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American History X

"Derek Vinyard, the charismatic leader of a group of young white supremacists in Los Angeles, lands in prison for a brutal, hate-driven murder. Upon his release, ashamed of his past and pledging to reform, Derek realizes he must save his younger brother, Danny, from a similar fate. A groundbreaking controversial drama about the tragic consequences of racism in a family."--Container.
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Ovarian Psycos

"Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives .... The film Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ovas, exploring the impact of the group's activism, born of feminist ideals, indigenous understanding and an urban/-hood mentality, on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence, and take back their streets one ride at a time"--Container.
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Luis Buñuel

The young one: the game warden of a Carolina preserve and the teenage girl who lives on the island are isolated until jazz musician Traver arrives, on the run from a lynch mob. Gran Casino: In Tampico, two jail escapees start working for an oilman who is fighting a local casino owner. When the oilman disappears, his sister comes to take over the business, and finds it being run by one of the men. Believing that he has killed her brother to keep the wells for himself, she starts working as a singer in the same casino where her brother disappeared.
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Pockets of Hate

Discusses the problem of surging hate crimes, and antisemitism in America and what causes them.
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Juvenile Process Overview [electronic resource]: Through the System

Caught breaking into cars at a local train station, two teenaged brothers are sent to Lake County Juvenile Complex in Crown Point, Indiana. Both believe they'll be out within a couple of days. But since they are previous offenders with multiple violations, they now face the very real possibility of long-term detention, with their ultimate fate hinging on a series of hearings and evaluations that neither expected to go through. Following the brothers from the night of their intake to their eventual placement in separate residential facilities, this video illustrates with unflinching clarity and detail the procedural challenges that many juvenile defendants face when they are incarcerated. The legal, sociological, and psychological aspects of the case are further examined through one-o [...]

Anatomy of Hate [electronic resource]: A Dialogue for Hope

To make this film, director Michael Ramsdell spent six years among organizations that define themselves in ideological opposition to other groups, sometimes with extreme hatred. As he spent time with white supremacists, Muslim extremists, militant fundamentalist Christians, participants on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and American combatants in Iraq, he began to unravel the mystery of the anatomy of hate. The resulting documentary mixes profoundly disturbing footage of racist and antigay tirades with interviews from sociologists and neuroscientists who explain the psychological - rather than political or religious - mechanisms that make people take violent action against other groups. Throughout the film, stories of redemption told by former hate group members prov [...]

A Question of Fairness [electronic resource]: Affirmative Action Debate

Entering a crucible of racial, political, and legal issues, this program explores America's national debate over affirmative action. Viewers will receive a detailed look at the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case which confirmed the legality of race-based academic admission criteria, as well as a behind-the-scenes examination of hiring policies at the Ford Motor Company. Observations from students, professors, legal plaintiffs, and activists shed light on the debate's central concepts-including the economic legacy of slavery and the use of quotas and preferences. In addition, former Secretary of State Colin Powell describes the role affirmative action has played in his career.

Mississippi Cold Case [electronic resource]: Solving a Murder From the Civil Rights Era

In the summer of 1964, two black teenagers, Charles Moore and Henry Dee, were found murdered in Louisiana. The atrocity was soon eclipsed by the "Mississippi Burning" case and forgotten. Forty years later, Moore's brother Thomas and CBC documentary filmmaker David Ridgen reignited a quest for justice. This award-winning film documents their investigation, which included the remarkable discovery that one of the suspects-a Ku Klux Klansman named James Ford Seale, presumed to have died years earlier-was in fact alive. Viewers will learn how the efforts of Moore and Ridgen led federal authorities to reopen the case and, after a legal roller-coaster ride, secure an indictment, a trial, and a conviction.
2009; 2007

Flowers of Rwanda [electronic resource]: Making Peace With Genocide

Can killers and survivors coexist in peace? That is the crucial question facing Rwanda a dozen years after the genocide that claimed the lives of approximately 800,000 people-and the subject of this multi-award-winning documentary. Using interviews with Joseph Habineza, Minister of Education and Culture; Freddy Mutanguha, director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center; and numerous survivors, Flowers of Rwanda considers whether forgiveness and reconciliation can truly be achieved so the country can eradicate the ignorance and extremism that paved the way for monumental atrocity.
2009; 2008

