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Race - The Power of an Illusion
The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would…
Blacking Up
Hip-Hop was created by urban youth of color more than 30 years ago amid racial oppression and economic marginalization. It has moved beyond that specific community and embraced by young…
Black Panther
This is the film the Black Panthers used to promote their cause. Shot in 1969, in Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento, this exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking traces the development…
Globalization
As neoliberal policies continue to exacerbate poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation, the films in our globalization collection allow viewers to confront the harsh--and often hidden--conditions faced by those on the…
Real Stories from a Free South
A series featuring stories about life in South Africa, 10 years after the end of apartheid. How have the ten years of freedom from apartheid since Nelson Mandela's election in…
San Francisco State: On Strike
Ethnic studies courses are common today, but that hasn't always been the case. In many ways, multicultural education can be traced back to San Francisco in 1968-1969. In one of…
In Black And White
The first video series devoted to the life and work of contemporary African American authors. It introduces students and general readers to six of America's most talented and challenging writers:…
A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom
Ask most people who led the 1963 March on Washington and they'll probably tell you Martin Luther King, Jr. But the real force behind the event was the man many…
Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song
Strange Fruit is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song's evolution tells a dramatic story of America's radical past using one of…
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW offers the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. This definitive four-part series…
Promises Betrayed (1865 - 1896)
How did Jim Crow begin? As Reconstruction ended, African Americans' efforts to assert their constitutional rights began to be repressed at every turn, betraying the promises of Emancipation. Southern whites…
Fighting Back (1896 - 1917)
This episode illustrates the early rise of a successful Black middle class and the determination of white supremacists to destroy fledgling Black political power. The growing oppression had a profound…
Don't Shout Too Soon (1917 - 1940)
In the aftermath of World War I, a new round of race riots and lynching broke out, yet this was also a time of increasing strength for Black resistance movements.…
Terror and Triumph (1940 - 1954)
Episode Four examines the surge of Black activism that took place after World War II. Black veterans returned from the war determined to achieve the same rights at home that…
W.E.B. Du Bois
The long and remarkable life of Dr. William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B) Du Bois (1868-1963) offers unique insights into an eventful century in African American history. Born three years after the…
BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
This film offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez who describes herself as "a woman with razor blades between my…
A Dance for the Heroes
A film which raises one of the most important issues of African rural life, the status of women, in a style accessible to every villager. FINZAN tells the story of…
White Scripts And Black Supermen
A valuable and colorful examination of 40 years of changing representations of Black masculinity in a significant area of popular culture -- comic books. Twenty years ago, Marlon Riggs produced…
The Business of America...
An exploration of supply side economics and the trickle down myth as exemplified by Pittsburgh's declining steel industry. THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA... is the first film to probe one of…
The Debt of Dictators
THE DEBT OF DICTATORS is the first film to expose the nefarious lending of billions of dollars by multinational banks and international financial institutions to brutal dictators throughout the world.…
The Big Sellout
The new hard-hitting documentary, THE BIG SELLOUT, challenges current economic orthodoxy in contending that the dogmatic claims of the international business establishment for neo-liberal development policies are not supported by…
A Question of Color
