Death Row Stories

  • Year: 2014
  • Country: United States
  • Producer: CNN
  • Topics / Regions: Death Penalty
  • CNN put together a documentary series about inmates who hae been sentenced to death. The sereies follows different cases and tells the stories of people on death row. This is a really good source if specific testimonials are needed. 

Beautiful Documentary about Sahodari Foundation

  • Country: India
  • A very brief documentary discusssing the Sahodari Foundation based out of India. This organization empowers transwomen there through expressing themslves through dancing and musical instruments in such a way that allows them to find acceptance from others. 

That's my sister': transgender life in jail and on the street

  • Producer: Nick Leader
  • This video takes first-hand accounts of transgender women and their life in a men's prison. Subsequently exposing the lack of support given to them by the justice system. Something this video explores is post-jail through Robyn. Robyn's is left homeless and resorts to prostitution. Janetta Johnson Executive director of the trans lobby group highlights how the failure of having support continues the cycle of incarceration. "When the San Francisco sheriff announced a plan to implement changes for transgender people in the county jail, film-maker Nick Leader went out to meet the inmates who would benefit. What he found was a strong community of people, struggling with their place in society both on the street and in the justice system, with only each other to lean on."-The Guardian

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo - Trailer

  • Year: 2008
  • Country: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  • Producer: Lisa Jackson
  • Topics / Regions: War Rape Eastern Congo
  • "Shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this documentary feature explores the shocking plight of women and girls caught in the sexual crossfire as this giant African nation enters its second decade of internal conflict. Since 1998, a brutal war has ravaged the DRC, killing over 4 million people. Over the same time, tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers - both from foreign militias and the Congolese army that is supposed to protect them. Emmy®-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson, herself a survivor of gang rape, travels deep inside the DRC to understand what is happening and why. Her resultant film features interviews with survivors, activists, peacekeepers, physicians and, most chillingly, two groups of rapists who are soldiers of the Congolese Army. Above all, it highlights first-person accounts of dozens of rape survivors, who recount their stories with pulverizing honesty and immediacy. Heart-wrenching in its portrayal of the grotesque realities of life in Congo, the film also provides inspiring examples of resiliency, courage and grace, while serving as a call to action for anyone with a conscience. "

Bosnia Hotel

  • Year: 1996
  • Country: Kenya
  • Producer: Thomas Balmès
  • Topics / Regions: UN Peacekeepers Samburu Warriors
  • " When Samburu warriors of Kenya served in Bosnia as part of the U.N. peacekeeping forces, they found a world quite different from their pastoral existence in their homeland. They did not understand the reasons for the conflict, and upon their return, filmmakers recorded their candid impressions of a culture so remote from their own. Bosnia Hotel: Kenyan Warriors in Bosnia contrasts their stark world, frequently seen as primitive, with that of an advanced society where people ruthlessly killed one another, and even found targets among women and children. » Alice Day, NY TIMES" 

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.

"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".

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.

A Cycle of Fences

  • Year: 2011
  • Country: United States
  • Topics / Regions: Arizona United States Immigration Border Violence Murder Hate Crime Migration MinuteMen
  • In October 2008, Sebastien Wielemans met and filmed Shawna Forde for a couple of hours. She was the head of the Minutemen American Defence in Arizona. A few months later, the project of shooting more footages together was suddenly interrupted by her arrest near Tucson; she was charged with first degree murder....

Rwanda Genocide BBC Documentary National Geographic

  • Country: India
  • Topics / Regions: Rwanda Genocide
  • Rwanda Genocide BBC Documentary National Geographic

Inside Burma: Land Of Fear

  • Year: 1996
  • Country: Myanmar
  • Topics / Regions: Myanmar Burma Slavery
  • A prison without bars, over a million Burmese citizens have been forced out of their homes and thousands upon thousands have been massacred & tortured, as well as subjected to slavery.

From Arusha to Arusha

  • Year: 2008
  • Country: Rwanda
  • Producer: Christophe Gargot
  • Topics / Regions: Rwanda Genocide Transitional Justice
  • "To return to Rwanda, less to hear horror stories, than to listen to the subsequent words, to hear the words of justice, to try to go back to the sources of this massacre with a million victims. On the one hand, clips from the archives of the trail of the International Penal Tribune for Rwanda (TIPR), set up in Arusha, in Tanzania since 1994. Diverse accused persons involved in the genocide are heard here. Théoneste Bagosara, for example, retired colonel from the Armed Rwandan Forces and supposed mastermind of the genocide, whose defense lasted twelve years after his arrest. Or Georges Ruggiu, the ex-Belgian teacher lost in Kigali, zealous propagandist of the massacre heard over the radio station, Free Radio Television station of Mille Collines. Judges and lawyers debate the charges, the idea that it was all planned, responsibilities, while the prosecutor explains his difficulties in conducting his inquiry. The diplomatic and political ins and outs of yesterday as well as of today become clear here. On the other hand, away from the court rooms, other witnesses and other actors of the tragedy, guilty persons, or victims at home, review the facts and their implications, and their helplessness. In this exemplary way, a couple where the husband, Hutu, took part in the wrongdoings, is married to a Tutsi, whom he managed by the skin of his teeth to save. It is not a question of opposing two forms of justice, Christophe Gargot denies himself all over-simplification, but completes a highly rhetorical, political exercise by a less strategic approach, one that is more powerless and more exposed. It is the approach of those who continue to live under the daily weight of this drama."