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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)

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


In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country’s National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 707,000 other Cubans to read and write. Almost half of these volunteer teachers were under 18. More than half were women.. Narrated by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, MAESTRA (Spanish for teacher) explores the experiences of nine of the women who, as young girls, helped eradicate Cuban illiteracy within one year. Interweaving recent interviews, archival footage, and campaign photos, this lively documentary includes one of the first Cubans of her generation to call herself a feminist and one of the first openly proud members of Cuba’s LGBT community. With wit and spirit, all recall negotiating for autonomy and independence in a culture still bound by patriarchal structures.. [...]
2018; 2012

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

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.

Refugee Resettlement in Australia [electronic resource]: Boat Crossing to Malaysia

In the first episode of Go Back to Where You Came From, our six participants begin their refugee odyssey. After being stripped of their cell phones, identification, and money, the group is sent to live for a few days with a family from Iraq and a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, each of whom are struggling to put the terrors of the past behind them as they make a fresh start in Australia. Afterward, the group visits the notorious Villawood Immigration Detention Centre - and then begins the perilous journey to unknown shores in a leaky boat.

Refugee Camp in Kenya [electronic resource]: Refugee Slum in Jordan ; Baghdad, Iraq ; Goma, DRC

In the third episode of Go Back to Where You Came From, two of our group leave Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya for Goma in strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Escorted by UN peacekeepers, they see firsthand the dangers of life in a country where murder is commonplace and a thousand women are raped every day. Meanwhile, three of our group travel to Amman, Jordan, to view an emergency hospital and a refugee slum before heading to the infamous Red Zone of Baghdad, Iraq - a trip requiring flak vests, helmets, and a U.S. Army escort. The program concludes with our six participants reunited in Australia, where they reflect upon some of the lessons they've learned.

Refugee Slum in Malaysia [electronic resource]: Refugee Camp in Kenya

In Malaysia - a common stop on the dangerous path to a new life in Australia - 100,000 people live in illegal refugee slums. In the second episode of Go Back to Where You Came From, our six participants spend several days living with 50 Burmese refugees in a small, one-bathroom apartment. In addition, the group goes on a border patrol in an effort to hunt down human smugglers and participates in a large-scale midnight raid on a construction site to capture illegal immigrants who live and work there. The show concludes with three of the group pressing on to northern Kenya, where they register as refugees at a huge UN-managed camp called simply Kakuma: "Nowhere.

IQ [electronic resource]: A History of Deceit

What we now call an IQ test was originally developed by Alfred Binet at the start of the 20th century as a way to measure developmental delays in schoolchildren. But with the eugenics craze at its peak, Binet's concept was soon appropriated and exploited by those who wished to guarantee the ethnic purity of their society. This program looks at the history of IQ assessment, from Ellis Island evaluations to William Shockley's racist declarations in the 1970s, and reveals how social policies were influenced by the idea that intelligence is set at birth. In addition, Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, defends his views.

Much Ado in Mostar [electronic resource]: A Shakespearean Collaboration

The medieval city of Mostar was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina's early 1990s war. An important multicultural center, Mostar became segregated along ethnic lines-Muslims in the east and Catholics in the west-with the division fiercely enforced by inflammatory government rhetoric. This program profiles a group of 15- to 21-year-olds from both sides of Mostar who overcome nationalistic differences to stage Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, with the help of Dartmouth College education professor Andrew Garrod. As Garrod guides them through rehearsals, the young actors talk about living with the legacy of the Bosnian War and their hopes for a new spirit of unity in Mostar.

