Annotated List of Films & Videos on These Countries & Issues

Note: To find out more about each of the videos/movies listed below, google the movie title for multiple descriptions in most cases.

Rental Outlets for Many Documentary Films and Videos

Church World Service Film & Video Library has a wide selection on the issues of the environment; faith in action; human rights, domestic and international; hunger and development; lifestyle issues; refugees; war and peace; most of them produced in the 1980s and 1990s, but some more recently. Films listed below that are available from CWS are marked "CWS."

Afghanistan

"Beyond Belief" (2006) is a 92-minute documentary of two 9/11 widows who decide to truly make a difference in the world, reaching out to Afghan widows and showing that something good can come from tragedy.

"Lions for Lambs" (2007) is a full-length feature with the current war in Afghanistan as the background issue.

"Charlie Wilsonís War" (2007) is a full-length feature of US support for the Afghan resistance to the Soviet control over Afghanistan in the late 1980s.

"Chasing Freedom" (2005) is a full length feature about an American attorney working to grant asylum to an Afghan who has faced oppression at home.

"Osama" (2003) is an 83-minute documentary about a group of women trying to survive under an oppressive regime.

"Afghanistan: From Ground Zero to Ground Zero" (2003) is a 52-minute documentary about Masuda Sultan, a 23 year old, Afghan-American woman who travels back to Kandahar, Afghanistan to see what has become of her country and finds her family in the middle of the American war.

"Civilian Casualties: Fragments from the war on Terror" (2003) is the 60-minute story of four Americans who lost family members in the Sept.11, 2001 attacks visiting families in Afghanistan whose relatives were killed by American bombing during the war at the end of 2001. This film can be rented from AFSC.

"View from a Grain of Sand" (2004) is an 82-minute view of 30 years of Afghan history told through the eyes of three Afghan women: a doctor, a teacher and womenís rights activist, illuminating the context for Afghanistanís current situation and the ongoing battle women face to gain even basic human rights.

Bolivia

"The Devilís Miner" (2005) is an 82 minute feature film documentary about children working in silver mines in Bolivia.

"The Mission" (1986) is a full-length feature about the story of missionaries resisting the oppression of indigenous people in Latin America.

"Chuquiago" (1976) is an 86 minute film showing a glimpse of life for four Bolivians.

"An American Visa" (2005) is a full length feature about the difficulties a man faces while trying to get a visa to America.

Brazil

"For Richer, For Poorer" (2006) is a 25 minute documentary about the large disparity between the wealthy and the poor in Brazil.

"Life and Debt" (1992) is a 50 minute documentary looking at the economic and social implications of a country in debt, and the lives taken as a result.

"O Povo Brasileiro" (2000) is a 1.5 hour documentary about people from different regions of Brazil.

"South America Close-Up" is a 28 minute documentary about two teenagers living in Peru and Brazil.

Brazilian Amazon

"The Burning Season" (1994) is a full-length feature about Chico Mendez leading his people against those who would burn down the Amazon forest for lumber and ranch land.

"Banking on Disaster" (1987) is a 78 minute documentary about the devastation of the Amazon Rainforest as a road is paved through the middle of it.

"The Indians" (1991) is a 16 minute segment of "The Decade of Destruction" documentary, showing the displacement of the Amazonian native peoples.

"Mosquito Coast" (1986) is a full-length feature about the threat of "development" to the peoples and the environment of the Amazon rain forest. Also recommended are a series of documentaries by Adrian Cowell.

Burma/Myanmar

"The Heroin Wars" (1996) is a 151-minute documentary tracing the history of the opium trade in Burma.

"Sacrifice" is a 50 minute documentary about the trafficking of Burmese children.

Cambodia

"Beyond the Killing Fields" (1993) is a 28 minute documentary about the Cambodian people surviving war and genocide working for peace (CWS).

"Cambodia Trust" (2001) is a 28 minute documentary about the modern day victims of landmines and the poverty throughout the country.

"Killing Fields" (1984) is a full-length feature film about the "Year Zero" ethnic cleansing campaign in Cambodia.

"The Flute Player" (2003) is a full length feature about a survivor of Cambodian wars living in America 20 years later.

