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Humanities Research Guide

Resource guide for subjects areas: Art, English, Liberal Studies, Literature, Philosophy, and Speech

Featured Books - Check your student email for access information and passwords

From Antz to Titanic : A Student Guide to Film Analysis
Making Meaning : Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema
Concepts in Film Theory
A Companion to Film Theory
What Is Cinema? : Volume I
The Oxford History of World Cinema
Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice
Social Justice : Theories, Issues, and Movements

LIB 212: Final Film Analysis - Prof Bulter

Social Justice Film Resources

Below are resources to help you locate and analyze films for your social justice film project in Prof Butler's class. 

Free films online

  • Films for Action has assembled a wide variety of socially-minded documentaries and shows them for free on their site. This is a link to their "Wall of Films" which shows a selection of their feature films, but you can also browse by topic. Note that not all films are feature-length so keep an eye on the length and choose accordingly. 

Resources and selected readings

Online journals, magazines and other examples of analysis and critique

  • The library's databases provide access to several major film studies journals including Film Comment, Journal of Popular Film & Television, Film Criticism, Velvet Light Trap, and Cinema Journal. Browse and search individual titles, or search all of the library databases through Academic Search Elite (check student email for login info)
  • Images is a quarterly journal that publishes articles about movies, television, videos, and other popular visual arts. 
  • Alternate Takes is a website with collected reviews and analysis written by critics, academics, and students of cinema for a broad readership. Films are reviewed on a dual system: first a film review and then a more in-depth "alternate take" on the film. Search or browse reviews.
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