The Law Library has an extensive DVD collection featuring legal themed titles. Watch classics - 12 Angry Men, Anatomy of a Murder and The Bicycle Thief, recent award winners - Argo, Fruitvale Station and The Social Network or binge worthy TV favorites: Damages, The Wire and The Good Wife. Want something more serious to use in a class or paper try Bowling for Columbine on school shootings, Children in No Man’s Land on immigration, The People’s Court on China’s judicial system, and Rescuing Emmanuel on street children in Kenya.
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Take a break and check out one of the many titles listed below (updated February 25, 2014). Have a suggestion for the collection email Edna Lewis.
“Everything I learned I learned from the movies.” - Audrey Hepburn
Set in contemporary Moscow where 12 men must decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his step-father. Consigned to a makeshift jury room, one by one each man takes center stage to confront, connect, and confess while the accused awaits a verdict and revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in flashbacks.
12 angry men (1957)
Eleven jurors are convinced that the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth has no doubt of his innocence. How can this one man steer the others toward the same conclusion? It's a case of seemingly overwhelming evidence against a teenager accused of killing his father.
Absence of malice (1981)
A businessman becomes the subject of a criminal investigation when a story about him is purposely "leaked" to an investigative reporter.
The accused (1988)
A fiercely independent woman is gang raped, then battles the legal system twice, going after both her attackers and the onlookers whose cheering fueled and encouraged the assault.
Adam's rib (1949)
Assistant District Attorney Adam Bonner loves his wife Amanda, but doesn't care much for his opposing counsel in a sensational attempted-murder trial, an opponent who happens to be Amanda.
Advise & consent (1962)
A Senate subcommittee meets to confirm the President's controversial nominee for Secretary of State.
The advocate (1994)
Set in the 15th century, this is the story of a young lawyer-advocate whose quest for the simple life leads him to a position in a small rural village. Instead of the peaceful life, however, he finds more depravity and intrigue than in the city.
Une affaire de femmes (1988)
To survive Nazi-occupied 1940's France, Marie turns to illegally aborting pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, Marie moves her family to a posh apartment. Completely seduced by her lifestyle, Marie ignores her shell-shocked husband Paul. Things take a disastrous turn after one of Marie's "customers" dies and her husband turns her over to the authorities. Inspired by the real-life of Marie-Louise Girard, who was executed in 1943 by the Vichy Government, who'd declared abortion as a Crime Against the State because it diminished the number of potential soldiers.
Age of consent (1969)
Based on the life of controversial Australian artist Norman Lindsay. Lindsay is a jaded painter who heads Down Under looking for a way to revitalize his creative soul. His self-imposed exile is interrupted by Cora, an uninhibited young woman on her own journey of self-discovery.
All the king's men (1949)
This is the story of working class hero Southern demagogue Willie Stark--rising from the mud of the back country--and his long climb to the top, followed by his longer drop to the bottom. Abetted by newspaper reporter Jack Burden, who becomes his chronicler, Stark's career begins with running for county treasurer and losing. Through law school, private practice, and finally as people's advocate against corruption, he moves up the political ladder. In his 2nd run for governor, Willie vows to give the people new hospitals, schools, roads -- and when he's elected, he delivers. But the more power he gets, the more corrupt he acts, until he's unrecognizable. He chases women, turns his family into photo-op props, and makes Burden his personal character assassin. Do the ends justify the means? Is it power that corrupts, or is it that power allows people to be corrupt? These are the questions that Willie Stark, in the end, cannot answer.
All the President's men (1976)
True story of the Watergate break-in that led to the political scandal of the decade.
American violet (2008)
A young, single mother of four (Beharie) is wrongly accused of selling drugs near a school and is offered a plea deal that would force her to admit to a crime she didn't commit. She challenges the laws of Texas when, instead of ruining her life with a conviction, she decides to sue the DA for racial discrimination in a case that changes her life as well as the laws of her state. Based on a true story.
Chronicles the 1839 revolt on board the slave ship Amistad bound for America. Much of the story involves the court-room drama about the slave who led the revolt.
Anatomy of a murder (1959)
A courtoom drama of premeditated murder as a jealous army lieutenant pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his beautiful wife.
And justice for all (1979)
A young lawyer battles not only one-on-one injustice, but the whole justice system itself.
The love story of Sheetal and Ravi, who have both been through the pain of losing their partners.
Angels in America (2003)
Set in 1985. Revolves around two very different men with AIDS, one fictional, one fictionalized. Roy Cohn personifies all the hypocrisy, delusion and callousness of the official response to the plague. Nothing shakes Roy's lack of empathy: even on his death bed, he's fighting with his gay nurse and taunting the woman he helped put to death, Ethel Rosenberg. The other patient is Prior Walter, who is visited by an angel and deserted by his self-pitying lover, Louis. Louis moves on to a relationship with Joe Pitt, a Mormon lawyer whose closeted homosexuality drives his wife to delusions and brings his mother to New York.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants storm the American embassy in Tehran and capture dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escape and a mid-level CIA agent named Antonio Mendez devises an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.
"Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former president of Haiti, was twice removed from office with the complicity of the international community. An investigation into the events that led to his most recent ouster, 'Aristide and the endless revolution' exposes the geopolitical intrigue, the economic alliances between the Haitian and U.S. elite, the armed criminals posing as freedom fighters and other factors that have consistently threatened this young democracy."--Container.
Raju lives as a derelict and thief as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge. He meets and falls in love with an old friend Rita, now a lawyer. Raj ends up in court on a charge of attempted murder of the judge and Rita defends him. The judge must re-examine his beliefs.
The Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Uli Edel directs this Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee charting the birth of West Germany's Red Army Faction, a radical left-wing terrorist group formed in the late 1960s amid a climate of revolution and a fallen generation. Staging a series of bombings, kidnappings and assassinations, the RAF waged a war against fascism with a direct assault against the powers of American imperialism and the fledgling German democracy.--Netflix.
Through no fault of his own, artist and lady's man Richard Nugent finds a love-besotted teenage girl curled on his sofa. Through no fault of his own, the teen's sister is a judge who "sentences" thunderstruck Richard to date the girl until her schoolgirl crush wanes.
Documentary film about the infamous Oklahoma Supreme Court contracts case, Peevyhouse vs. Garland Coal Co., 382 P.2d 109 (Okla. 1962), involving the rule of damages for breach of explicit remedial provisions in a stripmining lease.
The true account of seven Cuban refugees (and their families) who attempted to immigrate to America via a series of homemade rafts.
Melé, a bar singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up. In the courtyard of the house they share with other families in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, African civil society representatives have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, whom they blame for Africa's woes. As numerous trial witnesses air bracing indictments against the multinational economic machinery that haunts them, life in the courtyard presses forward.
Bananas!* is a courtroom drama that examines the intricacies and injustices of the global politics of food by focusing on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan banana plantation workers against Dole Food Company over the alleged usage of a banned pesticide that causes sterilization. Central to both the film and the case is Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney who is facing the biggest and most challenging case of his career. At stake in this case are the futures of generations of workers and their families as well as the culture of multinational business. If successful, the case could rock the economic foundations of Dole and open U.S. courts to other global victims, representing a new day in international justice.
"Recounts the forgotten history of racial cleansing in America, when thousands of African Americans were driven from their homes and communities by violent racist mobs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries... The film places these events in the context of present day race relations, by following three concrete cases of towns that remain all-white to this day: Forsyth County, Georgia; Pierce City, Missouri; & Harrison, Arkansas" -- Container.
La bataille d'Alger (1966)
Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed.
Beyond a reasonable doubt (2009)
"High profile District Attorney, Martin Hunter has an impeccable record of putting criminals behind bars and is a shoo-in for governor in the upcoming election. But, when ambitious rookie journalist C.J. Nicholas begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, the D.A.'s perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the corrupt D.A. in the act."--Container.
The bicycle thief (1947)
This landmark Italian neorealist drama became one of the best-known and most widely acclaimed European movies, including a special Academy Award as "most outstanding foreign film" seven years before that Oscar category existed. Written primarily by neorealist pioneer Cesare Zavattini and directed by Vittorio DeSica, also one of the movement's main forces, the movie featured all the hallmarks of the neorealist style: a simple story about the lives of ordinary people, outdoor shooting and lighting, non-actors mixed together with actors, and a focus on social problems in the aftermath of World War II. Lamberto Maggiorani plays Antonio, an unemployed man who finds a coveted job that requires a bicycle. When it is stolen on his first day of work, Antonio and his young son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) begin a frantic search, learning valuable lessons along the way. The movie focuses on both the relationship between the father and the son and the larger framework of poverty and unemployment in postwar Italy. As in such other classic films as Shoeshine (1946), Umberto D. (1952), and his late masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971), DeSica focuses on the ordinary details of ordinary lives as a way to dramatize wider social issues. As a result, The Bicycle Thief works as a sentimental study of a father and son, a historical document, a social statement, and a record of one of the century's most influential film movements.
Big boys gone bananas* (2011)
"What happens to a documentary filmmaker when he goes up against a large corporation like Dole Foods? How far will Dole go to shift the focus off of them and onto the filmmaker even after their own CEO has admitted wrong doing in a court of law? Media spin, PR scare tactics, dirty tricks, lawsuits, and corporate bullying come into play, but it is the people who ultimately prevail, thus creating a cautionary tale and a real life lesson learning experience." --Container.
The Big Easy (1986)
A criminal's murder triggers a bloody gangland drug war. A saucy blend of New Orleans nightlife, romance and suspense.
Black and white (2002)
The controversial case of an Aboriginal man convicted of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old white girl pits a small-town legal aid defender and his partner against the Australian legal establishment.
Blackboard jungle (1955)
Urban drama about an idealistic teacher in a slum area who fights doggedly to connect with his unruly students. Based on Evan Hunter's novel.
Blazing saddles (1974)
Never give a saga an even break! Blazing Saddles is an iconoclastic, not-politically-correct parody; one of the 1970s most successful and popular films. Every clichéd element from every Western ever made is turned upside down and inside out, while retaining all the familiar caricatures--eh, characters--of the genre: a dance-hall girl, a gunslinger, a sheriff, and a town full of pure folk. Mel Brooks redefined film comedy and proved that even sophomoric, scatological humor could be used to ridicule prejudice, injustice, and apathy.
Bleak house (2005)
Two innocent young orphans are the potential heirs to a fortune. Their fates are snarled in a monumental legal battle known as Jarndyce and Jarndyce. Another orphan, Esther Summerson, whose mysterious parentage proves to be intertwined with the fate of the Jarndyce wards and the aloof Lady Dedlock. Lady Dedlock faces the revelation of her dark past once Mr. Tulkinghorn catches wind of it. The icily beautiful Esther's background also comes to light after the murder of a strange man. Twines through the legal system to heartbreaking domestic drama to a murder investigation to near-Gothic horror.
Blue gold (2008)
"Wars of the future will be fought over water, as they are today over oil, as the source of all life enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Will ours too?"--Container.
Born yesterday (1950)
A corrupt millionaire junk dealer, embarrassed by his girlfriend's lack of social sophistication, arranges to have her trained in a crash course in "culture." He is surprised and outraged when after becoming aware of her role as pawn in his crooked business deals, she refuses to cooperate.
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed.
Boys don't cry (1999)
A transgendered youth starts living as a man, and assumes the name Brandon Teena. He moves to a tiny Nebraska town and begins making new friends under his new identity. All goes well until his new friends discover his secret. Based on a true story about hope, fear, and the courage it takes to be yourself.
Brassed off! (1996)
The Grimley Colliery mine may close, threatening the livelihoods of the townspeople and the miners' brass band, which the bandleader hopes to take to a national competition.
Breaker Morant (1979)
Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers. Based on a play and true story.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
It's 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start.
Brother's keeper (1992)
Brother's Keeper tells the story of the "Ward Boys," four eccentric brothers who shared the same dilapidated two-room shack for over 60 years. Living in isolation, without heat or running water, these elderly bachelors had virtually no contact with the outside world--until one was found dead in the bed he shared with his brother. By day's end, Delbert Ward "confessed" to suffocating his ailing brother as an act of mercy, but Munnsville believed Delbert had been framed.
Filmmaker Moore examines the history of free-market capitalism in post-Reagan America and questions its efficacy as the basis for the nation's economy.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
The Friedman's seem to be a typical family from affluent Great Neck, Long Island. One Thanksgiving, as the family gathers for a quiet holiday dinner, a police battering ram splinters the front door and officers rush inside. The police charge Arnold and his son Jesse with hundreds of shocking crimes. As police investigate, and the community reacts, the fabric of the family begins to disintegrate, revealing questions about justice, family and finally the truth.
The Cardinal (1963)
Epic drama about the rise of a socially conscious Irish American priest through the ranks to Cardinal.