"Asia Close Up" (1996) is a 28 minute documentary about two thirteen year olds living in Japan and Cambodia.

See also films for Vietnam

** Chile

"The Judge and the General" (2008) is a 90 minute documentary showing a Chilean judge, Juan Guzman, opening cases about Pinochetís 1973 coup exposing the truth behind the tragedy.

"Chile, Obstinate Memory" (1998) is a 58 minute documentary showing the people involved and affected by the 1973 coup.

China

"China Blue" (2006) is an 88 minute documentary taking a behind the scenes look at how clothes are really made in China.

"Beyond the Red Wall: The Persecution of Falun Gong" (2007) is a 48 minute documentary focusing on the story of Canadian Falun Gong member Kunlun Zhang, an artist and professor at McGill University, who was arrested and sentenced to nearly three years in a Chinese labor camp.

"Up the Yangtze" (2008) is a 93 minute documentary taking a look at modern day Chinese society.

"To Live" (2003) is a full length feature about two people struggling to make a living in the 1940ís-70ís in China.

Colombia

"Partnering for Peace" (2005) is a documentary featuring interviews with community and church leaders discussing partnerships they have made to overcome challenges they have faced.

"Drying the Waters: Columbiaís Civil War" (1999) is a 52 minute documentary about Colombiaís civil war and the drug trade.

Congo (Democratic Republic of)

"Crisis in the Congo: War Against Women" (2008) is a 4:26 minute YouTube video detailing the crisis and how Women for Women International is helping and how we can help support these women.

"The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo" (2007) is a 76-minute documentary by Women Making Movies and HBO shot in the war zones of the DRC, shattering the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

"Rape in Congo," the special report and video of the International Rescue Committee in Congo.

Cuba

"Motorcycle Diaries" (2005) is a full length feature about Che Guevaraís eye-opening journey though Latin America on his motorcycle.

"Those I Left Behind" (2006) is a 48 minute documentary about the complexities Cuban-Americans experience with family in both countries.

Darfur/Sudan

"Darfur: A Call to Action Ė Lessons from Faith Leaders" (2008) is a 20-minute DVD documentary on from the SafeDarfur Coalition.

"Darfur Diaries: Message From Home" (2004) is a 55 minute documentary giving the marginalized people of Darfur a chance to speak out when they otherwise wouldnít have an opportunity.

"The Devil Came on Horseback" (2007) is an 85 minute documentary of a military captain stationed in Darfur who resigns and returns to America to expose the injustices occurring in Darfur.

"Soldier Child" (2005) is a 55 minute documentary about children who are brainwashed into joining an army and committing horrific atrocities.

Sudan

"Black Slaves for Sale" (2000) is a 52-minute documentary focusing on the ethical and moral dilemmas organizations face when deciding how best to help end the modern day slave trade.

"Lost Boys of Sudan" (2003) is an 87 minute documentary about Sudanese refugees brought to America and the challenges they face.

"God Grew Tired of Us" (2007) is full length film about 3 "Lost Boys" of Sudan who come to America.

Death Penalty

"Dead Man Walking" (1995) is the story of Sr. Helen Prejeanís work with a death-row inmate.

"The Execution of Wanda Jean" (2002) is an 88-minute documentary of a stateís decision to execute the first black woman in half a century; distributed by New Video Group.

"Interview with an Executioner" (2006) is a 13 minute documentary taking a look at a former prison wardenís thoughts both then and now.

"Take" (2008) is a full-length film about the first and only meeting of a woman and the man who killed her loved one; distributed by Telos Films.

"The Green Mile" (2000) is a full length feature about prison guards on death row and an inmate with a special gift.

Debt: see films for International Debt below

Disarmament

"Why We Fight" (2005) is a full length documentary about what is behind American militarism.

"Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future" is a 20 minute documentary about the potential consequences of the use of nuclear weapons.

Earth and the Environment

"An Inconvenient Truth" (2006) is the full-length documentary of Al Goreís presentation on climate change.

"Brother Sun, Sister Moon" (1973) is Franco Zeffirelliís beautiful full-length feature on the life of Francis of Assisi and his love of creation.

