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Civil Rights

History is remembered by the biggest headlines. For those folks that grew up after the 1960s, that era, where America lost its innocence, tends to be bookended with JFK's assassination on one end and …
Dear Ellen Page, I think you are super-cute, a fine actress, and a refreshing gay-rights advocate. I commend you for grabbing this story to produce, as it is fascinating, heart-wrenching, and, yes, im…
Carlos (Demián Bichir) has been in the United States illegally for many, many years, making a living as a landscaper at rich homes in the Los Angeles area. His teenage son Luis (José Julián) is a typi…
Director Ava DuVernay throws her hat into the ring with the latest civil rights drama, and comes out ahead of the pack with her stirring MLK drama. Avoiding the "I don't know when to end this movie" p…
Mary White is the true tale of a feisty, opinionated young woman who loved fast horses.  Sometimes she was so feisty and opinionated that it seemed as though someone might just snap and choke the girl…
I have to say that if someone had just told me the idea of the story of Pride without any historical context, I would have thought it was incredible (as in not credible). I mean, a gaggle of gays from…
Though it is somewhat of a workhorse earnest film, Cesar Chavez gives a good sense of the impact that the activist had on the rights of modern farm workers. Michael Peña stars as Chavez, and the story…
What happened on New Year's Eve 2009 is a great example of a perfect storm of events that steamrolled into tragedy. Oscar Grant was a 22-year-old African-American kid in the San Francisco Bay Area who…
The release of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom could not have been more timely. I saw a press screening within a week of his death being announced, which prompted a worldwide outpouring of commemoration…
It is probably not an understatement to say that some of the revelations in this epic series, Latino Americans, are a surprise. Each episode highlights a few fascinating people from history, profiling…
Told with an unflinching eye by director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger), the story centers on Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor, in a riveting performance that has Best Actor written all over it), an …
Spike Lee's sprawling labor of love Malcolm X was released in 1992, the same year as the explosive race riots prompted by the beating of Rodney King by L.A. cops. The film opens with the amateur foota…