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MOZAMBIQUE: THE STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL

African Studies  Political Science  Sociology 

Examines the human tragedy unfolding in Mozambique, Africa's poorest nation, where the civilian populace is not only threatened with full-scale famine but is also under siege from RENAMO, a bloody terrorist army supported by South Africa.

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RECONCILIATION IN ZIMBABWE

African Studies  Sociology  Political Science  Peace & Conflict 

In 1980, following a fifteen-year-long guerilla struggle against the white-ruled government of Rhodesia and a negotiated cease fire, ZANU leader Robert Mugabe was elected Prime Minister of the newly independent nation of Zimbabwe. This documentary offers a historical overview of these events and examines the first ten years of independence, with a special focus on relations between white (minority) and black (majority) citizens.

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NO EASY WALK: ZIMBABWE

African Studies  Anthropology  Europe  Political Science  Sociology  World History 

Part of the No Easy Walk series, this video begins in March 1896 when the Ndebele people of what was then known as Rhodesia rose in armed rebellion against European settlers such as Cecil Rhodes, who had taken over much of their land in the search for gold and other minerals.

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NO EASY WALK: KENYA

African Studies  Anthropology  Europe  Political Science  Sociology  World History 

Part of the No Easy Walk series, this video traces the history of Kenya's opposition to white rule, from the arrival of the first settlers in the 19th century to the Mau-Mau rebellion in 1952, in which the struggle for land rights was central.

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NO EASY WALK: ETHIOPIA

African Studies  Anthropology  Europe  Political Science  Sociology  World History 

Part of the No Easy Walk series, this video begins with the Ethiopian victory over the Italians in 1896 at the Battle of Andowa, which confirmed Ethiopian independence to the European powers and paved the way for Emperor Menelik's modernization program.

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ANY CHILD IS MY CHILD

African Studies  Sociology  Children & Young Adult 

This documentary reveals the repression of children by the apartheid regime in South Africa, where teenagers and children as young as seven years old are arrested on charges such as "intimidation" or "stone-throwing," jailed, tortured, and sometimes killed.

ERITREA
ERITREA

African Studies  Architecture  Art History  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

For nearly thirty years, in the longest ongoing war in Africa, the Eritrean people waged a bitter struggle against the occupying forces of the Ethiopian government, which were armed by the Soviet Union and Israel.

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THE LIBERIA TRAGEDY

African Studies  Media Studies  Political Science  Sociology 

Examines the recent political history of Liberia, from the 1980 military coup led by Samuel Doe to the 1989 rebellion which ousted him from power and led to the Liberian civil war.

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DOMESTIC DIFFERENCES

African Studies  Labor Studies  Sociology 

Examines the relationship between Francis Mcnam, a black domestic worker in Cape Town, and her white employers, the Silberman family, graphically illustrating the vast difference in the quality of life for blacks and whites in South Africa.

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SOMEBODY'S CHILDREN

African Studies  Children & Young Adult  Sociology 

Examines the plight of tens of thousands of children in South Africa who, driven by poverty and dysfunctional family lives, struggle to live on city streets.

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OF COURAGE AND CONSEQUENCE

African Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Peace & Conflict 

Features interviews with young people in South Africa, both white and black, who fought on opposing sides during the country's era of apartheid rule, from youthful cadres engaged in the liberation struggle and members of black township self-defense units engaged in guerrilla war, to the white conscripts in the South African Army's border war and young Afrikaners fearful of social change.

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THE MAGIC OF NIGERIA

Sociology  Performing Arts  Death & Dying  Anthropology  African Studies 

This video explores the vitality of ancient African traditions regarding the links between life and death.

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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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ZANDILE: IN THE LIGHT OF UBUNTU

African Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies 

Examines the social and political struggle of South Africa's black community today, when they must deal with the after-effects of decades of apartheid rule.

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THE DOUBLE DAY

Labor Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

A look at working women in Latin America and their efforts to achieve equality in the home and workplace. Most combine their participation in the labor market with their family functions as mothers and wives, thus working a `double day.'

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TOO MUCH, TOO SOON

Women's Studies  Sociology 

Profiles Sue Ann McKean, one of the most charismatic personalities involved in women's bodybuilding, who sees herself not as an athlete but as an artist. Amidst the controversy the sport arouses over society's notions of appropriate gender roles, McKean argues that bodybuilding for women does not diminish their femininity but develops their sense of self-sufficiency and self-assertiveness.

WE DIG COAL
WE DIG COAL

Women's Studies  Sociology  Labor Studies  Economics  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the situation of women coal miners in the U.S., their struggle to be hired, their day-to-day lives in the mines, the economic necessity that first made them seek work as miners, and the opposition they face from their families, the community and their male coworkers.

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COMING OUT

American Studies  Dance  Sociology 

This cinema-verite documentary examines one of America's most exclusive and enduring social traditions--the debutante ball. The film focuses on the National Debutante Cotillion at the Washington Hilton, following the preparations of Jill Schweitzer, one of the new generation of debs who see beyond the traditional ritual to the valuable career and business connections that can be made.

LA OPERACION
LA OPERACION

Health  Latin-American Studies  Latino Studies  Spanish Language  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Puerto Rico has the highest incidence of female sterilization in the world. Over one-third of all Puerto Rican women of childbearing age have been sterilized. So common is the operation that it is simply known as ‘la operacion.' Using newsreels and excerpts from government propaganda films, plus interviews with Puerto Rican women, doctors, birth control specialists and politicians, this film explores the controversial use of sterilization as a means of population control.

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ABORTION: STORIES FROM NORTH AND SOUTH

Asian Studies  Health  Irish Studies  Latino Studies  Political Science  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Each year, an estimated 30 to 55 million women throughout the world obtain induced abortions. More than half of these abortions are illegal and an estimated 84,000 of them result in death. This cross-cultural survey shows how abortion transcends race, religion and social class, and how differences in the practice and perception of abortion are mainly in the degree of secrecy and danger accompanying it.

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