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A Little Family Conversation

Actress Hélène Lapiower documents the growing generational divide and melding of cultures within her Polish Jewish family, who migrated to Brussels, Paris, and New York.
2008; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)

Ethnicity, Crime and Immigration

Dr. Tonry presents his research on ethnicity, immigration, and criminality in the U.S.
Ivy (By Request)

Fresh Dressed

A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders.. Featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Nas, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Damon Dash, André Leon Talley, A{dollar}AP Rocky, Marc Ecko, Big Daddy Kane, Kid ‘N Play & many others.. Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival. "As rhythmic and hypnotic as the old-school hip-hop-heavy soundtrack that supports it." - Melissa Magsaysay, The Los Angeles Times
2018; 2015

Trail of Tears

Though the Cherokee embraced "civilization" and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the U.S. Supreme Court, their resistance to removal from their homeland failed. Thousands were forced on a perilous march to Oklahoma.
2019; 2009

The Spirit of the Ancestors

Three generations of chroniclers from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) go in search of one of the island’s sacred spirits, Moia Hoa Haka Nana’ia (or the Stolen Friend), taken by colonizers more than 100 years ago and now housed in a museum.. For the Rapa Nui, the Moia is infused with Mana, the power essential to their lives and well-being. His absence from the island threatens their survival as the link between spirit and people weakens over time. Worse still, the younger generations’ link to their ancestors is at risk.. This documentary follows three generations of the Pakarati family as they travel to Europe to try to reclaim the Stolen Friend, bring his spirit home and ensure a strong future for those to come.. “Spirit of the Ancestors does a great job of trying to educate viewers on the [...]
2018; 2015

The Grammar of Happiness

Daniel Everett is an American linguist and author best known for his study of the Amazon Basin’s Pirahã people and their language. THE GRAMMAR OF HAPPINESS is a documentary that explores whether Daniel's journey into the heart of the Amazon can redefine our understanding of human language.
2018; 2015

Bloodlines: From Ethnic Pride to Ethnic Terrorism

Vamik Volkan discusses some of the psychoanalytical principles behind the international conflict resolution work of his group, the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction.
Ivy (By Request)

World History and Identity [electronic resource]

Considers how global forces have redefined both individual and group identity in the modern world by examining the transnational identity that emerged in the Chinese diaspora, and comparing this to a newly re-defined national Chechen identity forged through war with Russia. Historians William McNeill, J.R. McNeill, and Heidi Roupp discuss the importance of understanding globalization, and the contributions the study of world history can make towards that end.

Anatomy of Prejudice [electronic resource]: Jane Elliott's Seminar on Race

She may be an overzealous crusader. She may be on a power trip. Then again, maybe Jane Elliott has pioneered a truly honest and viable way to talk about racial prejudice-a way in which white people and people of color can explore the subject together. This program documents one of Elliott's diversity training seminars, modeled on an experiment she first conducted as a third-grade teacher in 1968. In the film, British citizens of varied racial and cultural backgrounds are separated into brown-eyed "superiors" and blue-eyed "inferiors." Before the day is over, a handful will have stormed out and the remaining group will face painful truths and equally painful opinions about race in the 21st century.
2010; 2009

Lost Road of the Inca: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Karin Muller is an American on a quest to understand other cultures. This program follows her as she begins her journey of discovery along the route of the ancient Incan highway through South America. In Ecuador, she endures tear gas during a labor riot and witnesses backbreaking toil in a crude, antiquated gold mine. On the disputed border between Ecuador and Peru, she watches ordnance troops unearth and detonate a land mine, visits the lonely graves of fallen soldiers, and-in a life-affirming turn-finds welcome respite in drinking boiled yucca tea at a family farm. Muller provides engaging and eloquent voice-over commentary as her trek progresses.
2010; 1999

Lost Road of the Inca: Part 2 [electronic resource]

From medicinal shamans to taxi drivers in rusty death traps, this program plunges further into the depth and breadth of life in South America-following American adventurer Karin Muller as she travels the ancient Incan highway. Muller joins Peruvian fishermen plying their trade in handmade reed boats; watches herds of vicuna penned and sheared of their precious wool; absorbs the spectacle of Machu Picchu and its sophisticated stonework; and encounters the spirit of Carnival and Catholic devotion in Bolivia. Then comes a euphoric motorcycle ride into Chile-until Muller reaches Santiago, reenters the world of billboards and fast food, and bids farewell to a landscape of countless cultural riches.
2010; 1999

Taking a Stance Against Racism and Discrimination [electronic resource]

They're an average American family at a typical American restaurant. They also happen to be Hispanic (not to mention that the restaurant is situated in Tucson, Arizona, a hub of our nation's ongoing immigration debate) From out of nowhere, an off-duty security guard asks to see their documentation, and as he grows more insistent, the other diners nervously consider what steps, if any, to take. It's a scenario drawn from real life, no doubt, but in this case, the guard and the family are actors in a hidden-camera ABC News segment-one designed to spark reactions from onlookers. Several other staged dilemmas are also included here: Jewish customers face an anti-Semitic cashier, hearing-impaired job seekers aren't allowed to fill out applications, an HIV-positive man is subjected to verb [...]