The first documentary to confront a painful and long taboo subject: the disturbing feelings many African Americans harbor about themselves and their appearance. African American filmmaker Kathe Sandler digs into…
A Son of Africa
"The Interesting Narration of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African" was the first influential slave autobiography. It caused a sensation when published in 1789, fueling a…
A Walk in the Night
Drawing references from Richard Wright's portrait of black rage in "Native Son" and Shakespeare's "Hamlet", this crime thriller set in Johannesburg recounts one night when a young Coloured man is…
Africa Dreaming
A landmark in African television - a series drawing together for the first time broadcasters, television producers, film directors and writers from across the continent. AFRICA DREAMING was designed to…
Afro@Digital
This film begins with a provocative question: 'Why speak of new technologies on a continent which wakes up and goes to sleep to the terrorism of poverty?' In other words,…
And So Angels Die
Moussa Sene Absa's latest work pushes the formal boundaries of African cinema to explore the complex interplay of history and psychology in contemporary Africa. Intensely personal and at the same…
All About Darfur
A Sudanese immigrant to the UK returns to her homeland to understand why the seemingly racially harmonious country of her memories has become the scene of one of the worst…
God's Will (Allah Tantou)
Old home movies, newsreels and a prison diary are interwoven to link personal and public history in this assessment of human rights abuses in Guinea-Conakry. ALLAH TANTOU is the first…
Arlit: Deuxieme Paris
A case study in environmental racism set in a uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extract nuclear power and profits leaving behind disease, contamination…
Banished
From 1860 to 1920 hundreds of US counties expelled all of their African American inhabitants. BANISHED visits three of these still all-white towns today. Meanwhile the descendants of those displaced…
Big Mama
Winner of an Academy Award in the Documentary Short category, BIG MAMA depicts a devoted grandmother's struggle to raise her orphaned grandson under the watchful eye of a complex and…
Black Theater
This film documents the birth of a new theater out of the Civil Rights activism of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. It is a veritable video encyclopedia of the leading…
Blacks And Jews
Scholars and critics probe the history and psychology of victimization shared between Blacks and Jews and their exploitation by the media. The faultline between Blacks and Jews is one of…
Brother Outsider
On November 20, 2013, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Who was this man? He was there at most of the…
Clockwork
One hundred years ago American management faced many of the problems it confronts today - poor productivity, rapid technological change, and heightened competition. CLOCKWORK shows how Frederick Taylor and his…
Collision Course
This film traces the dramatic rise and fall of workplace cooperation at Eastern Airlines. In so doing, the film uncovers the deep-seated assumptions which underlie our culture of industrial relations…
Color Adjustment
In this documentary, Marlon Riggs - Emmy winning producer of ETHNIC NOTIONS - carries his landmark studies of prejudice into the Television Age. COLOR ADJUSTMENT traces 40 years of race…
Controlling Interest
The first account on film of the growth of multinational corporations, their impact on people at home and abroad, and their influence on U.S. foreign policy. This is the film…
Destiny
The first feature film on homosexuality from sub-Saharan Africa. While "coming out" may have become primetime fare in the U.S., this film was met with angry protests when it was…
Let there Be Peace
The first African feature film to focus on the civil wars convulsing the continent from Sierra Leone to Somalia. It provides compelling insights into how ordinary people around the world…
Money
A dramatic look at city life, rap, High school, delinquency and dysfunctional families as experienced by African youth and in Gabon. DOLE offers a Gabonese perspective on the global crisis…
End of the Rainbow
An in-depth look at the impact of a multinational gold mining industry on the economy, environment and traditions of a local community in Guinea. END OF THE RAINBOW provides a…
Everyone's Child
A feature film examining the plight of Africa's 10,000,000 children orphaned by AIDS. EVERYONE'S CHILD is an eloquent call for action on behalf of Africa's millions of parentless children. Through…
The Father
