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The # 7 Train: An Immigrant Journey
Hye Jung Park & JT Takagi
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1999, 29 min., Color, US
Every day 500,000 people from 117 different countries ride a subway that runs from Flushing to Times Square, going through Queens, the most culturally diverse region in the United States. This documen...

‘70: Remembering a Revolution
Alex DeVerteuil & Elizabeth Topp
2011, 114 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
How did a handful of students change the course of history in Trinidad and Tobago? Between February and April 1970, the streets of Port of Spain were filled with young Black men and women chanting ‘Po...

…I Told You So
Alan Kondo
Producer: Visual Communications
1973, 18 min., BW, US
"All this identity thing. What is it you're looking for?" asks the elderly aunt of leading Japanese American poet, Lawson Inada. Through this intimate portrait, we explore Inada's answer to this compl...

A 1994 Video Book
Beverly Singer
1994, 6 min., Color, US
In this video diary, Beverly Singer, a documentarian and member of the Santa Clara Tewa Pueblo, has created an introspective examination of her life and memories. She muses aloud about history, person...

38 Families (Newsreel #?)
San Francisco Newsreel
25 min., BW, US

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 ab...

Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds, and Sovereignty
Natasha Florentino
Producer: Armen Zohrabian
2017, 60 min., Color, US
Abundant Land is a one-hour documentary about a Hawaiian community on Moloka’i opposing the biotech industry’s use of the island to test genetically engineered seeds. Agrochemical biotech corporations...

Acting Our Age
Gurinder Chadha
1992, 30 min., Color, UK
This humorous and thought-provoking film documents the residents of a South Asian home for the elderly in Britain. Director Gurinder Chadha assists the residents in directing their own video. The resu...

Afroargentines
Jorge Fortes & Diego H. Ceballos
Producer: Jorge Fortes & Diego H. Ceballos
2003, 75 min., Color/BW, Argentina
“Most Argentines, if you ask, will tell you: ‘In Argentina there are no black people.’” So opens AFROARGENTINES, a film which unearths the hidden history of black people in Argentina and their contrib...

Afro-punk
James Spooner
2003, 66 min., Color, US
AFRO-PUNK explores race identity within the punk scene. This film tackles hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people w...

After 9.11: New Politics & the Left
Call To Media Action
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2002, 35 min., Color, US
Political theorists Tariq Ali (Editor, New Left Review) and Manning Marable (Black Radical Congress) meet at the 20th Socialist Conference in New York to analyze the state of the Left in the post 9.11...

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

All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11
Lillian Benson
2003, 28 min., Color, US
Twelve African American firefighters were among the World Trade Center victims on September 11th, 2001. This moving documentary profiles these heroes, their families and the ultimate sacrifices they ...

All the Ladies Say
Ana Garcia
Producer: Ana "Rokafella" Garcia
2010, 45 min., Color, US
Veteran b-girl Ana "Rokafella" Garcia's first documentary film ALL THE LADIES SAY features the work of female breakdancers in the United States, including Aiko, Baby Love, Beta, Lady Champ, Severe and...

All the Love
Sistema Radio Venceremos
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos
1987, 30 min., Color, El Salvador
Young, war-wounded Salvadoran guerrillas rehabilitate in Cuba. Their stories, hopes and prospects for the future are recounted with startling clarity and acceptance. Made in El Salvador by Sistema ...

America a.k.a. Amerika (Newsreel #?)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 30 min., BW, US
Against the background of the escalation of the war in Vietnam, AMERICA documents the development of the anti-war movement on the home front. Conversations with Vietnam veterans, young teenagers, and ...

Americano
Carlos Ferrand
Producer: Sylvain L'Esperance
2007, 110 min., Color, Canada
"I’m on my way to reconnect with long lost friends, 'mi familia Americana'. I need them to help me take the pulse of the Americas." Carlos Ferrand AMERICANO is a personal journey through the back a...

The Amerindians
Tracy Assing
Producer: Tracy Assing
2010, 40 min., Color, US
In this revealing documentary, Tracy Assing explores Trinidad’s indigenous history and the inner workings of the organization which represents these indigenous descendants, the Santa Rosa Carib Commun...

Among the First to Die
Paul Barrera
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 8 min., Color, US
The life and death of one of the first American casualties of the War against Terror - Lance Corporal Jose Gutierrez, a 28 year old Guatemalan, who joined the Marines because "he wanted to give back...

Angola
Roberto Berliner
1991, 55 min., Color, Brazil/Angola
This documentary from a Brazil captures the tenacity and diversity of Angolan society. Beginning with a brief history of Angola's war for independence from Portugal, the documentary's up-beat pacing p...

Animal Appetites
Michael Cho
1991, 18 min., Color, US
Michael Cho's biting critique on popular cultural stereotypes centers on the case of two Cambodian immigrants tried in California on charges of slaughtering their pet dog for food. Contrasting animal ...

