Popcorn PeacemakingVideo List
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- Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
After taking a tour of a nuclear silo, Chuck decides to
quit playing little league until nuclear weapons are disarmed.
- Angel and the Badman (1947)
A wounded gunslinger is nursed by a Quaker family When he falls in love with their daughter he has to decide whether to forsake his violent life. John Wayne.
- Amistad (1997)
Fact-based story of the 1839 revolt by Africans on the slave ship Amistad and their subsequent trial when they are taken on American soil.
- Animal Farm (1955 and 1999)
George Orwell's classic satire on Stalinism, with the animals taking over their farm by means of a revolutionary coup, but then discovering that although all animals are supposed to be equal, some are more equal than others. Animated, but not for young children.
- The Apostle (1997)
A womanizing Pentecostal minister who is forced to leave his Texas home (and church) after committing a violent act. Fascinating study of a wayward man's journey to understand his life, and the many people who help him find his way.
- Babe (1995)
Babe is a little pig who doesn't quite know his place in the world and learns that a pig can be anything that he wants to be.
- Billy Elliott (2000)
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
- Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)
About the struggles and martyrdom of a Lutheran pastor during WWII.
- Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought.
- Bound for Glory (1975)
Biography of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, the Depression-era vagabond whose working class music affected generations.
- Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)
Story of St. Francis of Assisi.
- A Bug’s Life (1998)
A misfit ant, looking for warriors to save his colony from grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.
- Chicken Run (2000)
Our plucky heroines face a lifetime of hard labor laying for the farmers, and if their performance is not up to par they quite literally face the chop. Ginger, making her way to the top of the pecking order attempts jailbreak after farcical jailbreak, but success is less than forthcoming.
- Chinatown (1974) (R)
A private eye led into a complex, volatile case by femme fatale, but also has an interesting side plot about water rights.
- Cry Freedom (1987)
A white newspaper editor befriends South African Black political activist Steve Biko.
- Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
The lives of a black, country priest and a white wealthy landowner in South Africa in the 1940's.
Themes of religion, politics, faith, healing, mercy and justice.
- Dances with Wolves (1990)
About an idealistic young Civil War soldier who makes friends with a Sioux Indian tribe and, becomes one of them.
- Dead Poets Society (1989)
Robin Williams is a charismatic English teacher at a staid New England prep school in 1959, whose infectious love of poetry--and insistence that each boy ``seize the day'' and make the most of life--inspires his impressionable students, not always in the right direction.
- Dead Man Walking (R) (1995)
Based on the book by Sr. Helen Prejean, examines the issue of capital punishment from a humanitarian perspective, and urges thoughtful reflection on the justifications for legally ending a human life.
- Death and the Maiden (R) (1994)
A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her.
- Digging to China (1998)
A small girl befriends a retarded man.
- Dr. Strangelove (1964)
At the height of the cold war, a black comedy about the arms race and nuclear holocaust.
- Entertaining Angels - The Dorothy Day Story (1996)
Dorothy Day's spiritual evolution from a journalist and suffragette in Greenwich Village to her conversion to Roman Catholicism and her devotion to helping the poor.
- Erin Brockovich (2000) (R)
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
- Eva Peron (1996) (R)
An Argentinian-made film of the life of Eva Peron.
- A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Hemingway’s WWI love story also analyses Lt. Henry's feelings on war and the purpose of fighting.
- The Fisher King (1991) (R)
A radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a horrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was a victim of it.
- Fly Away Home (1996)
A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.
- Forrest Gump (1994)
Unlikely story of a slow-witted but good-hearted man somehow at the center of the pivotal events of the 20th century.
- Freedom Song (2000)
A fictionalized account of the civil rights movement.
- Gandhi (1982)
Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor Oscars. Sweeping account of the life and times of Mohandas K. Gandhi.
- Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.
- The Green Mile (1999)
The story about the lives of guards on death row leading up to the execution of a wrongly accused man who has the power of faith healing.
- Harlan County War (1982)
A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.
- Heat Wave (R) (1990)
An African-American messenger working for the LA. Times plays a key role in winning the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1965 Watts riots.
- The Hiding Place (1975)
Corrie Ten Boom, a middle-aged Dutch watchmaker's daughter, became a heroine of the Resistance and aids Jews in WWII.
- The Hurricane (1999)
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
- I Will Fight No More Forever (1975)
A chronicle of the war between the United States Army and the Nez Perce, Chief Joseph.
- Inherit the Wind (1960)
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
- The Iron Giant (1999)
A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
- It’s the Rage (1999) (R)
Handguns figure in the intertwining lives of nine
- Jakob the Liar (1999)
Without ever really owning a radio, Jakob begins to falsely create stories to please the ghetto. By doing this, Jakob lifts the morale of the ghetto but also places the entire population in danger from the German army.
- Joan of Arc (1948, 1999)
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.
- Jonah, Who will be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)
Literate, engaging comedy about eight individuals affected by the political events of the late '60s in France.
- Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
American judges try Nazi war criminals.
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Powerfully resonant film in its advocacy of tolerance, justice, integrity, and loving, responsible parenthood.
