Turbulent Sixties

Fog of War - The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War. Directed by Errol Morris. (DVD 3068)

Before Stonewall - Traces the social, political and cultural history of homosexuality in America in the twentieth century focusing on the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement after a police raid in 1969 on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City; and the three-day riot that followed. (DVD  3582)

The Weather Underground - Documentary about a radical group whose stated goal was the violent overthrow of the U.S. government details a valuable chapter in the history of the '60s protest movement and leftism in America. The Weathermen were a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), one of the driving forces behind the period's mass protests against social injustice and the Vietnam War. (DVD 3258)

Woodstock - For three days in the summer of 1969, a rock concert was held on an upstate New York farm, and 400,000 people attended -- far more than were anticipated, far more than paid, far more than could be fed or sheltered or cared for after injuries or drug overdoses. Few documentaries have captured a time and place more completely than this one. (DVD 18972)

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)

Four Little Girls - When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern. (DVD 2039)

Hearts and Minds - Examines the American involvement in Vietnam, and is a chronicle of the war from a psychological perspective. Includes interviews with General William Westmoreland, former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford, Senator William Fulbright, Walt Rostow, and Daniel Ellsberg, as well as American Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese leaders. (DVD 2020)

Summer of Love - A look into the hippie revolution of San Francisco during the '60s, and how the free love and music turned into a life of drug use, violence, and broken dreams. (DVD 15150)

The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy - Forty years after he was fatally shot, more than 80 percent of Americans still believe there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy and that the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, did not act alone. ABC News showcases a three-dimensional, computer-generated reconstruction of the assassination, more than 70 interviews, and some of the more than four million documents related to the death to prove that theories of a conspiracy are unfounded. (DVD 10852)

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam - An authentic account of the Vietnam War from the actual letters of the men and women who served there. The harsh realities of ife and death, friendships made and lost - these letters home tell it all, with newsreel and home-movie footage shot by the servicemen themselves. These are the authentic voices of war, some who survived, many who never made it home. (DVD 16559)

Smothered: The Censorship Battles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour - Clips from "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" featuring Tom and Dick Smothers and numerous celebrity performers. This documentary also includes the story behind the show and its place in television history. There are also interviews with the Smothers Brothers themselves, along with other celebrity writers, network honchos, and performers. (DVD 2353)

Berkeley in the Sixties - This film takes a fond, if not always loving, look back at the epicenter of leftist political activism during the seventh decade of the 20th century. The free speech movement caught national attention in 1964 when the University of California tried to suppress activists distributing literature and making speeches in an outdoor plaza on campus. (DVD 1925)

American Revolution 2: Riots to Revolution, Chicago in 1968 - The 1960s was defined by a common effort to fight against injustice. Mike Gray used his camera to document the politics of the streets from the riots in the social upheaval, to the rising of two prolific groups fighting prejudice. (DVD 9472)

Gimme Shelter - Film of the Rolling Stones' infamous concert at Altamont Speedway in California, in which the Hell's Angels biker gang acted as security and proceeded to brutalize the spectators, leading to many injuries and one death. Filmed by the Maysles Brothers. (DVD 614)