Trailer: Regarding Susan Sontag

Please join California Humanities for a screening of Regarding Susan Sontag playing at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, followed by a post-screening discussion held at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Regarding Susan Sontag is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout […]

Trailer: A Fierce Green Fire on American Masters

A Fierce Green Fire, a comprehensive history of the American environmental movement narrated by Robert Redford, Isabel Allende, and Meryl Streep, premieres nationally on the PBS series American Masters on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9-10 pm in honor of Earth Day. Check your local listing HERE. A Fierce Green Fire was supported by a California Humanities’ California Documentary […]

Trailer: Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

MRS. JUDO: BE STRONG, BE GENTLE, BE BEAUTIFUL, documents the life-long journey of Keiko Fukuda’s decision to defy thousands of years of tradition, choose her own path, and become the highest-ranking woman in judo history.

Trailer: The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

What are you thinking about as you sit in the waiting room of your local hospital? What are you feeling? Fear that you won’t be able to afford treatment? Trust in the medical staff that are working to cure what ails you? Anger at a system that lets so many fall through the cracks? Relief […]

Trailer: When Medicine Got It Wrong

When Medicine Got It Wrong - California Documentaries Project

Schizophrenia affects 2.4 million American adults. Until the 1970s it was believed that parents — specifically, mothers — caused the disease. That changed when a small group of middle-class San Mateo parents got fed up, got organized, and spoke out.

Trailer: Chicano Rock! The Sound of East LA

Chicano Rock - California Documentaries Project

For some, Chicano Rock ‘n’ Roll is synonymous with Ritchie Valens, a teenager from the San Fernando Valley who became a superstar with his 1958 hits “Donna” and “La Bamba.” But the roots of Chicano Rock ‘n’ Roll run even deeper.

Trailer: We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco

We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco - California Documentaries Project

When AIDS (or “gay cancer,” as it was first called) began ravaging San Francisco’s gay community in the 1980s, the epidemic raised profound personal and community issues and unleashed broad political and social upheaval. Despite the fear and turmoil, many Bay Area residents responded tirelessly in compassionate and creative ways.

California Documentary Project

What do a Latina bicycle brigade in East LA, a young poet’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in Richmond, CA; Howard Jarvis, Proposition 13 and California 1970’s tax revolt; iconic photographer Dorothea Lange; and the reintegration of thousands of “lifers” following California’s amendment of its Three Strikes Law have in common? They’re just a […]