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Film & Cinema Research: Watch Online

Intro guide to film & cinema research; library resources; online resources; collections; etc.

Stream Films Now!

To get a sample of our films currently streaming online, you can check out the trailers by clicking on an image or use the links to stream now.



 Watch NOPE  



Watch Ascension


  Watch Parallel Mothers


 Watch In the Heights

Watch I'm Not There

Watch The First Rainbow Coalition


Watch BBC Shakespeare Plays Online


Watch 2001: A Space Odyssey

Want more? Check out our streaming platforms.

Feature Films and Documentaries to Stream

PRAGDA Streaming - a collection of Latin American, Spanish, and Latinx cinema.

Projectr - a collection of fictional narrative, shorts, documentary and educational films on a wide array of humanities, arts, global cultures and social justice topics

AVON -  70,000+ titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more; primarily documentaries and educational film. search by title, subject, or related-

Docuseek - a collection of documentaries and educational films geared toward a wide range of disciplines

Swank Digital Campus - feature films and documentaries requested for specific course reserves

NC Live - Films On Demand - a wide collection of documentary, educational and news or speech related media on a wide range of subject areas. you can search for content by title in Films on Demand.

Filmmakers Library Online - a small collection of documentaries dealing with a wide range of social, historical issues & cultures

Ethnographic Video Online - an important collection of ethnographic educational and documentary films

​Kanopy - specific course reserves for classes - includes educational shorts and documentaries

BBC Shakespeare Plays - classic productions of all of Shakespeare's plays

Additional Streaming Media

Health Sciences

Counseling and Therapy in Video - Videos for the study of counseling and social work

Health and Society in Video - Exploring medical progress in health and wellness issues

Nursing Education in Video - Educational and training videos for nurses

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video - Videos focused on the physical therapy of patients


Arts & Design

Opera in Video - The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history

PBS - Great Performances - Classical performance documentaries

Shakespeare Performance in Asia - Videos, photos and text from performances in Asia

Silent Animation - From the UCLA Film and Television archive, for additional notes on each film check the original page on the Wayback Machine

UbuWeb - Media dedicated to avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts with over 2,500 full length films


Culture, Ethnography, & Folklife

American Indian Film Gallery - Over 450 films by and about America's First Nation people

Civil Rights Digital Library - Streaming media related to the Civil Rights Movement

Folkstreams  - Full length documentaries about America's Roots Cultures

Library of Congress - Records of the American experience

PBS - POV - Acclaimed series, a variety of full-length and short films

Southern Foodways Alliance Documentary Films - Streaming documentary projects

WNET Thirteen - SOUL! - Episodes from the 1970s all black variety show

World Digital Library - Provides access to digitized items from around the world



Open Culture Film - site curating links to 1000+ global films available streaming for free

Top Documentary Film - collection of documentary films; while primarily made in the US, many offer worldview

Vimeo - collection of narrative, doc, shorts, animation, etc made worldwide and offered via vimeo; this is a hybrid service of free and pay-per-view

Fandor - a pay-per-view/subscription streaming database offering a uniquely curated world cinema and indie cinema collection

NFBC - National Film Board of Canada site with features, docs, animated, interactive and emerging media

and for more info on Global film: check out Screenville's World Cinema Resource



Education in Video - The collection covers a broad range of education topics

PBS - LearningMedia - Public media content produced specifically for PreK - 16 teachers

TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design - Collection of short presentations and speeches on a variety of topics


Film Archives

Sloan Science and Film Award winning short films by students from leading film schools

Thanhouser Films Online - Over 50 streaming films from the Thanhouser Company Film Preservation

Korean Film Archive - via Youtube

Mosfilm playlist - via Youtube (Mosfilm, one of Russia's largest and oldest film studios)


Television & Documentary News

AdViews - Thousands of historic commercials created from the 1950s - 1980s

BBC Online - BBC archive home to themed collections of radio and television programs

Frontline - Video of select Frontline programming

Media That Matters - Short films that showcase topics of interest from around the world

PBS - NOVA - Acclaimed series of selected films and programs available online

WGBH Open Vault Selected video excerpts and transcripts from public television's WGBH

Media Librarian

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Winifred Metz
Media & Design Center,
Undergraduate Library
(919) 962-4099

Can't Find it @ UNC

Can't find the film you're looking for at the MDC?  Here's a list of sites online that might offer it free or for a fee

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