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A Class Apart

A Class Apart

Publisher: American Experience
Format: DVD
Runtime: 60 minutes

Captions: Yes

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.

Afi: Tiombe Kambon, "Black Diamond"

Publisher: Damon Brooks Associates
Format: VHS
Runtime: 5 mins (excerpt)

"Black Diamond" is the story of a young slave mother who gives birth to a child with a disability. It becomes a passionate story of emotions when the young mother faces the reality that she will lose her son as there is no place in the community for a child with a disability.

African American Lives

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Publisher: PBS
Format: DVD
Runtime: 240 mins
Captions: No

Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois professor of the Humanities and chair of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, African American Lives, an unprecedented four-part PBS series, takes Alex Haley's Roots saga to a whole new level through moving stories of personal discovery. Using genealogy, oral history, family stories and DNA analysis to trace lineage through American history and back to Africa, the series provides a life-changing journey for a diverse group of highly accomplished African Americans: Dr. Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Mae Jemison, Quincy Jones, Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Chris Tucker and Oprah Winfrey.

African American Lives 2

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Publisher: PBS
Format: DVD
Runtime: 240 mins
Captions: Yes

Building on the widespread acclaim of African American Lives (2006) and Oprah's Roots (2007), AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 again journeys deep into ancestry of an all-new group of remarkable individuals, offering an in-depth look at the African-American experience and race relations throughout U.S. history. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns as series host, guiding genealogical investigations down through the 20th century, Reconstruction, slavery and early U.S. history, and presenting cutting-edge genetic analysis that locates participants' ancestors in Africa, Europe and America . Joining Professor Gates in the new broadcast are poet Maya Angelou, author Bliss Broyard, actor Don Cheadle, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, radio personality Tom Joyner, comedian Chris Rock, music legend Tina Turner, and college administrator Kathleen Henderson, who was selected from more than 2,000 applicants to have her family history researched and DNA tested alongside the series' well-known guests.

Additional Support Materials:

AFRICAN AMRICAN LIVES 2 MULTIMEDIA EDUCATION PACKAGE

A guide and DVD, exploring the themes and ideas presented in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The guide is interactive, with information on how to build a family tree, profiles of the 11 individuals featured in the series, and a list of informative resources. Users of the package will learn how to uncover details of their own past, and witness the revelatory moments others have experienced through this process of looking back. The AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 Multimedia Package will place the circumstances of one's history within reach.

And Justice for All?

Publisher: NBC News
Format: DVD
Runtime: 33 minutes
Captions: no

Dateline NBC special report on four black teens convicted of the murder of a white woman in Chicago and the attorney who assisted with proving their innocence. Special explores a pattern of racial discrimination in the Chicago police department and prosecutor's office.

The Betrayal

Betrayal

Publisher: The Cinema Guild Inc.
Format: DVD
Runtime: 96 mins
Captions: No

The collateral impact of America’s secret war in Laos Is reflected in the extraordinary story of one family’s struggle for survival-in Laos and later in the U.S. Filmed over the course of 23 years, The Betrayal is the directorial debut of famed cinematographer Ellen Kuras in collaboration with the film’s subject and co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath.

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. clandestinely operated in the neighboring country of Laos. By 1973 a secret air campaign had dropped more bombs on Laos than were used during WWI and WWII combined. Recruited by the CIA to work intelligence along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Thavisouk’s father is exposed after America’s retreat and is imprisoned by the ruling Communist government. The entire family comes under suspicion and their mother is forced to raise Thavi and his nine younger siblings alone. At the age thirteen, Thavi escapes across the Mekong River to Thailand, and is joined two years later by his mother and seven of his siblings. After living in a refugee camp the family seeks asylum in America, and is soon deposited in a crowded tenement in Brooklyn. Left to their own means by the government, the family struggles to survive and stay together, pulled by two different cultures, terrorized by local gangs, and haunted by memories. Renowned for her achievement as a Director of Photography, Ellen Kuras has worked for such directors as Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind) and Spike Lee (Summer of Sam, 4 Little Girls), among many others, and is a three-time winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s prestigious Cinematography award.

A lyrical melding of memoir, cinema verite’ and historical inquiry, The Betrayal is an exquisitely crafted tale of a country and a family torn asunder, and the long and painful process of repair.

