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Documentary Film:

This guide highlights resources and reviews available to HVCC students taking ARTS 273.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor movie poster

Won't You Be My Neighbor (2018) This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance.

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Waiting for Superman (2010) Davis Guggenheim directed this look at the state of public education in the U.S., highlighting both problems in the system and the potential for educational reform through charter schools and better teachers.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams movie poster

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Werner Herzog leads viewers on a tour of the cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in Southern France, where 30,000-year-old cave drawings sat undiscovered and perfectly preserved until they were found by archaeologists in 1994.

Iris - Movie Poster

Iris (2014) Profiling Iris Apfel: American businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon.

Only the Strong Survive - Movie Poster

Only the Strong Survive (2002) Affectionate tribute to the '60s and '70s soul-music scene in Memphis and Chicago. Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker directed.

Lo and Behold - Movie Poster

Lo and Behold (2016) The Internet's impact on humanity is explored. Segments include a look at self-driving cars, a profile of people addicted to the Internet and an interview with inventor Elon Musk.

4 Little Girls movie poster

4 Little Girls (1997) Documentary recalling a racially motivated 1963 church bombing that took the lives of four children. Produced and directed by Spike Lee.

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Documentaries on DVD Available from the Dwight Marvin Library (First Floor)

Movie Poster: RBG (2018)


KF8745.G56 R34 2018 DVD 1915

Blackfish - Movie Poster


SF408.6.K54 B53 2013 DVD 1834

Scared Straight - Movie Poster

Scared Straight

HV7431 .S27 2003 DVD 1832

Pressure Cooker Movie Poster

Pressure Cooker

TX667 .P74 2010 DVD 1838

Fresh Movie Poster


IS494.5.S86 F747 2009 DVD 1047

Miss Representation Movie Poster

Miss Representation

P94.5.W65 M57 2012 DVD 1091

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Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room

HD2741 .E57 2006 DVD 317

Bowling for Columbine Movie Poster

Bowling for Columbine

HV7436 .B59 2003 DVD 60b

3 1/2 minutes, ten bullets Movie Poster

3 1/2 minutes, ten bullets

KF225.D86 A13 2015 DVD 1767

Man on Wire Movie Poster

Man on Wire

GV550.2.P47 M36 2008 DVD 1477

Last Waltz Movie Poster

The Last Waltz

M1630.18 .L37 2002 DVD 1476

Andy Warhol Movie Poster

Andy Warhol

N6537.W28 A84 2006 DVD 679

In Search of Shakespeare Movie Poster

In Search of Shakespeare

PR2894 .I49 2004 DVD 114

Quiet rage: the Stanford prison study Movie Poster

Quiet Rage: the Stanford Prison Study

IMC HV6089 .Q54 2004 DVD 74

Harvest of Shame Movie Poster

Harvest of Shame

PN4784.B75 E39 2005 DVD 1474

Wordplay Movie Poster


GV1507.C7 W67 2006 DVD 1484

Let the Church Say Amen Movie Poster

Let the Church Say Amen

PN1995.9.F67 L48 2005 DVD 416

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