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Do the Math

Do the Math

Bill McKibben & the Fight Over Climate Change

An inside look at environmental activist Bill McKibben's nationwide tour to raise awareness about the heightening stakes of climate change. more...

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

The Food Industry, Marketing & the Creation of a Health Crisis

An eye-opening examination of food marketing, advertising, and the tactics the food industry uses to push high-calorie processed junk foods that are undermining the health of Americans. more...

Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

A Tale of Medicine, Monopoly & Malice

The incredible true story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa, and how a remarkable group of people rose up to stop them. more...

Google & the World Brain

Google & the World Brain

The Audacious Attempt to Control Human Knowledge

A film about Google's massive project to scan millions of books from university libraries, and how authors from around the world waged a fierce legal battle against the Internet giant. more...

How Racism Harms White Americans

How Racism Harms White Americans

With John H. Bracey Jr.

Distinguished historian John H. Bracey Jr. examines the devastating economic, political, and personal toll racism has taken on white Americans over the course of history. more...

Joystick Warriors

Joystick Warriors

Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism

The clearest account yet of the personal and societal effects of violent video games and their relationship to larger cultural narratives about guns, militarism, and manhood. more...

New Economics 101, The

New Economics 101, The

True Wealth in the New Economy

Economist and bestselling author Juliet Schor lays out a positive vision for rethinking our relationship to consumer goods in this accessible analysis of the devastating ecological and social costs of mass consumerism. more...

Next American Revolution, The

Next American Revolution, The

Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State Socialism

Renowned historian and economist Gar Alperovitz shows how the US can replace economic inequality, wage stagnation, chronic unemployment, and unchecked corporate and state power with a system more in keeping with American values. more...

Occupation 101

Occupation 101

Voices of the Silenced Majority

An accessible account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that lays out the basic facts of the Israeli occupation in vivid and heart-wrenching detail. more...

Protection

Protection

Masculinity and Condom Use in Sub-Saharan Africa

A documentary about the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and how traditional attitudes about manhood have hindered educational efforts to prevent the acceleration of the epidemic. more...

Race For What's Left, The

Race For What's Left, The

The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources

Renowned energy expert Michael T. Klare provides an invaluable account of the new and increasingly dangerous competition for the world's dwindling natural resources. more...

Race, Power & American Sports

Race, Power & American Sports

Featuring Dave Zirin

Cultural historian Dave Zirin and MEF executive director Sut Jhally look at race and American sports culture, examining how athletes of color have challenged traditional notions of white privilege and cultural ideals of masculinity. more...

Soul Food Junkies

Soul Food Junkies

A Film About Family, Food & Tradition

Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt's fascinating personal exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity despite known health concerns. more...

Spitting Game

Spitting Game

The College Hookup Culture

Filmmaker Denice Ann Evans draws heavily on the voices of college students in this exploration of the personal and social implications of campus hookup culture. more...

Tough Guise 2

Tough Guise 2

Violence, Manhood & American Culture

In this stunning new edition of the acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator Jackson Katz argues that outmoded ideals of manhood are feeding an epidemic of men's violence in America. more...

Tough Guise 2 (Abridged)

Tough Guise 2 (Abridged)

Violence, Manhood & American Culture

In this stunning new edition of the acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator Jackson Katz argues that outmoded ideals of manhood are feeding an epidemic of men's violence in America. more...

War Around Us, The

War Around Us, The

The true story of the only two international journalists on the ground in Gaza during Israel's three-week bombardment and invasion of the Palestinian territory in 2008-9. more...

White Like Me

White Like Me

Race, Racism & White Privilege in America

Renowned anti-racist educator Tim Wise offers a fascinating and provocative look at how white privilege has shaped personal attitudes, U.S. political culture, and government policy over time. more...

Best Sellers Bestsellers

 #ReGENERATION

#ReGENERATION

The Politics of Apathy & Activism

Ryan Gosling narrates this engrossing film about the emergence of bold new forms of social activism and the aspirations of a new generation of young people coming to terms with a rapidly changing world. more...

Bro Code, The

Bro Code, The

How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men

This gripping look at "bro culture" and contemporary media targeted at young men deconstructs the larger forces in male culture that glamorize bullying, sexism, violence, and misogyny. more...

Codes of Gender, The

Codes of Gender, The

Identity and Performance in Pop Culture

Communication scholar Sut Jhally applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking analysis of gendered themes in fashion advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape. more...

Consuming Kids

Consuming Kids

The Commercialization of Childhood

An investigation into the multibillion-dollar youth marketing industry's successful effort to turn American children into one of the most profitable consumer demographics in the world. more...

