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Streaming Video Guide

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Panopto

Panopto LogoPanopto is a platform to store, stream, and share a selection of films owned and licensed by SCU.

Featured Films on Panopto

A Woman and Her Car

One day, Lucie decides to write a letter to the man who abused her when she was a young girl. She then takes her camera, her car, and resolves to bring it to him in person. This award-winning short doc was started by Lucie but finished by her son, Loic, when he discovered the video tape of her journey ten years later.

Advocate

Lea Tsemel defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. As a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented political prisoners for five decades, Tsemel, in her tireless quest for justice, pushes the praxis of a human rights defender to its limits. As far as most Israelis are concerned, she defends the indefensible. As far as Palestinians are concerned, she's more than an attorney, she's an advocate.

The Ants and the Grasshopper (Access ends Feb. 1, 2025)

Anita Chitaya has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village.  Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. Traveling from Malawi to California to the White House, she meets climate sceptics and despairing farmers. Her journey takes her across all the divisions shaping the US, from the rural-urban divide, to schisms of race, class and gender, to the thinking that allows Americans to believe they live on a different planet from everyone else. It will take all her skill and experience to help Americans recognize, and free themselves from, a logic that is already destroying the Earth.

Ask the Sexpert

A documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a 93-year old sex columnist for a daily newspaper in Mumbai. The film discusses the impact of his column, and attempts at censoring it for obscenity.

The Atomic Cafe

The film recounts a defining period of 20th century history and serves as a chilling and often hilarious reminder of cold-war era paranoia in the United States juxtaposing Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture through a collage of newsreel footage, government produced educational and training films, military training films, advertisements, and fifties music, capturing a panicked nation, offering a fascinating and witty account of life during the atomic age and resulting cold war, when fall-out shelters, duck-and-cover drills, and government propaganda were all a part of our social consciousness.

Broken Gods

India has one of the largest populations of Indigenous people in the world, known locally as adivasis or tribals. As India's current Hindu nationalist government pushes to redefine India as a homogenous Hindu nation, adivasis’ ways of life are under greater threat. Set among the Rathava and Bhil adivasi communities of western India, broken gods document the social impact of Hindu religious evangelism among India’s Indigenous groups. As Indigenous people join Hindu religious sects, their old gods are literally becoming broken - devotional mural paintings are being whitewashed from homes, and the earthen figurines in honour of village gods and ancestors are being left to fall apart. While for those who convert joining a Hindu sect offers the allure of a better life, those who continue to follow their old ways have become ostracized by their communities. Their broken gods have lost the power to protect them from illness and scarcity.

Coded Bias

"CODED BIAS explores the fallout of MIT media lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. "--Coded bias website.

Complicit

Complicit follows Yi Yeting, a Chinese workers' rights activist, over three years on his quest to expose the dangerous working conditions in the Chinese factories producing electronics for the world market where one worker dies from exposure to toxic materials every five hours (that is the official number, the true number of death may be much higher) and his endeavor to improve these conditions

Daring to Resist

Actress Janeane Garofalo narrates this portrait of three teenage girls fighting genocide, taking risks they never dreamed possible: Faye Schulman, a photographer and partisan fighter in the forests of Poland (now Belarus); Barbara Rodbell, a ballerina in Amsterdam who delivered underground newspapers and secured food and transportation for Jews in hiding, and Shulamit Lack, who acquired false papers and a safe house for Jews attempting to escape from Hungary.

Daring to Resist is Produced and Directed by Barbara Attie and Martha Goell Lubell

Daughter of the Lake

Nelida is an Andean woman who talks to the water spirits. The discovery of a gold deposit threatens to destroy the lake she thinks of as her mother. To stop this from happening, Nelida joins the local farmers who fear being left without water in their fight against the biggest gold mine in Latin America.

Disgraced Monuments

"Filmmakers Laura Mulvey and Mark Lewis use rare archival footage and interviews with artists, art historians, and museum directors to examine the fate of Soviet-era monuments during successive political regimes, from the Russian Revolution through the collapse of communism. Mulvey and Lewis highlight both the social relevance of these relics and the cyclical nature of history". - Filmaffinity

Down a Dark Stairwell

When a Chinese-American police officer kills an innocent, unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. When he becomes the first NYPD officer convicted of an on-duty shooting in over a decade, the fight for justice becomes complicated, igniting one of the largest Asian-American protests in history, disrupting a legacy of solidarity, and putting an uneven legal system into sharp focus.

East LA Interchange

East LA Interchange follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from one of the most diverse, multicultural areas in the United States to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture. The film shows how the neighborhood fought to survive the construction of the largest and busiest freeway interchange in the nation despite being targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and California planners. East LA Interchange explores the shifting face of community in the United States today and argues why it should matter to us all. The film features narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli).

