Documentaries & Movies

A Fantastic Woman, a film by SEBASTIÁN LELIO starring Daniela Vega

A Fantastic Woman | Directed by SEBASTIÁN LELIO

"A FANTASTIC WOMAN is the story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic." (Sony Pictures Classics). Academy Award Winner - Best Foreign Language Film 2018.

Poster for the documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay

13th | Directed by Ava DuVernay

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. " More African-American men are incarcerated, or on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, and the United States, which accounts for 5% of the world’s population, counts nearly a quarter of the world's incarcerated people." Time Magazine

Strong Island is a documentary directed by Yance Ford chronicling the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy - from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middl

Strong Island | Directed by Yance Ford

"Strong Island chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy - from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death." (Documentary)

The Vietnam War - a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

The Vietnam War | by Ben Burns and Lyn Novick

In this 10-part 18-hour documentary is an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses.

Poster for the documentary 'Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty.' "The film documents a Bay Area-based “performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities,” focused on artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists.”

Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty

“Sins Invalid witnesses a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance."

The movie Hidden Figures - a biographical drama based on the non-fiction book.

Hidden Figures | Directed by Theodore Melfi - Suggested by freshman Erik Partida

"HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big." Rotten Tomatoes

From Incarceration to Education - a documentary film about four formerly incarcerated students at UC Berkeley and their path to higher education and success.

From Incarceration to Education |

A documentary film about four formerly incarcerated students at UC Berkeley and their path to higher education and success.

Dolores - a documentary on Dolores Huerta, activist and co-founder of the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez

Dolores |Directed by Peter Bratt

This documentary about Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87.

Poster for the documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro'

I Am Not Your Negro | Directed by Raoul Peck

Filmmaker Raoul Peck looks at James Baldwin's unfinished book 'Remember This House' and examines race in America through Baldwin's words and archival material. The film looks at black representation in Hollywood and beyond.

Almost Sunrise - A documentary that follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who struggle with depression upon returning home from service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, they seek a lifeline and embark on a 2,7

Almost Sunrise | Filmaker Michael Collins

The documentary follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who struggle with depression upon returning home from service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, they seek a lifeline and embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their inner pain. The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends suffering from the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation.

'Raising Zoey' is a documentary about a 13-year-old transgender girl who transitions smoothly thanks to the support of her family.

Raising Zoey | Directed by Dante Alencastre

With the help of her mother and the ACLU, 13-year-old Zoey fights for the right to self-identify at school in Los Angeles.

Photo from 'Scared Water: Standing Rock', a two-part documentary about the people of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of North and South Dakota fight to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland.

Sacred Water: Standing Rock

The people of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of North and South Dakota fight to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland. Directed and written by Michelle Latimer

Poor Kids - A Frontline documentary - Through the stories of three families told over the course of half a decade, FRONTLINE explores what poverty means to children in America.

Poor Kids | Produced by Jezza Neumann and Lauren Mucciolo

Through the stories of three families told over the course of half a decade, FRONTLINE explores what poverty means to children in America.

Documentary on Hale Zukas directed by Brad Bailey. He helped lead Berkeley's disability movement.

Hale | Directed by Brad Bailey

Hale Zukas, 73, has had cerebral palsy since birth. He was one of the founding members of the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, the first group of its kind in the world dedicated to advocate for the rights of disabled people. Berkeley is the birthplace of the disability movement, and the work started by Hale and others in the 1970's forever changed how the world looks at disability. (From IMDB)

The Mask You Live In - 2015 Documentary Boys and young men struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity.

The Mask You Live In | Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Boys and young men struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity.

Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution | Documentary by Stanley Nelson

The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution | Directed by Stanley Nelson

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. (PBS)

Topic is an ambitious new entertainment & storytelling studio from First Look Media, dedicated to working with creators at the forefront of culture

Red State | Directed by Danielle Andersen and Jonathan Nelson

Right now, no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, it would be natural to want to scream. Filmmakers Danielle Andersen and Jonathan Nelson explore the anger and anxiety of the current moment in two minutes. From Topic - an ambitious new entertainment & storytelling studio from First Look Media, dedicated to working with creators at the forefront of culture.