This is a sampling of videos which we have in our collection, dealing with civil rights.
I have limited my selections to ones dealing with either Canada or the United States.
1. Black/white & Brown : Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka
KF 228 B76 B53 2009
Myths, misconceptions, and the march of time have obscured the true origins and legal details of Brown v. The Board of Education. This fascinating program connects viewers with the people, places, events, and ideas that shaped the landmark civil rights case.
2. Caught In Between : what to call home in times of war
D 769.8 A6 C384 2004
Film documents Japanese American communities revisiting the time period of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. It compares that time period to the time period post-9/11 “War on Terrorism,” when Muslims were detained and many immigrants were deported. Directed and produced by Lina Hoshino.
3. Freedom Had a Price
FC 106 U5 F73 1994
Tells the little-known story of those Ukrainian immigrants at the outbreak of World War One interned as “enemy aliens” in twenty-four camps across Canada.
4. Fundamental Freedoms
KF 4483 C5 F86 2005
This documentary examines the history of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the struggle surrounding the ratification of the document and the importance of the Charter in today’s multicultural society. The program reviews the evolution of the Charter of Rights and each of its guarantees: the fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights, language rights.
5. Journey to Justice
FC 106 B6 J68 2000
Filmmaker Roger McTair charts the little-known history of Canada’s civil rights movement, profiling the brave Canadians who led the fight for equality from the 1930s until the 1950s.
6. Niigaanibatowaad: FrontRunners
PN 1997.2 N555 2008
In 1967 when Winnipeg first hosted the Pan American Games, ten outstanding athletic teenage boys were chosen to run 800 kilometers over an ancient message route with the Games torch. When the runners arrived at the stadium, they were not allowed to enter with the torch. Instead, a non-Aboriginal runner was given the honour.
Inspired by the stories of the Aboriginal torch runners for the 1967 Pan American Games, this film is about the segregation of the Aboriginal athletes and the despair and abuse suffered in the residential school system.
7. They were there : remembering the civil rights movement
E 185.61 T44 2007
Although many of the movers and shakers of the Civil Rights era are gone now, their names will live forever through their achievements. This NewsHour program describes the courageous actions of Rosa Parks and Hamilton Holmes and picks the brain of John Lewis about what it was like to take part in the Freedom Ride and to lead the Selma march on Bloody Sunday.
8. A time for justice: America’s civil rights movement
E 185.61 T5 2008
This film, recalls the crises in Montgomery, Little Rock, Birmingham and Selma during the civil rights movement, revealing the heroism of individuals who risked their lives for the cause of freedom and equality.
9. Unconstitutional : the war on our civil liberties
JC 599 U5 U62 2004
A documentary that investigates the ways in which the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants have been rolled back since the September 11 and the Patriot Act.
10. The U.S. vs. Omar Khadr
HV 9468 K53 U55 2008
This documentary is a searing examination of the military commission process and cross-border politics that have kept Canadian Omar Khadr emprisoned in Guantanamo since he was 15 years old.