Anomaly: A Documentary Film about Multiracial Identity
Jessica Chen Drammeh
Producer: Jessica Chen Drammeh & Sharon K. Smith
2013, 47 min., Color, US
ANOMALY is an award-winning documentary film that provides a thought-provoking look at multiracial identity by combining personal narratives with the larger drama of mixed race in American culture. Th...

April Film, The, a.k.a. Chicago, April 27th (Newsreel #13)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
25 min., BW, US
The Chicago police force, getting in shape for the violence of August, tests its cubs and mace against unsuspecting anti-war marchers. Made by Chicago Newsreel....

Arctic Hip Hop
Randy Kelly
Producer: Jacques Ménard & Micheline Shoebridge
2007, 44 min., Color, Canada
In Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, an isolated community of 1500 mainly Inuit residents, Hip-Hop has been popular for many years. But it’s the glamourized gangsta lifestyle on display in music videos that man...

Arizona : Resisting SB 1070 Immigration Law
Producer: NDLON, NDWA & Puente Movement
2011, 60 min., Color, US
These four videos document the impact of SB 1070 and other immigration policies on the lives of immigrant families in Arizona, and the growing national efforts to end these violations of human and civ...

Army a.k.a. Army Film (Newsreel #36)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 18 min., BW, US
Shot in 1969, this film documents the building anger of draftees in the U.S.military, and the growth of the anti-war movement within the military. Soldiers are interviewed and seen as they face bruta...

The Army Forced Them to Be Violent
Tino Saroengallo
2002, 43 min., Color, Indonesia
After the fall of President Suharto in May 1998, the student movement in Indonesia had to face the military/police repression in their fight for overall reform. Because of the repression and force th...

Art for Social Change
Mary Wells
2007, 33 min., Color, Jamaica
Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells made ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, a perceptive half-hour film, in response to the launch of Frances-Anne Solomon’s heart-wrenching movie A Winter Tale when it opened in cinemas...

The Art of Love and Struggle
Jessica Habie
2006, 78 min., Color, US
In this film, artists, singers, emcees, activists, poets and writers come together in an explosive exploration of feminine creation. Each lady brings to the screen her innermost struggles in an attemp...

Asian Boys
Angel Velasco Shaw
1994, 19 min., Color, US
This documentary was produced in collaboration with performance artist Nicky Paraiso for his critically acclaimed multi-media performance at P.S. 122. Eleven different interviews with "Asian Boys" are...

Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
Dagmar Schultz
2012, 79 min., Color, Germany
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Audre Lorde’s passing, the acclaimed Black lesbian feminist poet and activist. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Lorde’s incisive writings and speeches defined and inspir...

Autonomy
Atkilt Geleta
2013, 26 min., Color, Nicaragua
Since the colonial period, the Atlantic Coast has been mired in conflict due to incursions by the Spanish Crown, the Nicaraguan government and the United States. Today, huge waves of mestizo migration...

Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens
Deborah A. Thomas & John L. Jackson, Jr. & Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn
Producer: Deborah A. Thomas, John L. Jackson, Jr., Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn, & Junior “Ista J” Manning
2011, 63 min., Color, Jamaica
For many around the world, Jamaica conjures up images of pristine beach vacations with a pulsating reggae soundtrack. The country, however, has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world...

Bamako Sigi-kan
Manthia Diawara
2002, 76 min., Color, US
This original documentary shot by Arthur Jafa brings a new look to the modern African city and enables a better understanding from the inside of how democracy takes root in Mali. Discover how politics...

Behind These Walls: Mumia Abu-jamal and the Long Struggle For Freedom
Jule Buerjes & Heike Kleffner
Producer: KAOS FIlm and Video Team Cologne
1996, 70 min., Color, US
On August 17, 1995, Mumia Abu-Jamal, journalist and former Black Panther Party Member was scheduled to be executed. His case--he is one of 3,000 death row inmates in the US--has raised international a...

Between the Cup and the Election
Monique Mbeka Phoba & Guy Kabeya Muya
2008, 56 min., Color/BW, DRC/Belgium
Inspired by the 2006 elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formery Zaire, a group of film students sets out to make a film. With the help of veteran filmmakers Monique Mbeka Phoba and Guy...

Beyond the Bricks: A New Era of Education
Derek Koen
Producer: Ouida Washington
2010, 31 min., Color, US
BEYOND THE BRICKS follows African‐ American students Shaquiel Ingram and Erick Graham as they struggle to stay on track in the Newark public school system. Fifteen year‐old Shaquiel is a bright studen...

Birth of a Nation: 4*29*1992
Matthew McDaniel
1993, 60 min., Color, US
After criminal charges were dropped against four Los Angeles police officers accused in the brutal beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles erupted. This video offers a rare view of the rebellion that bega...