An Unhealthy Government Experiment [electronic resource]: Western Australia, 1897 to 1937

"Everyone appreciates the government's protection," wrote Gladys Gilligan in 1930 of the work camp where she and other biracial children were taken after being snatched from their homes. Her account was written at the behest of Aborigine Protector A. O. Neville and differs sharply from the heart-wrenching testimony provided by Stolen Generations survivors for this film. Gilligan rebelled against her role as "model Aborigine" but Neville kept a stranglehold on her life. Jandamurra was also caught between two worlds. Born on a cattle station, he went on to lead an insurrection against the ranchers. The First Australians' continued struggle, especially against the forced assimilation of the Stolen Generations, is recounted in this documentary. With Gilligan's son, Phillip Prosser; histo [...]

My Land [electronic resource]: Seeing Both Sides of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Born to a Moroccan Muslim father and a Tunisian Jewish mother, filmmaker Nabil Ayouch spent his childhood hearing divergent views about Israel and Palestine. Still wrestling with "a conflict that never left me," Ayouch created this poignant documentary about young Israelis, displaced Palestinians, and the threads of tragic history woven between two communities with deep ties to the same land. Ayouch entered Lebanese refugee camps to record personal testimonies from elderly Palestinians about memories of their birthplaces. Then he visited those homes in present-day Israel to learn about the attitudes of the young people currently living there. This process of gathering perspectives enabled Ayouch to set up the film's evocative virtual encounters, in which the Israeli subjects view and [...]

Sowing Seeds, Reaping Peace [electronic resource]: The World of "Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace is an innovative summer camp founded in the 1990s to teach reconciliation skills to groups of teens from regions in conflict. The camp allows the young people to confront their animosity towards each other through frank discussions about the difficult personal experiences that fuel their prejudice. In this classic program, Israeli and Palestinian teens at a Seeds of Peace camp in Maine find it's harder than they thought it would be to see another's point of view, yet ultimately, friendships are forged. The Seeds of Peace program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012 and has expanded to locations in 27 different countries since this video was filmed.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: And Justice for Some

Though a landmark Supreme Court decision 50 years ago established the right of criminal defendants to legal representation-even if they can't afford it-the scales of the American legal system still tilt heavily in favor of the white and wealthy. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill sits down with civil rights attorney and legal scholar Bryan Stevenson, who exposes the legal system's failures and its ongoing struggles at the crossroads of race, class, and justice. Also, journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O'Brien talk about inequities in death row legal representation and sentencing across the country. The program closes with an essay on the hypocrisy of "justice for all" in a society where billions are squandered for a war born in fraud while the poor are pushed aside.

The "White Australia" Policy [electronic resource]: Constraining the Servile Races-Immigration Nation

When the Commonwealth of Australia was founded in 1901, the last thing the country wanted was to be multicultural. The measures taken to ensure an all-white nation not only caused human suffering, but actually helped create the very threat Australia feared the most - invasion from the Asian north. Through the plight of a Chinese family kept apart by immigration laws, this program examines the legal and social policies that once prohibited entry into Australia by people of color. The video covers Charles Pearson, whose book about the "servile races" frightened Prime Minister Barton into passing the Immigration Restriction Act; the influence of adventure novelist H. Rider Haggard; and President Wilson's dismissal of the Racial Equality plan proposed by Japan to the League of Nations, a [...]

World War II [electronic resource]: Populate or Perish-Immigration Nation

Australia faced a population crisis after the second world war, in that experts believed the country could not defend itself or grow economically unless it boosted the number of people living there. With the pool of available Britons decreasing, Immigration Minister Arthur Caldwell made the momentous decision to permit non-British settlement. This program explains how Australia accepted an influx of a million newcomers in the middle of the 20th century while still clinging to its whites-only policy. Caldwell convinced wary citizens that the nation must "populate or perish" before the next Japanese attack, then recruited European war refugees, filling a ship with fit-looking men and buxom women who came to be known as the Beautiful Balts - a PR tactic calculated to assuage Australian [...]

Remembering Rodney King [electronic resource]

Rodney King, whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police launched a public dialogue about race relations in the United States, died at age 47. NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown, Patt Morrison of The Los Angeles Times, and Darnell Hunt of the University of California, Los Angeles, discuss his complicated life.