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Homegoings

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"Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in Harlem and the rural South, [the film] takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history, and celebration. It reveals the special status of undertakers in the community; borne out of their permanence, their economic stability, and the necessities of the segregation period. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones 'home'"--Container.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices

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Four prominent African-American writers each narrate a period in the life of the sociologist and author W.E.B. Du Bois, and describe his impact on their work. They chronicle Du Bois' role as a founder of the NAACP, organizer of the first Pan-African Congress, editor of Crisis, a journal of the black cultural renaissance, and author of a series of landmark sociological studies. Anathematized during the McCarthy years, Du Bois immigrated to Ghana, the first independent African state, where he died.
DVD
1997; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006)

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Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1963 letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was "eloquent and prophetic." Ostracized as a "red" in the 1950s, she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice advocates. Braden's story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman's life spent in commitment to social justice.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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State of Denial

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South Africa is the country with the highest number of HIV positive people in the world. By the year 2000, an estimated 4.2 million people were infected with HIV; if present trends continue by 2010, 7 million will have died of the disease. State of Denial puts a human face on the millions affected by introducing us to six South Africans involved with the AIDS epidemic. It shows how they must fight not only the disease but the greed of the drug cartels and the neglect and inactivity of their own government in order to get treatment.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Manuscripts of Timbuktu

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This documentary demonstrates that Timbuktu was a leading cultural, economic, scientific and religious center that made a significant and lasting impact on Africa and the entire world. The film documents that Africa had vibrant scholarly institutions and written cultures long before European intervention. It establishes the importance of preserving ancient manuscripts as an exciting and empowering legacy for Africana scholarship today.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Keïta!: L'héritage du Griot = the Heritage of the Griot

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Based on an important work of African oral literature, the Sundjata epic. When a djéliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keïta to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keïta, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading empire.
DVD
1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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This Is Nollywood

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Examines the burgeoning motion picture industry in Nigeria, and follows the shoot of an action adventure movie whose cast and crew explain the movie-making process in Nigeria.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

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A documentary examining the life of Bayard Rustin who, although one of the first "freedom riders," an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph, and an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, was forced to play a background role in landmark civil rights events because he was homosexual.
DVD
2008
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North

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"Traces of the Trade" follows Browne and nine fellow descendants of the DeWolf family from Rhode Island as they travel the Triangle Trade route -- New England, Ghana and Cuba -- which their ancestors used to amass a fortune trading slaves, rum and sugar. The film's release eas timed to coincide with the bicentenary of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Shattering the Silences

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Explores issues of faculty diversity in American higher education in the mid-1990s, focusing on the experience of eight minority scholars in the humanities and social sciences at various institutions.
DVD
1997
Clemons (Stacks)
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Black Gold

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"After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world with $80 billion in retail sales. But for every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it"--Container.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

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Explores one the of most influential theorists of the anti-colonial movement, as it follows Fanon from his birth in 1925 on the French island of Martinique through his medical training in France, then to Algeria where he joined the liberation struggle.
DVD
1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ça Twiste à Poponguine: Rocking Popenguine

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A coming of age story set in a remote Senegalese beachside village during the week before Christmas, 1964, where the local teenage boys are divided into rival cultural camps. The "Ins" ("Inseparables") style themselves after French pop stars, attend school, have all the girls--but no record player. Their rivals, the "Kings," style themselves after African-American blues legends, they work as fishermen, don't have any girls--but they do have a record player.
DVD
2005; 1993
Clemons (Stacks)
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Faat Kine

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The drama of Faat Kine, an independent single mother and business woman who runs a gas station franchise; and also born in 1960, the same year Senegalese independence was attained.
DVD
2001; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ainsi Meurent les Anges: And So Angels Die

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A Senegalese poet living in France suffers from existential malaise, exacerbated by his turbulent relationship with his father.
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
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La Vie Est Belle

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La Vie est belle tells the rags to riches story of Kourou, a poor rural musician who realizes that to succeed in today's music world he must go to the city and break into radio and television. In Kinshasa he uses his wit and talent to win a beautiful wife, trick his greedy boss and succeed in singing his "theme song" on national television. Although the film is primarily entertainment, it reveals much about class divisions, male-female relations, the desires of the urban poor, and the economic and social problems confronting rural immigrants to the cities of Zaire.
DVD
2000; 1987
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ralph Ellison: An American Journey

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"First documentary on one of the most gifted and intellectually provocative authors of modern American literature ... presents the first scenes ever filmed from Ellison's landmark novel, Invisible man"--Container.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

These Hands

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Surveys a typical workday in the lives of impoverished women in Tanzania who manually mine gravel used for making concrete for urban building projects. No narration or plot.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Zan Boko

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Zan boko means "the place where the placenta is buried" and symbolizes the continuity between past and present in African village societies. Tells the story of one village swallowed up by one of Africa's large cities and the change from agrarian society to a mass media culture.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ethnic Notions

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Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and their role in political and social conflicts concerning race.
DVD
2004; 1986
Clemons (Stacks)