Broken Border [electronic resource]: America's Immigration Dilemma

Take a trip to historic Tombstone, Arizona, and relive Wyatt Earp's gunfight at the O.K. Corral-or watch 21st-century vigilantes scour the landscape for Mexican invaders. Modern pseudo-cowboys haunt Southwestern communities with growing frequency, and they represent one of several new trends examined in this documentary on America's immigration anxiety. Focusing on the porous U.S.-Mexico border separating Arizona and Sonora, the program records the daily routines and high-tech strategies of border agents, the attitudes of local ranchers and activists, and the motivations of undocumented job-seekers determined to cross again and again, no matter how many times they are arrested. A conversation with Representative Tom Tancredo (R-Arizona) and a look at surging Latino populations in oth [...]
2007; 2004

Tom Brokaw Reports [electronic resource]: Affirmative Action Hour

Can institutional policies-or racial quotas, as some affirmative action opponents call them-remedy the historical mistreatment of African Americans without impinging on the prospects of white citizens? In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court's Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger decisions, this NBC News program explored the legal, racial, and socioeconomic issues behind those historic affirmative action cases. Tom Brokaw's report guides viewers through the 2003 public debate over the University of Michigan's undergraduate and law school admissions policies, with the constitutional implications and the effect both cases had on American race relations forming the central focus of the program.
2008; 2003

Race on Trial [electronic resource]

Does the American justice system treat people differently based on their race? In this ABC News program, correspondent Michel Martin reports on the startlingly disparate outcomes of two almost-identical drug-related cases tried one after another in a Boston court. In one case, the judge sentenced an African-American defendant with no prior record to prison time on the insistence of the prosecution. In the other case, the prosecution asked for a sentence of drug rehabilitation as opposed to prison time for a white defendant with prior convictions. This provocative program offers a timely assessment of an unfortunately recurring problem in American courtrooms.
2006; 2002

Nuestra Familia, Our Family [electronic resource]

Nobody is safe in Salinas, California, where two Latino gangs, Nuestra Familia and the Mexican Mafia, are at war. Through exclusive interviews with NF members and law enforcement personnel, this program describes Nuestra Familia's formation by convicts inside the prisons of northern California, its military-like structure, its dismaying power throughout the region and the U.S., and Operation Black Widow, a controversial joint task force between the Salinas Police Department and the FBI designed to demolish this notorious crime machine. The multigenerational story of one family's involvement with the NF-a story of total commitment turned to disillusionment and deep regret-is interwoven.
2007; 2006

In Your Hands [electronic resource]: Life After Prison

For ex-convicts, the road back into society is paved with good intentions. But a freed prisoner's plans for the future can quickly go awry, and the local support system, if one exists, may be just as ineffectual. Do public services provide what a former inmate needs? Is the "system" a safety net or a trap, every bit as confining as prison? This film documents two case studies in which the end of incarceration means not only a fresh start but also a new phase of hardship, hard luck, and hard-won dignity. Jailed since her mid-20s and emerging with nothing but the clothes on her back, Kim is soon spending her nights on a park bench. Will she fare better or worse than Xavier, who has served 13 years for murder? Where does a young man with that kind of record find a decent job? By the end [...]

Snakeheads [electronic resource]: Chinese "People Smugglers

The United States is home to more than a million Chinese immigrants who make up about one percent of the unlawful immigrant population in the U.S. Nine-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Jon Alpert travels to China's Fujian province, where people pay more than

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.

Inside the New KKK [electronic resource]

Granted rare access to the Mississippi White Nights of the KKK-the klavern notorious for its involvement in what has come to be known as the Mississippi Burning case-this ABC News program reports on the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, whose membership has been rising. Nightline's Cynthia McFadden and her camera crew are welcomed by Grand Dragon Steven Howard, who, at a site deep in the woods, presides over a white supremacist barbecue, some pistol practice, and, after nightfall, the ritual lighting of a 16-foot cross. In addition, the Grand Dragon expounds his controversial views on racial segregation and the means for achieving it. "Howard says he's allowed us to come here to show us the new Klan is neither hate-filled nor violent," says McFadden, "yet what we heard and saw during o [...]

Nazi America [electronic resource]: A Secret History

This A&E Special traces the history of Nazism in America from its early days to today's neo-Nazis, who rely on both their constitutionally protected freedom of speech and radical action to advance their agenda of Aryan purity.

The New Skinheads [electronic resource]

This edition of Investigative Reports provides a chilling look at the skinheads, a volatile movement that became increasingly subtle and sophisticated in spreading its divisive and dangerous message. Unlike the original skinheads - too extreme to become a significant threat to society - the new skinheads worked hard to blend in with society as they coordinated their ongoing campaigns of extreme violence with other organized hate groups such as the KKK and Aryan Nation.

A Way of Life

Leigh-Anne is a single teenage mother, Gavin is desperately chasing love, Robbie is determined to leave his community, and Stephen is yearning to find an identity. One day, paranoia, boredom, and rage explode in a lethal combination.
2007; 2004
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