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Spencer Nakasako's Trilogy

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A.k.a. Don Bonus: "Cambodia-born Sokly 'Don Bonus' Ny struggles to graduate from high school and survive the realities of San Francisco's housing projects. Don shares these experiences, his personal feelings, and his hopes as the year progresses. Ultimately, [the film] becomes a story of triumph and survival from the perspective of one of America's newest arrivals."--Container.; Kelly loves Tony: "Oakland, California: She's a straight-A student with dreams of college, he's trying to leave gang life behind. Together, this young Mien couple creates a video diary of their struggles with parenthood, jobs, school, family, and the law."--Container.; Refugee: "For Mike Siv, the trip begins innocently enough: 'Me and my homies, David and Paul, we're going to Cambodia. We'll see the sights, v [...]
DVD
2005; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Waiting Room

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A character driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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Prelude to Revolution: Huey Newton in Jail

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Huey P. Newton was a co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, an organization FBI director J. Edgar Hoover once called 'the greatest internal threat to the security of the United States.' Newton spent four years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter of an Oakland police officer before his conviction was overturned in 1971. Newton discusses his goals as a revolutionary, including self-determination for African-Americans, full employment, decent housing for the poor and disenfranchised, an end to police brutality, and an end to the Vietnam War.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kelly Loves Tony

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Seventeen year-old Kelly Saeteurn has a dream--she calls it her "American dream." As a fresh high school graduate on her way to college she envisions a rosy future for herself, full of exciting opportunities granted by a college education. Kelly is the first in her family of Iu Mien refugees from Laos to have accomplished as much as she already has, but her dreams exist in sharp contrast to her reality. She is also pregnant. Her boyfriend Tony is a junior high drop out and ex-con whom she had met three months earlier at a shopping mall in Oakland, California. The honesty of this film's footage and dialogue offers viewers a rare glimpse into the lives of two young people struggling to make their relationship work in the face of overwhelming obstacles like parenthood, gender, culture a [...]
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Blacks & Jews

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Early in the 20th century black and Jewish Americans joined forces against bigotry and for civil rights but in the late 1960's each group turned inward and the coalition fell apart. This film examines the history of this collaboration and recent racial conflicts between Afro-Americans and Jews and attempts at understanding and reconciliation, with particular emphasis on events in New York City and Oakland, California.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906 [electronic resource]

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This film shows the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, and the devastation resulting from the subsequent three-day fire. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:12am and was centered along the San Andreas Fault, which slices through coastal California. Most of the cities of central California were badly damaged. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings - and thousands more closely-spaced wooden Victorian dwellings - was poorly prepared for a major fire. Collapsed buildings, broken chimneys, and a shortage of water due to broken mains led to several large fires that soon coalesced into a city-wide holocaust. The fire swept over nearly a quarter of the city, including the entire downtown area. Dynamite was used with varying success to pre [...]
FilmOnline
1906
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The Thursday Club

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A documentary of historical footage interspersed with interviews of retired Oakland police officers who battled anti-war demonstrators and Black Panthers in the 1960s. Portraying a generation that lived through the Depression and World War II before they became policemen, this film covers the Vietnam War protests that spilled from Berkeley into Oakland, the racial integration of the Oakland Police Department, and the ambivalence of black officers during the department's war with the Black Panthers.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Robin's Hood

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Disillusioned social worker Robin wants to make a difference in her Oakland neighborhood. Sexy car mechanic Brooklyn is more focused on her second 'job' as a thief. But when the two women fall in love, Robin becomes Brooklyn's unlikely accomplice in a string of bank heists -- with a big cut of the loot going to the poor! -- container.
DVD
2006; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Children of Violence

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A documentary that focuses on the violence of life in an Oakland, Calif., barrio, as seen through daily events involving four teenage brothers and their mother who moves from the kitchen, to juvenile hall, to the hospital where two of her sons are recovering from gunshot wounds.
VHS
1982
Ivy (By Request)