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The healing of South Africa began with the destruction of the Apartheid regime, and continued with the election of the continent's most famous former political prisoner, Nelson Mandela, as its first President. This unauthorized biography not only traces the personal story and struggle of South Africa's most famous leader, but also charts the history of racism in the country, from the arrival of the Afrikaans, to the upheaval and segregation of Apartheid and, finally, the dismantling of the cruel regime in the 1990's. Mandela we learn was born of tribal royalty, his given name, Frolala, means "troublemaker." He was the first in his family to attend school and on his first day his teacher gave him his distinctly English name, which stayed with him for life, yet it was his birth name that history proved was most apt. Here we learn the story of one man who stood up for what he believed despite the odds; one man who made a difference for the overall good of mankind. We see in 1944 he entered politics by joining the ANC, the African National Congress; his first marriage broke up in the 1950's because of his ardent political views; then during his trial for high treason he met and married his second wife, Winnie, who supported his acquittal; however, he was then imprisoned for 27 years until 1990, when he immediately went to work with his wife and the South African Prime Minister, F.W DeClerk, to dismantle Apartheid. After serving five years as President, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, and continued to devote his life to supporting worthwhile causes, from supporting positive diversity to AIDS charity work.

DVD / 2013 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 52 minutes

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Nelson Mandela: The Life and Times chooses from the many truly extraordinary intimate epiphanies of Mandela's life: Whether it's the silent walk with his mother to the Royal Kraal as a nine-year old...or the fiery end to his first marriage...the ice-cream counter decision to face the death penalty...the moment when he was told of his mother and son's death on Robben Island...the moment PW Botha served him tea...or how he reacted to the girl who broke down at a Toronto school named in his honor. This captivating biography is replete with the adventure, mishap, fortune and inexhaustible resolve of a truly historic life.

DVD (Region 1, Color, Black and White) / 2010 / 103 minutes

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Writer/Director: Thomas Allen Harris

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela: A Son's Tribute to Unsung Heroes is Thomas Allen Harris' bittersweet eulogy to his stepfather, Benjamin Pule Leinaeng (Lee) and to the thousands of other South Africans who went into exile to keep the freedom struggle alive during the harshest years of apartheid. Through the stories of 12 young comrades from Bloemfontein, this film shows how over 30 years the African National Congress (ANC) built a successful worldwide movement which eventually toppled the white supremacist regime. At the same time it provides a unique, intimate look at the painful trade-offs between public and private lives which almost all the political activists and their families experience.

The film offers viewers who have come of age since the anti-apartheid movement with a concise overview of the ANC's protracted but ultimately successful struggle: from the Defiance Campaign against the hated pass laws, the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, the arrest of Mandela in 1962 and much of the ANC leadership in 1963, the 1976 Soweto uprising, the State of Emergency in the 1980s and finally Mandela's release from prison in 1989 and the triumph of majority rule. All this is set against the background of the Pan-African Movement with its hopes for the newly independent African states, the rise of black nationalism in the United States and the dream of a shared identity among all people of the African descent.

The film focuses on Lee's own tortuous path: his harrowing escape from South Africa in 1960 to Tanzania as one of the first group of young ANC activists to go into exile, the military training of his comrades in Cuba and his own study of journalism in East Germany and the United States. Eventually Lee is pivotal in setting up a New York office for the ANC, finds work as an anti-apartheid radio producer at the U.N. and marries an African American with two sons, the director and his brother. The stress and depression of exile, however, precipitate a long battle with alcohol which ultimately kills him but not before he can return to a free South Africa.

The film also offers the director, Thomas Allen Harris, a chance to come to a final reconciliation with a step father he had sometimes rejected. "He had raised me since I was nine years old, yet I had never called him father...I realized I had followed Lee: I had become a political journalist; I had become a filmmaker, I have a revolutionary attitude towards my work."

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela provides a rare inside look into the organizational and psychological dynamics of liberation movements in general and the ANC in particular. At the same time its poignant story of the bonds between a son and his father strained by our politically turbulent times has universal resonance.

