Cultural Studies


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TALK TO ME: AMERICANS IN CONVERSATION

American Studies  Cultural Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women  Immigration 

This provocative documentary, blending interviews with archival footage, examines the nature of shared national identity and what it means to be an American today.

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UPON THE SHOULDERS OF OUR ANCESTORS

African-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the aspects of culture and heritage that African Americans have brought into the new millennium.

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TEENAGE MOTHERS: A GLOBAL CRISIS

Cultural Studies  Education  Family Relations  Health  Human Sexuality  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Children & Young Adult 

Examines the worldwide crisis in teenage pregnancies through four case studies of teenage mothers in Ghana, England, Cuba, and the U.S., thereby providing a cross-cultural survey of the underlying reasons for the increasing rate of adolescent pregnancies and also discussing the hazards to the health and well-being of such young mothers.

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LIVE TO TELL: The First Gay and Lesbian Prom

American Studies  Cultural Studies  Family Relations  Children & Young Adult  Human Sexuality 

Chronicles the lives of the students of the EAGLES Center (student population: 30), an alternative high school in Los Angeles for gay and lesbian teens who, due to persecution, are unable to function in the regular school system. In addition to the students' discussions of the social discrimination they face and their own personal struggles, the video shows their historic efforts in organizing a citywide promo for over 200 gay and lesbian high school students throughout L.A. County, and the first gay and lesbian prom in America.

BETTY LaDUKE: AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY FROM THE BRONX TO TIMBUKTU
BETTY LaDUKE: AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY FROM THE BRONX TO TIMBUKTU

Women's Studies  Art History  Cultural Studies  American Studies  Short Films 

This video takes us on a trip through six decades and over twenty countries in tracing the development of Betty LaDuke, one of America's leading multicultural artists. Her vision encompasses not only American culture, but also influences from Native American, Mexican and African cultures and lifestyles.

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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DEBUT

Cultural Studies  New York City  Urban Studies  Political Science  Performing Arts  Narrative Films  Music  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This cinema-verite documentary explores the realities of life as a classical musician through the story of Hexagon, a newly-formed chamber ensemble. The documentary chronicles their challenging first year and a half, from the group's seemingly casual first rehearsal to its high-pressure launching into the mainstream of the classical music scene.

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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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SINGING IN COLOR

Children & Young Adult  Women's Studies  Sociology  Performing Arts  Peace & Conflict  Music  Cultural Studies  African Studies  African-American Studies 

This video follows the world-famous Chicago Children's Choir on their 1996 tour of South Africa and shows how music can convey a message of peace.

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DESTINATION BARBADOS

Spanish Language  Performing Arts  Music  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Short Films 

This video, which documents one of the oldest cultural festivals in the Western Hemisphere, celebrates the vitality of calypso music today on the island of Barbados.

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RESPECT THE BEAT

Music  Cultural Studies 

This second video from the "Journey in Music" series chronicles the philosophy, history, and techniques of percussion instruments, focusing on drums and other musical instruments from West Africa, the Caribbean, Japan and India.

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JOURNEY OF STRINGS

Short Films  Music  Cultural Studies 

This first video from the "Journey in Music" series surveys the history and musical heritage of string instruments, from ancient times to the present day, including string instruments from China (Zheng), Iran (Santuri), Greece (Bouzuki) and Spain (Guitar), among others, and concludes with an unusual jam session featuring all of these classic instruments.

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SEE YOU IN HELL, BLIND BOY

Music  Cultural Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies 

This video traces the forgotten roots and celebrates the continuing legacy of Blues music in the Mississippi Delta, interweaving rare archival footage of the South's sharecropping era with performances by Blues veterans Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Howlin' Wolf.

BIRTHWRITE: GROWING UP HISPANIC
BIRTHWRITE: GROWING UP HISPANIC

Literature  Latino Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies 

Hosted by Cheech Marin, this documentary examines the work of several Hispanic- American writers and how their poems, short stories and novels reflect what it means and what it's like to grow up Hispanic in America.

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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.

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BLOOMSDAY

Literature  Irish Studies  Cultural Studies 

Portrays the day-long Bloomsday celebration, when James Joyce devotees annually recreate and relive, through role-playing and readings, the famous odyssey of Leopold Bloom around Dublin on June 16th, 1904, as immortalized in Joyce's classic novel, Ulysses.

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SCANDALIZE MY NAME

Urban Studies  Sociology  Political Science  Performing Arts  New York City  Cultural Studies  American Studies  African-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Scandalize My Name examines the way Red Scare politics were used to impede the emergence of African-Americans as full participants in the political, social, and cultural aspects of postwar American life. Because television was born into this era and adopted the political attitudes of the time, the story is told through the confrontations of African-American performers with blacklists, loyalty oaths, and discrimination in casting.

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