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One of 2012's notable events was the reelection of Barack Obama in the US presidential election. Jump back almost 150 years to 1865, though, and the idea of a black president was unfathomable. The only role black people held in American society was that of slave. With the country torn apart by a devastating civil war, another president, Abraham Lincoln, was trying desperately to force through legislation that would end the slave trade and free America's black population from the tyranny of forced labour. Steven Spielberg's biopic illustrates the monumental achievement and profound legacy of Lincoln's triumph.
This outstanding documentary investigates September 15, 1963 - the day a bomb exploded inside an American church that had an all-black congregation.
11+ years 102 mins
This powerful documentary, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, questions the case of America's longest-held solitary confinement prisoners.
14+ years 84 mins
Daniel Day Lewis gives an unforgettable performance as an increasingly alienated oil prospector in the America of the 1900s.
14+ years 159 mins
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Ahead of VE Day (8 May) history teacher Daryn Simon details why he believes that film is a powerful tool for developing young people's understanding of history.
Reading time 4 mins
Director Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite to explore the Cold War in new thriller Bridge of Spies.
Reading time 10 mins
Based on true events, the owner of the Washington Post must decide whether or not to publish sensitive documents in this timely tale from Steven Spielberg.
Reading time 6 mins
A selection of films from around the world exploring democracy and the political process, encouraging debate, understanding and engagement.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films25
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