From Under the Rubble

The Samouni family is a peaceful, close-knit family of farmers in Gaza, 48 members of whom were killed when they were herded into a house by the Israeli Defence Force and then fired upon, as part of Israel's battle with Hamas in January 2009.

Fruit of Labor

Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager living in California, dreams of graduating high school and going to college. But when ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in the strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company. A co-presentation of POV and VOCES, co-produced by POV and Latino Public Broadcasting. Official Selection, SXSW Film Festival.

Grandma's Tattoos

Grandma's Tattoos is a powerful documentary that reveals the fate of thousands of forgotten women, mostly teenagers and young girls, who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide but were forced into prostitution by their captors. Many of these women were tattooed as a permanent mark of their status.

Half the Kingdom

American, Canadian and Israeli women talk about their struggle to redefine their roles in Jewish life and attempt to incorporate feminist values into their religion.

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

The 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject is an extraordinary portrait of artist Mindy Alper, whose astonishing body of work - drawings and sculptures of powerful psychological clarity - reveals a lifetime of struggle with debilitating mental illness.

Injunuity

Injunuity is a collage of reflections on the Native American world, our shared past, our turbulent present, and our undiscovered future. From Columbus to the western expansion to tribal casinos, we are taught that the Native way, while at times glorious, is something of the past, something that needed to be replaced by a manifest destiny from across the ocean. But in a world increasingly short of real answers, it is time we looked to Native wisdom for guidance. It is time for some Injunuity. Injunuity is a mix of animation, music, and real thoughts from real people exploring our world from the Native American perspective. Every word spoken is verbatim, every thought and opinion is real, told in nine short pieces and covering such topics as language preservation, sacred sites, and the environment. But rather than simply revisit our history, the goal of Injunuity is to help define our future, to try and figure out the path that lies before us, to focus on where we are going as well as where we have been. Featuring the voices of William Harrison (Mountain Maidu), Monica Nuvamsa (Hopi, Acoma, Havasupai), Tom Phillips (Kiowa, Creek), Nazbah Tom, (Navajo/Dine), Randy Lewis (Colville), Lyz Jaakola (Anishinaabe) and Audiopharmacy.

Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

This Academy award nominated documentary about the Argentinian mothers' movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 "disappeared" sons and daughters remains as extraordinarily powerful as when it was first released.  As well as giving an understanding of Argentinian history in the '70s and '80s, LAS MADRES shows the empowerment of women in a society where women are expected to be silent.  LAS MADRES provides a banner of hope in the international struggle for human rights.

Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank

A transformative artist and one of the most insightful chroniclers of American life, legendary Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank continues to fascinate generations of casual observers and aspiring photographers alike. LEAVING HOME, COMING HOME: A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT FRANK is the definitive account of Frank’s life and the unique ways his biography and art intersect to produce powerful, richly textured images.

Monumental Crossroads

"Throughout the South of the United States, tempers flare up as confederate monuments are targeted for removal. During a 6000 mile road trip through the former Confederacy, this documentary explores the legacy of Southern Heritage. A myriad of supporters and opponents is met along the way: White, Black, North and South. Each with their own view on what's worth remembering and preserving. Is there a way past these crossroads?"
--IMDb

My Country (Access ends Feb. 19, 2023)

Two brothers — one American, one Italian, who’ve never met — take a road trip from Rome to the unknown but picturesque region of Molise on a journey to spread the ashes of their late father in the small town where he was born.

Neighbor

A homeless man uncovers a dirty little secret in Suburbia.

No Más Bebés

"The story of Mexican immigrant women who were pushed into sterilization while giving birth at L.A. County hospital during the 1970s. Alongside intrepid young Chicana/o lawyers and a whistle-blowing doctor, the mothers stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice."--Container

Nostalgia for the Light

Director Patricio Guzman travels to the driest place on earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, where astronomers examine distant galaxies, archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and women dig for the remains of disappeared relatives.

Paris Was a Woman

Through a combination of still photos, archival film footage, and interview commentary, documents the creative community of French, English and American women, many of whom were lesbians, who gravitated to the Left Bank in Paris during the early part of the 20th century.

The Pearl Button

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds the voices of the Earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds the secret of a mysterious button that was discovered in its seabed. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline, the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. In it are the voices of the Patagonian indigenous people, of the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. Some say that water has memory. This film shows that it also has a voice.

