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I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House.…
The Mask You Live In
THE MASK YOU LIVE IN follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our…
Ordinary Miracles - The Photo League's New York
ORDINARY MIRACLES: THE PHOTO LEAGUE'S NEW YORK is a feature-length documentary film which tells the story of the rise and politically motivated fall of the Photo League, (1936-1951) which for fifteen years served as the center of the documentary movement…
Tickling Giants - Uniting Egypt through Laughter in Tumultuous Times
Dr. Bassem Youssef made a decision that's every mother's worst nightmare - he left his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Dubbed "The Egyptian Jon Stewart," Bassem creates the most viewed television program in the Middle…
Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
In this highly anticipated sequel to his groundbreaking, ADVERTISING AND THE END OF THE WORLD, media scholar Sut Jhally explores the devastating personal and environmental fallout from advertising, commercial culture, and rampant American consumerism. Ranging from the emergence of the…
Post Truth Times: We The Media - Navigating Information in a Post-Truth Media Landscape
What is the Internet doing to information and journalism? The influence of fake news and false information on American and British election results seems undeniable, especially with politicians like Donald Trump offering an alternative to traditional media, and mainstream politicians…
Miss Representation
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute…
Killing Us Softly - Advertising's Image of Women
In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals…
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When Jews Were Funny
Insightful and hilarious, WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY surveys the history of Jewish comedy from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.
Pornland - How the Porn Industry Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Pornography has moved from the margins of society into the very mainstream of American culture. From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture industries bombard us with sexualized images of idealized women and men that jump off the screen and into…
Dreamworlds 3 - Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video
Dreamworlds 3 examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality. Illustrated with hundreds of up-to-date images, Dreamworlds 3 offers a unique and…
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Unseen Cinema 7: Viva La Dance - The Beginnings of Ciné-Dance (1894-1946)
VIVA LA DANCE is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Dance and film have shared the aspiration to creatively sculpt motion and time. Some of the first films ever made featured Annabelle's skirt…
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Tough Guise 2 - Violence, Manhood & American Culture
In this highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise , pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist Jackson Katz argues that the ongoing epidemic of men's violence in America is rooted in our inability as a society…
3 videos
Denying Brazil - Race and Racism on Brazilian Television
A documentary film about the taboos, stereotypes, and struggles of Black actors in Brazilian television "soaps." Based on his own memories and on a sturdy body of research evidence, the director analyzes race relations in Brazilian soap operas, calling attention…
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Unseen Cinema 6: The Amateur as Auteur - Discovering Paradise in Pictures
AMATEUR AS AUTEUR is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. These home-made films incorporate avant-garde strategies and techniques to reveal a true sense of cinematic intimacy. Glimpses of life caught unawares are found…
9 videos
Latinos Beyond Reel - Challenging a Media Stereotype
Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and among the most diverse -- accounting for one-sixth of all Americans and tracing their origins to more than 20 countries. They are also a rising force in American politics. Yet…
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How Racism Harms White Americans - A lecture by John H. Bracey
Distinguished historian John H. Bracey Jr. offers a provocative analysis of the devastating economic, political, and social effects of racism on white Americans. In a departure from analyses of racism that have focused primarily on white power and privilege, Bracey…
Trump: My New President - A Look at the Lives of Trump Voters
The first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency were unprecedented. This film follows the beginning of his presidency through the eyes of five ordinary Americans -- four of whom voted for him. One is an African-American high school football coach…
Unseen Cinema 1: The Mechanized Eye - Experiments in Technique and Form
THE MECHANIZED EYE is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. 17 films by featured directors: Frederick Armitage, Artkino, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer, Paul Burnford, Russell Collins, Emlen Etting, Walker Evans, Jerome Hill, Elia Kazan,…
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The Neon Struggle - The Gradual Extinction of the Neon Sign
Rio Score is the third generation tube bender in his family. Tube benders create neon signs for commercial businesses of all kinds; car dealers, restaurants, bowling alleys, dry cleaners, car washes, shoe repair shops, as well as bars and tattoo…