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Weekly New Releases - Documentary and Film


Weekly New Releases - Documentary and Film



HOW I GOT OVER

By Nicole Boxer

Could telling your story save your life?

How I Got Over is an intimate, innovative profile of 15 formerly homeless and incarcerated African-American women that dramatically reveals the social causes of their plight and how their lives were transformed.

The film follows the women for 12 weeks as they craft and rehearse an original play based on their harrowing, true-life stories. None have had any acting experience and are guided by the Theater Lab's "Life Stories" program. Their work together leads to an emotional, one-night only, sold-out performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

All 15 are from the nation's capitol, where 21% of women live in poverty. Many seek shelter at N Street Village, a homeless and recovery facility, and the backdrop for the film.

As their stories unfold, we learn that most of them suffered earlier trauma and abuse -- including domestic violence and incest -- that led to their lives of drug abuse and homelessness. Reckoning with their troubled pasts in the play, addiction and homelessness look less like the result of personal choices and more clearly an outcome of the social circumstances they were born into.

How I Got Over begins by tracing how America has declared war on poverty over and over again without much, if any, success. The film ends with the women quite literally stepping out of the darkness and into the spotlight, with an uplifting performance that provides a call to reconsider the root causes of poverty and homelessness, and what might be accomplished if more resources were devoted to recovery support, as well as to the transformative power of theater and the arts.

Reviews
  • "The film moves from scenes of homelessness and tearful counseling sessions, to upbeat rehearsals and preparations for the play, to the women's excitement and pride on opening night at the Kennedy Center." - Washington Post

  • "Honest, revealing and remarkably moving... Boxer's careful, non-judgmental treatment of the women and their lives evokes profound empathy. As the group transforms the dark material into the stuff of art-aided by some expert coaching from professional teachers-the film shows how recovery, hard work and some help from others can turn what was a tragedy into an uplifting ode to the persistence of the human spirit." - Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • "Inspiring...proves art can save your life." - Desert Sun

    Award
  • Best Documentary, Audience Award, Virginia Film Festival

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2015 / (Grades 11-Adult) / 87 minutes

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    OLD SOUTH

    By Danielle Beverly

    OLD SOUTH, through a quiet unfolding story, provides a window into the underlying dynamics of race relations that influence so many American communities. In Athens, Georgia, a college fraternity traditionally known to fly the confederate flag moves to a historically black neighborhood and establishes their presence by staging an antebellum style parade. Through the perspective of local resident Hope, OLD SOUTH follows the neighborhood struggle over three years, while both communities fight to preserve their historical legacies against an ever evolving cultural backdrop in the South.

    Reviews
  • Beverly unveils the hauntingly present racism still inherent in the Old South, while creating a dichotomy that opens up a space for a much needed conversation. - Kristy Brenerman, Programming Director, Atlanta Film Festival

  • "Old South' represents the transformation of a neighborhood in Athens, GA but it's a familiar story to many...total erasure of, neighborhoods that were once vital communities in the center of our city." - Laura Kissel, Assoc. Prof. and Director, Film and Media Studies Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia

  • "This documentary provides an entry point for dialogue, deliberation, and re-imagining how communities can thrive.'Old South' brings up the personal and political in a way that invites audiences to explore their experiences." - Jess Solomon, Community Engagement Facilitator, Alternate ROOTS

    DVD (Color) / 2015 / 54 minutes

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    AGE IS...

    By Stephen Dwoskin

    AGE IS... is a new feature meditating on the subjective experience and cultural concepts of ageing. The film is an ode to the texture, the beauty, the singularity of aging faces and silhouettes, a hypnotic poem in the Dwoskinian meaning of the term which is long observations of very tiny details. A gesture, a pause, a look, a moment. Throughout his films intimacy has always played the leading role and this is also true for Age is... , all the faces being those of close friends, of their relatives and sometimes even of Stephen himself. - House on Fire


    DVD-5 (no dialogue) / 2014 / 75 minutes

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    GOLDEN GATE GIRLS

    By S. Louisa Wei

    In GOLDEN GATE GIRLS author and professor S. Louisa Wei tells the story of filmmaker Esther Eng, the first woman to direct Chinese-language film in the US, and the most prominent woman director in Hong Kong in the 1930's. A San Francisco native and open lesbian, her contribution to film history is sadly overlooked - her 11 feature films mostly lost. After the retirement of director Dorothy Arzner in 1943 and before Ida Lupino began directing in 1949, Eng was the only woman directing feature length films in the US.

