Diversity DVD Library
Documentary Collection (DVD & VHS)
The Diversity DVD Library (a work in progress) is
U-212 of the Student Union. This resource room is a joint venture by
the offices of Multicultural Student Services, Student Leadership and
Development, and International Student Services.
The resource room is available for educational use by students, staff
and faculty at Lewis University. Educational rights for DVD’s have
We hope to build up our book collections as well as various articles
pertaining to diversity, leadership and international issues.
contributions are welcome for this resource room.
If you have any questions please contact the
Multicultural Student Staff.
1. ABC News Primetime Live “Ethical Dilemmas” Part
2. Various scenarios are set up by actors to see how
people react to conflicts. One segment there is a Black couple arguing in
a public park; a group of boys bullying another boy; a married white
couple arguing in public. The reactions or lack of by passerby ’s is all
caught on tape.
2. A Class Apart: A Mexican
American Civil Rights Story (DVD - 60 min.s) In the small
town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, a field hand named Pete Hernandez killed a
tenant farmer after exchanging words in a gritty cantina. From this
seemingly unremarkable murder emerged a landmark civil rigths case that
would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of
millions of Americans. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film tells the little-known story of an
underdog band of Mexican American lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas,
all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where they challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination
against Mexican Americans.
3. A Time for Justice
(DVD – 38 min.s ) Film depicts the battle for civil rights as
told by its foot soldiers. They rode where they weren't supposed to ride;
walked where they weren't supposed to walk; sat where they weren't
supposed to sit. And they stood their ground until they won their freedom.
Produced by three-time Academy Award winner Charles Guggenheim, A Time for
Justice recalls the crises in Montgomery, Little Rock,
Birmingham and Selma. But more importantly, it reveals the heroism of
individuals who risked their lives for the cause of freedom and equality.
The film opens at the cemetery where Jimmie Lee Jackson is buried. Jackson
was killed by state troopers during a voting rights demonstration in
Marion, Alabama. The words of one who remembered Jackson lead us into a
compelling story of a people's transcendent courage.
4. African American Cinema I, The: Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our
Gates 1919 (DVD & VHS – 79 min.s) Oscar Micheaux’s “Within Our
Gates” is the earliest surviving feature directed by an African American.
However, this startling film unseen for over 75 years, is far more than a
historic curiosity. The film reveals it as a passionate social history,
confronting racism head-on through a story of a young African American
woman who seeks a Northern white patron for a Southern school for black
children. The scenes of lynching and attempted white-on-black rape may be
a response to D. W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” and remain shocking
to this day.
5. America at a Crossroads: The Muslim Americans (DVD – 60 min.s – Facilitator’s
Guide) This documentary explores the diversity of Muslims in America
today, focusing on communities’ experience
after 9/11, and contrasting life for Muslims here in the United States
with Muslims in Britain and Europe. The film looks at the ongoing
conversation American Muslims are having about life in the United States, including assimilation, discrimination, Muslim
youth, religion and politics.
6. American at a Crossroads:
Homegrown - Islam in Prison
60 min.s - discussion guide) This PBS documentary, narrated by
journalist Roger MacNeil, explores the spread of radical
Islam throughout Europe. HOMEGROWN, examines a crucial question. Are U.S. prisons incubators for
radical Islam terrorist ideology? The issue was brought to the fore
the disruption of an alleged terrorist plot, hatched in
prison, in Los Angeles in 2005.
7. American Tongues (DVD – 56 min.s) 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.
8. America’s Civil Rights Movement (DVD & VHS – 38 min.s – Discussion
Kit) This video depicts the battle for civil rights as told by it
foot soldiers. They rode where they weren’t supposed to ride; walked where
they weren’t supposed to walk; sat where they weren’t supposed to sit. And
they stood their ground until they won their freedom.
9. America’s Multicultural Heritage (DVD – 26 min.s – 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.
10. A Place at the Table (DVD & VHS – 40 min.s - Discussion Kit) This
video spans three centuries to show how individuals and groups have
toppled barriers in education, transportation, voting, employment, housing
and other areas to become full participants in our democracy.
