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AFAM Film List

Stop by the AFAM Program office (LWH 2096) to check out any of these items, an NEIU ID is required.
 

TITLE

FORMAT

DURATION

DESCRIPTION

YEAR

1

500 Years Later

DVD

116 mins

Filmed in five continents, and over twenty countries, 500 Years Later engages the authentic retrospective voice, told from the African vantage-point of those whom history has sought to silence by examining the collective atrocities that uprooted Africans from their culture and homeland.

2007

2

Africa (National Geographic Series)

DVD

540 min.
(8 episodes - 60 min each)

This epic series presents Africa through the eyes of its people, conveying the diversity and beauty of the land and the compelling personal stories of the people who shape its future. 

2001

3

Africa Dreaming

DVD

104 min.

Africa Dreaming is a landmark in African television - a series drawing together for the first time broadcasters, television producers, film directors and writers from across the continent. The series is comprised of four dramatic shorts on the broad theme of “love in Africa”.

1997

4 African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to Present 2 DVD Set   “The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present” showcases the past 500 years alongside two other companion exhibits: “Roots, Resistance and Recognition,” and “Common Goals, Common Struggles and Common Ground.” The project provides an opportunity for African Americans and Mexicans to embrace a common cultural past, allowing the rest of American society to have a better understanding of the complexity of race ssues that face both the U.S. and Mexico. 2006
5

Africans in America

VHS

360 min.
(4 episdoes -90 min each)

Interviews with historians and luminaries such as General Colin Powell, dramatic re-creations of important events, and beautiful photography create a vivid and compelling story of over 400 years of tragedy. Angela Basset narrates. This set includes the following episodes: 1. The Terrible Transformation (1450-175) - *MISSING*; 2. Revolution (1750-1805); 3. Brotherly Love (1791-1831); 4. Judgment Day (1831-1865)

1998

6 Afro-Cuba: Yesterday & Today DVD 72 min. "Everything you thought you knew about slavery is about to be challenged." So says WGBH about its six-hour series Africans in America, and they are absolutely right. Interviews with historians and luminaries such as General Colin Powell, dramatic re-creations of important events, and beautiful photography create a vivid and compelling story of over 400 years of tragedy. Ten million Africans died on the journey to America alone; they and the countless numbers whose lives were wasted in servitude find a voice in Angela Bassett's outstanding narration. This set includes the following episodes: 1. The Terrible Transformation (1450-175) - *MISSING*; 2. Revolution (1750-1805); 3. Brotherly Love (1791-1831); 4. Judgment Day (1831-1865) 2005
7

Against The Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

DVD

60 min.

This documentary tells how Black artists triumphed over the prejudice and segregation that kept their work out of mainstream galleries and exhibitions, and recalls the vibrancy of Harlem in the roaring twenties. You'll view over 130 paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures, along with rare archival footage of the artists at work.

1994

8

All About Darfur

DVD

82 min.

All About Darfur presents Sudan’s crisis as more complex than Blacks against Arabs, showing how racial fault lines have become the dividing boundaries between groups battling for scarce economic resources.

2005

9

Alex Haley

DVD

50 min.

This inspiring portrait recounts the transformation of a college dropout into one of America's most powerful writers. In one of the few in-depth conversations filmed before his death in 1992, Alex Haley describes the dynamic collaboration that produced The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the quest for identity that yielded Roots.

1992

10

Amistad

DVD

155 min.

Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship.

1997

11 Aristide and the Endless Revolution DVD 82 min. Detailed account of the United States' removal of Haiti's democratically elected president, Aristide. Features Aristide, Sen. Maxine Waters, Noam Chomsky, Rep. Charles Rangel, more. 2005
12

Asante:  The Kingdom of Gold

DVD

30 min.

The Assante nation was carved out of Gold.  The Golden Stool unites the people.  Their history and culture is unique and lives on to date.  This 30 minute documentary, directed by Laweer M. Akunor, carries you into the rich authentic African tradition of the people of Asante.

2007

13

Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa

DVD

84 min.

Using actual transcripts, Berlin 1865 combines reenactments of the Conference proceedings and previously unexplored archival materials, with insights of historians and scholars from six nations to discuss the politics, implications and legacy of the first international conference aobut Africa.

