With The Ford Foundation (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 11,251

2. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

8.6
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Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Stars: Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Joe Negri

Votes: 6,428

3. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

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A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 1,675

4. Eyes on the Prize (1987–1990)

TV-PG | 360 min | Documentary, History

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A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from 1952 to 1965.

Stars: Julian Bond, Unita Blackwell, James Hicks, Burke Marshall

Votes: 462

5. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

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73 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

Director: Shola Lynch | Stars: Angela Davis, Eisa Davis

Votes: 507

6. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

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Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 778

7. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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79 Metascore

This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Blair Anderson, Omar Barbour, Julian Bond, Elaine Brown

Votes: 1,597 | Gross: $0.48M

8. Children of Darkness (1983)

57 min | Documentary

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A significant number of American children and teenagers - from all social backgrounds - suffer from mental disorders, schizophrenia, autism and emotional problems, leading them to isolation... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Thomas, Richard Kotuk, John Brooks, Billy Calhoun

Votes: 313

9. Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask (1995)

70 min | Documentary, Biography

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Explores the life and work of the psychoanalytic theorist and activist Frantz Fanon who was born in Martinique, educated in Paris and worked in Algeria. Examines Fanon's theories of ... See full summary »

Director: Isaac Julien | Stars: Colin Salmon, Halima Daoud, Noirin Ni Dubhgaill, Amir M. Korangy

Votes: 97 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003– )

Documentary

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Stars: CCH Pounder, Alan Goodman, Joseph Graves Jr., James Horton

Votes: 60

11. American Promise (2013)

TV-PG | 135 min | Documentary

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67 Metascore

This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.

Directors: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson

Votes: 263 | Gross: $0.09M

12. Sing Yourself Silly! (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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Big Bird and his pals are making musical mayhem as they sing the goofiest, nuttiest, silliest songs ever. Join in with Sesame Street favorites Oscar, Ernie, the Count, and more as they tickle your funny bone.

Directors: Lisa Simon, Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 12

13. Law and Order (1969 TV Movie)

81 min | Documentary

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Also known as The Greater Good, this series of vignettes focuses on the day-to-day work of Kansas City, Missouri police covers the range of circumstances they encounter and the variety of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Star: Richard Nixon

Votes: 239

14. Baadasssss Cinema (2002 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

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Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.

Director: Isaac Julien | Stars: Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Melvin Van Peebles, Elvis Mitchell

Votes: 638

15. The Advocates (1969–1984)

60 min | Talk-Show

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Before Roger Fisher founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, he was nationally recognized for having created an award-winning public affairs television show, The Advocates,... See full summary »

Stars: Bella Abzug, Eqbal Ahmad, Khandakar Mushtaq Ahmed, Fouad Ajami

16. The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976 TV Movie)

Family

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Ralph Parker a teenager in the early 1950's faces his junior prom while fantasying of one Daphne Bigelow his dream date. The ups and downs of life as a teen in a working class neighborhood in the 1950's Midwest.

Directors: Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton | Stars: David Elliott, Barbara Bolton, James Bonnell, James Broderick

Votes: 83

17. Well-Founded Fear (2000)

119 min | Documentary

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This documentary film takes us to an in-depth look at the asylum process of the federal U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Foreigners that are already in the United States, ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

Votes: 55

18. Connect with English (2007– )

30 min | Drama

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Connect with English is a series that brings that same effective method to speakers of other languages who are learning English. Through the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer on a ... See full summary »

Stars: Karin Anglin, Willy O'Donnell, Carlos Lacamara, Mark Consuelos

Votes: 34

19. United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012 Video)

93 min | Documentary

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73 Metascore

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Hubbard | Stars: David Barr, Ken Bing, Gregg Bordowitz, Jim Eigo

Votes: 104

20. Bring Your 'A' Game (2009)

PG | 23 min | Documentary, Short

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A documentary film in which a 17 year old African-American male encounters prominent Black male icons ('A' Gamers) from diverse fields in a hip, computer-generated video game-style world.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Ice Cube, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Russell Simmons

Votes: 13

21. Dying for Gold (2018)

99 min | Documentary

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For over 120 years hundreds of thousands of black men from the countries of Southern Africa have left their families to dig for gold and produce the wealth of South Africa. Today these ... See full summary »

Directors: Catherine Meyburgh, Richard Pakleppa

Votes: 5

22. High School II (1994)

220 min | Documentary

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Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 72

23. Marking Up the Dream (2010)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary

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Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

24. The Game is On (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

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Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

25. Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey (2005)

57 min | Documentary

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Henderson's decisions on affirmative action, environmental protection and prison reform --and the furors that surrounded them --serve as a prism on these changes and what they mean for American society.

Director: Abby Ginzberg | Stars: Carl Lumbly, Andrew Young, Thelton E. Henderson, Jackie Robinson

Votes: 12

26. Poop on Poverty (2012)

6 min | Documentary, Short

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When 25,000 camels gather in a small town for a week, the resulting camel dung can be a mountainous problem for most people...or a solution for a few.

Director: Vijay S. Jodha

27. The Senators' Bargain (2010 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Airing on HBO March 24, The Senators' Bargain is the concluding film of "How Democracy Works Now," a documentary series that brings the viewer behind the scenes of American democracy and ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

Votes: 16

28. The Kids Across the Hill (2010)

Not Rated | Documentary

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Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

29. Mountains and Clouds (2010)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

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Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

30. The Senate Speaks (2010)

Not Rated | Documentary

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Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

31. Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness and Survival (2002)

54 min | Documentary

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Director: Lawrence R. Hott | Stars: Jay Neugeboren, Robert Neugeboren

Votes: 7

32. Sam in the Snow (2010)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

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Directors: Michael Camerini, Shari Robertson

33. Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace (2001 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Stars: Aicha, Albouri, Cheikh, David

34. Shattering the Silences: The Case for Minority Faculty (1997)

86 min

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Explores issues of faculty diversity in American higher education in the mid-1990s, focusing on the experience of eight minority scholars in the humanities and social sciences at various institutions.

Stars: Gloria Cuádraz, Darlene Clark Hine, Robin D.G. Kelley, Nell Painter

35. Faith, Hope and Capital (2000 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

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Directors: Lynn Adler, Jim Mayer | Stars: Eddie Ayers, Jack Billman, Dale Braithwaite, Sandy Ledray

36. Mezulam Ba'am, Filmed Among the People (1998)

3 min | Documentary

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A massive Israeli national self-documentation project in which 31 video cameras were distributed to Israeli citizens from every walk of life who were asked to document their everyday lives.

37. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1989)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

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Profiles the life and work of author/civil rights activist, James Baldwin.

Director: Karen Thorsen | Stars: James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Frances Foster

Votes: 108

38. Live From Lincoln Center (1976– )
Episode: New York City Opera: Street Scene (1979)

176 min | Music, Musical

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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Eileen Schauler, William Chapman, Catherine Malfitano, Alan Kays

39. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Episode #18.50 (1987)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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It's just another day on the street, with the sponsors being the letters A and R and the number 6.

Stars: Northern Calloway, Kevin Clash, Jim Henson, Lena Horne


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