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Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
PBS
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. This Peabody…
Out in the Night - Criminalization of Race, Gender Identity and Sexuality
Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They are…
Whose Streets? - An Unflinching Look at the Ferguson Uprising
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, WHOSE STREETS? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for…
Killing for Love - The Sensational Trial for the Murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom
The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation... Obsessed young lovers, obscene murders, a sensational trial, and a shocking miscarriage of justice. KILLING FOR LOVE is a riveting dissection of the prosecution's case,…
The Witness
The name "Kitty Genovese" became synonymous with urban apathy after The New York Times printed an article stating that she was stabbed to death during an attack that lasted more than half an hour, while 38 witnesses did nothing. Fifty…
Beware the Slenderman - The Infamous Case Paying Tribute to the Popular Internet Legend
It was a local story that horrified the nation: two 12-year-old girls lured a friend into the Waukesha woods, where they proceeded to stab her 19 times in an effort to appease a faceless mythical entity known online as “Slenderman.”…
Broken on All Sides - Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice
Today, there are more African Americans in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. The prison population has exploded by 500% since the end of the Civil Rights…
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - 2018 Best Documentary Oscar Nominee
PBS
From acclaimed director Steve James ( The Interrupters ), Academy Award -nominated (Best Documentary Feature, 2018) ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused…
Mea Maxima Culpa - Silence In The House Of God
Oscar-winning Director Alex Gibney ( Going Clear, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room ) exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Wisconsin, through the choirs…
Let The Fire Burn - Tragedy in Philadelphia
Astonishingly gripping, LET THE FIRE BURN is a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly…
Jonestown - The Life & Death of Peoples Temple
This New York Times Critic's Pick tells the story of the people who followed cult leader Jim Jones to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society. The 1960s ushered in intense…
Titicut Follies - The Massachusetts State Prison for the Criminally Insane
This important film is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers…
White Boy - Appealing a Life Sentence for Non-Violent Drug Charges
Now the subject of 1980's crime folklore, then 17 year-old Richard Wershe, Jr. allegedly ran a vicious, sophisticated underground cocaine operation throughout inner-city Detroit. Arrested as a teen and sentenced to life-without parole, he remains imprisoned 30 years later. In…
Copwatch - An Organization Dedicated to Filming the Police
This acclaimed documentary follows "WeCopwatch", an organization dedicated to filming the police. Its members captured the original videos of the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island and Freddie Gray in Baltimore that ignited the entire nation. Nominated for Best…
Cartel Land - Vigilante Groups Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels
In this Sundance award-winning film, Director Matthew Heineman and Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow ( The Hurt Locker , Zero Dark Thirty ) gain unprecedented, on-the-ground access to the riveting stories of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy-- the…
It's Criminal - Women Discuss Privilege, Poverty, and Injustice in America
Two worlds collide when Dartmouth College students meet with incarcerated women at a local jail in this transformational documentary about privilege, poverty, and injustice. IT'S CRIMINAL highlights the wide economic and social inequality that divides the United States and offers…
Frontline: Weinstein
PBS
FRONTLINE investigates Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades. With allegations going back to Weinstein's early years, the film examines the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his…
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes - An Examination of the American Prison System
An essential documentary, Brett Story's incisive, investigative and wide-ranging THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES is an examination of the prison and its place - social, economic and psychological - in American society. Filmmaker Brett Story excavates the often-unseen links and…
Chasing Heroin
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
A searing, two-hour investigation places America's heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light -- telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic's years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens…
The Talk: Race in America
PBS
This film documents the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.