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1.

Rothstein's First Assignment: A Story About Documentary Truth

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"Director Richard Robinson (The Beekeepers) retraces Rothstein's steps by interviewing descendants of the mountain people and beautifully weaving them together with a 1964 audio interview of Rothstein, archival newsreel footage, and clips from the specious documentary "Hollow Folk." During the course of his research, Robinson discovered evidence that Rothstein's images were not pure documentation. Instead, they were often staged for the camera. Digging beneath the official story, the film unearths an unsettling link between propaganda and documentary, and raises troubling questions about the photographer's complicity in the displacement of thousands of people for "progress." Robinson's most chilling discovery, though, is the forced institutionalization and sterilization of mountain [...]
DVD
2011; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Loving Story

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On June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and his fiancee Mildred Jeter traveled from Caroline County, VA, to Washington, D.C. to be married. Later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried and convicted of the felony crime of miscegenation. Two young ACLU lawyers took on the Lovings case, fully aware of the challenges posed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in their favor on June 12, 1967 and resulted in sixteen states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage.
Online
2017; 2011
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Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies

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"The practice of disinterring cadavers (grave robbing or bodysnatching) for purposes of medical dissection was widespread in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. Those individuals whose job was to secure bodies for the dissecting labs of medical colleges were known as Resurrectionist. Richmond, Virginia during the 1800's was a bustling market for the domestic trade in enslaved Africans, and as a consequence had become a literal black market in Black bodies, both living and dead. African American cemeteries were especially vulnerable to the nighttime activities of the Resurrectionist and produced most of the anatomical material for the Medical College of Virginia. The legacy of grave-robbing is so indelibly etched into the psyches of African Americans that today man [...]
DVD
2000; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Gift for the Village

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The story of the friendship between painter Jane Lillian Vance in Blacksburg, Virginia and Buddhist healer and lama, Amchi Tsampa Ngawang in Nepal, and her gift of a large painting to the Amchi. Contains images from the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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9500 Liberty

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Documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented--and the surprising grassroots position that led to its repeal. Racial tension and threats of violence erupt when Prince William County, Virginia adopts a law requiring the police to question people who appear to be undocumented immigrants. Despite fears of reprisal, a group of citizens launches a 'virtual resistance' using social media, setting up a final showdown with the law's advocates.
DVD
2011; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Rotunda: A Living Portrait

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"Designed by Thomas Jefferson to represent the "authority of nature and the power of reason," the Rotunda is the physical and symbolic center of the University of Virginia, founded by Jefferson in 1824. Composer Judith Shatin and filmmaker Robert Arnold have created a portrait of the Rotunda that combines its timeless majesty with the ever-changing hum of daily life." -- Container.
DVD
2012
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The Loving Story

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Documentary about the case of Richard & Mildred Loving, a white man & a black woman who were convicted by the state of Virginia for the crime of marrying across racial lines in the late 1950s.
DVD
2011
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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That World Is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town

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"Revealing the nearly-forgotten history of Charlottesville's largest African American neighborhood, Vinegar Hill, this documentary explores black property ownership and the area's federally-funded destruction in 1965. Surviving residents describe the neighborhood they knew and loved, and consider future prospects for black residence and success in the city." -- IMDb.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Marching Band

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Documentary following students in the marching bands at the University of Virginia and Virginia State University and their involvement in Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance

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Nine twenty-minute segments explore the United States' Civil War, including: causes, military campaigns, soldier life, the home front, slavery, and more. Includes commentaries by nationally-recognized scholars as well as photographs, on-site filming, living history and re-enactments.
DVD
2009
Special Collections
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A Tale of Two Cities: The Circuit City Story

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"In early 2009, more than 34,000 American workers lost their jobs and one of retail's greatest stories of entrepreneurship abruptly came to an end. After 60 years in business and a presence in every major U.S. city, Circuit City seemed to just disappear. How and why did it happen?" -- Container.
DVD
2011; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance

