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Human  Rights  Film  Festival

This page was triggered by the Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival
that occurred May-June 2002 in West Hollywood, California. The 2002 film schedule
is reproduced here, and other films on the topic have been and will be added as I find them.
Amnesty Intl. in USA          Amnesty Intl. logo          on this page:
2006-2007 festivals
2004-2005 festivals
2003-2004 festivals
2002 festival
2000 festival

other selected human
rights films, A-Z

human rights links

The 2002 festival was, as they say in their ad, 'a powerful program of 14 human rights documentary
and feature films that expose the courage, hardship, and triumph of the human spirit'.

The U.S. Film Fest was established in 1992, and screened until 2007 in
Seattle, Salt Lake City, and in San Diego & West Hollywood in California,
with occasional visits to other cities in America; its operation is now defunct.

Intl. Festival of Cinema on Human Rights [Oct 2004] in Barcelona, España
Intl. Film Festival on Human Rights [March 2004 = #2] in Switzerland
Intl. Human Rights in Film Festival [Dec 2004 = #4] in Poland
Human Rights in Film Traveling Festival 2005 Itinerary
Human Right Film Festival [May 2004] in Seoul, Korea
New Zealand Human Rights Film Festival [May 2006 = #2]

Human Rights Page at Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment

Inventing Human Rights book by Lynn Hunt  "Inventing Human Rights: A History" [2007] by Lynn Hunt
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton [4/2008] for $8.78
W.W. Norton 8¼x5½ pb [4/2008] for $9.24
W.W. Norton pb [4/2008] out of print/used
W.W. Norton 8½x6¼ hardcover [3/2007] out of print/used
W.W. Norton hardcover [3/2007] out of print/40+ used

Human Rights Watch [est. 1978] is based in New York City
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Human Rights Watch Intl. Film Festival
HRWIFF June 2016   •    HRWIFF 2015   •    HRWIFF 2014   •    HRWIFF 2013   •   
HRWIFF 2012   •    HRWIFF 2011   •    HRWIFF 2010   •    HRWIFF 2009


The  2006-2007  Festival  Circuit

Black Gold coffee economics documentary film  "Black Gold: Wake Up & Smell The Coffee" [indep June 2006]
'Your Coffee Will Never Taste The Same Again': A nuanced and sensitive documentary view of our globalized economic and social systems, comparing wholesalers, marketeers, and the high-priced retail coffee world and exploited coffee plantation laborers in Ethiopia.
Co-produced & directed by Marc Francis
video/DVD not yet available; full credits from IMDb
official movie site

"Amu" [India]
"The Camden 28" []
"Conversations On A Sunday Afternoon" []
"Dias de Santiago" []
"La Dignidad del Los Nadies" aka 'The Dignity of The Nobodies' []
"Divorce Iranian Style" []
"Dreaming Lhasa" []
"Eat The Kimono" []
"The Forest For The Trees" []
"Hidden Faces" []
"Home Front" []
"How To Plan A Revolution" []
"Iraq in Fragments" []
"Killer's Paradise" []
"KZ" []
"Land of The Blind" [U.K.]
"Men On The Edge: Fishermen’s Diary" [Israel]
"My American Dream: How Democracy Works Now" [USA]
"No More Tears Sister: Anatomy of Hope & Betrayal" []
"Paradise Now" []
"Pierrepont" []
"Punam" []
"Rain In A Dry Land" []
"The Road To Guantanamo" []
"Rosita" []
"S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine" []
"Shadya" [Israel]
"Shooting Dogs" []
"Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars" []
"Sisters In Law" []
"Smiling In A War Zone" []
"Source" []
"State of Fear" [Peru]
"Switch Off" aka "Apaga y Vámanos" []
"They Call Me Muslim" []
"Total Denial" []
"¡Viva Zapatero!" []
"What Is It Worth?" aka '¿Quanto Vale ou é por Quilo? []
"Winter In Baghdad" []



The  2004-2005  Festival Circuit
included these events:
Salt Lake City, UT [Nov 2004 = #5]
Seattle, WA [Dec 2004 = #13]
Asheville, NC Festival [Jan 2005 = #1]
Amnesty Intl. Human Rights Film Festival in Amsterdam [March 2005 = #7]
Pittsburgh, April 1-9, 2005
West Hollywood, May 24-29, 2005


