Sociology


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EARLY MISGIVINGS: A FILM ON CHILD ABUSE

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

Examines the problem of child abuse and its root causes and shows methods of treatment and prevention. The film includes interviews with parents, doctors, counselors and other professionals, as well as former victims of child abuse, stressing the need for an interdisciplinary approach to this far-reaching problem.

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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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THROUGH YOUNG PEOPLE'S EYES

Family Relations  Latino Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

An insightful documentary portrait of young black and Hispanic teenagers, primarily girls, growing up in a poor urban neighborhood.

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DOLORES

Family Relations  Latino Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies 

This short drama on domestic abuse, based on extensive research with battered Latinas, focuses on a Hispanic family, showing how the father's machismo has intimidated both wife and daughter into continual fear of physical abuse and alienated the son who resents his father's authoritarian attitudes.

MEMORIES OF TATA
MEMORIES OF TATA

Family Relations  Latin-American Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Spanish Language  Immigration 

An intimate portrait of the filmmaker's immigrant Central American family-in particular the macho traditions of his grandfather-woven from childhood memories and family reminiscences, revealing how exaggerated expressions of male identity can cost a man the love of his entire family.

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FOR THE LOVE OF BEN: A FATHER'S VIEW

Children & Young Adult  Family Relations  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology 

Filmed over a period of four years, this documentary examines the emotional agony experienced by father and son when separated by divorce, distance and a protracted legal battle for custody. Interviews with a child psychologist, family friends, and babysitter, as well as the child himself (in periodic interviews at the ages of three, five, and six) reveal the psychological impact of this separation on the youngster.

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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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EDUCATION: A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT

Education  African Studies  Sociology 

Examines the educational crisis in South Africa, where the apartheid regime for decades maintained two separate and unequal educational systems, one white and one black, with the consequent miseducation of successive generations of black youth and the destruction of untold human potential.

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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.

CHICANO PARK
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.

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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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