“I wish that every high school student in the country could watch Necessity. This is a damning portrait of the bankers and builders who crisscross the country with fossil fuel pipelines — and yet it sings with courage and hope. The film offers an intimate look at what happens when people of conscience disobey the law, but stand up for Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and our future.”


Bill Bigelow, Curriculum Editor, Rethinking Schools, Co-Director Zinn Education Project.


“Necessity is an important and accessible film that tackles an incredibly complex intersection of legal, ethical and social issues and tells the story in a straightforward way. The film does for audiences everywhere what we try to do for jurors in a necessity defense trial.”


Tim DeChristopher, Climate Disobedience Center, featured in Bidder 70

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“This film feels nothing short of revolutionary. The experiences of abortion providers have for too long been left out of the pro-choice vs. pro-life debate, and presenting these doctors with honesty and compassion will have a profound impact on the discourse around abortion in this country.” 

Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director, NARAL ProChoice Oregon

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"This is a film that truly SHOWS truth to power, exposing the daily realities of performing procedures from providers POV and why they fight for reproductive justice."  

 Gloria Steinem, writer and activist


"For the professionals depicted in this engaging and unique film, traditional professional ethics are stood on their head…Mind Zone will be an excellent tool for those teaching mental health ethics, helping students explore complex ethical dilemmas in an important real-world setting."


Stephen Soldz, Director, Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

"Watching Mind Zone with an audience of community activists, clinicians, lawyers, politicians, and students was an incredibly provocative, powerful, and unsettling experience. Haaken's balanced and nuanced attention to the stories and practices of front-line mental health practitioners catalyzes questions that are rarely asked and invites conversation that is invaluable. It is a must see documentary!"


--David Goodman, Professor of Psychology, Boston College


"In the world of Milk Men, easy biases fall away as the backbreaking complexities of a way of life reveal themselves. Haaken is a skilled and honest documentarian, not tipping the scales but letting her subject speak for itself...."


Oregon Arts Watch

"The documentary Milk Men, by Jan Haaken, gently pulls aside the hazy curtain of romanticism that we have for our dairy farmers exposing the hard realities and decisions made by the people who provide this basic commodity. It is a sensitive examination of the choices people are making to maintain a viable dairy business: how to handle the push for expansion, can the farm be passed along to the next generation, and what is the role of women in the dairy industry…Milk Men is a thought provoking and nuanced look at our dairy farms and farmers."

Judith Klinger, Founder and Director, World-Eats


"Through this unique documentary, Haaken brings an astute and empathic clinical eye to the lives of psychiatrically hospitalized patients. The film unfolds as a profound critique of institutional care tragically overtaken by the criminal justice system."


Lynne Layton, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology,
Harvard Medical School

"Rich in nuanced attention to the complexities of the interlocking systems of mental health and criminal justice (what Michel Foucault would call systems of biopolitical control), Guilty Except for Insanity attends to the human stories of those seeking care in this maddening labyrinth.  The film offers an excellent starting point for discussions of community health services, social action research, and the responsibilities of filmmakers to those they profile."


Frann Michel, Professor of English,
Willamette University


"A tribute to a remarkable person in Portland, and to the people who adore her." 


Gus Van Sant, Filmmaker

"Portland State University Professor Jan Haaken (who makes a brief appearance in the short film Scaredycat by Andrew Blubaugh) wrangles a subtle exploration of gender studies and group psychology from a series of bachelorette parties filmed at a local drag venue. Including a wealth of behind-the-scenes interviews with the famed Darcelle XV (Walter Cole) and other performers, the film is surprisingly accessible and rich with astute observations on human nature. Framed by Haaken—a clinical and community psychologist—each segment illustrates a different example of applied diagnoses with great vividness and validity. The spectacle of Darcelle educating and entertaining her thoroughly middle-class patrons is amusing, affecting and enlightening."


Willamette Week


In this unique documentary, an African American hip-hop group journeys to Freetown, Sierra Leone to discover a spiritual homeland and resurrect Chuck D’s notion of hip hop as the “black CNN.” The language of hip-hop allows for a dialogue between Black Americans and Africans to explore issues of race, gender, war, conflict and more, and to confront each side’s stereotype of the other. The result is a deeply forged connection that transcends centuries of misunderstanding and separation.


2008 Africa Diaspora Film Festival, New York

2008 Africa in the Picture Film Festival, Amsterdam

2008 International Black Docufest, Atlanta

2009 FESPACO, Burkina Faso

2009 Cascade Festival of African Films, Portland