Three dramatic shorts from Tanzania, Nigeria and Ethiopia take a critical look at the relationship between fathers and their children in contemporary Africa. THE FATHER offers a critical look at…
Women With Eyes Open
Women in four African countries are shown organizing around issues of marital rights, reproductive health, female genital mutilation and entrepreneurship. A film about African women is a rarity, even more,…
Dribbling Fate
A feature film about soccer dreams weighs the pros and cons of pursuing ambitions abroad or acceptance of life on the isolated islands of Cape Verde. This is the Library…
Five Factories
A penetrating look at the Bolivarian socio-economic project designed to challenge the dominant neo-liberal development model. Since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998, the Venezuelan government has implemented reforms…
Flame
The role of women in guerilla struggles and in post-liberation societies is depicted in a story of the women freedom fighters of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle. FLAME is perhaps the…
For My People
A literary biography of a seminal figure of 20th century American literature, Margaret Walker, who established one of the first Black Studies centers in the nation, and mentored the Black…
Race Against Prime Time
RACE AGAINST PRIME TIME is the only film to scrutinize how television news represents African Americans. This hard-hitting documentary takes us behind the scenes at the newsrooms of the three…
Frosh
A cinema verite record of a year in a multicultural residece hall at Stanford University provies insight into the freshman year experience. Freshman year. What could be more challenging, disorienting,…
Goin' to Chicago
The migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West during and after World War II is retold through personal stories of a…
Guimba the Tyrant
Winner of the most prestigious award in African cinema, the Grand Prize at FESPACO '95, Guimba has been acclaimed as one of the most visually ravishing African films ever made.…
Health For Sale
Are the world's largest drug companies, paradoxically, major obstacles to making a healthier world? HEALTH FOR SALE focuses on Big Pharma, the ten largest pharmaceutical makers, who account for 500…
Homecoming
The first film to explore the rural roots of African American life. It chronicles the generations-old struggle of African Americans for land of their own which pitted them against both…
Hoxie: The First Stand
How many people know that the first battle to implement the Brown vs Board of Education school desegregation decision was fought in the small, rural town of Hoxie, Arkansas? Or…
Hughes' Dream Harlem
Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent figures of the Harlem Renaissance and is often referred to as Harlem's poet laureate. This film shows how Hughes successfully fused jazz,…
Ida B. Wells: A Passion For Justice
Documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was…
Charles Johnson
Charles R. Johnson stirred controversy when he criticized Alice Walker's portrayal of African-American men in The Color Purple. A former political cartoonist, he is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius…
July '64
Summer, 1964: Violence erupted on a hot July night in Rochester, New York. JULY '64 tells the story of an unrest that altered the course of history in Rochester, and…
Karmen Gei
A retelling of the celebrated "Carmen" myth set in contemporary Senegal to African music and dance. Like every Carmen, Karmen Gei is about the conflict between infinite desire for freedom…
Life is Rosey
Soukous music legend, Papa Wemba, stars in the rags to riches story of a poor country musician who seeks fame in the vibrant music industry of Kinshasa. LA VIE EST…
The Great White of Lambaréné
Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek ba Kobhio provides a fascinating revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Noble Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era. This film begins to rewrite the…
The Silence of the Forest
This film, the first from the Central African Republic, takes us inside the world of the 'pygmies' or more properly BaAka. Le silence de la foret is a film about…
Liberia: A Fragile Peace
A chronicle of the period from the departure of Charles Taylor to the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first African woman head of state, that presents the difficulties of rehabilitating…
Liberia: An Uncivil War
This documentary provides an in-depth case study of one of the many brutal civil wars which have sprung up like wild fires across Africa. It is an exciting example of…
Long Night's Journey Into Day
