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Quest - An Intimate Portrait of an African-American Family
This New York Times Critics' Pick , filmed with verite intimacy for nearly a decade, is a moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his…
Eyes on the Prize - America's Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985
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Produced by Blackside, EYES ON THE PRIZE tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life,…
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Color Adjustment - A History of African American Portrayal on Television
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 relations through the lens of prime time entertainment, scrutinizing television's…
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.…
Out in the Night - Criminalization of Race, Gender Identity and Sexuality
Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They are…
Through a Lens Darkly - Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have…
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band - An Unsung Hero of Jazz History
She was ahead of her time, a genius. During an era when Jazz was the nation's popular music, Mary Lou Williams was one of its greatest innovators. As both a pianist and composer, she was a font of daring and…
The Great War: Part 3
PBS
Chart the ways in which the bloodiest battle in U.S. history, and the ensuing peace, forever changed a nation. African Americans found ways to push for change. Women's suffrage gained converts, and America stepped onto the world stage.
The Great War: Part 2
PBS
Examine the speed of the U.S. mobilization and the transformations required of America. Wilson hired George Creel to lead an unprecedented pro-war propaganda campaign, but for those who resisted the fervor, the consequences could be severe.
The Great War: Part 1
PBS
Explore America's tortured, nearly three-year journey to war. Ever the idealistic diplomat, Wilson vowed to keep his country out of "the Great War," but by 1916, there was a growing sense that the war was coming closer to home.
The Great War - The History of World War I
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Drawing on unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, THE GREAT WAR tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as "doughboys." The series…
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An Outrage - The History and Legacy of Lynching in the South
An award-winning documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on-location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as…
All of Us - An Investigation of Rising HIV Cases Among African American Women
A young doctor in the South Bronx embarks on a project to find out why African-American women are becoming infected with HIV at alarming rates. She finds a dangerous power imbalance that all heterosexual women face in the bedroom, but…
Black Dandy: A Political Beauty - Tracing the Roots and Influence of Black Dandyism
Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Lebron James... Nowadays, the most fashionable heroes of pop culture are black men. Their love of style is not only a status symbol or a vapid superficial trend, it is rooted in a deep American cultural…
Banished - A History of African American Expulsion
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 and disinherited seek redress. BANISHED vividly recovers the too-quickly forgotten…
My Brooklyn - Demystifying Gentrification
My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by…
25 To Life - The Story of a Man Coping with AIDS
An award-winning documentary about William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption from his promiscuous past, as he embarks on a new phase of life, with his wife,…
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…
The Abolitionists Part 3
Episode 3 of American Experience: The Abolitionists
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The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. Southern states secede, war…
Legacy - The Powerful Voices of Three Generations of African-American Women
An Oscar-nominated portrait of an African-American family that dramatically captures their successes and failures as they struggle to overcome the devastating effects of poverty, welfare, and community violence. For four generations, the Collins family has depended on welfare and lived…