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The story of the tragedies and triumphs of the children of Virginia who found themselves on the front lines of a cultural war that desegregated Virginia's public schools and forever altered American history.
DVD
2009
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Wahoowa: The History of Virginia Cavalier Football

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"Through rare archival photos and film as well as interviews with historians, players, and coaches, get an unprecedented look into how the South's first college program grew from a loose, upstart operation into one that would leave its imprint upon the game of football forever. Uncover not only U.Va.'s history but also the development of the sport of American foot-ball on the very grounds of the University. Experience the despair of the 1950s as U.Va. endured the longest losing streak in college football history and the miraculous rise to #1 three decades later." -- Container.
DVD
2010
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Vintage: The Winemaker's Year

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A tale of two intertwined stories: the Virginia wine industry's rise from humble beginnings and the creation of the state's 2008 vintage. Explores the factors that make Virginia unique amongst the wine producing regions of the United States and why, two hundred years after Thomas Jefferson's attempts to cultivate grapes at Monticello, the region is flourishing as a producer of quality wine.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Meet Me in the Bottom: The Struggle to Reclaim Richmond's African Burial Ground

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"Project overview: The Burial Ground for 2 0 Negroes (ca. 1750-1816) is located north of Broad Street, between 15th and 16th Streets. It is the oldest municipal cemetery for enslaved and free Blacks known to exist in the Richmond area. An 1810 map shows the Negro Burial Ground near Broad Street and Shockoe Creek. Today the Burial Ground for Negroes sits adjacent to a parking lot owned by Virginia Commonwealth University. In fact, there are questions as to whether the Burial Ground lies beneath the parking lot. Activist and other groups have protested what is seen by many as a desecration of sacred ground. This documentary tells the story of the community's efforts to reclaim the Burial Ground as the final resting place of their ancestors." -- Producer's website.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Lynchburg Story

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This film charts the history of the American eugenics program under which 80,000 inmates in state institutions have been compulsorily sterilized. In Virginia between 1905 and 1972, several thousand children deemed by the state as unfit to reproduce were taken from their families and forced to live in the Lynchburg Colony. Victims recall their experiences of beatings, solitary confinement and other abuses.
DVD
1993
Clemons (Stacks)
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Bedford: The Town They Left Behind

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War. The home front. The costs of service to one's country and the ongoing human phenomenon of armed conflict. Explore these universal issues through the eyes of one small Virginia town and the 'boys' of its National Guard unit who 'laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom' as the first to land on D-Day in 1944. Sixty years later, echoes of the past travel with the young, fresh-faced members of that same unit, from the same families and from the same town.
DVD
2010; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Virginia Creepers: The Horror Host Tradition of the Old Dominion

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"For more than 50 years, Virginia's horror hosts have been inspiring kids to sneak out of bed to watch a monster movie and adults to feel like kids again. This documentary goes back to the days when local television was king and into the future with the new breed of "Virginia Creepers." You'll hear audio going back to 1958, see photos unseen for five decades and watch video clips thought beyond recovery. You'll get a detailed tour through the Golden Age of TV horror hosting during the 1970s and 80s, as well as a look into the birth of internet hosting and see where the craft is headed. But more than that, this film takes you through the transformation of television and entertainment in America and explores why this format was so popular, why it matters and why it survives." -- Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Digging for Slaves

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Explores excavations of 18th-century slave quarters on Middleburg Plantation near Charleston; at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, whose slave holdings seem so irreconcilable with his expressed views on human freedom; and at Colonial Williamsburg, which until recently suppressed information about the lives of the slaves, who made up over half the town's population.
DVD
2004; 1989; 1992
Clemons (Stacks)
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Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery

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A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days before the Civil War. The first episode, Terrible transformation, examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies laid the groundwork for a system of racial slavery which generated profits that ensured the colonies' growth and survival. In the second episode, Revolution, while the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within as men and women fight to define what America will be. When the War of Independence is won, black people, both enslaved and free, seize on the language of freedom eve [...]
DVD
2006; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)