2010

14 Black American Experience: Famous Writers Chester Himes & Ralph Ellison
DVD

40 min.

Chester Himes Was An Internationally Acclaimed African American Writer Who Created A Violent And Cynical Picture Of The Black Experience In America By Writing About His Encounters With Racism. This Program Is A Moving Portrait Of A Man Who Used His Literary Talents To Vent His Rage Against An Unjust Society. Ralph Ellison Was An African-American Writer And Essayist, Who'S Only Novel Invisible Man (1953) Gained A Wide Critical Success. He Remarked That "Literature Is Colorblind", Using Racial Issues As A Means To Express The Universal Dilemmas Of Identity And Self-Discovery. Despite The Social And Political Boundaries In Place During The 1950'S For A Black Man With No Formal Education, Ellison Has Been Compared To Such Writers As Melville And Hawthorne. 2009
15

Black Gold

DVD

77 min.

 The film traces the tangled trail from the two billion cups of coffee consumed each day back to the coffee farmers who produce the beans. In particular, It follows Tadesse Meskela as he tries to get a living wage for the 70,000 Ethiopian coffee farmers he represents. In the process Black Gold provides the most in-depth study of any commodity on film today and offers a compelling introduction to the ‘fair trade’ movement galvanizing consumers around the globe.

2006

16

Blacking Up:  Hip Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

DVD

57 min.

This ambitious and hard-hitting documentary looks at the popularity of hip-hop among America’s white youth. It asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation? Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce and ugly history? (2 copies)

2010

17

Boycott

DVD

112 min.

Boycott is a made-for-TV movie that dramatizes the events of the Montgomery bus boycott, weaving vintage newsreel footage with scenes depicting the public and private dramas involved in the protests.

2001

18

Blacks and Jews

DVD

85 min.

This film, made collaboratively by Jewish and Black filmmakers, goes behind the headlines and the rhetoric to try to heal the misunderstanding and mistrust between Blacks and Jews. During the Civil Rights movement, Blacks and Jews fought together for equal rights. With the waning of that movement, differences in economic status caused both groups to turn inward. Positions hardened around such divisive issues as affirmative action in the schools, Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitism, even Jewish influence in Hollywood. 

1997

19

Boyz N The Hood

DVD

112 min.

John Singleton's portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together 'in the 'hood.' Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other's personality, presenting very different approaches to the tough lives they face. Ricky is the 'All-American' athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while 'Dough' succumbs to the violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment, but maintains a strong sense of pride and code of honor. Between these two is their friend Tre, who is lucky to have a father, 'Furious' Styles, to teach him to have the strength of character to do what is right and to always take responsibility for his actions.

1991

20

Community Voices:Exploring Cross-Cultural Care Through Cancer

DVD

69 min.

Community Voices uses cancer as a lens to explore the many ways that differences in culture, race and ethnicity affect health and the delivery of healthcare services. Its six clearly defined sections are intended as triggers for discussion. They explore language, interpretation and communication styles; the meanings of illness; patterns of help seeking; social and historical context; core cultural issues; and building bridges.

2001

21 Cracking The Code: The System of Racial Inequity DVD 75 min. From Shakti Butler, the director of “The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America” and “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” , comes a new film that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity features moving stories from racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise. 2012
22

Do The Right Thing

DVD

120 min.

It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...Do the Right Thing.  The controversial story centers around one scorching inner-city day, when racial tensions reach the boiling point in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood.

1989

23

Elder Project, The

DVD

130 min.

The Elder Project provides a much-needed tool for professionals who deal with seniors in many different settings—doctors, nurses, service providers, educators and caregivers. It also offers insights for family/friend caregivers into the complex issues faced by elders, looking beyond the limitations of age and disease, and refutes the assumption of inevitable decline and frailty in older age.

2010

24

Everyone's Child

DVD

90 min.

The story of four sibilings whose parents have both died of AIDS. The film also focuses attention on millions of other children left homeless by civil wars or abandonded because their parents could not support them.  Thus,  the now familiar African proverb holds -- "it takes a village to raise a child."

