A documentary film list about social change.

Films with the New York tag:

Crime and Punishment [2018]

Police Reform New York Whistleblower

Over four years of unprecedented access, the story of a brave group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and one unrelenting private investigator who, amidst a landmark lawsuit, risk everything to expose illegal quota practices and their impact on young minorities.




Guerrillas In Our Midst [1992]

Art New York

Guerrillas In Our Midst takes a look behind the scenes of New York's blue chip art market, and reveals how a contemporary art movement is "created." The anonymous art activists, the Guerrilla Girls, provide a witty foil to SoHo's business-as-usual, protesting the underrepresentation of women and non-white artists with satirical posters and their trademark gorilla masks.




Occupy: The Movie [2013]

Occupy New York

On September 17 2011, a worldwide social movement was born in New York City. This film documents who they are and what they protest.




Pay It No Mind [2012]

LGBTQIA New York

Marsha P. Johnson was a drag queen, sex worker, and LGBT activist who fought at Stonewall and knew Andy Warhol. She was a New York fixture who made her motto her middle name: "Pay it no mind". This documentary about her life includes the last interview she gave before the suspicious circumstances of her death in 1992.




Street Scenes 1970 [1970]

War New York

In the late spring of 1970, nationwide protests against the war in Vietnam focused in the Wall Street area of New York City and ultimately in a major anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C.. A group of New York University film students documented the demonstrations as they happened in both cities. Later, in New York, the massive amount of black and white and color 16mm footage was edited into this important record of the day-by-day events. The extended final scene, shot by Edward Summer in a hotel room in Washington, D.C., is a spontaneous conversation among Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel, Jay Cocks and Verna Bloom.




The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson [2017]

LGBTQIA New York

Describing herself as a 'street queen,' Johnson was a legendary fixture in New York City’s gay ghetto and a tireless voice for LGBT pride since the days of Stonewall, who along with fellow trans icon Sylvia Rivera, founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), a trans activist group based in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Her death in 1992 was declared a suicide by the NYPD, but friends never accepted that version of events. Structured as a whodunit, with activist Victoria Cruz cast as detective and audience surrogate, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson celebrates the lasting political legacy of Johnson, while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death.