Carlito's way (2005)
Includes Carlito's Way (A Puerto Rican drug lord wants to go straight, but his cohorts won't let him); and Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (The early years of gangster Carlito Brigante).
Cases in controversy (2003)
Using the actual Supreme Court decisions, interviews with legal educators and professionals, and historical reenactments, Cases in controversy examines the cases that shaped an amendment: an amendment that changed life in the United States.
The Castle (1997)
The title of The Castle refers to a ramshackle suburban tract house so close to an airport that planes fly mere yards above the roof. Worse than that, it's built on a toxic landfill and right beside humming high-power lines. But to patriarch Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton) and his dim-witted but cheerful brood it's home. Darryl has devoted himself to constantly improving it with modifications like a false chimney that, as he brags to a man sent to estimate the value of the property, makes the house look more picturesque. When the owners of the airport serve Darryl notice that his home is being compulsorily purchased, Darryl hires a small-time lawyer and pursues his case all the way to the Australian Supreme Court.--Amazon.
Catch me if you can (2002)
Based on the autobiography of a brilliant young master of deception and the FBI agent hot on his trail. Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. passed himself off as a pilot, a lawyer, and a doctor all before his 21st birthday.
The Central Park five (2012)
Chronicles America's complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the "Central Park 5" -- a group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York.
The Chamber (1996)
Adam Hall is an idealistic young attorney who takes on the death row clemency case of his one-time Klansman grandfather, Sam Cayhall. With just 28 days before the execution, Adam sets out to retrace the events leading to the crime for which Sam was convicted. As the impending death sentence looms closer, Adam works quickly to uncover the family's history for any hidden clues. In a white-knuckle series of twists and turns, Adam discovers deceptions and dark secrets that ultimately lead him to the startling truth.
Changing lanes (2002)
A minor traffic accident turns two perfect strangers into vicious adversaries waging an all-out war of personal destruction.
Chasing freedom (2003)
Tells of an Afghani women who seeks asylum in the United States with the help of an ambitious lawyer who takes her case on a pro-bono basis.
At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn, the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends.
Children in no man's land (2008)
People who immigrate to the U.S. do so because they are looking for a better quality of life--risking their own lives, paying any price to survive--even if this means leaving behind their loved ones. Each year there are an estimated 100,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States, crossing the US/Mexico border alone to reunite with their mothers. These children's journeys illustrate a problem--presented by the mass media as a security crisis--which is really a question about how social policy, the legal system, and economic pressures conspire against men, women, and children trying to create a life with greater opportunities. A strong tool to help people desirous of finding peaceful and fair solutions to the "problem" of undocumented immigration, this film captures a piece of American history as it unfolds amidst misconceptions, confusion, and ultimately, transition.
Children of war (2009)
"Filmed in northern Uganda, children of war is a unique and incandescent documentary which follows a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center. Having been abducted from their homes and schools and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army, a quasi-religious militia led by self-proclaimed prophet and war criminal Joseph Kony, the children struggle to confront and break through years of brutal abuse, extreme religious indoctrination, and participation in war crimes with the help of a heroic team of counselors. As these fearless allies guide the children forward into new lives, Children of War illuminates a powerful and cathartic story of forgiveness and hope in the aftermath of war" -- container.
China from the inside (2006)
A series of four documentaries that survey China through Chinese eyes to see how history has shaped them, and where the present is taking them. Deals with the governance of China; talks about the past and future for Chinese women; looks at China's environmental challenges; explores China's conflict between personal freedom and governance.
The China syndrome (1979)
It started as just another assignment. Reporter Kimberly Wells and cameraman Richard Adams were covering the daily routine at an Los Angeles power plant when the unthinkable occurred: a nuclear accidnet that could have wiped out Southern California. And Richard caught it all on tape. When their TV station refuses to air the footage, Wells and Adams recruit plant supervisor Jack Godell to expose the terrifying truth: the facility is a ticking bomb. But with millions of dollars at stake, company officials cannot let the story break. When the trio attempts to broadcast live from the plant's control room, the utility company does everything in its power to silence Godell permanently, as the world watches.
A private detective finds himself in over his head as he takes on a case involving the most rich and powerful people in Chinatown.
Cidade de Deus (2002)
A tale of how crime affects the poor of Rio de Janeiro. Though the narrative skips around in time, the main focus is on Cabeleira who formed a gang called the Tender Trio. He and his best friend, Bené, become crime lords over the course of a decade. When Bené is killed before he can retire, Zé Pequeno (Li'l Zé) attempts to take out his arch enemy, Sando Cenoura (Carrot). But Sando and a young gangster named Manu form an alliance and begin a gang war with Li'l Zé. Amateur photographer Buscapé (Rocket), a good-natured boy who comically learns that he's not cut out to be a hoodlum, takes pictures of the brutal crime war, making their story famous.
A civil action (1998)
A high-priced personal injury attorney takes on a case that becomes an epic legal battle ... one that may cost him his career, reputation and all that he owns.
Class action (1991)
The only thing Jedediah Tucker Ward (Gene Hackman) and his daughter (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) have in common is law. Equally brilliant, equally driven, the two find their longtime personal battle takes a new form when they represent opposing sides in a corporate class action lawsuit. A suspense-filled trial pits father against daughter, justice against victory.
The Client (1994)
Mark Sway is an 11-year-old torn between what he knows and what he can never tell. A hitman will snuff him in half a heartbeat if Mark reveals what he learned about a Mob murder. An ambitious federal prosecutor will keep the pressure on until Mark tells all. Suddenly, Mark isn't a boy playing air guitar anymore. He's a pawn in a deadly game. And his only ally is a courageous but unseasoned attorney who risks her career for him ... but never imagines she'll also risk her life.
Code of the West (2012)
Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, the state of Montana is poised to become the first in the nation to repeal its medical marijuana law. This documentary follows the 2011 Montana state legislature as it debates the fate of medical marijuana.
"When the bombs began to fall on Iraq, Humanities teacher and Youth Poetry coach Bill Nevins was suspended (and later fired) from his teaching job after standing up for student freedom of expression. His outspoken Rio Rancho High School Poetry Slam Team was forcibly disbanded and silenced... Yet, out of this fire arose a diverse community of artisans, poets, & musicians whose courageous words could not be silenced. They came together in a series of unifying events... called 'Poetic Justice'" -- http://www.committingpoetry.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=70.
A riveting true story about the notorious 1924 Leopold-Loeb murder case.
Confronting the truth (2006)
Shows how countries which have experienced massive human rights violations have created official, independent bodies known as truth commissions, and documents the work of these commissions in South Africa, Peru, East Timor, and Morocco.
A dramatization of the trial of the Chicago Eight, a group of political activists who were charged with conspiracy to incite the riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
The Conspirator (2010)
Depicts events in Washington after Abraham Lincoln's assassination as seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State.
The constant gardener (2005)
In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.
Betty Anne Waters is a young woman whose world is shattered when her beloved brother Kenny is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Steadfastly convinced of his innocence, Betty Anne embarks on an 18-year journey to set Kenny free, using state-of-the-art forensic technology. The unshakable bond between a brother and sister is at the heart of this real-life drama.
Crime after crime (2010)
In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, California passed a law allowing incarcerated domestic violence survivors to reopen their cases. This documentary follows two attorneys who take Debbie's case and strive to attain: testimonies of long lost witnesses, proof of perjured evidence, and new testimonies from the men who committed the murder.
Crime & punishment (2000)
They can't vote, legally drink alcohol, or serve in the armed forces, but they can be tried as adults in our justice system. ABC News asks the question, "Shoud children who commit violent crimes be tried as adults?"--container.
A crime of insanity (2002)
In 1994 a paranoid schizophrenic man, Ralph Tortorici, took a class of college students hostage, threatening and wounding one of them. Using excerpts from the actual trial, as well as interviews with Tortorici's father and brother, the defense attorney, chief assistant district attorney, the prosecutor, psychiatric experts, and the presiding judge, this documentary examines the ethical dilemmas surrounding the insanity defense.
The crucible (1996)
A group of teenage girls meets in the woods at midnight for a secret love -conjuring ceremony. When the ceremony is witnessed by the town minister, the girls are accused of witchcraft. Soon the entire village is consumed by hysteria, and innocent victims are put on trial, leading to a devastating climax.
Recounts the controversial $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" lawsuit pitting thirty thousand rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron.
Cruz Reynoso (2010)
"During his extraordinary life, Cruz Reynoso has been one of those rare individuals who are not only shaped by history-they make history. Sowing the Seeds of Justice paints a portrait of Cruz Reynoso, a man who felt the sting of injustice as a child and later, as a lawyer, judge and teacher, fought for over five decades to eradicate discrimination and inequality for all. Sowing the Seeds of Justice begins with Cruz Reynoso's childhood where he was born into a Spanish-speaking farm worker family of eleven children. It shows his struggle to be educated, leading to his graduation from Pomona College in 1953 and from UC Berkeley Law School in 1958. He then became the first Latino Director of California Rural Legal Assistance and later one of the first Latino law professors in the country beginning his academic career at the University of New Mexico Law School. His ascent to the California Supreme Court was a singular achievement, when he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the first Latino justice on that bench. Then in a heated recall campaign whose central issue was the death penalty, Reynoso and two other justices lost their seats. As Vice Chair on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he provided leadership in the only investigation of voting rights abuses in the 2000 election in Florida. He received the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his lifelong devotion to public service and today at 78, he continues to teach law at UC Davis Law School and to actively participate in community organizations throughout the state of California."-- Publisher description.
Cry freedom (1987)
Story of Black activist Stephen Biko (Washington) and a liberal white newspaper editor Donald Woods (Kline) who risks his own life to bring Biko's message to the world.
A cry in the dark (1988)
Lindy lives the nightmare of seeing a wild dog carry off her infant, then endures a travesty of a trial by the courts and media.
Patty Hewes is the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protegee Ellen Parsons become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher, one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs.
Damages Season 2 (2009)
After her unprecedented victory over billionaire Arthur Frobisher, Patty Hewes has the legal world at her feet. Just as she is pondering her next move, Daniel Purcell, a man from Patty's past, throws her into a new legal challenge.What starts as a domestic murder case escalates into the highest reaches of government as Patty unearths a vast conspiracy. Ellen, at the same time, is on a mission to take Patty down. She's agreed to act as an informant for the F.B.I., assisting them in their criminal investigation of Patty and the firm.
Damages Season 3 (2010)
In season three, Patty Hewes is in a serious accident when another car broadsides her vehicle in an intersection, Ellen visits the woman in her dreams to learn if she is her birth mother, Patty is surprised when she runs into her son Michael's pregnant girlfriend, and more.
Days of wine and roses (1962)
A harrowing tale of an ad executive and his wife whose social drinking spirals out of control. Their lives and marriage degenerate as their alcoholism progresses.
Dead man walking (1995)
Matthew Poncelet is the convicted killer of two teenage lovers, preparing to end his life on death row. In response to a letter, Sister Helen Prejean visits Matthew and finds herself face-to-face with a killer who still pleads his innocence. When the date is set for his execution death by lethal injection, Poncelet asks Sister Helen to be his spiritual advisor and she agrees, little knowing the outrage that will follow her decision.
[Seasons One through Three] The town of Deadwood, South Dakota is a lawless sinkhole of crime and corruption. Into this uncivilized outpost ride a disillusioned and bitter ex-lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, and Seth Bullock, a man hoping to find a new start for himself. Both men find themselves quickly on opposite sides of the legal and moral fence from Al Swearengen, saloon owner, hotel operator, and incipient boss of Deadwood. The lives of these three intertwine with many others, the high-minded and the low-lifes who populate Deadwood in the late 1870's.
Death and the maiden (1994)
Fifteen years ago, Paulina Escobar had her life shattered when she was taken prisoner and tortured by a sadistic doctor. Now, through a chance encounter, she may have found the man responsible for her nightmares and tonight he's going to pay. But how far will she go to get even? And how can she be sure, after so many years, that she has found the right man?
Deep down (2010)
Neighbors and friends living in a small eastern Kentucky community find themselves on opposite sides of a debate over the activities of a coal mining company conducting mountaintop removal mining in their backyards.
Defending our lives (1993)
Shows the magnitude and severity of domestic violence in this country. Features the personal testimonies of four women imprisoned for killing their batterers.
Defending your life (1991)
Daniel Miller was tooling along a Los Angeles boulevard listening to Barbra Streisand sing "Something's Coming" when something came - a bus. One head -on crash later, Daniel wakes up deceased. And his troubles are just beginning .. Meryl Streep joins writer/director/star Brooks ... for a witty peek at the afterlife where you can eat all you want and not gain an ounce. But there's a catch: you're saddled with Defending Your Life. If you can't make a case for having lived a full and fearless one, you must go back to Earth and try again. Daniel's life was far from fearless. But after he meets ... Julia (Streep), he's determined not to go back"--Container.