11. Arab World, The (DVD & VHS – 25 min.s – Facilitator’s
The Arab world is the gateway to Africa, Asia, and
Europe. The earliest civilizations and three major world religions took
root there. Many influences – religion, the West, the diversity among the
Arab people have shaped the Arab world. Today many nations within the
region are trying to construct modern civilizations based on ancient
traditions. This video examines the reasons these traditions are important
to many Arabs and their impact on the region today. The video outlines the
history of the Arab world, including the founding of Islam, the Turkish
Empire and its eventual breakup, and the Arab’s political and armed
conflicts with Jews over Palestine.
12. Ballet Folclorico
Nacional (DVD) The National Folkloric Ballet of Mexico was
formed on May 1960, by Sylvia Lozano, a young and highly talented
ballerina, who has been its Director and Choreographer throughout its 30+
years. The acclaimed Ballet has a prestigious team that spealized in
the history of Mexico's folklore, dance, music, and regional dress.
In 1977, the Ballet was given the status of official company by the
Mexican Government with the right to represent Mexico abroad.
Banished (DVD – 84 min.s – Facilitator’s Guide) Documentary
vividly recounts the forgotten history of racial cleansing in America when
thousands of African Americans were driven from their homes and
communities by violent racist mobs in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. In fear for their lives, Black people left these towns and
never returned to reclaim their property. Film places these events in
present day race relations, following three concrete cases of towns that
remain all-white to this day.
14. Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21st Century (DVD – 25 min.s – Facilitator’s
Guide) Today, while gay, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders
are no longer forced to hide their sexual orientation; there is still
prejudice and discrimination which can make common g out a difficulty
decision. And there are always internal pressur4es as well. This program
presents the accounts and stories of people who have recently taken the
step of coming out. Interviewees and experts discuss the benefits of this
important transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with
one’s sexual identity. They also look at the dangers of running away from
sexual self-acceptance such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide and how
finding support can greatly assist the process.
15. Best Boy (DVD - ) This DVD is part 20 years of independent
point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. This story (winner
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.
16. Beyond Hate “The Heart of Hatred” (DVD – 52 min.s) This program,
narrated by Bill Moyers, features conversations with a variety of people
who have explored the heart of hated. A Los Angeles gang member uses hate
as a survival weapon. White supremacist leader Tom Metzger defends his
policies of hate both in a court of law and in interviews. A former
Israeli soldier tells how he disguised himself as a Palestinian in order
to better understand the source of his own hatred. High School students in
Bensonhurst, New York discuss the beating death of a black youth in their
neighborhood. A man who physically abused his wife is presented as an
example of people who act hatefully when their identity and self-esteem
17. Beyond Hate “Learning to Hate’ (DVD – 39 min.s) In this program, Bill
Moyers focuses on how children learn to hate, and how attitudes toward
hatred differ from culture to culture. A youth of Arab-Israeli descent
becomes friends with a young Orthodox Jew at an international training
center that teaches youngersters the tools for dialogue and understanding.
High school students in Bensonhurst analyze the origins of hatred against
gays. In Washington, D. C., a holocaust survivor teaches children how
stereotyping breeds hatred, and how that hatred can lead to persecution.
18. Black Is…Black Ain’t (DVD – 86 mins.) Weaves together the
testimonies of those whose complexion, class, gender, speech or sexuality
has made them feel “too Black” or “not Black enough.”. Black Scholars and
artists movingly recall their own struggles to create a more inclusive
definition of “Blackness.”
19. Brown is the New Green:
George Lopez and the American Dream (DVD - 60 min.s) This
film examines how efforts to profit from Latinos are shaping the
contemporary Latino identity. The documentary focal point is
comedian George Lopez, an icon and advocate for Latinos' move in the mainstream. The film's rare
behind-the-sceens access to Lopez's life and world as he shares
his struggle to represent Latinos in a manner true to their realities and
asperations. Lopez normalizes the image of Latinos in a way that
delights and entertains.
