Note: Links are to IMDb, unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are taken from the IMDb website.
Abrams, E. (2017, November). The Human Stories Beyond Mass Incarceration. TED. - “The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world, says documentarian Eve Abrams, and somewhere between one and four percent of those in prison are likely innocent. That's 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers -- predominantly African American -- unnecessarily separated from their families, their lives and dreams put on hold. Using audio from her interviews with incarcerated people and their families, Abrams shares touching stories of those impacted by mass incarceration and calls on us all to take a stand and ensure that the justice system works for everyone.”
Act.TV. (2019, April 16). Systemic Racism Explained. Youtube. - “Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.”
Adachi, M. (2016). Racial Facial. Films on Demand. - “Racial Facial is a short, 8 minute film about race in America. It provides a blur of fascinating images and video—historical and contemporary—depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country. Beginning with this country’s history of slavery and discrimination against African Americans, eradication and colonization of Native Americans, exclusion of Asian Americans and exploitation of Mexican and Latin Americans, Racial Facial depicts a visual panorama which encompasses the history of oppression and discrimination that has led to continuation of tension, unrest and anger among all Americans. The film contains certain central themes—that of protest and the consequence of protest, police brutality, killings, incarceration and the failed and successful attempts at reconciling the contradictions and inequities created by racial division. The film aims not to place blame, but to identify the causes of ignorance and individual and institutional racism, and then provide a degree of self-realization in the viewer that sparks new solutions.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
American Focus, Inc. (2019). Faith in the Hood. Films on Demand. - “Faith in the Hood is a portrait of Southeast, the poorest neighborhood in Washington, D.C., seen through the prism of the spiritual life of its people. The film profiles ministers and members of five churches, ranging from a small Pentecostal storefront to a black activist mega-church to an Islamic mosque and school. The film includes commentary from Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr. and other leading experts on African American faith.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (2015). #BlackLivesMatter. Films on Demand. - “Reporter Sally Sara takes to the streets of Baltimore and Chicago to investigate a reawakened civil rights movement that’s fighting to stop the killing of black Americans.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Barry, J. (2018). If beale street could talk - "A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit."
Bristol, S. (2019, May 3). See You Yesterday. - “Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.'s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.”
California Newsreel. (2010). Backing Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity. Films on Demand. - “Hip-hop music was created by urban youth of color amid racial oppression and economic marginalization, but was quickly embraced by young people worldwide. This documentary examines the popularity of hip-hop among America’s white youth and asks whether the trend is rooted in admiration, or merely a new form of stereotyping, blackface mimicry, and cultural appropriation. With commentary from Amiri Baraka, Chuck D, Russell Simmons, and others, the film also looks at African-American influence on Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones, and presents a revealing analysis of how rapper Vanilla Ice was marketed to mainstream audiences.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
California Newsreel. (1985). Race Against Prime Time. Films on Demand. - “This case study in media bias examines how ABC, CBS, and NBC network affiliates covered civil unrest in Miami’s predominantly black Liberty Hill neighborhood following the 1980 acquittal of police officers for the killing of a local resident. Taking viewers behind the scenes of the newsrooms that reported the story, the documentary examines the ways in which television reporting typically represents African-Americans—local broadcasters anoint black community spokespersons, characterize whites as victims and blacks as rioters, and fail to place the disturbances within the context of decades of racial injustice.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
California Newsreel. (2003). Race: The Power of an Illusion. Films on Demand. - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Canals, S., Falchuk, B. & Murphy, R. (2018). Pose - “Pose is set in the world of 1987 and "looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world."
Carlton International Media. (2009). Anatomy of Prejudice: Jane Elliott's Seminar on Race. Films on Demand. - “She may be an overzealous crusader. She may be on a power trip. Then again, maybe Jane Elliott has pioneered a truly honest and viable way to talk about racial prejudice—a way in which white people and people of color can explore the subject together. This program documents one of Elliott’s diversity training seminars, modeled on an experiment she first conducted as a third-grade teacher in 1968. In the film, British citizens of varied racial and cultural backgrounds are separated into brown-eyed “superiors” and blue-eyed “inferiors.” Before the day is over, a handful will have stormed out and the remaining group will face painful truths and equally painful opinions about race in the 21st century.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Chukwu, C. (2019). Clemency. - “As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.”
