This guide contains just a sample of the documentaries, interviews, and fiction films that examine or demonstrate sociological issues (ex. economic stratification, sexuality, race) available in DVD, VHS, or Streaming.
FRONTLINE episodes are available to view in full online. Click on the title to view. Some episodes are also available on DVD or VHS in UF Libraries.
A Class Divided. In 1968, schoolteacher Jane Elliott divided her class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups for a lesson in discrimination. This video revisits that lesson thirty years later and the lasting impact it had on her students.
Country Boys. Documents the lives of two boys coming of age in Appalachian Kentucky.
Merchants of Cool. Journeys into the world of the marketers of popular culture to teenagers.
Growing Up Online. Investigates the risks, realities, and misconceptions of teenage self-expression on the World Wide Web.
The following series may be available online or in UF Libraries on DVD or VHS. Click a title to see the full catalog record:
The Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology. This series is a comprehensive introduction to sociology on 22 half-hour videos. Real-world examples in each video focus on people and issues to foster a better understanding of the key sociological concepts. Click here for descriptions of each episode and to view one episode online: http://www.tutorace.com/html/sociology.html
“Up” Series. This series documents the lives of a group of children from all over England, starting when the children were seven-year-olds (“7UP”). Filmmakers have returned every seven years since to interview the original group at ages 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, and 56.
Harvest of Shame. Edward R. Murrow exposes the plight of America's migrant farm workers in this 1960 CBS News documentary. View the complete documentary online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTVF_dya7E
Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity. Looks systematically at the relationship between the images of popular culture and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the end of the 20th century.
Century of the Self. (Online only). This series describes the psychosocial issues affecting 20th century consumerism against the backdrop of the development of Freudian psychology. The full documentary is available for download. View a clip below:
Click on the title of each film to find it in UF Libraries on DVD or VHS.
Boys Don’t Cry. A transgendered youth moves to a tiny Nebraska town and begins making new friends under his new identity, Brandon Teena. All goes well until his new friends discover his secret.
Bread & Roses. A group of immigrant workers take a stand against the million dollar corporations who employ them.
Dirty Pretty Things. Two illegal immigrants toil at a west London hotel that is full of illegal activity.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Upper-class attendees of a dinner party are prevented from eating by a series of strange events.
Do the Right Thing. On the hottest day of the year, racial conflict explodes in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Secrets & Lies. After her adoptive parents die, a young black woman seeks out her natural birth mother only to discover her mother is white.
Click on each title to find it in UF Libraries on DVD, VHS, or Streaming.
Borderless: Lives of Undocumented Workers. Two non-status migrant laborers, Geraldo, a Costa Rican construction worker, and Angela, a Caribbean domestic employee, describe their experiences with labor exploitation and restrictive immigration laws, as well as their separation from children and family.
Caught in the Crossfire. Seven ethnically diverse children (ages 8 to 16) from four families express their feelings about living with gay and lesbian parents.
Daddy & Papa. Explores the personal, cultural, and political impact of four gay male couples who are raising their adopted children.
Fornication. Describes and compares Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh doctrines, scriptures, instructions, and attitudes concerning fornication and adultery.
The Sandwich Generation. The filmmakers show their lives taking care of their elderly father while raising their own two children.
Secret Nation. This undercover report documents the stark poverty and extreme repression in North Korea that exist alongside spectacular cultural events and age-old customs unfettered by political ideology.
Silent Choices. Illustrates the abortion issue through the lives of African American women, some of whom chose to have abortions, and some who are staunchly pro-life.
The Status of Latina Women. Program looks at the differences between the U.S. Latina and her Latin American and American counterparts. Examines how Latino men regard successful Latina women, and the myths and mystique of machismo.
Tal Como Somos: The Latino GBT Community. Examines the lives of six Latino GBT men and women, focusing on their relationships with their families as well as their culture, religion, and professional lives.
Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women. Jean Kilbourne reviews how advertising has changed and not changed over the last few decades, using over 160 ads to critique advertising's view of women, and the effects this has on their image of themselves.
Red without Blue. The intimate bond between identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female.