"Day After Tomorrow" (2004) is a full-length feature showing the catastrophic consequences of ignoring global warming.

"The Coconut Revolution" (2000) is a 50 minute documentary taking place in Bougainville, a small island belonging to Papua New Guinea, where the first "eco-revolution" began when its rich natural resources were exploited by multinational mining industries.

"Gorillas in the Mist" (1988) the dignity of all creatures as shown through Dian Fosseyís work with gorillas in Africa

"Thirst" (2004) is a 62-minute documentary looking at the ethics of access to water.

East Timor

"East Timor: Birth of a Nation" (2001) is a two part documentary about the Timorese people beginning their lives anew in a country first tasting independence.

"East Timor: Betrayal and Resurrection" (2002) is a 22 minute documentary about the Timorese struggle for independence.

"Confronting the Truth" is a 73 minute documentary about the work of commissions in Peru, South Africa, and East Timor in telling the truth about what has happened and working towards reconciliation.

See also films for Indonesia

El Salvador

"Enemies of War" (2001) is a 58-minute PBS documentary about the 6 Jesuits and 2 women martyred in El Salvador in 1989.

"Romero" (1989) is the story of the transformation of Archbishop Oscar Romero to a martyr for the marginalized people of El Salvador (102 minutes).

"Roses in December" (1982) is a 56-minute documentary of the four religious women martyred in El Salvador in December 1980.

"Salvador" (1986) is the story of a self-centered US journalist transformed by his experience in El Salvador.

"Central America Close-Up" (1998) is a 28-minute documentary about two teenagers living in Guatemala and El Salvador.

"Stories of Solidarity: Mano con Mano" (2000) is a 30-minute documentary about two American families and their solidarity with El Salvadorans.

Ethiopia and Eritrea

"Malaria: Killer Number One" (2006) is a 20 minute documentary showing the devastating effects of malaria epidemics in Ethiopia.

"The Coffee-Go-Round" (2004) is a 26 minute documentary about the hardships Ethiopian coffee farmers face, despite the worldís high consumption rate.

Gender based violence: see films for Women below

Georgia and the Caucasus

"Inside South Ossetia" (2008) is a seven minute BBC World News clip about the Georgia-Russian War. A series of films and documentaries chronicling conflicts in Georgia and the South Caucasus and efforts for peace can be found here.

Guatemala

"A-OK?" (2000) is a 24 minute documentary about the distribution of Vitamin A to children in Guatemala and Ghana.

"Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala" (2008) is a Maryknoll Productions film about the violence in Guatemala and the responses of Christians.

"We Are Guatemalans" (1995) is a 28-minute Maryknoll Productions film about Guatemalans returning from Mexican refugee camps to face new challenges.

"El Norte" (1983) is a full length feature about two teenage siblings escaping the massacre of their community and heading to America.

"Exiled Maya People Return Home" is a 22 minute documentary about over 100,000 people being forced to leave their homes in the rainforest, and then promised plots of land to rebuild their homes, though resources are scarce.

"Approach of Dawn" (1998) is a 52 minute documentary about three Maya women who become involved in the human rights struggle.

"Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala" is a documentary exploring "the complicated role of religion in the Guatemalan drama."

"Central America Close-Up" (1998) is a 28-minute documentary about two teenagers living in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Haiti

"Circles of Change: A Quiet Revolution in Haiti" is a 20 minute documentary about some of the work currently being done in Haiti to improve the lives of the people

"Ghosts of Cite Soleil" (2007) is a full length film about gangs in the slums of Haiti.

"Haiti: Harvest of Hope" (1998) is a 57 minute documentary chronicling the political upheavals and struggles in Haitiís government.

"The Agronomist" (2005) is a 90 minute documentary of the profile of Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique.

"Caribbean Close-Up" (1999) is a 28 minute documentary about two teenagers living in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Hiroshima

"White Light, Dark Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki" (2007) is a full length documentary looking back on the tragic attacks and hearing first hand accounts of how it affected and affects peoples lives.

"Hiroshima" (2006) is a full length feature about the events leading up to the 1945 bombing.