  • "A fascinating glimpse not just of the early campaigns of the ANC, but also of the way childhood memories can obscure larger truths." - New York Times

  • "For audiences only vaguely aware of the details of the ANC's gestation and Nelson Mandela's place in the organization this work places the rocky details in detailed context. More knowledgeable viewers will appreciate the rare footage and clippings unearthed by Harris." - Variet

  • " Harris' trademark elegant visual style...is put into the service of dramatic recreations that flesh out documentary commentary from old friends and political allies while family photos and home video become potent artifacts in the transformation of grief into celebration." - LA Weekly

  • "Here's something of a miracle: an intensely personal yet historically expansive docudrama that exhibits few of the deficits of genre mixing or cinematic self-analysis. As if that weren't enough the humane, aesthetically assured film all but rescues the early anti-apartheid movement from death by deification." - Time Out, New York

  • "A deeply personal portrait of a father-son relationship that also details the important historical journey of twelve fearless revolutionaries." - indieWIRE

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / 73 minutes

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    For hundreds of years, Africa with its treasure trove of natural resources was an enormous colonial reservation for European powers. In the aftermath of painful 20th-century independence struggles on the continent, South Africa with its racist government remained the last vestige of white minority rule. Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for decades and the voice of the anti-apartheid movement, emerged from captivity to speak solemnly and eloquently about the liberation struggle. Students will discover that the moral authority Mandela commanded helped abolish apartheid and enabled him to become the first black president of South Africa.

  • "…presents some of the most influential speeches of the 20th century…good overviews and insightful commentary…" - School Library Journal (March 2007)

  • "Recommended." - Library Media Connection (Oct 2007)

    DVD (English, Spanish, Color, Closed Captioned)/ 2005 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 30 minutes

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    Nelson Mandela, an international symbol of resistance to oppression, led the global effort in the 20th century to dismantle South Africa's racist government. In The South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, rare footage, detailed primary accounts and expert commentary will provide students with a comprehensive look at the colonial history of South Africa, the devastating social, political and economic effects of apartheid, and the difficult, sometimes violent struggle of Mandela and the African National Congress to eliminate apartheid and create a free, democratic society.

  • "This series could be used for introduction or review in world history classes or as a supplementary resource to help students understand how these revolutions influenced events in the U.S. and affected American foreign policy. They are a very good choice for any middle or secondary collection."- School Library Journal (May 2005)

    DVD (English, Spanish, Color, Closed Captioned) / 2005 / (Grades 9-12) / 23 minutes

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    Join us as we explore the life of Nelson Mandela. He was born the son of a Thembu tribal chief in 1918 and grew up to be South Africa's strongest voice against the government's policy of racial segregation known as apartheid. After spending nearly three decades as a political prisoner, he was released, and in 1994 was elected President of South Africa, thus ending minority rule in Africa's last white-run country. We will show his struggles, triumphs and adversities which ultimately drove him to greatness as an African leader, a man of the people and truly a man of vision.

    DVD / 1999 / (Grades 6-12) / 60 minutes

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    By Jordan Thierry

    In The Black Fatherhood Project, filmmaker Jordan Thierry leads viewers through an honest and essential exploration of fatherhood in Black America, providing historical context and conversation for an issue at the core of the Black experience today.

    Nationwide, 67 percent of Black children live in single-parent families, predominantly with their mother, a ratio that has tripled since the 1960's.

    In the first half of the film, Thierry begins by telling his own family story, then with the help of historians and others, traces the roots of the fatherless Black home, revealing a history much more complex and profound than is commonly known. The film digs deep to explore how Black families functioned in Africa before slavery, and how slavery, racism, and other recent challenges such as mass incarceration affect Black fatherhood. It looks beyond major historical events and discusses their psychological impacts, and calls into question traditional family roles and cultural adaptation.

    In the second half of the film, Thierry puts that history into contemporary perspective in a candid dialogue among a diverse group of Black fathers. These dads talk openly about their experiences and the value systems they employ to raise their own families. Their stories serve as positive role models for inspiring other dads to help break the cycle of fatherless families. Thierry closes the film by sharing insights and solutions to ensure the power of a father's love is not lost on America's Black children.

