Urban Studies

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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."

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DOG DAYS

American Studies  Labor Studies  New York City  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

This video examines the world of New York City's hot-dog vendors, revealing their lifestyles, hopes and dreams, and the political struggle in which New York's Mayor Rudy Giuliani is attempting to restrict their access to the city's streets. It features interviews with a wide variety of vendors, and members of the city's Vendor Review Panel and Business Improvement District.

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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.

WE PUT HER THERE: THE CONTRIBUTORS
WE PUT HER THERE: THE CONTRIBUTORS

American History  American Studies  Architecture  Labor Studies  New York City  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

From the first concept to the final rivet, The Statue of Liberty was the creation of volunteers. Strange to say, no government was involved. This documentary tells the exciting story of who was involved: hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens from all walks of life, even children, gave their small earnings to realize Miss Liberty, first in France and then in the U.S. It took 14 years to consummate.

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SHADOW CHILDREN

Children & Young Adult  Criminal & Law  Family Relations  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Examines the plight of homeless children through interviews with more than a dozen youngsters living on the streets of California's Bay Area.

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FAST TRACK

Children & Young Adult  Environmental Studies  Family Relations  Native American Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Urban Studies 

Examines the hectic lifestyles of "fast track" couples, members of the Baby Boom generation whose desire to succeed--at the office, in social circles and through their children's accomplishments--leads to living in a state of chronic stress.

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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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DEBUT

Cultural Studies  New York City  Urban Studies  Political Science  Performing Arts  Narrative Films  Music  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This cinema-verite documentary explores the realities of life as a classical musician through the story of Hexagon, a newly-formed chamber ensemble. The documentary chronicles their challenging first year and a half, from the group's seemingly casual first rehearsal to its high-pressure launching into the mainstream of the classical music scene.

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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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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.

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BUILDING?

Architecture  Urban Studies  New York City  American Studies 

This video, which documents a controversy over plans to alter the original architectural design of the Whitney Museum of American Art, examines some of the problems raised by the decision, including Modernist and Post-Modernist styles, architecture as art, the responsibility of art museums to the public, and the role of the architect.

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