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1.

Straight White Men and Me

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With wit and style, Antonia Kao explores the world of "straight, white men" in this revealing, humorous and often poignant new film. "I went to a women's college and came out a lesbian." Antonia Kao is a first-generation Taiwanese-American woman who spent several years in activist, progressive LGBT "of-color" circles before deciding to "return to the mainstream." She enters film school at the University of Southern California and finds herself for the first time in a while in the company of many "straight, white men." In an effort to interact comfortably with "the oppresors," and understand who she is in relation to them, she interviews several who represent to her stereotypes "of straight white men." These interviews are mixed with charming animations. The men range from Pascal, a d [...]
Online
2001
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Family Values

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This intensely personal film documents lesbian videomaker Pam Walton's attempt to reconcile with her long estranged father. It is also her search for what "family" means to her. After her mother's death and her father's remarriage, her father Rus Walton broke off ties with his daughters. He evolved into a right wing fundamentalist and a "family values" activist. In his writing he considered invoking the death penalty for practicing homosexuals. Although Pam surrounded herself with a new lesbian family of nurturing and supportive friends, she yearned for her blood ties. Despite the emotional cost, she made repeated attempts to connect with him. This emotional saga is a journey through uncharted "family" terrain, evoking suspense, pain and wisdom. Told in the form of a video diary, Fam [...]
Online
1996
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Generations of Violence

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This documentary is a compelling portrait of the legacy of family violence that is passed on from one generation to another. We meet both the victims and the perpetrators of violent behavior, and hear their personal experiences. One young boy tells how he was sexually abused by his mother's live-in boyfriend. Another boy tells of his mother who beat him with a belt as hard as she could. A mother reveals how she severly mistreated her son as a youth. She now realizes that her actions contributed to his becoming a criminal. A father describes the compulsion he once had to sexually abuse his three daughters. Professionals who deal with these troubled people, including a detective, a judge and a psychiatrist, share with us their insights. We hear from representatives of self-help organiz [...]
Online
1989
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Because This Is About Love

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This is a touching profile of five lesbian and gay couples from multicultural backgrounds who have made a life long commitment to each other by going through a marriage ceremony. Each couple tells their own story of how they met, why they decided to marry and how their family and friends responded. These funny, bittersweet and, at times, triumphant stories speak of the power of love. There are no parental pressures or societal advantages persuading these couples to wed. They do not share health insurance or retirement benefits, or file a joint tax return as conventional couples do. They are validating a commitment that lends joy and meaning to life, especially for one couple with AIDS. The power of this film is that it portrays in warm, non-threatening terms, a revolutionary act that [...]
Online
1993
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The Words of Silence

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Meet four extraordinary people who happen to be deaf ; an award-winning actress, a percussionist, a flamenco dancer and a mime. These talented performers reveal the unique landscape of the deaf, where silence is made of colors, perceptions and vibrations. Sign language and exceptional visual sensitivity overcome the absence of sound. From the interviews and performances, one realizes that deafness is not only a medical diagnosis but a cultural phenomenon as well. Emmanuelle Laborit, the actress, points out that sign language uses not only the hands, but also the face, the body and the surrounding space. She has worked in the theatre with hearing actors, an experience that enhanced both her own skills as well as the skills of the hearing actors. They learned to communicate more with t [...]
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2001
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Pride Divide

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From the producers of the award-winning Last Call at Maud's, comes this ground breaking exploration of the gender gap between gays and lesbians. Politically united against global homophobia, they are poles apart on many life issues. Oddly enough, their struggle of male versus female mirrors many traditional conflicts inherent to straight relationships. The gay and lesbian community is not immune to gender conditioning. Here is the classic battle of the sexes from a totally new perspective, leavened with humor. The film looks at the issues around male domination versus female submission; promiscuousness versus commitment; exaltation of the body versus the spirit; AIDS versus breast cancer support. We hear about the subtle chauvinism by gay activists who excluded lesbians from their po [...]
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1999
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SIS: The Perry Watkins Story

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This groundbreaking documentary explores the explosive issue of gays in the military. It examines the case of Perry J. Watkins, the first openly gay man to defeat the ban against gays in the military. The case established a powerful legal precedent that will act as an inspiration to the gay and black communities. His story is funny and compelling and sheds light on the social, political and historical context of the lesbian and gay movement. Drafted in 1968, Perry Watkins served fifteen years in the U.S. Army as an openly gay man who even did female impersonations on base, to entertain the troops. In 1982, he was discharged under the provisions that ban homosexuals from serving in the Armed Forces. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Sgt. Watkins fought for reinstate [...]
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1992
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Out in Suburbia: The Stories of Eleven Lesbians

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This remarkably honest and revealing documentary shatters the stereotypes held by many people unfamiliar with the gay community. Eleven women discuss with heartwarming frankness their lives in local neighborhoods, covering a wide range of issues including marriage, motherhood, discrimination, stereotypes and female roles. Out in Suburbia shows us that many lesbians have mainstream values and lead conventional lives. This film reaches out to classes on human sexuality, psychology, women s issues and lifestyles. Discussion guide available.
Online
1990
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This Is Dedicated: Grieving When a Partner Dies

