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A Bus for Martin Luther King

Early 20th century in the U.S. South. Segregation against the black community is rife. The Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws—all this finds form in daily life via ethnic separation in public places, schools, public transport, public drinking fountains, and on and on. In buses, for example, seats at the front are reserved for whites. Rosa Parks, a seamstress, lives in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, and has suffered from this social context ever since childhood. On December 1, 1955, she refuses to obey the driver of the bus she is on and give up her seat to a white passenger as laid down by the law. Arrested and jailed, she becomes the symbol of the Afro-American cause, and a young pastor, Martin Luther King, seizes on the event and starts a boycott of the city’s buses. Demonstrations, spe [...]
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2017; 2016
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Birth of Rock Music

U.S.A., the 1950s. A climate of racism pervades society —particularly in the South, where it is unthinkable that whites should listen to the same music as blacks. It is in this context that a new style of music appears. Afro-American rhythm and blues is adapted, and the result is rock ’n’ roll. However, for the moment, this music is mostly played by black artists for a black community. Then, in 1954, Elvis Presley walks through the door of the Sun Records studio. The young truck driver wants to give his mother a record as a present, so he records two songs, pays $4.00, and leaves with his record under his arm. Elvis Presley is spotted by the owner of Sun Records, enjoys a meteoric rise, and brings rock ’n’ roll to the wider, white American audience. After the United States, England g [...]
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2017; 2016
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Surviving Skokie

They survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came to America to put the past behind. For decades they kept their awful memories secret, even from their children. But their silence ended when an uprisingof Neo-Nazisthreatened to march in their quiet village of Skokie, Illinois, “because that is where the Jews are.” Surviving Skokie is an intensely personal documentary by former Skokie resident Eli Adler about the provocative events of the 1970s, their aftermath, his family's horrific experience of the Shoah, and a journey with his father to confront long-suppressed memories. Winner, Audience Award - Mill Valley Film Festival. Winner Best Documentary - Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 206. Winner, Best Documentary - Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, 2016.
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2017; 2015
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Space Conquest

It’s the Cold War between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. The Soviet Union has a clear lead in the conquest of space. America fully understands all that is at stake politically on April 12, 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to make a journey into space. The news creates a huge impact around the world. The Soviet Union now appears to be the most advanced nation on the planet. Khrushchev announces swaggeringly: “The Capitalist countries are trying to catch up with us!” Since January 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy has been leading the U.S.A. He is an ardent supporter of the space program even though the accumulated delay behind the U.S.S.R. seems insurmountable... Then, on September 12, 1962, Kennedy makes a speech that becomes famous: “We choose to go to the Moon.” These words give a [...]
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2017; 2016
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Where's the Fair?

The simple question "What happened to the World's Fair'?" launches a journey that uncovers the sordid past, present, and future of the United States' role in the largest global event in human history. The World's Fair was a fixture of American culture. And then it disappeared... Or did it? Where's the Fair explores just this question.
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2017; 2014
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10 Parks That Changed America

10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of ten visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the elegant squares of Savannah, Georgia, to a park built over a freeway in Seattle, to the more recent High Line in New York, each story introduces the heroes who brought these parks to life, and the villains who preferred to exploit the land for private enterprise. Discover the evolution of our nation’s city parks, and learn the history of landscape architecture—an American-born art in which human beings try their best to mimic nature.
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2017; 2016
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American History's Biggest Fibs: Supremacy

In the third and final film in the series, Lucy Worsley reveals the historic myths and deceptions told following the United State's emergence as a superpower after the Second World War. We often remember the 1950s and early 1960s in America as a golden era of abundance, harmony and the American dream made real. This film reveals that to be a carefully constructed illusion. In truth, the era of America's supremacy was a time of government deception, racial conflict and fears of nuclear annihilation.
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2019
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A Stacked Deck

This program from Tony Brown's Journal takes a historical look at how Jim Crow and racism adverselly impacted the economic growth of the Black community. Featuring U.S. Attorney Clint Bolick, Vice President and Director of Litigation at the Institute For Justice and author of Unfinished Business: A Civil Rights Strategy, the program presents a series of revealing film clips that chronicle the history of Jim Crowism. Bolick examines current efforts to knock down laws that impair basic economic liberty for Blacks.
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2018; 1992