CCPD Resources - Recommended Documentaries

CCPD Resources

Recommended Documentaries

  • Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home - Documents the stories of some of the homeless people who reside in L.A.’s Skid Row.
  • Bridegroom - A man’s partner tragically dies just as they are about to be married after the passage of California same-sex marriage laws and he is barred from the funeral by his partner’s family.
  • Closure -A transracial adoptee finds and meets her birth family, who did not know she existed.
  • Miss Representation - Examines the under-representation of empowered women in U.S. media and questions media’s narrow representation of powerful women.
  • Paris is Burning - Documents the 1980’s drag scene in NYC, with a focus on the hopes and ambitions of those involved.
  • Sound and Fury - Follows a family that’s included a mixture of deaf/hearing-impaired and hearing members for generations as they passionately argue--caught between deaf culture and the hearing world--about whether or not to give 5-year old Heather a Cochlear implant.
  • Becoming Chaz - Documents Chaz Bono’s gender transition as well as the reactions of his family and friends.
  • Tent City, USA - Documents the experiences of some of the homeless residents of Nashville, TN.
  • Out Late - Documents the lives of five individuals who come out as gay, lesbian, or transgender after the age of 55.
  • Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro - Documents Desmond Child and his lifelong partner’s journey to building their own family.
  • Call Me Kuchu - Documents the life and work of some of Uganda LGBT rights most prominent activists as they face a bill that would outlaw homosexuality and make it punishable by life imprisonment or death.
  • God Loves Uganda - Documents the efforts of the American Evangelical Christian Right to impose their beliefs on the people of Uganda
  • The New Black - Documents how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights movement, most especially the fight for marriage equality.
  • The Brandon Teena Story - Documents the murder of a transgender man in rural Nebraska after two locals discover him to be transgender.
  • Monica and David - Documents the marriage of a young couple with Down Syndrome and those who support them.
  • Dark Girls - Examines the attitudes, within and outside the Black American community, of women with dark skin tones.
  • Intersexion: Gender Ambiguity Revealed - Shares the lives and experiences of a group of intersex individuals.
  • The Central Park Five - Examines a 1989 case where five Black and Latino youth were convicted of raping a white woman in central park who were later exonerated after many years in prison when a serial rapist confessed to the crime.
  • Pageant - Follows five men competing in the Miss Gay America Pageant.
  • Documented - Chronicles the life of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, who outed himself as undocumented
  • Reel Injun - Examines the history of the portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood films.
  • Before You Know It - Follows the lives of three gay seniors in their golden years.
  • (A)Sexual - Documents the struggles of a group of asexual individuals as they struggle to claim their identity in a culture where sex is highly valued.
  • Queen Mimi - Documents the life of Mimi, a woman who found herself homeless in her 50s and lived for many years in a Santa Monica laundromat, as she makes her way to Hollywood in an unexpected journey.