1996

25

Ezra

DVD

110 min.

Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent’s recent civil wars. The film is structured around the week-long questioning of a 16 year old boy, Ezra, before a version of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, created in Sierra Leone in 2002 in the wake of its decade long civil war. This hearing is then inter-cut with chronological flashbacks to pivotal moments during Ezra’s ten years in the rebel faction which made him who he is. These commissions, based on the idea of transitional justice and modeled on the one in South Africa, were meant not to be punitive but restorative and therapeutic, both for the violated and the violators.

2007

26

February One

DVD

57 min. - full length

37 min. - abbrev.

The inspiring story of four young men who initiated the lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, NC on February 1, 1960. Based largerly on first hand accounts and rare archival footage, the film documents one volatile winter in Greensboro that not only challenged public accommodation cutoms and law in North Carolina, but served as a blueprint for the wave of non-violent civil rights protests that swept across the South and the nation throughout 1960's.

2004

27

Foregiveness

DVD

118 min.

One of the most moving and complex films on the seminal theme of truth and reconciliation to have been produced in South Africa, Foregivenessis about our unresolved relation to the past, not about forgetting it but forgiving it, so we can finally let go of it and move on into the future.  Tertius Coetzee, a former policeman, tortured and murdered ANC activist Daniel Grootboom. Coetzee has confessed his crime and been granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission but he does not feel his guilt can be assuaged until Daniel's family has exonerated him. He travels to their home in the fishing village of Paternoster on the windswept coast of South Africa's Western Cape.

2005

28

Forgotten Fires

DVD

57 min.

Forgotten Fires goes behind simplistic news headlines and examines the historical, economic, and social contexts to the epidemic of church burnings in the 1990s. Skillfully interweaving Ku Klux Klan home movies with gripping live sequences, informative historical footage, and startling confessional testimony, the film traces the coming of the Klan to this sleepy rural town and shows how the group's twisted logic of racial enmity found fertile ground among the region's dirt-poor whites. In a place where Blacks and whites had lived side by side for years, the fiery oratory of the Klan attracted eager white converts ready to blame their Black neighbors for their own lost opportunities and impoverished lives.

1999

29

Freedom Riders

DVD

120 min.

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government remained indifferent. That is, until a band of college students decided to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president & the entire American public face to face ith the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequalities that plagued the nation.

2011

30

Ghosts of Rwanda

DVD

120 min.

This film offers firsthand accounts of the Rwandan genocide (a state-sponsored massacre in which 800,000 Rwandans were murdered by Hutu extremists). It includes interviews with key government officials, diplomats, survivors and with the Hutu killers. Ghosts of Rawanda also examines the aftermath of the genocide, the lessons learned -- and not learned -- by the international community.

2004

31

Glory

DVD

124 min.

Based on the books Lay This Laurel, by Lincoln Kirstein, and One Gallant Rush, by Peter Burchard, and the wartime letters of Robert Gould Shaw, the film tells the story of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, an all-Black unit comprising Northern freemen and escaped slaves. Under the command of Shaw, the 54th served admirably in battle until they made their ultimate demonstration of bravery during the almost suicidal assault on the Confederate Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863. Glory achieves its powerful impact by meticulously setting up the terrible conditions under which these neglected soldiers fought, and by illuminating the tenacity of the human spirit from the oppression of slavery to the hard-won recognition of battlefield heroism.

1989

32

Goin' to Chicago

DVD

71 min.

Goin' to Chicago recounts the development of segregated urban northern neighborhoods through the personal stories of Chicagoans born in the Mississippi Delta. They share their bitter recollections of sharecropping, and their adventure north on Highway 61 to Chicago in search of well-paying factory jobs. On Chicago’s South Side they built a city-within-a-city. But just as the American Dream was coming into reach, the steel mills and stockyards closed, leaving the new migrants in public housing projects and inner- city despair.

1994

33

Have Your Heard From Johannesburg

DVD

89 min.