"Hotel Rwanda" [Canada docu feature Jan 2004]


"The  Corporation"  [Canada docu feature Jan 2004]
The Corporation movie  Co-directed by Jennifer Abbott & Mark Achbar; co-written by Harold Crooks from Joel Bakan's book; interviewees include Noam Chomsky, Peter Drucker, Milton Freidman, Ray Anderson & Michael Moore
Zeitgeist Video color DVD [4/2005] 2 disks for $22.49
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site
The Corporation book  "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit & Power" [2004]
by Joel Bakan

Free Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2004] for $17.00



The  2003-2004  Festivals
included these events:
West Hollywood, CA Festival [May-June 2003]
Salt Lake City, UT [Sept 2003 = #4]
Seattle, WA [Nov 2003 = #12]
West Hollywood, CA Festival [May 2004 = #3]



The  2002  Festival

"Missing" [PolyGram/Universal Feb 1982]
Missing video  In the early days of Pinochet's rule of Chile, a young American is kidnapped and murdered. His conservative father and politically liberal wife clash with each other and with U.S. government bureaucrats defending their network of collaboration and deceit. Co-written & directed by [Constantin] Costa-Gavras; based on the book by Thomas Hauser; starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek & John Shea; won Oscar & BAFTA & WGA awards for Best Script/Adaptation; nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress
Universal color VHS [1/2002] for $9.98
full credits from IMDb
Missing / Execution of Charles Horman book by Thomas Hauser  "Missing: The Execution of Charles Horman - An American Sacrifice" [1978]
by Thomas Hauser

S&S 8¼x5½ pb [7/88] out of print/many used
Avon pb [2/82] out of print/used



"The Many Faces of Madness" [19-min. India docu 2000]

"Freedom...!" [58-min. India docu 2001]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"The Execution of Wanda Jean" [USA feature docu 2001]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"The Pinochet Case" [110-min. docu 2001]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Senorita Extraviada" (aka 'Missing Young Woman')
[74-min Mexico docu Jan 2002]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Duhshumov" [26-min. Bangladesh docu 1999]

"6,000 A Day: An Account of A Catastrophe Foretold" [55-min AIDS docu]

"Uncle Saddam" [63-min. USA/France docu 2000]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"The Inner Tour" [97-min. Israel docu 2001]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Two Towns of Jasper" [91-min. USA docu Jan 2002]
video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Presumed Guilty" [USA 2002]

"The Children of Siberia" [53-min. Latvia docu]

"The Hidden Half" [109-min. Iran docu 2001]
video not available; full credits from IMDb



The  2000  Festival

"The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story"
TV movie [H.B.O. Sept 1994]
won Emmy Award for Outstanding Director  
Raul Julia won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor  
Burning Season video  The story of Brasilian environmentalist Chico Mendes who was murdered in 1988 by ranchers intent on destroying the rainforest for short-term gain. Directed by John Frankenheimer; starring Raul Julia, Carmen Argenziano, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos; won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Director, Outstanding Lead Actor [RJ]
Warner color VHS [2/96] for $19.99
Warner color VHS in Spanish [2/96] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb
 Burning Season book  
based on the 1990 book by Andrew Revkin
Plume pb [2/96] out of print/many used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [6/90] out of print/hundreds used
BooksOnTape audio [7/91] out of prodn/used

Other  Selected  Films
About  Human  Rights  Issues

{ in alphabetical order }

Human Rights Watch Box Set [2009]
Human Rights Watch DVD box set   First Run Features widescreen color DVD set [7/2009] 7 disks for $57.19
contains seven documentary feature films: "The Camden 28" [July 2007]; "Dangerous Living: Coming Out In The Developing World" [festival circuit 2003]; "The Devil's Miner" [March 2006] {see below}; "Dreaming Lhasa" [2005]; "Roses In December" [1982]; "S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine"
[festival circuit 2003]; and "Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters" [festival circuit 2003-2004]


"Amistad" [DreamWorks/HBO Dec 1997]
Amistad video  Africans kidnapped into slavery in 1839 rise up and take over the ship La Amistad. After reaching land in America, they are treated as slaves and put on trial for murder. Directed by Steven Spielberg; starring Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey & Djimon Hounsou
DreamWorks widescreen DVD [7/2000] for $17.99
Universal color VHS [1/2000] for $9.99
Universal widescreen VHS [1/2002] for $9.99
Universal VHS w/Spanish subtitles [1/2000] for $9.99
full credits from IMDb
novelization by Alexs D. Pate
Signet pb [12/97] for $6.50

more Amistad  "Amistad: A Celebration of The Film" [1998]
by Steven Spielberg & Debbie Allen,
photos by Andrew Cooper

