Films

 

Precious Knowledge

Location: Arizona    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary film on the attack on ethnic studies in Arizona.

40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary film and discussion guide about the first African Americans to desegregate the white high school in Batesville, Mississippi in 1967–69.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary film about a contemporary environmental justice story in Gulfport, Mississippi. 2013.

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Documentary film for middle and high school on the 1960s voting rights struggle in Selma.

Freedom Summer

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Documentary film about Freedom Summer. 2014.

Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964

Location: Georgia    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Documentary about women in the Spelman College class of 1964 who participated in civil rights protests in Atlanta. 2012

Viva La Causa

Location: National, Alabama, California    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Documentary film on the grape strike and boycott led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the 1960s. By Bill Brummel and Alonso Mayo, 2008.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Keith Beauchamp, 2005 Documentary about the journey to uncover the truth behind the nightmarish murder of an innocent African-American teenager.

They Closed Our Schools

Location: Virginia    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
The story of Moton High where students led a two week long boycott demanding equal schools for black children under the separate but equal doctrine. 2015.

Strange Fruit

Location: National    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
Joel Katz, 2002 Documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic song.

Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre of 1968

Location: South Carolina    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson, 2009 An in depth look at a massacre that happened at South Carolina State College in 1968.

Salt of the Earth

Location: New Mexico    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
McCarthy era film about the struggle for equality of Mexican-American miners--examines issues of labor, gender, and ethnicity. 1954.

Ruby Bridges

Location: Louisiana    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
Euzhan Palcy and Toni Ann Johnson, 1997 Disney film about a six-year-old girl who is the first African American to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school.

The Road to Brown: The Man Who Killed Jim Crow

Location: National    Grade Level: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
William Elwood, 1990 The story of segregation and the brilliant legal assault on it, focusing on Charles Hamilton Houston.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Location: National    Grade Level: 2-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Richard Wormser, 2002 Explores segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

The Murder of Emmett Till

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Stanley Nelson, 2003 This film traces the story of Emmett Till's murder and the dramatic trial that followed.

Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Robert Houston, 2002 Free documentary for teachers on Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Joanne Grant, 1981 Award-winning documentary about Ella Baker's life and contributions to the civil rights movement

Mighty Times: The Children's March

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Robert Houston, 2004 Academy Award-winning documentary film that tells the heroic story of the young people in Birmingham, Alabama, who brought segregation to its knees.

Eyes on the Prize

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Blackside Inc., 2006. Classic documentary film on the people's history of the Civil Rights Movement.

Freedom on My Mind

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12
Connie Field, 1994. The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s.

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Laura J. Lipson, 2002 One of the best films on the Civil Rights Movement, this award-winning documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it.

An Ordinary Hero: True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mullholland

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Loki Mulholland, 2013 “An Ordinary Hero” is the true story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a white Southern Civil Rights activist.

Freedom Song

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Phil Alden Robinson, 2006. Based on the actual history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), student activism, and voter registration in McComb, Mississippi.