Beyond the Color of Fear

Publisher: SpeakOut! The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture
Format: DVD and 4 Lesson Booklets
Runtime: 90 min DVD excerpts and lessons
Captions: No

This is an indispensable resource for educators, diversity trainers and facilitators. Utilizing this guide, you can design a powerful class or training program that will trigger critical reflection about the issues raised in the film that is both safe and challenging, while advancing critical work to address racism and white privilege.

  • Volume I: Covers 25 lessons drawn from the first half of the film and includes a companion DVD. Each lesson corresponds to a video selection, organized for easy viewing and navigation.
  • Volume II: Is the complete time-indexed transcript of the documentary,"The Color of Fear."
  • Volume III: Is an exclusive interviews by white anti-racism educator Peggy McIntosh with David Christensen and Victor Lewis from "The Color of Fear."
  • Volume IV: Includes ten "field reports" from experts with many years of experience teaching with "The Color of Fear." These essays provide in-depth models and information on specific teaching approaches and themes.

Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles

Chicano

Publisher: Wilkman Productions/PBS
Format: DVD
Runtime: 60 mins
Captions: Yes

Narrated by Edward James Olmos, this lively one-hour documentary combines intimate interviews, rare archival film and photographs with exuberant music. Chicano Rock! is also an entertaining and informative journey through more than half a century of America's multicultural past. The story begins with Lalo Guerrero, a National Medal of the Arts honoree known as the Father of Chicano Rock. Arriving in Los Angeles in the late 1930s, Lalo found a city bursting with ambition, even in the last days of the Great Depression. During the war years that followed, many young Mexican Americans defied prejudice and stereotypes, adopting zoot suit fashions and a Spanglish slang called calo. Lalo Guerrero and his friend bandleader Don Tosti captured their spirit in music, mixing swing and boogie woogie in a cross-cultural dialog between African American, Anglo and Mexican American influences.

The Color of Fear

Publisher: Lee Mun Wah, Stir Fry Production
Format: VHS
Runtime: 90 mins
Captions: No

The Color of Fear is an insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. In a series of intelligent, emotional and dramatic confrontations the men reveal the pain and scars that racism has caused them. What emerges is a deeper sense of understanding and trust. This is the dialogue most of us fear, but hope will happen sometime in our lifetime.

Conversation with a Race Traitor, Noel Ignatiev, Day of Absence 1999

Publisher: Evergreen, Noel Ignatiev
Format: VHS
Runtime:
Captions: No

Noel Ignatiev helped create Race Traitor, a news publication which aims to serve as an intellectual center for those seeking to abolish the white race. It will encourage dissent from the conformity that maintains it and popularize examples of defection from its ranks, analyze the forces that hold it together and those that promise to tear it apart. Part of its task will be to promote debate among abolitionists. When possible, it will support practical measures, guided by the principle, Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity. He came to speak on the Day of Absence here at The Evergreen State College.

Cornel West: Street Knowledge

Publisher: ROC Diamond Records
Format: 2 CD / DVD set
Runtime: 10 tracks per CD / 21 min DVD
Captions: no

Street Knowledge makes one dance, sing, laugh, think, meditate and look at new ways of taking responsibility.

Cracking the Codes - The System of Racial Inequity

Publisher: World Trust
Format: DVD
Runtime: 75 minutes
Captions: Yes

In the US, race - more than any other demographic factor - determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth. this film revels a self-perpetuating system of inequality in which internal factors play out in external structures: institutions, policy and law. Designed for dialogue and learning, this film works to disentangle internal beliefs within, as it builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity.

Crips and Bloods: Made in America

Crips n Bloods

Publisher: Bullfrog Films
Format: DVD
Runtime:  83 minutes
Captions: Yes

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.

Dr. Allan Johnson

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 2hrs 39min
Captions: no

Diversity Lecture Series, November 2004: Placing Race at the Center of Education - "Unraveling the Knot of Race".

Dr. Carlos Cortes

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 2hrs 28min
Captions: no

Diversity Lecture Series, October 27, 2004: Placing Race at the Center of Education - "How the Media Teach About Diversity".

