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New Educational Films Available from TWN
Social Justice Media by and about People of Color

Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor
Manthia Diawara
2015, 59 min., Color, USA/France/Germany/Portugal

This imagined dialogue between Léopold Sédar Senghor, one of the founding fathers of Negritude, and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka was reconstructed almost entirely from archival materials. It probes the relevance of the concept of Negritude against the views of its many critics, not only to the decolonization and independence movements of the 1950s and 1960s but also to an understanding of the conte... More

 

#Bars4Justice a.k.a. Bars4Justice
Queen Muhammad Ali & Hakeem Khaaliq
Producer: Nation19 Magazine (a Mobile Regime brand)
2015, 9 min., Color, US

On the one year anniversary of Mike Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, a benefit concert in commemoration of his life was organized by Hip-Hop and civil rights activists Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Renita Lamkin, Cornell West, Rosa Clemente, Jasiri Smith, Bree Newsome, and Rahiel Tesfamariam. The concert was abruptly interrupted when the activists find out that a Black teen had been... More

 

The Absent Stone
Sandra Rozental & Jesse Lerner
2013, 82 min., Color, Mexico

In 1964, a colossal pre-Hispanic monolith was taken from the town of San Miguel Coatlinchan in the state of Mexico and brought to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Since then, the absent monolith has been present in the memories of the town’s inhabitants, as well as in endless reproductions and replicas. Using animation, archival materials, and interviews, this documentary explor... More

 

Against the Grain
Seyi Adebanjo & Betty Yu
2011, 6 min., Color

To break the mold of past documentaries about gender transformation, AGAINST THE GRAIN goes beyond the usual gender binary and linear racial focus. This short documentary follows the story of OluSeyi, a cultural organizer, artist, healer, and Queer Nigerian whose spirit is transcending gender. OluSeyi’s journey includes hormone replacement therapy (testosterone) and an understanding of identity as... More

 

black enuf*
Carrie Hawks
2016, 23 min., Color, US

EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/black-enuf

A queer oddball seeks approval from Black peers despite a serious lack of hip-hop credentials and a family that ‘talks white’. Carrie Hawks' quest for a Black Card (undeniable acceptance of my racial identity) takes they from Missouri, to New York, and halfway around the world.

In this animated documentary, the filmma... More

 

Chircales
Marta Rodríguez & Jorge Siva
1971, 42 min., BW, Colombia

This film portrays the life of a family of brick makers in the outskirts of Bogotá, Colombia, documenting the personal experience of the Castañeda family to expose the exploitation of manual laborers. Chircales offers the viewer an intimate look at their hardships.

 

Coming Full Circle: The Journey of a Korean Transgendered Adoptee
Larry Tung
2015, 24 min., Color

Pauline Park, a transgender rights activist in New York City, was born into a poor family in post-war Korea. Adopted by white American parents, she left Korea as a 7-month old baby boy and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 54 years later, she embarked on a journey of discovering and connecting to her past in Korea. Park, also took the opportunity to share her decades of experience in activism with ... More

 

Daughters of Mother India
Vibha Bakshi
Producer: Vibha Bakshi & Maryann De Leo
2013, 45 min., Color, India

DAUGHTERS OF MOTHER INDIA reveals the aftermath of the horrific rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi in December 2012. For weeks, mass protests filled the streets of India and the country witnessed gender consciousness and extraordinary solidarity by ordinary citizens—like never before. The eyes of the world were on the country’s rampant gender violence, and stories about viol... More

 

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides
Lucy Craft, Karen Kasmauski & Kathryn Tolbert
2015, 26 min., Color, US

Three Japanese war brides trace their tumultuous journey to America as the young wives of US soldiers and civilians. Atsuko, Emiko and Hiroko were among tens of thousands of Japanese women who married American soldiers after World War II. They landed in 1950s America knowing no one and speaking little English. In brutally honest conversations with their respective daughters, they reveal the largel... More

 

Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution
Bruce Paddington
Producer: Bruce Paddington & Luke Paddington
2013, 113 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago

The invasion of Grenada by US forces in 1983 echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. What were the circumstances that led to this extraordinary chain of events?

