Crime & Punishment

Crime & Punishment

Crime, fictionalized or “true”, the go-to zone of our streaming world. While we pick through evidence and revel in mystery in our own special ways, OVID also makes space for some other angles — including the blatant injustices of our punishment industries (WHEN JUSTICE ISN’T JUST, AMERICA’S BRUTAL PRISONS...) or the stories of a choice few defendants who might have got away (THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER, THE PINOCHET CASE….).

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  • To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor

    Directed by Donna Zaccaro • Documentary • With Edie Windsor, Nina Totenberg • 2018 • 63 minutes

    To a More Perfect Union tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles two unlikely heroes, octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest fo...

  • Trust Me

    Directed by Emil Trier • Documentary • 2021 • 93 minutes

    The charismatic young entrepreneur Waleed Ahmed started his own company at age 18, and was referred to as "The Norwegian Mark Zuckerberg". He quickly gained access to politicians, diplomats, and royalty. His short-lived and grandiose caree...

  • Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy

    Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • Documentary • 2016 • 82 minutes

    In 2013, former Chadian dictator Hissein Habre's arrest in Senegal marked the end of a long combat for the survivors of his regime. Accompanied by the Chairman of the Association of the Victims of the Hissein Habre Regime, Mahama...

  • Facing Fear

    Directed by Jason Cohen • Documentary • 2015 • 23 minutes

    In this Academy Award®-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Togeth...

  • The Questioning

    Directed by Zhu Rikun • Documentary • 2013 • 21 minutes

    'Early in the morning on July 24th, 2012, after meeting some friends in Hongkong, I drove a car of my brother back to Shenzhen and got Guo Feixiong and three other friends who take part in human rights protection to the car and went on driv...

  • The Pinochet Case

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2001 • 109 minutes

    Augusto Pinochet, the general who overthrew President Salvador Allende of Chile in 1973, was the first dictator in Latin America—or the world—to be humbled by the international justice system since the Nuremberg trials.

    THE PINOCHE...

  • Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

    Directed by Travis Wilkerson • Documentary • 2018 • 90 minutes

    “In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, which takes us on a journey through the Ame...

  • Frame Up!

    Directed by Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher and Howard Blatt • Documentary • 1974 • 30 minutes

    Examining the case of Martin Sostre, a black Puerto Rican bookstore owner in Buffalo, New York who was framed on drug possession charges in 1967 and sentenced to prison, this film shows how the American j...

  • Hotel Terminus: The Life And Times Of Klaus Barbie

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    Directed by Marcel Ophüls • Documentary • With Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Marcel Ophüls • 1988 • 267 minutes

    A brilliant and epic Academy Award-winning examination of the Nazi SS officer Klaus Barbie, the infamous "Butcher of Lyon", HOTEL TERMINUS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KLAUS BARBIE weaves t...

  • The Law

    Directed by Jules Dassin • Drama • With Gina Lollobrigida, Pierre Brasseur, Marcello Mastroianni, Melina Mercouri • 1959 • 121 minutes

    THE LAW (previously released in the US as Where the Hot Wind Blows) stars Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Yves Montand, Melina Mercouri, and Pierre Bras...

  • Lock-Up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island

    Directed by Nina Rosenblum, Jon Alpert • Documentary • 1994 • 75 minutes

    If you’re arrested in New York City and can’t make bail, you’ll be sent to Rikers Island—a mammoth holding facility for 17,000 men and women awaiting trial. Jon Alpert spent ten months filming there, coming away with a grap...

  • super-max

    Directed by Jim Finn • Documentary • 2003 • 13 minutes

    "Finn's chilling super-max is a tour of maximum security prisons shot from a moving car, their hulking forms framed by telephone poles and power lines that divide landscape and sky. The concluding voice-over, making reference to Lewis and Cl...

  • The Mafia Kills Only in Summer

    Directed by Pierfrancesco Diliberto • Drama • With Cristiana Capotondi, Alex Bisconti • 2017 • 90 minutes

    Pierfrancesco Diliberto (a renowned TV host and political comedian, better known as Pif) wrote, directed, and stars in this subversive, irreverent feature debut about Arturo, a young boy who...

  • Cocaine Unwrapped

    Directed by Rachel Seifert • Documentary • 2013 • 83 minutes

    COCAINE UNWRAPPED tells the story of cocaine: coca farmers in Colombia, drug mules in Ecuadorian prisons, cocaine factories in the Bolivian jungle, dealers on the streets of Mexico, law enforcement officials on the streets of Baltimore...

  • Red Hook Justice

    Directed by Meema Spadola • Documentary • 2004 • 55 minutes

    Each year, our nation's courts process over 11 million low-level crimes, many of which involve repeat offenders. In 2000, an experimental court opened its doors in Red Hook, Brooklyn-a neighborhood plagued by a cycle of unemployment, po...

  • Presumed Guilty

    Directed by Roberto Hernández • Documentary • 2009 • 88 minutes

    In December 2005 Tono Zuniga was picked up off the street in Mexico City, Mexico, and sentenced to 20 years for murder based on the testimony of a single, shaky eyewitness. PRESUMED GUILTY tells the heart-wrenching story of a man wh...

  • El Sicario, Room 164

    Directed by Gianfranco Rosi and Charles Bowden • Documentary • 2011 • 84 minutes

    The term sicario goes back to Roman Palestine, where a Jewish sect, the Sicarii, used concealed daggers (sicae) in their murders of Romans and their supporters. In modern language, a sicario is a professional killer...

  • Seats At The Table

    Directed by Chris Farina • Documentary • 2020 • 87 minutes

    SEATS AT THE TABLE portrays a remarkable college class which connects university students with prisoners of a maximum security juvenile facility as they discuss classic works of Russian Literature.

    University of Virginia Lecturer Andrew...

  • When Justice Isn't Just

    Directed by David Massey • Documentary • 2016 • 42 minutes

    Directed by Oscar-nominated and NAACP Image Award winner David Massey, this dynamic documentary explores why so many unarmed black people have been targeted and killed by police officers. The filmmakers talk to legal experts, activists a...

  • The Apology

    Directed by Tiffany Hsiung • Documentary • 2016 • 104 minutes

    THE APOLOGY follows the personal journeys of three former 'comfort women' who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

    Some 70 ...

  • Tadmor

    Directed by Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim • Documentary • 2016 • 103 minutes

    Amidst the popular uprising in Syria that begin in 2011, a group of former Lebanese detainees of the Assad regime decides to break their long-held silence about the horrific years they spent imprisoned in Tadmor (Palm...

  • The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

    Directed by Andrei Ujica • Documentary • 2011 • 180 minutes

    A monumental achievement, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU tracks the rise and fall of the infamous Romanian dictator through his own propaganda footage. Writer and director Andrei Ujica, along with editor Dana Bunescu, crafted ov...

  • Profits of Punishment

    Directed by Catherine Scott • Documentary • 2001 • 52 minutes

    Tough new sentencing laws across the U.S. are resulting in an influx of prisoners, creating massive overcrowding. Many States are responding to this crisis by contracting out the management and liability of prisoners to private multi-...

  • Mama Colonel

    Directed by Dieudo Hamadi • Documentary • 2017 • 72 minutes

    Colonel Honorine Manyole, commonly known as 'Mama Colonel,' works for the Congolese police force and heads the unit for the protection of minors and the fight against sexual violence. Having worked for 15 years in Bukavu, in the east of...