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LIFE STORY OF AN AFRICAN INYANGA

African Studies  Anthropology  Biology  Education  Health  Religion & Spirituality  Short Films 

A docu-drama portraying the selection and lifelong education of an Inyanga, an African healer who dispenses traditional herbal remedies. The film examines the preparation and use of traditional medicines, the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and the metaphysics and cosmology of African beliefs regarding the powers of the Inyanga.

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TROKOSI: WIFE OF THE GODS

African Studies  Anthropology  Human Sexuality  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Women's Studies 

Examines the West African religious institution of trokosi, where young women are chosen to serve an indefinite period of servitude for crimes committed long ago by their grandparents and even great-grandparents.

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I WITNESS: shot down in pensacola

American Studies  Health  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Terrorism Studies  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Portrays religious terrorism in Pensacola, Florida, which has become the epicenter of the national debate over abortion, including a 1984 clinic bombing, the 1993 murder of a clinic physician, and the 1994 murder of another clinic physician and his escort.

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HOLY TERROR

Women's Studies  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Criminal & Law  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the political activism of the religious New Right, focusing on their anti-abortion efforts. Combining interviews with scenes filmed at anti-abortion conventions and demonstrations, the video provides a revealing, inside look at the movement and its philosophy as expressed by its leaders as well as its rank and file activists.

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SANCTUARY: A QUESTION OF CONSCIENCE

American Studies  Criminal & Law  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

Examines the Sanctuary Movement, a modern-day underground railroad in which American citizens, supported by churches, synagogues and other organizations, transport political refugees from Central America to places of refuge in the U.S.

MOVING MYTHS
MOVING MYTHS

Education  Irish Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

A provocative look at the Protestant and Catholic churches in Ireland, examining both the myths and realities of their legislative and educational influence on such issues as abortion, contraception, homosexuality, and women's rights.

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LILY DALE: MESSAGES FROM THE SPIRIT SIDE OF LIFE

African-American Studies  American Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Urban Studies 

An offbeat documentary portrait of Lily Dale, New York, one of America's oldest spiritualist communities, where just about everyone is a psychic or a medium who claims to be able to communicate with the dead. The video includes interviews with several mediums in Lily Dale and shows them as they give private readings, perform public healings, and take part in outdoor services where they receive messages "from the spirit side of life."

IMAGES OF FAITH
IMAGES OF FAITH

Spanish Language  Religion & Spirituality  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the centuries-old tradition in Puerto Rico of using hand-carved santos in Catholic religious practices. The film visits an elderly santero (carver) and his teenage apprentice, revealing the skill and artistry of this ancient craft as well as the importance of the saints in the lives of the faithful.

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IN THE LAND OF THE TOTEM POLES

Art History  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Native American Studies 

This video examines the work of Native American artists in the Pacific Northwest and how their wood carvings of totem poles, ceremonial masks and sculptures is part of a broader cultural renaissance.

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NO OFFENCE: LOVE'S OLD SWEET SONG

Irish Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Women's Studies 

"LOVE'S OLD SWEET SONG?" examines the changing status of women in Ireland and the struggle to gain women's rights from the government, the Church, and employers.

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NO OFFENCE: HOLY GROUND?

Women's Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Irish Studies 

"HOLY GROUND?" examines the changing face of Catholicism, including the recent sexual abuse scandals and controversies surrounding contraception, abortion, and the role of women in the Church.

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NO OFFENCE: IRELAND'S OTHER PROTESTANTS

Irish Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Women's Studies 

"Ireland's Other Protestants" examines the status of Protestants in the Republic of Ireland and the perceptions of Northern Protestants about their co- religionists.

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MILLION BRICKS, A

Irish Studies  Peace & Conflict  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Urban Studies 

This video tells the story of Springfield Park, a housing estate built in the early Sixties in West Belfast, made up of both Catholic and Protestant families who lived side by side in harmony.

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KAMIKAZE SUMMER

American Studies  LGBTQ  Religion & Spirituality 

This unusual documentary reveals the "friendly" face of modern-day discrimination in America. A lesbian and a gay man from San Francisco, in an effort to discover why the Religious Right perceives homosexuality as a threat to civilization, embark on a road trip into the heartland of religious bigotry in America.

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GOD, GAYS AND THE GOSPEL

AIDS  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  LGBTQ  Directed by Women 

Tells the story of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, a Christian church with a special outreach to gays and lesbians. The video discusses the church's philosophy and programs, as well as the Bible's views of homosexuality, AIDS and prejudice, and Christianity's traditional sexism.

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WOMEN IN BLACK (by claudia sherwood)

Religion & Spirituality  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Growing up Catholic has had a strong impact on many people. This kaleidoscope of baby boomers' memories features adults describing, with a sense of humor and a sense of survival, childhood experiences of physical and psychological punishment during their education by Catholic nuns, especially in the Fifties and Sixties.

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ALL GOD'S CHILDREN

African-American Studies  American Studies  LGBTQ  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Shows how the Black Church has embraced African-American lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of its spiritual family.

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GOD, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING ELSE

Physical Science  Religion & Spirituality  Science 

Features a provocative and wide-ranging conversation between three world- class scientists-Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan-on the nature of...well, everything.

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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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PUERTO RICO: ART AND IDENTITY

American History  American Studies  Art History  Economics  Latino Studies  Latin-American Studies  Puerto Rican Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Short Films  Sociology  Spanish Language  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Surveys the work of plastic artists in Puerto Rico during the 20th century, as well as significant forerunners in the 18th and 19th centuries, focusing on the artists' expression of national identity. The video combines illustrations of hundreds of art works with interviews with a dozen major contemporary artists and commentary by art critics.

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