Newmarket Press hardcover [2/98] for $19.25

"The Voyage of La Amistad: A Quest For Freedom" [independent documentary Jan 1998]
MPI Home Video color/b&w VHS [3/98] for $8.75; no entry on IMDb


"Brubaker" [Fox June 1980]
Brubaker movie  A dramatization of the 1967 book {below} by Tom Murton & Joe Hyams, about prison warden Murton's efforts at reform of the Arkansas State Prison system. Though international journalists focused attention on the human rights abuses in Arkansas, and some reforms were implemented, Murton was fired by the governor and unable to find work for three years. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg; starring Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Alexander & Morgan Freeman
Fox color DVD [5/2003] for $12.99
Fox color VHS [1/96] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
based on "Accomplices To The Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal" [1967]
by Tom Murton & Joe Hyams

Grove Press hardcover [1967] out of print/used


"Come Back, Africa" [indep April 1960; Milestone 2012]
Come Back, Africa 1960 documentary restored in 2012  Documentary about apartheid in South Africa co-produced, co-written & directed by Lionel Rogosin; digital restoration in 2012; featuring Zacharia Mgabi & singer Miriam Makeba
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 8/2011 trailer [2:22] at YouTube


"Crude: The Real Price of Oil"
[First Run Features Sept 2009]
Crude, The Real Price of Oil documentary film by Joe Berlinger  Thirty thousand native residents of the despoiled Amazon rainforest in Ecuador are suing Chevron for $27 billion in reparations, while still living in the polluted environment.
Co-produced & directed by Joe Berlinger; won awards at Dallas, Big Sky, Nashville & Thessalonika film festivals
First Run Features color DVD [2/2010] for $20.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia


"Cry  Freedom" [Marble Arch/Universal Nov 1987]
Cry Freedom soundtrack  Newspaper editor Woods changed his views on South Africa's apartheid system after interviewing activist Stephen Biko. The attention led to Biko's death while in police custody (12 Sept 1977). Woods wrote a book about the injustices of apartheid but could get the manuscript published only by fleeing the country. Directed by Richard Attenborough; based on two books by Donald Woods; starring Kevin Kline & Denzel Washington
Universal color VHS [5/98] out of stock/used
Universal letterbox color DVD [1/2001] for $24.28
Universal/MCA soundtrack CD [10/87] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

Cry Freedom video  "Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom: A Pictorial Record"
Knopf pb [2/88] out of print/used
"Filming With Attenborough: The Making of Cry Freedom"
by Donald Woods

Henry Holt pb [11/87] out of print/used
novelization by John Briley
Berkley pb [11/87] out of print/used

Cry Freedom books   "Biko" by Donald Woods [1978]
Henry Holt pb [9/91] out of print/used
Peter Smith hardcover [1/83] out of print/used
"Asking For Trouble: The Autobiography of A Banned Journalist" [1978]
by Donald Woods

Beacon Press pb [9/82] out of print/used
Peter Smith hardcover [6/88] for $25.25

Address by President Nelson Mandela at the Commemmoration
of the Twentieth Anniversary of Steve Biko's Death [London 12 Sept 1997]

page missing at ANC website in 2010


"The Dark Side of Chocolate" [indep 2010]
Dark Side of Chocolate anti-slavery documentary  Your favorite confections are made from ingredients that are harvested on the
basis of human trafficking and slave labor. 45-minute documentary filmed in Mali,
Germany & Switzerland.
Co-directed by U. Roberto Romano & Miki Mistrati
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • bare credits at IMDbofficial movie site


"Darwin's Nightmare" [2004]
http://www.amazon.com/Darwins-Nightmare-Elizabeth-Eliza-Maganga/dp/B000O78646/


"The  Devil's  Miner"
[indep March 2006]
The Devil's Miner documentary  A 14-year-old boy supports his family by working long hours in a dangerous silver
mine in Bolivia.
Co-written & co-directed by Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani
First Run Features color Spanish-language DVD [5/2006] for $21.99
full credits at IMDb
official movie site