Bittersweet Survival : Southeast Asian ​R​efugees in America
J.T. Takagi & Christine Choy
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1982, 30 min., Color, US
This documentary examines the re-settlement of South-East Asian refugees in the United States in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The film begins with a montage of riveting footage depicting the deva...

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

Black Nations/Queer Nations?
Shari Frilot
Producer: Frilot and Black Nations/Queer Nations?
1995, 52 min., Color, US
This is an experimental documentary chronicling the March 1995 groundbreaking conference on lesbian and gay sexualities in the African diaspora. The conference brought together an array of dynamic sch...

Black Panther a.k.a. Off the Pig (Newsreel #19)
San Francisco Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 15 min., BW, US
A compelling document of the Black Panther Party leadership in 1967. This film contains a prison interview with Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton as well as an interview with Minister of Information ...

Black Russians
Kara Lynch
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 116 min., Color, US/Russia
BLACK RUSSIANS is a feature length documentary that investigates the lives of contemporary Afro-Russians aged 10 to 65, born and raised in Soviet Russia. Their experiences chronicle two ideological cu...

Blaze: The Truth Through Hip Hop
Maurice Lynch
2006, 90 min., Color, US
The Hip-Hop Christian movement has been uplifting youth by delivering positive religious messages that are not about drugs, sex, or hate but of hope and peace. In a society where artists are glorif...

Blood
Judy Singh
2005, 40 min., Color, Cuba
BLOOD features popular Canadian-Jamaican dub poet d’bi.young, with performances by the Cuban female Hip-Hop Group Las Krudas. The film is part extraordinary music video (shot on locations around Havan...

Body and Soul (De Corpo e Alma)
Matthieu Bron
2011, 54 min., Color, Mozambique
Victoria, Mariana and Vasco are three young Mozambicans with physical disabilities living in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city. The film explores how they see themselves, raising questions about self-...

Boom: The Sound of Eviction
F. Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv & A. Wood
2002, 96 min., Color, US
With visions of instant wealth during the dot-com boom, the world largely ignored the disastrous tidal wave of gentrification that came with the new industry that has changed the city's landscape fore...

Born in Brazil
Cara Biasucci
2002, 52 min., Color, Brazil
The World Health Organization suggests a maximum cesarean rate of 15%. Although research shows the majority of Brazilian women prefer natural birth, statistics provide a different story --- 65% - 85% ...

Borne in War
Va-Megn Thoj
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1996, 9 min., Color, US
This semi-autobiography traces the maker's birth on a secret CIA military base in the hills of Laos to his anti-war college years during the Persian Gulf War. Mixing archival footage, family photograp...

Boys of Summer
Keith Aumont
Producer: Keith Aumont & Ariana Garfinkel
2010, 94 min., Color, Curaçao/US
On the tiny Caribbean island of Curaçao, Manager Vernon Isabella has sent his Little League All-Stars to the World Series for seven consecutive years, routinely defeating such baseball powerhouses as ...

BRAZ (Brigada Rafael Arce Zablah)
Sistema Radio Venceremos
Producer: El Salvador Media Project
1984, 35 min., Color, El Salvador
A portrait of the FMLN's Rafael Arce Zablah Brigade (BRAZ), the rebel army, and its development in the context of Salvadoran history. Made in El Salvador by Sistema Radios Venceremos, this film was...

Break and Enter a.k.a. Squatters (Newsreel #62)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 42 min., BW, US
This film captures the militant antecedents to today's housing reclamation movement in New York City. In 1970, several hundred Puerto Rican and Dominican families reclaimed housing left vacant by the ...

Bringin' in Da Spirit
Rhonda L. Haynes
2003, 60 min., Color, US
Through the use of first person narrative and rare archival images, this documentary provides a moving glimpse of the women who have skillfully brought scores of children across the threshold of exist...

Call to Manhood
Narcel G. Reedus
1994, 57 min., BW, US
CALL TO MANHOOD is an emotional testament to the brothers who are reaching back into the community to save young black boys. This documentary traces the steps taken by the Fulton County Human Services...

Call to Media Action
Call To Media Action
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 140 min., Color, US
A series of short videos made in the wake of the September 11, 2001 tragedy, focussing on communities of color who were mostly left out of the media coverage. From Black children's reactions to the e...

Calypso @ Dirty Jim's
Pascale Obolo
2005, 85 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
Featuring the last of the great calypsonians, bringing them all together to sing such classics as “Rum & Coca Cola,” “Jean and Dinah,” and “Shame and Scandal in the Family,” to name a few, the film pr...

Calypso Dreams
Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne
2004, 85 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
An intimate portrait of some of the true calypsonians in Trinidad & Tobago, in performance and in conversation. Shot over three years in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the documentary includes such legendar...