Holocaust and Genocide

"Schindlerís List" (1993) is the heroic story of an industrialist who protects Jews during the Nazi Holocaust

"Anne Frank Remembered" (1995) is a 122 minute documentary about Anne Frank and the Holocaust

Human Rights

"The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court" (2009) is a stirring and visually stunning film about the Court, countries it deals with, and the reasons for its creation.

"Raise the Roof! Demand for Government Action for Human Rights" (1999) is a 28 minute Amnesty International film to empower and advise activists on how to voice their concerns about the world to politicians who can make a difference.

"The Third Annual Media That Matters Film Festival DVD" (2003) is a collection of 15 short documentaries giving a taste of some of the human rights issues of the world.

Hunger and Poverty

"Hunger No More: Faces Behind the Facts" (2004) is a 58-minute documentary about those who are hungry and people of faith who help us see what we can do to eradicate hunger in the U.S. and globally.

"Small Fortunes: Microcredit and the Future of Poverty" (2005) is a 57-minute documentary on successes in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and New York City.

"When Did I See You Hungry?" is a 60-minute DVD documentary by Gerry Straub from the San Damiano Foundation about hunger around the world and how Christians are called to respond; with a free Study Guide from Harcourt Religion.

"The Business of Hunger" (1984) is a documentary about the role of exportation of cash crops plays in world hunger .

"The Global Banquet: Politics of Food" (2001) is a two part documentary exploring the production and consumption of global resources.

Immigrants/Refugees

"Endless Exodus" (2006) by Gerry Straub is a 130-minute DVD from the San Damiano Foundation depicting from a Christian perspective the perilous journey of immigrants from desperate poverty through the deadly desert to the U.S.  Comes with a free Study Guide from Harcourt Religion

"One Border, One Body: Immigration & the Eucharist" (2008) is a 30-minute DVD from the University of Notre Dame, depicting the Eucharist celebrated bilingually on both sides of the chain-link fence separating Mexico and the U.S.

"Well-Founded Fear" (2007) is a full length documentary taking an in depth look at the process of granting asylum in the US.

"Lives for Sale" is a 58 minute documentary about the "human side of illegal immigration."

"The Ties That Bind" (1996) is a three part documentary about immigration policies and the struggles of immigrants.

India

"City of Joy" (1992) two Westerners find humanity in the poor of India struggling against the violence of poverty.

"Gandhi" (1982) his life of nonviolent resistance against all forms of injustice illustrates so many of the dimensions of "praying for peace." Also, a more recent version of "Gandhi" (2001) is a full length feature of his life.

"Untouchable?" (2000) is a 24 minute documentary about the prevailing caste system and child labor in India.

"A Force More Powerful" (2000) is a three hour television series, now on DVD, chronicling individuals and groups using non-violent means to transform societies.

"Rites of Passage" (1994) is a 30 minute documentary about the difficulties of coming of age of young girls in Nicaragua, India, Jamaica, and West Africa.

Indonesia

"The Year of Living Dangerously" (1982) is a full length film about the socio-political climate of Indonesia. "Indonesia: Island Jihad" (2004) is a 20 minute documentary about the persecution of Christians by extremists in Indonesia.

See also films for East Timor.

International Debt

"Damned by Debt Relief" (2006) is a 28 minute documentary showing Ghanaís people trapped in policies keeping them in poverty.

"Life and Debt" (2001) is a documentary about international policies and their effects on Jamaicaís economy.

Iran

"Bam 6.6" (2007) is an almost hour long documentary about a devastating earthquake and Iranian peoples efforts to save an American couple caught in the midst of it all.

"Children of Heaven" (1999) is a full length feature about two Iranian siblings with one pair of shoes between them.

Iraq

"In the Valley of Elah" (2007) is a full-length feature about two devastated parents who learn of their son's death after his return from the war in Iraq and what the war does to the souls of those who fight it; a contemporary "David and Goliath" story.

"Rendition" (2007) is a full-length feature about the kidnapping and subsequent interrogation of a man whom the CIA wrongly considers a terrorist.

"Redacted" (2007) is a controversial full-length feature about the rape of an Iraqi girl by American soldiers,

"Taxi to the Darkside" (2007) is a full-length documentary depicting the extreme interrogation methods at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons.