"Dying to Get In" [Canada 2001] /tt0416705/

"60 Minutes: Dying To Get In" [Dec 2005]
14-minute segment hosted by Ed Bradley
http://www.amazon.com/60-Minutes-Dying-December-2005/dp/B000FOT9Q2/

"Dying To Get In: Undocumented Immigration At The U.S.-Mexican Border" [indep 2005]
Dying To Get In 40-minute documentary by Brett Tolley  40-minute student documentary directed by Brett Tolley
Mooncusser Films, LLC color DVD-R [5/2007] for $19.95
bare credits at IMDbofficial movie site


"8 Murders A Day" documentary film [indep Oct 2011]
'Eight Murders A Day' documentary film by Charlie Minn  An investigation of the political, social, and economic forces that have left tens of thousands of innocent Mexicans dead in the border drug turf wars, "perhaps the greatest human rights disaster in the world", terrorism happening 10 feet from the U.S.A.
Produced, co-written & directed by Charlie Minn
DVD/Blu-ray available via producer website • credits at IMDbofficial movie site


"El Norte" [1983] by Gregory Nava


"Enemies of The People" [indep Summer 2010]
"One man's journey to the heart of the Killing Fields" of Cambodia; co-produced, written & co-directed by British filmmaker
Rob Lemkin; co-produced & co-directed by Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath; won Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available; • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site


"Free China: The Courage To Believe" [NTD-TV May 2013]
Free China / Courage to Believe documentary  Timely documentary that highlights the issues of unfair trade practices with the West, organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience, and widespread forced/slave labor; film also highlights how new internet technologies are helping bring freedom to 1.3 billion people in China and other repressive regimes throughout the world. Co-produced & directed by Michael Perlman; theme song sung by Q'orianka Kilcher; starring Jennifer Zeng & Charles Lee
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 5/2013 official trailer [2:44] at YouTube


"The Girl" [Brainstorm Media March 2013]
David Riker's 'The Girl' border drama feature  Filmed in Austin, Texas & Oaxaca, Mexico; a woman whose child is taken away to foster care agrees to help 'coyotes' bring illegal immigrants into the U.S. to make some fast money; one trip goes awry and she is stuck with a newly-orphaned 6-year-old girl. Written and directed by David Riker; starring Abbie Cornish, Will Patton, Maritza Santiago Hernandez, Giovanna Zacarías, Luci Christian, Raúl Castillo, Austin Wayne West, Annalee Jefferies
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site


"The Grapes of Wrath" [Fox Jan 1940]
won Oscar for Best Director    Jane Darwell won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress    
When America was devastated by the 'Dust Bowl' drought, many farmers lost their land, and many of them migrated to California. Steinbeck's epic novel revealed to the world the plight of a family of 'Okies' (from Oklahoma), and caused society to make changes in 'The System'. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel, and is listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005).
John Ford's movie remains an unforgettable experience even 70 years later.

Grapes of Wrath movie directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda  Directed by John Ford [1894-1973]; based on the novel by John Steinbeck [1902-68], script by Nunnally Johnson; starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin & Dorris Bowdon; won Oscars for Best Director & Best Supporting Actress (Darwell), nominated for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Actor (Fonda), Best Editing, Best Sound; listed in National Film Registry 1989
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
date of Blu-ray release not known
Fox/MGM 'Ford At Fox Edition' b&w DVD [12/2007] for $17.99
Fox b&w DVD [4/2004] for $10.99
extras on both DVDs include Darryl F. Zanuck docufilm from A&E Biography; F.D.R. segment & three 1934 drought segments from Movietone News; still gallery, trailers & outtakes
Fox b&w VHS [10/99] for $13.99

Grapes of Wrath novel by John Steinbeck  "Grapes of Wrath" novel [Viking April 1939] by John Steinbeck
Kindle Edition from Penguin Publng [2006 edition] for $12.99
Penguin 8¼x5¾ pb [1/2002] for $11.03
Bantam mass pb [1964] out of print/used
Penguin 7½x5 library hardcover [3/2006] for $20.59
Penguin UNABR audio [10/98] 12 tapes read by Dylan Baker - out of prodn/used
book entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopsis, docufilms, posters, books, links) on
Magic Lantern's "The Grapes of Wrath" 1940 Movie Page