A documentary of South Africa's quest for restorative justice following four cases that come before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). For over forty years, South Africa was governed by…
Made in China
This documentary tells one of the millions of stories of migrants from rural China who comprise the backbone of the Chinese economic miracle. It provides a human face behind the…
Many Steps
A lively exploration of the historical and cultural context of "Stepping," an energetic communal dance form sweeping college campuses. Young teams of dancers creatively add hip-hop movements to a tradition…
Hustler
The first anti-apartheid feature film by, for and about black South Africans. Filmed inside Soweto, scored to the urban beat of "Township Jive," MAPANTSULA has been called a South African…
May Justice Be Done
By any standard Argentina was a very rich country until the 1970s, with competitive industries, modern agriculture, and a prosperous middle class. By 2001, 21 out of 36 million people…
Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle
The story of the organizing of the first black trade union - The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters - provides an account of African American working life between the Civil…
Monday's Girls
MONDAY'S GIRLS explores the conflict between modern individualism and traditional communities in today's Africa through the eyes of two young Waikiriki women from the Niger delta. Although both come from…
Mortu Nega (Those Whom Death Refused)
A fictional account of the closing months of the war against the Portuguese and the consolidation of the independent West African nation of Guinea-Bissau both reflecting and critiquing the revolutionary…
Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property
Nat Turner's slave rebellion is a watershed event in America's long and troubled history of slavery and racial conflict. NAT TURNER: A TROUBLESOME PROPERTY tells the story of that violent…
Negroes With Guns
Robert F. Williams was the forefather of the Black Power movement and broke dramatic new ground by internationalizing the African American struggle. NEGROES WITH GUNS is not only an electrifying…
Oh Freedom After While
The story of the 1939 Missouri sharecroppers strike reveals the complex issues of cotton farming in the early 1930s and what it was like to be a sharecropper in that…
One Drop Rule
ONE DROP RULE explores a recurring and divisive issue in African American communities -- skin color. Candid, sometimes painful, but also often funny, it picks up where California Newsreel's earlier…
Pieces of Identity
A modern fairy tale set in the vibrant African emigre demi-monde of contemporary Europe. A winner of the most prestigious award in African cinema (the Etalon de Yennenga at FESPACO…
Quand Les Etoiles Rencontrent La Mer
A poetic film exploring the relationship between traditional and modern concepts of human freedom. The film is framed around three visual symbols or leit motifs, sky, sea and, by implication,…
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-1971) was a statesman, peace negotiator, leading intellectual and scholar, and the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. An African American who…
Revolution '67
An illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history - the Black urban rebellions of the 1960's. REVOLUTION '67 focuses on the explosive urban rebellion in…
Richard Wright - Black Boy
RICHARD WRIGHT - BLACK BOY is an Emmy Award-winning film -- the first documentary film on the life, work and legacy of Richard Wright. Born outside Natchez, Mississippi in 1908,…
Sango Malo (the Village Teacher)
A story about a village teacher who introduces education for local self-development explores the relationships between progressive activists, entrenched social interests, traditional belief system and rural Africans. SANGO MALO offers…
Seniors
For most students, college is a time of dizzying personal change, both confusing and exhilarating. SENIORS: FOUR YEARS IN RETROSPECT helps prepare undergraduates to take full advantage of these invaluable…
Shadow of the Holy Book
Why are some of the world's biggest international companies translating the Ruhnama, an absurd government propaganda book from Turkmenistan, into their own languages? This high-spirited, political satire exposes the complicity…
Shattering the Silences
Eight professors of color discuss the special pressures that minority faculty face in majority white institutions. SHATTERING THE SILENCES: THE CASE FOR MINORITY FACULTY offers everyone in higher education an…
