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SUN, MOON & FEATHER
SUN, MOON & FEATHER

American Studies  Anthropology  Music  Native American Studies  New York City  Directed by Women 

This prize-winning musical comedy/documentary, blending documentary, musical theater and personal memoir, is about three Native American sisters growing up in Brooklyn during the 1930s and '40s.

MORE THAN WORDS
MORE THAN WORDS

Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Native American Studies  Directed by Women 

This documentary portrait of a small Native American tribe struggling to retain what is left of its culture focuses on 77-year-old Marie Smith, the last of Alaska's Eyak Indians to speak the language of her people.

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YES, I AM NOT IKTOMI

Anthropology  Cultural Studies  Native American Studies  Short Films 

This video, featuring an all Native American cast and filmed in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota, dramatizes the Trickster storytelling tradition, delving into the humor and visual language of this central Native American cultural icon.

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TAHTONKA: THE PLAINS INDIANS AND THEIR BUFFALO CULTURE

Anthropology  Native American Studies  Directed by Women 

This video covers three hundred years of Plains Indians history from the pre-horse period through the tragedy at Wounded Knee in 1890.

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.

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KEEP THE PARTY GOING: IRISH WAKES

Anthropology  Death & Dying  Irish Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry 

This video explores the Irish tradition of 'waking the dead,' when an all-night vigil is maintained at the home of the deceased the night before burial.

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THE TRAIL NORTH

Anthropology  Chicano Studies  Latino Studies 

Follows anthropologist Robert Alvarez and his 10-year-old son Luis as they recreate the journey which their family's ancestors made in coming north from Mexico several generations ago.

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TAI KI

Anthropology  Asian Studies 

Documents a sea adventure designed to test the theory that the ancient Chinese could have sailed from Southeast Asia and arrived in Mexico or South America, predating voyages of Western mariners.

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TIERRA Y CULTURA

Sociology  Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

Examines the recuperacion movement among the Indian communities in Colombia where an Indian rebel army is engaged in guerrilla warfare with a Colombian Army counterinsurgency force.

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SANTA MARTA: TWO WEEKS IN THE SLUMS

Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Spanish Language  Sociology 

Portrays daily life in a mountaintop slum in Rio de Janeiro, featuring interviews with residents who discuss police harassment, the lack of educational and employment opportunities, problems of sanitation, violence, drugs and alcohol in the community, and social and racial discrimination.

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LIFE AT THE SOURCE: THE ADVENTURES OF AN AMAZON EXPLORER

Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Recounts the larger-than-life but true story of Arno P. Calderari--professional adventurer, jungle explorer, deep sea diver, treasure hunter and wildlife filmmaker-interweaving Arno's reminiscences with rare film footage of his many adventures.

BONTOC EULOGY
BONTOC EULOGY

American Studies  Anthropology  Asian Studies  Sociology 

This docudrama examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, focusing on the filmmaker's grandfather, an Igorot warrior, one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological "specimens" in the notorious Philippine Village exhibit.

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MARTIN CHAMBI AND THE HEIRS OF THE INCAS

Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Photography  Spanish Language 

Profiles the life and work of Martin Chambi (1891-1973), a full-blooded Indian, who ran his own photographic studio in Cuzco, Peru's ancient Inca capital, where he photographed many of Peru's wealthy European families.

PLENA IS WORK, PLENA IS SONG
PLENA IS WORK, PLENA IS SONG

Puerto Rican Studies  Music  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

Examines the cultural and political history of plena, a Puerto Rican musical blend of African and Spanish rhythms, featuring great performers of the past and contemporary attempts to preserve plena.

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CREATION OF THE WORLD: A SAMBA-OPERA

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

This music and dance spectacular, sung and danced by members of the award-winning Beija Flor Samba School and photographed during the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, dramatizes the legend of genesis according to Yoruba mythology.

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THE MUSIC OF THE DEVIL, THE BEAR, AND THE CONDOR

Spanish Language  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Anthropology 

Takes us to the heart of the Andes to capture the atmosphere of the annual music festivals, showing ceremonies of the Aymara Indians who dress as devils, bears and sacred spirits that come to life at carnival time.

EVERYDAY ART
EVERYDAY ART

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

This contemporary portrait of folkloric traditions in Cuba, focusing on the everyday life of musicians and dancers.

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BORDERLINES

Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Literature  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  American Studies 

Set against a background of farming, saw-milling and moonshining activities in rural Kentucky during the Depression, this short film dramatizes the use of violence as a socially accepted form of "folk justice."

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THE STORYTELLERS

Performing Arts  Literature  Islamic Studies  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Immigration 

Celebrates the traditional art of storytelling through profiles of three storytellers--Judith Black, whose stories explore the Jewish immigrant experience; Michael Cotter, a Minnesota farmer whose stories focus on the extraordinary qualities of ordinary people; and Rex Ellis, whose stories deal with the historical period of enslavement of Afro- Americans.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: DANCES OF THE AFRICAN-GUYANESE
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: DANCES OF THE AFRICAN-GUYANESE

Anthropology  Dance  African Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the cultural roots of traditional dance in Guyana and how numerous cultural influences have been blended in this multicultural society.

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