Political Documentaries

Journeys with George - An unprecedented, all access pass to candidate George W. Bush in the months before he won the closest and most controversial presidential election in history. The documentary looks at the contradictions and seductions of big-time political reporting. (DVD 3321)

14 Women - A look at the fourteen women of the 109th United States Congress, their struggle to reach that unprecedented number, and how they dealt with trying to balance family life and their jobs. (DVD 14770)

Frost Nixon: The Watergate Interview - Includes in-depth interviews of U.S. President Richard Nixon by Sir David Frost in May, 1977 regarding the infamous Watergate scandal. Features footage from 2007 of Frost discussing the impact this interview had on history, his reactions, and more. (DVD 12509)

The Times of Harvey Milk - The Times of Harvey Milk is one of the landmark documentaries of our time. In 1978 Harvey Milk was elected to San Francisco city council, becoming California's first openly gay person to be elected to public office. One year later, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by fellow councillor Dan White. (DVD 19295)

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election - The riveting story about the battle for the presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. What emerges is a disturbing picture of an election marred by suspicious irregularities, electoral injustices, and sinister voter purges in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother. (DVD 4842)

Street Fight - Follows the 2002 race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between 32-year-old Cory Booker and four-term incumbent Sharpe James. Fought in Newark's neighborhoods and housing projects, the election pits the young challenger against an old style political machine. (DVD 19019)

Primary - A political documentary of the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary campaigns in which Senator John F. Kennedy upset Senator Hubert H. Humphrey. (DVD 2942)

A Perfect Candidate - In 1994 former Marine Oliver North ran for the U.S. Senate against Charles Robb. This video documents the race. (DVD 3360)

Casino Jack and the United States of Money - This portrait of Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning, confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue involving Indian casinos, spies, sweatshops, and a mob-style killings, this is a story of the way money corrupts our political process. (DVD 18091)

Fog of War - The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War. (DVD 3068)

The War Room - Documentary about the Clinton presidential campaign, from the New Hampshire primary to the victory party 10 months later. At the center are the two men most responsible for Clinton's victory- James Carville, the campaign manager, and George Stephanopoulos, the communications director. (DVD 2861)

Client 9 - When he was NY's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America's largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as governor, with the largest margin in the state's history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's first Jewish president. Then, shockingly, Spitzer's meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer had been caught seeing prostitutes. (DVD 18777)

No End in Sight - An insider's look at the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the occupation. Examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy - the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government and the disbanding of the Iraqi military largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. (DVD 10344)

Shirley Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed - This documentary follows the political career of a Harlem school teacher, Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president. (DVD 4645)

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment - In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his brother, U.S. Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, forced one of the gravest racial confrontations of the 20th century. Despite a federal court order, Alabama Governor George Wallace vowed he would prevent 2 black students from entering the all-white University of Alabama. Watch as the crisis unfolds, capturing the story from all sides up until the dramatic end. (DVD 2864)

The Most Dangerous Man in America - In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. The most dangerous man in America is a riveting story of how one man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, president and Supreme Court--a political thriller whose events led directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. (DVD 15393)

Point of Order - A compilation of TV coverage of the 1954 McCarthy-Army hearings, where the Army accuses Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special treatment of one of the senator's aides. (DVD 6587)

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story - Through interviews, tells the story of Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a household name. Atwater mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush.  He transformed the way the American media covers elections, and was seen as the father of modern negative campaigning. Despite his friendships with legendary American R & B artists James Brown and BB King, Atwater was accused of racially inflammatory tactics. (DVD 12479)