  • Dr. Wade Nobles, Professor Emeritus, Department of Africana Studies, San Francisco State University
  • Dr. Charles Lewis, President of Congressional Research Institute, Social Work and Policy and Adjunct Professor, Howard University School of Social Work
  • Dr. Donald Roe, Associate Professor of History, Howard University
  • Dr. Ronald B. Mincy, Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work

  • "The Black Fatherhood Project is an amazing film. I'm especially impressed by the way it conceptualizes history and offers personal narrative. The information is timely, relevant, and is critical for addressing fatherhood in the African-American community." - Prof. Akil Houston, PhD, Department of African American Studies, Ohio University

  • "This film is an important contribution to the true image of Black fathers in America . . . The film captures eloquently the challenges, struggles, triumphs, hopes and dreams of African American men." - Dr. Joseph White, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine; pioneer of the field of Black Psychology

  • "Exceptionally well done.... Addresses the impact of the history of Africa, slavery and institutional racism upon the African-American family today." - Kenneth Yarnell, Principal, Aloha High School, Oregon

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2013 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 127 minutes

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    With John H. Bracey Jr.

    Distinguished historian John H. Bracey Jr. offers a provocative analysis of the devastating economic, political, and social effects of racism on white Americans. In a departure from analyses of racism that have focused primarily on white power and privilege, Bracey trains his focus on the high price that white people, especially working class whites, have paid for more than two centuries of divisive race-based policies and attitudes. Whether he's discussing the pivotal role slavery played in the war for independence, the two million white Americans who died in a civil war fought over the question of slavery, or how business owners took advantage of the segregation of America's first labor unions and used low-wage, non-unionized black workers to undercut the bargaining power of white workers, Bracey's central point is that failing to acknowledge the centrality of race, and racism, to the American project not only minimizes the suffering of black people, but also blinds us to how white people have been harmed as well.

  • "As the inimitable John Bracey conducts this dazzling tour of the U.S. past, we see more clearly than ever how the underside of the nation's history has always and everywhere reached across the color line to create misery among whites." - David Roediger, Professor of History and African American Studies at University of Illinois, Author of How Race Survived U.S History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2013 / 52 minutes

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    By Michael T. Klare v Renowned energy expert Michael T. Klare provides an invaluable account of the new and increasingly dangerous competition for the world's dwindling natural resources. Arguing that the world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion -- one that goes beyond "peak oil" to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water, and arable land -- Klare shows how the desperate hunt for raw materials is forcing governments and corporations to stake their claim in ever more dangerous and remote areas that present grave political and environmental risks. Citing mounting tensions between the U.S. and China over control of resources in the Asia-Pacific region, volatile local border disputes that raise the likelihood of military confrontation, and the destructive environmental consequences of tar sands oil extraction and fracking, Klare argues that we need to radically alter our consumption patterns and build alternative energy systems before it's too late.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2013 / 40 minutes

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    Cultural historian and Nation magazine writer Dave Zirin, whose influential blog and bestselling books have offered searing insights into the politics of American sports, turns his attention to race in this fascinating conversation with MEF executive director Sut Jhally. Jhally, a Communication scholar whose own work has sought to clarify how popular culture conditions racial attitudes, engages Zirin in a penetrating discussion about how sports have served as a key site of struggle over racial meaning and racial equality. Focusing on how sports culture has both reproduced, and contested, the wider culture's dominant ideas about race and racial difference, Zirin and Jhally give special attention to how the visibility and success of athletes of color have affected traditional notions of whiteness, white male authority, and cultural ideals of masculinity.

  • "With Zirin no topic is sacred, no argument is ever evaded, no search for real truth is ever suppressed." - Kevin Powell, Author of Someday We'll All Be Free

  • "Dave Zirin shows us not only that sports can be a window through which we can examine the complex workings of race and class in this twisted, commercialized culture, but that it can also be a site of resistance." - Peter Rachleff, Author of Hard-Pressed in the Heartland

  • "Dave Zirin is the thinking man's sports fan and the sports fan's thinking man." - Mickey Z., Author of The Seven Deadly Spins

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2013 / 67 minutes

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    Directed by Scott Morris

    White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today. For years, Tim Wise's bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. White Like Me is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen -- to show how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about.

    Features Tim Wise, Michelle Alexander, Charles Ogletree, Imani Perry, Martin Gilens, John H. Bracey, Jr. and Nilanjana Dasgupta.

