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Zoot Suit Riots [electronic resource]

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After the murder of a young Mexican-American in August, 1942, tensions in Los Angeles between Mexicans and whites boiled over. The press claimed Mexican youth were terrorizing the city. Six hundred Mexican Americans were arrested, and 17 were tried and found guilty despite little evidence. The trial sparked riots between unruly servicemen and the Mexican American community. Surviving family members of the 17 convicted men, riot witnesses and members of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee tell the story of the riots, highlighted by photographs of the riots, the trial and their participants.
Online
2005; 2002
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The Courts [electronic resource]: Our Rule of Law

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Examines the role of courts as institutions dedicated to conflict resolution, with the power to apply and to interpret the meaning of law in trial and appeal courts. Reveals the difficulty of creating a judiciary that is independent of politics and the increased power the Supreme Court has acquired through its use of judicial review. Case studies include the trial of Rodney King and the ensuing L.A. riots, the Supreme Court decision in the Bush/Gore presidential election, and the appointment of Joyce Bird as Chief Justice of California.
Online
2003
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Pollution [electronic resource]: How Much Is a Clean Environment Worth?

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Explores the private and social costs of pollution and the impact of environmental regulations on mining companies, traffic engineering, and the oil industry. Discusses the international response to global warming.
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2002; 1985
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Making Health Easier: Healthy Habits in Childcare

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Features classroom activities conducted by Claudia Mendoza, a preschool teacher in Los Angeles, that are designed to teach young children all-around healthy habits especially to prevent childhood obesity. Includes scenes of children exercising, gardening, preparing food, and eating. Also includes observations by the preschoolers' parents on how they have been influenced by their childrens' healthy activities.
Online
2012
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No Tomorrow

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No Tomorrow focuses on the murder of Risa Bejarano, the principal subject of Aging Out, an earlier film about teenagers leaving foster care. No Tomorrow explores how Aging Out unexpectedly documented the last year of Risa's life, and became the centerpiece of a chilling homicide investigation and death penalty trial. Juan Jose Chavez went on trial in 2007, in Los Angeles Superior Court in front of Judge Lance Ito, who had become famous for presiding over the O.J. Simpson trial. In one of the trial's most dramatic moments, the district attorney showed Aging Out in order to humanize the victim and convince the jury to impose the death penalty. While the trial focuses on whether Risa's murderer deserves to die, several leading death penalty experts address the broader question of whethe [...]
Online
2010
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South Central Los Angeles: Inside Voices

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This is a powerful documentary that honestly and directly exposes issues of prejudice, racism and class as they effect multicultural communities. Filmed by the people living and working in the areas affected by the L.A. riots, it is a vivid portrayal of the complex urban tapestry where violence and hope live side by side. It has been broadcast all over the world to critical acclaim. Activist filmmaker Maxi Cohen decided the weapon of choice among the protagonists should be a video camera with which to film their lives. Among those participating are: * Lea Edwards, whose concern with raising her son as a black man leads her to film the volatile life of neighborhood gang members. * The Lees, first generation Koreans who lost their grocery store during the riots. Their grief was compoun [...]
Online
1996
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Colors Straight Up

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In the ghetto of South Central, L.A., where Latino- and African- American kids struggle against a myriad of destructive influences, there is an option for a better life. Troubled teens discover their talents and self dignity through "Colors United", a performing arts group created for inner city youth. This uplifting and emotional documentary offers powerful insights into the thoughts and feelings of these "at risk" children. Oscar, a Mexican who grew up in Watts, was dealing drugs and stealing cars at the age of fourteen. His younger brother was in jail and his parents were shot in a violent crime. Exposed to the demanding discipline of the program, and bolstered by group support, he found the resources within himself to aspire to a college education. Filmed over the course of a yea [...]
Online
2000
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A Sound Education: The Young Violinists of South Central

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star may not be the most sophisticated piece of music ever written. But hearing it played in concert by seventy very young, very dedicated violin students is wonderful indeed. In this touching and inspiring documentary, we meet the gifted violinist and teacher, Dr. Chen Ho Yun. He works with YECCA (Youth Empowerment Center for Creative Achievement) in South Central Los Angeles, formed to provide low cost after-school music education for ghetto children. Chen Ho begins working closely with the children, empathizes with their vulnerability and their excitement, " ... until the kids' ears, minds and hearts open up." He teaches them discipline and respect for themselves as well as for their violins, to their parents' amazement and delight. The fact that Chen Ho i [...]
Online
2001
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Three Guys Named Mike