Derecho de familia (2006)
Perelman Jr. chose a different path rather than follow in his father's shadow as an attorney. As he begins to raise a boy of his own, he realized that he and his father have more in common than he originally thought. When his office is unexpectedly closed for several weeks, he doesn't tell his wife. Instead he spends time with his son at school, and his father's work.
Desk set (1957)
A classic Hepburn-Tracy romance, about the head of the research department at a TV network and an absent-minded computer genius.
Devil's advocate (1997)
Hotshot attorney Kevin Lomax's 64-0 case record has brought him a tempting offer from an elite New York firm. But the job Lomax accepts isn't what it seems. The Devil is in the details.
Diarios de motocicleta (2004)
This foreign-language drama tells the incredible true story of a 23-year-old medical student from Argentina -- future revolutionary Che Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) -- who motorcycled across South America with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) beginning in 1951. Walter Salles's film is based on Guevara's diaries of the trek, a deeply personal odyssey that ultimately crystallized the young man's budding political beliefs.--Netflix.
Doing justice (1993)
Documentary that chronicles the civil rights career of attorney Arthur Kinoy. He and other legal experts focus on some of the key civil rights and social movements in America following World War II--the Rosenbergs and McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, Watergate--and point out the constitutional issues at stake and legal strategies employed.
A fast-paced, informative look at how the best police departments respond to domestic violence. The film starts in Duluth, MN, home of the influential "Duluth Model" and the first jurisdiction to introduce mandatory arrest. Lt. Scott Jenkins is our primary Duluth subject. Jenkins is internationally known for his authoritative and incisive domestic violence trainings. Next, the Family Crimes Unit in Baltimore, MD, an innovative program that puts a domestic violence detective team on the streets as first responders and follow up investigators. Finally, Bronx, NY, and the 46th Precinct, probably the nation's busiest domestic violence patrol area. Lt. Jenkins in Duluth concludes the video with remarks bound to inspire and inform anyone involved in domestic violence law enforcement.
Dragon tattoo trilogy (2009)
The girl with the dragon tattoo: A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing, or dead, for forty years by a young female hacker.
En route to Baghdad (2004)
On August 19, 2003, the UN Headquarters in Baghdad was bombed... But more than shaking the very foundations of the UN, the attack shocked the world because Sergio Vieira de Mello was killed. He was slated to be the next Secretary General of the UN and was its most compassionate and skilled mediator. It was generally acknowledged that he was the one who could balance the delicate intricacies that the Iraqi situation presented. This film recounts Vieira de Mello's history which in many ways is the recent history of the UN itself. He helped reconstruct Mozambique and Cambodia after vicious civil wars there. He helped stabilize East Timor. This remarkable Brazilian-born diplomat earned a reputation for humanitarian ideals and practical solutions.
The end of the line (2008)
"[This film] charts the devastating ecological impact of overfishing by interweaving both local and global stories of sharply declining fish populations, including the imminent extinction of the bluefin tuna, and illuminates how our modern fishing capacities far outstrip the survival abilities of any ocean species. Scientists explain how this depletion has slipped under the public radar and outline the catastrophic future that awaits us -- an ocean without fish by 2048 -- if we do not adjust our fishing and consumption practices." -- Container.
Enemies of the people (2009)
The men and women who perpetrated the Cambodian killing fields massacres -- from the foot soldiers who slit throats to the party's ideological leader, Nuon Chea, aka Brother Number Two -- break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen. Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved through a decade of work by one of Cambodia's top investigative journalists, Thet Sambath.
Chronicles the rise of Enron Corporation and its disintegration following scandal. Examines the morality of corporate philosophy. Focuses on key Enron executives Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow.
Erin Brockovich (1999)
Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a momumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin's determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.
In 1953, Desmond Doyle takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children. Despite a strong work ethic, Desmond has a hard time holding on to steady work. Desmond's wife walks out on the relationship and his sporadic employment eventually attracts the attention of the law. A court order sends his two sons and young daughter to separate Catholic orphanages until Desmond can prove he's capable of properly supporting them. However, Desmond discovers merely getting work is not enough to bring his children back to him.
Every mother's son (2004)
Story of three mothers, Iris Baez, Kadiatou Diallo, and Doris Busch Boskey, fighting for justice for their sons, Anthony Raymond Baez, Amadou Diallo, and Gary (Gidone) Busch. All three men were killed by police.
The execution of Wanda Jean (2003)
In 2001, Wanda Jean Allen was given a lethal injection by the state of Oklahoma, making her the first black woman to be executed in America in fifty years. Chronicles the methodical way the criminal justice system proceeds to execute Wanda Jean, a convicted murderess with a low IQ bordering on retardation. While pleas for clemency are exhausted, she faces her inevitable death.
Executive suite (1953)
The president of a furniture company suddenly dies, leaving seven board members locked in a power struggle.
The exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19 year-old college freshman. Told in terrifying flashbacks, it chronicles the haunting trial of the priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of the young girl believed to be possessed. Middle-aged single lawyer defends Father Moore, a priest on trial for the negligent homicide of a young girl named Emily Rose.
A face in the crowd (1957)
Larry Rhodes is a hobo with a powerful personality and a mean streak as wide as the Mississippi River. He is 'discovered' by Marcia Jeffries, who christens him "Lonesome" Rhodes, and makes him the star of her morning radio show, "A Face in the Crowd." Listeners are enthralled by his down-home, folksy charm, and after developing a large following, Rhodes begins a journey to national fame and TV stardom. A powerful business tycoon realizes that he can use Rhodes's popularity to change the course of a national election in his favor --provided that he can keep the star from self-destructing under the weight of his own megalomania, narcissism, and contempt for his audience. Marcia's journey, by contrast, is a long and painful one. From a rather innocent young woman to betrayed loyal ally who recognizes the monster she has helped to create and knows she must destroy, she finally reaches her limit and rejects his emotional blackmail.
The face of AIDS (2007)
"'The face of AIDS' shines a light on the stigma and discrimination suffered by women living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi ... These conditions persist despite Malawi's commitments under international law to protect people living with HIV/AIDS from discrimination."
Faces of change (2008)
Faces of Change highlights the story of five activists from five different continents who relay unique video dispatches from their respective corners of the world. From their communities in Brazil, India, Mauritania, Bulgaria and the United States, they go behind the camera to find a common voice denied them because of their social, racial, gender or ethnic background. They walk viewers through their lives, experiences and societies, as viewers see the world through their eyes. The intimate videos capture their hopes and dreams, echoing the nature of our common humanity. The result is a gripping tapestry of personal stories unlike anything audiences have seen.
Facing life (2006)
Evan Zimmerman was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, and a jury found him guilty. But Zimmerman made it back to court after he was able to show that his initial lawyer was so ineffective he deserved a new trial. "Facing Life" captures the harrowing experience as the new trial unfolds. From the defense team's strategizing to the 11th-hour moves and the shattering conclusion, see how the tortuous process affected Zimmerman, who was nearly driven insane by the thought of going to prison again for a crime he said he did not commit. Zimmerman's attorneys were Keith Belzer of La Crosse and Keith Findley, a UW-Madison law professor. Zimmerman spent three years in prison before he was released on bond. Zimmerman is the fourth inmate freed through the efforts- of Findley's group, the Wisconsin Innocence Project, which operates out of the UW-Madison Law School.
Faubourg Tremé (2007)
Long ago during slavery, Faubourg Tremé was home to the largest community of free black people in the Deep South and a hotbed of political ferment. Here black and white, free and enslaved, rich and poor co-habitated, collaborated, and clashed to create much of what defines New Orleans culture up to the present day. Founded as a suburb (or faubourg in French) of the original colonial city, the neighborhood developed during French rule and many families like the Trevignes kept speaking French as their first language until the late 1960s. Tremé was the home of the Tribune, the first black daily newspaper in the US. During Reconstruction, activists from Tremé pushed for equal treatment under the law and for integration. And after Reconstruction's defeat, a "Citizens Committee" legally challenged the resegregation of public transportation resulting in the infamous Plessy vs. Ferguson Supreme Court case. New Orleans Times Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie bought a historic house in Tremé in the 1990s when the area was struggling to recover from the crack epidemic. Rather than flee the blighted inner city, Elie begins renovating his dilapidated home and in the process becomes obsessed with the area's mysterious and neglected past. Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in tone.
A few good men (1992)
JAG defense lawyers are assigned the case of defending two US soldiers, accused of murdering a fellow soldier who were deemed to have 'broken the code'. They are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honor.
Find me guilty (2006)
Mobster Jackie Dee DiNorscio tries to strike a bargain with police: a shorter prison term in exchange for ratting on his fellow mobsters. He takes matters in his own hands when he defends himself instead, turning the courtroom upside down.
The firm (1993)
A brilliant and ambitious Harvard Law grad joins a small, prosperous law firm in Memphis, and is soon confronted by FBI agents with evidence of corruption and murder within the firm.
Flag wars (2003)
"Flag Wars" is a poignant account of the politics and pain of gentrification. Working-class black residents in Columbus, Ohio fight to hold on to their homes. Realtors and gay home-buyers see fixer-uppers. The clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own.
Flash of genius (2008)
Based on the true story of Robert Kearns. The Kearns' were a typical 1960s Detroit family. Bob is a college professor and part-time inventor. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns' think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants, who originally embraced Bob's creation, unceremoniously shuns him. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life's work, or anyone else's for that matter, should be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. He and his family pay the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity.
The fog of war (2003)
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, ad the effects of the Vietnam War.
Food, Inc. (2008)
Explores the U.S. commercial food industry, examining corporate control of supply and market. The film seeks to demonstrate how the incentive for corporate profit can overwhelm consumer health needs, as well as the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment. Reveals various details of food ingredients and additives, and how contemporary mass production methods of food affects U.S. culture.
Forks over knives (2011)
This film examines the claim that most if not all degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. It traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Although they didn't know each other, their individual research led to startlingly similar conclusions: degenerative diseases could usually be prevented--and in many cases reversed--by adopting a whole food, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. The filmmakers explore the ancient idea of food as medicine, following "reality patients" who have adopted a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.
The fortune cookie (1966)
A TV cameraman, trampled by a half-back while shooting a football game, and his shyster brother-in-law team up to defraud an insurance company in a million dollar law suit.
The founding fathers (2000)
Looks at the private lives of the statesmen who helped lead the American Revolution and founded the United States.
Ted Crawford is a wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous structural engineer who lives in Los Angeles. He shoots his wife and entraps her lover. After the police arrive, he signs a confession. At his arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot D.A. who is getting ready to leave for a civil-law firm. He is told by everyone the case is open and shut. Crawford, however, sees Beachum's weakness - the hairline fracture of his character.
The French connection (1971)
Detectives "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy Russo hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover the French connection.
The freshman (1990)
A naive student freshly arrived in New York City accepts a delivery job involving a shady businessman and a large lizard, eventually running afoul of an eccentric chef and the FBI.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut with this drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year' Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers.
A look at the life of Indian statesman and nationalist Mahatma Gandhi, focusing especially on his theory of non-violent resistance.
Gentleman's agreement (1947)
Magazine writer Schuyler 'Phil' Green, a widower who has just arrived with his mother and young son in New York, is assigned the task of writing an expose of anti-Semitism. As he searches for a new angle on the topic, he decides to pass as a Jew for several months, which causes no end of trouble for his ailing mother and young son. It also puts his new society girlfriend on the spot, since despite all her intellectual convictions, she cannot quite shake the vicious prejudices of her particular group. In the 40s, Hollywood began exploring serious social problems in an upfront manner, and while a trifle too earnest for some people, this film puts the 'gentleman's agreement' among gentiles to discriminate against Jews directly in the spotlight.
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was murdered in his own driveway. For 30 years his wife worked for the conviction of his assassin.
Gideon's trumpet (1980)
True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case, Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.
Girl hood (2003)
Director Liz Garbus presents the coming-of-age stories of two girls trying to make a life for themselves both inside and outside of Baltimore's juvenile justice system.
Girl trouble (2004)
This documentary provides an intimate look at the compelling personal stories of three teenage girls entangled in San Franciscos juvenile justice system. These girls, and many like them, arent just at-risk, they are in deep trouble. Bay Area filmmakers Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko document the girls' remarkable successes and heartbreaking setbacks over a four-year period--their daily struggles with poverty, violence, public defenders and homelessness -- and expose a system that fails to end the cycle of incarceration.
Hoping to distance himself from the fallout of a libel conviction, journalist Mikael Blomkvist retreats to a remote island in Sweden's far north where the unsolved murder of a young girl still haunts her industrialist uncle forty years later. Ensconced in a cottage on the island where the killer may still roam, Blomkvist's investigation draws him into the secrets and lies of the rich and powerful, and throws him together with one unlikely ally: tattooed, punk hacker, Lisbeth Salander.