20. Chances of the World Changing, The (DVD – 99 min.s) 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.
21. Children’s March
(DVD 40 min.s
The Academy Award-winning,40 minute documentary film,
Might Times: The Children March tells the story of how young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police
dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. The heroism moved
President Kennedy to introduce the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a key piece
of federal legislation that transformed not just the south but the entire
Zone (DVD 22 min.s) The College Zone sponsored by the
Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), a public, not-for-profit
agency created by the Illinois General Assembly with the mission of making
college affordable for Illinois students created this video for the
Latino/a community. This is a four original novelas
- "Amor Escolar (My Love for Education)" (5 min.s), shows the dynamic that exists
between a mother and her daughter who is a first generation college
student taking classes at a community college and is planning to attend
a four-year college.
- "No Nacimos Ricos (We Were Not
Born Rich)" (8 min.s), Presents the misconceptions
that exist in the Latino Community about financial aid and the process
to apply for student loan.
- "Full Time" (4 min.s), a young, single mother shares with her
co-worker the opportunities and resources available to her as she
attends college and is employed.
Education" (5 min.s), shows a young Latino male being mentored
by role models as he learns the importance of a college
23. Color Adjustment (DVD – 87 mins.) Documentary is a follow up to
“Ethnic Notions”; which revisits popular prime time television shows such
as Beulah, The Nat King Show, Julia, I Spy, Good Times and Roots and this
reveals how the bitter racial conflict was absorbed by the
non-controversial format of the prime time series.
24. Dark Circle (DVD – 82 min.s) 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.
25. Dissonance and Harmony:
Abrabic Music Goes West (DVD - 60 min.s) This film offers
new imagery of Arabs, not as patently anti-American, not as terrorist; but
as artists, universally familiar in their struggle to share their talent
and ideas. The film follows an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern
musicians from their own very specific turf in the Middle East to the
U.S. Once there, in Los Angeles, they collaborate with other gifted
musicians from the West, finding common ground between two cultures in
26. Dying To Live (DVD - 33 min.s) This is profound look at the human
face of the migrant. It explores who these people are, why
they leave their homes and what they face in their jounrney.
Drawing on the insights of Pulitzer Prize winning photographers,
theologians, church and congressional leaders, activists, musicians and
the immigrants themselves, this film explores the place of conflick,
pain and hope along the US-Mexico border. It is a reflection on
the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God
in the midst of it all.
27. Ethnic Notions (DVD – 57 mins.) Takes viewers on a disturbing
voyage through American history, tracing the evolution of the deeply
rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Loyal Toms,
carefree Sambos, faithful Mammies, grinning Coons, savage Brutes and
wide-eyed Pickaninnies roll across the screen in cartoons, feature films,
popular songs, advertisements, household artifacts, even children’s
rhymes. These caricatures permeated popular culture from the 1820s to the
Civil Rights era and implanted themselves within the American psyche. This
video shed light on the origins and devastating consequences of seemingly
passive images and their corrosive, dehumanizing affect on society.
Farmingville (DVD – 78 mins.) This DVD is part 20 years of
independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. The
shocking, hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers (winner
Film Festival Special Jury Prize) catapult a small Long Island
town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border
For nearly a year, Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived
and worked in Farmingville, New York so they could capture first-hand
of residents, day laborers and activists on all sides of the debate.
29. February One (DVD - ? – Facilitator’s Guide) Tells the inspiring
story of four remarkable young men who initialed the lunch counter sit-ins
in Greensboro, NC on February 1, 1960. The sit-in served as a blueprint
for the wave of non-violent civil rights protests that swept across the
South and the nation throughout the 1960’s. A movement of ordinary people
motivated to extraordinary deeds by the need to assert their basic human
30. For the Bible Tells Me So
(DVD – 98 min.s – Facilitator’s Guide) Does God really condemn loving
homosexual relationships? Is
the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to
cross? Is the Bible an excuse
to hate? These questions and
more are answered in this award winning documentary, which brilliantly
reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture – and reveals the
religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of
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.
32. Growing Up Gay & Lesbian (DVD - ) Brian McNaught, award-winning
freelance writer, educational consultant, and counselor, provides an
insightful, first-hand account of his experience growing up gay. He uses comedy and his skills as a
counselor to present an overview of gay sexual orientation that is at once
disarming and heart-warming.
