Documentary Films

Documentary Films by Harvey Richards

Farm Worker Documentaries


Civil Rights Documentaries


Peace Movement Documentaries


Environmental Documentaries


Soviet Union Documentaries


Harvey Richards Documentary Films. Filming farm worker strikers, 1964.

Harvey Richards Documentary Films. Filming farm worker strikers, 1964.

Throughout the 1960s, it was a common sight at local Bay Area demonstrations of any size to see Richards standing atop his station wagon or van, two still cameras around his neck, looking through a tripod mounted motion picture camera.  During his active years making documentary films, from 1958 to 1978, Richards produced twenty two documentary films (listed below) on many subjects including farm labor, the civil rights movement locally and in Mississippi, and the peace and anti-war movements, including two films made in 1961 about women and children in the Soviet Union. His concern for the environment led to films exposing the wasteful forestry practices going on nationally, especially in northern California and in Oregon, where he was born and raised. Below this page, or through the drop down menus above, you can find posts containing film clips from each movie along with a short description of the film and a buy now button that will take you to the Esutary Press Store to order a film.

List of the Documentary Films of Harvey Richards
In Chronological Order

1. Factory Farms, 37 minutes, 1959
2. The Harvesters, 18 minutes, 1960
3. Perch of the Devil, 24 minutes, 1960
4. Everyman, 21 minutes, 1962
5. Women for Peace, 24 minutes, 1962
6. Uno Veintecinco, 15 minutes, 1962
7. A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 1: Women of Russia, 36 minutes, 1962
8. A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 2: Far From Moscow, 33 minutes, 1962
9. The Stump Makers, 22 minutes, 1963.
10. Freedom March, 10 minutes, 1963
11. Freedom Bound, 27 minutes, 1963
12. We’ll Never Turn Back, 31 minutes, 1963
13. Wasted Woods, 18 minutes, 1964
14. Dream Deferred, 34 minutes, 1964
15. Decision in the Streets, 35 minutes, 1965
16. Hot Damn!, 15 minutes, 1965
17. The Land Is Rich, 27 minutes, 1966
18. No Greater Cause, 19 minutes, 1968
19. Warning! Warning!,  22 minutes, 1970
20. Timber Tigers, 23 minutes,  1971
21. Vanishing Redwoods, 28 minutes, 1975
22. A Tale of Ruin, 15 minutes, 1978

About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects.  All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Critical Focus, the Black and White Photos of Harvey Wilson Richards (1987), and of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577;


We’ll Never Turn Back, 1963

1963, 31 min., black/white, DVD Share Croppers and Voter Registration Activists Tell Their Stories. We’ll Never Turn Back contains unique footage of share croppers and voter registration activists telling their stories of heroism and hardship encountered in their fight to gain … Continue reading


1962, 21 min., black/white, DVD Everyman Protested Nuclear Testing Everyman is the name of a film about a boat built in 1961 in Sausalito by Bay Area peace movement activists to sail into Pacific Ocean nuclear test zones to protest nuclear … Continue reading

No Greater Cause

1968, 19 min., black/white, DVD GI’s March in Vietnam War Protest No Greater Cause chronicles the height of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Featuring the massive confrontations between police and anti-draft protestors in l967; the giant … Continue reading

The Stump Makers

1963, 22 min., color, DVD The Stump Makers: “Cutting the Lungs Out of the Planet” Judy Bari In The Stump Makers, Harvey Richards presents footage of wasteful forest practices and ecological devastation caused by major logging companies’ clear cutting operations in California … Continue reading

Wasted Woods

1964, 18 min., color, DVD Wasted Woods: “Cut and Get Out.  After Us, the Deluge and the Desert.” Wasted Woods shows corporate destruction of the forest on the West Coast during the 1950’s and 60’s. In a period of booming log … Continue reading

Vanishing Redwoods

1975, 28 min., color, DVD Clear Cutting Threatens the Survival of the Species Vanishing Redwoods depicts the delicate natural balance required for the growth and survival of redwood forests. Photographed in northern California and Oregon, it shows how the logging industry’s … Continue reading

Timber Tigers

1971, 23 min., color, DVD Deforestation: “After us, the deluge and the desert.” Timber Tigers consume the forests using the corporate logging practices we know as clear cutting. Approaching the environment as an input to create profits is a narrow view … Continue reading