Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Writing Human Rights Films
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.9.B55 J28 1995
Thomas Jefferson visits France where he meets a beautiful woman. Because he promised his dead wife that he wouldn't marry again, he must resist this worldly and mysterious woman, but he then falls for another.
The Great Dictator (1940)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.C55 G75 2003
Chaplin plays the double role of the persecuted Jewish barber and Adenoid Hynkel, dictator of Tomania. The barber is imprisoned, escapes, and is finally mistaken for the dictator at which point he makes an impassioned, humanistic speech which amazes the dictator's followers.
Mississippi Burning (1989)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 M55 2004
Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town.
Hollow Reed (1997)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.9.H55 H7 1997
Martyn Wyatt is just settling into his new life; he has an ex- wife, a gay live-in partner, and limited visitation rights to his beloved son Oliver.
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.H6 F7 2004 pt.1
Dr. Frankenstein creates a true monster from dead human parts, but it gets out of control and into trouble.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.L5 G736 2004
The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck.
Zoot Suit (1981)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.M86 Z66 2003
Lawyers seek justice for a group of Mexican-Americans being sent to prison. Based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the zoot suit riots of 1940's Los Angeles.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 B7 2007
Re-creates the 1905 mutiny on the battleship "Prince Potemkin." It focuses on a mutiny by the battleship's crew and the subsequent massacre of civilians, reflecting the spirit of the times.
Children of Men (2006)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S26 C44 2007
Theo Faron is a bureaucrat in a Britain gone despotic. It is 2027 and the entire planet has gone infertile. Women no longer have babies, and chaos has erupted: war, rebellion, mass destruction, and a huge refugee problem, with the imposition of martial law.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S87 C645 2006
In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion.
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video ML3780 .I57 2000
Using rare archival footage and interviews with historians, musicians and activists, this film tells the story of this 100-year-old anthem of the oppressed and exploited, and celebrates the relationship between music and social change. A Spanish Civil War veteran, a labor activist, a student leader of the Tiananmen Square protests and others describe the emotional reaction they have when they hear the notes which still unite those who are part of the international movement for justice and equality.
The Battle Of Chile (1975)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) F3100 .B38 2009
On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically-elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army. Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that day.
The Judge and the General (2008)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) JC599.C5 J83 2008
A look at Chilean judge Juan Guzman, who was responsible for bringing to justice General Augusto Pinochet for human rights crimes, including the death of democratically elected president Salvador Allende and thousands of other innocent people.
Foreign Language Films
Nowhere in Africa (2003)
Call Number: Hatfield Library Featured DVDs PN1995.91.G4 N47 2003
This is the award winning true tale of a Jewish family who flee the Nazi regime in 1938 and learns to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya.
The Sea Inside (2005)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 M238 2005
"[Biography of] Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life".
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.B25 M66 2007
In the village of Djerisso, women tend to their work and children, while men debate in the mosque and make the rules. One day, four young girls appear on Collé's doorstep seeking sanctuary from their coming 'purification' ceremony...
Hannah Arendt (2012)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.G4 H177 2013
A biopic of Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist.
Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian
Subjects:Art & Art History
, Cinema Studies
, Latin American Studies