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DOG DAYS

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

This video examines the world of New York City's hot-dog vendors, revealing their lifestyles, hopes and dreams, and the political struggle in which New York's Mayor Rudy Giuliani is attempting to restrict their access to the city's streets. It features interviews with a wide variety of vendors, and members of the city's Vendor Review Panel and Business Improvement District.

FREE VOICE OF LABOR: THE JEWISH ANARCHISTS
FREE VOICE OF LABOR: THE JEWISH ANARCHISTS

American Studies  Jewish Studies  Labor Studies  New York City  Sociology  Immigration  Pacific Street Films 

A dramatic portrait of immigrant life in the U.S. as seen through the eyes of the sweatshop workers who made up the Jewish anarchist movement.

NO IRISH NEED APPLY
NO IRISH NEED APPLY

American Studies  American History  Sociology  New York City  Irish Studies  Directed by Women  Immigration 

Novelist Peter Quinn hosts this documentary on Irish immigration into New York City in the mid-nineteenth century. The video visits the NYC locations described in Quinn's novel, The Banished Children of Eve, combining historical photos from the 1860's with remnants of the buildings in the 1990's.

FROM SHORE TO SHORE: IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC IN NEW YORK CITY
FROM SHORE TO SHORE: IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC IN NEW YORK CITY

American Studies  Irish Studies  Music  New York City  Immigration 

Examines both the continuity and the changes that have affected Irish traditional music since the turn of the century. Using New York City as the focus, this video mixes historical photographs and film footage with contemporary interviews and performances.

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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COPS: BEHIND THE BADGE

American Studies  Criminal & Law  New York City  Psychology & Psychiatry 

This behind-the-scenes documentary follows police officers in Houston and New York City on their daily patrols, showing the demanding and often dangerous situations they confront regularly.

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PRESUMED INNOCENT

American Studies  Criminal & Law  New York City  Psychology & Psychiatry 

Filmed at New York City's House of Detention for Men on Riker's Island, this documentary examines the constitutional issues and human problems that accompany pretrial detention.

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NO VIETNAMESE EVER CALLED ME NIGGER

African-American Studies  New York City 

Filmed at the Harlem Fall Mobilization March in 1967, this video lets people in the streets, as well as black Vietnam vets, speak out about social protest, life in New York's black ghetto, and the connection between racism and war.

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WHO'S GONNA TAKE THE WEIGHT?: AFRICAN AMERICAN AND SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH

African-American Studies  African Studies  New York City  Peace & Conflict  Children & Young Adult 

This provocative documentary blends interviews with young black people in New York City and in Soweto, South Africa, focusing on the similarities and the contrasts between the lives of black teenagers in both countries.

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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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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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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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