"Harvest  of  Shame"
[CBS News special Nov 1960]
Harvest of Shame  TV journalist Edward R. Murrow describes the harsh living conditions, endless travel & low
wages of migrant farm workers in America.
Co-produced & directed by Fred W. Friendly;
co-produced and hosted by Edward R. Murrow
New Video Group b&w DVD [5/2005] for $21.99
full credits from IMDb


"I.B.M. And The Holocaust" [in development]  
Announced 9/2012: Brad Pitt is developing a drama film based on Edwin Black's 2001 New York Times best-seller book that chronicles the true tale
of how IBM’s 1933 CEO Thomas Watson made a strategic alliance with Nazi Germany, which resulted in a punch-card method of sorting through the data
mined from years of German census results; Pitt may star, no director yet, Marcus Hinchey has written the script • official book site • not yet listed at IMDb


"Imaginary  Witness"
http://www.amazon.com/Imaginary-Witness-Hollywood-Gene-Hackman/dp/B001HM2CC4/


"The Killing Fields" [Warner Bros. Nov 1984]
Killing Fields video  The true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sydney Schanberg who was forced to flee war-torn Cambodia with the help of Dith Pran, who stayed behind. But Schanberg never stopped trying to rescue his friend, and Pran eventually escaped via Thailand to America. Directed by Roland Joffé; starring Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson & Spalding Gray; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Script/Adaptation, won for Best Supporting Actor (Ngor), Best Cinematography, Best Editing; also won 8 BAFTA Awards, WGA Award
Warner color VHS [2/96] for $14.94
Warner color DVD [3/2001] for $17.98
Virgin soundtrack CD [6/92] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb
 book by   
based on the book "The Death and Life of Dith Pran" [1985]
by Sydney H. Schanberg

Dell movie tie-in pb [8/84] out of print/many used
Viking hardcover [5/85] out of print/used
The Dith Pran Holocaust Awareness Project


"The Lady" [EuropaCorp/Cohen Media Group Nov 2011]
The Lady movie about Aung San Suu Kyi from Luc Besson & starring Michelle Yeoh  The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma/Myanmar and British writer & academic Michael Aris [1946-1999], a tale of true love set against political turmoil. Co-produced & directed by Luc Besson; written by Rebecca Frayn; starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, William Hope
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


"Le Havre" [2011] /tt1508675/ + pLeHavre2011.jpg


"Matewan" [Cinecom/Goldcrest Aug 1987]
Matewan video  
Matewan / Thinking In Pictures book by John Sayles  
Based on a coal miners strike in Mingo County, West Virginia in 1920. The mine owners brought in strike breakers and encouraged brutal violence against the local strikers. Written & directed by John Sayles; starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham & David Strathairn
Lions Gate/Fox color DVD [6/2004] for $17.38
Hallmark Home Ent color VHS [4/97] for $13.99
Daring Records soundtrack CD [1/95] for $17.98
full credits at IMDb
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $14.99

"Thinking In Pictures: The Making of The Movie Matewan" [1987]
by John Sayles

Da Capo Press 9x5½ pb [7/2003] for $15.34
Mariner Books 9x6 pb [10/87] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [10/87] out of print/used


"Midnight  Express"
[Casablanca Filmworks Oct 1978]
Midnight Express video  American tourist Billy Hayes is caught in possession of a small amount of drugs in Turkey, and is sentenced to four years in prison. But before his term is over, the sentence is arbitrarily extended for many years. Billy finally escapes, under great hardship, and reaches Greece. The movie emphasizes the brutality rampant inside Turkish prisons at the time, where basic human rights were non-existent. Directed by Alan Parker; script/adaptation by Oliver Stone; starring Brad Davis & John Hurt; won Oscars for Best Script Adaptation, Best Music, nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Hurt), Best Editing; won WGA & 3 BAFTA awards.
Columbia/TriStar widescreen DVD [10/98] for $13.46
Columbia/TriStar widescreen VHS [10/98] for $19.95
PolyGram soundtrack CD [10/90] for $9.98
full credits from IMDb
based on the 1980 book by Billy Hayes
Warner Books pb [3/84] out of print/used
Dutton hardcover [6/80] out of print/used