Apartheid and the Club of the West shows how a nation-wide campaign of civil disobedience, campus protest and finally legislative action, spearheaded by African American leaders spawned by the Civil Rights Movement, reversed American foreign policy toward South Africa in the face of the most right wing administration in our history. The film provides an inspiring civics lesson in how a grassroots movement can place an issue onto the national agenda, force its coverage by the mainstream media and eventually triumph over the most powerful and entrenched institutions in our society: corporations, the universities and even the federal government.

2007

34

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

DVD

57 min.

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 ethics of representation and the right of a people to represent themselves.

2009

35 Hidden Colors #1: The Untold History Of People Of Aboriginal,Moor,and African Descent DVD 109 min. Hidden Colors is a documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film discusses some of the reasons the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history. Traveling around the country, the film features scholars, historians, and social commentators who uncovered such amazing facts about things such as: *The original image of Christ *The true story about the Moors *The original people of Asia *The great west African empires *The presence of Africans in America before Columbus *The real reason slavery was ended And much more. 2011
36 Hidden Colors #2: The Triumph Of Melanin DVD 150 min. Hidden Colors 2 is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment of Hidden Colors goes into topics such as: .The global African presence * The science of melanin * The truth about the prison industrial complex * How thriving black economic communities were undermined in America * The hidden truth about Native Americans * And much more 2012
37

Hoxie:  The First Stand

DVD

56 min.

How many people know that the first battle to implement the Brown vs Board of Education school desegregation decision was fought in the small, rural town of Hoxie, Arkansas? Or that it became a flashpoint because it offered a peaceful alternative to the bloody Massive Resistance campaigns of the next decade? Hoxie sparked the first deployment of federal agents in support of integration and the first court order overturning state segregation laws. But it also showed that unscrupulous politicians would fan unfounded fears into violent anti-government fury, all too reminiscent of similar movements today.  Hoxie: The First Stand shows there could be an alternative when principled people, despite great political and personal risk, stood firm against the racism around them. Hoxie was the "road not taken" for the South; it need not be for us today.

2003

38

ICYIZERE: hope

DVD

55 min

Filmed over the course of 3 years, ICYIZERE:hope is a documentary about a reconciliation workshop in Rwanda that brings together 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 genocide, with encouraging results. Through addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and conducting a series of group exercises that help to build trust, the workshop brings participants to a place where they realize that: a) they are more similar than different b) they are all, victim and aggressor, suffering from trauma c) the most effective way to overcome their trauma is by making an effort to forgive each other and work toward rebuilding trust within their communities

2009

39

Intolerable Burden, The

DVD

56 min.

The Intolerable Burden, places one family's commitment to obtaining a quality education in context, by examining the conditions of segregation prior to 1965, the hardships the family faced during desegregation, and the massive white resistance, which led to re-segregation. While the town of Drew is geographically isolated, the patterns of segregation, desegregation, and re-segregation are increasingly apparent throughout public education systems in the United States.

2003

40

Language You Cry In, The

DVD

52 min.

This film tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for -and finds- meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day Georgia back to 18th century Sierra Leone. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans have retained links with their African past through the horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation. The film dramatically demonstrates the contribution of contemporary scholarship to restoring what narrator Vertamae Grosvenor calls the "non-history" imposed on African Americans: "This is a story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with legendary powers to connect those who sang it with their roots."

1998

41

Lost Boys of Sudan, The

DVD

87 min.

Lost Boys of Sudan is an Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa's cruelest civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia.

2003

42

Loving Story, The

DVD

77 min.

A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. The Loving Story takes us behind the scenes of the legal challenges to their marriage and the emotional turmoil that they endured. This film is a definitive account of Loving v Virginia - the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage. Includes archival footage and first person accounts from the Lovings and their ACLU lawyers.

2011

43

Malcolm X

DVD

201 min.

Biography, directed by Spike Lee, of Malcolm X, the famous African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. He became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim. He changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz and stops his anti-white teachings, as he realises the error of his mistakes. He is later on assasinated and dies a Muslim Martyr.

1992

44

Mandingo

DVD

127 min.

