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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.

HARP OF MY COUNTRY
HARP OF MY COUNTRY

Irish Studies  Literature  Music 

This musical biography is a documentary-style recreation of the life of Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Ireland's greatest national lyric poet, whose melodies and poems were revered throughout 19th-century Europe.

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BLACK UNICORN: DUDLEY RANDALL AND THE BROADSIDE PRESS, THE

African-American Studies  Literature  Directed by Women 

Chronicles the life and literary career of a major black American poet, Dudley Randall, who has published six books of poetry and edited several anthologies of black poetry.

DARIO FO AND FRANCA RAME: A NOBEL FOR TWO
DARIO FO AND FRANCA RAME: A NOBEL FOR TWO

Europe  Literature  Performing Arts  Directed by Women 

Portrays the life and career of this Italian husband and wife duo of actors and playwrights, who are best known for their satirical and politically radical theater presentations.

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PABLO NERUDA: POET

Spanish Language  Literature  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning poet. In an interview conducted shortly before his death, Neruda discusses his worldview and explains his writing methods.

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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SHAKESPEARE

Urban Studies  Short Films  Performing Arts  Literature  Latino Studies  Europe  Education 

A high school teacher and one of his students don Elizabethan garb and travel back in time to London in 1609 to have lunch with William Shakespeare at the Mermaid Tavern.

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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."

THE LIFE AND POETRY OF JULIA DE BURGOS
THE LIFE AND POETRY OF JULIA DE BURGOS

Women's Studies  Spanish Language  Short Films  Literature  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies 

This docudrama portrays the life and work of the great Puerto Rican poet, from her impoverished childhood in Puerto Rico, to her political involvement as a young woman in the nationalist movement, to her subsequent exile in Cuba and New York where she died in 1953.

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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.

BEATS: AN EXISTENTIAL COMEDY, THE
BEATS: AN EXISTENTIAL COMEDY, THE

Literature  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Focusing on the beat poetry scene of the late Fifties, this film poem celebrates a colorful generation of American poets, featuring interviews with Stuart Perkoff, Aya, Jack Hirschman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Allen Ginsberg, who read their poems and discuss what it means to be a poet in America.

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JANE RULE...WRITING

Women's Studies  Literature  LGBTQ  Directed by Women 

Novelist Jane Rule's discussions of the craft and her philosophy of writing are blended with readings from Rule's novels and stories and an interview with Smith College professor Marilyn Schuster, who discusses plot, characterization and other aspects of fiction, moral statements in literature, and issues of freedom of expression and censorship.

FICTION AND OTHER TRUTHS: A FILM ABOUT JANE RULE
FICTION AND OTHER TRUTHS: A FILM ABOUT JANE RULE

Women's Studies  Political Science  Literature  Human Sexuality  LGBTQ  Directed by Women 

Profiles the life and work of lesbian novelist, essayist, teacher and political activist Jane Rule. Blending interviews with archival footage and dramatic evocation's of Rule's writings, the documentary examines the author's lifelong interest in the intricacies and complexities of human relationships and communities, her continuing involvement in the struggle against censorship, and her conviction that we must all be able to live and love truthfully.

CHINUA ACHEBE: THE IMPORTANCE OF STORIES
CHINUA ACHEBE: THE IMPORTANCE OF STORIES

Literature  African Studies 

This video portrait of Chinua Achebe, one of Africa's greatest authors, examines how the Nigerian-born writer-and modern Africa itself-were shaped by a history of racism and colonialism. Achebe, best known as the author of Things Fall Apart (1958), the first great African novel in the English language, has also written other novels, poetry, children's stories, and criticism.

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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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MARIO VARGAS LLOSA: THE NOVELIST WHO WOULD BE PRESIDENT

World History  Spanish Language  Political Science  Literature  Latin-American Studies 

Profiles the life and work of one of the world's greatest contemporary novelists, who in 1990 campaigned unsuccessfully for the Presidency of Peru.

HEMINGWAY...IN THE AUTUMN
HEMINGWAY...IN THE AUTUMN

Literature  American Studies 

This video memoir of one of the most talented and fascinating writers of the 20th century features rare archival footage and photos, plus interviews with Hemingway's son, Jack, as well as numerous friends and associates, and Hemingway biographers and scholars.

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IN/WORD/OUT

Performing Arts  Literature  American Studies 

This video profiles five contemporary American performance poets who have taken their poetry and its celebration of language and creative expression into new public venues.

JOHN MCCRAE'S WAR: IN FLANDERS FIELDS
JOHN MCCRAE'S WAR: IN FLANDERS FIELDS

World History  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Literature  Health 

This biographical video tells the story of John McCrae, a Canadian army physician in WWI. Shaken by the experience of having to pick up for burial the body parts of a best friend, the victim of a direct hit from a German shell, McCrae later wrote "In Flanders Fields," one of the most famous anti-war poems of all time, while looking out over the grave.

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THE REAL DEAL

Short Films  Literature  American Studies 

This video features poet Marc Levy, a Vietnam veteran who served in 1970 as a fighting medic in the U.S. First Cavalry Division, who reads poetic prose based on his combat and postwar experiences.

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