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Criminal Justice

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

by Andreas Johnsen

Premiere Date: October 2, 2015

How the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. Official Selection of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Out in the Night

by blair dorosh-walther

Premiere Date: June 22, 2015

A moving account of four women sensationalized by the media as a "Gang of Killer Lesbians" reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story

by Nadine Pequeneza

Premiere Date: August 4, 2014

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? Following a Florida man who received four life sentences at age 15, this eye-opening film reveals a justice system that routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison. (60 minutes)

Getting Back to Abnormal

by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker and Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler

Premiere Date: July 14, 2014

Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. Let the good times roll. (90 minutes)

Herman's House

by Angad Singh Bhalla

Premiere Date: July 8, 2013

Herman Wallace has spent more than 40 years in a 6’ x 9’ prison cell. He works with artist Jackie Sumell to imagine his "dream home," questioning justice and punishment in America. (90 minutes)


by Bernardo Ruiz

Premiere Date: January 7, 2013

A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an independent newsweekly defy powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials to continue publishing the news. (60 minutes)

Give Up Tomorrow

by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco

Premiere Date: October 4, 2012

A riveting exposé of corruption and injustice in the Philippines, chronicling a sensational murder case that ends a nation’s use of capital punishment — but fails to free an innocent man. (90 minutes)

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

by Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís and Peter Kinoy

Premiere Date: June 28, 2012

The extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice. (90 minutes)

If a Tree Falls

by Marshall Curry

Premiere Date: September 13, 2011

Encore Broadcast: October 11, 2012

This provocative film lifts the veil on a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s "number one domestic terrorism threat." (90 minutes)

Protest or Terrorism? Stories from Post-9/11 America

by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway and Marshall Curry

Premiere Date: September 6, 2011

Two films featuring political activists who crossed the line into law-breaking and authorities who may have crossed their own lines to catch them.

Better This World

by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway

Premiere Date: September 6, 2011

Encore Broadcast: August 30, 2012

The story of two men who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. (90 minutes)

Mugabe and the White African

by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson

Premiere Date: July 26, 2011

In Zimbabwe, de facto dictator Robert Mugabe has unleashed a "land reform" program aimed at driving whites from the country through violence and intimidation. (90 minutes)

The Oath

by Laura Poitras

Premiere Date: September 21, 2010

Encore Broadcast: August 16, 2011

Filmed in Yemen and Guantánamo, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Bin Laden's former bodyguard and Salim Hamdan, a man facing war crimes charges. (90 minutes)

Presumed Guilty

by Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete and Geoffrey Smith

Premiere Date: July 27, 2010

Encore Broadcast: August 23, 2012

Imagine being picked up off the street, told you have committed a murder you know nothing about and then finding yourself sentenced to 20 years in jail. (60 minutes)

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler

Premiere Date: June 22, 2010

In this intimate biography, Kunstler's daughters seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America. (90 minutes)

Beyond Hatred

by Olivier Meyrou

Premiere Date: June 30, 2009

The story of a family's struggle to seek justice for their murdered son while trying to transcend hatred and the desire for revenge. (90 minutes)

The Judge and the General

by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco

Premiere Date: August 19, 2008

Chile's former dictator, Augusto Pinochet, is brought to justice by one of his own in this cautionary tale about violating human rights in the name of "higher ideals." (90 minutes)


by Andy Blubaugh

Premiere Date: December 12, 2007

Scaredycat takes as a point of departure the beating of the filmmaker at the hands of a gang of young men who called themselves "The Portland Riders." (15 minutes)

No Angels in the Outfield

by Larry Warner

Premiere Date: July 24, 2007

This is a baseball team where you can say it's three strikes and you're in. The San Quentin Prison baseball team is the subject of this documentary, which goes inside the walls of the maximum-security prison to show the team, called the Giants, playing ball. (10 minutes)

Prison Town, USA

by Katie Galloway and Po Kutchins

Premiere Date: July 24, 2007

In the 1990s, at the height of the prison-building boom, a prison opened in rural America every 15 days. Prison Town, USA tells the story of Susanville, California, one small town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison — with unanticipated consequences.

Omar & Pete

by Tod Lending

Premiere Date: September 13, 2005

Omar and Pete are determined to change their lives. Both have been in and out of prison for more than 30 years — never out longer than six months. This intimate and penetrating film follows these two longtime African-American friends after what they hope will be their final release. (90 minutes)

Every Mother's Son

by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson

Premiere Date: August 17, 2004

In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic Jew shot and killed outside his Brooklyn home. Every Mother's Son tells of the victims' three mothers who came together to demand justice and accountability. (60 minutes)


by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

Premiere Date: June 22, 2004

The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. (90 minutes)

Discovering Dominga

by Patricia Flynn and Mary Jo McConahay

Premiere Date: July 8, 2003

Living in Iowa, Denese Becker was haunted by memories of her Mayan childhood. A quest for her lost identity in Guatemala turns into a searing journey of political awakening that reveals a genocidal crime and the still-unmet cry for justice from the survivors. (54 minutes)

Two Towns of Jasper

by Whitney Dow and Marco Williams

Premiere Date: January 22, 2003

In 1998 James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a truck and dragged to death by three white men. Two film crews, one black and one white, document the aftermath of the murder. (112 minutes)


by Lourdes Portillo

Premiere Date: July 13, 1999

Tejana singer Selena was on the brink of blockbuster crossover fame when her murder at age 23 catapulted her into mainstream celebrity. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo gazes beyond the tabloids and points a sensitive lens on the cultural sensation that emerged around Selena's life and death. (54 minutes)

The Legacy

by MIchael J. Moore

Premiere Date: June 1, 1999

Shocking murders, massive manhunts and win-at-all-cost political campaigns propel this extraordinary story behind the enactment of the nation's toughest mandatory sentencing law. (86 minutes)

Licensed to Kill

by Arthur Dong

Premiere Date: June 23, 1998

Arthur Dong goes inside prison to probe the minds and souls of men whose attitudes towards homosexuality have led them to murder.

The End of the Nightstick

by Peter Kuttner and Cyndi Moran and Eric Scholl

Premiere Date: July 5, 1994

This startling expose unravels a history of abuse of suspects by the Chicago police.

Dream Deceivers

by David Van Taylor

Premiere Date: August 3, 1992

In 1995, a teenager claimed the heavy metal music of Judas Priest prompted him to attempt suicide. The drama of the ensuing trial provides the framework for David Van Taylor's disturbing look at teenagers today.

Promise Not to Tell

by Rhea Gavry

Premiere Date: July 27, 1992

A respected member of a middle-class community is accused by his children of sexual abuse. He denies the charges. Whom do we believe? Rhea Gavry uses a gut-wrenching case set in a comfortable suburb of Salt Lake City as a context for a timely reexamination of our attitudes toward the accused and the accuser when sex is part of the equation.

Police Chiefs

by Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond

Premiere Date: June 31, 1990

How can we curb crime? Three big city police chiefs reveal sharply differing philosophies of law enforcement. From Daryl Gates, who introduced SWAT to Los Angeles, to Anthony Bouza, who ruffled feathers in Minneapolis, to Lee Brown, who recently left Houston for New York, these top cop's ideas about the causes and cures of crime are as varied as their personalities.

Through the Wire

by Nina Rosenblum

Premiere Date: June 26, 1990

In 1986, three women convicted of politically-motivated nonviolent offenses were transferred to a secret, subterranean prison where they were kept in constantly-lit near isolation, watched 24 hours a day and strip-searched routinely for nearly two years. The women were not imprisoned in Turkey or Iran or Chile, but in Lexington, Ky.