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ERITREA
ERITREA

African Studies  Architecture  Art History  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

For nearly thirty years, in the longest ongoing war in Africa, the Eritrean people waged a bitter struggle against the occupying forces of the Ethiopian government, which were armed by the Soviet Union and Israel.

SQUATTERS
SQUATTERS

American Studies  Architecture  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Tells the stories of poor people in Philadelphia who illegally take over or `squat' in abandoned houses in order to get places to live and to change housing policy locally and nationally. The film focuses on a 22-year-old single mother of three small children who becomes a leader in the national squatters movement, and includes numerous interviews with activists, real estate developers and government officials.

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WHERE CAN I LIVE?

Urban Studies  Sociology  Criminal & Law  American Studies  Architecture 

Examines gentrification, a process by which an underdeveloped neighborhood is `upgraded' by real estate speculation, with higher income individuals moving into and improving existing properties, but also displacing many of the neighborhood's longtime residents.

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THE HEART OF LOISAIDA

Urban Studies  Sociology  New York City  Latino Studies  Criminal & Law  Architecture  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Depicts the efforts of Latino residents of New York's Lower East Side who have taken over their own buildings abandoned by landlords. Organizing themselves into Tenants' Associations, they undertake the repair and renovation of their decaying tenements and provide their own services.

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HOME

American Studies  Architecture  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Examines the plight of `squatters' in Brooklyn, NY as they try to claim buildings abandoned by the city and to transform them into habitable dwellings.

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DELIVERED VACANT

Urban Studies  Sociology  Architecture  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Filmmaker Nora Jacobson spent eight years documenting Hoboken's battles over gentrification, from boom in the '80s to bust in the '90s. This epic, dramatially engrossing documentary features a real-life cast of long-time residents, newly arrived Yuppies, tenants' organizers, real estate developers, street people, immigrants from around the world, and local politicians.

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THE PRIMAL MIND

Anthropology  Architecture  Cultural Studies  Dance  Native American Studies 

Written and hosted by Jamake Highwater, a world renowned author on Indian culture, this film examines the differences between Native American and Western cultures, including their contrasting views of nature, time, space, art, architecture, and dance.

WE PUT HER THERE: THE CONTRIBUTORS
WE PUT HER THERE: THE CONTRIBUTORS

American History  American Studies  Architecture  Labor Studies  New York City  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

From the first concept to the final rivet, The Statue of Liberty was the creation of volunteers. Strange to say, no government was involved. This documentary tells the exciting story of who was involved: hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens from all walks of life, even children, gave their small earnings to realize Miss Liberty, first in France and then in the U.S. It took 14 years to consummate.

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NIŅOS DE ESPERANZA: CHILDREN OF HOPE

Architecture  Chicano Studies  Education  Latino Studies  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Documents the efforts of a group of American volunteers--including architects, artists, teachers and psychologists--in building and operating a primary school in a poor Tiajuana neighborhood.

BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM: LEVITTOWN, NY
BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM: LEVITTOWN, NY

Architecture  American Studies  Sociology 

This historical documentary chronicles New York real estate developer William Levitt's postwar construction of affordable housing for returning WWII veterans and their families in Levittown and other Long Island communities, thereby establishing the prototype for modern suburbia.

HARRY DEVLIN: AN ARTIST'S ODYSSEY
HARRY DEVLIN: AN ARTIST'S ODYSSEY

Short Films  Architecture  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the life and work of Harry Devlin, whose long and varied career as a commercial and fine arts artist has spanned more than half a century, with work in virtually every medium in the fields of syndicated cartooning, publishing and advertising.

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LIGHT SITE-INGS

Sociology  Art History  Architecture  Directed by Women 

Documents the making of a public art piece that raises questions about the meaning of private and public space and the role of public art.

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NEON: AN ELECTRIC MEMOIR

Science  Physical Science  Architecture 

Chronicles the history of neon, the luminescent gas discovered in 1898 by a British chemist, showing how neon is utilized today by designers, photographers, artists, sculptors and architects.

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BUILDING?

Architecture  Urban Studies  New York City  American Studies 

This video, which documents a controversy over plans to alter the original architectural design of the Whitney Museum of American Art, examines some of the problems raised by the decision, including Modernist and Post-Modernist styles, architecture as art, the responsibility of art museums to the public, and the role of the architect.

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