Diversity Video Library
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A Class Apart
Publisher: American Experience
Runtime: 60 minutes
In the small town of Edna, Texas in 1951, a field hand names Pete Hernandez killed a tenant farmer after exchanging words in a gritty cantina. From this seemingly unremarkable murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives of and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans.
In this case, lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, arguing that Mexican Americans were "a class apart" and did not neatly fit into a legal structure that recognized only blacks and whites. As legal skirmishes unfolded, the lawyers emerged as brilliant, dedicated, humorous, and at times terribly flawed men. This film dramatically interweaves the story of its central characters- activists, and lawyers, returning veterans and ordinary citizens, murder, and victim- within the broader history of Latinos in America during a time of extraordinary change. The DVD includes materials for educators as well as Spanish language audio and subtitles.
Be the Difference - An Action Approach to Educating Students in Poverty
Publisher: Communication Across Barriers
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes
In this groundbreaking training video, Dr. Donna M. Beegle presents 18 years of research and work on breaking poverty barriers. she shares profound strategies from an insider perspective on how we can improve education outcomes for students who live in the crisis of poverty. Dr. Beegle grew up in generational poverty, dropped out of school at 15 and went on to achieve a GED at 26. she continued her education and received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. this training is designed to help educators gain awareness, teaching and learning strategies, communication tools, and blueprints for improving educational outcomes for students who live in the crisis of poverty.
Beyond Our Differences
Publisher: Entropy Films
Runtime: 72 mins
Beyond Our Differences provides a tapestry of distinct voices and viewpoints regarding spirituality, woven with one universal expression of hope. By providing such a variety of experiences against the backdrop of rich landscapes and religious images, it is the hope that individual viewers will understand this unified message of hope and will become empowered through their own expression of faith to impact positive change in their lives and the lives of others.
The film gives hope by exploring past and present religious-inspired movements that have resulted in positive change. In addition to documenting the work of great leaders such as Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama we will also follow several modern-day visionaries whose faith have afforded them the courage to promote social change.
Cities of Light
Publisher: Unity Productions Foundation & Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Runtime: 116 mins
A thousand years ago in the sun washed lands of Souther Spain, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together and thrived. Their cultures and beliefs intertwined and the knowledge of the ancients was gathered and reborn. Here were the very seeds of the Renaissance. But this world too quickly vanished. Greed, fear and intolerance swept it away. Puritanical judgements and absolutism snuffed out the light of learning. Within a few centuries, the fragile union of these people dissipated like smoke. The time of tolerance was lost forever. What can we learn from this time? Must history repeat itself?
BONUS MATERIAL: Lesson plans and facilitator's guides for further exploring Islamic Spain.
City on the Edge
Runtime: 12 mins
This is a short but powerful piece on image of Los Angles, California. The mix of Ultra rich and Permanently poor doesn't help the tourism industry, but the video points out that its almost a self-fulfilling prophesy. The tourism industry keeps people down by paying them horrifically low wages, then complains that not enough people want to see L.A. because of the increasing poverty.
Crips and Bloods: Made in America
Publisher: Bullfrog Films
Runtime: 83 minutes
With unprecedented access into the worlds of active gangs, Crips and Bloods: Made in America is a compelling character-driven documentary which chronicles the decades-long cycle of destruction and despair that defines modern gang culture from the genesis of L.A.'s gang culture to the shocking, war-zone reality of daily life in South L.A., the film traces the rise of the Crips and Bloods, and their bloody four-decade long feud. Contemporary and former gang members offer their street-level testimony providing a stark portrait of modern-day gang life: the turf wars and territorialism, the inter-gang hierarchy and family structure, the rules of behavior, the culture of guns, death and dishonor.
Throughout the film ex-gang members, gang intervention experts, writers, activists, and academics analyze many of the issues that contribute to South L.A.'s malaise: the erosion of identity that fuels the self-perpetuating legacy of black self-hatred, the disappearance of the African-American father and an almost pervasive prison culture in which today one out of every four black men will be imprisoned at some point in his life.
Finally the gang members themselves articulate their enduring dream of a better life. They provide a message of home and a cautionary tale of redemption aimed at saving the lives of a new generation of kids, not just in South L.A. but anywhere in the world that gang violence exists.
The Fight in the Fields - Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Struggle
Publisher: Paradigm Productions Inc
Format: Book/DVD/Study Guide
Runtime: 120 min
The Fight in the Fields follows the first successful organizing drive of farm workers in the United States, while recounting the many failed and dramatic attempts to unionize that led up to this victory. Among the many barriers to organizing was the Bracero Program, which flooded the fields with Mexican contract workers between World War II and the 1960s.
For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska
Runtime: 60 minutes
In 1867, when the United States purchased the Alaska territory, the promise of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights didn't apply to Alaska Natives. Their struggle to win justice is one of the great, untold chapters of the American civil rights movement, culminating at the violent peak of World War II with the passage of one of the nation's first equal rights laws.
