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African-American Documentary Films on DVD in the Leavey Library: Crime & Incarceration

Crime & Incarceration

The Angola 3:  Black Panhters and the Last Slave Plantation
"Tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who endured solitary confinement longer then any known living prisoner in the United States. Explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated."

Broken On All Sides: Race, MassIncarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.
"More African Americans are under 'correctional' (prison) control today than were enslaved in 1850. Why? The movie explores mass incarceration across the U.S. and the intersection of race, poverty, and the criminal justice and penal systems. It centers around Michelle Alexander's theory in her groundbreaking book, The New Jim Crow through the rise of the drug war and tough on crime policies, because discretion within the system allows for targeting people of color at disproportionately high rates, mass incarceration is the new caste system in America. The movie dissects the War on Drugs and 'tough on crime' movement, illustrates how the emerging Occupy movement offers hope for change, and explores possible reforms and solutions to ending mass inc"arceration and this new racial caste system. "--Container.

Brothers of the Black List 
"September 4, 1992: An elderly woman in a small town in upstate New York reports an attempted rape by a young black man who cut his hand during the altercation. While looking for suspects, police contact officials at SUNY Oneonta, a nearby college, and a school administrator reacts by handing over a list of names and residences of 125 black male students. For the next several days, those students are tracked down and interrogated by various police departments under a presumption of guilty until proven innocent. In Brothers of the Black List, director Sean Gallagher tracks this story of racism that became the longest litigated civil rights case in American history. The now grown students and their school counselor, Edward 'Bo' Whaley, recount the disturbing events that the college and police department tried sweeping under the rug for many years thereafter. An emotional story of social justice, this unsettling documentary is also a cautionary tale of equal rights gone wrong that is relevant today more than ever."

Crips and Bloods: Made in America
"A cluster of neighborhoods lies in the heart of Southern California, streets that form a grid between concrete ribbons of freeway. Nearly a quarter of its young men will end up in prison. Many others will end up dead. These neighborhoods in South Los Angeles are home to two of the most infamous African-American gangs, the Crips and the Bloods. On these mean streets over the past 30 years, more than 15,000 people have been murdered in an ongoing cycle of gang violence that continues unabated. Here is where America's most bloody and costly outbreaks in civil unrest erupted - not once, but twice, 27 years and just three miles apart. Combines archival footage with in-depth interviews."

O.J.: Made in America
"Examines the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson as well as race in America and the role of the media in major events. Tells how O.J. first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife's 1994 murder, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later."

Race to Execution
"Follows the cases of two death row inmates to examine the problem of race discrimination in the U.S. criminal justice system, particularly with regard to death penalty sentencing."

Tulia, Texas
"In 1999, undercover narcotics agent Thomas Coleman executed one of the biggest drug stings in Texas history. Of forty-six people indicted for dealing cocaine, thirty-nine were black. Thirty-eight defendants took plea bargains; eight who fought the charges were all convicted and sent to prison. After three years, attorneys finally won a hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. On June 16, 2003, thirteen Tulia defendants were released from prison. After the Governor pardoned all the convicted defendants, the settlement of a civil suit, the arrest and conviction of Coleman on a felony charge that bars him from ever working in law enforcement again, Tulia seemed to return to normal. What is 'normal' when this is the price paid by small town Americans for the war on drugs?"

You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South
"This is the story of an African-American woman who in 1952 killed a prominent white man after being subjected to years of sexual abuse. It combines documentary footage with live action reenactments and exclusive interviews with surviving family members."