33. Hidden Army: Women in World War II, The (DVD & VHS – 57
Three award winning documentaries on one VHS.
- The Hidden Army : Rare archival film footage is woven into a film where
defeated Hitler reflects on his gross miscalculations in reference to
the contributions of the American women in World War II.
- Women in Defense : Yesterday the pioneer women helped to win a
continent, but during WWII that same spirit of determination ignited
as women sprang into action to save the nation from the impact of
total warn to protect their homeland.
- Army and Navy Nurse P.O.W.’s
WWII: Through interviews and archival footage, you’ll see the
story of the U.S. Army and Navy nurses who witnessed the fall of Bataan
and Corregidor and survived the Japanese POW camps.
History of Black Achievement in America (DVD 4hrs 8 programs)
This original, eight-part series on four volumes, documents Black Achievement
in American history, its defining role in the growth of the country,
and its influence on current events. The series highlights the many
contributions of Black Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched
our society with their achievements and shaped the history of the United
Prog 1: Settling the New World and Founding the USA
Prog 2: Emergence of the Black Hero
Prog 3: The Fight for Freedom
Prog 4: Blacks Enter the Gilded Age
Prog 5: The Foundation of Equality
Prog 6: Depression and War
Prog 7: Civil Rights
Prog 8: A New Age
35. History of Hispanic Achievement in America (DVD 4 hrs 8 programs)
Is a story that began more than 500 years ago when
Christopher Columbus stepped on the fertile shores of “the new world”. It
is a story rich with the stunning achievements, heroic exploits, ceaseless
courage and the remarkable discoveries of Hispanic immigrants from all
over the world who have become part of the diverse fiber of this nation.
Vol 1: 1492 – 1719
Prog 1: Spain Comes to the New World
Prog 2: Spanish American Exploration and
Vol 2: 1720 – 1847
Prog 3: Spanish Americans Move Toward Independence
Prog 4: A New Hispanic Identity
Vol 3: 1848 – 1958
Prog 5: Hispanics Become United States Citizens
Prog 6: Hispanics Become and American Minority
Vol 4: 1959 – 2007
Prog 7: Emergence of a Unique Hispanic Culture
Prog 8: Era of the Hispanic American Hero Begins
Homosexuality: A Religious Perspective (DVD – 37 mins.)
Throughout history, homosexuality has been censured by some of the world’s
major religions and often punished to the severest degree. This program
studies the scriptures and doctrines of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
to understand why, and then contrasts their stances with those of
Hinduism, Sikhism, and the Rome of Hadrian. A compassionate and compelling
discussion of gay marriage and child adoption by gay couples is discussed;
as well the genetic predisposition toward homosexuality is considered and
homosexual acct in the animal world. As they relate to scripture are
37. I Exist: Voices From the
Lesbian and Gay Middle Eastern Community in the U.S.
From the Unlearning Homophobia film series, this documentary is about
the lives of lesbian and gay Middle Easterners in the U.S.
Award-winning directors Peter Barbosa and Garrett Lenoir deliver a piercing tour
de force of the joys and pains of growing up gay and
Middle Eastern. Touching and groundbreaking interviews shed light on the
experiences of this community, once voiceless by the fear of shame and
38. It Takes A Team: Making Sports Safe for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Athletes and Coaches (DVD & VHS – 15 min.s -
Video focuses on the safe education of
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. It includes four
sections that examine. The gay or lesbian athletes and their teammates and
coaches in this video describe some of their experiences. The video
describes some of the challenges that gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender athletes and coaches encounter and shows how it takes a team
to make sure that all coaches and athletes are safe and respected.
39. Licensed to Kill (DVD – 77 min.s – Facilitator’s
Guide) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary
storytelling on PBS. Oscar-nominated filmmaker (winner – Sundance
Film Festival Best Documentary Director Award & Filmmaker Thropy Award)
Arthur Dong takes us on a frightening journey into the minds of men whose
contempt for homosexuality has led them to murder. Attacked himself in
1977 by gay bashers, Dong confronts killers of gay men face-to-face and
asks them directly: "Why did you do it?" Described by the Los
Angeles Times as a "chilling look at the real face of evil," the
film includes video of actual gay bashings, crime scenes, murderers'
confessions, and graphic evidence from police files, as it fuses together
stories of seven convicted killers.