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A stewardess becomes romantically involved with an airline pilot, a college professor, and a successful businessman, all of whom are named Mike. When the three find out about each other, she has to decide which one she loves the most. --
Online
1951
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South Central Farm [electronic resource]: Oasis in a Concrete Desert

Covers the high profile controversy over the South Central Farm in Los Angeles, the largest urban garden in the country. The story includes the benefits of urban farms, celebrity tree sitters, citizen supporters, dramatic evictions of farmers, rarely told developer's defense and updates on farmers efforts to continue to sustain themselves, physically and spiritually. Celebrity activists include Daryl Hannah, Joan Baez, Julia Butterfly Hill, Martin Sheen, Willie Nelson.
Online
2007
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Hollywood Homeless [electronic resource]: Inside Secret America

In this episode, investigative journalists Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster explore firsthand the little-seen world of America's homeless youth.
Online
2015; 2013
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Rudy Perez Countdown [electronic resource]: Reflections on a Life in Dance

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For more than 40 years, choreographer and dancer Rudy Perez has invigorated the American dance scene. In the 1960s he was hailed as a postmodern pioneer at the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theater in New York. He garnered critical acclaim for his solos and for the choreography he created for his own dance ensembles, which often included unusual humorous elements. This film follows the fascinating rehearsal of one of Perez's signature dances, Countdown with the talented dancer Victor Quijada in Los Angeles. Throughout the rehearsal process, Rudy's life and career are revealed through evocative home movies, archival videos of his body of work, and rare footage of New York in the 50s and 60s. After enduring an impoverished childhood, Perez left his Puerto Rican family at 17 and began his [...]
Online
2011
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Date Palms, Los Angeles, California [electronic resource]

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Scenes of date palms in Los Angeles, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1920
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Los Angeles [electronic resource]

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Shows street scenes of Los Angeles, California in the early 20th century, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1916
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The Last Stand [electronic resource]: Heroes at Ballona Wetlands

In 2013, the Ballona Wetlands is under threat of development again. This short film highlights historic citizen efforts that have resulted in saving over half of the Ballona Wetlands in Los Angeles, Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach and part of Madrona Marsh in Torrance. It includes new footage covering the excavation of Native American remains and artifacts at the development site and presents views and actions of scientists, environmentalists, Native Americans, politicians and community activists.
Online
2014; 2004
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The Sheenway Experience [electronic resource]: Tough Love

Dolores Sheen runs the Sheenway School and Culture Center in the Watts section of Los Angeles, where poverty, racism, and lack of opportunity breed violence. In addition to academics, "Aunt Dolores," as she is called, teaches the children social survival skills, personal responsibility, and accountability. Sheen instills responsibility by asking students to reflect on the consequences of negative behavior. Students share their experiences at Sheenway, along with their personal aspirations for the future.
Online
1996
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In Search of a Common Destiny [electronic resource]: Blacks and American Society

This program with Bill Moyers examines the status of black Americans, particularly in light of the rioting in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King verdict. Featured in the program are rapper Sister Souljah; Robert Woodson, Chairman of the Council for a Black Economic Agenda; and Michael Cross, Director of the Male Responsibility Program of the Detroit Urban League. They are joined by Charles Hamilton (Columbia University), Jennifer Hochschild (Princeton), and Gerald Jaynes (Yale), academics who have been involved in studying the status of black Americans.
Online
1992
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L.A. Riots Revisited [electronic resource]

When the verdict of the Rodney King police brutality trial was released, a riot ensued in South Central Los Angeles - one of the worst civil disturbances in American history. This edition of Investigative Reports examines every aspect of that notorious case. Special attention is given to how the TV station that originally aired the videotape of King's beating edited out 13 seconds showing King charging the officers, why the command and control structure of the L.A.P.D. crumbled during the riots, and what progress has been made in rebuilding the neighborhoods affected by the violence.
Online
1999
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Our Town Today

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Lloyd M. Edward, Chairman of the Citizens Manpower Committee of Los Angeles County, with a message about coordinating the civilian war effort in Los Angeles, California. "We're going to stay on the job, every one of us, we're going to stay on the job to finish the job," with scenes of factories, planning meetings, the impacts on housing, transportation.
Online