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Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America's First Blockbuster

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"In 1915, African American newspaper editor and civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith's notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Birth of a Movement features commentary from Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and DJ Spooky (who created a new score and remix of the Griffith film), and numerous clips from the technically groundbreaking but racially astounding epic"--Case.
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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Someone Sang for Me: A Portrait of Educator Jane Sapp

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Someone Sang for Me is a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Julie Akeret profiling the critically acclaimed African-American singer and music educator Jane Sapp. Since 1989 Sapp has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts, where her music workshops with "at risk" youth are changing lives and animating the community. Someone Sang for Me showcases Sapp's work and places her squarely at the center of the arts and social change movement. The film weaves footage of Springfield young people rehearsing, performing, and discussing their experiences with interviews with Sapp, the young artists, community activists, and scholars who explore the ways art can be used to foster social change. The film explores the ways that music education can give young people the tools they need t [...]
Online
2002
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Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower

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From their self-imposed exile in Holland to their perilous crossing of the Atlantic, to their first year in the new world, Desperate Crossing is the definitive story of how the Pilgrims came to live and prosper in an unfamiliar land.
Online
2006
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Paul Revere, the Midnight Rider

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Discusses the real life of Paul Revere and the many contributions he made to his country.
Online
2005
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True Story of Sacco and Vanzetti

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Re-examines the 1921 case of Sacco and Vanzetti, the anarchists who were tried for murder and executed in Massachusetts. Discusses whether they were the victims of prejudice and a corrupt judicial system.
Online
1998
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Your Weekly Address: America Stands With the City of Boston April 20, 2013.

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President Obama speaks to the American people about the act of terror at the Boston Marathon that wounded dozens and killed three innocent people, and says that through it all, Boston's spirit remains undaunted and Americans have proven they refuse to be terrorized.
Online
2013
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Sacco and Vanzetti

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Examines the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti through archival film, music, poetry and excerpts from the 1971 feature film. Also includes interviews with historians, artists and activists as well as readings from the prison diaries of the two defendants.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Sacco and Vanzetti

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Sacco and Vanzetti brings to life the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America. Millions of people around the world protested on their behalf, and now, 80 years later, their story continues to have great resonance, as civil liberties and the rights of immigrants are again under attack. Powerful prison writings (given voice by John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub) and passionate interviews with Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie and Studs Terkel are interwoven with artwork, music, and film clips. Through the story of Sacco and Va [...]
Online
2006
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The Race Underground

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In the late 19th century, as America's teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation. Ultimately, it was Boston, a city of so many firsts that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America's first subway.
DVD
2017
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Curse of the Bambino

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In 1918, the Boston Red Sox won their fifth World Series, thanks in great part to the young pitching and hitting sensation Babe Ruth, the Bambino. When the team failed to make the Series after the 1919 season, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold the Babe to the New York Yankees. The Sox have never won a Series since [until 2004]. Told with humor in the face of heartache, the film focuses on the die-hard fans who live their entire lives lamenting the now famous "Curse."
DVD
2004; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino

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In 1918 the Boston Red Sox won their fifth World Series, thanks in great part to a young pitching and hitting sensation from the slums of Baltimore, named George Herman Ruth, a.k.a. The Babe, or The Bambino. A year later, after not advancing to the playoffs, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold the Babe to the New York Yankees. In turn, the Bronx Bombers went on to win an incredible 26 World Series titles. The Sox finally won a Series in 2004, and the stories of their die-hard, long-suffering fans are told with insight and humor. This film focuses on the joy and shock of those fans who lived to see the breaking of the infamous "Curse of the Bambino."
DVD
2005; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)