    Wei's documentary paints a fascinating picture of how Eng's career in filmmaking broke through gender and racial boundaries in Hollywood and Hong Kong, at a time when opportunities for Chinese women in the industry were few and far between. With a captivating archive of newly discovered images and interviews with those who knew her, Wei uncovers a rich chapter of film history that challenges both gender hierarchies and national narratives. Essential viewing for Cinema Studies and Asian American Studies.


    DVD (Chinese, Color) / 2014 / 90 minutes

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    GOLDEN HORSE, THE

    An animated film by Reinis Kalnaellis

    The classic 2D animation film is based on a play by Latvian poet and playwright Rainis, who was inspired by several Baltic fairytales when writing his work.

    Despite the ridicule of his cruel older brothers, Antis, the youngest son in his family embarks on a mission to save a beautiful Princess from the glass mountain where she has been imprisoned by the Black Mother, an evil witch who feeds on the sadness of others. On his journey, Antis meets the helpful White Father, the sworn enemy of Black Mother.
    However, Antis soon realises there are many more obstacles standing in his way. Will Antis' be able to save the Princess's through persistence and bravery and conquer the Black Mother?


    DVD / 2014 / 75 minutes

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    HOMESTRETCH, THE

    Directed by Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly

    Three homeless teens in Chicago fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.

    THE HOMESTRETCH follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these resilient, inspiring teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

    Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

    With unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry's Crib emergency youth shelter and Teen Living Programs' Belfort House, THE HOMESTRETCH follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and a school system on the front lines of this crisis. The film examines the struggles these youth face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes and homeless youth struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today.

    Reviews
  • "The most powerful narrative on homeless youth I have seen." - Joseph Murphy, Professor of Education, Vanderbilt University

  • "This film deftly, courageously and respectfully illustrates the complexity of the issues resulting in over one million young people experiencing homelessness every year in this country." - Paul W. Hamann, President and CEO, The Night Ministry

  • "An honest and intellectually challenging look at the underbelly of American poverty and privilege, which succeeds in growing viewer empathy without ever becoming preachy or forceful with its message." - Anchorage Press

    DVD / 2014 / (Grades 10 - 12, College, Adults) / 89 minutes

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    IMMORTALISTS, THE

    By David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg

    Could the age-old quest for eternal life be realized in the next few decades? If so, is it even desirable?

    The Immortalists follows two biomedical scientists seeking to radically extend human longevity through regenerative medicine. But not without controversy and concern.

    Bill Andrews is a molecular biologist and famed long-distance runner now racing against the ultimate clock. "Hundreds of years from now, we're going to look back and be shocked by this horrible world we used to live in where people get old and die," says Andrews. Aubrey de Grey is one of the most famous figures in anti-aging research, a theoretical biologist. He believes the first person who could live to be 1,000 is alive today.

    Andrews and de Grey differ in style and approach, but are united in their common crusade: to cure aging or die trying. De Grey proposes an intervention that would delete the telomerase gene in the body. Andrew's research is fundamentally the opposite - he is trying to trigger the gene in cells to produce telomerase.

    They both publicly disagree with other biologists who believe that curing aging is neither possible nor desirable. In an Oxford debate, de Grey spars with British neurobiologist Colin Blakemore over the basic scientific and ethical questions.

    As Andrews and de Grey battle their own aging and suffer the loss of loved ones, their journeys toward life without end ultimately become personal.

    The Immortalists raises fundamental questions beyond whether eternal life is possible. How would being 'forever young' alter the human condition and our world?

    Reviews
  • "A vigorous look at the quest to reverse aging. The age-old search for the fountain of youth is engagingly appraised in The Immortalists, a lively documentary focusing on a pair of very different biomedical scientists who are equally obsessed with eradicating the ravages of time." - Los Angeles Times

  • "Thought-provoking...Even if it doesn't convince us they're likely to conquer death before it comes for them, the film does prompt interesting debates about just how desirable an unlimited stay on Planet Earth would be." - Hollywood Reporter

  • The Immortalists at first looks to be a horse race portrayal of two men competing to achieve eternal life through scientific means. This sly documentary rises above its speculative hook by shifting to show the very human, and very mortal, sides of these would-be warriors of eternity." - New York Times

    Awards
  • Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Tacoma Film Festival
  • World Premiere, SXSW Film Festival

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / (Grades 10-Adult) / 52 minutes

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    LAST ONE, THE

    By Nadine Licostie

    The Last One presents an updated history of the AIDS epidemic in America through the story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The film traces how what at first was labeled a "gay disease" now disproportionately impacts the African American community, including women and youth.