Coogler, R. (2013, July 26). Fruitvale Station. - “The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.”
Crenshaw, K. (2016, October). The Urgency of Intersectionality. TED. – “Now, more than ever, it is important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you are standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you are likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.”
Cretton, D. (2019). Just Mercy – “World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.”
Crowe, A. (2018). Secrets of the Hollow: The Last Disintegrated School. Films on Demand. - “This documentary tells the untold story of the day Thurgood Marshall came to a segregated mountain community called Hillburn in Rockland County in upstate New York. Marshall, an NAACP lawyer at the time, assisted Hillburn's striking parents in breaking down racial segregation at Brook School, the last school to be integrated in New York in 1943.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Dateline. Dateline: The Long Road to Freedom. (2020, June 19). NBC. - “Two Tulsa brothers fight for more than 20 years to prove their innocence after they were wrongfully convicted for separate murders.”
Dear White People – “At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.”
Dixon, T. M. and Garrison, V. (2017, April). The Trauma of Systemic Racism is Killing Black Women: A First Step Toward Change. TED. - “T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women -- and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives.”
Doctoroff Media Group. (2008). Bill Moyers Journal: Slavery, Race and Inequality in America. Films on Demand. - “The Pew Research Center recently reported that black Americans are more dissatisfied with their progress now than at any time in the past quarter century. In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers gets perspective from historical and cultural sociologist Orlando Patterson and Glenn C. Loury, an economist and expert on race and social division. Moyers also interviews the Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Blackmon about his book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. In addition, the program previews the POV documentary Traces of the Trade, an examination of racial inequality in America through the prisms of the legacy of slavery and the current socioeconomic landscape.z' - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
DuVernay, A. (2016). Queen Sugar - “Follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father - an 800-acre sugarcane farm.”
DuVernay, A. (2014, December 28). Selma. - “A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.”
DuVernay, A. (2019). When They See Us. – “Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.”
DuVernay, A. 13th. – “An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.”
Egbuonu, O. (2020). (In)Visible Portraits. - “(In)Visible Portraits shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words.”
Electric Pictures. (2012). The Science of Race. Films on Demand. “Carl Linnaeus was the first scientist to sort and rank humans by skin color. For many years, the science of skin color was "frozen in time," since it was an unpopular science. Dr. Nina Jablonski explains how she took up the science of race.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Electric Pictures. (2012). Skin Deep: Nina Jablonski’s Theory of Race. Films on Demand. - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Estrada, C. (2018, July 27). Blindspotting. - “Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers and are forced to watch their old neighborhood become a trendy spot in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. When a life-altering event causes Collin to miss his mandatory curfew, the two men struggle to maintain their friendship as the changing social landscape exposes their differences. Explores the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland.”
Furst, J., Willoughby Nason, J. & Sandow, N. (2017). TIME: The Kalief Browder Story. - “After his arrest at age 16, Kalief Browder fought the system and prevailed, despite unthinkable circumstances. He became an American hero.”
Fusion Comedy. (2016, October 5). How Microaggressionos are Like Mostquito Bites. Same Difference. YouTube.
Goff, P. A., Robinson, R., King, B. & Romero, A. D. (2020, June 3). The Path to Ending Systemic Racism in the US. TED. – “Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero discuss dismantling the systems of oppression and racism responsible for tragedies like the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and far too many others -- and explore how the US can start to live up to its ideals.”
Goldenbock, S. (2001). The Angry Eye – “The Angry Eye is a documentary film in which Elliott revises her original experiment with a group of young adults in place of third grade students. The film captures what happens during her diversity training session and how the participants respond to being judged and criticized for their eye color. At the same time, the documentary weaves in interviews from people who have been a part of Elliott's trainings in the past. By the end of the video, viewers will have a new perspective on the issue of racism and other forms of discrimination.”