40. 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
to her tragic death in 1964 when abortion was illegal.
41. Made in L.A. (DVD – 70 mins – Facilitator’s Guide) Traces the
moving transformation of three Latina garment workers on the fault lines
of global economic change. Through a groundbreaking lawsuit and consumer
boycott, they fight to establish an important legal and moral precedent:
to hold an American retailer liable for the labor conditions under which
its products are manufactured. The video provides an intimate view into
both the struggles of recent immigrants and into the organizing process
42. Maid In America
(DVD – 60 min.s) is an intimate, eye-opening look at
the lives of las domésticas, as seen through the eyes of Eva, Telma
and Judith: three Latina immigrants, each with a very different story, who
work as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, California. Filmmakers
Anayansi Prado and Kevin Leadingham followed their subjects for several
years, and their cameras caught some of the most intimate moments of these
women’s lives, both on and off the job. The challenges faced by these
women are as diverse as their stories. Maid In American, is the story of
the American dream as seen from the perspectives of three women, all
looking longingly through the glass – a the same time they are cleaning
43. Matters of Race (DVD – 4 hrs – Facilitator’s Guide) This documentary
explores the complex demands of the country’s rapidly changing multiracial
and multicultural society and shows how American citizens imagine the new
America of the 21st century
Part 1: The Divide.
Part 2: Race Is/Race Ain’t
Part 3. We’re Still Here
4. Tomorrow’s America
44. Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (DVD 105 min.s) This DVD is part 20 years of
independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. This
powerful film (winner – Academy Award Best
documents the contentious origins of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
beginning with the story of its creator, a 21-year-old architecture
student, whose plan was selected from over 1,000 designs, beating out some
of the top international architecture firms. Despite vociferous opposition
from veterans' organizations and members of Congress, the monument was
built, eventually becoming one of the world's most frequently visited
45. Mendez vs. Westminster (DVD
45 min.s) Seven years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Mendez
vs. Westminster began unraveling of school segregation in the
the U.S. Among many surprises, two key persons played important
roles in both cases; NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, who later argued
and won Brown vs. Board of Education;
and then Governor Earl Warren who
desegregated California as a result of Mendez and later, as Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court wrote the Brown
vs. Westminster is the award winning Public Television documentary that
tells the story of this little known; but important chapter of Ameridcan
civil-rights history. 2007 marked the 60-year anniversary of the
Mendez decision, and the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp to honor
this historic contribution to our schools.
46. Mighty Times The Legacy of Rosa Parks (DVD & VHS kit – 40 min.s 2
copies) The story of how one woman, through a single act of
defiance, stirred a community to unite in opposition to segregation and
changed America forever.
47. Muslims: An In-Dept Look at
What it Means to be a Muslim in the 21st Century (DVD - 120
min.s) The events of September 11th left many Americans
asking how such atrocities could be perpetrated in the name of
Islam. Misconceptions and
lack of understanding dominate American’s perception of Islam, the world’s
second largest and fastest growing religion. Filmed in Egypt, Malaysia, Iran,
Turkey, Nigeria and the United States, Muslims explores the influence of
culture and politics on religion, and provides a deeper understanding of
the political forces at work among Muslims around the world. The film emphasizes Islam’s
kinship with Christianity and Judaism, and looks at diverse
interpretations of Islam among the Muslim people.
48. Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story (DVD – 70 mins.) This
DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary
storytelling on PBS. “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights” (winner –Emmy Ward
Outstanding Achievement in Directing and Editing) brings to
life for the first time the inspirational story of an unsung American
rights hero, and demonstrates the power of ordinary citizens to
rise up against injustice. In 1942, Fred Korematsu was an average
California native working as a shipyard welder. But when he refused
to obey Executive Order 9006, which sent 120,000 Americans of Japanese
into internment camps, he became something extraordinary -- a civil
rights champion. The film chronicles the 40-year legal fight to vindicate
and offers a cautionary tale about the safeguarding of civil liberties
in the mounting war on terror.