"No End in Sight" (2007) is a full-length documentary about the process behind the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq.

"Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers" (2006) is a 75 minute documentary about private contractors who are making money at the expense of human suffering in Iraq.

"Turtles Can Fly" (2005) is a full length feature about the effects of the US invasion on the children of Iraq.

Ireland

"Mickeybo and Me" (2005) is a full length feature about two boys living in Ireland in the 1970ís

"Dance Lexie Dance" (1996) is a full length feature about a girlís dream to become a Riverdancer.

Israel

"Munich" (2005; 164 minutes) is the Steven Spielberg feature based on the true story of the Black September (the terrorist killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics) aftermath and what happens to the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. It explores the futility of retaliation as a path to peace.

"Encounter Point" (2006) is an 85 minute documentary about a group of Israeli and Palestinian people risking their lives to work for nonviolence and peace.

"Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam: Education & Dialogue Our Hope for Peace" "First Lesson in Peace" (2006) is a 56 minute documentary about a school for both Jewish and Arab children to learn together.

See also films for Palestine

Kenya

"The Constant Gardener" (2006) is a full length feature about a murder and conspiracy that takes place in Kenya.

"The Water Carriers" (2007) is a 27 minute documentary about women in rural Kenya.

"Coming to Say Goodbye: Stories of AIDS in Africa" (2004) is a 30 minute documentary about people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya and Tanzania.

Korea

"Pyongyang Diaries" (1998) is a 52 minute documentary about the "closed society of Democratic Peopleís Republic of Korea" and the injustices observed within and without.

"Hidden Korea" (2000) is an hour long PBS documentary about the history and culture of Korea.

Kosovo

"The Secret Life of Words" (2007) is a full length feature about the relationship that develops between a wounded oil worker and his nurse, who is a victim of torture.

"Kosovo: Does Anyone Have a Plan?" is a documentary showing interviews with the people of Kosovo and its political leaders.

Latin America/School of the Americas

"Convictions: Prisoners of Conscience" (2004) is a 20- minute Maryknoll film highlighting the human side of those who crossed the line in November, 2003 to protest the Pentagon sponsored School of the Americas outside the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

"SOA: Guns and Greed" (2000) is a Maryknoll documentary showing how SOA graduates use their guns to protect the greed of large corporations and world financial institutions; plus powerful statements from students, labor leaders, veterans and church people involved in nonviolent protests to close the SOA.

"School of Assassins" (1995) is a Maryknoll film narrated by Susan Sarandon. Rarely seen footage focuses on the U.S. Army School of the Americas, whose graduates are some of the worst known human rights violators in the hemisphere, responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people. Study Guide Included.

"My Americas" is a 13 episode series of documentaries exploring many countries of Latin America.

Lebanon

A series of YouTube videos (2008) show refugees of Nahr al-Bared Camp talking about their experiences of injustice.

"Remnants of War" (2008) is a feature documentary about cleaning up munitions in Lebanon after the war in 2006 that were never detonated, and continue to injure and kill civilians.

Liberia

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" (2008) is the celebrated documentary film that tells the dramatic success story of the women's peace movement ofLiberia.

"Soldier Child" (2005) is a 55 minute documentary about children who are brainwashed into joining an army and committing horrific atrocities

"Liberia: An Uncivil War" (2004) is a documentary about the 2003 Liberian civil war.

Mexico

"Bordertown" (2007; 111 minutes), with Martin Sheen and Jennifer Lopez, is the story of young women taken off the street in Juarez on their way home from work, raped and murdered. "Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand)" (2005) is a 62 minute documentary of a resistance movement fighting for education in southern Mexico.

"The Ties That Bind" (1996) is a three part 56 minute documentary showing the social and economic disparity between the US and Mexico and how itís perpetuated, the struggles of Mexican immigrants in America, and the shared values of Mexicans and Americans.

"Mexico Close-Up" (2000) is a 28 minute documentary about two teenagers living in Mexico.

Native Americans

"Dances with Wolves" (1990) is a full-length feature about a lieutenant in the Civil War and his encounters with nature and Native Americans.

