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“What's Race got to do with it”
What’s Race Got to Do with It? chronicles the journey of a diverse group of students participating in a 15-week intergroup dialogue program at U.C. Berkeley. As the students share personal stories, debate hot topics, and confront one another about the role race plays in their lives, they make discoveries about their preconceived ideas and assumptions, and in so doing, help us begin to disentangle our own. The film goes beyond identity politics, celebratory history and guilt trips to help viewers “see through” achievement myths and create a safe space for open, honest exchange, particularly within educational environments.
Ground One: Voices from Post-911 Chinatown
To better understand the consequences of 9/11 on Chinatown and Chinese New Yorkers, the Museum of Chinese in the Americas partnered with the Columbia University Oral History Research Office (OHRO), the September 11 Digital Archive (911 DA) at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and New York University's Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute (A/P/A) to create Ground One: Voices from Post-911 Chinatown . Ground One aims to provide an in-depth portrait of the ways in which the identity of a community, largely neglected by the national media following 9/11, has been indelibly shaped by that day.
In 2005, the MAVIN Foundation, the nation's largest mixed race organization, sponsored the Generation MIX National Awareness Tour to raise awareness of America's multiracial baby boom. Chasing Daybreak follows the five Generation MIX crew members as they travel 10,000 miles across the country in a 26-foot R.V. and spark discussions on race, mixed race and diversity. As the crew meets with hundreds of people from U.S. Senator Barack Obama to Bubba the tow truck driver, they share their hopes, fears and aspirations for the future of race in America.In 2005, the MAVIN Foundation, the nation's largest mixed race organization, sponsored the Generation MIX National Awareness Tour to raise awareness of America's multiracial baby boom. Chasing Daybreak follows the five Generation MIX crew members as they travel 10,000 miles across the country in a 26-foot R.V. and spark discussions on race, mixed race and diversity. As the crew meets with hundreds of people from U.S. Senator Barack Obama to Bubba the tow truck driver, they share their hopes, fears and aspirations for the future of race in America.
Funny, angry, and profound, Race is the Place is a visual and verbal riff on race in America from a wide variety of artists, poets, rappers, performance artists, and stand-up comics. Featuring established artists as well as up-and-comers, Race is the Place is a one-hour jam that combines racially charged clips from old movies with interviews and performances. These pieces dare to examine one of the most emotionally explosive issues in American life, busting stereotypes by using humor and poetry to say things traditionally left unsaid.
This documentary mini-series, produced with funds from
the MacArthur Foundation, CPB and PBS, follows a diverse
group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their
home and families behind and learn what it means to
be new Americans in the 21st century. The series accompanies
a Palestinian bride from a West Bank village to the
Chicago suburbs, two Dominican Los Angeles Dodgers prospects,
a Mexican meatpacker crossing the border to reunite
with his family in Kansas, two Nigerian refugee families
as they escape persecution, and an Indian couple who
live through the dot.com boom and bust. Exploring the
immigrant experience through oral histories, these series
open the door for a continued and necessary debate on
the need to develop intercultural competencies, and
the changing of the American identity as we enter an
increasingly interconnected, global world. For more
information, visit the PBS site
This acclaimed Web site (www.pbs.org/race)
is the online companion to RACE - The Power
of an Illusion, a three-part PBS documentary
series. The site contains a wealth of information for
educators and the general public, including self-paced
interactivities, background readings, a moderated discussion
with scholars, lesson plans, a discussion guide, transcripts,
and more. Highlights include: Sorting People, Me, My
Race and I, and Where Race Lives. RACE - The Power of
an Illusion was produced by California Newsreel.
There are countless examples of how far up the ladder
people of color have climbed since the end of the civil
rights movement; yet their are many who collectively
struggle for a place in this democracy-a struggle that
often seems to break down starkly along racial lines.
From racial profiling to affirmative action, the debate
about race in this country is no longer about how race
is defined, but rather how it is lived. This series
tackles the issue with six unflinching films that look
not only into the personal experiences and relationships
that affect this crucial debate, but also the institutions
and structures that sometimes make it seem so difficult
to change language, ideas and practices. It is the stories
of ordinary Americans, sometimes pushing and shoving
their way to a place at the table, which really propel
the series, sometimes uneasily.
Is a feature length docuemntary whose goal is to
expose and address the collective silence in the Black
community when Black women and girls are raped or
sexually assaulted by Black men and boys. Interviews with and performances
by Black women and men historians, poets, attorneys,
psychologists, activists, educators, and musicians
reveal the struggle of Black women to fight against
silences imposed on them.
For more information, please contact Aishah Shahidah Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org
(write information on NO! in the subject line). Or you
may write AfroLez Productions, PO Box 58085, Philadelphia,
El Espiritu de mi
Mama--una pelicula de Ali Allie /Spirit
of my Mother--a film by Ali Allie
A meditative and dramatic tale of
a young woman's remarkable journey to
her forgotten homeland. Sonia is a single
mother living in Los Angeles, far removed
from her Garifuna—West African,
Arawak and Carib Indian—roots.
Haunted by memories of an American soldier
she once loved and dreaming of her dead
mother, Sonia searches for answers among
the mundane landscape, but finds few.
After getting fired from her job as
a nanny, Sonia journeys to Honduras
to grant her mother's request to perform
a ceremony that will let her rest in
peace. As her elders teach her the sacred
Garifuna ritual, Sonia begins to embrace
her own nearly forgotten and stunningly
rich cultural roots, as well as her
identity as a mother to a daughter of
her own. Set amidst the lush Honduran
landscape and punctuated by traditional
Garifuna music, Spirit of my Mother
is a story about one woman's transformation
as she learns to embrace the past and
move gracefully into the present."Martin's
Lament: Religion and Race in America"
Excellent video for generating discussion
on religion and race in the United States.
Profiles of various church attempts to deal with racism and race in religion are interspersed with clips from King's speeches and sermons. Lots of good stuff.