Guardian News & Media Ltd. (2019). People Don't Even Look At Me: Eight Black Women Discuss Politics of Light And Dark Skin. Films on Demand. - “This program invited eight women to talk about their experience of colorism in their relationships, careers and everyday life. Colorism is the discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone. This means that darker-skinned black people have to fight prejudice even within their own community, where lighter skin is seen as more desirable. As such, darker-skinned black people can experience both racism and colorism.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Guardian News & Media Ltd. (2019). Ibram X Kendi: Racist Ideas Have Always Been Murderous. Films on Demand. - “The American historian argues that, in the Donald Trump era, people need to be actively anti-racist. He also discusses the El Paso shootings, the US president's racially motivated tirades and the most effective way to challenge him.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Houston, R. (2004). Mighty Times: The Children’s March. - “The children of Baltimore, Maryland take to the streets for civil rights in 1963.”
Intelecom. (2011). Institutional Racism. Films on Demand. - “Professor of Sociology and Public Policy Dalton Conley talks about the forces that perpetuate racism, even when there is no particular racial motivation in mind. In many cases, Professor Conley notes, there is no awareness that race plays a part in decisions that end up offering advantages to those who are not members of racial minorities, and penalizing those who are.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Intelligence Squared US. (2017). Policing Is Racially Biased: A Debate. Films on Demand. - “In 2014, a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. This incident, along with similar ones in Cleveland, Chicago, and other cities in the months that followed, sparked a wave of protest nationwide targeting racial disparities in criminal justice and accusing the police of using excessive force against African Americans. Are these accusations valid? Is policing racially biased? Or is it focused on stopping crime wherever it poses a threat?” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Jane Balfour Films. (1995). Race and Psychiatry. Films on Demand. - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Kenbow Communications. (2019). Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural Address. Films on Demand. - “Hosted by Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss and featuring Lincoln biographer Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr., this video examines President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, which Lincoln termed to be his "greatest speech" and his "best effort." Through Dreyfuss' delivery of the speech and White's analysis, the video brings to light the true meaning of Lincoln's words and feelings towards the Civil War, the defeated Confederacy, and American slavery.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Kendi, I. X. (2020, June 9). The Difference between Being “Not Racist” and Antiracist. TED. – “Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love.”
Kunhardt, P. (2018, January 22). King of the Wilderness. HBO. - “King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.”
The Late Late Show with James Corden. (2020, June 4). James Corden Gets a Lesson on White Privilege. Youtube. - “As James Corden shares ways people can help in the fight against racial injustice and inequality in the United States, one of his writers, Olivia Harewood explains how James's inherited privilege is a tool he and other white people can use for good.”
Lee, S. (1989). Do the Right thing. - On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Leon, Kenny. (2019, November 1). American Son. Netflix. - “An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.”
Lindsay, D. & Martin, T.J. (2017). LA 92 - “Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.”
Link Year. (2017, October 14). Privilege/Class/Social Inequalities Explained in a $100 Race. Youtube.
McCarthy, J. (2016). The Birth of a Nation: The Legacy. Films on Demand. - “Cinematic landmark? Revisionist history? Racist propaganda? The arrival of a new art form? Or was D.W. Griffith's epic civil war film, Birth of a Nation, all of these? This documentary explores all of these angles to what remains, even to this day, the most controversial and polarizing film ever made in America.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
McGhee, H. C. (2019, December). Racism has a cost for everyone. TED. - "McGhee shares startling insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential -- and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all."
McIntosh, P. (2012). How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion. TED.
National LGBTQ Task Force. (2016, January 3). Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers. YouTube.
Nelson, S. (2015, October 23). The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. - “This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.”