Golden Venture (2006)
The film chronicles the ongoing struggles of passengers who were aboard the Golden Venture, an immigrant smuggling ship that ran aground near New York City in 1993. The Golden Venture crash fed a media circus and became a symbol of a growing national concern over illegal immigration.
Good bye Lenin! (2003)
Alex's proud, socialist mother falls into a coma for eight months. When she wakes, her heart is weak, so Alex has to keep the secret that the Berlin Wall has fallen and capitalism has triumphed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam.
Good night, and good luck (2005)
Takes place in the 1950's America, during the early days of broadcast journalism. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.
[Season One]. Follows a politician's wife who pursues her own career as a defense attorney after her husband is sent to jail on charges of political corruption. Alicia Florrick not only deals with her career but also with keeping her family together as she provides a stable home for her two children.
[Season Two]. Alicia Florrick is a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. In Season Two, even with her husband back home and planning to run for office again, Alicia continues redefining herself and her role in her family's life. Features all 23 dramatic episodes, plus featurettes, deleted scenes, music videos, and more.
Goodbye baby (2005)
"The number of adoptions from Guatemala to the US has risen dramatically in recent years, as has the controversy. What is seen as an act of love by adoptive parents is viewed with suspicion inside Guatemala, and the film examines the ramifications that money, private lawyers, media coverage and women's rights have on the adoption process. Informed by the filmmaker's own experiences - she's the mother of two children adopted from Guatemala, where she's lived on and off during the past 25 years - Goodbye Baby provides an insightful look into the dramatic and sometimes difficult world of intercountry adoption.
Guilty as sin (1993)
A criminal attorney who plays to win meets her match when she represents a playboy who is accused of murdering his wealthy wife.
A Hard straight (2004)
Shot on location in Los Angeles and San Francisco over a period of two years, producer Goro Toshima documents the successes and failures of three prison parolees.
Hart's war (2002)
Honor, courage, and sacrifice are revealed in unexpected ways as a ranking U.S. prisoner in a Nazi POW camp is joined in December 1944 by a law-student lieutenant who'd been captured despite his father's powerful military connections. When a black pilot from the famous Tuskeegee airmen is falsely accused of murdering a fellow prisoner, Lt. Hart tries his case and discovers the real motivation behind the ranking officer's kangaroo court.
Once a third-rate superhero, Harvey Birdman is now a third-rate lawyer. It's not clear whether Harvey actually went to law school, but he definitely knows the things to say to sound like a lawyer. And he has a suit now, that's for sure.
This first story in a seven part series covers almost twenty years of history. It is a story of escalating violence and repression, one nation on a collision course with the rest of the world. When the United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, South Africa marches in the opposite direction and begins to implement a series of laws segregating its people by race in every aspect of life, prompting the non-white majority led by the ANC to protest. The non-violent movement picks up supporters all over the world, starting first with a network of Gandhites in Britain, Sweden, and the United States. But Apartheid hardens in the face of this resistance. By the fateful year of 1964, Nelson Mandela is jailed for life, and the entire leadership is forced underground, imprisoned or killed. The movement is effectively shut down in South Africa as hundreds escape into exile.
ANC Deputy President Oliver Tambo escapes into exile and embarks on what will become a 30-year journey to engage the world in the struggle to bring democracy to South Africa. With resistance inside South Africa effectively crushed by the brutal apartheid regime, the fate of the liberation struggle is now in Tambo's hands. He first finds allies in the newly independent countries of Africa, and with their collective strength behind him, he approaches the U.N. for support, insisting that the apartheid government can be forced to the negotiating table if the Security Council will sanction and isolate the regime. But the western powers refuse to act, forcing Tambo to search for new support. He successfully petitions the Soviet Union for help in building a guerilla army, a decision that lands Tambo in the vice of the Cold War and haunts his global efforts for years to come. But two individuals help to open crucial doors in the West: Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, and Bishop Trevor Huddleston, whose early support inspires Tambo to seek out strategic partnerships with faith leaders worldwide. As a new decade dawns, Tambo has financing from Sweden and support from the World Council of Churches, whose members in congregations around the world join the fight against apartheid. With powerful new allies on his side, Tambo has the beginnings of a worldwide movement.
It is youth, both inside and outside, who next join the growing movement against apartheid. Buoyed by new support in western countries, Oliver Tambo returns to the United Nations to try to convince the world body to sanction South Africa. His efforts gain new public support as the brutal suppression of a youth uprising in the South African township of Soweto and the murder of freedom fighter Steve Biko turn South Africa from a country into a cause, a worldwide emblem of injustice. A significant victory is won when the United Nations issues a mandatory arms embargo: the first in history. But South Africa's strongest trading partners in the West still will not sanction it economically. and as Tambo heads to Zambia to minister to the ANC's growing guerrilla army, a bloodbath seems inevitable. But even as the most powerful western governments refuse to heed Tambo's calls for cultural and economic boycotts, the citizens of those western nations will help turn the tide.
"Faced with governments reluctant to take meaningful action against the apartheid regime, athletes and activists around the world hit white South Africa where it hurts: on the playing field. International boycotts against apartheid sports teams help bring the human rights crisis in South Africa to the forefront of global attention and sever white South Africans' cultural ties to the West. Knowing that fellow blacks in South Africa were denied even the most basic human rights--let alone the right to participate in international sports competitions--African nations refuse to compete with all-white South African teams, boycotting the Olympics and creating a worldwide media spectacle that forces the International Olympic committee to ban apartheid teams from future games. The Africa-led coalition leads the fight to exclude South Africa from soccer, boxing, track, cycling, judo, fencing, gymnastics, volleyball and numerous other competitions, barring South African teams from nearly all sports events by the 1970s. Only South Africa's world champion rugby team remains, and citizens in key western countries where rugby is played take to the fields to close the last door on apartheid sports. The sports campaign becomes the anti-apartheid movement's first victory and succeeds in culturally isolating the white minority in an arena of passionate importance"--Container.
Long one of South Africa's most important and powerful allies, the United States becomes a key battleground in the anti-apartheid movement as African-Americans lead the charge to change the government's policy toward the apartheid regime. Strengthened through years of grassroots organizing during the civil rights movement, black leaders and their allies take on U.S. foreign policy on South Africa, directing campaigns in corporate boardrooms, universities, embassies, and finally in the U.S. Congress itself, where a stunning victory is won against the formidable opposition of President Ronald Reagan. African-Americans alter U.S. foreign policy for the first time in history, and the U.S., once the backbone of support for apartheid South Africa as its ally in the Cold War, finally imposes sanctions on Pretoria. European sanctions follow, and with them, the political isolation of the apartheid regime.
"This is the story of the first-ever international grassroots campaign to successfully use economic pressure to help bring down a government. Recognizing the apartheid regime's dependence on its financial connections to the West, citizens all over the world, from employees of Polaroid to a General Motors director, from student account-holders in Barclay's Bank to consumers who boycott Shell gas, all refuse to let business with South Africa go on as usual. Boycotts and divestment campaigns bring the anti-apartheid movement into the lives and communities of people around the world, helping everyday people understand and challenge Western economic support for apartheid. Faced with attacks at home and growing chaos in South Africa, international companies pull out in a mass exodus, causing a financial crisis in the now-isolated South Africa and making it clear that the days of the apartheid regime are numbered"--Container.
Diving into the heart of the conflict, South Africans tell the story of the most important effort in the anti-apartheid campaign of the 80's: the alliance that brought together freedom fighters in South Africa as never before. A mass movement gains unprecedented momentum when three generations of resistance fighters band together as The United Democratic Front (UDF). Faced with growing international isolation, the apartheid government tries to win allies and convince the world of the merit of its piecemeal reforms even as it struggles to suppress open revolt, at times using savage secret tactics. The UDF protests climax in a fierce campaign of defiance, and internationally, Nelson Mandela becomes a household name as the campaign to free him ignites a worldwide crusade. Caught between an unstoppable internal mass movement and ongoing international pressure, the apartheid regime is finally forced to the negotiating table and at last lifts the decades-long bans on the ANC. After twenty-seven years in prison, Nelson Mandela is released, sparking a global celebration as he tours the world to thank all. After 30 years in exile, Oliver Tambo is finally able to return to South Africa. But the struggle has taken a heavy toll on him and he will die one year before his comrade, Nelson Mandela, is elected the first black president of a democratic South Africa.
The Help (2011)
In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer but turns her friends' lives and a small Mississippi town upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.
High tech, low life (2012)
A documentary that follows the journey of two of China's first citizen reporters as they travel the country chronicling under-reported news and social issues stories.
Hot coffee (2011)
Analyzes and discusses so called "frivolous law suits" and the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Discusses several cases and relates each to tort reform in the U.S.: Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants (public relations campaign to instigate tort reform); Colin Gourley's malpractice lawsuit and caps on damages; the prosecution of Mississippi Justice Oliver Diaz and judicial elections; Jamie Leigh Jones v. Halliburton Co. and mandatory arbitration. Exposes how corporations spent millions on a propaganda campaign to distort Americans' view of lawsuits, forever changing the civil justice system. From the infamous case of the woman who sued McDonalds over spilled coffee to the saga of the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice deemed 'not corporate enough' by business interests, this program tears apart the conventional wisdom about 'frivolous lawsuits.'
How biased are you? (2001)
Explores the history and practice of racism through its extreme manifestations, such as slavery, the Holocaust, segregation, bias crimes, and racial profiling, as well as its more subtle demonstrations, such as the pernicious subconscious biases that can exert an influence on everyday behavior. Uses hidden cameras to show the different experiences of black and white persons in the same situations, such as shopping in a store. Examines the provocative bias-sensitivity test developed by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji, which looks for hidden, subconscious biases. Looks at prejudice in children of various ages.
The Hurricane (1999)
Fighter Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is convicted of murder at the height of his boxing career and after 20 years in prison, four people go to extraordinary lengths to prove his innocence.
I am Sam (2001)
Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks, is obsessed with the Beatles and has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them. As the daughter reaches age 7, Sam's limitations start to become a problem. When the authorities take his daughter away, Sam shames a high -priced lawyer into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need.
In cold blood (1967)
A hard hitting docu-drama about two ex-cons who ruthlessly murder a Kansas family in 1959 in order to steal their non-existent stash of money.
Discusses the evolution of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world's first, permanent, international judicial body capable of prosecuting individuals accused of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so. The film travels to Kosovo, northern Uganda, Iraq, Rwanda and Darfur, focusing on offenses that have or could have fallen under the ICC's jurisdiction. The film also discusses the United States' current opposition to the ICC.
In the name of the father (1993)
Fact-based film about Gerry Conlon, a young Irish punk who is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and forced to confess to a terrorist bombing. He and his father, along with friends of Gerry, are found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. There, his father shows his true strength, and Gerry works to prove their innocence and clear his father's name.
In the tall grass (2006)
Focuses on the Hutu and Tutsi as they struggle through Rwanda's unique reconciliation process: Gacaca, a network of grassroots community courts.
In this world (2002)
Tells of the hazardous journey of two Afghan boys as they travel from Pakistan through Iran, Turkey, Italy, France and the UK in search of refuge in London, revealing the desperate measures people take to escape persecution and life-threatening conditions.
Incident at Oglala (1988)
In 1975, armed FBI agents illegally entered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Gunfire erupted - a Native American and two FBI agents fell dead. After the largest manhunt in FBI history, three men were apprehended - only one, Leonard Peltier, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. This is his story.
Inequality for all (2013)
Examines economics professor and Clinton Administration cabinet member Robert Reich's crusade to expose the problem of income inequality in the United States.
The Informant! (2009)
The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre. The FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent.
Inherit the wind (1960)
A small Tennessee town gained national attention in 1925 when a biology schoolteacher was arrested for violating state law and teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in the classroom.
It's a wonderful life (1946)
A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him. A Christmas classic.
Jagged edge (1985)
An attorney falls in love with her defendant, the prime suspect in a vicious murder case.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
American judge Daniel Haywood presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of "legalizing" Nazi atrocities. But as graphic accounts of sterilization and murder unfold in the courtroom, mounting political pressure for leniency forces Haywood into making the most harrowing and difficult decision of his career.
Judgment in Berlin (1987)
An East German couple uses a toy gun to hijack an airliner to a U.S. base in West Germany, then must stand trial in a fight for their freedom.
Just cause (1995)
A Harvard Law School professor reopens a murder investigation on behalf of a Death Row inmate who claims he was forced by a sinister lawman to confess to a crime he didn't commit. On the surface, it seems to be a straight-ahead case of the prisoner's guilt or innocence. But nothing really lies on the surface of this mystery, set in the Florida swamplands.