  • "White Like Me is a phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism. Weaving personal narratives and social scientific data, Tim Wise cogently shows whites receive systemic privilege and forcefully challenges the nonsense that by being color-blind, Americans can get beyond the nation's racial hump." - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Ph.D, Author Racism Without Racists

  • "Hard and clear lessons on persisting white racism presented accurately, graphically, and unforgettably. Constantly raises the crucial question: Can the US truly become the land of 'liberty and justice for all'?" - Joe Feagin, Former president of the American Sociological Association, Author, Racist America

  • "White Like Me is an excellent tool for people at all stages of understanding the reality of institutionalized white supremacy and how it shapes the lived experiences of people of color and white people. This film is terrific!" - Frances E. Kendall, Author, Diversity in the Classroom and Understanding White Privilege

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2013 / 66 minutes

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    Director - Aaron Yeger

    A People Uncounted tells the little-known story of the Roma, who have long been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture, politics, and the arts-- from Cher and Shakira to Bizet's Carmen. But the Roma persevere, even as they have been singled out for intolerance and persecution throughout Europe. Seen as outsiders, and lacking the kind of social hierarchy and political power that could otherwise advocate collectively for their rights and tell their history, the Roma struggle with chronic poverty and disenfranchisement.

    Touring 11 countries and interviewing dozens of Roma-- including Holocaust Survivors, artists, historians, musicians, and intellectuals-- A People Uncounted documents the culturally rich but often difficult lives of the Roma taking us back through history to the little-known story of Roma genocide at the hands of Nazis during World War II. The Roma and their history come to life through the interplay of their poetry and music, along with compelling true stories told by the survivors of concentration camps. As intolerance is on the rise in European politics, A People Uncounted reminds us through the story of the Roma that ethnic minorities all too often fall prey to racism and genocide.

  • "! Profoundly moving! A powerful documentary on the plight of the Roma people through history... an expansive essay on prejudice and the resilience of the human spirit." - Montreal Gazette

  • "Needed no star power to keep me glued to the screen...one-of-a-kind find...a virtually unknown piece of history... a fascinating, hyperbole-free inquiry into what one recent study determined is the most discriminated-against group in all of Europe." - Filmmaker Magazine

  • "Illuminating! A vivid mix of visual evidence, historical commentary and survivor testimonies."- Variety

    DVD (English, German, Romanian, Hungarian, Russian, Czech with English Subtitles) / 2012 / 99 minutes

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    Directed by Larry Shore & Tami Gold

    Featuring never before seen archival footage, and interviews in South Africa and the United States, filmmakers Larry Shore and Tami Gold tell the little-known story of Senator Robert Kennedy's influential June 1966 visit to South Africa during the worst years of Apartheid. The film is a unique portrait of Senator Kennedy in action at an important moment in American and South African history. The filmmakers explore the visit through the sights and sounds of present day South Africa.

    Robert Kennedy's visit gave opponents of Apartheid -- both black and white -- hope and courage to challenge the Apartheid system at a time when they felt isolated and few in the outside world knew what was happening in South Africa. His visit also highlighted the parallels in the fight against racism in South Africa and in the United States, where Martin Luther King Jr., had linked the struggle for Civil Rights with the fight against Apartheid.

    RFK IN THE LAND OF APARTHEID follows Kennedy in South Africa during the five-day visit, including his famous "Day of Affirmation" speech at the University of Cape Town on June 6, 1966. The speech is generally considered to be the greatest speech of Robert Kennedy's career. One paragraph, featuring the "ripple of hope", is among the most quoted in American politics and appears on Kennedy's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery:

    "It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

    Another high point of the film is Kennedy's meeting with one of the unknown giants of South African and African history - the banned President of the African National Congress and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chief Albert Luthuli, who was living under house arrest in a remote rural area. The film travels with RFK to Soweto, the largest black township, where he meets thousands of people and gives voice to Chief Luthuli's call for a free South Africa

    The film includes interviews with those that accompanied or met with Kennedy on his trip, as well as with Edward Kennedy, and an original soundtrack by American musician Jason Moran.

    Robert Kennedy's actions and words in South Africa were important at the time for one other reason - he publicly challenged the dominant Cold War ideology that anti-Communism should be the only basis for determining American foreign policy, even if it meant supporting repressive regimes. Kennedy demonstrated how it was possible to promote human rights and democracy in an undemocratic society, while engaging in an honest discourse on America's own historical problems and successes.

    RFK IN THE LAND OF APARTHEID tells an important story that is relevant to the ongoing struggles for democracy, justice and human rights around the world today.