A Film About Races [electronic resource]: A Fresh Look at Diversity

An exploration of the notion of race, this program follows host Paul Duddridge as he pushes aside society's taboos to find out what "race" really is. Duddridge organizes a mini-Olympics based on racial identity to demonstrate the fluidity of the concept - he notes that Jews and Arabs will be on the same team - and the participants poke fun at their own tendency to stereotype. With significant input from sociologists, anthropologists, and authors including John Baugh (Beyond Ebonics), Kwame Anthony Appiah (The Ethics of Identity) and Jon Entine (Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People), the video examines some common misconceptions about race.

Petrol Brain [electronic resource]

An epidemic of petrol sniffing has devastated the remote Aboriginal community of Maningrida. In this video clip, meet Albert Mileran, who went from sniffing every night to becoming a respected health worker helping people turn away from substance abuse. In Aboriginal communities there is no traditional knowledge about petrol sniffing, and in a startling failure of modern medicine, science has been unable to effectively test racial difference in substance abuse effects. Now a study discussed in this video offers clinical evidence that brain damage from petrol sniffing can repair itself if the abuse stops early enough.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: An Optimist for Our Times

Angela Blackwell has spent her adult life advocating practical ways to fulfill America's promise of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for all. Now, with our middle class struggling, poverty rising, and inequality growing, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, an influential research center, finds reasons for hope. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers and Blackwell discuss what fuels her optimism. "I'm not discouraged, and I wouldn't even dream of giving up, because we're at a moment right now where I think we have more possibility than I've seen in my adult lifetime," Blackwell tells Moyers. "So many people who are being left behind are now in places where they have voice and influence.... America doesn't want to talk about race, but the futur [...]

Shattering the Silences [electronic resource]: The Case for Minority Faculty

Across America, campus diversity is under attack: affirmative action programs are shut down, ethnic studies departments defunded, multicultural scholarships severely slashed. Faculty of color remain less than 9.2 percent of all full professors, and minority student enrollment is dropping. In this program, eight professors of color - African-American, Latino, Native American, and Asian-American - discuss the special pressures minority faculty face in majority-white institutions. The eight point to special pressures such as being tapped to provide diversity on faculty committees and in scholarly organizations, being advisors for all the students of their ethnicity, and their work being held to higher standards than those of their white colleagues.

Children of Blessing [electronic resource]: Opportunity for China's Minorities

This documentary provides a poignant look at modern China. Flower, Rascal, and their friends come from a remote village in the Chinese mountains and speak only Lahu. Now they must leave their idyllic home for boarding school in the city. During their first year at primary school, they're modeled into being good socialist workers. Can the girls make their way in modern China? And what price will they have to pay to succeed? Both girls work hard, and in the end they achieve high scores in their exams. They're prepared for their new lives, but they realize they can have success only on terms of the Chinese system. Beautifully filmed, Children of Blessing reveals how China assimilates its minorities.

Buffalo Soldiers [electronic resource]: An American Legacy

By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 black soldiers were serving in the Federal Army. After the war many decided not to return to a life of sharecropping and racial oppression, instead volunteering to battle outlaws and Indian raiders along the western frontier. This program uses dazzling reenactments and the expertise of military historians to tell the multifaceted story of the Buffalo Soldiers, a name given to black troops by their Native American adversaries. Viewers learn about the daily lives and daunting assignments of these proud African-Americans, the harsh environments in which they conducted missions, and the deeds of individual Buffalo Soldiers such as Sgt. Emanuel Stance, Lt. George Burnett, and Henry Flipper - the first black cadet to graduate from West Point, who [...]

Nouveau Poor [electronic resource]: Immigrant Poverty

The "golden door" exalted at the Statue of Liberty still beckons the world's poor. Once inside the U.S., however, most immigrants accept a lifestyle that is anything but glittering. This program reveals the conditions in which an American newcomer, legal or not, struggles to earn a living, save money, and meet basic needs. Featuring interviews with numerous immigrants from Latin America and Africa, the film illustrates their experiences with entrenched racism, unfairly low wages, the lack of a social safety net, few if any economic resources, and crowded, substandard housing. These individuals also describe the goals that drive them-education and a better future for their loved ones-and the equally important work ethic with which the majority of immigrants approach their jobs. Severa [...]

Indian School [electronic resource]: Stories of Survival

Proposing to "kill the Indian and save the man," U.S. Army captain Richard H. Pratt envisioned an educational system that would erase Native American culture and "civilize" the continent's indigenous people. His chosen method? Removing children from Pennsylvania's tribal communities and confining them in barracks-style schools - initially the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which Pratt founded in 1879. In myopic terms it was a remarkably effective strategy, and Carlisle became a cruel model for institutions all over the U.S. and Canada, including Michigan's Mount Pleasant Indian School. Subjected to emotional, physical, and spiritual abuse, Mount Pleasant students were inevitably alienated from their families, native languages, and tribal religions. This film combines archival mat [...]