These acclaimed, feature-length documentaries are available for you to watch online or stream this year. 

 

Please note that if you choose to watch a film online you will be required to answer a series of questions in CourseWorks.  Students who attend a film screening with facilitated discussion are not required to answer the series of questions in CourseWorks.

How to Watch a Documentary Online

 

1. To stream* a film, click the link below and follow the on-screen directions.

2. After watching, go to CourseWorks and answer related questions to confirm your participation in the Initiative. (If you’re not required to complete, please let us know your thoughts here.)

 

*If you are viewing off-campus, please use the following login (enter when prompted here):

Username: columbiaul

Password: access

The Invisible War

Heralded for exposing sexual abuse and inspiring reform in the military, The Invisible War shares the stories of service members whose experiences with sexual violence are followed by frustrating challenges in the military legal system. (95 minutes; NR)
 
Questions:

  1. What story or experience most stood out for you from the film?  Why? 
  2. Coast Guard Seaman Kori Cioca explained in an interview that her rape was preceded by months of harassment.  What do you think is the relationship between harassment and assault?
  3. Some interviewees in the film suggest that the issue of sexual assault must be addressed by changing policies, while others mention the culture of the military.  Applying those perspectives to our context, what do you think are the similarities between the root causes of sexual violence in the military and on college and university campuses?  
  4. What connections do you see between ideas from this film and fostering sexual respect at Columbia?

The Mask You Live In

In this award-winning film that some viewers described as “life changing,” young men discuss race, class, identity and the pressure they face from peers, adults and the media to disconnect emotionally, degrade women and resolve conflicts with violence. (97 min; NR)
 
Questions:

  1. What story or experience most stood out for you from the film?  Why? 
  2. What do you think about Joe Erhman’s comment that “Be A Man” is one of the most destructive phrases we can say to young boys?  Or, how might individuals or communities promote healthy forms and norms of masculinity?
  3. What connections do you see between ideas from this film and fostering sexual respect at Columbia?

Miss Representation

An official selection at Sundance and other film festivals, Miss Representation examines the ways gender stereotypes in media and popular culture underrepresent women in positions of power and influence. Presenting startling statistics and interviews, the film features Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Margaret Cho, Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow, and Nancy Pelosi (87 min; TV-14 DL)
 
Questions:

  1. What story or experience most stood out for you from the film?  Why? 
  2. What is a way in which advertising and media affect your view of gender – and of sexual and gender-based harassment or violence?
  3. What connections do you see between ideas from this film and fostering sexual respect at Columbia?