Mandingo is a shocking look at plantation life in the Deep South. Mede is a slave whose master, Hammond Maxwell, intends on keeping him as a prizefighter. As Maxwell focuses his attention on his wenches and Mede's brutal training, his neglected wife turns her passions towards Mede himself. The sordid doings explode across the screen as Mandingo plays out its savage and dramatic story.

1975

45

Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry, The

DVD

56 min.

This documentary chronicles the formation and battlefield heroics of the first all-Black Union regiment, the Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry. As noted in this program, once the Emancipation Proclamation was signed at the start of 1863, recruiting of Black soldiers began, and they answered the call enthusiastically. Led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the 26-year old scion of a white abolitionist family in Boston, the 54th stormed the Confederate Fort Wagner in a bold attack that generated heavy casualties, but galvanized Northern admiration for Black soldiers and spurred enlistment.

1991

46

Motherland

DVD

124 min.

Motherland (Enat Hager) is a bold, epic documentary through Africa with a distinctive African voice. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent. From the glory and majesty of Africa’s past through its complex and present history. Motherland looks unflinchingly toward a positive Pan-African future. With breathtaking cinematography, Motherland is a beautiful illustration of global African diversity and unity.

2010

47

Neo African-Americans, The

DVD

63 min.

This documentary by Kobina Aidoo explores rapid, voluntary immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is transforming the "African-American"  narrative.

2008

48

New Jack City

DVD

101 min.

An unflinching socially conscious look at the rise and fall of a powerful New York drug lord and a doomed crack addict. A controversial portrait of the realties of drug abuse.  Some pundits called it a flawed, exploitative action film that glamorized drug dealing and the luxury of a lucrative criminal lifestyle, spawning a trend of films that attracted youth gangs and provoked violence in theaters. Others hailed it as a breakthrough movie that depicted drug dealers as ruthless, corrupt, and evil, leading dead-end lives that no rational youth would want to emulate.

1991

49

Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

DVD

9 min.

A chamber music theatre work for actor and trio (cello, piano & percussion) performed by the Core Ensemble.  This piece celebrates the lives of the great African-American poets, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. The musical score includes works by jazz giants Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

50 Quilombo DVD 114 min. Palmares is a 17th-century quilombo, a settlement of escaped slaves in northeast Brazil. In 1650, plantation slaves revolt and head for the mountains where they find others led by the aged seer, Acotirene. She anoints one who becomes Ganga Zumba, a legendary king. For years, his warriors hold off Portuguese raiders; then he agrees to leave the mountains in exchange for reservation land and peace. It's a mistake. Zumbi, a warrior whose mother was killed by Portuguese and who spent 15 years with the Whites, stays in the mountains to lead Palmares. In 1694, the Portuguese import a ruthless captain from São Paulo to lead an assault on the free Blacks. 1984
51 Rabbit Proof Fence DVD 93 min. This is the true story of Molly Craig, a young black Australian girl who leads her younger sister and cousin in an escape from an official government camp, set up as part of an official government policy to train them as domestic workers and integrate them into white society. With grit and determination Molly guides the girls on an epic journey, one step ahead of the authorities, over 1,500 miles of Australia's outback in search of the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home. These three girls are part of what is referred to today as the 'Stolen Generations.' 2011
52 Race 2012 DVD 60 min. RACE 2012 uses the current presidential election as a lens through which to view America's racial landscape. The program delves into immigrants' reshaping of the American electoral landscape, white voters' reaction to their declining numbers and diminished influence, and the economic imbalance between races that may affect America's political future. 2012
53

Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, The

DVD

4 episodes
(56 min each)

This film offers the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. This definitive four-part series documents a brutal and oppressive era rooted in the growing refusal of many Southern states to grant slaves freed in the Civil War equal rights with whites. In 1954, with the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, the Jim Crow laws and way of life began to fall.  The story of the struggle during Jim Crow is told through the eyes of those who experienced it. Some are historical figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells and Walter White.

2002

54

Roots

DVD

6 episodes

A saga of African-American life, based on author Alex Haley's family history. Kunta Kinte is abducted from his African village, sold into slavery, and taken to America. He makes several escape attempts until he is finally caught and maimed. He marries Bell, his plantation's cook, and they have a daughter, Kizzy, who is eventually sold away from them. Kizzy has a son by her new master, and the boy grows up to become Chicken George, a legendary cock fighter who leads his family into freedom.  Also includes 2007 documentary Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated An Entire Nation.