Camp Arirang
Diana S. Lee & Grace Yoon-Kung Lee
1995, 29 min., BW, US/South Korea
A gritty look at the camp towns surrounding U.S. military bases in South Korea. This documentary follows Yon Ja Kim, a charismatic 50-year-old former sex worker through American Town, a government sub...

Caribbean Skin, African Identity
Mandisa Pantin
2010, 33 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
The documentary examines the concept of African identity as it has evolved over the generations in Trinidad & Tobago. In it, the director explores her own identity, using the Emancipation Day parade a...

The Case Against Lincoln Center (Newsreel #17)
Newsreel
Producer: NEWSREEL
1968, 12 min., BW, US
More than 20,000 Latino families were displaced to make way for Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Symphony. This film examines the patrons of art" complex (corporation...

Catching Babies: Celebrating the Power of Birth, Mothers and Midwives
Barni A. Qaasim
Producer: Jennifer Lucero
2011, 60 min., Color, US/Mexico
What if we could change the world by changing the way babies are born? Shot in El Paso, Texas, CATCHING BABIES tells the stories of mothers and midwives on the journey to bring life into the world. ...

Catonsville Nine (Newsreel #18)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
15 min., BW, US
Filmed in Baltimore during the support demonstrations for the nine catholics who were on trial for napalming the 1-A Draft files in Catonsville, Maryland. The film examines some relationships between ...

Changing Face of Harlem
Shawn Batey
Producer: Shawn Batey & Shaun Jaffier
2014, 62 min., Color, US
Told through the personal accounts of residents, business owners, politicians and real estate developers, CHANGING FACE OF HARLEM explores the drastic transformation of this historic neighborhood over...

El Charango
Jim Virga & Tula Goenka
2006, 22 min., Color, Bolivia
This short documentary is about a little instrument, a large silver mine and the highest city in the world. Cerro Rico in Potosi, Bolivia, was discovered by Spanish conquistadors in 1545, who enslaved...

Children of Fire
Mai Masri
1990, 50 min., Color, Palestine
This film offers a rare view of the Intifada as seen through the eyes of Palestinian children. At age five, Fadi is already throwing stones, while for Hana, 11, the Intifada is a new way of life which...

Chircales
Marta Rodríguez & Jorge Silva
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....

Chronicle of Hope: Nicaragua
Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1985, 50 min., Color, US/Nicaragua
Narrated by American documentary filmmaker Emile de Antonio, this is an intimate look at a journey made by ordinary Americans to provide humanitarian aid to Nicaragua during the U.S.- sponsored contra...

Cinema Fouad
Mohammed Soueid & Tele Liban
1994, 28 min., Color, Lebanon
A documentary on the life and ambitions of a young Lebanese cross-dresser. The video follows her journey from soldier to cabaret dancer in an effort to raise funds for her sex change operation. Shot...

Claiming Open Spaces
Austin Allen
1995, 87 min., Color, US
CLAIMING OPEN SPACES explores African-American culture as it clashes with the design of the modern American city. The film includes a comprehensive section on New Orleans--the vital place of historica...

Claiming Our Voice
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
Producer: Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel & Chitra Aiyar
2013, 21 min., US
CLAIMING OUR VOICE follows members of Andolan, a Queens-based organization founded and led by South Asian domestic workers as a means to support each other and collectively organize against exploitati...

Closer to the Dream (Short Version)
Hervé Cohen & Guetty Felin
2008, 54 min., Color, US
An electoral road move about Barack Obama and the movement that united Americans across party, racial and ethnic lines. In 2008 Haitian-American filmmaker Guetty Felin, her husband, French filmmaker H...

Come With It, Black Man
Tamara Tam-Cruickshank
2012, 103 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
This documentary features music and performances of legendary calypsonian Dr. Leroy Calliste, better known as Black Stalin....

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

Commander Clelia: Political Prisoner
Sistema Radio Venceremos
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos
1984, 28 min., Color, El Salvador
Five women, including FMLN Commander Lilian Mercedes Letona "Clelia", speak about their imprisonment after they are released from the Women's Prison of Ilopango when the Salvadoran government declared...

Community Control (Newsreel #24)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 38 min., BW, US
This film documents one of the most important struggles for education in the sixties. In 1968, under intensive community pressure from Black and Latino communities, the State of New York chose three N...

Comrades
Edward Wong
1999, 26 min., Color, US
COMRADES is a personal documentary essay about two men who took part in the violent socialist struggles of the mid-20th century, only to face resistance and disillusionment. The producer's father, Yoo...

Conakry Kas: The Conakry People
Manthia Diawara
2003, 82 min., Color, US
In January 2003, Director Manthia Diawara visited Guinea-Conakry to see what was left of the artists (Ballets Africains, Bembeya Jazz National) and intellectuals (D.T. Niane, Telivel Diallo) of the Gu...

