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Labor Studies  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Political Science 

In the early Sixties, the Brazilian peasant leader, João Pedro Teixeira, was assasinated by two gunmen hired by local landowners. Teixeira's story was being filmed as a docu-drama when the 1964 military coup prevented the completion of the film. The entire crew was imprisoned and their equipment confiscated. Twenty years later, in a more democratic Brazil, director Eduardo Coutinho recovered his confiscated film and located the murdered peasant's widow and children. Coutinho's interviews with her and other families are interwoven with sequences from the original docu-drama to produce an unusually provocative historical film.

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STRONG ROOTS

Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Political Science  Sociology  Spanish Language  Directed by Women 

This video documents the struggles of peasants in the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, which is engaged in a national political campaign to occupy and cultivate unused land.

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MAKHALIPILE: THE DAUNTLESS ONE

African Studies  Peace & Conflict  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

Archbishop Trevor Huddleston's name has become synonymous with the battle against racial tyranny in South Africa. This film intersperses interviews and rare archival footage to chronicle Archbishop Huddleston's life and work and his continuing commitment to the destruction of apartheid.

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NIGHTMARE IN PARADISE

African Studies  Economics  Media Studies  Political Science  Sociology 

This video chronicles the recent political history of Sierra Leone, a small West African nation, rich in natural resources, which has been plagued by successive politically corrupt governments since its establishment as a republic in 1971.

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VOODOO KINGDOM

African Studies  Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

In Haiti and many African countries today, voodoo is an integral part of daily life. Filmed in the Republic of Benin, this video examines the reality of voodoo as a polytheistic religion, including more than 260 gods, the beliefs of which include ancestral worship and direct dealing with supernatural forces.

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SURVIVORS

Women's Studies  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Directed by Women 

This inspirational video features testimony from a wide variety of rape survivors who explain how their lives were affected by the experience, how they have overcome their previous sense of isolation by discussing their feelings with other women, the emotional healing process they have gone through as well as the emotional burden they still carry.

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HOPE OF AWAKENING

Women's Studies  Criminal & Law  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Features interviews with former victims of domestic violence who discuss the various forms of violence, both physical and emotional, in abusive relationships, the psychological patterns that keep women from leaving abusive spouses or boyfriends, and related issues of fear and low self-esteem.

MIDWIVES: A LIVING TRADITION
MIDWIVES: A LIVING TRADITION

Women's Studies  Native American Studies  Latino Studies  African-American Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

This video presents the mission and practice of American midwives, explaining the benefits and advantages of natural childbirth through interviews with midwives and childbirth educators, the testimonies of new mothers, footage and photos of actual births, and many touching stories.

SISTERHOOD ALIVE AND WELL
SISTERHOOD ALIVE AND WELL

African-American Studies  Women's Studies  Sociology 

This video documents the Million Woman March in Philadelphia on October 25, 1997, when black women from all over America gathered to demonstrate their concerns for Black America and to express their sense of unity as a movement that can play an influential role in American society.

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THE PEACEMAKER

Peace & Conflict  Asian Studies  African Studies  Sociology 

Chronicles the efforts of international mediator Dr. Dudley Weeks to negotiate a peace process between warring factions of Indian (Sikh) and Pakistani (Muslim) youths in West London, showing how peacemaking skills utilized in South Africa and Bosnia can be applied at a community level.

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RUNNING GAY

LGBTQ  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Examines the participation of lesbians and gay men in sports, focusing on the homophobia they confront in mainstream sporting events and their recent efforts to organize gay teams, organizations and events.

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MAKING DO

Economics  African Studies  Asian Studies  Criminal & Law  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language 

Faced with widespread conditions of mass unemployment, poverty, urban crowding, and governmental crisis, more than a billion people in some 100 underdeveloped nations throughout the Third World have developed their own 'informal economy,' a parallel lifestyle operating on the margins of the society's formal economy and legal system, which provides them with a means of survival.

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TO LIVE TO BE 140

Latin-American Studies  Death & Dying  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Aging / Gerontology  Sociology 

This video features an interview with Dr. Alexander lief, a gerontology specialist at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital, who discusses his on-location study of the people living in the Andean village of Vilcabamba in Ecuador.

AGING: THE SEARCH FOR ETERNAL YOUTH
AGING: THE SEARCH FOR ETERNAL YOUTH

Aging / Gerontology  American Studies  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology 

Dr. Robert Butler, a psychiatrist and specialist in gerontology, discusses the ways in which American society compartmentalizes people into age groups and discriminates aginst its senior citizens, who often face neglect, a lack of emotional and intellectual stimulation and economic hardship.

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THE STORYTELLER

Anthropology  Education  Children & Young Adult  Sociology 

This video, produced by the Zimmer Discovery Children’s Museum in Los Angeles, is designed for 4-10 year-olds and aims to promote the history and traditions of different cultures.

FAREWELL, BARBIANA!
FAREWELL, BARBIANA!

Education  Europe  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Children & Young Adult 

Tells the story of Don Lorenzo Milani, a Catholic priest sent in the Sixties to the small isolated village of Barbiana in Tuscany, where the children of the local peasants and farmer workers had been neglected by the state educational system.

PERSISTENT WOMEN ARTISTS
PERSISTENT WOMEN ARTISTS

Art History  African-American Studies  Asian-American Studies  American Studies  Cultural Studies  Women's Studies  Native American Studies  Sociology 

In this video, artist and art educator Betty LaDuke presents the lives and work of three American women artists of diverse heritages—Lois Mailou Jones, Mine Okubo, and Pablita Velarde.

THE ART OF RESISTANCE
THE ART OF RESISTANCE

Art History  Chicano Studies  Cultural Studies  Latino Studies  Media Studies  Photography  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Surveys the contemporary Chicano art movement by tracing its development during the height of Chicano political activism in the late Sixties and Seventies, blending archival footage with interviews with the artists and samples of their work, including photographs, murals, graphics, films, paintings, and ephemeral art.

SEX IN A COLD CLIMATE
SEX IN A COLD CLIMATE

Women's Studies  Irish Studies  Sociology 

This historical documentary is a deeply disturbing portrait of Magdalene Asylums run by Catholic nuns in Ireland. For over a hundred years girls and young women were sent to live and work in the Magdalene Asylums’ Laundries after they’d had sexual or 'sinful' contact with men.

CZECH WOMEN: NOW WE ARE FREE
CZECH WOMEN: NOW WE ARE FREE

Women's Studies  Sociology  Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

The peaceful "Velvet Revolution" of November 1989, which put an end to decades of communist rule in Czechoslovakia, has led to a remarkable transformation of people's day-to-day lives.

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