Khuda kay liye (2007)
Drama set on three continents confronts the difficult situation of Pakistani Muslims caught up in the conflict within the Muslim community between liberals and fundamentalists.
Kingdom of heaven (2005)
During the Crusades, a young Frenchman in medieval Jerusalem finds redemption in a heroic fight to save his people and fulfill his destiny as a knight.
Knights templar (2000)
Provides a history of the Knights Templar, a military order which protected crusaders and pilgrims to the holy land and invented modern banking.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
When his wife walks out, Ted Kramer and his six-year-old son have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted's wife returns and she wants her son back.
The Laramie project (2002)
"This film is based on transcripts of over 200 interviews with the people of Laramie, Wyoming."--Title screens. In October 1998, 21 year-old Matthew Shepard had been found savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die. National media attention made his case a cause célèbre, and a month later, off Broadway writer-director Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre (his collaborating actors) arrived. They succeeded in interviewing a wide range of relevant persons, from those who knew Shepard or knew the accused to police, university, and hospital personnel and community members. Then they wrote a play.
Law abiding citizen (2009)
Clyde Shelton is a brilliant planner and inventor. One night two robbers invade his Philadelphia home and brutally kill his wife and daughter, almost killing him. When the killers are caught, Assistant DA Nick Rice is assigned the case. Nick makes a deal with one of the killers to testify against his partner for a 10 year plea bargain prison sentence. Clyde doesn't want Nick to make the deal, but Nick says the deal is done. The other killer gets the death penalty. After 10 years, the other killer is released from prison, and he soon ends up dead. Clyde is arrested and vaguely admits to Nick that he did it. Clyde is put in jail, and he warns Nick that he must fix the broken justice system that failed him and his family or else anyone connected to his case will soon die. Even from jail, Clyde's threats become a reality, and Nick must stop Clyde before his family is next.
A lawyer walks into a bar (2008)
Documentary explores the influence of the law and its practitioners on American culture, while following six characters as they do whatever it takes to become lawyers. This film features cameos by legal luminaries, politicians, well-known comedians, celebrity lawyers and other notables.
Legally blonde (2001)
When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.
Provides a rare and intimate glimpse into a contemporary society of lepers in the remote village of Kokona in Nepal. Villagers speak openly and emotionally about their relationship to their sickness, to the "healthy" community outside the village boundaries, and the myriad stigmas and misunderstandings which surround a disease that has marked their bodies and their lives. The villagers speak eloquently of how, after much struggle and hardship, they build new lives for themselves, recreating family and community in the context of this disease. Their poignant and revealing stories offer heartfelt reflections on societal fears and aversions to sickness, bodily differences, and death.
Let him have it (1991)
In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films.
Liar liar (1997)
Fletcher Reed is a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar. When his son Max blows out the candles on his fifth birthday cake, he has just one wish--that his dad will stop lying for 24 hours. When Max's wish comes true, Fletcher discovers that his biggest asset-- his mouth-- has become his biggest liability.
An outlaw establishes his own brand of law and order, building a town on the edge of civilization in this farcical Western.
A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
The Lincoln lawyer (2011)
Michael 'Mick' Haller is a slick, charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car. Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variety criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime. However, what initially appears to be a straightforward case with a big money payoff swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller.
A feature-length documentary film about 5 female U.S. Army soldiers who served in Iraq as support, but attached to all-male infantry units in the Army and Marines. Lioness recounts their experiences at war and what it is like to return home as part of America's first generation of female combat veterans.
The lives of others (2006)
A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people - or at least to this one particular person.
"In Fritz Lang's startling and exquisite film M, fear stalks the streets of Berlin in the form of a serial child murderer whose grisly accomplishments are so heinous even the criminal minds of the underworld want him dead. Filmed in post-Weimar Germany during the infancy of the Nazi state, this tale of moral depravity serves not just as an allegory for the need of justice for all, but as an ominous foreshadowing of the sort of societal hysteria that leads to cultural witch hunts. Originally titled "Morder Unter Uns" ("Murderers Among Us"), M was one of Peter Lorre's (CASABLANCA) first major film roles. Fritz Lang's expressionistic eye plunges into the dark cityscape of Berlin, as he follows the killer whistling down the street, seducing small children with toys and candy, and eventually fleeing for his life. A city paralyzed by fear, and a vast criminal underground network of blind beggars, thieves and murderers, as well as an unforgettable climax notable for its startling statement about the murderous nature which resides within human beings, are all rendered in Lang's painterly cinematography of sharp angles, dark corners and breakneck pacing."--Rotten Tomatoes.
A man for all seasons (1966)
Chancellor of England, Sir Thomas More, is placed in a difficult position when Henry VIII breaks with the Catholic Church over its refusal to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon so he can marry Anne Boleyn. Henry demands More's endorsement of this act. Torn between his conscience and duty to the crown, Sir Thomas chooses to say nothing.
A veteran of World War II, still haunted by memories of the war, gets a job in a public relations firm. He attracts the attention the firm's lonely CEO, and his career takes off. But his marriage suffers. Finally he must choose between career and family.
Man on wire (2007)
"On August 7th, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center's Twin Towers. After dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail, before finally being released. This extraordinary documentary incorporates Petit's personal footage to show how he overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century."--Container.
Explores the life of Wenceslao Armira. A Mayan farmer from Guatemala, he later became a leader of guerilla troops and lost two of his children to death squads in 1984. His interaction with filmmakers for over 25 years raises questions of human rights and social justice.
"Director [John] Ford brings us to the lawless frontier village of Shinbone, a town plagued by a larger-than-life nemesis, Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin). [James] Stewart plays the bungling but charming big-city lawyer determined to rid Shinbone of Valance, and he finds that he has an unlikely ally -- in the form of a rugged local rancher (John Wayne). The two men also share the same love interest (Vera Miles). But when the final showdown becomes inevitable, one of the two will attempt to get the gunman ... but the other one will wind up getting the girl"--Container.
Mann v. Ford (2011)
Between 1967 and 1971, Ford's assembly plant in Mahwah, N.J. (the country's largest auto factory when it was opened in 1955) dumped "paint sludge" and other industrial waste in the Ramapough Mountain Indians' backyard. The Ramapo and their legal counsel maintain that the result was a deadly mix of toxic chemicals, including PCBs, Freon, heavy metals, lead and arsenic that saturated the soil and traveled through the air when the highly combustible chemicals ignited and burned. Mann v. Ford follows community leaders Wayne Mann and Vivian Milligan and their lawyers over the course of five years as their fight for justice takes them from community centers to courtroom of American justice to the halls of Congress.
Mardi gras (2005)
Filmed on location in Fuzhou, China and New Orleans, Louisiana, the film follows "The Bead Trail" backwards from the bacchanalia at Mardi Gras to the factories in Fuzhou where the beads are made. The film comments on the inequities of globalization by Illuminating the clash of cultures by juxtaposing American excess and consumer culture against the harsh life of the Chinese factory worker.
Maria full of grace (2004)
Maria, a poor Columbian teenager, is desperate to leave a soul-crushing job. She accepts an offer to transport packets of heroin -- which she swallows -- to the United States. The ruthless world of drug trafficking proves to be more than for which she bargained.
Mario's story (2006)
A young writer from East Los Angeles is sentenced to life in prison for a crime he didn't commit, based on one eyewitness identification. Now a group of individuals take his case to fight for his freedom.
A Matter of life and death (1946)
"David Niven's Second World War pilot literally cheats death, and as a result a grand heavenly trial is organised to decide upon his fate in Powell and Pressburger's bewitching classic, a beautifully acted and visually ravishing fantasy that only gets better with age." -- Iain Stott.
Meeting with a killer (2001)
In 1986, a young, pregnant mother was kidnapped, raped and murdered near Tomhall, Texas by two fifteen-year-olds. They were caught and pled guilty. One of the offenders, Gary Brown, is serving a 54-year sentence for this crime. The other offender, the "trigger man," is in the psychiatric ward of the prison. This documentary follows the two-year journey of the victim's family, Linda (victim's mother) and Ami (victim's daughter) White, in setting up a mediation meeting with Gary Brown, through counselor Ellen Halbert of the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice's Victim Offender Mediation/Dialogue program. The documentary culminates in the actual meeting in the prison's chapel, fifteen years after the crime, and how the victim's family and offender react to each other.
Michael Clayton (2007)
Michael Clayton is an in-house fixer at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of the law firm Kenner, Bach, & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder, Marty Bach. Burned out with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture, and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class-action suit that Clayton's firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach's brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.
Midnight express (1978)
American citizen Billy Hayes is sentenced to four years in a brutal Turkish prison after being caught trying to smuggle hashish out of Istanbul. When his sentence is changed to life just days before his release, he has no choice but to try to escape.
When the affable host of an elegant Christmas party shoots a man to death, his friends discover secrets that make them less eager to help with his courtroom defense.
His life changed history. His courage changed lives. Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. His election makes him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blamed his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Based on the inspiring true story of Harvey Milk.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The real Santa is hired by Macy's to play the department store's Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but has to prove in court that he is who he says he is.
Vikram Saigal is a lawyer. Despite the fact that he secured his degree with distinction, he refused to practice, because he felt convinced that the ideals he stood for clashed irreconcilably with those being practiced by the establishment. He decides to create an institution to supply legal aid to the poor at a reasonable cost. After discussing this with his girlfriend Rithika, they come up with a plan to raise money for the institution by robbing a bank. Things don't go well.
Mr. Cao goes to Washington (2012)
"Follows the unexpected journey of Rep. Joseph Cao--the first Vietnamese American elected to the US Congress, the only non-white House Republican of the 111th Congress, and the only Republican to vote for President Obama's Health Care Reform Bill. Will Cao keep his integrity and his idealism intact?"-- http://www.newday.com/films/mrcaogoestowashington.html.
Mr. Smith goes to Washington (1939)
Jefferson Smith is a small town idealist who answers the call to duty when he's unexpectedly named to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. Senate. Determined to do some good, he sponsors a bill to create a national boy's camp, unaware it threatens to undermine a graft scheme sponsored by his home state's crooked political machine. Framed and threatened with expulsion, Jefferson takes to the Senate floor to prove his innocence.
The intense story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes, and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it.
Murder in the first (1994)
In this fact-based story, a convict is confined to the dungeons of Alcatraz for three years in isolation after a failed escape. When he at last emerges from the total darkness, he's confused, savage, barely human, and he immediately kills the stoolie who ratted on his escape. It's an open-and-shut case of Murder One. But his resolute attorney puts Alcatraz and its sadistic associate warden on trial in his client's behalf.
The murder of Emmett Till (2003)
The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.
The murder of Fred Hamption (1971)
Mike Gray started out to make a film about the Black Panther Party, but on Dec. 4, 1969, the Chicago police raided a Panther apartment and his film became a documentary about the murder of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. The film footage of the raid directly contradicted the State Attorney's version of the raid and so filmmakers and Panthers came together to prove that Hampton had been the designated target of the violent, punitive raid. The film's inquiry pursues official spokesmen and traps them in their attempts at covering up an orchestrated assassination.
Murder on a Sunday morning (2001)
When a 15-year-old black male is arrested for the murder of Mary Ann Stephens, everyone involved in the case--from investigators to journalists--is ready to condemn him, except for his public defence lawyer, Patrick McGuiness. A true tale of murder and injustice.
Music box (1989)
In this courtroom thriller, Chicago attorney Ann Talbot (Jessica Lange) agrees to defend her Hungarian immigrant father Mike Laszlo (Armin Mueller-Stahl) against accusations of heinous war crimes committed 50 years earlier. As the trial unfolds, Ann probes for evidence that will not only establish his innocence but also lay to rest her own agonizing doubts about his past.
My cousin Vinny (1992)
Two carefree pals travelling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested and charged with murder. They are defended by one of their cousins (Vinny), a former auto mechanic of Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. Vinny's never been in court and the case quickly turns into a hysterical escapade.
Narrow margin (1990)
Gene Hackman stars as an L.A. District Attorney attempting to take an unwilling murder witness back to the United States to testify against a top-level mob boss.
Night falls on Manhattan (1996)
Sean Casey is just another idealistic assistant D.A.--until his prosecution of a cop-killing drug lord catapults him into the center of New York's tempestuous political arena. Vowing to follow the clues wherever they lead, the young D.A. embarks on a search for the truth that will force him to question his faith in the law, his loyalty to loved ones and his place in a system where justice is the ultimate con.
El norte (1983)
El norte: Enrique and Rosa are brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, living in the mountains of Guatemala. When the village attempts to organize for better treatment, Enrique and Rosa are forced to flee as the Guatemalan army is sent in to punish the townspeople. Receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant, they make their way to Los Angeles, hoping to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.
North country (2005)
Josey Aimes needs a job and goes to work at a Minnesota steel mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage. The male miners are resentful of women taking their jobs, so the men verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case for fear that things will only get worse. A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S. - Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit.