Corrections
Ashley Hunt
2001, 59 min., Color, US
CORRECTIONS is a documentary about private prisons. A story of justice turned to profit, it presents the new investors in the "war on crime": venture capital and for-profit prisons. With the highest i...

The Couple in the Cage
Coco Fusco & Paula Heredia
1993, 30 min., Color, US
Over the last five hundred years, non-western human beings have been exhibited in the taverns, theaters, gardens, museums, zoos, circuses and world's fairs of Europe, and the circuses and freak shows ...

Cruisin' J-town
Duane Kubo
Producer: Visual Communications
1974, 24 min., Color, US
This is the story of the formation of the popular jazz fusion band, Hiroshima, in the late 70s. The musicians reflect on their culture, musical influences, and the political movements of the 1960's ou...

Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories
Pam Sporn
2000, 57 min., Color, US/Cuba
Highlights the experience of a black Cuban American famiy, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more diverse, racially and ideologically, than we are often led to believe. This documenta...

El Culebrero, La Muerte de un Colombiano y el Acordeonista Que No Esta
Patricia Montoya
1995, 9 min., Color, US
Representing the transient aspects of the gay Colombian experience in New York City, Montoya's tape uses deep cultural signifiers from Colombian folklore and a contrasting English voice-over to explor...

Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity
Kevin Lee
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 12 min., Color, US
A restaurant owner beaten. A policeman fired. A 20 year subway conductor born in the U.S., threatened with job loss: All for wearing the signature turbans of their religion, Sikhism. Since 9/11, h...

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...

A Day of Plane Hunting
Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Producer: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Viet Nam
1968, 20 min., BW, Vietnam
This film demonstrates the crucial role that Vietnamese women played in the war. It focuses on the attempts made during the war to achieve the total participation of women in production, education and...

Decision to Win: The First Fruits
Sistema Radio Venceremos/Radio Venceremos System
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos/Radio Venceremos System
1981, 75 min., Color, El Salvador
This unique and moving film depicts the Salvadoran heartland in the early years of the war. It presents different aspects of daily life in El Salvador in areas called popular power zones controlled by...

Democracy in Dakar
Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine & Chris Moore
Producer: Nomadic Wax and Sol Productions
2007, 66 min., Color, US/Senegal
"Democracy in Dakar" explores the transformative role of Hip-Hop in politics in Senegal, West Africa during the 2007 presidential election campaign. This documentary mixes interviews, freestyles, and ...

Deported
Rachèle Magloire & Chantal Regnault
2012, 72 min., Color, Haiti
DEPORTED follows members of a unique group of men in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America. Since 1996, the United States has implemented a policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who h...

Diabetes: Notes from Indian Country
Beverly Singer
Producer: Beverly Singer
2000, 30 min., Color, US
In 1993, the U.S. Public Health/Indian Health Service reported that 40% of all persons, 40 years and older, residing on American Indian reservations are diabetic. This video visits the Winnebago Indi...

Diamonds in the Rough: A Ugandan Hip Hop Revolution
Brett Mazurek
2009, 53 min., US/Uganda
From the ashes of four decades of war, AIDS and corruption in Uganda, The Bataka Squad artists, Babaluku and Saba Saba, rise to forge a revolutionary path using music. They are on a mission to empower...

Diaspora Conversations: from Goree to Dogon
Manthia Diawara
2000, 47 min., Color, US
Actor Danny Glover and director Manthia Diawara travel through West Africa from Goree to Dogon, creating conversations that link different sides and accounts of the African diaspora. "Diaspora Convers...

Directions
Renne Pollonais
2008, 12 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
No one gives directions like a Trinidadian. Ask a Trini how to get to a certain place and if he doesn’t know the way, instead of admitting his ignorance, he’ll send you on a roundabout route guarantee...

Don't Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare
Chip Richie
Producer: Steven R. Heape
2010, 60 min., Color, US
Declared wards of the state, Native Americans were promised housing, education and healthcare in numerous treaties with the US Government. Like so many other federal promises, these too have not been ...

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project
Charles B. Brack
Producer: Charles B. Brack, CoProduced with Third World Newsreel
2008, 58 min., Color, US
This documentary tells the little known story of Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old student who was fatally stabbed in a gay hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. Sakia was an Aggressive, according to GLAAD, a hom...

Drummit 2 Summit
Christopher Laird
2009, 45 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
On April 18th, 2009, the Rights Action Group and Fishermen and Friends of the Sea held a public event in the St. James Amphitheatre, Trinidad. This event, called a “Drummit 2 Summit,” was to allow for...

E Minha Cara
Thomas Allen Harris
2001, 56 min., Color, US/Brazil
A mythopoetic feast of self-discovery that crosses three continents and three generations, E MINHA CARA traces the filmmaker's journey to Salvador Da Bahia, the African heart and soul of Brazil, as he...

Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê
Carolina Moraes-Liu
Producer: Carolina Moraes-Liu and Chung Liu
2010, 20 min., Color, Brazil/US
EBONY GODDESS: QUEEN OF ILÊ AIYÊ follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is b...

Echando Raices
J.T. Takagi
Producer: The American Friends Service Committee/Rachel Kamel/Third World Newsreel
2002, 60 min., Color, US
Made in collaboration with local community groups, this three part documentary looks at the lives and struggles of a range of immigrant and refugee communities. In the Central Valley of California, m...

Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation
Manthia Diawara
2010, 50 min., Color, US
In 2009, filmmaker Manthia Diawara, along with his camera, documented his conversations with Martinican philosopher, writer, and poet Édouard Glissant aboard the Queen Mary II on their transatlantic j...

El Salvador Media Project Video Series
Sistema Radio Venceremos
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos
1987, Color, El Salvador
Third World Newsreel maintains a collection of videotapes that chronicle the Salvadoran people's struggle for democracy. The following videotapes are available for viewing at Third World Newsreel by l...

An Empty House Falls
Marta Rodríguez and Fernando Restrepo
2004, 52 min., Color, Colombia
In the violent and complex conflict that has racked Colombia, the most vulnerable are always the most affected. The URABÁ TRILOGY presents the stories of Afrocolombian peasants displaced from their la...

Enemy Alien
Konrad Aderer
2011, 82 min., Color, US
ENEMY ALIEN is the gripping story of the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants. Told through the eyes of the fil...

Environmental Racism
Ada Gay Griffin & Kenyatta Fuderburk
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1990, 60 min., Color, US
In two 30 minute programs that combine footage from over 20 sources, this tape focuses on educating and organizing disadvantaged communities to act on environmental issues and conditions affecting the...

Fade to Black
Tony Cokes & Donald Trammel
1991, 33 min., Color, US
This videotape is a meditation on contemporary race relations. In voiceover, two Black men describe events that typically go unnoticed or discounted by the white mainstream. They examine gestures, hes...

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...

A Family Called Abrew
Maureen Blackwood
Producer: Sankofa Film and Video Collective
1992, 42 min., Color, UK
This documentary profiles a fascinating family that has been based in Scotland since the end of the 19th century. It also traces the history of people of African descent living in Europe before the gr...

Family Portrait in Black and White
Julia Ivanova
Producer: Boris Ivanov
2011, 85 min., Color, Canada/Ukraine
Olga Nenya has 27 children. Four of them, now adults, are her biological children; the other 23 are adopted or foster children. Of those 23, 16 are biracial. Some residents of Sumy, Ukraine, consider ...

Favela Rising
Jeff Zimbalist & Matt Mochary
Color, Brazil
Their music fueled a movement. His message fought a war. FAVELA RISING documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of ...

Fight Black: Urban Martial Arts
Third World Newsreel Workshop
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1991, 15 min., Color, US
Marcus Salgado is a young martial artist from the South Bronx who leads the viewer through a stunning array of community martial arts activity in New York City. The tape shows classes that promote hea...

Finding Christa
Camille Billops & James Hatch
1991, 55 min., Color, US
This documentary presents a moving yet unsentimental view of motherhood and adoption. It explores the feelings surrounding the reunion of a young woman with her natural mother 20 years after being giv...

Finding Common Ground in New Orleans
Walidah Imarisha
Producer: Phil Fivel Rothberg
2006, 23 min., Color, US
In this short documentary, activist and poet Walidah Imarisha travels to New Orleans and other neighboring towns shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. In her path she encounter grassroo...

Finding D-QU: The Lonely Struggle of California's only Tribal College
Chris Newman
Producer: Chris Newman
2010, 26 min., Color, US
In 2005, D-Q University, California’s only tribal college, was shut down after a 35-year struggle. Since then, the school’s board of trustees, past students, and community members have tried to reopen...

Fire Burn Babylon
Sarita Siegel
2012, 53 min., Color, UK
An inquiry into the transformations of culture and place when a spiritually vivid past meets the intransigent reality of a Western city. Rastafarians Lyndon, I-Shaka and Elroy reinvent themselves as r...

Floristas
Ruben Gonzalez
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1995, 18 min., Color, US
Floristas are immigrant flower vendors who scratch out a living by hawking their wares on the streets of New York City. Gonzalez depicts a world where survival depends on not only selling your wares,...

Follow Your Heart: China's New Youth Movement
Duncan Jepson
2007, 89 min., Color, China
A revealing documentary on the work and life of successful and independent Chinese Hip-Hop artists and their cultural influence in a society rapidly changing from communism to consumerism. Clashing wi...

For a Better Life
CEFREC/CAIB
Producer: CEFREC CAIB
2008, 55 min., Color, Bolivia
With exclusive footage, this film documents the drafting of the 2009 Bolivian constitution, and the long history of indigenous activism that led to this revolutionary movement for ethnic and linguisti...

