Watch these award-winning documentaries on voting rights
Answering the Call: The American Struggle for the Right to Vote Brian Jenkins
Fifty-one years ago, the nation watched in horror as bloody images of police attacks on civil rights protestors in Selma, Alabama aired on television. John Witeck was a sophomore at the University of Virginia when he saw the graphic coverage of Bloody Sunday, and when Dr. King called for supporters to travel to Selma to march for justice he packed his bags and journeyed south. Despite the efforts of civil rights advocates over the past 5 decades, Alabama and many other states have since passed new types of restrictive voting laws that those who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King fought so hard to overcome.
One Vote: Every Vote Tells a Story
ONE VOTE is a small film about a big topic: American democracy. At a moment of unprecedented cynicism about the political process, ONE VOTE bears hopeful witness to the humanity and rich diversity of American voters, and to the unsung stories that comprise our exercise of democracy. It is an inspiring film that follows five diverse Americans on election day. At times funny, surprising, and heart-wrenching, the film eschews partisan politics in favor of an honest portrayal of voters' Election Day experiences.
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The Valencia College Online Libray offers a large selection of fiction and documentary films on the subjects of Voting and Civic Engagement. These can be used within your courses as well as for personal enrichment.
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