Feeding Your Brain over Winter Break


Last December, I shared some of our law collection’s top rated films to enjoy over your winter break. If fiction isn't your thing, you may want to explore the world of documentary film-making.

Documentaries are a wonderful way to learn about different perspectives and get caught up on current world events. You may even stumble across a topic worthy of using as a basis for your upper-level writing requirement!

Below is a list (alphabetical order with their release year) of a selection of documentaries in the library's collection.* These DVD’s can be borrowed from our reading lounge and reserve collections.

This fun infographic shows some of the common subjects terms related to these films.

  • The 10th District Court: Moments of Trials, 2006
  • The Agronomist, 2005
  • The Art of the Steal, 2010
  • The Ballad of Willie & Lucille: Disappointed Expectations of Contract Law and the Legal System, 2008
  • The Buffalo Creek Flood: an Act of Man; and, Buffalo Creek Revisited, 2006
  • The Central Park Five, 2013
  • The Corporation, 2005
  • The Court, 2013
  • A Crime of Insanity, 2002
  • Ask Not, 2009
  • At the River I Stand, 2004
  • Between Joyce and Remembrance, 2004
  • Born into Brothels, 2004
  • Brick by Brick: a Civil Rights Story, 2007
  • Brother Outsider, 2002
  • Capturing the Friedmans, 2003
  • Damages, 2007
  • Defending Gideon: It's Time to Finish What He Started, 2013
  • Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room, 2005
  • Food, Inc., 2009
  • Gasland: Can You Light Your Water on Fire?, 2010
  • Home Insurance 9-1-1, 2007
  • Hot Coffee, 2011
  • In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts, 2007
  • An Inconvenient Truth, 2006
  • Inside Job    2011
  • Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life, 2012
  • The Invisible War, 2012
  • Is Wal-Mart Good for America?, 2004
  • Key Constitutional Concepts, 2006
  • The Law in These Parts, 2013
  • Life and Debt, 2003
  • Litigating Disaster, 2004
  • Lost Boys of Sudan, 2003
  • The Loving Story, 2013
  • Mandate: The President and the People, 2006
  • Maxed Out: Nothing is Priceless, 2007
  • Murder on a Sunday Morning, 2003
  • Nazrah: a Muslim Woman's Perspective, 2003
  • The New Haven Raids, 2007
  • Our Constitution: A Conversation, 2005
  • Out of the Past, 2004
  • A Place at the Table, 2013
  • Planet Earth: The Complete Series, 2007
  • Power Trip, 2006
  • Rebirth, 2011
  • Resolved, 2009
  • Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech, 2009
  • Sicko, 2007
  • Startup.com, 2001
  • State of Fear, 2005
  • Stolen, 2006
  • The Supreme Court: Home to America's Highest Court, 2009
  • Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, 2006
  • The Trials of Henry Kissinger, 2003
  • Toilet Training: Law and Order (in the bathroom), 2003
  • Trudell, 2006
  • The U.S. vs John Lennon, 2007
  • An Unreasonable Man, 2007
  • WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, 2005
  • The Weather Underground, 2004
  • Well-Founded Fear, 2006
  • What Makes Me White?, 2007
  • William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, 2010

Congratulations on another semester completed. Have a happy and healthy New Year!

*Practice your research skills by finding these titles yourself: Go to the library catalog, select "subject" from the dropdown box, then search by subject for "documentary film".


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Rebecca Bearden
Technical Services Librarian,UConn Law

Rebecca works primarily within acquisitions and serials, by processing and receiving monographic and serial book orders, recordkeeping, and ensuring database integrity, as well as assisting with catalog maintenance and electronic resource management. She provides customer service between the library and vendors for book order and subscription related issues. She holds a B.A. from Eastern Connecticut State University, and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University.