  • "Marvelous...Fascinating." - Boston Globe

  • "A remarkable gem. A film that was begging to be made." - Encounters International Film Festival

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / (Grades 7 - Adult) / 56 minutes

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    Directors: Rod Freedman

    What's the price of being a by-stander? Sidney Bloch, an internationally recognized professor of psychiatry from Australia, returns to Cape Town, South Africa for his medical school reunion. Sid has suffered from a troubled conscience for forty years and wants to resolve his guilt for colluding with Apartheid - but what will it take to free him from his past? He's accompanied on his quest for reconciliation by his son, Aaron, who is also his harshest critic. Narrated by Aaron, the film explores how a good person accepts racism and injustice.

  • "A bitingly personal take on a universal theme." - The Sunday Age

    DVD / 2010 / 56 minutes

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    Directed by Jihan el-Tahri
    By Steven Markovitz & Jihan El-Tahri

    Against the backdrop of South Africa's 2009 election, which saw Jacob Zuma become the country's third democratically elected president, BEHIND THE RAINBOW is a detailed exploration of the evolution of, and internal conflicts within, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), since it first came to power with Nelson Mandela's election in 1994.

    The film's focus is on the development over the years of the relationship between two of the ANC's most prominent leaders, Thabo Mbeki - who followed Mandela as president and served from 1999 to 2008 - and Jacob Zuma, who was one of the most important commanders of the ANC's armed struggle against the apartheid government. Exiled under apartheid, they were once brothers in arms (they shared a prison cell together at one point). Under Mandela's administration, they loyally labored to build a non-racial state. But in recent years their duel threatened to tear the ANC apart.

    BEHIND THE RAINBOW tells their story, one of friendship, comradeship, and eventual bitter personal conflict, with rich archival material and through in-depth interviews with both Mbeki and Zuma, as well as many of their current and former ANC colleagues, such as Terror Lekota (leader of the new opposition party COPE); Kgalema Motlanthe, Mac Maharaj and Ronnie Kasrils; members of South Africa's Communist Party; and many other important players in South African politics and observers of Mbeki and Zuma's stories.

    The ANC's transition from a liberation organization into South Africa's ruling party has not been an easy one. Harsh economic inequalities, xenophobic attacks, corruption scandals, strikes and township protests all contributed to Mbeki's fall. Zuma may have won his battle with Mbeki, but his government is now facing the same problems. In recounting South Africa's recent political history, BEHIND THE RAINBOW is the story of how Zuma, the ANC, and South Africa, got to this crucial conjuncture.

  • "A must-see documentary!" - The Times

  • "A powerful and insightful documentary" - The Star

  • "Intriguing, revealing must-see documentary... Brilliantly produced." - Sunday World

    DVD (Color) / 2009 / 138 minutes

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    Racism has been a characteristic of many cultures, ever since the first human societies millions of years ago. But where does racism come from? What is it about human nature that inclines some people to stereotype and vilify other races? This Australian-made, curriculum fit program explores these questions in a range of different ways - through the eyes of three key experts, through the presentation of various facts and figures about racism in Australia and around the world, and through a simple drama, set in an Australian secondary school, that illustrates how exclusion of people for baseless reasons impacts on all individuals concerned. Racism is a sensitive issue, and this program encourages students to explore, and maybe confront, a societal issue that has been around as long as we have.

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    DVD / 2009 / 30 minutes

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    By Tracey Deer

    In Kahnawake, the hometown of Mohawk director Tracey Deer (Mohawk Girls), there are two unspoken rules: Don't marry a non-Native, and never, ever have a child with a non-Native. In a community where tribal membership rests on the equivocal measurement of blood quantum (literally the measurement of blood "purity"), following one's heart requires risking one's Mohawk status, as well as one's family and community.

    With warmth, intelligence and humor, Deer turns her camera on her own family and the lives of four proud Mohawk women deeply impacted by racism and prejudice rooted in Canada's highly discriminatory 1876 Indian Act, and exacerbated by lingering preconceptions about blood quantum that have left a divisive legacy in her community.

    Club Native raises critical questions about belonging and idigenity, the heartbreak of "marrying out" of the Mohawk Nation, and the unjust patriarchal laws that disenfranchise Native women. It is a candid and engrossing work about the pain, confusion, and frustration suffered by many First Nations women, but also a testament to the triumph of love and the resilience of the human spirit.

