Perspectives on Transparency, Human Rights, and Civil Society in Angola

  • Country: Angola
  • Producer: National Endowment for Democracy
  • Topics / Regions: Angola
  • "Streamed live on Feb 18, 2016

    Current events suggest that Angola today faces an economic and political crisis. The global collapse of oil prices, a series of anti-NGO regulations, repressed protests, and the trial of youth activists have deeply affected the oil rich country."

The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs

  • Country: United States
  • Producer: Charles Shaw
  • Topics / Regions: Mass Incarceration Prison
  • "The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."

    The United States has only 5% of the world's population, yet a full 25% of the world's prisoners. At 2.5 million, the US has more prisoners than even China does with five times the population of the United States. 8 million Americans (1 in every 31) languish under some form of state monitoring known as "correctional supervision." On top of that, the security and livelihood of over 13 million more has been forever altered by a felony conviction.
    The American use of punishment is so pervasive, and so disproportionate, that even the conservative magazine The Economist declared in 2010, "never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little."
    The project will unfold over a two year period, beginning with the release of this feature-length documentary and then continuing on with the release of short films and complete interviews from each of the 100 participants in the project, meant to represent the 1 in 100 Americans that are currently sitting behind bars.
    The Exile Nation Project is made possible by a generous grant from the Tedworth Charitable Trust and the openDemocracy group, in association with Exile Nation Media. All content produced is non-commercial and available for free distribution under a Creative Commons license."

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

  • Year: 2005
  • Country: United States
  • Producer: Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman
  • Topics / Regions: Transgender Rights
  • "Screaming Queens tells the forgotten story of the first collective act of militant resistance by queer people in the United States, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn."

The Look of Silence

  • Year: 2014
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Topics / Regions: Impunity Indonesia
  • "An Indonesian man with a communist background named Ramli was brutally murdered when the "Communist" purge occurred in 1965. His remaining family members lived in fear and silence until the making of this documentary. Adi, a brother of his, decided to revisit the horrific incident and visited the men who were responsible for the killings and one survivor of the purge. These meetings uncovered sadistic details of the murders and exposed raw emotions and reactions of the killers' family members about what happened in the past - much to Adi's disappointment."

I Was a Teenage Prostitute

  • Year: 2011
  • Country: United States
  • Producer: Juliana Piccillo
  • Topics / Regions: Sex Workers Rights
  • The true story of a 17 year-old high school junior who accidentally lands in a suburban rub and tug. The filmmaker describes finding identity and family as an underage prostitute and the subsequent wrestling with shame and stereotypes. Now, a mother of two children with a most conventional life, she looks back with humor and pride.

    Juliana Piccillo is a filmmaker and writer. Her films have screened in the Tribeca Film Festival, The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Women in the Director's Chair. Her essay, "Vice", appeared in the book Ho's Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys.

Divergent Movie Analysis

  • Year: 2016
  • Country: United States


  • Year: 2014
  • Country: Haiti
  • AyitiXtream 509 Productions Design and story by Chevelin Illustration. In Haiti there are more than 300,000 children who serve as Restavec, a modern day slaves. These children are neglected and do not have a safe environment to live their childhood and mature. Unfortunately, this practice has been heavily integrated into the culture of Haiti for many years.

40 Years After Chile Coup, Family of Slain Singer Víctor Jara Sues Alleged Killer in U.S. Court

  • Year: 2013
  • Country: Chile
  • Topics / Regions: Chile United States Coup artists musicians
  • This week marks the 40th anniversary of what's known as the other 9/11: September 11, 1973, when a U.S.-backed military coup ousted Chile's democratically elected president Salvador Allende and ushered in a 17-year repressive dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet. Joan Jara, the widow of Chilean singer Victor Jara, who has just filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. court against the former military officer who allegedly killed Jara 40 years ago, joins DN! Jara's accused killer, Pedro Barrientos, has lived in the United States for roughly two decades and is now a U.S. citizen. Jara's family is suing him under federal laws that allow U.S. courts to hear about human rights abuses committed abroad. Last year, Chilean prosecutors charged Barrientos and another officer with Jara's murder, naming six others as accomplices. We also speak with Almudena Bernabeu, an attorney with Center for Justice and Accountability, who helped file the Jara family's lawsuit last week.

Videographic. The largest migration in history

  • Year: 2012
  • Country: China
  • Topics / Regions: China Migration Economics Industrialization
  • An animated infographic about China's migrant workers. Migration from inland villages to coastal cities has transformed China. Now that is changing, as regional cities inland become the new focus of migration patterns.