Potentially Dangerous

During World War II, the U.S Government restricted the actions and freedoms of 600,000 Italian residents of the United States. All were declared "Enemy Aliens," and many were placed under curfew, banned from their workplaces, evacuated from their homes and communities, and even placed in internment camps. Many of these people had been in the United States for decades, had children born in their adopted country, and had sons serving in the U.S. Military. During that era, Italians made up the biggest foreign-born group in the country. As the Department of Justice would later say, "The impact of the wartime experience was devastating to the Italian American communities in the United States, and its effects are still being felt." Interned Italians were not changed with a crime or allowed legal representation. They were subjected to "loyalty hearings" and held for the duration of the war. The United States government considered them "Potentially Dangerous" not based on anything they had done, but on where they were born. Most Italians refused to speak about what happened to them. Even 80 years later, many have remained silent. Until now. Hear their stories for the first time in Potentially Dangerous.—Zach Baliva

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

An examination of the prison and its place -- social, economic and psychological -- in American society. Excavates the often-unseen links and connections that prisons and our system of mass incarceration have on communities and industries all around us-- from a blazing California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires to a Bronx warehouse that specializes in prison-approved care packages to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of new prison jobs to the street where Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson. Includes interviews with ex-convicts, prisoners and people who live near prisons.

The R-Word

This film explores the long-reaching history and lasting implications of derogatory language used to describe people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Rodents of Unusual Size

"Louisiana has suffered from hurricanes, flooding and oil spills, but nothing has been as insidious as the nutria. This giant swamp rat, known for its distinctive orange buckteeth, is prone to tunneling and eating plant roots, threatening the region's fragile wetlands with erosion. Rodents of Unusual Size follows fisherman-turned-bounty hunter Thomas Gonzales and other colorful Gulf residents, from hunters and trappers to furriers and chefs, as they try to defend their imperiled land from this invasive species."--Container

Selling Lies

In 2016, an army of teenagers in Macedonia discovered a wildly lucrative game of posting false political clickbait news articles on Facebook for profit. By creating websites leading up to the presidential election that published sensationalized and misleading news stories about American politics, they generated a massive income and influenced the election. Selling Lies offers a rare glimpse inside the secret network behind these websites, including one notorious ringleader whose social media reach had vast implications on American readers, and explores how disinformation campaigns are continuing to strongly impact the U.S. today leading into the 2020 presidential election.

Soldiers of Conscience (Access ends April 06, 2023)

Eight Iraq War soldiers face the most difficult moral decision of their lives:  to kill or not to kill. Each is torn between the demands of duty and the call of conscience. A realistic, yet optimistic look at war, peace, and the power of the human conscience.

Unladylike2020

"UNLADYLIKE2020 calls into question American history as we know it, reaching back to the dawn of the 20th century to recognize unsung female leaders and women of color trailblazers. The series presents rich biographies of 26 trailblazing American women that everyone should know, who broke barriers in male-dominated fields over 100 years ago, such as politics, journalism, science, business, sports, and the arts, including the first woman to found a hospital on an American Indian reservation, serve in the U.S. Congress, become a bank president, earn an international pilot’s license, lead scientific expeditions in the Arctic, swim the English Channel, sing opera on the main stage at Carnegie Hall, or direct a feature-length movie.  Presenting history in a bold new way, UNLADYLIKE2020 brings these extraordinary stories of daring and persistence back to life through captivating original artwork and animation, rare archival imagery, and interviews with historians, descendants, and accomplished women of today, who reflect on the influence of these pioneers.   The UNLADYLIKE2020 collection includes short documentary films ranging in length from 9 to 12 minutes profiling 26 different women." -- Grasshopper Film

Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance

UPROOTED is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this groundbreaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre. Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism, and sexism. UPROOTED includes special appearances with Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

Vamonos con Pancho Villa!

This classic of Mexican cinema follows the adventures of six young men who leave their rural homes to join Pancho Villa's army. Together the men endure hardship, tragedy, and disillusionment for the cause of the Mexican Revolution.

We Are All Related Here

In a remote western Alaskan village, an Indigenous community is at imminent risk of being displaced by climate change.

We Exist: Beyond the Binary

"One of the first films to document a growing community living life "beyond the binary" construct of gender. We exist offers a first-hand account of what it is like to exist other than male or female, while living within the confines of a world that is slow to catch up."--DVD jacket.

Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice

Biography in political and social context of Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American woman and humanitarian civil rights activist who first became aware of social injustice in the United States during her time in a Japanese-American interment camp during World War II. She stresses the need for members of all races and ethnicities to work together for common goals, and for a fundamental change in political power structures. Includes interviews with Kochiyama and with members of her family.

Swank Digital Campus

Swank Digital Campus LogoSwank Digital Campus provides a customizable academic streaming library of over 25,000 feature films, documentaries and foreign films from the largest movie studios, including Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, NBCUniversal, Columbia Pictures, Lions Gate, MGM, Miramax and many more. 

Kanopy

Kanopy LogoKanopy is a video-streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films. Founded in 2008, Kanopy was established to provide academic institutions with essential films that foster learning and conversation. Content providers include A24, PBS, California Newsreel, Paramount, Criterion Collection, HBO Documentary Films, Kino Lorber, Cohen Media Group, Cinema Guild, Bleeker Street, Media Education Foundation, Dos Vatos, First Run Features, New Day Films, and Psychotherapy.net.

