History


New! Just Like Me: The Vietnam War/The American War 59 min.

The Vietnam War/The American War is a journey from present to past and back again that follows Vietnam veteran Ron Osgood in his quest to recover fragmented and buried stories from all sides of the Vietnam War/American War, revealing multiple perspectives that are thematically interconnected. The stories from veterans and non-combatants look at the ways in which war becomes inscribed into the life...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

New! Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn 98 min.

Directed by Ivy Meeropol, this film offers an unflinching look at the infamous attorney Roy Cohn, who prosecuted Meeropol’s grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and later argued persuasively for their execution in what became known as the “atomic spies” case. The film examines Cohn’s life as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the late 1950s – when the young Cohn first learned to wiel...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes 96 min.

This HBO Documentary Films presentation highlights the courage and undeniable charisma of boxing legend Muhammad Ali through the unlikely bond he formed over the years with pioneering television host Dick Cavett. An intuitively genius television personality, Ali appeared more than a dozen times on The Dick Cavett Show, where the duo regularly discussed the news of the day, Ali’s latest bouts, and...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2020

Beyond the Pale 53 min.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the Jewish heritages of actor Jeff Goldblum, radio host Terry Gross, and comedian Marc Maron, uncovering previously unknown stories that show each shares much more with their ancestors than a religious tradition.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Criminal Kind 53 min.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of actor Laura Linney and journalists Lisa Ling and Soledad O’Brien—telling them stories of tricksters, scoundrels and outright criminals, who nevertheless laid the groundwork for their success.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Finding Your Roots 420 min.

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. weaves together genealogical detective work with cutting-edge DNA analysis to trace the ancestry of a diverse array of trailblazing public figures. The result is a captivating cross-section of history.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Italian Roots 53 min.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of talk show-host Jimmy Kimmel and actors Marisa Tomei and John Turturro, introducing them to ancestors who made immense sacrifices to bring their families from Italy to America.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Science Pioneers 53 min.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family trees of Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson, and Harold E.Varmus--three pioneering scientists who’ve made dramatic contributions to our understanding of the world, all the while knowing little about their own ancestry.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Secrets and Lies 53 min.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Sigourney Weaver, Justina Machado, and Amy Ryan unearth surprising revelations about their family histories, forever altering how they see themselves.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Slave Trade 53 min.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson, and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history—and their own family trees.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020