"Way of the Warrior" (2007) is a PBS documentary about Native Americans who have fought in American wars, reflecting on their history and culture.

"Native American Close-Up" (2001) is a 28 minute documentary about two teenagers living in the US and Canada.

Native Peoples of Canada

"Uranium" (1991) is a 48 minute documentary about the consequences of mining Uranium in Canada.

"Canada: A Peopleís History" (2004) is a series of documentaries about the people of Canada from the earliest times to the present.

"Native American Close-Up" (2001) is a 28 minute documentary about two teenagers living in the US and Canada.

Natural Disasters

"Coming to Say Goodbye" (2002) is a 30 minute documentary about the modern day plague of AIDS and the tragic realities it causes in Africa.

"Rx for Survival" (2005) is a three part, 336 minute PBS documentary about disease and health around the world.

Nicaragua

"Nuestra America: Todo cambia cuando te has decidido (Our America: Everything changes when youíve made a decision)" (2006) is an 84 minute documentary looking back over the past twenty years in Nicaragua.

"We Have Other Plans": Communities Implement Alternative Development" is a full length documentary showing how communities in Nicaragua are facilitating their own development.

"Rites of Passage" (1994) is a 30 minute documentary about the difficulties of coming of age of young girls in Nicaragua, India, Jamaica, and West Africa.

Nigeria

"Till Death Do Us Part" (1999) is a 27 minute documentary about the suffering of widows in Nigeria as gender inequality remains.

"Sweet Crude" (release date 2009) is a documentary about the oil in Nigeria and the poverty of Nigeriaís people.

Pakistan

"Missing in Pakistan" (2007) is a 24 minute documentary about the abduction and illegal detention of citizens of Pakistan.

"A Mighty Heart" (2007) is a full length feature about a news reporterís death as told by his wife.

Palestine

"Palestine is Still the Issue" (2002) is a 53 minute documentary about the struggles of the Palestinian people who remain homeless in their own land.

"Promises" (2001) is a full length feature documentary following seven Israeli and Palestinian children over several years as they grow up amid the conflict in their countries.

"Searching for Peace in the Middle East: a film by Landrum Bolling" (2006) is a 30 minute documentary taking both Israeli and Palestinian views to find a common ground of peace between them.

See also films for Israel

Peru

"Confronting the Truth" is a 73 minute documentary about the work of commissions in Peru, South Africa, and East Timor in telling the truth about what has happened and working towards reconciliation

"La Oroya: Hot Metal Air" (2006) is a documentary about the pollution and its effects on the people of Peru (available by contacting elliestock@aol.com).

"Flow" (2008) is an 84 minute documentary about the shortage of fresh water around the world.

"South America Close-Up" is a 28 minute documentary about two teenagers living in Peru and Brazil.

Philippines

"A Dangerous Life" (1988) is a full-length feature about nonviolent resistance to Marcos in the Philippines.

"Hope in Heaven" (2006) is a 43 minute documentary about the prostitution industry in the Philippines and the women who search for a way out.

"Kubrador (Gambling Bet Collector)" (2006) is a full length feature about poverty and life in the slums of the Philippines.

"The Flor Contemplacion Story" (1995) is a full length feature about the hanging of a Filipino domestic worker in Singapore.

"Minsan Lang Sila Bata (Children Only Once)" (1996) is a 50 minute documentary about child labor in the Philippines.

"Bunso (The Youngest)" (2004) is a 64 minute documentary about young boys in adult prisons in Manila.

"Bagong Buwan (New Moon)" 2001 is a full length feature showing the plight of Muslims in Mindanao.

"Asia Close-Up II" (2003) is a documentary about two eleven year olds living in Thailand and the Philippines.

Poverty in the U.S.

"A Home For Ourselves" is the story of a low-income mother who refuses demeaning aid while struggling to transform a shack into a home for her family.

"Poverty in America" (2007) is a two hour documentary traveling through 35 impoverished communities in the US.

"Fool for Christ: The Story of Dorothy Day" (2007) is a 52 minute documentary about Dorothy Dayís work for the poor and homeless.

Poverty, Global

"Poverty and Prayer" is an 89 minute documentary about the intense poverty much of the world faces everyday.