Skin Deep
A multi-racial group of college students in a weekend racial sensitivity workshop discuss affirmative action, self-segregation, internalized racism and cultural identity. SKIN DEEP chronicles the eye-opening journey of a diverse…
State of Denial
South Africa maintains its records for the highest number of HIV+ people in the world. STATE OF DENIAL puts a human face on the millions affected and introduces us to…
Struggles in Steel
The current angry debates around affirmative action too often ignore their historical roots: how, prior to government intervention, African Americans were confined to the most back-breaking, dangerous and low paid…
Taafe Fanga (Skirt Power)
A gender-bending farce set among the cliff-dwelling 18th century Dogon people, makes serious points about the status of women in Africa. It shows how ancient mythology can still shed light…
Tableau Ferraille
The story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall in a small town, TABLEAU FERRAILLE ("scrap heap") paints a picture of a corrupt post-colonial elite. TABLEAU FERRAILLE offers an…
Tales of Ordinary People
To represent abstract economic concepts through everyday human dramas, the iconoclastic Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety produced these two classic shorts, LE FRANC and LA PETITE VENDEUSE DE SOLEIL (The…
The Beloved Community
In the summer of 2004, Canadian health researchers made a startling discovery in the Chippewa birth records for the city of Sarnia, an hour north of Detroit: for the past…
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords
THE BLACK PRESS: SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS is the first film to chronicle the history of the Black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African American identity.…
The Hero (O HEROI)
Winner, Best Foreign Feature - 2005 Sundance Film Festival THE HERO (O HEROI) is the story of Angola, a nation torn apart by forty years of uninterrupted war, and now…
The Strange Demise of Jim Crow
Not all the civil rights victories of the '60s were won at the cost of vicious beatings and mass arrests played-out in front of television cameras. THE STRANGE DEMISE OF…
The Willmar 8
The story of eight women in America's heartland -- Willmar, Minnesota -- who were driven by sex discrimination at work to find themselves unexpectedly at the forefront of the struggle…
These Hands
Offering one of the most unforgettable and rewarding experiences of recent African cinema, Flora M'mbugu-Schelling's quiet tribute to women at the very bottom of the international economic order ultimately deepens…
This Is Nollywood
First came Hollywood, then Bollywood, and now Nollywood -- Nigeria's booming film industry, which released two thousand features in 2006 alone. Where else can you shoot a full-length dramatic film…
Thunderbolt
A story from the burgeoning video industry of Nigeria combines melodrama and issues of ethnicity, gender, culture and identity in post-colonial Africa. THUNDERBOLT will come as a bolt out of…
Trouble Behind
An exploration of Post-War racial "cleansing" and its impact on present-day all-white Corbin, Kentucky, birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken. TROUBLE BEHIND shows how present and past are tied in a…
Tulia, Texas
The story of a small town's search for justice and the price Americans pay for the war on drugs. Through its scrupulous investigation of a landmark case, TULIA, TEXAS uncovers…
Udju Azul Di Yonta (The Blue Eyes of Yonta)
Four characters struggle with the disillusionment of the revolutionary generation in post-independence Guinea-Bissau. In UDJU AZUL DI YONTA, the most compelling character is Vicente, a disenchanted hero of the independence…
Wend Kuuni (God's Gift)
WEND KUUNI is a landmark in African filmmakers' attempts to "return to the sources" of their culture, to recover a "usable" African past to solve the problems of the African…
Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
The lives, times, and music of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Ethel Waters and other legendary women illustrate how the blues became a vital part of American culture. WILD…
Witches in Exile
From Tanzania and Zambia to Ivory Coast and Ghana belief in witchcraft continues to terrorize women: the denunciation, brutal beating, the banishment to an unknown village without family or friends.…
Woubi Cheri
A cross-section of gender-bending pioneers describe in their own words their lives as homosexual Africans in Abijan. WOUBI CHERI is the first film to give African homosexuals a chance to…
You Have Struck a Rock!