Effective October 7, 2022, Santa Clara University Library expanded Kanopy access to include access to Kanopy's BASE Subscription titles in addition to films individually licensed per faculty request. Kanopy BASE Subscription content includes nearly 10,000 titles (many of which are exclusive to Kanopy) which cover multiple disciplines from diverse suppliers including PBS, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, New Day Films, Film Movement, and SHOUT Factory.

Alexander Street Press

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Alexander Street publishes more than 80 collections totaling many millions of pages, audio tracks, videos, images, and playlists. Collections across the curriculum—in literature; music; women's history; black history; psychological counseling and therapy; social and cultural history; drama, medical, theatre, film, and the performing arts; religion; sociology; and other emerging areas. SCU currently subscribes to the collection Counseling and Therapy in Video and also licenses videos individually.

Films on Demand

Films on Demand LogoFilms On Demand is a Web-based digital video delivery service that allows viewing of streaming videos from Films Media Group. Choose from thousands of high-quality educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, create and share playlists, and personalize folders. Content providers include BBC, ABC News, NBC News, A&E Television Networks, Cambridge Educational, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

Docuseek

Docuseek LogoDocuseek streams essential independent, social-issue and environmental films to colleges and universities, providing exclusive access to content from renowned leaders in documentary film distribution. Participating distributors include Bullfrog Frilms, dGenerate Films, The Fanlight Collection, First Run Features, Icarus Films, Kartemquin Films, KimStim Films, MediaStorm, National Film Board of Canada, ScorpionTV, and Terra Nova Films.

Film Platform

Film Platform LogoFilm Platform collaborates with some of the industry’s leading filmmakers and content providers around the world to bring the finest documentary films to any audience willing and wanting to learn. The collection is meticulously curated by film experts and leading academics to showcase meaningful documentaries of social, political, and cultural importance. Film Platform works with an academic advisory board to ensure that each of our films upholds the highest educational standards and speaks directly to today’s most pressing academic topics and concerns.

Ambrose Video

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Ambrose Video has access to over 700 Educational videos including timely science and history topics. New releases include: Career Decisions: Physical Therapy, The Neuroscience of Addiction Extended Interviews, Behavioral Science, AP Human Geography, Great Directors, Great Authors of the British Isles and Great Irish Authors, BBC Classics such as all 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays, James Burkes' Connections, Ascent of Man and more.

Digitalia

Digitalia Film Library LogoDigitalia Film Library (streaming video) is a multilingual collection of films from Spain, France and other European countries, North American Classic films, and Latin American films from South America, Central America and Caribbean including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and others.

Vendor Catalogs

The University Library also licenses films from the catalogs below to host on SCU's Panopto platform.

Grasshopper Film

Grasshopper FilmGrasshopper Film is a distribution company dedicated to the release of independent, foreign, and documentary film. Founded in December 2015 by Ryan Krivoshey.

Good Docs

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 "GOOD DOCS are films that do good in the world. Our award-winning collection engages and inspires students by featuring rarely heard stories about individuals and communities working towards a more equitable world. We champion creative expression and complex films that provoke critical thinking. GOOD DOCS represents established documentarians and passionate new filmmakers driven by their experiences as educators, academics, journalists, artists, social workers, community members, and activists." - Good Docs About Us

Women Make Movies

Women Make Movies Logo Women Make Movies - "Our acclaimed collection of nearly 700 films is used by thousands of cultural, educational and community organizations across North America and throughout the world. We work in collaboration with international film festivals, national broadcasters, and local community groups to deliver media that enriches public dialogue and changes lives. Our long-standing commitment to diversity shows in our catalog, more than half of which is produced by women from different cultures, as well as by LGBTQI women, older women, women with disabilities, and women of color." - WMM About Us Distribution

Cinema Guild

Cinema Guild LogoCinema Guild - Based in New York City, The Cinema Guild is a distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films. The company was founded by Philip and Mary-Ann Hobel, producers known for their work in documentaries and features, including Tender Mercies, winner of two Academy Awards.

Third World Newsreel

Third World Newsreel LogoThird World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.

It supports innovative work of diverse forms and genres made by artists who are intimately connected to their subjects through common bonds of ethnic/cultural heritage, class position, gender, sexual orientation and political identification. TWN promotes the self-representation of traditionally marginalized groups as well as the negotiated representation of those groups by artists who work in solidarity with them.

Ultimately, whether documentary, experimental, narrative, traditional or non-traditional, the importance of the media promoted by the organization is its ability to effect social change, to encourage people to think critically about their lives and the lives of others, and to propel people into action.