"Poverty and Prayer II" (2007) is the 150 minute sequel documentary of even more intense poverty in the world.

"Arms for the Poor" (1998) is a documentary about US weapon exports and the poverty of developing countries.

"The World Through Kidsí Eyes" (1997) is a 67 minute documentary about the neglect of children around the world.

Racism

"Malcolm X" (1992) is the powerful visual biography of Malcolm X by Spike Lee.

"The Great Debaters" (2007) is an inspiring story about racial issues in college debate teams.

"Glory Road" (2006) is the true story of the first Division 1 college basketball team with an all Black starting lineup to win the NCAA basketball championship - Texas Western in 1966.

"Crash" (2005) is an engaging experience of prejudice and stereotyping by people of all races and cultures, set in Los Angeles.

"American History X" (1998) is a full length feature about racism in the US.

"Amistad" (1997) self-respect and respect for all peoples: slaves revolt, demanding their freedom.

"For Us the Living" (1983) is the story of Medgar Evers facing the hatred of racist whites in Mississippi.

"Glory" (1989) is the story of the 54th Massachusetts (African American unit) in the Civil War.

"Jungle Fever" (1991) is Spike Leeís exploration of interracial relationships.

"Remember the Titans" (2000) is an entertaining true story of resistance to racism in sports and the culture, featuring Denzel Washington as the head football coach of a newly integrated high school.

"Long Walk Home" (1990) is a fictional account of the Montgomery bus boycott and what it means to be a "white ally" of people of color.

"A Soldierís Story" (1984) is an illustration of racism in the US military.

"A Force More Powerful" (2000) is a three hour television series, now on DVD, chronicling individuals and groups using non-violent means to transform societies.

Refugees, African and Asian

"In a White Manís Land" (1999) is a 52 minute documentary of three African refugees in Europe.

"Becoming American" (1983) is a 45 minute documentary about the difficulties and challenges a family from Laos face as refugees

Rwanda

"Hotel Rwanda" (2004) is a full-length feature dramatizing the complex realities and feelings in this tragic genocide.

"As We Forgive" (2008) is a compelling 60-minute documentary about two Rwandan women coming face-to-face with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide and their journey to forgiveness.

"Sometimes in April" (2005) is a full length feature documentary about the genocide in Rwanda.

September 11

"ÖAnd the Pursuit of Happiness" (2003) is a 56 minute documentary about the aftermath of 9/11 in America and the publicís response to government actions.

"Loose Change" is a series of documentaries about the attacks of September 11.

Sierra Leone

"Blood Diamond" (2006) is a full-length feature dramatizing the deadly war waged to control African diamonds and the use of child soldiers.

"Soldier Child" (2005) is a 55 minute documentary about children who are brainwashed into joining an army and committing horrific atrocities.

"My Image Still Complete" is a 57 minute documentary about amputees from the Sierra Leone civil war.

Somalia

"Talk Mogadishu: Media Under Fire" (2003) is a 50 minute documentary about an independent TV and radio station giving voice to the marginalized in Somalia, and explores the dangers the station faces

"A World of Conflict: Chapter 2: Somalia" (2006) is a segment of a documentary showing the wars and conflicts around the world; this segment looks at Somaliaís difficulties without a permanent government.

South Africa

"Cry, the Beloved Country" (1995) is the story of a white father forgives the father of the black man who kills his son.

"Cry Freedom" (1987) is the story of Steve Bikoís murder in police custody and the risks a white journalist takes to tell this story.

"In My Country" (2004) dramatizing the "Truth and Reconciliation" project and the spirit of "ubuntu" ("I am because we are"), in contrast to "eye-for-an-eye" justice.

"The Power of One" (1992) is the story of a white South African youth joins the struggle against Apartheid, renouncing his unjust privileges and making amends for injustice.

"Sarafina!" (1993) is the engaging story of the Black youth uprising in Soweto.

"South Africa Close-Up" (2004) is a documentary about two teenagers living in South Africa.

"Confronting the Truth" is a 73 minute documentary about the work of commissions in Peru, South Africa, and East Timor in telling the truth about what has happened and working towards reconciliation.