The Nuremberg Trials revealed the full scope of Nazi Germany's atrocities and ended in the execution of many of the top Nazi leaders. Follow the historic trials from accusations through executions.
The pending case: The People of the State of New York vs. Claudia Draper. The issue: Is Claudia mentally competent to stand trial? Sure, she's shocking, outspoken, explosive. But is she "nuts?" Claudia holds nothing back as she takes on the judicial system, modern psychiatry, personal demons and anyone in her way.
Chronicles the life and work of Barney Rosset, the influential head of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, who published such groundbreaking works of fiction as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Naked Lunch, and Tropic of Cancer, while fighting the U.S. government's obscenity laws along the way.
In director Jafar Panahi's offbeat Iranian tale, several girls find themselves arrested after posing as boys to sneak into a soccer stadium to see a key international qualifying match. It's illegal for Iranian women to attend sports events, so the gate-crashers end up in a holding pen waiting for authorities. But a sympathetic guard watching through a peephole describes the action for the girls, who are eager to know what's happening in the game.--Netflix.
One man's war (1991)
In Paraguay in 1976, during the brutal rule of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner, Dr. Joel Filartiga (Anthony Hopkins) provides free medical care to poor farmers and their families. After his son is tortured and killed by forces of the dictatorship, Filartiga vows revenge and enlists a criminal lawyer to challenge the system. This suspense-filled drama of ordinary people fighting crushing tyranny is based on a true story.--Netflix.
Chronicles the true story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era.
Outside the law (2009)
"A new documentary telling the story of Guantanamo: torture, extraordinary rendition and secret prisons. Examining how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international law, rounding up prisoners in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening and often for large bounty payments. Focusing on the stories of three prisoners, Shaker Aamer, Binyam Mohamed and Omar Deghayes."--Producers.
The Paper chase (1973)
A young man enrolls in the Harvard Law School and struggles to keep up with his studies, while becoming transfixed by his awesome professor and also falling in love with the professor's daughter.
Paper dolls (2006)
After closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities enticed foreigners to fill gaps in the job market. Filipinos in various stages of gender transition came as caregivers to elderly, orthodox Jewish men, but are still outsiders.
Paradine case (1947)
Beautiful Anna Paradine is accused of poisoning her older wealthy husband. Her barrister, the happily married Anthony Keane takes the case but also lets his heart rule his head when he falls hard for his client.
Paradise lost (1996)
Examines the brutal slayings of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, and the investigation, arrest and trial of the three teenagers (the West Memphis Three) whose only crime seems to have been that they dressed in black, listened to heavy metal music, and were fascinated with the Wicca religion.
Paradise lost 2 (2000)
Returns to West Memphis, Ark. to re-examine the controversial story of the child murders at Robin Hood Hills, the most notorious murder case in the state's history, revealing startling new evidence and exploring the ironies and ambiguities of a mystery that refuses to go away.
Party girl (1994)
A young woman devoted to underground "happenings", hot clubs, and amassing a couture wardrobe on the cheap is busted for throwing an illegal rent party at her New York City apartment. Her long-neglected godmother posts her bail in exchange for Mary's labor at the woman's workplace--a branch of the N.Y. Public Library. Mary's grudging steps towards responsible adulthood are given a boost by her romance with a handsome immigrant falafel vendor and her startled realization that she might actually make one pretty good librarian!
A passage to India (1984)
While on a trip in 1928 to visit her son, Mrs. Moore, accompanied by her son's fiancee, is appalled at the treatment of the Indians by the ruling British government. Later, they befriend a native Indian who, over-stepping the accepted norms of his culture, invites the two ladies on an excursion. In a strange turn of events, he is accused of attempting to rape the young woman.
Paths of glory (1957)
The desolation, cynicism, and futility of war are embodied in this film based on a novel that took as its subject a real incident from World War I. Three innocent French soldiers are tried and convicted of cowardice, after their battalion fails to take a heavily fortified German position. Colonel Dax, a lawyer in civilian life, attempts to defend the men, who were chosen by a random drawing of lots. The General Staff, comfortable and safe behind the lines, demands they be executed to inspire the troops remaining in the trenches. Critical of the military hierarchy, and the class divisions that inspire the antipathy of common soldiers for the officer class, the film is renowned for its depiction of the callous treatment of the condemned men, taking their lives in so arbitrary a fashion.
People vs. Jean Harris (1981)
Jean Harris (Ellen Burstyn) is charged with the murder of Herman Tarnower, her lover of fourteen years. She claims that his death was a tragic accident as he tried to save her from killing herself. Was her lover's death truly an accident, or the result of a jealous rage?
The people vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Based on the true story of the notorius Hustler publisher who was sued by the Religious Right and paralyzed by a fanatic's bullet. Chronicles Flynt's raunchy business savvy, his wildly unconventional marriage and his infamous courtroom antics.
The people's court (2007)
"Facing mounting domestic and international pressure for a fair and transparent framework of laws, China is racing to reshape the rules of its Communist society. Hundreds of thousands of judges and lawyers have been trained in the past 25 years, but with senior judges under direct control of the state and citizens taking to the streets in record number, this transformation has been anything but easy. This unprecedented Wide Angle report takes viewers inside courtrooms and law schools in China as it follows itinerant judges, law students, a human rights lawyer and ordinary Chinese citizens seeking justice"--Container.
[Season One]. This popular series remains one of the most highly-rated courtroom dramas of all time. Raymond Burr's portrayal defined the role of the television defense attorney.
Peyton Place (1957)
Coming-of-age story set in a small New England village whose peaceful facade hides love and passion, scandal and hypocrisy. Allison, a beautiful high school student and aspiring writer, struggles to grow up under the thumb of her emotionally crippled single mother. The mother, Constance MacKenzie, a woman with a hidden past, is now aroused by the temptations of the new high school principal. On the other side of town, Allison's best friend Selena lives in a shack with an abusive stepfather. As the seasons change, so do Allison and her friends, as they struggle to mature in the stifling small town. Finally, Allison leaves Peyton Place, but she returns to help Selena, now accused of murdering her stepfather. The trial will expose the town's bankrupt moral standards and finally bring its citizens together. --IMDB.
Story of two competing lawyers who join together to sue a prestigious Philadelphia law firm when the firm fires one of them because he has AIDS.
A racially mixed woman working as a nurse in Boston finds she can pass as White, but leaves her fiance afraid that her true heritage will be discovered. Back at home in Mississippi, she is named heiress of an estate that her family has worked for, touching off a heated situation among the locals amidst a trial.
Le placard (2000)
François Pignon, a very bland sort of man who works as an accountant in a condom factory, is about to be fired. His new neighbour comes up with an idea to prevent such a thing from happening: he creates photos and then spreads the rumor that François is gay so that the factory management might be afraid they'll be sued for sexual discrimination. Of course, nothing happens as it should, but the changes in François Pignon's life-- and other people's too - is drastic!
Power and control (2010)
A dramatic and timely exploration of domestic abuse, which examines the persistence of violence against women in the US, through the story of Kim, a mother of three in Duluth, MN. Duluth was the birthplace of a revolution in the way society approaches battering, and the film tells the story of the leaders from Duluth who remain on the front lines today. The film also looks at the debate launched by researchers and academics who have challenged the Duluth approach. Recommended for courses in sociology, social work, women's studies, political science, law enforcement and laws.
The practice (1997)
[Season One]. Bobby Donnell is a young, passionate lawyer struggling to keep his small Boston law firm afloat. Along with associate attorneys Lindsay Dole, Ellenor Frutt, Eugene Young, Jimmy Berluti and assistant Rebecca Washington, he walks a fine line between his own principles and his legal obligations to his clients. Striving for justice, Bobby squares off against formidable adversaries like tenacious and sexy prosecutor Helen Gamble, a relationship that catches fire both in and out of court. Full of idealistic dreams of defending the innocent, Bobby quickly realizes that being a good defense lawyer is more challenging than he ever expected.
Presumed innocent (1990)
Rusty Sabich's been swept up in an obsessive affair with a coworker in the prosecutor's office. When she is murdered, he's asked to lead the investigation. Then, astonishingly, he's accused of the crime. He's the perfect suspect and his fight to clear his name pulls him into a whirlpool of lies and secrets.
Presunto culpable (2009)
"In December 2005 Toño Zuniga was picked up off the street in Mexico City, Mexico, and sentenced to 20 years for a murder he knew nothing about. A friend of Toño's contacted two young lawyers, Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete, who gained prominence in Mexico when they helped bring about the release of another innocent man from prison. Looking into Toño's case, Roberto and Layda managed to get a retrial--on camera--and enlisted the help of filmmaker Geoffrey Smith to chronicle the saga. Shot over three years with unprecedented access to the Mexican courts and prisons, this dramatic story is a searing indictment of a justice system that presumes guilt." --container.
Primal fear (1996)
A Chicago altar boy is accused of murdering the archbishop and a publicity hungry local attorney decides to defend him.
Mike Weiss is a talented young Houston lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger, his longtime friend and partner, is the straight-laced and responsible yin to Mike's yang. Their mom-and-pop personal injury law firm is getting by, but things really get interesting when they decide to take on a case involving Vicky, a local ER nurse, who is pricked by a contaminated needle on the job. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense.
Punishment park (1971)
"As the Vietnam War escalates, massive public protest against the conflict surges in America. To control the leftist threat, a civilian tribunal passes sentence on groups of dissidents: hippies, draft dodgers, pacifists. Made to play a game resembling "Capture the Flag" in a remote desert while being hunted by the forces of law and order, the prisoners must fight for their lives in this searing pseudo-documentary from filmmaker Peter Watkins."--Netflix.
Pursuit of equality (2005)
A documentary about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in 2001 and the social and legal ramifications that unfolded.
Rabbit-proof fence (2002)
In 1931, Molly and her younger cousins, Gracie and Daisy, were three half -caste children from Western Australia who were taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution, were taught to forget their families, their culture, and re-invent themselves as members of "white" Australian society. The three girls begin an epic journey back to Western Australia, travelling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water, and navigating by following the fence that has been built across the nation to stem an over-population of rabbits.
The Rainmaker (1997)
Rudy is a young lawyer fresh out of college who takes the case of his life. He is the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. Rudy takes on this client in his first case after the head of his law office has to hide because he's wanted by the feds. He must overcome many obstacles inside and outside the courtroom as he attempts to find out what it means to be a lawyer and how far you have to go before you become a sell-out.
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
The reader (2008)
"What have we learned (and what might we have forgotten) from history's bloody backwash? Guilt, love, and history are three skeins, woven together to create human beings or, alternately, human monsters. The question of wartime culpability undergirds the May-December romance in postwar Berlin between Hanna, a weary-looking, sexually rapacious streetcar ticket-taker and Michael, a young schoolboy whom she seduces, ravenously and to his great delight. One day, Hanna is gone, with no explanation, and Michael grows into a promising young law student. His class attends a trial, where the new Germany judges the past and, by default, the lovers as well."--Container.
Reckless indifference (2000)
Four teenagers participated in a backyard brawl which resulted in a death. The trial led to life without parole for all four, even though the evidence against them was not clear-cut.
The reckoning (2009)
Though over 120 countries voted to create the International Criminal Court (ICC), some of the most powerful nations in the world - China, Russian, and the United States - refused to ratify it, the U.S. claiming, among other things, that the ICC's authority to second-guess the actions taken and the results reached by participating states was an infringement on national sovereignty. Nevertheless, prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo issues arrest warrants for the rebel leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, puts four Congolese warlords on trial in The Hague, charges the president of Sudan with genocide and war crimes in Darfur, challenges the UN Security Council to have him arrested, and shakes up the Colombian criminal justice system.
Red corner (1997)
Jack Moore is an American attorney having talks in Bejing about founding the first satellite TV joint venture. Suddenly he is arrested, accused of murder and has to prove it was a frame-up together with his court-appointed attorney Shen Yuelin.
Regarding Henry (1991)
A ruthless lawyer is shot during a robbery attempt and must rebuild his life without any memory of his past.
Rescuing Emmanuel (2008)
"Setting out to make a film about street children across the globe, the filmmakers are hijacked by a filthy 13-year-old boy in Nairobi, Kenya. Belligerently stoned on shoe glue, Emmanuel will not be ignored. While his name means "God among us", his life, like all street children, is in constant danger. But who will notice if it is snuffed out?"--Container.
Le retour de Martin Guerre (1982)
The plot revolves around the unraveling of the identity of a 16th century peasant who disappeared as a young husband, and the man who returns to resume his marriage nine years later.
