Samuel D. Pollard is an American film director, editor, producer, and screenwriter. His films have garnered numerous awards such as Peabodys, Emmys, and an Academy Award nomination. In 2020, the International Documentary Association gave him a career achievement award. Spike Lee, whose films Pollard has edited and produced, described him as being "a master filmmaker." Henry Louis Gates Jr. characterizes his work in this way: “When I think about his documentaries, they add up to a corpus — a way of telling African-American history in its various dimensions.”
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A Crime on the Bayou
The most powerful white supremacist in 1960s Louisiana was challenged by a black teenager with the help of a young Jewish attorney. Systemic racism and its match in courtroom battles, including the U....
Black Art: In the Absence of Light
An introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today, inspired by the late David Driskell's landmark 1976 exhibition, "Two Centuries of Black American Art."
The two-part documentary Tiger is a revealing look at the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods. The series depicts an intimate picture of the golfer, whose dedication and obsession...
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Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance
The relationship between Black and Jewish Americans began long before the Civil Rights era. In Shared Legacies, there are interviews with civil rights leaders. There is a lot of footage of John Lewis....
D. Wade: Life Unexpected
A look at the highs and lows of the NBA superstar's life and career is provided in D Wade's upcoming documentary.
Based on newly declassified files, the film explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children
This docuseries explores the period between 1979 and 1981 when at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jamario, Jaquan, Jailen, and Teague are teammates on the J.O. Johnson High School wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama. Led by their passionate coach, they are trying to qualify for the State Champio...
Director Sam Pollard constructs a portrait of charismatic trailblazer Maynard Jackson, who became Atlanta’s first black mayor in 1973. The son of pastors raised in the segregated South, Jackson entere...
On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, which ushered giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national ...
Acorn and the Firestorm
For 40 years, the community-organizing group ACORN advocated for America's poorest communities, while its detractors accused it of promoting the worst of liberal policies. ACORN was riding high on the...
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
The legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man is the subject of a lot of interviews.
The Talk: Race in America
Documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if ...
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
Wilson's theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle about a century of African-American life. Wilson won two Pulitzer Prizes.
Remote Area Medical
Amid the nation's ongoing debate over health care reform, this bracing new documentary examines the everyday realities of Americans who lack access to affordable medical treatment. In order to documen...
Venus and Serena
Venus and Serena looks into the lives of sisters and tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams. The film tells the story of how these two great stars came to be and how they struggle to stay on top.
Slavery by Another Name
A documentary that recounts the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition.
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Gerrymandering is a 2010 documentary feature film written and directed by Jeff Reichert. The film explores the history and the ethical, moral and racial problems raised by redistricting, i.e., the dra...
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Spike Lee returns to New Orleans to see how the city has changed.
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
When Marvin Gaye died in 1984, he left behind one of the great legacies in American music. More than a superb vocalist and subtle composer, he was a visionary who expressed the tenor of his times. Bot...
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
Zora Neale Hurston, path-breaking novelist, pioneering anthropologist and one of the first black women to enter the American literary canon (Their Eyes Were Watching God), established the African Amer...
When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing...
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks
An intimate look at the life and career of Gordon Parks, a true Renaissance man who has excelled as a photographer, novelist, journalist, poet, musician and filmmaker.
Pierre Delacroix was frustrated when his sitcom idea was rejected. Delacroix can't think of a 21st century show. The network airs it.
4 Little Girls
Four young girls were killed on September 15, 1963, when a bomb destroyed a black church in Alabama. It was a defining moment in the history of the civil-rights movement when it was a crime that shock...
Strike is a drug pusher. Strike's older brother killed the night manager. The person is a detective. Strike and Rodney are to blame because Klein doesn't believe the story and he sets out to find the ...
Surviving the Game
A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new tar...
Four Harlem friends, Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem, decide to go big when they knock off a convenience store. The leader has a gun. There are different goals for Q. He would like to DJ on the night of t...
Mo' Better Blues
His friends want him to play the trumpet, but his mother insists he finish his lessons. The band was formed by Bleek. The story of Bleek's and Shadow's friendly rivalry on stage spills into their prof...
Jack and Ben are going to spend a lot of time at the Florida resort. When they tried to bed the wife of the jewel thief, their plans were disrupted. If they're ever going to have a chance with the gir...
Night of the Zombies
There are unbelievable rumors about zombies and investigators are searching for missing soldiers. They set out to investigate the rumors. CIA special-agent Nick Monroe is sent to flush out deserters f...
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