"Mississippi  Burning" [Orion Dec 1988]
Mississippi Burning video  Three Yankee civil rights workers who are registering new black voters 'disappear', and the FBI is called in. Hackman and DaFoe play FBI agents who do not agree whether the end justifies the means. An unflinching look at racism in the American South. Directed by Alan Parker; starring Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand & Brad Dourif; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, 3 more, won for Best Cinematography, won 3 BAFTA Awards
MGM/UA widescreen color DVD [5/2001] for $13.46
MGM/UA color VHS [8/99] for $14.95
Spectrum soundtrack CD [8/95] for $11.99
full credits from IMDb
movie tie-in book by Joel Norst & Kirk Mitchell
NAL pb [1/89] out of print/used


"Murder Capital of The World: A City Under Siege"
documentary film [indep April 2012]
'Murder Capital of the World' documentary film by Charlie Minn  Homicides in Juarez, Mexico are down about 33 percent, but the city's problems are not solved: most homicides remain unsolved, riots erupt at the prison, the new police chief is 'controversial', pot-smuggling increases, and the upcoming national elections are suspected to be a fraud. Produced & directed by Charlie Minn
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • credits at IMDbofficial movie site


"Native Land"  [Frontier Films May 1942]
Native Land pro-labor documentary narrated by Paul Robeson  Dramatized pro-labor documentary, based on the La Follette Committee's 1936-41 investigation into repression of labor organizing Co-produced, co-written & co-directed by [blacklistee] Leo Hurwitz & later-expatriot Paul Strand; co-written by Ben Maddow; narrated by Afro-American [blacklistee] Paul Robeson; actors include [blacklistee] Howard Da Silva, Mary George, Fred Johnson, John Marley & Robert Strauss
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Kino Intl. b&w VHS [3/94] out of prodn/used
available on DVD on the Paul Robeson disk set (8 movies, many extras)
Criterion Collection b&w DVD set [2/2007] 4 disks for $42.84


"One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich"
[Norsk Film/Horizon Intl. May 1971]
based on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 1962 novella • full credits from IMDb


"The Price of Sugar"  [Mitropoulos Films Sept 2007]
Price of Sugar documentary film by Bill Haney  In contrast to the pristine beaches of the tourist hotels of the Dominican Republic, a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians work 14 hour days, 7 days a week harvesting sugarcane under armed guard, freq-uently without access to decent housing, electricity, clean water, education, healthcare or adequate nutrition. This film follows a charismatic Spanish priest as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people against the powerful interests profiting from their grueling labor. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Bill Haney; co-written by Peter Rhodes; featuring Father Christopher Hartley & narrated by Paul Newman
New Yorker Video widescreen color DVD [11/2008] for $26.99
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site


"Romero"  [Paulist Pictures Aug 1989]
Romero video  The appointment of moderate Oscar Romero as Archbishop of El Salvador begins
the development of a radical 'liberation theology' which does not end with Romero's
assassination while celebrating mass in 1980.
Directed by John Duigan; starring
Raul Julia (as Archbishop Oscar Romero) & Richard Jordan
Vidmark DVD [9/2000] for $22.49
Vidmark VHS [10/94] for $13.99
full credits from IMDb
1989 Archbishop Oscar Romero biography by James R. Brockman  
"Romero: A Life" [1989] by James R. Brockman
Orbis Books 9x6 pb [2/2005] for $15.00
Orbis Books 9¼x6 pb [9/89] out of print/many used


"Rosewood"  [Warner Bros. Feb 1997]
Rosewood video  In 1923, a racist lynch mob attacked the Afro-American community of Rosewood, Florida. Innocent people were massacred over seven days and yet the cover-up lasted for 70 years, until an investigation by St. Petersburg Times reporter Gary Moore. Directed by John Singleton; starring Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Akosua Busia & Don Cheadle
Warner widescreen DVD [7/2001] for $13.48
Warner color VHS [1/2000] for $9.94
Warner widescreen VHS [4/98] for $9.94
Warner VHS w/Spanish subtitles [1/2000] for $9.94
full credits from IMDb
Rosewood / Judgement Day book  
"Rosewood: Like Judgement Day" [1996] by Michael D'Orso
Boulevard 9x6 pb [12/96] for $9.60
Putnam hardcover [2/96] out of print/used
'The Rosewood Report (1993)' online at Tallahassee Freenet
Rosewood Massacre website
'Rosewood Reborn' radio documentary, narrated by James Earl Jones


