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  • Alzheimer's & African Americans: Echoes from the Past - Examines the high incidence of Alzheimer's disease in African-Americans, through the experiences of families who are providing care for a loved one, with everyday living advice from health professionals.

  • B

  • Black Dawn - An animated account of Haiti's liberation told through the eyes of two African slaves.

  • C

  • Conversations with Roy DeCarava - The life of the first black photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship.

  • F

  • Fang - Mixes documentary and fiction techniques to recount an African art object's 100 year journey - a whole century of Western attitudes towards African culture packed into 8 minutes!

  • Finally Got the News - A film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, which was, "in many respects the most significant expression of black radical thought and activism in the 1960s." - Manning Marable, Prof. of History, Columbia Univ.

  • Fundi - Friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, FUNDI reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker played in shaping the American civil rights movement.

  • Fundi - Friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, FUNDI reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker played in shaping the American civil rights movement.

  • G

  • Ghosts of Attica - The definitive account of America's most violent prison rebellion, its deadly suppression, the days of torture that ensued, and the almost 30 year legal case that followed.

  • The Great Flood - Artist Bill Morrison and musician Bill Frisell evoke the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and ensuing transformation of American society.

  • Guns & Mothers - The contentious debate over gun control, as seen through the eyes of two mothers on opposite sides of the issue.

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  • I Am Somebody - 1969 hospital workers struggle in Charleston, South Carolina.

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  • In Motion: Amiri Baraka - Biographical profile of the out-spoken African-American writer.

  • The Intolerable Burden - One black family's commitment to a quality education, from the pre-1965 time of segregation, through desegregation, and through the recent period of resegregation. **Winner, John E. O'Connor Film Award, American Historical Association**

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  • The Last Angel of History - An engaging and searing examination of the hitherto unexplored relationships between Pan-African culture, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and rapidly progressing computer technology. (from the Jan., 1998 Catalog Supplement)

  • Let the Church Say Amen! - The effects of church and religion on both urban and rural African-American life.

  • Long Story Short - Over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, and job training centers discuss their experiences of poverty. (new April, 2016)

  • The Loving Story - Oscar-shortlist selection, this is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.

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  • Making Mothers - Profile of the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. which primarily serves and is likewise staffed by the African American community.

  • N

  • No Loans Today - Fringe banking in redlined, post-riot South Central Los Angeles.

  • Now he's out in public and everyone can see - Online videos diaries are stitched together into a dense, polyphonic essay on race and identity. (new November, 2016)

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  • Public Enemy - Four former leaders of the Black Panther Party reflect on the impact of their radical 60s civil rights movement, and the promise and limitations of attempting revolutionary change.

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  • Red Hook Justice - Profiles an innovative court in a Brooklyn neighborhood plagued by poverty and crime that is at the center of a legal revolution - the community justice movement.

  • Rice and Peas - The experiences of a Trinidadian restaurant owner in Brooklyn.

  • Robert, Mary, and Katrina - The astounding story of how one elderly couple faced and survived Hurricane Katrina. "[Their] story of struggle and survival from the wrath of Katrina grips the audience's emotions." - Educational Media Reviews Online

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  • Sermons and Sacred Pictures - Profiles Reverend L.O. Taylor, a Baptist minister and inspired photographer / filmmaker who documented the fabric of black American life prior to the civil rights movement.

  • Seven Songs for Malcolm X - An homage to the inspirational African-American civil rights leader.

  • South - The heart of this journey is the brutal murder of James Byrd, Jr in Jasper, Texas. But this is not an anatomy of his murder, rather, it is an evocation of how this event fits in to a landscape and climate as much mental as physical.

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  • Taking Back Detroit - In the '70s and early '80s Detroit was the site of an unusual development in U.S. urban politics, as voters elected two socialists to citywide office. The film examines these people against the backdrop of a city in extreme economic crisis.

  • Travis - The inspirational story of a 10-year-old boy with full-blown AIDS.

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  • Wearing the Green: Longtermers of the New York State Prison System - Former Black Panther Eddie Ellis' odyssey through New York State's prison system.

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