation.
Scarlet Road
Scott, Catherine
Film/Video
2011
Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked...
Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMOs
Null, Gary; Polonetsky, Richard
Film
2012
An exposition of the massive public health dangers associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Shadows of Liberty
Tremblay, Jean-Philippe
Film
2012
Examines the new media monopoly by corporations in America and the public battle for truth and democracy.
Smoke Traders
Dorn, Jeff; Bainbridge, Catherine
Film/Video
2012
Smoke Traders tells the story of the contraband tobacco trade and the effect on individual lives and communities from a Native perspective.
Three Brothers In Blood
Reiniger, Angela Patricia (director)
Film/Video
2006
The Times of Harvey Milk
Epstein, Robert
Film
1984
A look at the career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Hubbard, Jim
Film
2012
Examines the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic.
The Water Front
Miller, Liz
Film
2007
Follows the heated struggle between residents, water workers and corporate managers in Highland Park, Michigan to spotlight what many of us take for granted - the right to affordable water.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
Knappenberger, Brian
Film
2012
A history of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.
Where Heaven Meets Hell
Friedlander, Sasha
Film/Video
2011
Drawing strength from their families and their Muslim faith, Indonesian sulfur miners face gruelling labour and treacherous conditions on an active volcano, while struggling to overcome the desperate ...
Who Cares?
Dransfeld, Rosie
Film/Video
2012
Rosie Dranfeld captures the gritty and dangerous world of Edmonton's sex-trade workers. In this post-Pickton era where the unthinkable is now a gruesome reality, women voluntarily provide police with...
Winter Soldier
Winterfilm Collective
Film
1972
A chronicling of the Winter Soldier Investigation - about war crimes during the Vietnam War - that took place in Detroit, Michigan, from January 31 to February 2, 1971.
Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives
Mariposa Film Group
Film
1977
Interviews with 26 people, who speak about their experiences as gay men and lesbians.
Worker's Newsreel Unemployment Special, 1931
Del Duca, Robert; Seltzer, Leo
Film
1931
WFPL footage of the first mass demonstration against unemployment and hunger in Union Square, New York City on March 6, 1930.
The World According to Monsanto
Robin, Marie- Monique
Film
2008
An investigation into the United States multinational corporation, Monsanto, uncovers controversial findings.
The World in Review and America Today, 1934
Seltzer, Leo
Film
1934
WFPL newsreel segments that exposed multiple social current event topics.
The Yes Men Are Revolting
Servin, Jacques; Vamos, Igor; Nix, Laura (director)
Film/Video
2014
A documentary film about The Yes Men, a culture jamming duo who use the aliases Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. The film follows their exploits as they prank various organizations and corporations wh...
You Got to Move
Phenix, Lucie Massie; Selver, Veronica
Film
1985
Follows people from communities in the Southern United States in their various processes of becoming involved in social change.

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ACTRA
The union representing Canada's 21,500 performers, writers and broadcast journalists. Concerned about free trade, cultural sovereignty, censorship, public broadcasting, copyright, Canadian film.

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Michael Riordon
Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of ...
The War Amps
Registered charity. Since 1918, The War Amps has met the needs of war amputees. Today, the Association continues to serve them, and all Canadian amputees, including children. The Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program provides financial as...

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Documentary film
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
A broad category of moving pictures intended to document some aspect of reality.
Documentary Film
A Very Short Introduction
Aufderheide, Patricia
2007
Takes readers in a journey through documentary history, discussing forms as various political documentaries, musical docs, wildlife docs, and diary films.
IFJ Condemns Attempts by Embattled Food Company to Censor Free Speech in US
Sources News Release
2009
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned as "unforgiveable censorship" attempts by the US fruit company, Dole Food, to prevent the release of a documentary film Bananas which ex...
Life in Stills
Tal, Tamar
2011
A photo shop owner and her grandson join forces to save the shop and the nearly one million negatives that document Israel's defining moments.
Slumming in Kenya's back streets
A young TV crew is chronicling a life of dirt, violence and hope
McCrummen, Stephanie
2008
Slum TV is a group of young people from Mathare, one of the slums of Kenya, who chronicle life in their community during times of peace and unrest.

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