Reversal of fortune (1990)
Did European aristocrat Claus von Bulow attempt to murder his wife Sunny at their luxurious Newport mansion in 1980? The tabloids of the day certainly had their opinions. "You have one thing in your favor," defense attorney Alan Dershowitz told von Bulow, "Everybody hates you." Reversal of Fortune is the acclaimed movie version of events that had all America talking. Jeremy Irons plays von Bulow in an Academy Award winning performance of icy brittleness that also won a Golden Globe and Los Angeles and National Society of Film CriticsBest Actor Awards. Glen Close is wanly elegant as heiress.
Reversible errors (2004)
Arthur Raven is a successful corporate lawyer whose world is turned upside-down when he is assigned to draft the final appeal of a potentially innocent inmate as he is nearing his execution date.
Throughout recent years, Rob Epstein has cemented himself at the forefront of the queer cinema movement. With an inimitable ability to turn his lens on and capture the vibrant queer culture, Epstein's films can move from celebratory to sombre in an instant, never turning from the difficult issues and always maintaining an air of sincerity - regardless of subject matter. It is for this reason that Rob Epstein has won himself or been nominated for numerous Academy Awards, Emmys and film festival prizes. This stunning five-disc set features four of Rob Epstein's most acclaimed documentaries, including The Celluloid Closet, The Times of Harvey Milk, Paragraph 175 and Common Threads.
Robot & Frank (2012)
In Robot and Frank, Frank (Frank Langella) is a former cat burglar who's retired, and who's losing his marbles somewhat. Frank's son Hunter (James Marsden) is sick of driving six hours to check on his dad once a week, so he decides to get Frank a personal care robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard). Frank hates the robot at first until he realizes he can talk the robot into helping him to return to his burglarly career, in the name of helping his recovery. There's also a fascinating subplot in which the local public library, where Frank likes to hang out, is being turned into some kind of digital monstrosity and all the books are being recycled. The local librarian (Susan Sarandon) is having to come to terms with the changing ways people read and interact with information, and she's saddled with her own, somewhat more obnoxious, robot helper. In charge of the library's renovation is Jake (Jeremy Strong), an unbelievably smug hipster whom you want to toss off a tall building the first time you meet him. -- io9.com.
Colonel Terry Childers is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers' only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges, a military lawyer of questionable abilities. Together, they face the battle of their lives.--Container.
[Seasons One through Seven]. Balancing suspense and satire as deftly as the scale of justice, Horace Rumpole tirelessly defends the downtrodden while undressing the upper classes. This 14-DVD pack contains all 42 episodes of seasons 1-7.
Runaway jury (2003)
After a man dies in a shooting incident, his wife files a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the gun. Her lawyer argues that the firm in question knew the shop which sold the weapon was not following federal regulations. As the case goes to trial, the firearm manufacturer takes no chances on the outcome, and they hire Rankin Fitch, a "jury consultant" who makes it his business to see that he knows enough about the jurors to be able to guarantee the result of the trial.
Sacco and Vanzetti (2006)
Examines the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti through archival film, music, poetry and excerpts from the 1971 feature film. Also includes interviews with historians, artists and activists as well as readings from the prison diaries of the two defendants.
Each year thousands of girls are recruited from rural Burmese villages to work in brothels in Thailand. Held for years in debt bondage, they suffer extreme abuse by pimps, clients, and the police. The trafficking of Burmese girls is a direct result of political repression in Burma, as the government uses human rights abuses, war, and ethnic discrimination against minority groups and dissidents. When whole villages are displaced, leaving families with no means of livelihood, the offer of jobs in Bangkok for their daughters is more than attractive--it can mean the difference between life and death.
"A landmark documentary ... Captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Holy Word, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses, then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair"--Promotional materials.
Documents the suffering, loss, and rebirth of the Cambodian people in the aftermath of the take over of Cambodia by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge revolutionary forces and the subsequent invasion of Cambodia by Viet Nam.
Sandra Day O'Connor (2004)
Trace the groundbreaking career of the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.
Since the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, more than one million people have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in demonstrations against the Chinese occupation. This film focuses on personal testimonies of Tibetan Buddhist nuns who have taken the lead in this resistance by fearlessly staging courageous demonstrations for religious freedom and independence.
Scenes of a crime (2012)
Through one vivid example, Scenes of a Crime explores how modern - and currently legal - interrogation techniques (including lies, threats and psychological coercion) can produce confessions that may not be reliable. When Adrian Thomas walked into a Troy, NY police station about midnight in 2008, he didn't know he was being video-recorded. His four-month-old baby lay brain dead in a pediatric ICU. The doctors suspected abuse, and Thomas was the main suspect. And so began a psychological battle: the detectives repeatedly lied to - and threatened - Thomas, saying that if he told them "what happened," police would view it as an accident, without jail time. After dozens of denials (and many hours), Thomas confessed to throwing his son against a bed - just as detectives had demonstrated for him. Soon after, Thomas recanted, but then faced a huge task: proving his confession was false.
The sea inside (2004)
Ramón Sampedro wants to end his life because of a diving accident 28 years before that turned him into a quadriplegic. For most of those years he made the most of it: writing, developing close relationships with his family, who all help to care for him. While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramón has come to see his life as frustrating and pointless and wishes to die with what remains of his dignity. A friend who works with a "Right to Die" organization introduces Ramón to Julia, a lawyer he hopes will help him persuade the courts to let him end his own life. As Ramón and Julia work together on his case, Ramón finds himself falling in love with his attorney, but remains convinced that the greatest gift would be an end to his life.
Seoul train (2004)
"Today, there are an estimated 250,000 North Korean refugees living underground in China. They escaped a food crisis and other persecutions at home that have claimed the lives of approximately 3 million in the past 10 years. The Chinese Government -- in direct violation of international laws to which it's a party -- systematically arrests and forcibly repatriates hundreds of these refugees each month. Defecting from North Korea is a capital offense, and repatriated refugees face human rights abuses ranging from concentration camps and torture to forced abortion and summary executions. For a lucky few refugees, however, there is hope. A group of multinational activists has taken it upon themselves to create an Underground Railroad. Via a network of safe houses and escape routes, the activists -- at great personal risk -- help the refugees on daring escapes to freedom over hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of miles of Chinese territory"--Producers.
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Picking up where his cult show "Firefly" left off, writer-director Joss Whedon's tale of galactic unrest follows Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), captain of the transport ship Serenity, and his scrappy but loyal crew. When the ship picks up two fugitives from the powerful coalition ruling the universe, "Mal" and his mates find themselves at the center of a cosmic conflict, pursued by military forces and space-roaming savages. By the end of the movie, however, Mal has finally come to believe in something individual liberty so strongly that he becomes willing to lay down his life to preserve it. Whedon has said that the most important line in the film is Mal's contented promise to the Operative at its climax: "I'm going to show you a world without sin". Whedon's point is that a world without sin is a world without choice, and that choice is ultimately what defines humanity -- Netflix, Wikipedia.
Shattered glass (2003)
A biographical drama based on the career of Stephen Glass, a popular writer for such magazines as 'Rolling Stone', 'Harper's Bazaar' and 'George'. But by the mid 1990's, at the height of his career as staff writer for 'The new republic' under lead editor Chuck Lane, strange inconsistencies in his stories began to surface that called into question his professionalism.
Silent choices (2007)
Illustrates the abortion issue through the lives of African American women, with both interviews and dramatic content. Features the personal experiences of several such women, some of whom chose to have abortions, and some who are staunchly pro-life. The film also brings in others active in the African American community on abortion issues, as well as juxtaposing African American viewpoints to those of white Americans, all combined and contrasted with the larger economic, political, and social pressures that are faced by the African-American community in general.
Sin by silence (2008)
Tells the story of Convicted Women Against Abuse, an inmate-led group in a California prison, and its quest to raise awareness about domestic abuse.
A Single man (2009)
After the death of his longtime partner, a British college professor in Los Angeles struggles to find meaning in his life. As he dwells in the past, he begins to contemplate suicide. A series of events and encounters will lead him to question if there really is a meaning to his life after all.
Sky burial (2005)
"Sky Burial follows the ritual of "jha-tor", the giving of alms to birds in a northern Tibetan monastry--where the bodies of the dead are offered to vultures as a final act of kindness to living beings. At the Drigung Monastry lamas chant to call the consciousness from the body. Juniper incense is burned to summon the vultures. Special body breakers, or "rogyapas", unwrap the bodies and cut away the flesh. The bones are crushed and mixed with tsampa, a roasted barley flour. The entire body is consumed by the birds, assuring the ascent of the soul."--Container.
In this drama based on characters in Lorenzo Carcaterra's controversial book, four boys from Hell's Kitchen enter a reformatory where a cruel guard (Kevin Bacon) abuses them. Years later, two of them avenge their tormenter and stand trial, defended by a druggie lawyer (Dustin Hoffman) and aided by their scheming cohort (Brad Pitt) and other friends from the 'hood (Robert DeNiro, Minnie Driver), who face the moral dilemma of justice vs. loyalty.--Netflix.
Snow falling on cedars (1999)
A murder trial has upset the quiet community of San Piedro, and now this tranquil village has become the center of controversy. For a local reporter the trial strikes home when he finds his ex-lover is linked to the case.
The Social network (2010)
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Sold American (2010)
Documentary film that explores the moral, political and economic ramifications of growing cannabis in the early 1980s, before the legalization of medical marijuana transformed the pot trade forever.
A Soldier's story (1984)
Near the end of World War II a proud, black army attorney is sent to Fort Neal, Louisiana, to investigate the murder of Master Sgt. Waters, a vicious, bitter man who despised his own black roots.
Soul of justice (2005)
"Few judges provoke the ire of conservatives more than Thelton Henderson, Senior Judge of the Federal District Court of Northern California. His career in many ways parallels the larger historic arc of the Civil Rights movement and the changing vision of government -- from Jim Crow laws to Civil Rights victories and back again with recent attacks on affirmative action. Similarly reflected are the changes and conflicts in judicial philosophy during those 40 years. Henderson's decisions on affirmative action, environmental protection and prison reform --and the furors that surrounded them --serve as a prism on these changes and what they mean for American society"--California Newsreel website.
The staircase (2004)
With all the trappings of a classic murder mystery, The Staircase chronicles the sensational story of North Carolina author Michael Peterson, who stood trial in 2003 for the murder of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.
State of fear (2005)
The Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission's official report chronicles the atrocities of both sides during the twenty year war between Abimael Guzman's revolutionary "Shining path" Indian guerrilla movement and the establishment governments. The Commission presents an alternate lens through which citizens of Peru can evaluate the inequalities their Indian people sought to address and the inevitable ravages modern terrorism brings to everyone.
The stoning of Soraya M. (2009)
When a journalist is stranded in her remote village, Zahra takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Thus begins the remarkable story of what happened to Soraya, a kind-spirited woman whose bad marriage leads her cruel, divorce-seeking husband to trump up false charges of infidelity, which carry an unimaginable penalty.
The story of Qiu Ju (1992)
In a small Chinese village a farmer (Qing Lai) and his chief quarrel over land. When Qing Lai is injured by the chief, who kicks him in the groin, Qing's wife Qiu Ju begins a quixotic odyssey that takes her from her small village to the provincial capital. She is relentless in her one-woman crusade to wreak a simple justice from the proud Chief ... she wants him to apologize.
The Supreme Court (2006)
This series traces the story and influence of America's highest court, tracing the evolution of the Court from its establishment to the present day by focusing on the temperament and constitutional vision of key justices and crucial cases. Dean Larry Kramer is featured in program 4, which investigates how the Court, under Chief Justice William Rehnquist, has risen in importance to become the institution most responsible for resolving central questions of American life.
"Bizarre evidence leads Kathleen on a dangerous trail from Washington's seamy underbelly to the highest levels of government. And the closer she gets to the answers, the more her life is in danger. Cher and Dennis Quaid take the law into their own hands in this daring suspense thriller where everything is revealed in court--except the truth."
The Sweet hereafter (1997)
Following a tragic schoolbus accident, high-profile lawyer Mitchell Stephens descends upon a small town. With promises of retribution and a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the grieving community, Stephens begins his investigation into the details of the crash. But beneath the town's calm, he uncovers a tangled web of lies, deceit and forbidden desires that mirrors his own troubled personal life. Gradually, we learn that Stephens has his own agenda, and that everyone has secrets to keep.
Sweet smell of success (1957)
"A powerful film about a ruthless journalist and an unscrupulous press agent who'll do anything to achieve success"--Container.
The Syrian bride (2004)
From Israeli director Eran Riklis comes this provocative import that sheds light on Middle East frictions through the prism of a wedding between Druze bride-to-be Mona (Clara Khoury) and her cousin (Dirar Suleiman), a Syrian actor who's a stranger to her. But what ought to be a happy event is instead cloaked in sorrow: Once Mona -- a Golan Heights resident -- crosses into Syria with her spouse, it's unlikely that she'll ever see her family again.--Netflix.
