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8.7 Recommended Viewing

Election (1999). A dark comedy, starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, about a high school election that goes awry.

Eyes on the Prize (1988). An award-winning documentary about the civil rights movement.

Forrest Gump (1994). Tom Hanks stars in this film about a simple man who witnesses historical events between the 1950s and the 1980s, including social movements and protests.

Seeing Red (1984). A documentary film about the political dedication, activities, lives, and fates of American communists.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like (1999). A documentary covering the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in 1999.

Unfinished Symphony (2001). A documentary film that focuses on a three-day protest march in 1971 tracing the path of Paul Revere’s 1775 ride by newly returned veterans of the Vietnam War, including a young John Kerry, who became a US Senator.

The War at Home (1980). This documentary film chronicles the evolution of the Vietnam protest movement focusing on the college town of Madison, Wisconsin in 1969.