African-American Studies

SPIRITS OF REBELLION: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles
SPIRITS OF REBELLION: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles

African-American Studies  Directed by Women  American Studies  Cinema Studies  Media Studies  Cultural Studies  American History  2017 

Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA documents the lives and work of a small critically acclaimed group of black filmmakers and media artists known as the Los Angeles Rebellion, the first collective of minority filmmakers that aimed to reimagine the production process to represent, reflect on, and enrich the day to day lives of people in their own communities.

RAT FILM
RAT FILM

2017  Urban Studies  Environmental Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Cultural Studies  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  Architecture  African-American Studies 

A documentary that uses the rat to explore the complicated history of Baltimore and how racial segregation, redlining, and environmental racism built the American city we see today.

RAISING BERTIE
RAISING BERTIE

2016  African-American Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Criminal & Law  Education  Family Relations  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  Directed by Women  Kartemquin Films 

Recorded over six years, Raising Bertie delivers an authentic and tender portrait of the lives of three young boys as they face a precarious coming of age within Bertie County, a rural African-American community in North Carolina. Another harrowing work from the acclaimed documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films, the film shows the process of growing up in a place afflicted by generations of economic and educational segregation.

CITY OF TREES
CITY OF TREES

2016  Kartemquin Films  Environmental Studies  American Studies  Labor Studies  Criminal & Law  African-American Studies  Urban Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Health  Business 

A complex tale of social justice, urban forestry and community politics, City of Trees portrays the struggles of a DC non-profit to challenge the cycle of poverty and violence in blighted urban areas by implementing an ambitious "green jobs" program that hires 150 unemployed residents to plant trees in underserved parks.

THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE
THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE

Psychology & Psychiatry  American Studies  African-American Studies  Women's Studies  Criminal & Law  2015 

A sensational portrait of a rebel who defied society’s prejudices and pinched her own version of the American Dream, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne relates the fascinating story of how a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated West Virginia became the world’s most notorious jewel thief.

KILLING TIME
KILLING TIME

Criminal & Law  African-American Studies  Death & Dying  2014 

Neither advocating for the death penalty nor against it, Killing Time is a devastating investigation into the futility of taking a life - both a murder and a state sanctioned execution. It is an honest look at the private, logistical and business-as-usual aspects of capital punishment in today's America.

PRISON TERMINAL: the last days of private jack hall
PRISON TERMINAL: the last days of private jack hall

Short Films  2014  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Death & Dying  Criminal & Law  American Studies  Aging / Gerontology  African-American Studies 

2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, Prison Terminal is an extraordinary chronicle of death and dignity behind bars, an incredibly moving story of a terminally ill prisoner's final days and the hospice volunteers (prisoners themselves) who care for him. Issues surrounding America's aging prison population and the profound impact hospice programs can have on the lives of the incarcerated are explored in this remarkable film.

THE HILL
THE HILL

2013  African-American Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

Clinging to the last affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying city, a determined group of neighbors come together when the city claims eminent domain over their land in order to build a new school. An absorbing look at the complex issues surrounding urban planning, gentrification and economic renewal.

BROOKLYN BOHEME
BROOKLYN BOHEME

African-American Studies  Performing Arts  Cinema Studies  Urban Studies  New York City  2012  Directed by Women 

In this inspiring documentary, filmmaker Nelson George explores a singular neighborhood in Brooklyn that gave rise to an African-American arts movement in the late 20th century as vibrant as the Harlem Renaissance. Through interviews with Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Lisa Jones Chapman, Branford Marsalis, Lorna Simpson, and many others, Brooklyn Boheme celebrates the rise of a new kind of African-American artist.

EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: the story of fishbone
EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: the story of fishbone

African-American Studies  Music  2012 

Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, Everyday Sunshine charts the turbulent history of the pioneering all-Black rock band Fishbone. This lively documentary tells the story of a band that broke racial stereotypes, and for a brief moment, seemed to challenge the political order of the music industry and the nation.

