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Movies @ Cal State LA Library: Eye Opening Movies

Welcome to the Movie Libguide for Cal State LA Library Movie Resources

This guide was created to introduce you to the movies available to you from the library.

We have both DVD's and streaming services.

An advanced search of "DVD" and Material Type is Audio Visual will retrieve over 5000 titles!

Stop by the library today to check out a movie or enjoy a movie online by using the streaming film databases.


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12 years a slave

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk E444.N87 T92 


El Norte

"El Norte" is a drama about two Guatemalan teenagers, a brother and a sister, who leave their native land following the murder of their father and the disappearance of their mother. Enrique and Rosa are determined to start a new life in "The North", and set out on foot for California, after hearing grand tales of toilets that flush and having gazed with wonder at borrowed copies of "Good Housekeeping" magazine.--Container

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk PN1997 .N665  

The fat body (in)visible

"What happens when women decide to love their bodies no matter what size? This documentary short by fat acceptance activist Margitte Kristjansson features two of her fellow fat acceptance activists, Keena and Jessica, who share their experiences of being judged by society for their decision to not bow to how women are expected to look--including being harassed and discriminated against because of their size. Undeterred, they talk about how the fat acceptance movement has allowed them to become empowered through fashion, explore the intersection of race and fatness, and how they found community support through social media and blogs"--Container

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk   BF697.5.B63 F38  



Generation cyberbully : bullying without borders

Examines how cyberbullying is different than regular bullying. Discusses the effects of cyberbullying on the victims and the perpetrators. Educator's guide describes specific forms of cyberbullying and how to detect warning signs. Shows how to handle an attack once it has been reported and to establish a course of action to deal with and prevent cyberbullying

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk LB3013.3 .G464


The hunting ground

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the films follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice--despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk  LB2345.3.R37 H86




The Loving story

"Documentary about the case of Richard & Mildred Loving, a white man & a black woman who were convicted by the state of Virginia for the crime of marrying across racial lines in the late 1950s. Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter returned home to Virginia where their marriage was declared illegal--he was white, and she was black and Native American. At the time, anti-miscegenation laws were upheld in 16 states. The Lovings refused to leave one another and, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, took their case to the courts."--Distributor's abstract

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk E185.62 .L684





 The murder of Emmett Till

The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk  F350.N4 M87  

Papers : stories of undocumented youth

Twelve million undocumented immigrants live in the United States; two million of them are children. This film is about people who did not decide to become illegal immigrants. Their parents made that choice for them. Although born outside the U.S., these young people were raised in this country, educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, and find the door to their future slammed shut. 65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school without "papers." It is against the law for them to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk  PN1997 .P361  


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