  • "Moving and poignant.... Sure to open discussions of the intersection of politics and identity in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies classroom. Highly recommended." - Stephanie Fitzgerald, Asst. Professor, Global Indigenous Nations Studies, University of Kansas

  • "Deals with the volcanic problem of political membership and belonging in a contemporary First Nation with great care, complexity, compassion and humor. There is simply no other film like it today." - Audra Simpson, Asst. Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

  • "A must see for any course studying contemporary indigenous issues in the US and Canada. As difficult and tenuous to watch as it is uplifting and inspiring." - Sara Sutler-Cohen, Sociology Dept. Chair, Bellevue College

  • "A very direct and personal look at Indian identity, [and] an issue that affects thousands of our relatives in all tribes. The women are strong to have shared these important stories with us, the public." - Ava Hamilton, Arapaho, Independent Documentary Producer, Native American Producers Alliance

  • Cinerobotheque, Montreal
  • Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian "Film Indians Now" Series
  • Cinefest Sudbury Int'l Film Festival
  • Calgary Int'l Film Festival
  • Winnipeg Aboriginal FF
  • Global Visions Film Festival
  • Annual American Indian Film Festival
  • Aboriginal Film and Video Festival

  • Documentary Film and Video Festival (DOXA), Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Documentary
  • Imagine Native Media Arts Festival, Honourable Mention for the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award
  • First Peoples' Festival (Land InSights), Kodak-Vision Globale Award for Best Canadian Film
  • Hot Docs, Official Selection

    DVD (Color) / 2008 / 78 minutes

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    By Kimberlee Bassford

    In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the US presidency and was the driving force behind Title IX, the landmark legislation that transformed women's opportunities in higher education and athletics.

    Mink was an Asian American woman who fought racism and sexism while redefining US politics, and her tumultuous and often lonely political journey reveals what can be at stake for female politicians that defy expectations, push limits and adhere to their principles. Not only did she encounter sexism within her own party, whose leaders disliked her independent style and openly maneuvered against her, but Mink's liberal views, particularly her vocal opposition to the Vietnam War, engendered intense criticism.

    A compelling portrait of a iconoclastic figure that remains seldom spotlighted in history books, this film illuminates how Mink's daring to remain "ahead of the majority" in her beliefs enabled groundbreaking changes for the rights of the disenfranchised. A woman of the people as well as a pioneer, a patriot and also an outcast, Patsy Mink's intriguing story embodies the history, ideals and spirit of America.

  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Festival International de Films de Femmes, Creteil, France
  • International Women's Day Film Festival
  • Reel Women International Film Festival
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Convention

  • Hawaii International Film Festival, Audience Award for Favorite Documentary
  • Honolulu International Film Festival, Best Documentary, Gold Kahuna Award, Best Hawaiian Film
  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Comcast Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
  • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature
  • San Joaquin International Film Festival, Spirit of Humanity Award
  • Gate City Women's Film Festival, Blue Magnolia Award for Best in Festival, Zora Neale Hurston Award for Best
  • Documentary Film, Bennett Spirit Award for Most Positive Portrayal of a Woman

    DVD (Color, Black & White) / 2008 / 56 minutes

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    By Sut Jhally

    For years, acclaimed author and speaker Tim Wise has been electrifying audiences on the college lecture circuit with his deeply personal take on whiteness and white privilege. In this spellbinding lecture, the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America. Expertly overcoming the defensiveness that often surrounds these issues, Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color, but to white people as well. This is an invaluable classroom resource: an ideal introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a critical new tool for exploring the often invoked - but seldom explained - concept of white privilege.

  • "Tim Wise is one of the most brilliant, articulate, and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation. He is a national treasure." - Michael Eric Dyson

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2008 / 57 minutes

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    Racial tension has become a politically explosive and socially divisive threat to stability in the European Union. This program looks at the racism and xenophobia brought to the surface by a massive influx of foreign workers and job -seekers into Western Europe; it also describes the search for equitable solutions by moderate EU leaders and citizens. Islamophobia, religious fundamentalism, the radicalization of young Muslim men, and racism in football (or soccer) are all examined. With insight into modern Europe's cultural and political dynamics, the film presents commentary from Mahmud Al -Rashid of the Muslim Council of Britain, British National Party spokesperson Colin Smith, European Parliament president Josep Borrell, and everyday people on the street.