"Salt of The Earth"  [March 1954]
Salt of the Earth & Hollywood Ten  A fictional, neo-realist-style tale about oppressed Hispanic-American zinc miners in New Mexico, who go on a strike led mostly by the women. The pro-labor stance and the alleged ties of many of the filmmakers caused the film to be the only officially-blacklisted movie in American history. Directed by Herbert J. Biberman [B]; script by Michael Biberman & Michael Wilson [B]; produced by Paul Jarrico [B]; starring Will Geer [B]; listed on National Film Registry in 1992  {NOTE: Blacklisted members of the cast & crew are indicated with '[B]'.}
Pioneer b&w DVD [3/99] out of prodn/used
Harbor Electronic multimedia booklet & CD-ROM [12/2000] for $29.97
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopsis, history, books, links) on
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"Schindler's  List"
[Amblin/Universal Dec 1993]
Schindler's List movie  Spielberg's cinematic masterpiece – as opposed to his many box-office hits – about Catholic war profiteer Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and business to save more than a thousand Jews from certain death in Nazi death camps during World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Thomas Keneally; starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes & Embeth Davidtz; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script/Adaptation, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Art Direction, nominated for 5 more; won DGA, USC Scripter, WGA & 7 BAFTA awards
Universal widescreen DVD gift set [3/2004] for $55.99
Universal widescreen DVD [3/2004] for $18.89
Universal b&w VHS [8/94] 2 tapes for $17.98
Universal widescreen b&w VHS [8/94] for $17.98
Universa VHS limited edition gift set [8/95] for $69.98
MCA soundtrack CD [12/93] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb
Schindler's List book  
based on the 1982 novel by Thomas Keneally
awarded the Booker Prize

Touchstone 8¼x5½ pb [12/93] for $11.20
S&S 8¾x6 hardcover [12/94] for $17.50
S&S ABR audio [12/93] out of prodn/many, many used


"Shoah" 9½-hour documentary [France April 1985]
Shoah, the Holocaust documentary by Claude Lanzmann  Investigates the Holocaust genocide at the level of experience, thru testimony of survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators connected mainly with the Chelmno extermination camp near Lodz in Poland; the Treblinka extermination camp in Poland; the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camps in Poland; and the Warsaw Ghetto [Oct 1940 - May 1943] • Directed by Claude Lanzmann; won three awards at the Berlin International Film Festival & Honorary César Award & IDA Award in 1986, won two Flaherty Documentary Awards from BAFTA in 1987
New Yorker Films 503-minute DVD [10/2003] 4 disks - out of prodn/used
New Yorker Films 503-minute VHS [6/2000] 4 tapes - out of prodn/used
Paramount Home Video 570-minute VHS [undated] 5 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at WikipediaBritish 'Masters of Cinema' commercial website
Shoah book by Claude Lanzmann  
"Shoah: The Complete Text Of The Acclaimed Holocaust Film" [1985]
by Claude Lanzmann

Da Capo Press English translation 7¾x5 pb [8/95] for $11.17
Editions Larousse French-language mass pb [10/97] out of print/imported
Fayard French-language 9x6 hardcover [1985] out of print/imported

"Le Rapport Karski (The Karski Report)" [France March 2010]
Featuring interview footage of Jan Karski, an officer in the Polish Underground during WWII, filmed in 1978 and not
included in "Shoah"
• Directed by Claude Lanzmann • DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb


"Water"
[Fox Searchlight/Téléfilm Canada April 2006]
Water movie  Set in India in 1938, the film reveals the still-existing Hindu traditions that force lower-caste widows into literal imprisonment. Production was started in 1999 in Benares, India, and quickly shut down by politically motivated attacks; production was restarted 3 years later in Sri Lanka. Written & directed by Deepa Mehta; starring Sarala, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Manorama, Raghuvir Yadav & Khulbushan Kharbanda; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
Fox widescreen color DVD [8/2006] for $19.99
Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [12/2005] for $13.99
full credits from IMDbofficial movie sitedistributor's movie site
Water book  novelization by Bapsi Sidhwa [2006]
Milkweed Editions 8x5 pb [4/2006] for $11.02

"Shooting Water: A Memoir of Second Chances, Family & Filmmaking"
[2006] by Devyani Saltzman {daughter of Deepa Mehta}

Newmarket 8¼x5¼ hardcover [4/2006] for $15.57


"Working Man's Death" [2005] /tt0478331/
http://www.amazon.com/Workingmans-Death-Wolfgang-Thaler/dp/B001B18752/


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