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 ev...

Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora
Lisa Wickham
2011, 50 min., Color
Shot in nine countries, this documentary reveals the economic power of the people of the Caribbean Diaspora living in global cities; the significance of their contribution to their homeland, as travel...

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 ...

Four American Sailors a.k.a. Four Americans (Newsreel #3)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1967, 19 min., BW, Japan/US
An extended interview with the four American sailors who deserted in protest against the war in Vietnam in 1967. Filmed in Japan, the interviews reveal much about how they reached their decision to de...

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
2018, 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 ...

Frekuensia Kolombiana
Vanessa Gocksch
2006, 58 min., Color, Colombia
FREKUENSIA KOLOMBIANA profiles the grassroots Hip-Hop scene in Colombia, exploring the popularity of all the elements--MCing, breakdancing, graffiti, and DJing--and their relation to the political and...

Fresh Seeds in The Big Apple
Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1976, 25 min., Color, US
Made in cooperation with the parents and workers of two publicly funded daycare centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn, this historical Third World Newsreel production -- FRESH SEEDS IN THE BIG APPLE -- as...

From Spikes to Spindles
Christine Choy
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1976, 46 min., Color, US
This raw, gutsy portrait of New York's Chinatown captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old join...

Frontier Life
Hans Fjellestad
Producer: Ryan Page
2003, 92 min., Color, US/Mexico
A feature-length documentary that explores beyond Tijuana s sin-city heritage and searches for the heart and identity of a city that is much more than a cantina-strewn throwback to the Old West. It a...

Frozen Happiness: Impunity, Elections and Hope in Oaxaca
Tami Gold & Gerardo Renique
2012, 60 min., Color, US/Mexico
Video Reports from Oaxaca include two documentary shorts: Land, Rain & Fire and Frozen Happiness LAND, RAIN AND FIRE This short documentary tells the story of the police attack on more than fifty ...

Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown
Nicole Franklin
Producer: EPIPHANY Inc.
2010, 36 min., Color, US
In 2004 at her home in Oslo, Norway, soprano Anne Wiggins Brown sat down with tenor Dr. William A. Brown (no relation) of the Center Black Music Research for an on-the-record conversation about origin...

Gideon's Army
Dawn Porter
Producer: Julie Goldman
2013, 95 min., Color, US
GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South ch...

Grandmother's Flower
Jeong-hyun Mun
2008, 89 min., Color, South Korea
When director Mun accidentally discovered the diaries of his late granduncle, who was mentally ill, he unexpectedly learned about his family's secret history. The small mountain village in South Jeoll...

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 t...

Haight, The (Newsreel #21)
San Francisco Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
6 min., BW, US
The San Francisco Haight community fights in the streets to defend their culture against brutal police oppression. Made by San Francisco Newsreel....

Hair-tage
Shawn Batey
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1997, 10 min., Color, US
This short documentary examines the decisions involved in growing and wearing dreadlocks in African-American communities. Through interviews and playful camerawork, Batey explores the motivations and ...

Hanoi, Tuesday the 13th
Santiago Alvarez
Producer: ICAIC
1967, 40 min., BW, Cuba
Filmed in Hanoi on December 13, 1966, this documentary records the lives of people in the Vietnam capital and surrounding countryside at the height of U.S. bombing. Their daily activities are presente...

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America
Eduardo López & Peter Getzels
Producer: Wendy Thompson-Marquez
2012, 90 min., Color, US
At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, HARVEST OF EMPIRE examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we ...

Heart of Harlem
Brian Lindstrom
Bob McCullough
2001, 9 min., Color, US
HEART OF HARLEM traces the life and times of Holcombe Rucker, who founded a summer basketball league while working for New York Citys Parks Department in order to give young people a positive alternat...

Here to Stay
ManSee Kong
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2008, 7 min., Color, US
Illustrates the effects of gentrification in Manhattan’s Chinatown as an elderly man and fellow tenants in endangered single-room occupancy building await the results of an anti-eviction lawsuit. A TW...

Herman B. Ferguson, Candidate for U.S. Senate (Newsreel #15)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
12 min., BW, US
A film about Herman Ferguson, a candidate for the U.S. Senate on the Freedom and Peace ticket in the 1968 election....

High School Rising (Newsreel #38)
San Francisco Newsreel
15 min., BW, US
An analysis of how the schools by using the tracking system, exploit and oppress people in terms of class origins and how students can begin to organize....

Hiphopistan: Representing Locality in a Global City
Çiğdem Akbay
2007, 25 min., Color, Turkey
HIPHOPISTAN is a documentary film that examines the impact of Hip-Hop culture on Istanbul youth and reveals how young Turkish rappers, DJs, break-dancers, and graffiti artists creatively blend popular...