There is less oil than the world requires, and that will make some people rich and others dead. Career CIA field operative Bob Barnes is sorting out his midcareer issues--his bosses want him quietly confined to a desk job. Bryan Woodman, an expatriate in Geneva, becomes the financial adviser to idealistic Gulf Prince Nasir. Corporate lawyer Bennett Holiday is finessing the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies. In Prince Nasir's country, meanwhile, young Pakistani laborer Wasim succumbs to the lure of radical Islam, seeking refuge from the dusty oil fields and crowded hostels in the tranquility of a madrasa. In the labyrinthine, interconnected worlds of espionage and politics, international finance and law, oil and radical Islam, motives and convictions can shape lives, or destroy them.
The Talk of the town (1942)
When the Holmes Woolen Mill burns down, political activist Leopold Dilg is jailed for arson (and murder; one man was lost). Escaping, Leopold hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart Nora Shelley ...which she has just rented to unsuspecting law professor Michael Lightcap. As Lightcap's unwelcome guests, Nora and Leopold drag the professor, willy-nilly, from pure legal theory to impure legal practice. Blends comedy, thriller, philosophy, mystery and romance -- IMDb.
"Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? ... [T]his timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the production of plastic, to the ocean in which so many bottles end up, this ... documentary follows the bottled water trail through the communities which are the unwitting chips on the corporate table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this ... film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water."--Container.
Taxi to the dark side (2007)
Investigates the torture and killing of an innocent Afghani taxi driver in a gripping probe into reckless abuses of government power. This stunningly crafted narrative demonstrates how one man's life and death symbolizes the erosion of our civil rights.
Thurgood Marshall (2005)
Interviews with his sons and the men and women who worked alongside him put the life of the legendary jurist and civil rights activist in perspective.
A time to kill (1996)
A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town's racial tension to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice.
To kill a mockingbird (1962)
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him-- except the town's most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.
Town without pity (1961)
Four American GI's, stationed in Germany circa 1960, are accused of attacking a local teenage girl. An Army major is assigned to defend the soldiers. If he's going to prevent their death sentences, he will have to turn the spotlight on the victim who is already traumatized.
Traces of the trade (2008)
"Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide" -- Container.
"A mix of interrelated stories: a Mexican policeman finds himself and his partner caught in an often deadly web of corruption; a pair of DEA agents work undercover in a sordid and dangerous part of San Diego; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife takes over his business; and the U.S. President's new drug czar must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter"--Container.
In the years before World War I, virtually no issue was too controversial to bring to the screen. The first American movies were deeply engaged with society, coming from an era when movies and entertainment were intimately interwoven with public debate. As such, they were shown in commercial movie theaters but also in clubs, churches, schools, and everywhere screens could be hung outdoors--from the sides of city tenements to country barns. This archive sends these treasures back into the world, where they found their inspiration. "The City Reformed" deals with the urban problems: poverty, criminality, health, Safety, child welfare, and corruption. Gender, family, and the crusade for equal voting rights dominate in program 2, "New Women." Labor struggles and oppression are central to program 3, "Toil and Tyranny." The final program, "Americans in the Making," brings together films confronting immigration, race relations, and wartime home-front sacrifice.
The trial (1963)
Portrays the experiences of a young man who is mysteriously arrested by agents of the police for an unspecific crime and is prepared for questioning and trial.
The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2005)
Documents a 1984 rape/murder case in which a 19-year-old African-American, Darryl Hunt, was wrongfully accused and imprisoned. Utilizing archival footage and interviews, the filmmakers capture the judicial and emotional reponses of those involved with the case, and the questions and issues raised by this miscarriage of justice which caused Hunt to spend almost 20 years behind bars.
Tribal nations (2006)
This documentary is a beautifully illustrated introductory history of how federal Indian law has developed in the United States, from the arrival of Columbus through the current era of tribal self-determination. It is an excellent educational tool on basic federal Indian law for tribes, those who work with tribes, judges, attorneys, agencies, grades 11 through college, and the general public.
True believer (1989)
A once acclaimed civil rights attorney of the 60's, now an embittered cynic who makes a living defending drug-dealing low-lifes, has his passion for justice rekindled by an idealistic young associate and a case involving a man imprisoned for a murder he did not commit.
True grit (2010)
Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)
The story of John Lennon's evolution from beloved Beatle to an outspoken artist and activist to iconic inspiration for peace, and how, in the midst of one of the most tumultuous times in American history, Lennon stood his ground, refused to be silenced and courageously won his battle with the U.S. Government.
Discusses how the USA PATRIOT Act has taken away checks on law enforcement and continues to endanger the civil liberties of all Americans under the guise of being part of the war on terrorism, and how paranoia, fear and racial profiling have led to gross infringements on freedom and democracy without strengthening national security.
The riveting story about the battle for the presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. What emerges is a disturbing picture of an election marred by suspicious irregularities, electoral injustices, and sinister voter purges in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother.
Up for grabs (2005)
Production exposes the custody fight over Barry Bonds' record-setting 73rd home run ball. From the embattled litigants who wouldn't settle, to the impassioned eyewitnesses and their contradictory accounts, to the bemused reporters who covered the bizarre case, Wranovics presents a cast of characters who prove that truth is funnier than fiction.
Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh is a rescue pilot with the Indian Air Force. One day, on duty, he comes across Zaara, a girl from Pakistan who is stranded in India. Veer saves her life ... and his life is never the same again. Twenty-two years later, Saamiya Siddiqui, a Pakistani lawyer on her first case, finds herself face-to-face with an ageing Veer Pratap Singh. He has languished in a Pakistan jail cell for 22 years and has not spoken to anyone all these years - and no one knows why. Her mission is to discover the truth about Veer and see to it that justice is served.
Vera Drake (2004)
"Imelda Staunton gives an award-winning performance as Vera Drake, a devoted wife and mother in 1950s England. Unbeknownst to her family, Vera secretly helps women terminate unwanted pregnancies. When she is arrested, her entire world unravels, leading to a very dramatic, emotional conclusion" --Container.
The verdict (1982)
An alcoholic, failed attorney is reduced to ambulance chasing. A friend gives him a supposedly easy malpractice case which becomes a last chance to redeem himself and his career.
"'The best and brightest' is how Harvard University is described today. People all over the world admire Harvard. But Harvard is not an Ivory Tower. It is an organ of the American ruling class and has been very influential in U.S. foreign policy. This documentary critically examines Harvard's historical role and global impact. It contains interviews with many American intellectuals, including Prof. Noam Chomsky."--Container.
A Village called Versailles (2009)
A documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. It recounts the empowering story of how this group of people, who has already suffered so much in their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.
The Visitor (2008)
Walter Vale is a widower who teaches economics at a Connecticut university. He lives alone and is no longer motivated by his work. In New York to present a paper at a conference, he goes to the apartment that he has not visited in some time, but has kept since his wife was alive, only to discover a young couple living there. Despite their great cultural differences, Walter befriends Tarek, a Syrian citizen and drummer, and gradually builds a friendship with Esi, his girlfriend from Senegal. One day, when returning from Central Park with Walter, Tarek is arrested for jumping a stuck subway turnstile, despite the fact that he had paid. The police discover he does not have legal papers and transfer him to an immigrant detention center in Queens. Feeling responsible for and connected to Tarek, Walter decides to stay in New York to help and support him. Not hearing from her son, Tarek's mother arrives from Michigan to find out why, and she and Walter support one another while they attempt to free Tarek.
Raimunda lives in Madrid with her daughter Paula and her drunk husband Paco. Her sister, Sole, is separated and works clandestinely as a hairstylist for women. Years ago, in the sisters birth village, they lost their parents in a fire in La Mancha. Their aunt, Paula, still lives in the village and continues to speak about her sister Irene, mother of the two sisters, as if she were still alive. When the old aunt dies the situation changes and the past returns (volver).
Wall Street (1987)
An ambitious young stockbroker is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage.
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
An animated motion picture based on events in the director's own life, involving his attempts to both remember and verify his wartime experiences. After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War, Ari attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal. At the end of the animated film is a very short part of the film that shows real people dead and alive.
War Don Don (2010)
Documents the trial of Issa Sesay, former general of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), accused of war crimes in the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The film explores perspectives of prosecutors, defense attorneys, victims, and Sesay himself, revealing conflicting views of Sesay and his actions. While prosecutors regard him as a war criminal, defenders see him as a protector of civilians who played an important role in bringing peace to Sierra Leone.
War on the family (2010)
"[F]irst person narratives, coupled with analysis from passionate advocates, paint a devastatingly clear picture of the effects imprisonment has not only on the women who are locked away, but also on the children who have been left behind"--Publisher's website.
Well-founded fear (2000)
An in-depth look at the asylum process of the federal United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
The widow of Saint-Pierre (1997)
Based on a true story about revenge, fear and redemption. In 19th century St. Pierre, a convict sentenced to death strives to better himself in the eyes of the police chief's beautiful wife and that of the town that she has him working in. Since there is no guillotine or executioner, one of each has to be sent for from France.
Win win (2011)
Mike Flaherty is "a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high school wrestling coach... When Mike... comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike's luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy's family affairs come into play"--Container.
The Winslow boy (1999)
A barrister defends a 14-year-old naval cadet accused of stealing a postal money-order.
[Seasons One through Five]. "This gritty series from David Simon has become one of cable network HBO's biggest success stories. Set in Baltimore, the plot revolves around a police investigation involving murder and drugs. Told from both the investigators' and the perpetrators' points of view, the series challenges viewers as it finds redeeming and not-so-redeeming qualities in each of its characters. Stars British actor Dominic West as detective Jimmy McNulty"--Netflix.
Witness for the prosecution (1957)
A man is accused of murdering his wealthy woman friend in order to secure his inheritance. The defendant's mysterious wife stuns the courtroom by giving damaging testimony against her husband. The web of intrigue is finally unwoven in a shocking, chilling conclusion.
In director Peter Weir's tense thriller, cop John Book (Harrison Ford) goes undercover in an Amish community to protect a boy who witnessed a murder. Once inside, the faux-Amish Block must adjust to major culture shock while cautiously romancing the kid's mother (Kelly McGillis). Suspense and romance intermingle memorably in William Kelly's airtight script, a frequent model for budding screenwriters -- Netflix.
Writ writer (2007)
In 1960, Fred Arispe Cruz, a young man from San Antonio, Texas was arrested for robbery, convicted and sent to a state prison farm to pick cotton. Inspired by the civil rights movement, Cruz, a Mexican American with only an 8th grade education, became jailhouse lawyer-- writ writer in prison parlance-- and the catalyst of prison reform in Texas. Because he helped other prisoners with lawsuits, the Texas Department of Corrections classified Cruz as an agitator, transferred him to the Ellis Unit "the Alcatraz of Texas," and subjected him to long periods in solitary confinement. Cruz filed a case against George Beto, director of the TDC, which Cruz won in the Supreme Court. This led directly to the 1974 class action suit that found the TDC system unconstitutional. As told by wardens, convicts, and former prisoners who knew him, the film weaves contemporary and archival film footage to evoke the fascinating transformation of Fred Cruz from prisoner to activist, and a prison system still haunted by its past.
The wrong man (1956)
The true story of Manny Balestrero, a musician unjustly accused of armed robbery. Balestrero vehemently protests his innocence but acts thoroughly guilty, leading a host of policemen and witnesses to finger him as the thief. The trial goes badly for Manny, but life is worse for his wife, Rose, who falls apart under the strain of his ordeal.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
In this unforgettable portrait of the early life of the Great Emancipator, young Mr. Lincoln, after teaching himself law, has barely started practicing when an Independence Day celebration ends with a stabbing. Abe first stops a lynch mob from killing brothers Matt and Adam Clay, and then defends them against a seasoned prosecutor and his crafty adviser. As presented here, Lincoln is a strong but peaceful frontier democrat, his quiet, awkward, folksy demeanor the outward manifestation of a deep humility, and a wise sadness at human folly. His awareness that his attempts to reconcile opposing forces--despite the occasional temporary victory--are doomed but necessary, hint at the character that will respond to the destiny that awaits him.
A Greek pacifist leader is murdered at a rally. Despite the official police report of accidental death, a journalist's persistent questioning leads to a full-scale investigation, revealing corruption in high places.
Zero dark thirty (2012)
Chronicles the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden following the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6.
The first film is a documentary on a place in Beijing where people come to wait for their petitions to be heard. Many of the people waiting in this place have been trying for years to right wrongs that have been done in the past. The second film is about a city in a northern border town in the Liao Ning Province and the military patrols that supplement the police to keep order in the town. The last films are about a group of drug users and their families, the poor in Beijing. The three short films are about Beijing scenes, an enactment of a young man destroying things in a deserted building and, the last, an experimental film with the film first playing too fast and then too slow.