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Family, Gender and Society


Family, Gender and Society



FRAGILE TRUST, A - PLAGIARISM, POWER, AND JAYSON BLAIR AT THE NEW YORK TIMES

Directed by Samantha Grant

Tells the shocking story of New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, the most infamous plagiarist of our time.

A FRAGILE TRUST tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism. In 2003 Blair was caught plagiarizing and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of stories published in the Times. The daily operations of the Times newsroom became a public spectacle as every major news outlet picked up the story and ran with it. The fact that Blair is African-American was emphasized again and again as accounts of the 'Blair Affair' served up sordid details in a soap-opera style tale of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt, and power struggles inside the hallowed halls of the New York Times.

Through the course of the film, we follow Blair as he slowly unravels in the face of mounting pressures and distractions. Starting with his 'reporting' of the plagiarized article that ultimately lead to his undoing, we trace the rise and fall of this fascinating young reporter as he clings to his career at the Times even as he is losing his mind.

Featuring exclusive interviews with everyone involved, including former Executive Editor Howell Raines and Blair himself, A FRAGILE TRUST is the first film to tell the whole sordid story of the scandal while exploring deeper themes of power, ethics, and responsibility in the mainstream media.


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 75 minutes

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VALENTINE ROAD

Directed by Marta Cunningham

In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point blank range. Unraveling this tragedy, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as the aftermath.

On February 12, 2008, in an Oxnard, California, classroom, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King twice; Larry died of the wounds two days later. Larry (Leticia), a gender-variant youth of color, had liked to wear makeup and heels to school, and had publicly announced a crush on McInerney. For this reason, some of McInerney's defenders say the victim had "embarrassed" the shooter--and was therefore at least partly to blame for his own murder.

VALENTINE ROAD is about an outrageous crime and an even more outrageous defense of it, but the film goes much deeper than mere outrage. In the end, it's the story of two victims of homophobia. Larry was killed because of it, but Brandon's life was horribly twisted by it as well. And it's the story of a community's response--sometimes inspirational and sometimes cruel--to a terrible tragedy.

Filmmaker Marta Cunningham deftly looks beyond the sensational aspects of the murder, introducing us to Larry's friends, teachers and guardians, as well as Brandon's loved ones--both children had led difficult lives. In examining Brandon's prosecution and defense, the documentary poses difficult questions about punishing juveniles for serious crimes, while exposing society's pervasive and deadly intolerance of young people who don't conform to its gender "norms."

VALENTINE ROAD brilliantly focuses on how bigotry and prejudice are community-wide problems, rather than only the acts of individuals. It asks how schools can respond to the the full complexity of students' lives, and support students in crisis before tragedy strikes.
Awards
~ Outstanding Documentary, Frameline Film Festival
~ Best Documentary, Berkshire International Film Festival
~ Audience Award, NewFest, NYC
~ First Time Director Award (Documentary), Philadelphia Qfest
~ Best Documentary, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
~ Audience Award, Best Documentary, Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival
~ Best Documentary, TLVFest
~ Best Documentary, Side by Side LGBT nternational Film Festival
~ Best Documentary, Gaze International LGBT Film Festival
~ Best Documentary, Madrid Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
~ Best Documentary, Out on Film


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 8-12, College, Adult) / 88 minutes

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ZERO TEN TWENTY: PANJY, AMELIA, JUSTIN AND VUSUMZI

Directed by Bruno Sorrentino

Revisits four children in India, Norway, and South Africa, who were born in 1992, the year of the first Rio Earth Summit, and measures the impact of globalization on their lives.

In south India, Panjy was born into a community dependent on the local fireworks industry. As a child, she was determined to finish her education -- but family debt intervened; she was forced to quit school, and later had an arranged marriage. In north Norway, Amelia was born into a remote cod-fishing community on the edge of the Arctic. But the fishing industry gave way to tourism in the 1990s, when fishing quotas were introduced, and Amelia worked as a waitress. Now she's desperate to get away and experience life outside of her remote home town.

On the other side of the world, in South Africa, we catch up with Justin, who is forging a new future for himself as an undergraduate at Cape Town University far from his parents' farm in the Eastern Cape. Tragedy has struck down Vusumzi, our second South African `Earth Summit' child -- tragically killed in a senseless act of violence three years ago. His mother Mavis recounts what happened and then, amazingly, forgives his killer.


