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1.

In the Light of Reverence

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Across the USA, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religions. This film discusses the struggles of three indigenous communities to protect their sacred sites from rock climbers, tourists, strip-mining, development and New Age religious practitioners.
Online
2002; 2001
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Class of '27: A New Generation in Three Forgotten Places

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Three diverse filmmaking teams set out across rural America to explore the lives of our youngest citizens and tell their stories of daily struggles in low-income communities. The struggles and triumps of families as they guide their children to become the graduates of the Class of '27.
Visual MaterialsOnline
2017
UVA Library (Item is on order)
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Poto and Cabengo

Grace and Virginia are young San Diego twins who speak unlike anyone else. With little exposure to the outside world, the two girls have created a private form of communication that's an amalgam of the distinctive English dialects they hear at home. Jean-Pierre Gorin's polyphonic nonfiction investigation of this phenomenon looks at the family from a variety of angles, with the director taking on the role of a sort of sociological detective. It's a delightful and absorbing study of words and faces, mass media and personal isolation, and America's odd margins.
Online
2014; 1980
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Rabbit in the Moon

Like many innocent Japanese Americans released from WWII forced incarceration camps, the young Omori sisters did their best to erase the memories and scars of life under confinement. Fifty years later acclaimed filmmaker Emiko Omori asks her older sister and other detainees to reflect on the personal and political consequences of the camps. Visually stunning and emotionally compelling, Rabbit in the Moon uses eye witness accounts to examine issues that created deep rifts within the community, reveals the racist subtext of the loyalty questionnaire, and the absurdity of the military draft within the camps. Omori renders a poetic and illuminating picture of a deeply troubling chapter in American history.
Online
2016; 1999
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A Hard Straight

A gang member, a mother, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they're on parole. Now they're about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning. A HARD STRAIGHT tells the story of what it is really like for a person to make the radical transition from prison life to society. The film interweaves the stories of two men and one woman as they begin to construct new lives on the outside. We see them from the ecstatic moment of their first taste of freedom, to the inevitable frustrations, joys, and banality of life outside of prison. And finally, we see the people in either a successfully established life on the outside or a return to prison. For the 500,000 men and women each year who are released from prison, there are many unknowns: What will you [...]
Online
2017; 2005
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Larkin Street Stories: Episode 1 the Homeless LGBT Experience [electronic resource]

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Introduces the staff and clients of Larkin Street Youth Services, a shelter for homeless youth in San Francisco, and covers its programs for those rejected by family because of their sexual identities. Provides statistics for behaviors and crises experienced by LGBTQ homeless youth. Features comments by Toby Eastman and Loch McHale, the center's Chief of Programs and Director of Services, and their teen and young adult clients.
Online
2011
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Larkin Street Stories: Episode 2 Confronting Hate Speech and Homophobia [electronic resource]

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Covers the reactions and tactics of staff at Larkin Street Youth Services, a shelter for homeless youth in San Francisco, in response to tense interactions of young, homeless, LGBT clients in a group counseling session. Features comments by Toby Eastman, the center's Chief of Programs.
Online
2011
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Larkin Street Stories Episode 3 Neither/nor [electronic resource]: Working With Transgender Youth

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Presents a discussion among counseling staff of Larkin Street Youth Services of open approaches to gender identity among LGBTQ youth, particularly transsexuals. Includes coverage of semantics and an interview of a transgender-male-to-female client conducted by Toby Eastman, the center's Chief of Programs.
Online
2011
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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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Prison Town USA

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In the 1990s, at the height of the prison-building boom, a prison opened in rural America every 15 days. "Prison Town, USA" tells the story of Susanville, California, one small town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison -- with unanticipated consequences. Nestled in the picturesque foothills of the California Sierras, Susanville once thrived on logging, ranching and agriculture. Today the Susanville area hosts three prison complexes housing more than 11,000 inmates, with plans for more to come. The inmate population is more than one-and-a-half times the number of local residents. "Prison Town, USA" follows the fortunes of people and families in Susanville over the course of two years. Among those portrayed are: a laid-off mill worker turned guard; a tenacious dai [...]
Online
2007
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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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The Speck of the Future

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"The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West, as 49ers from Asia, South America and the eastern states scramble for 'a share of the rocks, ' littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West's first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently pushed aside."--Http://www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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TR in San Francisco, 1903

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President Roosevelt reviewed the school children of San Francisco from 10:00am to 10:30am on Wednesday, May 13, 1903. An estimated 40,000 school children gathered along both sides of Van Ness Avenue, west of the downtown area, for the parade. The wide north-south boulevard, partially lined with the mansions of the wealthy, was the approximate boundary between the old gold rush era city (to the east) and the newer western addition to the west. To better organize the students, each school was assigned a specific block and each student was given a flag to wave. Many adults were also on hand to watch the parade, which entered Van Ness at Pacific Avenue, proceeded south to Market Street, then doubled back up Van Ness to Pacific. The presidential carriage kept to the right so that all the [...]
FilmOnline
1903
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Berkeley, California Fire

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Scenes of the 1923 citywide conflagration.
Online
1923
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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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Summer of Love

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A look into the hippie revolution of San Francisco during the '60s, and how the free love and music turned into a life of drug use, violence, and broken dreams.
Online
2007
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Scenes in San Francisco, [No. 1]

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This film is a compilation of views and pans among the ruins of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire and dates from Wednesday, May 9, 1906. The film was shot in the downtown area along Market and Mission streets.; The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: [Frame: 0100] The camera, positioned at the southwest corner of Mission and 5th streets, makes a hurried and jerky pan from the east side of 5th Street eastward to the south side of Mission Street. At the start of the pan, the ruined Lincoln School building is seen, with the dark profile of the Flood Building behind it on Market Street. The camera pans right on a long row of windows in the ruined west wall of the Emporium department store [0130]. The tent in the foreground is probably a temporary "office" of [...]
FilmOnline
1906
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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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California Ostrich Farm [electronic resource]

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This early documentary from the Ford Motor Company shows views of an ostrich farm in California in the early 20th Century.
Online
1916