The special contribution of South African women to the success of the anti-apartheid struggle is documented. Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Dora Tamana and other leaders recall their struggle against the…
Zan Boko (Homeland)
This story of a village family caught up in the transformation of an agrarian, subsistence economy into an industrialized commodity economy. Gaston Kabore's film ZAN BOKO explores the conflict between…
Zulu Love Letter
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission could not heal all the wounds left behind by the apartheid era. Thandeka, a journalist, is still traumatized by the murder of a schoolgirl, which…
The New Black
THE NEW BLACK boldy examines the controversial and challenging issues the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the…
3 Short Films by Marlon T. Riggs
A compilation of 3 works by pioneering filmmaker Marlon Riggs addressing issues of black gay male identity and confronting HIV/AIDS. Marlon Riggs died with HIV/AIDS in 1994 and was dedicated…
Black Panther / San Francisco State On Strike
BLACK PANTHER is the film the Black Panthers used to promote their cause. Shot in 1969, in Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento, this exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking traces the…
The Road To Brown
THE ROAD TO BROWN tells the story of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling as the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights…
Unnatural Causes
UNNATURAL CAUSES sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socio-economic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes. But those causes are not what we…
In Sickness and in Wealth
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us, but to…
When the Bough Breaks
The number of infants who die before their first birthday is much higher in the U.S. than in other countries. And, for African Americans, the rate is nearly twice as…
Becoming American
Recent Mexican immigrants, although poorer, tend to be healthier than the average American. They have lower rates of death, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses, despite being less educated, earning…
Bad Sugar
The Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians of southern Arizona have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world - half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes…
Place Matters
Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long-neglected urban neighborhoods such as those…
Collateral Damage
Two billion people worldwide are infected with the TB bacillus, but only 9 million people a year actually get the disease. The story of the Marshall Islands can help us…
Not Just a Paycheck
In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. and moved it to Juarez, Mexico, for cheaper labor. The move turned the lives…
Money-Driven Medicine
An essential introduction to help Americans better understand and address the unmet challenges of healthcare reform in the coming decade. Produced by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark…
Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness
Is there a politics of knowledge? Who controls what knowledge is produced and how it will be used? Is there "objective" scholarship and, if so, how does it become politicized?…
At the River I Stand
Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. AT THE RIVER I STAND skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation…
Ralph Ellison: An American Journey
RALPH ELLISON: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY is the first documentary on one of the most gifted and intellectually provocative authors of modern American literature. It establishes Ellison as a central figure…
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
A moving, in-depth biography of an organizer and journalist who for a remarkable 60 years participated in the most significant movements for racial and economic justice in this country's most…
Black Gold
This film traces the tangled trail from the two billion cups of coffee consumed each day back to the coffee farmers who produce the beans. In particular, It follows Tadesse…
Black Is...Black Ain't
The final film by filmmaker Marlon Riggs, BLACK IS...BLACK AIN'T, jumps into the middle of explosive debates over Black identity. White Americans have always stereotyped African Americans. But the rigid…
Ethnic Notions
Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images…
Ezra
The first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars. It was awarded the Grand Prize at the…
Faat Kine
In FAAT KINE, Ousmane Sembene, the unquestioned father of African cinema, calls his fellow Africans to a reckoning of the post-independence era at the beginning of a new century. At…
Faces of the Enemy
As relevant today as when it was first released, FACES OF THE ENEMY follows social psychologist Sam Keen as he unmasks how individuals and nations dehumanize their enemies to justify…
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask
This film explores for the first time on film the pre-eminent theorist of the anti-colonial movements of this century. Fanon's two major works, Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched…
Homegoings
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at the Owens Funeral Home in Harlem and the…
Hyenas
Twenty years after his astonishing first film, Touki Bouki, Djibril Diop Mambety brings us a second feature, HYENAS, as provocative as his first. He adapts a timeless parable of human…
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
James Baldwin (1924-1987) was at once a major twentieth century American author, a Civil Rights activist and, for two crucial decades, a prophetic voice calling Americans, Black and white, to…
Keita: The Heritage of the Griot
Keita creates a unique world where the West Africa of the 13th Century Sundjata Epic and the West Africa of today co-exist and interpenetrate. Director Dani Kouyati's frames his dramatization…
A Killer Bargain
The Killer Bargain referred to by this hard-hitting documentary's title is the availability of cheap consumer goods, imported by Western companies, whose prices don't reflect the actual human and environmental…
Lumumba: Death of a Prophet
This documentary offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history. Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less…
The Manuscripts of Timbuktu
One of the definitions for Timbuktu in the Oxford Dictionary is "any distant or remote place". Featuring the knowledgeable commentary by African scholars, rich reenactments, and an original musical score…
Maquilapolis: City of Factories
Carmen Duran works the graveyard shift in one of Tijuana's 800 maquiladoras; she is one of six million women around the world who labor for poverty wages in the factories…
Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968
SCARRED JUSTICE: THE ORANGEBURG MASSACRE 1968 brings to light one of the bloodiest tragedies of the Civil Rights era after four decades of deliberate denial. The killing of four white…
Thomas Sankara
As Africa looks desperately for leaders of integrity and vision, the life and ideals of the late Thomas Sankara seem more and more relevant and exemplary with the passage of…
Tongues Untied
Marlon Riggs' essay film TONGUES UNTIED gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization. It…
Traces of the Trade
In TRACES OF THE TRADE: A STORY FROM THE DEEP NORTH, one family's painful but persistent confrontation with the continuing legacy of the slave trade becomes America's own. Katrina Browne…
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
Zora Neale Hurston, path-breaking novelist, pioneering anthropologist and one of the first black women to enter the American literary canon (Their Eyes Were Watching God), established the African American vernacular…
What's Race Got To Do With It?