DVD / 2012 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 50 minutes

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ZERO TEN TWENTY: STEPHANIE, ERDO AND KAY-KAY

Directed by Bruno Sorrentino

Revisits three children in the United States, Kenya, and China, who were born in 1992, the year of the first Rio Earth Summit, and measures the impact of globalization on their lives.

In California, Stephanie's father worked as a logger, caught up in the 1992 controversy surrounding the spotted owl and logging taking place in the bird's habitat. Today, Stephanie's still an outdoor girl -- rodeo riding, fishing, shooting, and accompanying her truck driver boyfriend on the road.

Erdo was the eighth child born into a nomadic Turkana family in the drought-ridden north of Kenya. Despite his mother Esther's heroic efforts to ensure his education, a teenage Erdo drifted into living with street gangs in the local town of Isiolo until Esther tracked him down and persuaded him to return to school, where he's now training to be a mechanic.

Our final `Earth Summit' child, Kay-Kay, was born in the city of Guangzhou just as China's economy was taking off. A star pupil at school, Kay-Kay's now an undergraduate at a brand new university on the outskirts of the city, but still goes home to see her parents and sing karaoke with them on the weekends.


DVD / 2012 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 50 minutes

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LIFE 8: SORIE K AND THE MDGS

Blind musician, Sorie Kondi, from Sierra Leone looks at what's happening with girls' education in his country 10 years after civil war.

Musician Sorie Kondi, blind from birth, has been called Sierra Leone's Stevie Wonder, but he's still trying to make it as a world musician. Sorie worries about the future of his 14-year-old daughter, Zeinab. He manages to make enough as a busker to pay for her education, but keeping Zeinab out of trouble is more difficult. She lives with her cousins, who have all had to leave school early because of pregnancy. Life asked Sorie to help us make a road movie looking at what's happening with girls' education around the country 10 years after civil war.

Award
~ "There is a continuous challenge of trying to strike a balance in the film[s]íK[The films] can be used successfully in stimulating a discussion amongst the youth about the negative aspects of such a life as well as an exploration of alternatives." - Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University


DVD / 2010 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 27 minutes

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EARLY LIFE: KIBERA KIDS

The adults of Kibera are working hard to offer kids a safe and stimulating haven in pre-schools.

Slumdog Millionaire, City of God...you could make a box office hit from the lives of kids in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub Saharan Africa. Even before they go to school here, children must run the gauntlet of Kibera's crazy and even violent street life.

Scientists warn that stress can raise levels of the hormone cortisol, permanently altering the architecture of young brains. But while stress can be a problem, so can too little stimulation - as scientists discover how important interaction is for childhood development. Experts disagree how critical the first five years are and whether more funding should be diverted to early childhood development. But many of those who set the agenda for global development now regard early childhood as a key priority.

The adults of Kibera are working hard to offer kids a safe and stimulating haven in pre-schools. Pre-school is a safe space for the kids, somewhere they can develop peacefully and-in theory-become less violent adults. But many parents can't afford the ten dollars a month in fees.

For parents and teachers of children like Nasuru, Brian and Patience in this episode of Early Life, pre-school also brings dilemmas. Should it reflect traditional African social values, or the West's more individualistic outlook?


DVD / 2009 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 25 minutes

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EARLY LIFE: MY FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL

Three children prepare to enter primary school in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand's Festival of Water: Songkran. A chance for adults to behave like kids. And for some kids a last chance to misbehave before the first day of school. The third program in the Early Life series follows three children preparing to enter primary school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. But are their lives already set on different courses? Scientists suggest that how the brain develops in the first years of life may affect a child's ability to prosper at school.

Sita is looking forward to her first day, Best is wary, and Tha Na Korn doesn't even have a school to go to yet. Their dilemmas reflect those of Thailand as a whole: how should a country with its own traditions of childhood prepare their kids for a new, globalized society? Thailand is now developing an education policy to meet the needs of a globalized economy.

Child rights might have guaranteed Tha Na Korn local schooling. But many experts who say culture should guide early child development don't like talk of "child rights". They say it could lead to the West imposing its own views of childhood on the world.

Can Thailand achieve child rights without sacrificing its culture? Child rights will mean more kids like Tha Na Korn go to school. But Tha's school has a different language and culture. He could become "unrecognizable to his parents." Child rights and respect for culture need to be combined.


DVD / 2009 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 25 minutes

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LIFE 8: SILK CEILING, PART 1

Ritu Bhardawaj is an Indian TV reporter who has broken through the silk ceiling which narrows the prospects for so many women in the Asia Pacific region.

