Urban Studies


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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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