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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 promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet,…
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White Wash
Narrated by Grammy-winner Ben Harper with Tariq "Blackthought" Trotter of the Roots, this is the story of African-American surfers. Told from the perspective of black surfers from Hawaii, Jamaica, Florida, and California, this controversial, probing film looks deep into America's…
Little White Lie - Family Secrets, Dual Identity & the Power of Telling the Truth
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity -- despite the open questions from those around her about…
Life, Deferred (Vida Diferida) - The Uncertainties Haunting Undocumented Youth and Their Families
This documentary film tells the story of Vanessa, a teenager born in Mexico who has lived in the United States with her family since she was six years old. Once an excelling middle-school student with big dreams of becoming a…
I Was Born in Mexico, But… - Growing Up Undocumented in America
A poetic short featuring the voice of a undocumented young Latina woman who was brought to the U.S. as a child. The film introduces viewers to a personal voice on the immigration debate: DACA, the Dream Act, and other immigration…
All Eyes and Ears - The Complex Links Between the U.S. and China
A timely exploration into the complex links between the U.S. and China, ALL EYES AND EARS evokes the personal and the international, focusing on diplomacy, activism and individual experience. Interspersed with remarks from journalists and experts, ALL EYES AND EARS…
I Am the Queen - A Celebration of Chicago's Puerto Rican Transgender Community
In Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, the Vida/Sida Cacica Pageant brings together members of the Puerto Rican community to celebrate its transgender participants. I AM THE QUEEN follows Bianca, Julissa and Jolizza as they prepare for the pageant under the guidance…
Coolies, Sailors, Settlers - Voyage to the New World
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
Explores how people from the Philippines, China and India first arrived on the shores of North and South America, their survival amid harsh conditions, re-migrations and settlement in the Americas. The film travels across oceans and centuries of time to…
Chinese in the Frontier West - An American Story
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
This film documents the large-scale migration of Chinese to California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and the central role that these immigrants played in developing the American West by building the first Transcontinental Railroad and transforming California into…
Imagining Emanuel - A Nationless African Migrant in the West
Emanuel arrived in Norway in 2003 as a stowaway on a container ship. He arrived with no papers, claiming to be from Liberia and to have fled its civil war in the early 1990s to spend the next decade on…
A Lot Like You - Exploring Multiracial Identity
Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her parents retire and move back to Tanzania, Kimaro begins a project that examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex…
Out of Norway - A Migrant Returns to Africa with Forged Papers
After the Norwegian Ministry of Culture's Human Rights Award was bestowed upon Thomas Ostbye's previous film IMAGINING EMANUEL, Emanuel uses the money to buy fake identity papers and smuggle himself out of Norway and back to Liberia in order to…
Skin Deep
For hundreds of years, human skin colour has been used as a marker of race. Now, science is uncovering the intricate relationship between skin colour and environment. When our ancient ancestors in Equatorial Africa lost their body hair and ventured…
One Big Hapa Family - The Japanese-Canadian Identity
After a realization at a family reunion, half Japanese-Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find out why everyone in his Japanese-Canadian family married interracially after his grandparents' generation. This feature live action and animated…
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The Color of Honor - The Japanese American Soldier in WWII
A documentary on the responses of Japanese Americans to World War II -- from enlisting in a much-decorated unit for combat in Europe, to serving as military interrogators, and for some, refusing to serve in the armed forces and challenging…
Nisei Soldier - Standard Bearer for an Exiled People
A documentary focusing on the heroism and moral dilemmas of the Japanese American men who fought bravely to liberate European towns during World War II while the rights of their incarcerated families were denied at home. Blue Ribbon, American Film…
Sacromonte: The Wise of the Tribe - The History of the Sacromonte Barrio in Spain
A passionate documentary about the history of the legendary Gypsy district, the Sacromonte barrio in Granada (Spain). Founded in the 1600s, it served as a source of inspiration for artists such as Debussy, Glinka, Falla, and Lorca. Winner of Best…
O Happy Day - The Early Days of Black Gay Liberation
The seminal short film O Happy Day imagines the early days of gay liberation for black gay men. Lofton juxtaposes images of black men from late 60s and early 70s films with images of Black Panther Party demonstrations, as a…
The Believers - The First Transgender Gospel Choir
Recipient of the Frameline 30 Audience Award for Best Documentary and of a 2005 Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund grant, The Believers is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, gender, and religion. Built around the world's…