We have added several new documentary films to our library collection. Learn something new! Borrow one today!
Use the online catalog to search our film collection by title or keyword. If you are looking for movies on a particular topic you can search for that topic along with the words “and video” to limit to video titles.
See the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, revealing the frustrating realities of today’s teachers, the difficulty of attracting talented new educators, and why so many of our best teachers leave the profession altogether. Can we re-value teaching and turn it into a prestigious, financially attractive, and desirable profession?
Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.
Half the Sky
Take an unforgettable journey to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope.
How to Die in Oregon
In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether–and when–to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
Tells the moving and surprising story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.
An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
The Last Mountain
The fight for the last great mountain in America’s Appalachian heartland pits the mining giant that wants to explode it to extract the coal within, against the community fighting to preserve the mountain and build a wind farm on its ridges instead. Robert Kennedy Jr. joins the fight to preserve the mountain.
Follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam.
The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim’s natural instincts take over and the humans trusted with his well-being fail to protect him, Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society.
This is the most complete chronicle of the Titanic ever created and is filled with survivor interviews, rare newsreel footage, and photos. It’s an incomparable voyage into one of history’s most unforgettable tragedies.