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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.

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REEL IRISH

Dance  Irish Studies  Performing Arts  Women's Studies  Immigration 

This video examines the world of amateur Irish dancing, featuring interviews with Irish women in Great Britain who have passed on this cultural tradition within their own families and the wider Irish immigrant community.

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DOING JUSTICE

Criminal & Law  Dance  Psychology & Psychiatry  Children & Young Adult 

Examines America's juvenile justice system, focusing on three young people in trouble with the law throughout their adolescence.

STEPPIN'
STEPPIN'

African-American Studies  Dance  Latin-American Studies  Performing Arts  Political Science  Sociology  Children & Young Adult 

Introduces viewers to the step show, an exciting dance style popular among black fraternities and sororities. In addition to many rousing, crowd-pleasing performances, the program examines the cultural roots of steppin' in African dancing, military marching and hip-hop music, and discusses its contemporary social significance on college campuses.

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HEALING STEPS

Dance  Death & Dying  Health  Performing Arts  Psychology & Psychiatry  Religion & Spirituality 

Profiling four artists who have had to cope with adversity, while persevering in their respective performing arts careers, this documentary celebrates the healing and restorative powers of music, dance and friendship.

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DANCE LEXIE DANCE

Short Films  Dance  Irish Studies  Children & Young Adult 

This short drama, nominated for an Academy Award in 1998 as Best Live-Action Short, tells the story of Laura, a 12-year-old Protestant girl who wants to be a Riverdancer when she grows up.

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A BAILAR!: THE JOURNEY OF A LATIN DANCE COMPANY

Sociology  Performing Arts  Music  Latino Studies  Dance  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Tells the story of Eddie Torres, who recruits the best of New York's salseros-Hispanic club and street dancers-and, with the musical collaboration of Tito Puente, molds them into a professional dance troupe.

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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DANCE ON THE WIND

Performing Arts  Dance  African-American Studies 

This video intersperses interviews with African-American dancer Eno Washington with lively performance footage and archival footage revealing links between African and African-American dances.

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TWO FOR BALLET

Performing Arts  Music  Dance 

This behind-the-scenes documentary examines the working relationship of choreographer Eric Hyrst and composer Webster Young, observes Hyrst's rehearsals with the dancers and features excerpts from several of the ballets.

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IMAGE OF A DANCER

Performing Arts  Dance  American Studies 

Scenes of class sessions at the Marin Ballet in California, and the choreography and rehearsals leading to a public performance, are interspersed with interviews with three young dancers and commentary from their instructors on the intensely competitive world of professional dance.

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DANCING MAN: PEG LEG BATES, THE

Dance 

Profiles the career of Clayton Bates, who lost his left leg in an accident at the age of 12, but overcame this tragedy to become a legendary jazz dancer, performing on the vaudeville circuit and on TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show.

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