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SENTENCED TO LEARN

American Studies  Criminal & Law  Education  Sociology 

Examines the problem of illiteracy among America's prison population by portraying a peer-tutoring program in which long-term, educated inmates fill teaching positions left vacant due to budget cuts.

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NIŅOS DE ESPERANZA: CHILDREN OF HOPE

Architecture  Chicano Studies  Education  Latino Studies  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Documents the efforts of a group of American volunteers--including architects, artists, teachers and psychologists--in building and operating a primary school in a poor Tiajuana neighborhood.

HARDWOOD DREAMS
HARDWOOD DREAMS

African-American Studies  Education  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Urban Studies  Children & Young Adult 

Chronicles one season in the life of the Morningside High School basketball team, the defending California state champs, whose school is situated in a crime-ridden L.A. neighborhood.

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BREEDING OF IMPOTENCE, THE

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Education 

Examines the culture of failure that is endemic among children of poverty and children of color in our society, its causes, its consequences, and the prognosis for overcoming it.

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GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Economics  Peace & Conflict  Sociology 

From executions in Nigeria to riots in Indonesia, this video examines the impact of "globalization," the economic engine that is rocking financial systems worldwide, and questions whether or not economic trade can be linked to human rights and democracy, whether it is possible for profits and principles to coexist.

GLOBAL VILLAGE OR GLOBAL PILLAGE?
GLOBAL VILLAGE OR GLOBAL PILLAGE?

Economics  Sociology 

This video shows constructive ways ordinary people around the world are addressing the impact of globalization on their communities, workplaces, and environments.

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HOMEBOYS

American Studies  Chicano Studies  Latino Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Depicts life in Cuatro Flats, a housing project in East Los Angeles, as seen through the eyes of Chicano gang members, or "homeboys."

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BALLAD OF AN UNSUNG HERO

American Studies  Chicano Studies  Latino Studies  Political Science  Sociology 

Chronicles the remarkable life of 89-year-old Pedro J. Gonzalez, from his early years as a telegraph operator for Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution to his pioneering career as a radio and recording star in Los Angeles, his 1934 arrest on trumped-up charges and subsequent imprisonment, his deportation to Mexico and eventual return to the U.S. some thirty years later.

YO SOY
YO SOY

Chicano Studies  Latino Studies  Sociology 

Examines the key issues, problems and concerns of the Mexican-American community in the U.S. through interviews with prominent Chicano leaders and activists.

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CHICANO PARK

American Studies  Art History  Chicano Studies  Cultural Studies  Latino Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Chronicles the history of Chicano Park, famous for its giant murals painted on freeway pillars, which became the focus for the revitalization of San Diego's Chicano community in the 1970s and '80s.

THE FIGHT IN THE FIELDS: CESAR CHAVEZ AND THE FARMWORKERS' STRUGGLE
THE FIGHT IN THE FIELDS: CESAR CHAVEZ AND THE FARMWORKERS' STRUGGLE

Sociology  Political Science  Latino Studies  Labor Studies  Chicano Studies  American History  American Studies 

Tells the story of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic founder of the United Farmworkers Union, and the movement that he inspired-one that touched the hearts of millions of Americans with the grape and lettuce boycotts, a nonviolent movement that confronted conservative politicians like Ronald Reagan and the powerful Teamsters Union.

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TIERRA Y CULTURA

Sociology  Spanish Language  Latin-American Studies  Anthropology  Directed by Women 

Examines the recuperacion movement among the Indian communities in Colombia where an Indian rebel army is engaged in guerrilla warfare with a Colombian Army counterinsurgency force.

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SANTA MARTA: TWO WEEKS IN THE SLUMS

Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Spanish Language  Sociology 

Portrays daily life in a mountaintop slum in Rio de Janeiro, featuring interviews with residents who discuss police harassment, the lack of educational and employment opportunities, problems of sanitation, violence, drugs and alcohol in the community, and social and racial discrimination.

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LIFE AT THE SOURCE: THE ADVENTURES OF AN AMAZON EXPLORER

Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Recounts the larger-than-life but true story of Arno P. Calderari--professional adventurer, jungle explorer, deep sea diver, treasure hunter and wildlife filmmaker-interweaving Arno's reminiscences with rare film footage of his many adventures.

BONTOC EULOGY
BONTOC EULOGY

American Studies  Anthropology  Asian Studies  Sociology 

This docudrama examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, focusing on the filmmaker's grandfather, an Igorot warrior, one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological "specimens" in the notorious Philippine Village exhibit.

BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM: LEVITTOWN, NY
BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM: LEVITTOWN, NY

Architecture  American Studies  Sociology 

This historical documentary chronicles New York real estate developer William Levitt's postwar construction of affordable housing for returning WWII veterans and their families in Levittown and other Long Island communities, thereby establishing the prototype for modern suburbia.

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TALK TO ME: AMERICANS IN CONVERSATION

American Studies  Cultural Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women  Immigration 

This provocative documentary, blending interviews with archival footage, examines the nature of shared national identity and what it means to be an American today.

IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY

African-American Studies  American Studies  American History  Peace & Conflict  Sociology 

Examines Pulaski, Tennessee, the town where the Ku Klux Klan was founded right after the Civil War, and where today its memory still runs very deep.

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SOWETO TO BERKELEY

African-American Studies  American History  American Studies  African Studies  Peace & Conflict  Political Science  Sociology 

Examines the Anti-Apartheid Movement at the University of California at Berkeley during 1985-86, which led to similar student protests nationwide.

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CIMARRONES

African-American Studies  African Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language 

This docudrama explores the little known situation of African slaves in Latin America in the 19th century, depicting life in runaway slave communities.

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