    In the 1980s, as AIDS ravaged the gay community in the U.S., the AIDS Quilt was born as a tool to help promote understanding and treatment. Through the intensely personal stories of those involved with the Quilt, including founder Cleve Jones, The Last One examines how stigma, discrimination, and the lack of access to care exacerbated a disease that now infects over 1 million Americans, with nearly 50,000 new cases every year.

    The film follows the path of the Quilt on tour, visiting a variety of communities and people, including a high school where a young African American woman born with AIDS speaks out to fight stigma in her community. Through her story and others the film explores the issues fueling HIV infections among youth today.

    Now more than 50 miles long were it to be laid out end-to-end, the Quilt is displayed in communities and schools to promote AIDS awareness, with the hope that the last quilt panel will one day become a reality.


    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2014 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 70 minutes

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    NI AQUI, NI ALLA (NEITHER HERE, NOR THERE)

    By Gabriela Bortolamedi

    NI AQUI, NI ALLA illuminates the challenges facing undocumented college students and their families around the country. Blanca, a second-year student at the University of California, Berkeley, crossed the border from Mexico into the United States with her parents when she was a child. As a student under the DREAM Act, Blanca has temporary protection from deportation, though her undocumented parents, who live and work in California's agricultural Central Valley, do not. NI AQUI, NI ALLA paints an intimate portrait of an undocumented family as they support each other during a turning point in their lives and stay together through the distance. At a time in this country's history where the debate around immigration is highly contested and demands to close the border are in the daily news, NEITHER HERE, NOR THERE paints a very human face on an issue that many use simply as partisan, political fodder. Essential viewing for Sociology and Multicultural and Immigration Studies.


    DVD (Spanish, Color) / 2014 / 24 minutes

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    PLASTIC PARADISE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

    Directed by Angela Sun

    Angela Sun reveals the effects of our rabid plastic consumption as she investigates The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it's become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

    Reviews
  • "Excellent--in its timeliness, its depth, and its presentation." - Dr. Sherri A. Mason, Professor of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences Program Coordinator, SUNY at Fredonia

  • "Plastic Paradise warns that the environment is everyone's responsibility, and that humanity cannot turn a blind eye to its own garbage forever. Highly recommended." - The Midwest Book Review

  • "Intriguing..chilling film...Journalist Angela Sun offers valuable new insights." - The Hollywood Reporter

    Awards
  • Best of Fest Award, Docuwest Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Award, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  • Best Medium Length Documentary, FICMA, Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival
  • Best Educational Film, Blue Ocean Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Philadelphia Asian Film Festival
  • Gold Award Winner, California Film Awards
  • Broadcast Award, American Conservation Film Festival
  • Best Environmental Film, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
  • Isla Conservation Award, Catalina Film Festival

    DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7 - 12, College, Adults) / 57 minutes

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    SHEER GOOD FORTUNE - CELEBRATING TONI MORRISON

    By Joanne V. Gabbin; Judith McCray

    The luminaries of contemporary African American letters - poets, novelists, critics and actors - gathered in October, 2012 to pay tribute to Toni Morrison, read from her writings and share what it has meant to their lives and work.

    Sheer Good Fortune documents a moving moment in the evolution of African Americans' literary identity. In addition to the highlights of the tribute ceremony, the video contains 33 minutes of enrichment commentary by the participants which can help educators and students explore various aspects of Morrison's work in greater depth, including the value of "Black English," historical revisionism, African American spirituality, building community through literature, transgressing gender taboos and teaching Morrison's novels in multicultural settings.

  • "The genius of Toni Morrison can only be absorbed like the moonlight on a clear lake; down and down the light flows until only we are floating on a wave of emotion and intellect from which we emerge with newer understanding of words, of history, of the future. The video Sheer Good Fortune is the boat we sail unto that distant Morrison shore." - Nikki Giovanni

    DVD / 2014 / 39 minutes

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    SUZY LAKE: PLAYING WITH TIME

    By Annette Mangaard

    Photographer Suzy Lake is one of the formative feminist artists to evolve out of the heyday of the 1960's and the Second Wave. A master of the art of self-portraiture, Lake influenced Cindy Sherman as well as a host of other female artists. Lake makes art that address politics, gender, youth, beauty and aging while reflecting on her own journey through time. SUZY LAKE: PLAYING WITH TIME tells the story of how much has changed in the worlds of feminism and art, and yet how much things remain the same.