Dr. Katya Azoulay

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 2hrs 3min
Captions: no

Diversity Lecture Series, October 12, 2004: Placing Race at the Center of Education - "Race and the Politics of Identity in Higher Education"

Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 1hr 56min
Captions: no

Diversity Lecture Series January 23, 2007: Placing Gender and Race at the Center of Education - "Golden Gulag", examining the CA prison system and its effect on poor and ethnic communities

Egalite for All - Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution

Egalite For All

Publisher: Koval Films/PBS
Format: DVD
Runtime: 60 mins
Captions: Yes

It was the only successful slave insurrection in history. It grasped the full meaning of French revolutionary ideas and used them to create the world’s first black republic. It elevated a former slave, Toussaint Louverture, to such international fame that admirers ranked him on par with George Washington. It was the Haitian Revolution, a movement of admirable aspirations…and appalling destruction.. Vaguely remembered today, the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 traumatized planters in the American South and inspired U.S. slaves. Égalité for All explores this history through music, voodoo ritual, powerful recreations, and insightful writers and historians

Evergreen Graduation Speech 1998 by Mumia Abu Jamal

Publisher: Evergreen
Format: VHS
Runtime:
Captions: No

Mumia Abu-Jamal is on death row for crime he says he didn't commit. His pre-recorded message was his representation as graduation speaker to the graduating class of The Evergreen State College of 1998.

The Face of Genocide: Crisis in Darfur & Chad

Publisher:  GroundView Productions
Format: DVD
Runtime:  27 min
Captions:  no

A film comprised of photographs and video footage of the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of the Sudan, as well as Chad and the Central African Republic.  Interviews, vidoe footage and photographs by Dave Lynn with GroundView Productions - along with Mia Farrow, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Food For The Ancestors: Mexican Celebration of The Days of The Dead

Publisher: Food for Thought Productions
Format: VHS + Study Guide
Runtime: 60 minutes
Captions: no

Food for the Ancestors is a culinary-history exploration of Days of the Dead, Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life that still exist in Mexico. The program is set in the state of Puebla because it is a place where the contrasts between new and old are vividly seen. Puebla might be Mexico’s greatest culinary state, for it was here that the greatest of all Mexican dishes was born, mole poblano. It is also a place where some of the most ancient prehispanic foods are still eaten – insects such as the much beloved chapulines (grasshoppers).

For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska

Publisher:  Vision Maker Media
Format: DVD
Runtime: 60 minutes
Captions:  no

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.

Frontline: Racism 101

Publisher: PBS
Format: VHS
Runtime: 60 mins
Captions: No

In 1986, a campus radio station at the University of Michigan aired a program of racial jokes touching off a heated confrontation between black and white students. Similar incidents at colleges across the country have signaled an increase of racism and violence on America's campuses. This program reveals an unsettling return to the kind of racial prejudice that flared during the early days of the civil rights movement. (Frontline Series)

The Great Pinoy Boxing Era

Publisher: Center for Asian American Media
Format: DVD
Runtime: 31 mins
Captions: No

Filipino men came to the U.S. not only as farm laborers, but as prize-winning boxers during the ‘20s and ‘30s. Experience the greatest era in sports for Filipinos through the only documentary ever made on the era. Come to know the Pinoy heroes who were symbols of pride and hope for equality in an unwelcoming America. This documentary also reveals contributions by Filipinos to the international boxing technique.

Harry Belafonte - Sing Your Song

Publisher: Docurama Films
Format: DVD
Runtime: 104 mins
Captions: yes

A documentary that surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte.

The Hidden Face of Racism

Publisher: KIRO 7 Eyewitness News
Format: VHS
Runtime: 60 mins
Captions: no

The greater Seattle area, a community with a history of embracing ethnicity and political diversity, is gaining attention for a latent, simmering type of racism, such as racial profiling and poor health care for blacks. Is it really happening? How prevalent is it? In this hour-long special, we will investigate The Hidden Face of Racism and what we can do about it.

Last Chance for Eden

Publisher: Lee Mun Wah
Format: VHS
Runtime:  88 min / 70 min
Captions: No

Last Chance for Eden is a documentary about eight men and women discussing the issues of racism and sexism in the workplace. They examine the impact of society's stereotypes on their lives in the workplace, in their personal relationships and within their families and in their communities. In the course of their dialogue, they also explore the differences and similarities between racism and sexism - an area that has seldom been researched, but has heatedly become a very important issue needing to be understood and dealt with.

The cast was painstakingly selected from a large pool of interesting and dynamic applicants. We would like to thank everyone who answered our questionnaire. We've saved them all and are keeping them for consideration for our upcoming films.

Laura Evans

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 1hr 52min
Captions: no

Diversity Lecture Series, April 17, 2007. Placing Gender and Race at the Center of Education: "E-Racing; When Gender and Race are Missing from Education".