Publisher: Evergreen, Lourdes Arguelles
Lourdes Arguelles received her Ph.D. at New York University from the Division of Behavioral Sciences, Center for Human Relations and Community Studies of the School of Education. Her concentrations were in Psychology and Sociology. She did post-doctoral work in law and psychiatry at Osgood Hall Law School at York University in Canada and in ethnic studies at the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Arguelles is a licensed marriage, child, and family therapist in the state of California. Her theoretical interests in the political economy and the spirituality of everyday life and her commitment to social and ecological justice and non-human animal welfare were shaped by the experience of the Cuban socialist revolution, by her studies with Buddhist teachers in India, Japan, Thailand, and Burma, and with a Chinese Qi-Qong master in the U.S. They were also greatly influenced by living and working with refugees and indigenous peoples throughout the world. Community, labor, and environmental organizing work in the inner cities of Montreal, New York, Miami, Florida, and in US-Mexico border cities and clinical practice with people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of political and family torture, and with women of color and sexual minorities, have led her to an interest in the development of critical psychological modalities of care and ecologically-based educational practices, as well as to an interest in the field of gender and feminist studies. Dr. Arguelles' experience of growing up in an extended family system in the Caribbean and her life experiences in non-advanced industrial parts of the world have greatly contributed to her work in narrative research and storytelling pedagogy.
New Faces on Main Street
Runtime: 60 mins
New Faces on Main Street, an hour-long investigative documentary, provides a contemporary perspective of the situation of Latino and among refugees and immigrants; why they originally came to the United States and how they are surviving in middle size and smaller communities in the Midwest. It hopes to dispel some commonly held beliefs and stereotypes about the Hmong and Latino cultures. New Faces on Main Street utilizes first person accounts of immigrants and refugees and testimonies of other people in their communities.
The Philosopher Kings
Publisher: Transcendental Med
Runtime: 70 Minutes
In search of wisdom found in unlikely places, The Philosopher Kings takes us on a journey through the halls of the most prestigious colleges and universities in America to learn from the staff members who see it all and have been through it all: the custodians. This thought-provoking, feature-length documentary interweaves the untold stories of triumph and tragedy from the members of society who are often disregarded and ignored, and seeks out the kind of wisdom that gets you through the day and the lessons one learns from surviving hard times, lost loves, and shattered dreams.
From the producers of the multiple-award winning Flight from Death, The Philosopher Kings gives us the opportunity to learn from eight incredible individuals whom we would never have otherwise taken a moment out of our day to acknowledge.
"A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study." ~ Chinese Proverb
Rabbit in the Moon
Publisher: Emiko Omori, Sundance Film Award Winner
Runtime: 85 mins
A documentary/memoir about the lingering effects of the World War II interment of the Japanese American community. Interwoven is the story of two sisters, both former internees, filmmaker Emiko Omori and writer Chizuko Omori, who questioned the absence of this vital history in their lives while searching for the memory of their mother. Includes historical footage and accounts from Japanese American who experienced interment and fought against it."
Slingshot Hip Hop
Publisher: Fresh Booza Productions
Runtime: 94 minutes
Languages: English, Arabic and Hebrew
Slingshot Hip Hop weaves together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. Follow Tamer, Suhell, and Mahmoud of DAM, the first ever Palestinian Hip Hop group, from their early awkward studio recordings, through the outbreak of the second Intifada, to fiery sold-out shows all over the world. Through DAM we meet Mahmoud Shalabi, an irreverent rapper from Akka, along with R&B singer Abeer and rap duo Arapeyat, rising female artists determined to express themselves.
Meanwhile, Mohammed, Kan”aan and Mezo of PR have begun emulating DAM. Trapped in Gaza, one of the most heavily populated places on Earth, PR longs to escape its confines and finally meet their fellow rappers. From Separation Walls to gender norms, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that divide them.m
Southern Poverty Law Center
Runtime: 22 mins
A video presentation about The Southern Poverty Law Center, their work and their offices.
Trans Clients Speak
Publisher: Philipe Lonestar
Runtime: approx. 2 hours
This video is one step towards a vision of widespread education and awareness about Transgender issues in mental health care. This documentary features a panel of transgender and genderqueer people, who are given the opportunity to discuss and answer questions about their range of experiences with therapists. A transgender educational panel for psychotherapists and mental health practitioners created a rare opportunity for transgender and genderqueer people to speak about their helpful, insulting, insensitive, uplifting, pathologizing, plaguing, empowering, and healing experiences with therapists.
Trouble The Water
Publisher: A Zeitgeist Film
Runtime: 96 minutes
This astonishingly powerful documentary takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. Incorporating remarkable home footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts-an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th ward-directors/producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine) weave this insider’s view of Katrina with a devastating portrait of the hurricane’s aftermath.
Trouble the Water takes Audiences on a journey that is by turns heart stopping, infuriating, inspiring, and empowering. It’s not only about the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, but about the underlying issues that remained when the floodwaters receded-failing public schools, records high levels of incarceration, poverty, structural racism and lack of government accountability.
The Way Home
Publisher: Shakti Butler
Runtime: 92 mins
A documentary film about race, gender and class in the United States. Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women, representing a cross-section of cultures in the U.S., met in councils separated by ethnicity - African-American, Arab, Asian, European-American, Indigenous, Jewish, Latina, and Multi-Racial. With uncommon courage, the women shared their minds and hearts and told their stories about resistance, love, assimilation, standards of beauty, power, school experiences and more. Their candid conversations offer rare access into multi-dimensional cultural worlds invisible to outsiders.
When We Were Kids, We Went to War
Publisher: Bristol Production
Runtime: 2 hrs
When We Were Kids...We Went to War is a powerful video for the classroom that shows the personal side of war as presented by WWII Veterans and civilians in their own words and from their unique viewpoint. History books tell us the names dates and places, while these people tell us about their feelings, thoughts, and everyday lives during the war. This documentary connects today's student with the fact that history is real, and the men and women who fought the war were real people about their age when they were called into service. --from http://wwiihistoryclass.com