THE INTERRUPTERS
THE INTERRUPTERS

2011  Kartemquin Films  Women's Studies  Urban Studies  Sociology  Peace & Conflict  Latino Studies  Criminal & Law  American Studies  African-American Studies 

From Steve James, acclaimed director of Hoop Dreams, and Alex Kotlowtiz, bestselling author of There Are No Children Here, The Interrupters is an epic documentary work exploring violence in America, a look at an innovative program in which former gang members disrupt violent situations as they happen.

DOUBLETIME
DOUBLETIME

African-American Studies  Children & Young Adult  Urban Studies  American Studies  2011  Directed by Women 

Jumping rope is one of the most timeless and universal forms of play. In the last 30 years, its popularity has moved it from the sidewalk to the stage. Doubletime profiles two championship teams - one suburban white and one inner-city black - for a revealing look inside an exciting new sport and a snapshot of race in America.

BEYOND BABYLAND
BEYOND BABYLAND

2010  Women's Studies  Urban Studies  Sociology  Health  Family Relations  Economics  Death & Dying  American Studies  African-American Studies  Medicine 

Beyond Babyland seeks to understand the causes behind the troubling rate of infant mortality in African-American communities while introducing us to the people and organizations working tirelessly to turn around this tide.

ME BRONI BA (MY WHITE BABY)
ME BRONI BA (MY WHITE BABY)

African Studies  Women's Studies  African-American Studies  Anthropology  Sociology  2009  Directed by Women 

Weaving together sequences of hair-braiding salons in Ghana, voice-over of Oprah rhapsodizing brown-skinned dolls and animated clips of signature hairstyles, Me Broni Ba (My White Baby) is an artfully composed, thought-provoking work that investigates the fraught relationship between images of beauty and power.

THROW DOWN YOUR HEART
THROW DOWN YOUR HEART

African Studies  African-American Studies  Music  Anthropology  2009 

Throw Down Your Heart follows American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo. This exuberant musical adventure provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of Africa - a picture that is very different from what is often shown in the media.

WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN
WADE IN THE WATER, CHILDREN

2009  Urban Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Media Studies  Health  Education  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Through a passionate mixture of private videos, uncensored interviews and school-day adventures, the young children of Singleton Charter Middle School, the first school to open in New Orleans after Katrina, have created a revealing portrait of urban youth at the heart of an ongoing American crisis.

INSIDE THE GREAT MAGAZINES (series)
INSIDE THE GREAT MAGAZINES (series)

Media Studies  Sociology  American Studies  Photography  African-American Studies  LGBTQ  Cultural Studies  2009  Directed by Women 

An illuminating and entertaining history of the magazine - from Edward Cave's 1731 publication The Gentleman's Magazine to Oprah and beyond - exploring how this powerful medium has influenced our social and political landscape. A three-part documentary series.

THE NEW AMERICANS
THE NEW AMERICANS

2009  Chicano Studies  Kartemquin Films  Political Science  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  African Studies  African-American Studies  Immigration 

A landmark seven-hour documentary series, The New Americans follows the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants - from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, India, Nigeria and Palestine - to offer a kaleidoscopic picture of immigrant life in the U.S. Available for the first time in its entirety on DVD.

THE AXE IN THE ATTIC
THE AXE IN THE ATTIC

African-American Studies  Anthropology  American Studies  Political Science  Cinema Studies  Sociology  2008  Directed by Women 

What does it mean to be exiled in your own country? In the aftermath of Katrina, two filmmakers embark on a road trip to meet displaced evacuees. An important American documentary, The Axe in the Attic tackles questions of race, class, and the breakdown of trust between a government and its citizens.

THE GAME OF CHANGE
THE GAME OF CHANGE

American Studies  American History  African-American Studies  Urban Studies  2008 

When the Loyola basketball team started four African-American players in 1963 they were suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. The Game of Change reaches far beyond sports, demonstrating this particular event's significance in the battle for race equality in a largely segregated country.

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