- Kundun (1997)
True story of the 14th Dalai Lama and his exile from Tibet. About how to be nonviolent when your culture celebrates violence.
- Le Chambon: La Colline Aux Mille Enfants (1997)
Based on the true story of a French village, which under the guidance of its Protestant pastor saved more than 5,000 Jewish children from the Nazis.
- Magnolia (1999)
A mosaic of misery, with an array of characters-ranging from a dying man and his angelic male nurse to a precocious kid pressured to perform on a TV game show-who must deal with anger, guilt, isolation, the sins of the fathers, and ultimately, forgiveness, on an almost Biblical level.
- Les Misérables (1998)
A thief, redeemed by the power of love and forgiveness, has his past life exposed. With Liam Neeson.
- Little Buddha (1993)
A Tibetan monk hears that an American boy may be the reincarnation of an important lama, Siddhartha, the Indian prince who renounced worldly pleasures and religious extremism to find the Middle Way of Buddhist truth.
- Local Hero (1983)
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery.
- The Long Walk Home (1991)
A story set against the backdrop of the emerging civil rights movement and the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the 1950s South.
- Malcolm X (1992)
Faithful and moving adaptation of the Autobiography of Malcolm X.
- A Map of the World (1999)
After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting charges of child abuse.
- Matewan (1987)
A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.
- The Matrix (1999)
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it.
- A Merry War (1997)
aka “Keep the Aspidistra Flying,” based on the essay by George Orwell. Comedy-satire about an advertising man who is captivated by the concept of offering his life to art.
- Milagro Beanfield War (R) (1988)
Rural New Mexico community organizes to fight a ruthless and corrupt developer.
- Miracle at Midnight (1998)
A Danish family are front-runners in a clandestine operation to transport over 7,000 Jews to neutral Sweden, while averting Nazi arrest.
- The Mission (1986)
About two Jesuit missionaries in 18th Century Brazil, western imperialism and conflicting styles in striving for noble goals.
- Mississippi Burning (R) (1988)
Fictionalized account of a the murder of three young civil rights workers who were part of a 1964 voter registration drive in Mississippi.
- The Molly McGuires (1970)
In 1876 in Pennsylvania, a secret group of Irish emigrant miners, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder.
- My Son the Fanatic (R) (1997)
Taxi driver Parvez (Om Puri) can't understand why his son has turned to Muslim fundamentalism, calling the Western world of their corner of London corrupt and driven by sex.
- No More Baths (1998)
Children use nonviolent protest to keep an old man from being evicted to make room for an upscale housing development.
- Noriega: God’s Favorite (2000)
Account of the streetwise thug who brutalized his countrymen as the military ruler of Panama in the 1980s.
- Of Mice and Men (1992)
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
- Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored (1996)
A narrator tells the story of his childhood years in a
tightly knit Afro-American community in the deep south under racial segregation.
- One True Thing (1998)
A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
- Pay it Forward (2000)
A young boy attempts to make the world a better place.
- Romeo and Juliet (1999)
Shakespeare's tragic tale about two young lovers and their warring families.
- Romero (1989)
Vivid biography of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who stood up for social justice and nonviolence.
- Rosewood (1997) (R)
Fact-based story of two neighboring Florida towns, circa 1922-23, and the festering racism that threatens to explode into violence and destroy a law-abiding Black community.
- Sadat (1989)
A real-life, flawed, human who overcame a whole world of prejudice, somehow, in order to help change our world.
- Salt of the Earth (1954)
Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.
- Schindler’s List (R) (1993)
Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece about Catholic war
profiteer Oskar Schindler ,who risked his life and went bankrupt to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps.
- Serving in Silence (1995)
The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.
- Seven Years in Tibet (1995)
An Australian mountaineer/adventurer is selfish and arrogant--until he learns humility in Tibet.
- Shadowlands (1993)
British writer C. S. Lewis comfortable if rigid life as an Oxford don in the 1950s is shaken by his meeting with a forthright American poet, Joy Gresham.
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Straight-arrow banker Robbins is railroaded for a double murder and sent to prison for life in the late 1940s.
- Skokie (1981)
How a town became embroiled in a bitter controversy while trying to prevent street demonstrations by neo-Nazis in 1977.
- Sounder (1972)
A family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp.
- Testament (1983)
Story of one family's attempt to survive in the aftermath of a nuclear war.
- Twentyfour Seven (1997)
An idealistic 1980s burnout tries to encourage the aimless, angry young men in his working-class English town by setting up a boxing club.
- Wag the Dog (1997)
Before elections, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover-up a presidential sex scandal.
- The War (1994)
A Vietnam veteran in 1970s Mississippi attempts to teach his kids tolerance and peaceful ways when they're being bullied.
- The Winslow Boy (1948)
In pre-WW1 England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, but his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.
- Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God . . be Back by Five (1998)
Two 30-something friends go to Coney Island to look for a childhood buddy who is reported to be mentally ill and living under the boardwalk.
- Winstanley (1974)
About Gerrard Winstanley and the counter-culture Diggers in the mid 1600s.
- Witness (1985)
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.
- The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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