49. One Border One Body (DVD - 30 min.s) In the dry, rugged sun-scorched terrain
where many immigrants lose their lives, bishops, priests and lay people
come togeether each year to celebrate the Eucharist. Like other
liturgies, they pray and workship together. Unlike other liturgies,
a sixteen-foot iron fence divides this community in half, with one side in
Mexico and the other side in the Unived States. One Border, One Body
tells the story of a ritural that unites people beyond political
constructions which divide them. Amidst a desert of death and a
culture of fear, it testifies to God's universal, undivided, and
unrestricted love for all people. It speaks of the gift and
challenge of Christian faith and the call to feed the world's hunger for
peace, justice and reconciliation. More than just another
documentary on immigration, this film is a mediation of the Kingdon of
God, a globalization of solidarity and a journey of hope.
50. 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.
51. Overcoming Prejudice (DVD – 13 min.s – Study Guide
People from diverse backgrounds should learn to get along with one
another and should celebrate their differences. Find out why prejudice
is such a negative force and learn why it is better if people accept
one another as individuals.
52. Passin' It On (DVD – 57 mins.) This DVD is part 20 years of
independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. “Passin’'
It On” is the story of a man in search of justice who is wronged
by the nation with which he is at odds. Part indictment, part redemption
tale, the film offers startling insight into the role of the Black Panther
Party in the civil rights movement and the FBI's targeting of one of the
organization's most fervent leaders, Dhoruba Bin Wahad (born Richard Moore).
Emerging from the Bronx ghettos and a life of petty crime, Dhoruba dove
headfirst into the Black Power movement, serving soup to poor people with
one hand while wielding a gun with the other. Amid a national program
of FBI-led oppression against the Panthers, Dhoruba served 19 years in
prison before his conviction was overturned. “Passin' It On” was
the first in-depth look at the history of the Black Panthers to
be broadcast on national television.
53. Race the Power of Illusion (DVD 3 part series – 56 min.s each –
Facilitator’s Guide) This documentary challenges one of our most
fundamental beliefs; that humans come divided into a few distinct
biological groups. This definitive three-part series is an eye-opening
tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is
actually shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural
Episode 1 : The
Difference Between Us . Examines the contemporary science; including genetics
that challenges our assumptions about human groups
Episode 2 : The
Story We Tell . Explores the roots of the race concept,
including the 19th century science that justified it and how it gained
such a hold over our minds.
Episode 3 : The
House We Live In . Race may be a biological myth, but racism gives different
groups vastly different life chances. Forty years after the Civil Rights
Movement, the playing field is still not level and “colorblind” policies
only perpetuate inequality.
54. Regret to Inform (DVD) This DVD is part 20 years of independent
point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. Twenty years after
her husband was killed in a mortar attack, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn
travels to Vietnam to the very place where her husband was killed. Filled
with extraordinary archival footage from the war, breathtaking visions of
modern day Vietnam, and heart-wrenching stories from both Vietnamese and
American war widows. “Regret to Inform” (winner – George Foster Peabody
Award) is a journey into the heart and soul of war.
55. SAFE on Campus (DVD) A training and development resource for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “Safe Space Ally Programs” created
at Duke University. The DVD includes digital video scenarios, graphics,
training manuals, assessment, identity development, and helpful online
56. Sexual Stereotypes
in the Media (DVD - 19 mins.) More
than ever before, Americans are being bombarded and acculturated by the
media and only discerning individuals will recognize the sexual biases
that all too often are a part of each day's worth of information and
entertainment. This program focuses on identifying and looking
beyond categorical stereotypes of women, men, gays and lesbians.
57. Shadow of Hate A History of Intolerance in America, The (DVD & VHS kit
– 40 min.s 2 copies) Video spans three centuries to examine the
challenges that our nation faced in attempting to live up to its ideals of
liberty, equality and justice for all.
58. 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.