Despite 15 years of diversity programs and initiatives, many of our discussions about race remain mired in confusion. Even a casual observer can't help but notice how structural racism is…
Final Offer
The most comprehensive and candid look at collective bargaining on film. It takes viewers on an eye-opening journey behind the closed doors and into the smoke-filled rooms where labor and…
Where Do You Stand?
2004 CINE Golden Eagle Winner, 2006 Emmy Award Nominee. After a quarter century of struggle, mill workers in Kannapolis, North Carolina won the single largest industrial union victory in the…
Hot Wax
Ivy is a big, bubbly black woman who managed to run her own beauty salon surreptitiously during the dark days of apartheid. She lives in Alexandra, a restless and poor…
Cinderella of the Cape Flats
Everyday, the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably…
Belonging
Born into exile in Britain as the daughter of political emigres, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to their longed-for homeland, South Africa in 1994. Now, ten years later, Kethiwe…
Umgidi (Shadow Dancing)
When Sipho, a former Robben Island inmate for 5 years gets a call from his father to help convince his reluctant younger brother to get circumcised, he procrastinates. Then, he…
Nabantwa Bam' (With My Children)
This film is a fascinating case study of the emergence of social classes even within the same South African family. Two brothers live with their successful and ambitious mother, a…

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Place Matters
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long-neglected urban neighborhoods such as those in Richmond, California, a predominantly Black city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Segregation and lack of access to jobs,…
At the River I Stand - The Climax of the Civil Rights Movement
Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. AT THE RIVER I STAND skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation worker into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at…
The Strange Demise of Jim Crow
Not all the civil rights victories of the '60s were won at the cost of vicious beatings and mass arrests played-out in front of television cameras. THE STRANGE DEMISE OF JIM CROW reveals for the first time on film how many Southern cities were desegregated in a quieter, almost stealthy…
Fighting Back (1896 - 1917)
This episode illustrates the early rise of a successful Black middle class and the determination of white supremacists to destroy fledgling Black political power. The growing oppression had a profound effect on a professor at Atlanta University, W.E.B. Du Bois, and a teenage mail carrier named Walter White. Both would…
Ethnic Notions - African American Stereotypes and Prejudice
Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America. Loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons,…
What's Race Got To Do With It? - Social Disparities and Student Success
Despite 15 years of diversity programs and initiatives, many of our discussions about race remain mired in confusion. Even a casual observer can't help but notice how structural racism is ignored, how multiculturalism is confused with equality, and how many campuses remain hamstrung in their efforts to become more inclusive…
Ralph Ellison: An American Journey
RALPH ELLISON: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY is the first documentary on one of the most gifted and intellectually provocative authors of modern American literature. It establishes Ellison as a central figure in contemporary debates over art, politics, race and nationhood. Narrated by Andre Braugher, the film brilliantly presents the first scenes…
Soul of Justice - Thelton Henderson's American Journey
Few judges provoke the ire of conservatives more than Thelton Henderson, Senior Judge of the Federal District Court of Northern California. His career in many ways parallels the larger historic arc of the Civil Rights movement and the changing vision of government - from Jim Crow laws to Civil Rights…