Light In The Shadows

Publisher: Shakti Butler
Format: VHS
Runtime: 45 minutes
Captions: no

This video is the second in a program of heart-to-heart conversations. It is the next step in deeply exploring the subject of race in the US and follows the first video, The Way Home. The dialogue in this video takes place among a group of Ameirican women of Indigenous, Arab, Asian, African, European, Jewish, Latina, and Multi-Racial decent. These women met over the course of one year. They disclose some of the dynamics that make understanding and change difficult even when there is a commitment to creating strong bonds across racila and cultural divides. The issues that emerge in this video are examples of what must be addressed when worldviews and experiences - the result of historically aberrant social conventions, public policy and institutionalized practices - interfere with creating an equitable and humane society. The intention of this video is to create an environment conducive to transformation, healing and social justice.

Long Night's Journey into Day

Publisher: California Newsreel
Format: DVD
Runtime: 91 mins
Captions: No

For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When it finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid's rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future.

Long Night's Journey Into Day follows several TRC cases over a two-year period. The stories in the film underscore the universal themes of conflict, forgiveness, and renewal.

Looking Over The Wall: Understanding the Old & New China

Publisher: Portland Community College
Format: 3 DVDs
Runtime: 1 hour each
Captions: no

Symposium at Portland Community College October 2007. Speakers include Dr. Peter Hershock, "Why Asian Studies and Why Now?"; Dr. Henry Rosemont, "Ethics and its Contemporary Relevance: Discourse on Human Rights"; Dr. Stanley Murashige, "Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, A Disciplined Spontaneity"; Dr. Emily T. Yeh, "Green China? Challenges of China's Environmental Degradation and Protection".

Lourdes Arguelles

Publisher: Evergreen, Lourdes Arguelles
Format: VHS
Runtime:
Captions: No

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

Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children

Publisher: Sandra Robbie Film
Format: DVD
Runtime: 30 min
Captions: no

2003 American documentary film directed and produced by Sandra Robbie.

In the mid-1940s, a tenant farmer named Gonzalo Mendez moved his family to the predominantly white Westminster district in Orange County and his children were denied admission to the public school on Seventeenth Street. The Mendez family move was prompted by the opportunity to lease a 60-acre (240,000 m2) farm in Westminster from the Munemitsus, a Japanese family who had been relocated to a Japanese internment camp during World War II. The income the Mendez family earned from the farm enabled them to hire attorney David Marcus and pursue litigation.

In 1945, the plaintiffs of Mendez, Palomino, Estrada, Guzman and Ramirez filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 5,000 Mexican American children to integrate the schools in four Orange County school districts.

Minorities in the College Classroom

Publisher: Dept. Human Relations
Format: VHS
Runtime: 26 mins
Captions: No

This video illustrates communication problems between faculty and minority students at the college level, which can lead to learning difficulties; and the assumptions or presumptions professors have before getting to know students.

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

Publisher: World Trust Educational Service, 2007
Format: DVD
Runtime: 50 mins
Captions: No
Support Material: Study Guide found at http://www.world-trust.org/MWV_CGuide.pdf

This video follows white activists as they discuss the process of transforming their own unconscious racist attitudes. Participants, including Peggy McIntosh, Tim Wise and others, share what actions they took to move through the common first stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame into making solid commitments towards ending racism.

Mo' Betta Education

Publisher:
Format: VHS
Runtime:
Captions: No

African-American, American Indian, Latino & Asian-American Students Describing the Eurocratic Nature of Public Schools & Their Visions for Change.

New Faces on Main Street

Publisher: Newist
Format: VHS
Runtime: 60 mins
Captions: No

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.

Precious Knowledge - Arizona's Battle over Ethnic Studies

Publisher: Dos Vatos Productions
Format: DVD
Runtime: 70 mins
Captions: No

Precious Knowledge examines the current struggle over ethnic studies and culturally authentic and relevant pedagogy. Through documentary footage of classroom activities in the Mexican American Studies program of the Tucson Unified School District, as well as testimony of students, teachers, school board members and Arizona policy makers, viewers are provided the opportunity to consider the implications for education policy and practice beyond the borders of the State of Arizona. Important questions are raised about who in this country is dictating public policy about curricular content, what is legitimate American history, who teaches our children, what are the appropriate roles of youth, community and activism in shaping public policy, and the role of culture in America today.