1977

55

Rosewood

DVD

142 min.

In 1982, a reporter visiting Levy County in Florida noticed a lack of Black residents.  So he asked questions.  And a long-ago tragedy came to light. In 1922 in the nearly all-Black town of Rosewood, Florida an estimated 40 to 150 Blacks were killed by an all-white lynch mob from the neighboring town of Sumner, where a white woman falsely claimed she'd been assaulted by a Black man.

1997

56

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

DVD

90 min.

In 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine Black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions and give birth to the Civil Rights Movement.

2001

57

Shake Hands with the Devil:  The Journey of Roméo Dallaire

DVD

91 min.

Over 800,000 men, women and children were massacred in the small African country of Rwanda. The victims were mainly Tutsis, murdered by their Hutu neighbors. Canadian General Roméo Dallaire was charged with an impossible task: to head the UN peacekeeping mission with a handful of soldiers ordered not to use force to protect Rwandans from the mass slaughter. Peter Raymont’s documentary follows the General’s return to the region 10 years later, as he comes to grips with the events that have haunted him.

2005

58

Son of Africa, A

DVD

28 min.

The Interesting Narration of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African was the first influential slave autobiography. It caused a sensation when published in 1789, fueling a growing anti-slavery movement in the U.S. and England. This BBC production employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with scholars such as Stuart Hall and Ian Duffield to provide the social and economic context of the 18th century slave trade.

1996

59

Tour of Elimnia Castle, Cape Coast Castle and Other Attractions

DVD

A guided video tour of Elmina Castle, Cape Coast Castle, Kakum Canopy Walkway, Ostrich Farm and Hans Crocodile Pond - attractions in Ghana.

60

Traces of the Trade:  A Story From the Deep North

DVD

86 min.
(w/ 51 min. abridged vers.)

Katrina Browne uncovers her New England family's deep involvement in the Triangle Trade and, in so doing, reveals the pivotal role slavery played in the growth of the whole American economy. This courageous documentary asks every American what we can and should do to repair the unacknowledged damage of our troubled past.

2008

61

Two Nations of Black America

DVD

60 min.

Explores the gaping chasm between the upper and lower classes of Black America and probes why it has happened. The program features interviews with civil rights veterans, activists and acamedicans.

1998

62 Unchained Memories DVD 75 min. Among the tasks undertaken by the WPA's Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s was to transcribe the memories of those former African-American slaves who were still living. The result was a massive collection of notes, documents, and recordings, all of which found their way into the Library of Congress. Co-produced by the Library and the HBO cable channel, Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives features a truly impressive array of black actors and actresses verbally recreating the reminiscences of those who lived under the yoke of slavery. The performers themselves appeared in modern dress, standing before a neutral background as they read from the transcripts, while directors Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon complemented the words with vivid and disturbing images culled from contemporary photographs of the years 1850-1935. 2003
63

Underground Railroad

DVD

150 min.

A documentary that unveils the history, heroes, and villains of the abolitionist movement. The Underground Railroad also traces the journey to freedom taken by countless slaves, showing how they were guided, protected, and pursued along the way. The story is told through historical documents, visits to important sites, interviews with the descendants of noted abolitionists and commentary from experts.

1998

64

Unnatural Causes:  Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

DVD

7 episodes
(1 - 56 min;
6 - 26 min)

Unnatural Causes sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socio-economic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes.

2008

65

Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, The

DVD

70 min.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till articulates the madness of racism in the South of the 1950s. Combining archival photos and footage with deeply felt interviews, this documentary tells the harrowing story of what happened when a mischievous 14 year old Black boy from Chicago, visiting his relatives in Mississippi, whistled at a white woman in the street. The lynching that followed was so gruesome that a media circus surrounded the trial--and what stunned the nation was not only the crime, but the blithe unconcern the citizens of a small Mississippi town felt toward the brutal murder of a Black teenager.

2005

66

Waiting for Superman

DVD

111 min.

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the foundation of this film. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.

2010


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