Political Science & Philosophy ~ Women's History ~ Women's Studies
Amazing Grace (2007)
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney
Director: Michael Apted

One man's role in the long battle to outlaw slavery in the United Kingdom sets the stage for this historical drama from director Michael Apted. In 1784, 21-year-old William Wilberforce Ioan Gruffudd was elected to the British House of Commons, and soon established himself as a politician with a conscience. Several years later, his close friend William Pitt Benedict Cumberbatch became prime minister, and together they made a bold plan to introduce a bill banning slavery before the English legislature. ~barnesandnoble.com

Cathares: Secrets & Legendes (2007)
Director: Christian Salès

This film invites the viewer to move through time, through the majestic landscapes of the south of France, to follow the traces of Cathares, to discover their history, their secrecies, and their legend… Famous historians and specialists Anne Brenon, Jean Duvernoy, Jordi Passerat & Philippe Contal took an active part in the realization of this production.

Constantine's Sword (2007)
Director: Oren Jacoby

Director Oren Jacoby's intriguing documentary examines the history of anti- Semitism in the Catholic Church (as exposed in James Carroll's controversial book Constantine's Sword) and the link between the U.S. military and the Christian right. From Constantine's reign in the fourth century to today's evangelical base at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, Jacoby's film offers a provocative look at the roots of holy war. ~netflix.com

Defiance (2008)
Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schrieber

Three ferociously committed actors fill the roles of the Bielski brothers, Jewish partisans who escaped into the forests of Eastern Europe during the Second World War. Daniel Craig... is Tuvia, the leader of a group of refugees who eventually number over a thousand; Liev Schreiber is Zus, the antagonistic warrior; and Jamie Bell is Asael, a peacemaker no less devoted to the survival of the community. The three performers give life to director Edward Zwick's account of this little-known chapter of Jewish resistance to the Holocaust...

Freedom Riders (2009)
American Experience

Based on the award-winning book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, this documentary chronicles the daring and courage of a group of activists, black and white, who challenged the segregation laws of the Southern states.


Ghandi (1982)
Starring: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud
Director: Richard Attenborough

Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 multiple-Oscar winner (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Ben Kingsley) is an engrossing, reverential look at the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who introduced the doctrine of nonviolent resistance to the colonized people of India and who ultimately gained the nation its independence. Kingsley is magnificent as Gandhi as he changes over the course of the three-hour film from an insignificant lawyer to an international leader and symbol. ~Tom Keogh

The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (1984)
Starring: Studs Terkel

This documentary examines the experiences of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, using interviews with survivors more than 50 years later. First, the film sets the context with the rise of Fascism. Then, in 1936, Spain's military revolts against the elected government, and the U.S. and Europe agree not to intervene. In response, volunteers snuck past border guards into Spain to fight with the Republicans. ~J.Hailey

Luther (2003)
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Jonathan Firth
Director: Eric Till

This epic movie follows the life of Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), author of the then-controversial 95 Theses and founding father of the Protestant church, who, with the courage of his convictions, faced the wrath of the church in the 16th century.


Secret Files of the Inquisition (2007)
PBS Home Video

Secret Files of the Inquisition tells a story of epic proportions and powerful themes of Holy Wars and Crusades, of torture and terror, of the struggle for human rights and dignity. Based on previously unreleased secret documents from European Archives including the Vatican, Secret Files of the Inquisition unveils the incredible true story of the Catholic Church’s 500 year struggle to remain the world’s only true Christian religion. For over half a millennium a system of mass terror reigned. Thousands were subject to secret courts, torture and punishment. ~Inquisition Productions

We Shall Remain (2009)
Narrator: Benjamin Bratt

For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow, valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. We Shall Remain establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. These five documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land. ~amazon.com