Dreamworlds 3 (Unabridged)

Dreamworlds 3 (Unabridged)

Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video

This newest edition of Sut Jhally's influential Dreamworlds series examines how music videos reflect, shape, and reinforce the wider culture's dominant ideas and attitudes about gender, sexuality, and race. more...

Flirting with Danger

Flirting with Danger

Power & Choice in Heterosexual Relationships

Psychologist Lynn Phillips explores how young women navigate heterosexual relationships and hookups in a culture that sends conflicting messages about women's sexuality, consent, and coercion. more...

Generation M

Generation M

Misogyny in Media & Culture

Filmmaker Tom Keith examines the misogynistic images, ideas, and attitudes that circulate at the very heart of American popular culture. more...

Hip-Hop (Unabridged)

Hip-Hop (Unabridged)

Beyond Beats & Rhymes

As seen on PBS and at Sundance. Filmmaker Byron Hurt's critically acclaimed documentary explores how hip-hop culture and the rap music industry too often glorify sexist, homophobic, and violent ideals of manhood at the expense of what makes hip-hop great. more...

Killing Us Softly 4

Killing Us Softly 4

Advertising's Image of Women

This powerful, most recent edition of Jean Kilbourne's influential and award-winning Killing Us Softly series uncovers a consistent pattern of sexism and misogyny across a range of print and television advertisements. more...

Latinos Beyond Reel

Latinos Beyond Reel

Challenging a Media Stereotype

Filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun draw on the insights of Latino actors, journalists, scholars, and children in this moving and ultimately hopeful examination of Latino stereotypes in US media. more...

Mean World Syndrome, The

Mean World Syndrome, The

Media Violence & the Cultivation of Fear

A timely introduction to famed media researcher George Gerbner's breakthrough finding that heavy exposure to media violence cultivates irrational fears and a reactionary mindset. more...

Mickey Mouse Monopoly

Mickey Mouse Monopoly

Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power

This innocence-shattering look at America's most beloved entertainment conglomerate shows how Disney films have long traded in regressive gender, racial, and ethnic stereotypes. more...

Not Just a Game

Not Just a Game

Power, Politics & American Sports

Cultural historian Dave Zirin shows how American sports culture has glamorized militarism, sexism, racism, and homophobia while also serving as a key site of progressive activism. more...

Sext Up Kids

Sext Up Kids

How Children are Becoming Hypersexualized

Award-winning filmmaker Maureen Palmer's stunning look at the sexualization of childhood explores how the intense pressure on kids to be sexy and sexual is changing their behavior and undermining their health. more...

Spin the Bottle

Spin the Bottle

Sex, Lies & Alcohol

Media scholars Jean Kilbourne and Jackson Katz examine binge drinking on college campuses through the lens of culture, encouraging students to think critically about alcohol's glamorous commercial image. more...

The Line

The Line

Filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman chronicles her decision to confront the man who raped her in this uncompromising and illuminating examination of the line between consent and coercion. more...

The Purity Myth

The Purity Myth

The Virginity Movement's War Against Women

Bestselling author Jessica Valenti places recent debates about Planned Parenthood, contraception, and the meaning of rape within the context of a larger political effort to roll back women's rights. more...

Tough Guise (Unabridged)

Tough Guise (Unabridged)

Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity

Acclaimed anti-violence educator Jackson Katz examines the epidemic of male violence that plagues American society as part of a much larger, media-inflected cultural crisis in American masculinity. more...

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Killing Screens

Killing Screens

Media & the Culture of Violence

Only $15! George Gerbner explores the psychological, political, social, and developmental consequences of a violent cultural environment. more...

Material Witness (VHS)

Material Witness (VHS)

Race, Identity and the Politics of Gangsta Rap

VHS Sale $10! Michael Eric Dyson combines critical theory with an appreciation of popular culture, rap lyrics with classical poetry, and anecdotes of personal history with a sweeping geo-political analysis. more...

Media & Health Series

Media & Health Series

Discounted pricing for institutional customers. Buy these seven videos as a series & save 25%! more...

Media Education Resources

media education resources

Discussion Guides

Guides for using MEF films in the classroom. Including key points, discussion questions, and writing exercises. more...

Handouts

Activities and statistics related to key issues in media education. Can be downloaded and distributed. more...

Transcripts

Full transcripts of MEF films. more...

MEF Bookstore

Books by scholars featured in MEF films. more...

Press Room

Resources for journalists and film festivals. more...

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