Professor Adrien Wing

Publisher: Central University of Iowa
Format: DVD
Runtime: 46min
Captions: no

Keynote speech at White Privilege Conference 2005: Critical Race Feminism - the legal rights of women of color around the world.

Rabbit in the Moon

Rabbit In the Moon

Publisher: Emiko Omori, Sundance Film Award Winner
Format: VHS
Runtime: 85 mins
Captions: No

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."

Race in the Classroom: A Multiplicity of Experience

Publisher: Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning & Office of Race and Minority Affairs
Format: VHS
Runtime: 19 mins
Captions: No

Five vignettes depicting moments in college courses when racial and cultural dynamics become a major factor in teaching and learning. Each vignette is based on an actual classroom incident. These scenes do not offer specific answers, but are intended instead to spark discussion on these important and difficult issues. Co-produced with the Harvard Office for Race Relations and Minority Affairs."

Race: The Power of an Illusion

Race

Publisher: California Newsreel
Format: VHS
Runtime: 56 mins each
Captions: No

The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet, that's exactly what this provocative, new three-hour series by California Newsreel claims. Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.

Yet race still matters. Just because race doesn't exist in biology doesn't mean it isn't very real, helping shape life chances and opportunities.

Episode 1- The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

Episode 2- The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."

Episode 3- The House We Live In asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

By asking, What is this thing called 'race'?, a question so basic it is rarely asked, Race - The Power of an Illusion helps set the terms that any further discussion of race must first take into account. Ideal for human biology, anthropology, sociology, American history, American studies, and cultural studies.

Reverend James Lawson at Evergreen Hall I

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 60 minutes
Captions: No

Reverend James Lawson Jr.’s lecture 5/5/08 at The Evergreen State College Lecture Hall I.

 

Reverend James Lawson at Temple Beth Hatfiloh

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 120 minutes
Captions: No

Reverend James Lawson Jr’s talk at the Temple Beth Hatfiloh on 5/5/08.

 

Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Trinity Church of Christ, National Press Club Morning News Maker 4/28/08

Publisher: Federal News Service
Format: DVD
Runtime: 53 minutes
Captions: No

National press club speaker breakfast with the reverend dr. Jeremiah Wright, senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois topic: the African-American religious experience moderator: Donna Leinwand, reporter, USA today, and vice president of the national press club location: the national press club, Washington, D.C. time: 9:00 a.m. EDT date: Monday, April 28, 2008

Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in America

Shadow

Publisher: Teaching Tolerance
Format: VHS
Runtime: 40 mins
Captions: No

Spanning three centuries, this resource explores the history of intolerance in America and our country's ongoing struggle to live up to its ideals of liberty, equality and justice for all.

Through documentary footage and eyewitness reports, students are given a powerful perspective on historical events from the ordinary people who lived through them.

Skin Deep

Publisher: Iris Films Production
Format: VHS
Runtime: 53 mins
Captions: No

The award winning film, by Academy-Award nominated producer Frances Reid, chronicles the provocative journey of a diverse group of college students as they examine their deeply held attitudes and feelings about race. Through their dialogue and interactions, they explore the barriers that stand in the way of building a society that truly respects all races.

The Sound of The Violin in My Lai

Publisher: NTSC
Format: VHS
Runtime: 32 minutes

Captions: no

Director Tran Van Thuy returned to the site of the Mai Lai massacre (the subject matter of his 1987 film The Story of Kindness or How to Behave) and documents the return of two American pilots in this 32-minute film. The United States airforce men had resisted participating in the slaughter themselves, opting to save lives rather than end them. The film also includes footage of an American civilian commemorating a park in the name of peace.

Students of Color Career Conference

Publisher: Everett Community College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 10 min
Captions: no

Preview video of Everett Community College Diversity and Equity Center's annual career conference.

Suheir Hamad

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 2 min
Captions: no

Spoken-word performance "What I Will", TESC Lecture Hall, October 2007.

Talking About Race

Publisher: Iris Films Productions
Format: VHS
Runtime: Part 1: 12 mins, Part 2: 13 mins
Captions: No

Talking About Race, parts 1 and 2 are designed to facilitate classroom or community group discussions about the race and ethnicity-related experiences and attitudes of college students. Using footage shot for the award wining documentary Skin Deep, each vignette presents a different issue for discussion. These videos were directed and produced by Frances Reid.

