American Studies


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THE OXCART

American Studies  Latino Studies  Literature  Sociology 

Based on a play by Puerto Rican playwright Rene marques, this video potrays the migration of a Puerto Rican family from the countryside to the San Juan ghetto and then to New York's Spanish Harlem.

GOOD FORTUNE
GOOD FORTUNE

American Studies  Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Family Relations  Sociology  Children & Young Adult  Directed by Women 

Examines the adoption of Chinese children by U.S. parents, profiling six diverse families who share their adoption stories, meeting a parent who worked inside an orphanage before ever planning to adopt, one who lived through China's Cultural Revolution, and another who has spent over twenty years researching adoption in China. It is a video about building families, as well as overcoming cultural myths and misunderstandings.

CAUTION: SHOW DOGS
CAUTION: SHOW DOGS

American Studies  Performing Arts  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Caution: Show Dogs profiles four top breeders and their dogs, who share the years of knowledge and experience required to produce consistent champions, and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews at numerous dog shows reveal the excitement and exhilaration of the world of Show Dogs.

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WOMEN OF VIEQUES

Women's Studies  American Studies  Latin-American Studies  Political Science  Puerto Rican Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

This video shows the involvement of Puerto Rican women in the continuing protest movement against U.S. Navy use of the island of Vieques as a military training site.

120 WOOSTER STREET
120 WOOSTER STREET

Art History  African-American Studies  New York City  Native American Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This video profiles Frederick Brown, one of America’s most prolific expressionist painters, whose Soho loft studio in New York served as a gathering place for artists, musicians, writers, dancers and other creative personalities during the Sixties and Seventies.

WHO BUILT AMERICA? (series)
WHO BUILT AMERICA? (series)

American Studies  American History  Labor Studies  Education  Women's Studies  World History  Sociology 

This ten-part series on nineteenth and twentieth-century American history uses period graphics and innovative computer animation to make history accessible and exciting for high school, college and adult education students.

TURNED OUT: SEXUAL ASSAULT BEHIND BARS
TURNED OUT: SEXUAL ASSAULT BEHIND BARS

Criminal & Law  American Studies  Human Sexuality  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology 

This video is a shocking but insightful expose of the taboo subject of homosexual rape and homosexual relations in prison.

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SEEN BUT NOT HEARD

American Studies  Chicano Studies  Criminal & Law  Labor Studies  Latino Studies  New York City  Sociology  Terrorism Studies  Women's Studies  Immigration 

This video follows the lives of four Mexican women and their families whose undocumented husbands and partners, as workers at the World Trade Center, lost their lives in the tragic events of 9/11.

PROM NIGHT IN KANSAS CITY
PROM NIGHT IN KANSAS CITY

American Studies  LGBTQ  Human Sexuality  Psychology & Psychiatry  Family Relations  Children & Young Adult  Dance  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Filmmaker Hali Lee grew up in suburban Kansas City, where she remembers her own high school prom as a drag. In later years, however, she became obsessed with trying to understand the appeal of this quintessentially American tradition—was it the pageantry, the poignant pretensions of teenagers dressing up as ‘adults,’ the myth of prom as a pagan coming-of-age ritual, or the ersatz memories?

O. WINSTON LINK: TRAINS THAT PASSED IN THE NIGHT
O. WINSTON LINK: TRAINS THAT PASSED IN THE NIGHT

American Studies  Photography 

O. Winston Link (1914-2001) was America's greatest photographer of the romance of the steam engine, as documented in his book, Steam, Steel & Stars: America's Last Steam Railroad. His extraordinary images were made at night, using elaborate flash equipment, capturing trains in action on the Norfolk and Western, the last steam railroad line in the U.S., during the 1950s. This video takes a journey with Link, then in his latest Seventies, along the tracks of the N&W, through Virginia and West Virginia, as he recounts the experience of setting up and taking his remarkable photos.

LEGACY OF THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST
LEGACY OF THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST

Sociology  Political Science  Cinema Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This documentary, hosted and narrated by Burt Lancaster, examines the effects of the highly publicized investigation of the motion picture industry by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), which began in 1947.

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GLITTER PALACE

American Studies  Cinema Studies  Performing Arts 

Features interviews with retired artists' film and theater actors and actresses, set designers, cinematographers, casting directors, script supervisors, and so on—who reside in the Motion Picture Country Home in Los Angeles or in the Performing Arts Lodge in Toronto.

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DANCING WITH MY FATHER

Women's Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Family Relations  American Studies  Directed by Women 

What do daughters learn from their fathers about men? This video is an intimate family view of how adult love is often shaped by what a child learns at home.

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CLOSING THE OPEN DOOR: THE FIGHT FOR A COLLEGE EDUCATION

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  New York City  Education  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Tells the story of the Open Admissions policy at the City University of New York, the third largest university system in the U.S., with the largest minority population.

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RUSSIA AND AMERICA

Urban Studies  Sociology  Russia  Economics  Eastern Europe  American Studies 

Focuses on the Russian city of Ekaterinburg as a case-study illustration of the former Soviet Union's difficult transition from a socialist to a capitalist economy.

THE CUBAN EXCLUDABLES
THE CUBAN EXCLUDABLES

Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

The Cuban Excludables is about the thousands of Cuban detainees held in prisons throughout the U.S. With no due process or legal redress, some of them spent years behind bars and cannot be sent back to Cuba by INS due to lack of agreements between the US and Cuba. These Cuban 'excludables' are thus in a legal limbo that leaves them imprisoned indefinitely.

WE DIG COAL
WE DIG COAL

Women's Studies  Sociology  Labor Studies  Economics  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the situation of women coal miners in the U.S., their struggle to be hired, their day-to-day lives in the mines, the economic necessity that first made them seek work as miners, and the opposition they face from their families, the community and their male coworkers.

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COMING OUT

American Studies  Dance  Sociology 

This cinema-verite documentary examines one of America's most exclusive and enduring social traditions--the debutante ball. The film focuses on the National Debutante Cotillion at the Washington Hilton, following the preparations of Jill Schweitzer, one of the new generation of debs who see beyond the traditional ritual to the valuable career and business connections that can be made.

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MISS...OR MYTH?

American Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies 

Examines beauty pageants and the images of women they promote, allowing both pageant supporters and protestors to express their viewpoints. The film focuses on the Miss California Beauty Pageant and the emotionally charged debate that has occurred in recent years.

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THE FLAPPER STORY

American Studies  American History  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Offers a lively mixture of contemporary interviews and archival film footage in a thoughtful examination of the social phenomenon of the `flapper,' the provocative `New Woman' of America's Roaring '20s.

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