Ethnic cleansing in Eritrea -The Case of the Afar

  • Year: 2015
  • Country: Eritrea
  • Topics / Regions: Eritrea Afar Ethiopia Ethnic Cleansing
  • Presentation by Afar Rights Activists who spoke about Human rights violations against Afar in Eritrea, the work it has been done to bring to the attention of international community and the UN. June 4th 2015 Ottawa- Canada

"Now is the turn of the Indian woman, to raise her voice against injustice," says Sampat Pal Devi

  • Year: 2014
  • Country: India
  • Topics / Regions: India Gulaab gang
  • Sampat's grassroots story and her infectious raw energy will move you. Uneducated, with limited resources and her only weapon her boldness, she founded 'GULABI GANG'. From a handful of women she now leads over 10,000 women to fight for their rights in and around a small village in Uttar Pradesh.

Exploring Gender Equality Issues in Samoa - E Āu le Ina'ilau a Tama'ita'i

  • Year: 2013
  • Country: Fiji Samoa Tonga Vanuatu
  • Topics / Regions: Samoa Equality feminism gender equality pacific Vanuatu Tonga Fiji
  • Gender equality is an issue in all countries. Director Galumalemana Steven Percival explores the issue in Samoa with the support of the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS). The documentary explores the intersection between traditional cultural beliefs and women's participation in community life in Samoa. Men and women are given the opportunity to articulate what they belief are the barriers to gender equality in the country. More information on Steven's work can be found here:

Uncovering Spring Break's Hidden Underbelly

  • Year: 2015
  • Country: Mexico
  • Topics / Regions: Mexico Cancun resorts american united states college students spring break resort
  • Cancun, the famous resort and Spring Break capital of the world has become a magnet for mass tourism. But with a threatened environment and marginalised employees, this party comes at a price. The golden beaches of this Mexican resort attracts around 12 million tourists every year. American students go wild, celebrating the end of exams; here anything goes. Yet behind the scenes workers endure challenging conditions in order to support their families. "They allow themselves to do what they would never do at home", says housekeeper Raquel. With tourists staying within the bounds of their hotels, local commerce has collapsed. The ecological system is also under threat, with 50% of mangroves being replaced by building sites. "In 50 to 60 years, the turquoise colour of the sea that we see today will disappear", warns an environmental expert. For how long will this tropical paradise retain its allure? As Raquel’s grandfather describes "Life is not sweet in Cancun. Life is hard".

Sawsan Gad on Anti-Street Harassment via HarassMap

  • Year: 2012
  • Country: Egypt
  • Topics / Regions: Egypt Harassment Street Harassment
  • Gigi Smith interviews Sawsan Gad who discusses street harassment in Egypt and efforts to address it through the HarassMap tool.To

Problems Women Face Accessing Justice in Fiji and the Pacific Islands

  • Year: 2014
  • Country: Kiribati Nauru Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu
  • Topics / Regions: Fiji Pacific Islands Gender Based Violence Women Woman law justice gender violence against women Samoa Kiribati Nauru Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu
  • In this video, human rights defender Roshika Deo, ICAAD Consultant, speaks about the problems women in Fiji and the Pacific Island Countries face when trying to access justice for sexual and gender based violence.

Connected Walls

  • Country: Mexico Morocco Spain United States
  • Connected Walls is an online documentary experience that explores the lives of communities divided by separation walls: at the USA/Mexico border and at the Morocco/Spain border.

School girls' opinion about sexual harassment in Egyptian streets

  • Year: 2014
  • Country: Egypt
  • Topics / Regions: Egypt Street Harassment Feminism Misogyny Sexual Violence
  • DWB visited a public girls' school in Cairo. Listen to the school girls speak their mindsets about sexual harassment in Egypt. Cairo, April 2014

Sick: A Documentary

  • Year: 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Topics / Regions: United States Mental Health Prison Mental Illness Institution Inpatient
  • This is a documentary about the mental health institutionalization of youth. It was completed as part of the social justice program at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It explores mental health institutions in the context of Irving Goffman's 'total institution' and looks at parallels between the institutionalization of youth in mental hospitals and the prison system. One part historical, one part sociological, one part personal - former patients share their experiences. Based on personal experience, we asked as our premise - if you are sending someone somewhere to get healthy, why would you send them to a prison? In this film we offer a critical look at the institutionalization of minors.