    Filming for almost 4 years, filmmaker Annette Mangaard weaves a powerful portrait of the complex artist by juxtaposing powerful archival footage, still photography and interviews with Lucy Lippard, Mary Beth Edelson and Martha Wilson among others. SUZY LAKE: PLAYING WITH TIME delves into Lake's legacy as she continues to explore the politics of gender with work that deals with the aging woman, countering notions of consumer beauty with a different and real image, celebrating stamina, maturity and experience. An essential companion piece to any discussion on the Second Wave, feminism and art.

    Reviews
  • "A moving portrait of the artist as a speaking subject. Lake speaks directly to the messy negotiation of identity in a culture obsessed with narrow definitions of beauty." - Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario

  • "Mangaard's luminous new documentary on the life and career of Suzy Lake plays like a cross between a well-scripted, jam-packed biography program and a dreamy, experimental film." - R.M. Vaughn, Canada Art

    DVD (Color) / 2014 / 62 minutes

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    CODE BLACK

    Directed by Ryan McGarry

    Unprecedented access to the ER at Los Angeles County Hospital provides a doctor's-eye view into the heart of our complex and overburdened healthcare system.

    In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where "more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States."

    CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor's-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate - bringing us face to face with America's only 24/7 safety net.

    Reviews
  • "A must-see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Code Black chronicles the challenges of providing care in one of the nation's busiest emergency departments. It deftly captures the adrenaline of resuscitating critically ill patients and explores the role of the emergency department as the healthcare safety net." - Dr. Benjamin Sun, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University

  • "Electrifying is one way of describing Code Black, a remarkably candid and kinetic documentary about emergency medicine that could probably only have been made by an ER doctor." - John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

    Awards
  • Audience Award, Starz Denver Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Audience Favorite Documentary, Aspen Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Feature, Hamptons International Film Festival

    DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 81 minutes

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    GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA

    Directed by Nicholas Wrathall

    A summation of the life and work of Gore Vidal: novelist, essayist, polemicist, intellectual and bon vivant, who played a critical role in American public life for more than 50 years.

    No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall's new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.

    Commentary by those who knew him best--including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens--blends with footage from Vidal's legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time.

    Gore Vidal's professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. His return to America in 2005 marked the last great stage in his creative career and this film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century. Featuring candid verite footage of Vidal in his final years, the film explores his enduring global impact on art, politics, and everything in between. His overview of the current state of the Republic and the health of US democracy is unique and incisive.

    This is Gore Vidal's last word and testimony.

    Reviews
  • "A must-see for anyone who cares about late-20th century American history and appreciates the value of intellectual courage." - Paul Jay, Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago

  • "Immensely enjoyable...invigorating." - Ernest Hardy, Village Voice Critics Pick

  • "Entertaining...a thorough, skillfully assembled chronology." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

    Awards
  • Best Documentary, United Nations Association Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Special Recognition, Aspen Film Festival
  • Audience Award Runner-up, Traverse City Film Festival

    DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 89 minutes

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    HOMEGOINGS

    Director: Christine Turner

    Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. It reveals the special status of undertakers in the community; borne out of their permanence, their economic stability, and the necessities of the segregation period. It film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."

    Homegoings examines how the traditions are being forced to adapt to our lean economic times, as families opt for cremation, instead of the more costly burials and as smaller "Mom and Pop" funeral homes close.

    Homegoings will resonate with those familiar with the traditions as well as move and inform the uninitiated who want to understand how specific cultures deal with death and mourning. It will be a compelling resource for classes in African American Studies, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, and the health professions.

    Reviews
  • "Homegoings portrays the role of death in African American life with compassion and dignity. The film eloquently depicts how African Americans use powerful traditions as well as contemporary rituals to find meaning and inspiration in the face of loss." - Dr. Suzanne E. Smith author of To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death

  • "A poetically crafted exploration... poignant, inspirational and unexpectedly uplifting." - Filmmaker Magazine

  • "Homegoings is a thoughtful and enlightening exploration of the cultural history and meaning of these traditions. An exquisitely tender documentary. Fascinating and assured." - Washington Post

    DVD (Closed Captioned, With English Subtitles) / 2013 / 56 minutes

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    INITIO

    Directed by David Grumbach & Felix Sorger
    Produced by Paul Thiltges

    Initio is a documentary about how a little money can change a life, a family and a community. We will follow around the globe different micro-entrepreneurs who are currently developing their own business through microfinance. Their human challenges, adversity and accomplishments will allow us to see and experience the huge potential of this evolving system.