    Note: Only available in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan

  • "[This series] offers a profound examination of the political and social pressures affecting the EU. It is rigorous in its approach and gives the viewer deep insights into the EU's challenges.... The producers have done a brilliant job in crafting a unified group of interrelated yet independently functional volumes. This fine work come highly recommended for those with a keen interest in the European Union." - Educational Media Reviews Online

    DVD / 2007 / 27 minutes

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    Racism and hate are two very powerful emotions that are prevalent in American society. People come into contact with them every day because of their appearance, ethnicity, occupation or sexual preference. Organizations have been founded on these two emotions alone, organizations that breed intolerance. Discover the different types of racism and hate. Find our what you can do to put a stop to the unhealthy social epidemic.

    Learning Objectives:
    1) Students will learn the definitions of racism, discrimination, prejudice, and stereotypes.
    2) Students will learn about various forms of discrimination such as slavery, genocide, sexism, and lookism.
    3) Students will find out about hate groups
    4) Students will learn how to combat racism and discrimination

    DVD / 2004 / 34 minutes

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    Judge Richard Goldstone; plus excerpts from a film about women in South Africa; President Nelson Mandela on his plan to forge a "government of national unity"; also a music video, Freedom Charter.

    DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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    Apartheid is dead, but its legacy lives on. The new government has abolished racial laws, has overhauled the police departments, and continues to deal with those guilty of human rights violations.

    DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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    Today, the African continent supports a wide range of both democratic and undemocratic societies. In many places democracy has fallen victim to poverty. But the advent of Nelson Mandela and South Africa's about-face has combined to prove that democracy can triumph.

    DVD / 2001 / (Senior High - College) / 28 minutes

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    Are teens affected by racism in their lives? This riveting show will give you some surprising answers.

    DVD / 1997 / (Intermediate - Senior High) / 20 minutes

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    Created to mark the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela's inauguration, this special episode of ORDINARY PEOPLE provides a remarkably intimate portrait of South Africa's leader.

    Granted exclusive access to Mandela for a full day, the film spends 19 hours with the President, from 4:00AM to 11:00PM. Mandela is caught in unguarded moments, making off the cuff remarks, having a personal chat with PW Botha. The film even discloses what he likes to eat.

    This footage is intercut with material filmed simultaneously of Mandela's personal secretary, his public liaison officer, and his housekeeper at his Pretoria residence. Together they become a fascinating document full of rare and unique insights into the workings of South Africa's government, and the man who heads it.

  • "The film conveys Mandela's stately geniality and bedrock dignity. Perhaps more importantly, it provides a sense of South Africa's evolving multiracial reality: a white judge helps Mandela swear in black cabinet minister; whites work for blacks (Mandela's housekeeper wants to make his official residence 'more ethnic'), yet blacks still occupy the most menial positions... A good addition to strong African and African American Collections." - Norman Oder, Library Journal

  • "Extraordinary!... A fascinating portrait." - Janet Smith, Star Tonight (South Africa)

  • "[Goes] where television had never been before... an excellent film." - Basckin, Sunday Tribune (Durban)

  • "[A] rare treat, a very special gift... Few South Africans would not agree that, in spite of our problems, we have been deeply blessed." - Janet Smith, Pretoria News (South Africa)

    DVD (Color) / 1995 / 53 minutes

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    When Nelson Mandela was released from prison the world rejoiced. Since then he has confirmed his position as a major African statesman.

    Mandela travels in West Africa, through Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal amid the exotic beauty and diverse African landscapes. A fascinating behind-the-scenes view of Mandela the man - relaxing, telling stories of his youth-also discussing Africa's problems; the legacy of colonialism, one-party states, human rights, economic issues and the move away from authoritarian rule to multi-party democracy. Mandela is able to place his own country within the wider context of Africa as a whole.

    DVD / 1993 / (Senior High - College - General) / 30 minutes

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    Teens all across the country and around the world are doing what they can to combat racism. This program travels along with "Kids to Korea," a program that breaks down stereotypes in which urban teens meet Korean teens and learn about their culture. We see the differences as well as the similarities. We also visit Washington state to check out "The Seattle Young People's Project," organized by students who are challenging their school board to establish a multicultural curriculum. In New York City, the culturally diverse James Madison High School shows how teens work as peer educators in workshops that fight prejudice and reduce violence. Celebrities David Alan Grier, Henry Rollins and Run DMC also speak out against racism.

    DVD (With English subtitles) / 30 minutes

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