59. Strangers No Longer (DVD - 22
min.s) This film invites us to look into our past and notice the
similarities that exist between our ancestors when they came to this
great land, and those who are arriving now. We are made aware of
the many global implications that cause people to migrate to the USA,
including our need for more workers. It helps us to understand
problems that exist with our current immigration system and underlines
different solutions and activities that can be undertaken to fix what is
broken. It reminds us of our moral responsibility to actively live
our faith and our obligation to be a voice to change so that newcomers
are strangers no longer.
60. 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.
61. The Invisible Chapel (DVD - 31
min.s) For over twenty years a migrant chapel remained invisible to the
wealthy residents of a San Diego, CA neighborhood. Every Sunday
parish volunteers provided humanitarian assistance and held a church
service for over one hundered improverished agricultural, construction
service industry workers from Mexico. Local neighbors, along with
the San Diego Minutemen and Talk-Radio host clash with the
mostly undocumented immigrant congregation. The ensuing conflict forced the migrants
and volunteers out of their sacred space and ultimately
caused the domolition of the place of workship.
62. Time of Fear (DVD – 60 mins.) In World War II more than 110,000
Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes and relocate to
military camps dotted across the western United States. “Time of Fear”
tells the story of 16,000 Japanese American men, women, and children who
were sent to two relocation camps in southeast Arkansas. The video tells a
powerful tale of racism and resilience that still resonates today.
63. Tongues Untied (DVD – 55 min.s)) This DVD is part 20 years of independent
point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. This landmark film
(winner –Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award) by Emmy Award-winning director Marlon Riggs uses poetry, personal
testimony, rap and performance to explore what it means to be Black and
gay in America. Angry, funny, erotic and poetic by turns (and sometimes
all at once), “Tongues Untied” jumps from interview to confession,
music video to documentary to poem. The result is a rich account of the
Black gay male experience, from protest marches and smoky bars to the
language of the “snap diva” and “vogue” dancer.
The broadcast raised a storm of controversy, with letter writing campaigns,
picket lines, and even bomb threats against stations planning to carry
it. It was also attacked on the Senate floor by Senators, Jesse Helms,
John McCain and Bob Dole, and used in a TV ad by Pat Buchanan’s
TRANSGenration (DVD – 5 hrs. 8 parts) A groundbreaking
8-part documentary series that captures a year in the life of four
transgender college students. The series follows four unique individuals,
two male-to-females and two female-to-males as they struggle to transition
from one gender to the other in the midst of a grueling school year. From
working-class campuses to private colleges steeped in tradition, we follow
these four students as they juggle the pressures of college life, academia
and family expectations with their own-life changing transition.
Idealistic and impassioned, these four young adults embark on a journey of
self-discovery and in the process re-define gender for their generation.
65. Truth about Hate, The (DVD – 49 mins.) Emotional and hard hitting, this
program explores the origins of hate through the eyes of today’s teenagers
as they come face to face with their own racism, ethnic bigotry, religious
hatred, and sexual discrimination.
66. Unlearning Homophobia
(DVD - 3 part series) Three award-winning documentary films, in
a moving trilogy that will affect the way Americans think about sexual orientation,
homophobia, family, and love.
Part 1: "Straight From the
explores parents journey to a new understanding
of their lesbian and gay children by presenting simple stories about real families
from across the country.
Part 2: "All God's
Children", is a
documentary short about Black churches' embracement of African American
lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of their spiritual
families. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, and
former Senator Carol Mosely-Braun are among those who speak out about the
important role of the church in the struggle for equal rights and social
justice for all people.
Part 3: "De
is a bilingual short presenting Latino families breaking down cultural
prejudice through deep-rooted love.
67. Viva La Causa (DVD 39
min.s) On a warm evning in 1965, hundreds of Mexican farm workers
packed into a church hall in the small farming town of Delano,
California. A momentous decision lay before them, should they join
a strike against California grape growers started 11 days prior by their
Filipino counterparts. Would this imporve their appalling working
conditions in the fields and help them earn enough to feed their
families? Viva La Causa tells
the story of how the powerless stood up in the powerful and gained their
victory, not by violence and weapons; but by their strong will.
