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Rat Film

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"A unique blend of history, sci-fi, poetry and portraiture, Rat Film ... breaks documentary norms and dissects how racial segregation, redlining, and environmental racism built the Baltimore we see today."--Container.
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ovarian Psycos

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"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.
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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I Am Not Your Negro

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Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
DVD
2017; 2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

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"In the U.S., race --more than any other demographic factor-- determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth. This film reveals a self-perpetuating system of inequity in which internal factors play out in external structures: institutions, policy and law. Designed for dialogue and learning, Cracking the codes : the system of racial inequity works to disentangle internal beliefs within, as it builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity"--Container.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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Trop Noire Pour Être Française?

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"In this documentary film, Isabelle Boni-Claverie explores the role of race and the persistence of racism in France, as well as the impact of the French colonial past. Through an exploration of her personal family history, and interviews with historians and academics, TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH peels back the layers of race relations in supposedly institutionally colorblind France. Boni-Claverie, a French-Ivorian, who grew up in upper class French society, unpacks how socio-economic privilege doesn't mean protection from racial discrimination. Boni-Claverie solicits anonymous individuals to speak on their daily experiences with race, class, discrimination and micro-aggressions. TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH also features interviews with acclaimed sociologists and historians including Pap Ndiay [...]
DVD
2016; 2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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American Denial

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"In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. His resulting study, An American dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, the film explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives"--From container.
DVD
2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: "The Hottentot Venus"

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A documentary of the life a Khoikhoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality.
DVD
2008; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

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This film advances the argument that with transformative learning, a dialogue for learning, changing, healing, and undoing race-based oppression can begin. It features the experiences and stories of White women and men who are social justice advocates. They have worked to gain insight into what it means, as White people, to challenge notions of race, racism, culture and White identity development in the United States. Their shared reflections speak to the denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame often related to these issues and show how these responses can be replaced with solid commitments towards racial justice.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Race: The Power of an Illusion

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[This series] challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups. This...series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural beliefs. Episode one explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode two questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode three focuses on how our institutions shape and create race.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Color of Fear: A Film

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Examines the pain and anguish that racism has caused in the lives of North American men of Asian, European, Latin and African descent. Out of their confrontations and struggles to understand and trust each other emerges an emotional and insightful portrayal into the type of dialogue most of us fear, but hope will happen sometime in our lifetime. The intention of the supplementary film study guides is to give the viewer an opportunity to test his or her facilitation skills and to deepen the awareness of self in relation to the world. The CD-ROM contains a series of questions, based on the film, to challenge viewers to reexamine their thinking (and possible assumptions) about the material they are viewing, and the DVDcontains the film, divided up into vignettes.
DVD
1997
Clemons (Stacks)
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Not in Our Town

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Documentary about the people of Billings, Montana who joined together to stand up for Native American, Afro-American and Jewish neighbors who were under attack by white supremacists. In response to a series of hate crimes, the community moved into action.
VHS
1995
Ivy (By Request)
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Hi-Tech Hate

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Extremists are increasingly using the free flow of information allowed by the internet to spread messages of hate around the globe. This program begins in a computer class in a Toronto high school where students find racist propaganda on a neo-Nazi web site. The purveyors of this information, and those who oppose them on-line, are interviewed.
VHS
1996; 1995
Ivy (By Request)
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The Color of Fear

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Eight North American men of different races talk together about how racism affects them, sharing the psychological aspects of racially-motivated prejudice and discrimination.
VHS
1994
Clemons (Vault--Ask at circulation desk)
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Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

Winner, 2009 John O'Connor Film Award of the American Historical Association. Winner, Best Documentary, Hollywood Black Film Festival. Is there a politics of knowledge? Who controls what knowledge is produced and how it will be used? Is there "objective" scholarship and, if so, how does it become politicized? These questions are examined through this groundbreaking film on the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963), the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and one of the most controversial intellectuals of the 20th century. How did this son of Jewish immigrants come to play such a decisive role in the shaping of modern African American and African identities? Herskovits emerges as an iconic figure in on-going debates in the social sciences over the eth [...]
Online
2014; 2009
15.

Invisible Revolution

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This disturbing documentary profiles a chilling subculture among American youth. For over a decade, the clash between racist and anti-racist youth has been virtually invisible, but now, ever younger members are taking control of the white supremacy movement. Rising against them are a group of anti- racist skinheads, punk rockers and mainstream kids who call themselves the Anti Racist Action (ARA). These groups are often indistinguishable as they battle one another. The filmmaker, Beverly Peterson, had extraordinary access to the hate-filled adolescents at war with each other. Their confrontations have led to assaults and even murder, confounding their parents, their communities, as well as the police. While organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Americans for Demo [...]
Online
2001
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Race to Execution

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Race to Execution" is a gripping documentary that offers a compelling investigation of America's death penalty, probing how race discrimination infects our capital punishment system. The film neither advocates nor repudiates the death penalty; instead, it enlarges the conversation regarding capital punishment, focusing attention on race-of-jury as well as race-of-victim. Research reveals that our justice system is far worse than arbitrary and capricious; it has deteriorated significantly in the last twenty years. Highlighted is a well-documented indicator of this trend - the higher value placed on the lives of white victims. Once a victim's body is discovered, the race of the victim and the accused deeply influence the legal process: from how a crime scene is investigated, to the dep [...]
Online
2007
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Turbans

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Turbans is a presentation of National Asian American Telecommunications Assoc. and Different Drum Productions with funding provided by the CPB. It is a lyrical short drama set in the lush, green Oregon of 1918. It explores the conflict within an Asian Indian immigrant family torn between cultural traditions and a strong desire for social acceptance. Based on the memoirs of the filmmaker's grandmother, Turbans illuminates issues of assimilation faced by all immigrants. The compelling story concerns the young Singh boys who, although born in the U.S., are attacked for being different. The turbans they wear, a tradition sacred to their Sikh ancestors, identify them as outsiders in the prejudiced landscape of their time and place. Their father makes a tough, heart-breaking decision that [...]
Online
2001
18.

A Most Unlikely Hero

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This inspiring film chronicles Capt. Bruce Yamashita s fight against racial discrimination in the Marine Corps. A third-generation American of Japanese ancestry, he grew up in Hawaii and was a graduate of Georgetown law school, and a delegate to the Hawaii Constitutional Convention. In 1989 he joined the Marine Corps and sought to qualify as an officer. Bruce was subjected to humiliating slurs from the moment he entered officer s training. During the nine -week training program, he was continually taunted by both his peers and the officers in charge, who told him in no uncertain terms he should go back to Japan. Two days before graduation, he was "disenrolled," along with three other minority candidates. Although he had never been a civil rights activist, this injustice nagged at him [...]
Online
2006
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Bloody Island

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In the early part of the century, thousands of African Americans migrated from the rural South in search of a better life in the northern industrial cities. This black migration was an important event in U.S. history. It fueled the factories of the North, but hurt an already weakened southern economy. In East St. Louis, Ill., trouble was brewing as black workers were being hired to replace striking white workers. It all came to a head on the night of July 1, 1917 when two white men shot randomly into homes in a black neighborhood. As the riot escalated, the militia was called in. When the dust settled, thirty-nine people were officially reported dead and many more were injured. The black community was convinced that these numbers were low, but President Wilson refused to permit a fed [...]
Online
1989
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Columbia Revolt, 1968

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Online
1968