Sri Lanka

"At the End of a Gun: Women and War" (2000) is a 25 minute documentary about the suffering of women in Sri Lanka who have lost loved ones in the civil war.

"The Terrorist" (1999) is a 90-feature Indian film (in Tamil, with English subtitles) about a young female terrorist on a suicide assassination mission for the Tamil Tigers, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test. It's more about the conflicted heart of some terrorists than about Sri Lanka, but that is its context

"My Daughter the Terrorist" (2007) is 58 minute documentary taking an inside look at the Tamil Tigers and getting first hand accounts from its members.

Torture

"Rendition" (2007) is a full-length feature about the kidnapping and subsequent interrogation of a man whom the CIA wrongly considers a terrorist.

"Redacted" (2007) is a controversial full-length feature about the rape of an Iraqi girl by American soldiers,

"Taxi to the Darkside" (2007) is a full-length documentary depicting the extreme interrogation methods at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons.

"One Manís War" (1991) is a full length film about a manís fight against a government to prevent his son from being tortured by it.

Trafficking of children

"Fields of Mudan" (2004) is a 23-minute DVD that puts a human face on the youngest victims of trafficking, a fictional Chinese girl victimized by a brutal child brothel owner. Order here.

"Stop the Traffick" (2001) is a 27 minute documentary about how children get trapped in the trafficking system.

United Nations, International Day for Peace, and UN Peacekeepers

"Peace One Day" (2004) is an 80 minute documentary chronicling 5 years of a manís efforts to convince the UN to institute a globally observed day of world peace.

Part Two, "The Day After Peace" (2008) is an 82 minute documentary showing the UNís institution of an International Day of Peace, and the struggles of getting countries to observe it.

Vietnam

"Apocalypse Now" (1979) is a full length feature about a dangerous mission in Cambodia during the war in Vietnam.

"Platoon" (1986) is a full length film showing a young soldierís moral crisis in the Vietnam war.

"The War" (1994) is the story of a fatherís frank accounts to his son about what happened to him during the Vietnam war.

"Three Seasons" (1999) is a full length film that really captures the spirit of Vietnam.

Women (empowerment, poverty, violence)

"Whale Rider" (2002) is a compelling feature film about an empowered young woman in New Zealand claiming her spiritual call in the face of sexist expectations.

"Bordertown" (2007) is a feature film inspired by the true story of the many murders perpetrated against young women working in the maquiladoras in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, starring Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen.

"Water" (2005) is the 114-minute story of an 8-year-old "widow" in India sent to live in "widows housing," illuminating widespread cultural violence toward women.

"North Country" (2005) is the story of sexual harassment on the job in a mining industry.

"Dead Mums Donít Cry" (2006) is a 49-minute documentary about an obstetricianís fight in Chad to lower maternal mortality.

"Human Trafficking" (2006) is a full length documentary about women who are lured or abducted into "sexual slavery."

See Vital Voices for an excellent annotated list of documentary films about violence against women across the globe.

See also films for the Congo

Other recommendations include

"Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005) about a young girl sold into the life of a geisha and her struggle as a geisha to find love.

"Sophieís Choice" (1982) is the compelling story of the painful choices women often have to make in relationships.

"The Color Purple" (1985) depicts the strength of women in the face of emotional and physical abuse, as well as racism and poverty.

"Burning Bed" (1984) on domestic violence.

"Dolores Clairborne" (1995) on domestic violence.

"Burning Times" (1990) a 56-minute documentary on the medieval witch hunts as the basis of violence against women today.

"The Hours" (2002) on Virginia Woolf.

"Boys Don't Cry" (1999) is based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a transman who was raped and murdered in 1993 by his male friends after they found out he had female genitalia.

Zambia

"T-Shirt Travels" (2001) is a 60-minute documentary which follows second hand clothing, the impact of the World Bank and the International Monetary fund, and the struggles of ordinary people in Zambia; from Media for Development International.

"Where the Water Meets the Sky" (2004) is a full length documentary showing how women from rural Zambia create a film by telling the stories of their lives.

Zimbabwe

"Zimbabwe: Shadows and Lies" (2006) is a Frontline documentary going undercover to see the difficulties people are facing in Zimbabwe.