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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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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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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.

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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.

VERSO NEGRO: Black Verse Poetry of the Spanish Caribbean
VERSO NEGRO: Black Verse Poetry of the Spanish Caribbean

Spanish Language  Puerto Rican Studies  Performing Arts  Music  Literature  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Featuring poetry performances that often resemble contemporary rap, this film examines an important aspect of Afro-Caribbean cultural heritage.

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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.

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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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FACES OF DANCE

Performing Arts  Dance 

This documentary offers an overview of the major dance trends of the twentieth century by showcasing the work of four contemporary dancers and interviewing them about their individual artistic approaches to dance.

DAWS BUTLER: VOICE MAGICIAN
DAWS BUTLER: VOICE MAGICIAN

Performing Arts  Cinema Studies  American Studies 

Traces the career of one of America's best-loved but least-seen actors. During his fifty year career, Daws Butler (1916-1988) provided the voices for such beloved animated characters as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Chilly Willy, Elroy Jetson, and dozens of others.

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