FORWARD EVER explores the achievements and shortcomings of the People's Revolutionary Government of Grenada as it attempted to forge a new revolutionary society. The film focuses on... More

 

Foster Care Film Series: Volume 1
Yasmin Mistry
Producer: Yasmin Mistry
2017, 39 min., Color, US

In this award-winning collection, Charell, Ashley, and Camilla share their deeply personal stories about their experiences in the U.S. foster care system. Foster Care Film Series: Volume 1 celebrates the perseverance of these narratives, dispelling the negative stereotypes about foster care by showing how school, extended family and the kindness of strangers can help a child find their path in lif... More

 

Four Days in May: Kingston 2010
Deanne M. Bell, Deborah A. Thomas & Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn
Producer: Deanne M. Bell, Deborah A. Thomas & Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn
2017, 41 min., Color/BW, Jamaica

In 2010 Jamaican military and police forces declared a state of emergency in West Kingston to apprehend Christopher “Dudus” Coke—who had been ordered for extradition to the U.S. At least 75 civilians died as a result. This doc juxtaposes the harrowing testimonies of the survivors with footage from the U.S. drone that was surveilling the operation from above.

 

Hafu - The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan
Megumi Nishikura & Lara Pérez Takagi
2013, 85 min., Color, Japan

HAFU is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. For some of these hafu... More

 

History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself
Stéphane Gérard
2014, 85 min., Color, France/US

Forty-three years after the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, filmmaker Stéphane Gérard travels to New York City in an attempt to find the activist community that was born out of this historical moment and to document how the LGBT movement continues today.

In conversation with Queer activists, organizers and archivists, Gérard touches upon the politics of sexual minorities and the fight again... More

 

If You Could Walk In My Shoes
Ricardo E Causo
2016, 27 min., Color, US

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Ecuadorian immigrant Roberto Marquez has been living in New York City for more than a decade, yet he has been unable to adjust his immigration status because there has been no path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States since 1998. Roberto left Ecuador during the immigration wave ... More

 

In a Perfect World…
Daphne McWilliams
Producer: Daphne McWilliams & Sam Pollard
2015, 76 min., US

EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/in-a-perfect-world

IN A PERFECT WORLD… Explores all the requisite dynamics of what it is to be a man raised by a single mother. The inspiration for the film came from the director's own relationship with her son who has a largely absentee father.

Over the course of several years, independent filmmaker and producer Daphne McWilli... More

 

Invisible Roots: Afro-Mexicans in Southern California
Tiffany Walton & Lizz Mullis
Producer: Tiffany Walton, Lizz Mullis & Richard Goldlander
2015, 21 min., Color, US

More than one million Mexicans are of African descent, yet this heritage is often forgotten, denied, and many times stigmatized, both in Mexico and in Chicanx communities in the United States. INVISIBLE ROOTS is an intimate look at Afro-Mexicans living in Southern California as they discuss complex issues of racial, national and cultural identities.

The Herrera family in Pasadena pro... More

 

Is It Sweet? Tales of an African Superstar in New York
Jesse W Shipley
Color, US

Reggie Rockstone is a celebrity rap musician in Accra, Ghana, where he inspired a young generation of musicians and continues to draw huge crowds. But when he comes to New York to play for the Ghanaian community, he experiences the unexpected struggles and pleasures of life as an anonymous African superstar on the fringes of a cosmopolitan American city.

This film is an experimental ... More

 

La Cocina de las Patronas
Javier García
2016, 66 min., Color, Mexico

Day after day, for over 20 years, a group of women in Mexico, prepare and give meals to Central American migrants who travel atop La Bestia, a U.S.-bound freight train. They call themselves Las Patronas and their mission goes beyond humanitarian assistance, symbolizing a resistance against a system that criminalizes migrants.

