Country: United States
A Time to Kill
Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) is a heartbroken black father who avenges his daughter’s brutal rape by shooting the bigoted men responsible for the crime as they are on their way to trial. He turns to Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey), an untested lawyer, to defend him. Brigance struggles to believe that he can get Hailey acquitted in this small, segregated Southern town, given Hailey’s race and the deliberate nature of his crimes, but Carl has unshakable faith in him.
A look at a historical slave rebellion and its defense in the American legal system.
Battle in Seattle
In 1999, members of the World Trade Organization arrive in Seattle for negotiations that are closed to the public. Concerned about globalization, activists Jay (Martin Henderson), Lou (Michelle Rodriguez) and Django (André Benjamin) prepare for peaceful protests. Trying to prevent potential violence, Mayor Tobin (Ray Liotta) attempts to coordinate the police to avoid chaos. When a small group of unruly activists begins wreaking havoc, the planned marches quickly turn to riots.
Buying the War
Over a decade ago Bush administration forced the United States into a war so poorly prepared and executed it soon turned into a complete catastrophe. The fact of how the bureaucrats misled the country has been already expressed, but they couldn’t have done it by themselves; they needed an obedient and docile press, to propagate their disinformation as actual news and encourage them to continue to do so.
Call of the Peace Pagoda
Call of the Peace Pagoda is an intimate portrait of the Japanese and American Buddhists who live at the first Peace Pagoda built in the United States, located in rural western Massachusetts.
Children of a Lesser God
The film stars Marlee Matlin (in an Oscar-winning performance) and William Hurt as employees at a school for the deaf: a deaf custodian and a hearing speech teacher, whose conflicting ideologies on speech and deafness create tension and discord in their developing romantic relationship.
Dead Man Walking
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim’s families.
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.
The rise of musical singing group The Supremes and their battles to control their own destiny.
A documentary about modern and creative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience.
Eyes On the Prize
Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Winner of numerous awards, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.
Prompted by a question from his young daughter, comic Chris Rock sets out to explore the importance of hair in black culture. Rock interviews celebrities such as Ice-T and Raven Symone, and visits hair salons, stylist competitions and even an Indian temple to learn about hair culture.
Goodnight and Good Luck
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
Grace Paley reminisces about her work, life and family and her literary and political influence.
A diverse group of characters are thrown together through chance encounters while coping with urban chaos in L.A.
Healing the Wounds of War
A film about the work of Paula Green and the U.S.-based Karuna Center For Peace Building with Serb and Muslim teachers seeking to rebuild and reunite their devastated communities in the aftermath of the war in Bosnia.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
Linguist and liberal political activist Noam Chomsky presents his thought on how the mass media works against democracy’s best interests.