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JEDDAH: BRIDE OF THE SEA

Architecture  Cultural Studies  Economics  Islamic Studies  Middle Eastern Studies 

This video examines the ancient Red Sea port of Jeddah, one of the oldest commercial waterways in the world, and renowned in the Middle East as "the Bride of the Sea."

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SACRED EARTH

Spanish Language  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Economics  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Reveals the plight of landless peasants in Guatemala, where property ownership is restricted to a small percentage of the nation's most wealthy citizens.

THE DEVIL'S DREAM
THE DEVIL'S DREAM

Spanish Language  Sociology  Political Science  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Portrays the appalling socio-political realities of contemporary Guatemala, where the majority of the population--malnourished and illiterate--are exploited by wealthy landowners and businessmen and brutally repressed by the military.

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THE MESOAMERICAN CULTURAL CODE

Spanish Language  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Human Sexuality  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Chicano Studies 

This three-part video series examines different social aspects of the cultures of Mesoamerica (i.e., the nations of Mexico and Central America).

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TAKING AIM

Sociology  Spanish Language  Media Studies  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Cinema Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

In 1985, Monica Frota, an independent Brazilian filmmaker, collaborated with the Kayapo people of the Brazilian rain forest to develop Mekaron Opoi D'joi (He Who Creates Images), the first Kayapo media project.

DECLINE OF THE MAYAN EMPIRE, THE
DECLINE OF THE MAYAN EMPIRE, THE

World History  Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Archeology  Anthropology 

This video chronicles the history of the Mayans, the most sophisticated civilization among pre-Columbian societies.

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CROSSING BORDERS: A CUBAN RETURNS

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies  Immigration 

This video chronicles the 1998 return to Cuba of an American college professor, Dr. Magaly Lavendenz, forced as a child to leave Cuba in 1962, and who grew up in the U.S., but with a distinct Cuban identity.

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CUBA AT A CROSSROADS

Spanish Language  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Latin-American Studies  Cultural Studies 

This four-part series examines changes in Cuban society during the post-Soviet economic crisis between 1994-98.

BITTER PARADISE: THE SELL-OUT OF EAST TIMOR
BITTER PARADISE: THE SELL-OUT OF EAST TIMOR

Political Science  Photography  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

When photographer Elaine Briere visited Portuguese East Timor in 1974, she found a highly developed, centuries-old culture with a refined aesthetic and social sensibility. Her photos would become the last record of a people about to face virtual annihilation, because, when Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975, the world looked the other way.

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THESE SHOES WEREN'T MADE FOR WALKING

Women's Studies  Sociology  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies 

Filmmaker Paul Lee explores the lives of four generations of Chinese women in his family, using their shoes-from the four-inch silk sandals made for his great- grandmother's bound feet during the Ching Dynasty to the Italian leather pumps of his career-minded sister-as a reference point for the cultural and social forces which have shaped their lives.

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PURE CHUTNEY

Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

Explores the Indian community in Trinidad, outlining the events and accidents of history that constitute this example of the Indian diaspora, and interviewing various Trinidadian- Indians about the hybridity of their culture and their relationship, if not preoccupation, with India.

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SONGOLOLO: VOICES OF CHANGE

Sociology  Music  Literature  Dance  Cultural Studies  African Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the role of black resistance to apartheid in South Africa through a look at two of the nation's leading cultural activists and popular performers--poet Mzwakhe Mbuli and writer/ performer Gcina Mhlophe.

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SONG OF THE SPEAR

Sociology  Music  Cultural Studies  African Studies 

Examines the role of culture in the struggle for national liberation in South Africa by interspersing performances by the Amandla Cultural Ensemble with footage of the mass singing of resistance songs on the streets of South Africa and interviews with leading cultural workers of the African National Congress.

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FROM MY GRANDMOTHER'S GRANDMOTHER UNTO ME

American History  American Studies  Cultural Studies  Native American Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies 

The storytelling tradition of the southern Appalachians comes to life through actress/writer Clarinda Ross's portrayal of four generations of her maternal ancestors.

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GATHERING UP AGAIN: FIESTA IN SANTA FE

Sociology  Native American Studies  Latino Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the Santa Fe Fiesta, America's oldest continuous community celebration, which commemorates the Spaniards' "bloodless reconquest" of the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico in 1692.

THE NATIVE AMERICANS: POTLATCH PEOPLE
THE NATIVE AMERICANS: POTLATCH PEOPLE

Native American Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies 

Potlatch People looks at the culture of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest and the importance of the ceremonial potlatch feast in their culture.

THE NATIVE AMERICANS: INDIAN COUNTRY
THE NATIVE AMERICANS: INDIAN COUNTRY

Native American Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies 

Indian Country contrasts the past and present life of the five tribes--the Seminoles, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw and Cherokee--in the southeast U.S.

THE NATIVE AMERICANS: PUEBLO RENAISSANCE
THE NATIVE AMERICANS: PUEBLO RENAISSANCE

Native American Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies 

Pueblo Renaissance provides an authentic view of the sacred traditions, ancient religious and agricultural ceremonies of the Pueblo Indians.

THE NATIVE AMERICANS: THE SIX NATIONS
THE NATIVE AMERICANS: THE SIX NATIONS

Native American Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies 

The Six Nations looks at the Iroquois League of upstate New York--consisting of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga and Tuscarora tribes--which considers itself to be a sovereign, independent nation which rejects the American way of life in favor of a traditional Indian lifestyle.

THE NATIVE AMERICANS: CHEROKEE
THE NATIVE AMERICANS: CHEROKEE

Native American Studies  Cultural Studies  American Studies 

Looks at the modern Cherokee's efforts to preserve Indian traditions, including a performance of ancient ceremonies.

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