Office of Multicultural Student Services

Diversity DVD Library

Miscellaneous

  1. American Tongues (DVD – 56 mines.) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. “American Tongues” (winner – George Foster Peabody Award) embarks on a cross-country sojourn to delve into American English in all its diversity and color. By looking at how regional dialects are shaped by culture and geography, the film shows how we in turn are shaped both by our own speech and by our attitudes towards the ways others speak.

  2. America’s Multicultural Heritage (DVD – 26 mins. – Study Guide Questions/Answers)
    The United States has been called a “melting pot” because of the various cultural backgrounds of its inhabitants. A variety of multicultural influences are examined in this program.

  3. Best Boy (DVD - ) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. This story (winner – Academy Award Best Documentary Feature) follows Philly Whol, a cheerful and loveable 52 year old man who has been mentally handicapped since birth and still lives with his parents. When his cousin, filmmaker Ira Wohl, questions what will happen to Philly once his elderly parents can no longer care for him, the family embarks on a mission to help Philly become more independent. At once funny and heartbreaking, the film is a profoundly touching story of love, overwhelming courage, and human dignity.

  4. Chances of the World Changing, The (DVD – 99 mins.) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. Fueled by abiding love for saving endangered animals, Richard Ogust abandons his life as a writer to build a fragile ark that is constantly on the brink of capsizing. THE CHANCES OF THE WORLD CHANGING (Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Official Selection) is a poetic, graceful film about a man who sacrifices nearly everything in his quest to preserve some of the planet’s nearly extinct turtle species. Pressed into bureaucracy and the needs of his 1200-plus turtles, Ogust is in a furious race against time to save his turtles-and himself. The film is an extraordinary stand to make people think about what we may lose and what we choose to preserve.

  5. Dark Circle (DVD – 82 mins.) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. Denounced by officials and shunned by broadcasters when it was first released in 1982, “Dark Circle” (winner Emmy Ward Outstanding Individual Achievement in News & Documentary) offers an unyielding look at the potential devastation that nuclear power can cause. Through personal accounts and rarely seen archival footage, the film follows the trail of plutonium from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons facility in Colorado, to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

  6. Frosh (DVD – 98 mins. – Facilitator’s Guide)
    Join a diverse group of freshmen living in Stanford’s co-ed, multicultural residence hall for their first-year experience. These freshmen face age-old student problems such as alcohol, drugs, dating, grade anxiety, and work overload. But they also face new issues like multiculturalism, “hate speech” codes and gender confusion.

  7. Leona’s Sister Gerri (DVD – 75 mins.) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. The grisly photograph of a naked woman on a motel floor, dead after an illegal abortion, stirred a nation and inflamed a movement. “Leona's Sister Gerri” (New Directors/New Film Official Selection) tells the powerful story of the anonymous woman behind the image and how she became an extraordinary icon in the debate over abortion. Family and friends recount the life of Gerri Santoro, who grew up on the family farm, married young and had two children. The film explores the circumstances that led to her tragic death in 1964 when abortion was illegal.

  8. One Survivor Remembers (DVD & VHS kit – 38 mins.)
    The story of Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein. Just 15 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland, she endured six years under Nazi rule, ending in a harrowing 350 mile death march. She survived, but her family and friends did not; the Nazis had taken all but her life.

  9. Sexual Stereotypes (DVD - )

  10. Silverlake Life: The View From Here (DVD – 99 mins.) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. Winner of over 10 international awards, “Silverlake Life: The View from Here” (winner – Prix Italia Award) is an extraordinary video diary of living with AIDS. This landmark film documents, with guts and with humor, the love and dedication of longtime companions Tom Joslin and Mark Massi. From the emotional challenge of living with a fatal illness to the frustration of maintaining daily routines once considered simple, “Silverlake Life: The View from Here” is an incredible journey that is ultimately a celebration of the strength of the human spirit.

  11. Taking on the Kennedy’s (DVD – 54 mins.) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. A thrilling provocative modern-day David vs. Goliath battle set in the amphitheater of American politics, this sharply witty and brilliant concise film peeks into the “brutal circus” of contemporary political warfare. In 1994, practicing physician Kevin Vigilante, a Rhode Island Republican who had never held office, challenged Democratic favorite son Patrick Kennedy for a U.S. House seat representing the fifth most Democratic District in the nation…and nearly won. With unrestricted access to the candidates, filmmaker Joshua Seftel presents a hard-hitting deconstruction of political campaigns and powerful dynasties.

  12. Well-Founded Fear (DVD – 120 mins. – Facilitator’s Guide) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. Evocative, captivating and utterly unforgettable, “Well-Founded Fear” candidly explores the proceedings behind the American political asylum system. Who is deemed worthy of political asylum in the United States? Who decides? and why? To be granted asylum, applicants must demonstrate a "well-founded fear" that their lives would be endangered were they to be deported. Filmmakers Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson enter the closed corridors of the INS to reveal the dramatic real-life stage where human rights and American ideals collide with the nearly impossible task of trying to know the truth. Shot over five years, “Well-Founded Fear” marked the first time in history that filmmakers were give access to individuals on both sides of the interrogation desk, offering an in-depth perspective of both sides of the asylum process.


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