Documentaries by Lee Grant

Documentaries by Lee Grant

6 Episodes

Though Lee Grant is widely known to audiences as a lauded, Academy Award–winning actor, she has also carved out an equally accomplished career as a trailblazing documentary filmmaker. Unafraid to tackle tough, often controversial subjects—the fight for workers’ rights in THE WILLMAR 8, Reagan-era economic inequality in the Oscar-winning DOWN AND OUT IN AMERICA, and the transgender experience in the groundbreaking WHAT SEX AM I?—Grant brings a courageous compassion and unflinching honesty to stories that still feel powerfully urgent.

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Documentaries by Lee Grant
  • The Willmar 8

    Episode 1

    Directed by Lee Grant • 1981 • United States
    Starring Lee Grant

    Academy Award–winning actor and documentary filmmaker Lee Grant follows eight women in America’s heartland who are driven by gender discrimination to picket the bank where they work in the dead of a Minnesota winter. Risking jobs, f...

  • When Women Kill

    Episode 2

    Directed by Lee Grant • 1983 • United States
    Starring Lee Grant, Leslie Van Houten

    This empathetic, nonjudgmental documentary explores life inside several women’s prisons across the United States and the circumstances that led to the incarceration of various inmates—many of whom resorted to viol...

  • What Sex Am I?

    Episode 3

    Directed by Lee Grant • 1985 • United States
    Starring Christine Jorgensen, Steve Dain, Monica Lynn B.

    Radically ahead of its time in its candor and compassion, this groundbreaking documentary follows a group of transgender individuals struggling to make their way in every strata of 1980s America...

  • Down and Out in America

    Episode 4

    Directed by Lee Grant • 1986 • United States
    Starring Lee Grant

    Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Lee Grant’s searing and sobering critique of Reagan-era economic policies takes viewers from America’s heartland, where farms that have fed the U.S. for a century are being d...

  • Battered

    Episode 5

    Directed by Lee Grant • 1989 • United States
    Starring Lee Grant

    Lee Grant’s BATTERED is a shattering portrait of domestic violence in American homes. A powerful if harrowing plunge into a life lived in constant fear of the people closest to you, this unforgettable documentary explores its subjec...

  • A Father . . . A Son . . . Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Episode 6

    Directed by Lee Grant • 2005 • United States

    Academy Award–winning actor and filmmaker Lee Grant’s candid, complex portrait of father-son screen icons Kirk and Michael Douglas—and the Hollywood dynasty that they built—is alternately a celebration, an indictment, and a fabulous dinner party. Exam...