Sociology


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JOURNEY TO JUSTICE

Sociology  Criminal & Law  African-American Studies 

Profiles the history of blacks in Canada and pays tribute to civil rights activists who struggled to change the country's discriminatory laws. Focusing on the 1930s to the 1950s, the video weaves personal stories of these African-Canadians into a broader chronicle of the hardships and victories of their struggle for civil rights, one which closely parallels that of kindred spirits in the U.S. during the same period.

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THE JEWISH STEPPE

Sociology  Russia  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe 

Documents the tragic history of an agrarian commune established in the Soviet Union during the Twenties.

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IRAQ: VOICES FROM THE STREETS

Sociology  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Directed by Women 

Joins a U.S. congressional delegation, led by Congressman Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia) and former South Dakota Senator James Abourezk, that traveled to Iraq in September 2002 to meet with Sa'doun Hammadi, Speaker of the Iraqi National Assembly, and Tariq Aziz, former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, to discuss the re-admission of UN arms inspectors in the hope of averting war.

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IN CANE FOR LIFE

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Labor Studies  Environmental Studies  Economics 

Shot during the seven months of the Brazilian sugar cane harvest, this video portrays what may be the last generation of the nation's 800,000 sugar cane cutters (an environmental law approved by the National Congress has ruled that by 2015 practically all cane harvesting must be mechanized).

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IN AND OUT OF FOCUS

Sociology  Business  Cinema Studies  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

A documentary about women in the film business and how they balance children, love lives and career—or how they don't.

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IF THESE WALLS COULD SPEAK!: MURAL PAINTING IN BELFAST

Sociology  Irish Studies  Cultural Studies  Art History  Directed by Women 

This documentary examines the tradition of both the Catholic/Nationalist and Protestant/Loyalist communities in Northern Ireland of painting huge murals on building walls, both as a way to celebrate cultural heroes or commemorate significant historical events as well as to demarcate their respective neighborhoods.

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HIGH ACHIEVERS

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Health  Education  African-American Studies 

Examines the training of young African Americans at the Health Professions Department at Morehouse College, the only all-black male college in America.

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HAUNTED LAND

Spanish Language  Sociology  Latin-American Studies  Directed by Women 

In this feature-length documentary, two paths cross on a tortuous descent into Guatemala's tragic past: that of Mateo Pablo, Maya survivor of one of many massacres that took place during the country's recent civil war, and Daniel Hernandez-Salazar, Guatemalan artist and photographer, whose work deals with local human-rights violations.

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HARD EARTH

Sociology  Labor Studies  African Studies 

Against the current political backdrop of attacks on white-owned farms in Zimbabwe, this documentary investigates what life is like on one of these occupied farm estates.

GROWING UP ON THE STREETS: 12 YEARS LATER
GROWING UP ON THE STREETS: 12 YEARS LATER

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Spanish Language  Psychology & Psychiatry  Latin-American Studies  Family Relations 

In 1988, filmmakers Luc Cote and Robbie Hart went to Cusco, Peru, to make a documentary about the life of the city's street kids, runaway children from dysfunctional families or youngsters abandoned by their parents, who struggle to survive on their own.

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FREEDOM FIGHTER: THE STORY OF LIAN SHENGDE

Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Offers a remarkable first-person account of the life of Lian Shengde, who was born during the Cultural Revolution in China, a time, as he says, "when millions of the people were organized by the Chinese Communist Party and its leader Chairman Mao to fight and kill each other.

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DANCING WITH MY FATHER

Women's Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Family Relations  American Studies  Directed by Women 

What do daughters learn from their fathers about men? This video is an intimate family view of how adult love is often shaped by what a child learns at home.

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CLOSING THE OPEN DOOR: THE FIGHT FOR A COLLEGE EDUCATION

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  New York City  Education  American Studies  Directed by Women 

Tells the story of the Open Admissions policy at the City University of New York, the third largest university system in the U.S., with the largest minority population.

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CITIZENS

Sociology  Political Science  Eastern Europe 

Portrays human dimensions of Poland's Solidarity movement in 1980-81 that were obscured by Cold-War rhetoric: the efforts of workers, artists and intellectuals who joined together to create a thriving civil society within a totalitarian state.

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BANGKOK ZIGZAG

Sociology  Asian Studies 

This documentary portrays the lives of motorcycle taxi drivers who live and work out of a courtyard in a working-class neighborhood of Bangkok.

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AFTER AUSCHWITZ: BATTLE FOR THE HOLOCAUST

Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Jewish Studies 

Filmed in the U.S., Europe and Israel, this controversial documentary charts the evolution of our idea of the Holocaust, from 1945 to the present, critically examines the international campaign for restitution, and ponders the relationship between the Holocaust and the contemporary politics of the Middle East.

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ALBANIAN JOURNEY: END OF AN ERA

Sociology  Political Science  Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies 

Examines the rise and fall of socialism in Albania, tracing the nation's history from its 1944 establishment as a communist republic by Enver Hoxha to its recent emergence from decades of authoritarian rule following Hoxha's death in 1985.

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WHAT ABOUT MACEDONIA?

Sociology  Political Science  Economics  Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies 

Examines the former Yugoslav Republic and newly independent country of Macedonia and its efforts to make the difficult transition from socialism to capitalism and to forge a democratic society in which ethnic minorities share equally in political and economic decision making.

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ARMENIA: BITTERSWEET FREEDOM

Sociology  Economics  Eastern Europe 

Chronicles the struggle for survival of this former Soviet Republic since its independence following the break-up of the Soviet Union.

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RUSSIA FOR SALE: THE ROUGH ROAD TO CAPITALISM

Sociology  Russia  Political Science  Economics  Eastern Europe  Directed by Women 

Tells the compelling stories of three Russians against the backdrop of the former Soviet Union's breakup and historic transition from Communism to Capitalism.

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