    DVD / 2013

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    KILL TEAM, THE

    Directed by Dan Krauss

    Soldier Adam Winfield attempted to thwart atrocities being committed by his platoon in Afghanistan but was then himself charged in one of the largest war crimes investigations in US history.

    THE KILL TEAM goes behind closed doors to tell the riveting story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. Tragically, his father's pleas for help went unheeded. Once Adam's fellow soldiers got wind of what he'd done, they threatened to silence him -- permanently. Forced to choose between his conscience and his own survival, Adam found himself drawn into a moral abyss, faced with a split-second decision that would change his life forever.

    With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case -- including Adam, his passionately supportive parents, and his startlingly candid compatriots -- THE KILL TEAM is an intimate look at the personal stories so often lost inside the larger coverage of the longest war in US history.

    Reviews
  • "Brutally honest...It would be unbelievable - if it weren't true." - John D. Hutson, Dean Emeritus, University of New Hampshire School of Law

  • "Soberly executed and highly principled documentary filmmaking." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

  • "An essential film no matter what your political convictions." - David Edelstein, New York Magazine

    Awards
  • Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival

    DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 79 minutes

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    NEW BLACK, THE: LGBT RIGHTS AND AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

    Director: Yoruba Richen

    This award-winning documentary boldly examines the controversial and challenging issues facing African American communities on gay civil rights, campaigns for/against marriage equality and in particular the role of faith institutions. The film makes a compelling case that the fight for LGBT rights in Black communities is an extension of the Black Freedom Struggle.

    Director Yoruba Richen was inspired to make the film in response to erroneous reports that African American voters caused the passage of an anti-same sex marriage initiative in the 2008 California election. The film looks at other pro and anti-gay rights campaigns over the years and how right-wing groups have used the issue to make inroads in to black communities. It culminates in the 2012 electoral efforts to preserve - or reverse - marriage equality in Maryland, a state with a substantial African American population.

    The film will be useful for teachers of various subjects and departments such as African American Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Religion and Political Science as well as those working in Student Services.

    Reviews
  • "Far from 'airing dirty laundry', The New Black brings varying viewpoints together in honest and respectful dialogue. It challenges and expands our ideas about blackness and black struggle in 21st century America. An invaluable teaching tool with which to engage students in difficult conversations about race, sexuality, religion and politics." - Leigh Raiford, African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

  • "Provocative and brilliant... Moves the discussion from the simplistic notion that Black Christian Faith necessarily opposes marriage equality for same-gendered couples and that Civil Rights is only about race." - The Rev. Dr. Horace L. Griffin, Pacific School of Religio

  • "By showing how one community struggles to reconcile its religious convictions with its love for its LGBT brothers and sisters, The New Black assails the myth that African Americans are more homophobic than other groups. Not since Marlon Riggs' Black is, Black Ain't have I been so riveted by a documentary." - E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2013 / 74 minutes

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    REFUGE: CARING FOR SURVIVORS OF TORTUR

    Directed by Ben Achtenberg

    Refugees, asylees and caregivers share their stories to help professionals and volunteers understand the needs of the more than a million survivors of torture rebuilding lives in the US.

    It's estimated that more than a million refugees, asylum-seekers and other immigrants to the United States have been victims of politically motivated torture. They come here from all parts of the world -- some legally, some undocumented, some with families and some very much alone. They live in major American cities and in small towns. Some survivors bear visible scars, but many more have been wounded in ways that remain hidden.

    Advocates for torture survivors, dedicated healthcare and social service professionals, and hundreds of citizen volunteers have united to create programs throughout the country that provide care and support to survivors who have come here to make new lives.

    This documentary highlights five treatment and support programs in Minneapolis, Atlanta, the Boston Area, and Washington, DC. Based on interviews with dozens of survivors and with the professionals and volunteers who are helping them to heal, this film is a tribute to their courage and dedication, and a call to action.

    Reviews
  • "Powerful...For those interested in the survivors in American communities...this is a 'must see'." - Kevin R. Johnson, Dean, UC Davis School of Law

  • "A great job. REFUGE is a must-have for caretakers throughout the healthcare system, including students entering the field." - Ramsay Liem, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Boston College

  • "A beautiful, powerful, and inspiring film." - Scott Wright, Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 57 minutes

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