 

Living Along the Fenceline
Lina Hoshino & Gwyn Kirk
Producer: Lina Hoshino, Gwyn Kirk & Deborah Lee
2012, 65 min., Color, US

LIVING ALONG THE FENCELINE tells the stories of seven grassroots women leaders from across the Pacific to Puerto Rico whose communities are affected by the U.S. military presence in their backyards. Although not considered war zones, these strategic locations are part of a global network of 1,000 U.S. bases that allows the United States to go to war anytime, anywhere. These women are not four-star... More

 

Mother
Jun seek TAE
2011, 102 min., Color, South Korea

MOTHER follows labor activist Lee So-seon, who for over 40 years organized for workers’ rights in South Korea. A courageous, yet humble woman, Lee’s activism began the day her son, iconic labor activist Chun Tae-il, died in November 1970.

South Korea’s rapid industrialization under the Park Chung-hee ​dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s modernized the country at the cost of workers’ ... More

 

The Multiplicity of Us
New York Women in Film and Television
Producer: New York Women in Film and TV
2015, 15 min., Color, US

​On June 2015, 24 women of immigrant and first generation backgrounds of all ages came together for an intense one day video production workshop. ​Together, they produced a series of three short videos: COMING AND LIVING IN AMERICA, BORDERS INSIDE AND OUT and LUNA'S STORY: THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCEPTING YOURSELF.

Presented by New York Women in Film and Television and taught by Third Worl... More

 

Nailed It: Vietnamese & The Nail Industry
Adele Pham
2017, 59 min., Color, US

Visit any strip mall in the U.S., and there’s bound to be a Vietnamese nail salon. Yet few Americans know the history behind the salons and the 20 Vietnamese refugee women, who sparked a multi-billion dollar industry that supports their community to this day.

 

Nana Dijo; Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness
Bocafloja & Cambiowashere
2015, 40 min., BW

Navigating in a cultural industry flooded with politically conservative projects about afro-descendency, with approaches that are fully subordinated to the cultural hegemonies and with the only intention to exoticize and not to empower the body of the oppressed, NANA DIJO emerges as a solid effort to affirm the Black experience narratives in first person.

NANA DIJO is an urgent histor... More

 

Nuyorican Básquet
Julio César Torres González & Ricardo Olivero Lora
Producer: Freddie Marrero
2017, Color, Puerto Rico

EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/nuyorican-basquet

Nuyorican Básquet chronicles the dramatic story of the Puerto Rican national basketball team’s participation in the 1979 Pan American Games.

Boasting a totally unique approach to the game, the Puerto Rican team had the curious distinction of being composed largely of players born in New York City, which generate... More

 

On the Bride's Side (Io sto con la sposa)
Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande & Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry
2014, 89 min., Color, Italy

In Milan, five refugees of the Syrian Civil War and survivors of one of the 2013 migrant shipwreck in Lampedusa meet an Italian journalist and a Palestinian-Syrian poet who are eager to help the group of refugees reach Sweden, where Syrian migrants can apply for residency. How can the group traverse the European continent from Milan to Stockholm without being stopped at the borders of Italy, Franc... More

 

An Opera of the World
Manthia Diawara
2018, 70 min., Color

EDUCATIONAL STREAMING AVAILABLE: https://twn.tugg.com/titles/an-opera-of-the-world

Manthia Diawara’s film is based on the African opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, which recounts an eternal migration drama. The Bintou Were opera, filmed on location in Bamako, in 2007, serves as a mirror for Diawara to build an aesthetic and reflexive story, through song and dance, about the current an... More

 

Ori
Raquel Gerber
1989, 90 min., Color, Brazil

This documentary provides an overview of the Black Movement in Brazil during the 70s and 80s and tells the story of Beatriz Nascimento, an activist and historian searching for her African heritage. Beatriz researches the history of the Quilombos, African warrior societies reestablished in Brazil to resist slavery and colonialism. Her outlook is poetic and charged with emotion. The historical inte... More

 

Re:Orientations
Richard Fung
2016, 68 min., Color, Canada

A fascinating look into the lives and thoughts of seven Queer Pan-Asian Canadians as they look back on ORIENTATIONS, a 1984 documentary in which they featured. How have they changed? And how has the world around them evolved and changed?