In New Delhi, Ritu Bhardawaj is a star to the neighborhood children. Not only does she help with their homework, but she's also a glamorous TV reporter. For young Indian girls like Kiran and Monika, she's a role model in a society that doesn't favor ambitious girls. We follow Ritu as she makes her next big report - a documentary about the "silk ceiling" which hangs over the lives of many women in the Asia Pacific region, narrowing prospects and frustrating talent. Do politics and the law mean they're all fighting against impossible odds?


DVD / 2009 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 26 minutes

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MOTHERHOOD MANIFESTO, THE

Looks at the obstacles facing working mothers and families and the employer and public policy changes needed to restore work-life balance.

Did you know that...

Only four countries in the world- Lesotho, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and the United States-fail to provide paid maternity leave to all workers? Canada now guarantees a full year of paid parental leave and California recently became the first state in the U.S. to provide such paid leave? Businesses that create flexible work environments find that productivity goes up, they attract more talent, turnover is reduced and their bottom line is improved?

Moving personal stories combined with humorous animation, expert commentary and hilarious old film clips tell the tale of what happens to working mothers and their families in America. See how enlightened employers and public policy can make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal healthcare, excellent childcare, after-school programs and realistic living wages a reality for American families.

The film is based on the book The Motherhood Manifesto by Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe- Finkbeiner.


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned, With Guide) / 2006 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 58 minutes

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THIS IS EMILY YEUNG: A DAY IN MY LIFE

Emily learns about different jobs including a paramedic, a post office worker and an astronaut!

In this new 13-part series, six-year-old Emily Yeung takes on the world with her own unique perspective. She's joined on her adventures by everyone from snake handlers to professional basketball players; from stuffed animal makers to pineapple upside-down cake bakers. Whoever her guest may be, inquisitive Emily is always up for a new experience or challenge.

Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.

There is a companion interactive website to enhance and further the Emily Yeung experience.

The five 6 minute segments in A Day in My Life are:

1) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY-Emily Yeung visits a Humane Society and learns what the Humane Society does for the community. Emily meets several different animals that live at the Humane Society.

2) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG WITH THE PARAMEDICS-Emily Yeung learns how and when to call 911 when she visits the paramedics. Emily practices a 911 call before exploring an ambulance and learning about how all its equipment is used to help people.

3) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG AT THE POST OFFICE Neither hail, nor sleet, nor snow will stop Emily Yeung from learning how to deliver the mail. Emily mails a letter to her grandma and follows it as it travels to grandma's house.

4) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG TRAINING TO BE AN ASTRONAUT Emily Yeung is training to be an astronaut at NASA. Emily joins real life astronaut Cady Coleman and learns what it takes to become a space explorer.

5) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG LEARNING ABOUT WATER SAFETY-Emily Yeung joins the marine police department and learns how they rescue people from the water. Emily learns she should always find an adult if she hears someone calling for help and watches as the police practice a helicopter rescue!


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades Pre-K-2) / 30 minutes

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LIFE 4: EDUCATING YAPRAK

Turkey's ambitious campaign to reduce poverty includes convincing reluctant parents to send their daughters to school.

At the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey is a country with a large, young population. But literacy rates have traditionally lagged behind neighboring Greece and Bulgaria. With its sights firmly set on future EU membership, Turkey has identified education as key to reducing poverty. So Turkey has embarked on an ambitious campaign, targeting those most deprived of education-young teenage girls-especially from the poor rural areas. Life visits Turkey's eastern Province of Van and meets 13-year-old Yaprak, just one of the many targeted by this massive education drive. She, for one, is sure of the benefits. "I want to study until the end. I want to finish university. I want to have a job."


DVD (Color) / 2004 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 26 minutes

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SEX AND THE HOLY CITY

Investigates the impact on poor women and families of the Pope John Paul's position on sex and reproductive health.

In the West, many Catholics ignore the Church's teachings on sex. But in poorer countries the words of the Church still matter, whether spoken from the pulpit or through a government minister. Pope John Paul believed everyone-not just the world's billion Catholics-should follow the Vatican's teachings. And he tried to make sure the world listened, becoming a key player in the bitter global debate over women's rights and reproductive health. In this unique documentary, BBC reporter Steve Bradshaw investigates how the late Pope, who tried to act in the best interests of women, came to be accused of ruining so many lives.


DVD (Color) / 2003 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 50 minutes

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