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20 NEH-Funded Films To Watch This Summer

July 15, 2016

20 NEH Funded Films to Watch This Summer

1-5) Created Equal is a set of four films designed to cinematically recreate the civil rights movement in America. The four films, The Abolitionists (2013), Slavery By Another Name (2012),  Freedom Riders (2011), and The Loving Story (2011), can be used in tandem with several community and classroom programs. A fifth installment of Created Equal, Freedom Summer (2014), was released in June 2014.

6)  Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race (2015) shows how Tom Bradley brought together people of various races and ethnicities as the mayor of Los Angeles, to better the city.

7) August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (2015) follows August Wilson’s unprecedented playwriting career, from the founding of the Black Horizon Theater in Pittsburgh to his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling each decade of the 20th-century African-American experience.

8) The Buddha (2010) is a documentary directed by David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere. The film follows the story of the Gautama Buddha's life and discusses the history and teachings of Buddhism.

9) Baseball (1994) is a documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

10) Latino Americans (2013) is a landmark six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of History.

11) Dolley Madison (2010) defined the role of the President's wife, became America's first First Lady, and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.

12) Henry Ford (2013) is an absorbing life story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century, Henry Ford offers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management, and a thought-provoking reminder of how Ford's automobile forever changed the way we work, where we live, and our ideas about individuality, freedom, and possibility.

13) Walt Disney (2015) was uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling. This new film examines Disney's complex life and enduring legacy.

14) Murder of a President (2016) is the story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president, and his assassination by a deluded madman named Charles Guiteau. Follow Garfield's unprecedented rise to power, his shooting only four months into his presidency, and its bizarre and heartbreaking aftermath. The two-hour film is based on Candice Millard's bestselling and award-winning Destiny of the Republic.

15) Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1976) Bernice, a shy young woman, leaves her safe home to go visit her flapper cousin. When her cousin tries to teach Bernice how to be much more modern, Bernice gives her much more than she bargained for.

16) Seize the Day (1986) Tommy Wilhelm (Robin Williams) is a salesman. An honest, hard-working guy who has lost his job, his girlfriend, and left part of his sanity behind as he heads to New York to pick up the pieces of his life. He's always been able to sell, but caught in a downward spiral, he must, in addition, face the father who never really understood him, while trying to balance his newly precarious existence

17) FDR (2008) was unquestionably the most vital figure in the nation, and perhaps the world, during his 13 years in the White House. Engendering both admiration and scorn, FDR exerted unflinching leadership during the most tumultuous period in the nation's history since the Civil War.

18) The Rape of Europa (2006) tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War.

19) Alexander Hamilton (2007) tells the story of the underappreciated genius who laid the groundwork for the nation's modern economy - including the banking system, Wall Street, and an "opportunity society" in which talent and hard work, not birth, determined success.

20) 1913: Seeds of Conflict (2014) is a one-hour documentary directed by filmmaker Ben Loeterman, explores the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before World War I, when Arabs and Jews co-existed in harmony as Ottomans, each yearning for a land to call their own