In 1984, Richard Fung released his seminal first documentary ORIENTATIONS: LESBIAN AND GAY ASIANS. Featuring 14 women and men in Toronto of South, Ea... More

 

Resistance at Tule Lake
Konrad Aderer
Producer: Michelle Chen
2017, 78 min., US

EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: http://twn.tugg.com/titles/resistance-at-tule-lake

The dominant narrative of the World War II incarceration of Japanese-Americans has been that they behaved as a “model minority,” that they cooperated without protest and proved their patriotism by enlisting in the Army. Resistance at Tule Lake, a new feature-length documentary from Third World Newsreel and direc... More

 

The Right to Vend
Naomi Abraham, Melissa Cox, Nseabasi Esema, Mtume Gant, Cynthia Wright, Henrietta Yuki
Producer: TWN Production Workshop
2016, 10 min., Color

EDUCATIONAL STREAMING:
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There are as many as 20,000 street vendors in New York City including hot dog vendors, flower vendors, t-shirt vendors, street artists, food trucks and many others. This short documents the inspirations and struggles of being a street vendor in New York, how obsolete city regulations stand in the way, and the vendors’ effo... More

 

Stand-By Generation, The
Juan C Dávila
2016, 20 min., Color, Puerto Rico

Shot in Puerto Rico, THE STAND-BY GENERATION explores the challenges of young workers seeking secure and stable jobs. The majority of the jobs offered to the new generation of workers in Puerto Rico are precarious. This documentary follows the lives of young people caught in the ‘precariat’ world of part-time and temporary under-employment devoid of security. This new generation of university grad... More

 

Tongues of Heaven
Anita Wen-Shin Chang, An-Chi Chen, Leivallyn Kainoa Kaupu, Monica Hau‘oli Waiau & Shin-Lan Yu
2013, 60 min., Color, US/Taiwan

Set in Taiwan and Hawai‘i, territories where the Austronesian family languages are spoken, TONGUES OF HEAVEN focuses on the questions, desires and challenges of young indigenous peoples to learn the languages of their forebears—languages that are endangered or facing extinction.

Four young indigenous women from divergent backgrounds collaborate and exchange ideas to consider the impa... More

 

Unspoken: Asian Americans on Coming Out to Immigrant Parents
Patrick G Lee
Producer: TWN Production Workshop
2017, 7 min., Color, US

EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/unspoken-asian-americans-on-coming-out-to-immigrant-parents

The film explores the challenges of talking with immigrant parents about queerness, gender identity, and sexuality. In the film, six LGBTQ Asian Americans read coming out letters that they wrote to their parents - sharing what they would say if they didn't face language and cultural ... More

 

Vieques: An Endless Battle
Juan C. Dávila
2016, 68 min., Color

For more than sixty years the United States Navy used the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, to test military weaponry and to train soldiers. Decades of opposition from the local community and international allies, lead to the withdrawal of the armed forces and the ending of all military activity on the island and its surroundings. After more than a decade of this departure, the Viequenses demand to ... More

 

War for Guam
Frances Negrón-Muntaner
Producer: Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Baltazar B. Aguon, Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Cristine Borja Sumbi, Beni Matías
2015, 57 min., Color, US

WAR FOR GUAM is a 57-minute film about World War II and its enduring legacy in Guam, a U.S. territory since 1898. The film tells the extraordinary story of how the Native people of Guam, the Chamorros, remained loyal to the US under a brutal Japanese occupation. Through rare archival footage, contemporary veritè, creative use of graphics and sound as well as testimonies of survivors and their desc... More

 

Wave: A True Story in Hip Hop
Tony Wesley & Brian Bullock
Producer: Tony Wesley & Brian Bullock
2016, 46 min., Color, US

See how the legendary Tony "Mr. Wave" Wesley went from a kid in the Bronx to an international B-Boy superstar to entrepreneur and activist. This film includes never before seen archival pictures and interviews with not only Mr. Wave, but with legendary New York City Breakers such as Lil Lep, Powerful Pexter, as well as hip hop legends Special K, MelleMel and a host of other hip hop icons. Mr. Wave... More

 


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