History


New! John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls 105 min.

Produced and directed by six-time Emmy® winner Peter Kunhardt, along with Emmy® winners George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls is a biographical profile of one of the most influential forces in modern American politics, Arizona Senator John McCain. The son and grandson of two Navy admirals, McCain is a former Navy pilot who was shot down in Vietnam and spent over...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

1968: A Year of War, Turmoil & Beyond 47 min.

In January 1968, a surprise attack by the North Vietnamese, known as the Tet Offensive, convinced many Americans that the war was not going to end very soon. Large scale opposition flared against theJohnson administration and its policies. Federal troops put down race riots while bitter protests erupted on campuses in the USA. In Paris that May, there was a “social revolution”. In Germany, a stude...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

King In The Wilderness 112 min.

From award-winning director/producer Peter Kunhardt, King in the Wilderness follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the volatile last three years of his life, from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in April 1968. Drawing on revelatory stories from his inner circle of friends, the film provides a clear window into the civil rights leader’s character, showing him t...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm 19 min.

Directed and produced by seven-time Emmy® Award winner Amy Schatz, and featuring animation from award winning artist Jeff Scher, this 19-minute documentary shines a light on the tender relationship between an inquisitive American boy and his great-grandfather, a Polish-born Jew who lost both his parents to the Nazis, but was able to survive Auschwitz and make his way to America at the end of WWII....

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Truth and Lies: Waco 82 min.

ABC presents a documentary on the deadly 1993 Waco, Texas siege that ignited national outrage. This video features interviews with FBI and ATF agents, survivors of the fire, and children of David Koresh's followers. The raid on the Branch Davidian compound led to a gunfight killing four ATF agents and six of David Koresh’s followers. After a 51-day standoff, the compound burned to the ground, leav...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

New! Columbus in America 90 min.

This film explores how the man who first brutalized indigenous people in the New World became a hero, and questions his place in American culture. With instant access to information, students today are challenging traditional representations of Christopher Columbus, bringing issues of imperialism, colonialism, racism, greed, religion, and human rights into sharp focus.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Birth of a Movement 55 min.

In 1915, civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith's notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. This film includes interviews with Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and DJ Spooky.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2017

Dead Reckoning: Episode 1 54 min.

The film begins with vengeance: U.S. General Douglas MacArthur’s 1945 military trial of Japan’s General Tomoyuki Yamashita for horrific atrocities in the Philippines. Despite the lack of any evidence that Yamashita ordered or even knew about the atrocities, he was condemned to death, raising the question: Are commanders responsible for crimes their troops commit?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2017

Dead Reckoning: Episode 2 54 min.

The second hour looks at how the United States and the Soviet Union shoved international justice into the deep freeze of the Cold War, and how atrocities in conflicts with high numbers of civilian deaths—such as Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Guatemala—are covered up or ignored.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2017

Dead Reckoning: Episode 3 55 min.

In the third and final hour, we see both the revitalization of postwar justice over two decades and its limitations in confronting the exponential rise in civilian atrocities—sexual violence and genocide—occurring in the Balkans, Rwanda, Congo, Syria, Sri Lanka, and other countries.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2017