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This film shows how difficult it is for a lesbian or gay man to mourn the loss of a lover, whether the death occurred through an illness, such as cancer, or an accident. The straight world is often unfeeling and even cruel to these survivors of relationships that are not considered quite legitimate. This Is Dedlcated is an unusual and sensitive portrait of three people who have experienced such loss. They speak out about how they coped with their grief in an unsympathetic world.
Online
1993
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We Are Family

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One of the underlying objections to gay marriages is the concern about them raising children. Will the children be raised to be gay themselves? Is there a risk of sexual abuse? What about gender role models? We Are Family takes a look at what life is really like in homosexual families, with the focus on parenting and the well being of the children. In one family, two gay fathers tell of their efforts to create a secure environment for their 16-year-old foster son who was on the road to delinquency. In another household, two lesbian mothers have helped their adopted 11-year-old boy overcome the emotional trauma of disability and early neglect. In the third family, we hear how two adolescent daughters have accepted their father s homosexuality. By seeing how much these parents have to [...]
Online
1988
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Call to Witness

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Call to Witness focuses on three extraordinary people who are willing to put their lives on the line for what they believe in. The Lutheran pastors in Call to Witness and the congregations that support them want to open not only their pews but also their pulpits to all people, including gay men and lesbians. Call to Witness is an excellent discussion starter and makes an important contribution to any religious or LGBT studies curricula.
Online
2000
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Adventures in the Gender Trade

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Kate Bornstein, writer and performer, was born a man. This documentary presents her frank account of her personal journey from unhappy boy child into liberated transsexual lesbian. Intercut with her satiric night club act called "Hidden: A Gender," are the stories of a wide range of people who refused to have their identity defined by whether they were born male or female. We are thus presented with a spectrum of colorful gender anomalies: drag queens, transsexuals, cross dressers, gays and lesbians ... and those who refuse to be categorized. They want the right to be not "male" or "female," but whatever they choose in between. Why, they ask, must we have a bipolar gender system, when some other cultures can accommodate diversity? Academics including Dr. Walter Williams, anthropologi [...]
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1994
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Colonel Jin Xing

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Shanghai s principal dancer, 33-year-old Jin Xing, is a big star. She is the first choreographer to have received recognition in over half a century of national communism. But the most amazing thing about Jin Xing is that, up until 1995, this beautiful young woman was a man, a colonel in the People's Liberation Army. This is a richly cinematic film, combining the colorful imagery of Shanghai's dance world, the panoply of the Chinese People's Army, and the heart-felt expressiveness of the young Colonel who turned his longing to be a woman into a reality. He battled the rigidity of Communist bureaucrats until they relented and allowed the first sex change operation in China. The film interviews his female surgeon, and also follows Jin Xing?s setbacks and recovery. His mother, although [...]
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2003
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Looking for Common Ground

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When Massachusetts enacted an anti- discrimination law establishing the rights of gay and lesbian high school students, the citizens of Westhampton were embroiled in controversy. Parents, students, school committee members and local citizens were polarized. Those opposed to the new law questioned the morality of the issue and feared the consequences of introducing a "gay curriculum" in school. Supporters of this law worried about escalating drop-out and suicide rates if gay and lesbian students were not more fully accepted. The film gives voice to the gay and lesbian students who talk about their struggle for acceptance. It also allows us to hear articulate and passionate testimony from all sides of the controversy, both in interviews and community meetings. Surprisingly, in this sma [...]
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2000
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Metamorphosis: Man Into Woman

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As many as 60,000 people are uncomfortable with the sex they were born into (gender dysphoria). Gary, a 39-year-old transsexual, has been convinced since childhood that he is a woman trapped in a male body. At age 36, Gary decided to begin the extraordinary process of changing his sex. Shot over three years, this compassionate yet unsentimental film follows Gary's transformation into Gabi. Before he can be accepted for sex-reassignment surgery, Gary mustprove that he can successfully live and work as a woman, 24 hours a day, for at least one year. We see Gary sorting out his masculine and feminine traits, undergoing facial plastic surgery, electrolysis, hormone therapy, and psychological counseling. A lively discussion among Gabi s co-workers raises questions about the very nature of [...]
Online
1990
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The Tears of Mesopotamia [electronic resource]

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Describes the aftermath of the Iran/Iraqui and the Gulf Wars on a land that is now a flash point between Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.
Online
2001; 1998
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Dollar by Dollar [electronic resource]: A History of the Community Development Credit Union Movement

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Tells the story of the neighborhood activists who struggled to establish community development credit unions, sometimes known as "people's banks."
Online
2001
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The End of the Line, Orphan Trains [electronic resource]

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This documentary tells about the development of the orphan train system which took orphaned children to the midwest for adoption. Features stories about New York children who were adopted by Missouri families soon after the turn of the century. Includes archival footage.
Online
1991; 1989
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Fighting in Southwest Louisiana

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Danny Cooper discusses his life as a homosexual in rural Louisiana and his battle against HIV infection.
Online
2012; 1992
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Ralph Bunche [electronic resource]: An American Odyssey

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Discusses the personal and professional life of the statesman and diplomat who was one of the founders of the United Nations and who received the Nobel Prize for his peacemaking efforts.
Online
2001