Newsom, J. (2019). The Great American Lie. Films on Demand. - “The Great American Lie examines the roots of systemic inequalities through a unique gender lens. With America facing widening economic inequality and stagnant social mobility, this film takes audiences on an empathy journey, inspiring a path forward.”
NPO/Netherlands Public Broadcasting. (2017). Black Lives Matter. Films on Demand. - “In 2013 in Sanford, Florida, vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin. As a result, the struggle against police violence flared up under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and turned into one of the biggest grassroots movements in the United States. This film interviewed co-founder Patrisse Cullors about the various forms of violence against black citizens, and why resistance is essential.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Off the Fence. (2015). Are You Racist? Films on Demand. - “Are racists born or made? Pioneering scientists have recently revealed that they can detect whether a person is subconsciously racist through a series of tests that are as ground-breaking as they are simple to do. This fascinating and revealing documentary showcases the latest scientific developments that can detect, measure, and change racist impulses in the brain.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Olsson, G. (2012). The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. - “Examines the evolution of the Black Power movement in American society from 1967 to 1975 as viewed through Swedish journalists and filmmakers. It features footage of the movement shot by Swedish journalists in America between 1967–1975.”
PBS. (2016). America After Charleston. Films on Demand. - “This PBS town hall meeting, moderated by Gwen Ifill, explores the many issues around race relations that have come to the fore after a white gunman shot and killed nine African-American parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, and the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds that followed.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Peck, R. (2016). I am Not Your Negro. - Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.
Peterson, M. (2016, December). Am I Not Human. TED.- “For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from Brooklyn. In this brave talk, he reminds us why we should invest in the humanity of those people society would like to disregard and discard.”
Rose Ph.D, R. (2017, June 27). How Structural Racism Works. Brown University.
Seattle Channel. (2018, July 3). Dr. Robin DiAngelo Discusses ‘White Fragility.’ YouTube.
Singleton, J. (1995). Higher Learning. - People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.
Sidner, S. The History of Tulsa's 'Black Wall Street' Massacre. CNN.
Slater, S. (2019). Target: Philadelphia. Films on Demand. - “In 1985, Philadelphia police bombed a residential building to end a standoff with Black liberation group MOVE, setting a new standard for institutionalized violence and the dehumanization of Black bodies. TARGET: PHILADELPHIA explores the rise of police militarization within the contexts of Black nationalism and the systemic disenfranchisement that incubates movements like Black Lives Matter.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Sohn, S. (2017). Baltimore Rising. Films on Demand. - “In the wake of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Baltimore was a city on the edge. Peaceful protests and destructive riots erupted in the immediate aftermath of Gray’s death, reflecting the deep divisions between authorities and the community—and underscoring the urgent need for reconciliation. Directed by Sonja Sohn, one of the stars of the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, Baltimore Rising follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates who struggle to hold Baltimore together while the city awaits the fate of the six police officers involved in the incident. The inspiring, 93-minute film chronicles the determined efforts of people on all sides who fight for justice and a better city, sometimes coming together in unexpected ways and discovering a common humanity. Thought-provoking and timely, Baltimore Rising exposes the strife that gripped Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death, and highlights the city’s determination to rise above longstanding fault lines in a distraught and damaged community.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.
Stevenson, B. (2020, March). We Need to Talk About Injustice. TED. – “Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.”
Sud, V. (2018). Seven Seconds. - “Tensions run high between African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City when a teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop.”
Thurston, B. (2019, April). How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time. TED. – “Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing -- while challenging us all to level up.”
Tillman, G. (2018). The Hate U Give. – “Staff witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s rights.”
Tony Brown Productions. (2005). The Legacy of Race Movies. Films on Demand. - “Before Hollywood discovered the diverse talents of black actors and directors, African-American audiences were flocking to theaters to see low-budget, black-produced films called “race” movies. This program from Tony Brown's Journal looks at these rare and mostly-forgotten films that were a testament to a small group of black pioneers and a piece of Americana.” - Available on Films on Demand through the McDonald-Kelce Library.