Ken Burns’s ‘Prohibition’ on Netflix

Prohibition (2011), Ken Burns’ portrait of “the Noble Experiment” turned American disaster, follows Burns’s trademark approach to American history by putting big events into perspective through the personal stories of both significant historical figures and the everyday citizens. That’s particularly effective in the story of prohibition, which traditionally is presented in terms of the activism […]

Watch This! Oscar-nominated ‘Joe’s Violin’ streaming free

Joe’s Violin chronicles the relationship that develops between Joe Feingold, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, and Brianna Perez, a 12-year-old Bronx school girl, when Joe donates his violin to a music program. The film, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, explores how this act of generosity changed the lives of both of these individuals. […]

Watch This! Oscar nominated ‘4.1 Miles’ streaming free

4.1 Miles follow a day in the life of a coast guard captain from the Greek island of Lesbos who spends his days rescuing refugees fleeing their war torn countries across in often dangerous vessels across the Mediterranean. Greek-born, San Francisco-based filmmaker and journalist Daphne Matziaraki earned an Academy Award nomination for her debut short, which […]

Citizenfour, a documentary by Laura Poitras with Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald

‘Citizenfour’ – Edward Snowden on Amazon Prime

Citizenfour (2014), winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, is the story of Edward Snowden and his release of classified NSA documents that revealed the systematic surveillance of phone calls, E-mails, and internet activities of American citizens by the government. It was the biggest act of government whistleblowing since Daniel Ellsberg and […]