The Great Pinoy Boxing Era

The Great Piony Boxing Era

Publisher:  Center for Asian American Media
Format: DVD
Runtime: 31 mins
Captions: No

Filipino men came to the U.S. not only as farm laborers, but as prize-winning boxers during the ‘20s and ‘30s. Experience the greatest era in sports for Filipinos through the only documentary ever made on the era. Come to know the Pinoy heroes who were symbols of pride and hope for equality in an unwelcoming America. This documentary also reveals contributions by Filipinos to the international boxing technique.

Through the Eyes of Africa

Publisher: West Texas A&M University
Format: DVD
Runtime: 19 min
Captions: No

Chronicles the experiences of 13 WTAMU freshmen as they traveled to Lundazi, Zambia, in March 2009 as Readership WT Ambassadors.

Traces of the Trade

Publisher: California Newsreel
Format: DVD
Runtime: approx. 86 minutes

Captions: yes

When Katrina Browne learned that her diustinguished New England family had been the largest slave-trading dynasty in US history, she was shocked, but resloved to face her troubling heritage squarely.  In Traces of the Trade, she and nine family members retrace the infamous Triangle Trade:  from their ancestral home in Rhode Island to the slave forts of Ghana, across the bitter Middle Passage to the sugar plantations of the Caribbean, back to the racially divided America of today.

In the course of her journey, Browne discovers that the North, not just the South, was massively complicit in slavery - slave labor was the foundation of the entire nation's economy.  Today, the majority of whites see themselves as not prejudiced, yet institutional inequities persist, as do gaps in comfot and trust between the races.  This fearless film asks each of us to uncover and then help repair the "traces of the trade" that are all around.

Trouble the Water

Trouble

Publisher: A Zeitgeist Film
Format: DVD
Runtime: 96 minutes

Captions: No

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.

Ulali

Publisher: Corn Beans and Squash Music
Format: VHS
Runtime:
Captions: no

Ulali is a Native American women's a cappella group. Founded in 1987, it includes Pura Fe, Soni, and Jennifer Kreisberg. Ulali's sound encompasses an array of indigenous music including Southeast United States choral singing and pre-Columbian music. Ulali's live peformances address Native struggles and accomplishments.

Viva La Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History

Viva

Publisher: Collision Course Video
Format: VHS
Runtime: 1 hour
Captions: No

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.

The Way Home

Publisher: Shakti Butler
Format: VHS
Runtime: 92 mins
Captions: No

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.

What's Race Got to Do With It?

Publisher: California Newsreel
Format: DVD
Runtime: 49 minutes
Captions: yes

Many students today, born in the post-Civil Rights era, believe that race is no longer an issue or feel that they've heard it all before. but despite more than 15 years of diversity programs and initiates, campuses are still struggling to close achievement gaps, reduce racial disparities and enhance student success for everyone. What's Race Got To Do With It? chronicles the experiences of a new generation of college students - in this case over the course of 16 weeks of intergroup dialogue on the UC Berkely campus. As they confront themselves and each other about race, they discover they often lack awareness of how different their experiences of campus life is from their peers, to the detriment of an inclusive campus climate. What's Race Got To Do With It? is geared toward strengthening young people's commitment to a racially equitable campus, where everyone can succeed. this film and its accompanying web-based toolkit invite us each to find our own opportunities to create a democratic educational community - one that works for everyone.

White Privilege: Conference Promo Video

Publisher: WPC
Format: DVD
Runtime: 1hr 52min
Captions: no

Promotional video for the National Conference on White Privilege.

White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men

Publisher: Native Voices
Format: DVD
Runtime: 26 min
Captions: no

White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men is a documentary that raises important and challenging questions about the popularization and commercialization of Native American spiritual traditions by non-Indians. The film presents the voices of a wide range of communities, Native and non-native, with differing perspectives on what new age practitioners are engaging in when they adopt certain cultural objects and practices. Many important questions are explored in this 26 minute video. Who benefits from these activities? What are the costs and to whom? Why is this occurring and what is at stake? What is cultural appropriation? What’s to be done?

Yellow Apparel: When the Coolie Becomes Cool

Publisher: getupstandup productions
Format: VHS
Runtime: 31 mins
Captions: No

When does one cross the line between appreciation and appropriation? Between supporting the struggle for social justice and objectifying the struggle into a fashion trend? yellow apparel: when the coolie becomes cool, a 31-minute documentary produced by Ethnic Studies 128 students Anmol Chaddha, Naomi Iwasaki, Sonya Zehra Mehta, Muang Saechao, and Sheng Wang, helps answer these questions.





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