68. We Shall Remain: America
Through Native Eyes (DVD - 5 part series - 90 min.s
each) PBS’s acclaimed history series in association with Native
American Public Telecommunications, We
Shall Remain, establishes Native history as an essential part of
American history. These five
documentaries spanning almost four hundred years tell the story of pivotal
moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending
two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious
warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.
Episode 1: “After the Mayflower”: Begins in New England in the
1620’s, at the time of the so-called “first Thanksgiving.” In March of 1621, Massasoit,
chief of the Wampanoag, negotiated a diplomatic alliance with a scraggly
band of English settlers for the benefit of his people. It was a gamble that paid off
for several decades, as Indians and colonists coexisted in relative
Episode 2: “Tecumseh’s
Vision”: Tells the story of the Shawnee
leader Tecumseh and his brother, Tenskwatawa, known as the Prophet. In the years following the
American Revolution, the Prophet led a spiritual revival movement that
drew thousands of followers from tribes across the Midwest. His brother forged a pan-Indian
polecat and military alliance from that movement, coming closer than
anyone since to creating an independent Indian state.
Episode 3: “Trail of
Tears”: This episode explores the
resolve and resilience of the Cherokee people, who resisted removal from
their homelands in the Southeast in every way they knew: assimilating, adopting a
European-style government and legal system, accepting Christianity, and
even taking their case all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court
Episode 4: “Geronimo”: Takes place at the end of the Indian
Wars, near the close of the nineteenth century. Here, desperate times catapulted
a controversial character to the leadership of the Apache band. To angry whites, Geronimo was an
archenemy, the perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties. To some Apaches, he was a
stubborn troublemaker whose actions needlessly brought the enemy’s wrath
upon them. To his
supporters, he remained the embodiment of proud resistance, leading the
last Native American fighting force to surrender to the United States
Episode 5: “Wounded
Knee”: Tells the gripping story of the
1973 siege of Wounded Knee, examining the broad political and economic
forces that led to the emergence of the American Indian Movement (AIM)
in the 1960’s. For 71 days
activist engaged in a standoff with the U. S. government, bringing the
nation’s attention to the desperate conditions of Indian
reservations. Perhaps even
more important, the siege united Native people across tribes, creating a
pan-Indian identity and a new path into the future.
Fear (DVD – 120 min.s – 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.
70. What’s Morally Wrong With
Homosexuality? (DVD – 57
Is homosexuality unnatural? Does it threaten
society? Are gays and lesbians “born that way”, and does it matter either
way? In this provocative program, Dr. John Corvino tackles these questions
and more. Combining philosophical rigor with sensitivity and humor.
Corvino examines the most common arguments against same-sex relationships;
including those based on nature, harm, and religion. In the process, he
invites people on all sides to rethink easy assumptions about
homosexuality and morality.
71. What’s Race Got To
Do With It? (DVD – 49 mins. – Facilitator’s
Chronicles the experiences of a new generation of
college students, over the course of 16 weeks of intergroup dialogue at
the U.C. Berkeley campus. As they confront themselves and each other about
race, they discover they often lack awareness of how different their
experience of campus life is from their peers, to the detriment of an
inclusive campus climate. This video is geared toward strengthening young
people’s commitment to a racially equitable campus, where everyone can
72. When A Kid Is
Gay (DVD & VHS – 60 mins.) From its title,
“When a Kid Is Gay” sounds like a self-help guide for stressed-out parents
of gay kids, a step-by-step program on what to do ("(1) do not panic, (2)
stop panicking"). In actuality, this sensitively but realistically made
special is a testament to the strength and determination of teens and
young adults who are slowly but surely finding their way out of the
closet. Profiling a gay and lesbian youth group in Worcester,
Massachusetts, the program offers different looks at various group members
who are all dealing with different aspects of coming out: What makes this
quietly affecting special topnotch is that these kids are real,
articulate, and honest, easy to identify with--this isn't some glossed-up
Beverly Hills 90210-style video. They're going through all the pain and pressure
of coming out and admirably wrestling with complex issues at a very
young age. Kids who are just starting to explore their sexuality would
do very well to watch 51.