Films

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    • ¡Aumento Ya!/A Raise Now!

    • Film. Tom Chamberlin/PCUN. 1996. 50 minutes.
      The dramatic story of the 1995 organizing campaign by an Oregon Latino farmworkers’ union, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), to win higher wages for Latino immigrant workers harvesting strawberries.

    • Resource Types: Films | Themes: Labor, Latino, Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • 10,000 Black Men Named George

    • Film. By Robert Townsend. 2002. 89 minutes.
      Docudrama about A. Philip Randolph and The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first Black Union in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Films | Themes: African American, Labor, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation

    • Film. By Na Maka o ka `Aina. 1993. 58 min.
      A comprehensive documentary that focuses on the events surrounding the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Pacific Islander, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Alcatraz Is Not an Island

    • Film. By James M. Fortier. 2001. 60 min.
      Documentary on a small group of Native American students and “Urban Indians” who occupied Alcatraz Island in November 1969, and how it forever changed the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture and their sovereign rights.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974 | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Native American | Reading Levels: High School
    • Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006)

    • Film. Produced by Anne Lewis. 75 min. 2012.
      Documentary about Southern activist Anne Braden.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Labor, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • At the River I Stand

    • Film. Directed by David Appleby, Allison Graham and Steven Ross. 1993. 58 min.
      Documentary film on the African American sanitation workers’ 1968 fight for human dignity and a living wage in Memphis.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Labor, Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • Barefoot Gen: The Bombing of Hiroshima As Seen Through the Eyes of a Young Boy

    • Film. By Geneon; directed by Mori Masaki. 1992. 170 min.
      A story about the devastating effects of war on everyday life.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Bartolomé de Las Casas: "Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account"

    • Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
      Dramatic reading of Bartolome de las Casas’ “Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account” (1542) by John Sayles, Viggo Mortensen, and Staceyann Chin.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764 | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Native American, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
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    • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    • Film. By Stanley Nelson. 2015. 1 hour 55 min.
      Documentary on the Black Panther Party.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Boycott

    • Film. By Clark Johnson. 2001. 120 min.
      Dramatic account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Bread and Roses

    • Film. By Ken Loach. 2001. 106 min.
      A compelling, fictionalized account of an actual labor campaign in Los Angeles.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Immigration, Labor, Latino, Organizing | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

    • Film. Produced by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer. 2002. 83 min.
      Documentary about the life of peace, labor, and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Labor, LGBT, Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History

    • Film. Southern Poverty Law Center. 2010. 40 minutes.
      This documentary shows the devastating impact of bullying on students, in this case a gay student who works with lawyers to win a precedent setting case to create a safe place for students in school.

    • Resource Types: Films | Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBT | Reading Levels: High School
    • Bus Riders Union

    • Film. Haskell Wexler. 2000. 86 minutes.
      The Los Angeles Bus Riders Union’s triumphant struggle to win better service.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

    • Film. By Jordan Mechner. 2004. 26 minutes.
      A documentary about the politics and economics of land in the United States, based on the story of a Mexican American village razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Economics, Latino, Social Class, Sports | Reading Levels: High School
    • Chief Joseph: "Account of His Trip to Washington, D.C."

    • Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
      Dramatic reading of Chief Joseph’s “Account of His Trip to Washington, D.C.” (1879) by Q’Orianka Kilcher.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Environment & Food, Native American | Reading Levels: High School
    • Chief Tecumseh: "Speech to the Osages"

    • Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
      Dramatic reading of Chief Tecumseh’s “Speech to the Osages” (Winter 1811-1812) by Deepa Fernandes.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Native American | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Chisholm '72 - Unbought and Unbossed

    • Film. By Shola Lynch. 2004. 76 min.
      Documentary about Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 1972.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Cindy Sheehan: "It's Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing"

    • Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
      Dramatic reading of Cindy Sheehan’s speech “It’s Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing” (2005) is read by Marisa Tomei and Staceyann Chin.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • COINTELPRO 101

    • Film. By Freedom Archives. 2011. 60 min.
      A primer to the FBI’s covert Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO), featuring interviews by people targeted in the operation.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Latino, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Organizing, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Columbus Controversy: Challenging How History Is Written

    • Film. Written, directed, and produced by Nick Kaufman. 1992. 23 minutes.
      Contrasting views and scenes from the classroom on teaching about Columbus.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764 | Themes: Native American | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

    • Film. By Leah Mahan. 2013. 60 min.
      Documentary about the impact of “development” on a historically African American community in Gulfport, Mississippi.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: 2001 - Present | Themes: African American, Environment & Food, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Conscience and the Constitution

    • Film. By Frank Abe. 2000. 57 minutes.
      In World War II, 63 Japanese Americans refused to be drafted from an American concentration camp.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Corporation

    • Film. By Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan. 2004. 145 minutes.
      This 26 award-winning documentary examines the nature, evolution, impacts and future of the modern business corporation and the increasing role it plays in society and our everyday lives.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: 19th Century, 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: Economics | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Counter Histories

    • Website.
      Five short films that document the civil disobedience staged at segregated lunch counters in the 1950s and 60s.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
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