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HIGH ACHIEVERS

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Health  Education  African-American Studies 

Examines the training of young African Americans at the Health Professions Department at Morehouse College, the only all-black male college in America.

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PASSIN' IT ON: 25 YEARS ORGANIZING THE NORTHWEST BRONX

Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  Latino Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

During the Sixties and early Seventies, banks, insurance companies, the City of New York, and many landlords drew a red-line around the Bronx and abandoned its neighborhoods. More than 12,000 fires burned each year, 300,000 people fled, and in the South Bronx 40% of the homes were destroyed.

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LILY DALE: MESSAGES FROM THE SPIRIT SIDE OF LIFE

African-American Studies  American Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Urban Studies 

An offbeat documentary portrait of Lily Dale, New York, one of America's oldest spiritualist communities, where just about everyone is a psychic or a medium who claims to be able to communicate with the dead. The video includes interviews with several mediums in Lily Dale and shows them as they give private readings, perform public healings, and take part in outdoor services where they receive messages "from the spirit side of life."

BLACK INDIANS: AN AMERICAN STORY
BLACK INDIANS: AN AMERICAN STORY

African-American Studies  American Studies  Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Native American Studies 

This video explores the issue of racial identity among Native Americans and African Americans, and the coalescence of these two groups in American history.

FROM SWASTIKA TO JIM CROW
FROM SWASTIKA TO JIM CROW

Sociology  Jewish Studies  Education  American Studies  American History  African-American Studies  Directed by Women  Pacific Street Films 

In the 1930s Jewish intellectuals who escaped Nazi Germany and immigrated to the U.S. faced an uncertain future. Confronted with anti-Semitism at American universities and a public distrust of foreigners, many sought refuge in an unlikely place-traditionally black colleges in the segregated South.

THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE OF FORT PILLOW AND THE BIRTH OF THE KU KLUX KLAN
THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE OF FORT PILLOW AND THE BIRTH OF THE KU KLUX KLAN

African-American Studies  American History  Sociology  World History 

This historical documentary uses Civil War re-enactments, historical footage, photos and contemporary interviews to explore a controversial event in American and African- American Civil War history.

HARDWOOD DREAMS
HARDWOOD DREAMS

African-American Studies  Education  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Urban Studies  Children & Young Adult 

Chronicles one season in the life of the Morningside High School basketball team, the defending California state champs, whose school is situated in a crime-ridden L.A. neighborhood.

UP SOUTH
UP SOUTH

World History  Women's Studies  Labor Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies 

Part of the Who Built America? series, this video tells the vivid tale of the African-American exodus from the rural South to northern industrial cities during World War I.

DOING AS THEY CAN: slave life in the american south
DOING AS THEY CAN: slave life in the american south

American Studies  American History  African-American Studies  World History  Women's Studies  Labor Studies 

This video features a fugitive woman slave describing life, work, and day-to-day resistance to slavery on a North Carolina cotton plantation during the 1840s and 1850s.

IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY

African-American Studies  American Studies  American History  Peace & Conflict  Sociology 

Examines Pulaski, Tennessee, the town where the Ku Klux Klan was founded right after the Civil War, and where today its memory still runs very deep.

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SOWETO TO BERKELEY

African-American Studies  American History  American Studies  African Studies  Peace & Conflict  Political Science  Sociology 

Examines the Anti-Apartheid Movement at the University of California at Berkeley during 1985-86, which led to similar student protests nationwide.

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CIMARRONES

African-American Studies  African Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language 

This docudrama explores the little known situation of African slaves in Latin America in the 19th century, depicting life in runaway slave communities.

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NO VIETNAMESE EVER CALLED ME NIGGER

African-American Studies  New York City 

Filmed at the Harlem Fall Mobilization March in 1967, this video lets people in the streets, as well as black Vietnam vets, speak out about social protest, life in New York's black ghetto, and the connection between racism and war.

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MINOR ALTERCATION, A

African-American Studies  American Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Dramatizes a real-life incident involving a fight between two high school girls--one white, one black-and then traces in parallel fashion the response of the two families to the incident, revealing the real feelings underlying racial tensions as well as the existence of common interests.

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PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI

African-American Studies  American Studies  Sociology 

A contemporary portrait of the small southern town where, in June 1964, three young civil rights workers were murdered for registering blacks to vote. In the thirty years since, Philadelphia, Mississippi has retained its infamous reputation as a racist backwater.

GANDY DANCERS
GANDY DANCERS

African-American Studies  American Studies  Labor Studies  Music  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Features the musical traditions and verbal recollections of eight retired African-American railroad track laborers, whose occupational folk songs were once heard along the railroad lines that crisscross the South.

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FACING THE FACADE

African-American Studies  Education 

Examines the experience of black students on predominantly white college campuses and how they cope with feelings of alienation, frustration, and discrimination.

STEPPIN'
STEPPIN'

African-American Studies  Dance  Latin-American Studies  Performing Arts  Political Science  Sociology  Children & Young Adult 

Introduces viewers to the step show, an exciting dance style popular among black fraternities and sororities. In addition to many rousing, crowd-pleasing performances, the program examines the cultural roots of steppin' in African dancing, military marching and hip-hop music, and discusses its contemporary social significance on college campuses.

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ALL GOD'S CHILDREN

African-American Studies  American Studies  LGBTQ  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Shows how the Black Church has embraced African-American lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of its spiritual family.

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BLACK UNICORN: DUDLEY RANDALL AND THE BROADSIDE PRESS, THE

African-American Studies  Literature  Directed by Women 

Chronicles the life and literary career of a major black American poet, Dudley Randall, who has published six books of poetry and edited several anthologies of black poetry.

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