Human Rights (Historically Based) Films

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Amistad (1997) R Fact-based story of the 1839 revolt by Africans on the slave ship Amistad and their subsequent trial when they are taken on American soil.


Beyond Rangoon (1995) R Laura, a doctor visiting Burma, loses her passport and is trapped within the country at the height of civil insurrection. She is befriended by a group of dissidents and gets caught up in the political struggle.


Cry Freedom (1987) PG South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist, Steve Biko, from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence.


Gandhi (1982) PG Biography of the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.


Ghosts of Mississippi (1996 )PG13 The widow of murdered civil rights leader Medger Evers and a district attorney struggle to finally bring the murderer to justice.


Killing Fields (1984) R Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia.


Kundun (1997) PG13 The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet.


Matewan (1987) PG13 A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.


Missing (1982) PG Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman, this is the story of an American father of conservative background who comes to a South American country to search for his missing son, a political activist.


Norma Rae (1979) PG Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions.


Philadelphia (1993) PG13 When a man with AIDS is fired by a conservative law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.


Romero (1989) PG13 The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador.


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