Hiroshima Nagasaki Download
Shinpei Takeda
2010, 73 min., Color, US/Japan
In Spring of 2009, two former high school friends set out on a road trip from Vancouver, Canada, heading south towards the Mexican border. Along the way, they meet atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima a...

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 ...

Homeland Insecurity
Third World Newsreel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 6 min., Color, US
A recent string of hate crimes in the months following September 11th is set within the historical context of jingoism and nationalism in the United States....

Homes Apart: Korea
J.T. Takagi & Christine Choy
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1991, 56 min., Color, US/Korea
They speak the same language, share a similar culture and once belonged to a single nation. When the Korean War ended in 1953, ten million families were torn apart. By the early 90's, as the rest of t...

Hope in My Heart: The May Ayim Story
Maria Binder
1997, 28 min., Color, Germany
A moving documentary about the life and untimely death of Ghanaian-German poet, academic and political personality May Ayim. Ayim was one of the founders of the Black German Movement, and her research...

Human Traffic: Past and Present
Frances-Anne Solomon
2012, 34 min., Color, US
This eye-opening film documents the 2011 Conference on Human Trafficking and features the work of leading scholars, historians, lawyers, activists, and artists to generate a broad discussion of some o...

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

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

In Bed with a Mosquito
Sarah Frank
2008, 18 min., Color, US
Betty Brassell, a 78-year-old retired telephone operator born and raised in rural Georgia, spends nearly every day - rain or shine - protesting in the streets of New York City, her walker currently em...

In My Genes
Lupita Nyong'o
2009, 78 min., Color, Kenya
What is it like to be 'white' in a 'black' society? IN MY GENES shares the lives of 8 people with albinism in Kenya. It reveals the uplifting life story of Agnes, a woman with albinism of few means wh...

In the Absence of Peace
Michael T. Martin
Producer: Martin/Shepard Production
1988, 54 min., Color, US/Nicaragua
"In the past, the workers did not have all the possibilities we have now, despite the war waged against us." This documentary explores the human and social costs of the continuing military and pol...

In the Event Anyone Disappears
Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1974, 25 min., Color, US
This documentary examines conditions faced by US prisoners in the early 70s, conditions that have remained virtually unchanged until today. Shot inside men's maximum-security prisons in Trenton and Ra...

In the Spirit of Peace
Al Santana
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 8 min., Color, US
After September 11th, religion becomes the vehicle for a community looking for commensurability in the midst of an environment that would rather seek quick answers to a larger problem....

Indochina: Traces of a Mother
Idrissou Mora-Kpai
2011, 72 min., Color, France/Benin
INDOCHINA: TRACES OF A MOTHER documents a little-known chapter in African, Asian and French colonial history and the personal story of Christophe, a Beninese-Vietnamese orphan that returns to Vietnam ...

The Insatiable Season
Mariel Brown
2007, 52 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
It’s January 2006 and Brian Mac Farlane’s carnival workshop is quiet and practically empty – littered with left-over costumes and a couple of hangers-on from last year’s carnival. The atmosphere begin...

Inside Women Inside
Christine Choy & Cynthia Maurizio
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1978, 21 min., Color, US
This film exposes the daily humiliation regularly faced by women in U.S. prisons using firsthand accounts of inmates at the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women and the Correctional Institute ...

Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
2005, 50 min., Color, US/Cuba
INVENTOS explores the burgeoning Hip-Hop scene in Cuba. In spite of the US trade embargo against Cuba, the Hip-Hop movement is flourishing with popular innovative groups such as EPG&B, Grandes Ligas, ...

Invisible
Elspeth Duncan
2008, 11 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
INVISIBLE tells the story of a woman named “Veronica” and her two children. Both the mother and her young daughter are HIV-positive and face the bitter effects of discrimination against people living ...

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. INVISIB...

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 Ghanaia...

JAB! The Blue Devils of Paramin
Alex DeVerteuil
2006, 47 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
Isolated in the mountains of Trinidad, the district of Paramin, once a year at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of blue-painted ‘jabs’ or devils. This 46-minute documen...

Janie's Janie (Newsreel)
Newsreel, Geri Ashur, Peter Barton, Marilyn Mulford & Stephanie Palewski
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 25 min., BW, US
Produced by The Newsreel collective, JANIE'S JANIE is an extraordinary document of the early 1970's women's movement. In this personal documentary, Jane Giese, a working class woman in Newark, comes t...

Jareena, Portrait of a Hijda
Prem Kalliat
1990, 25 min., Color
This video offers a profile of a transsexual and her community in the Indian city of Bangalore. It provides a unique insight into the lives of Hijdas, a society of eunuchs numbering in the tens of tho...

Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor
Zahida Pirani
2014, 17 min., Color, US
JUDITH: PORTRAIT OF A STREET VENDOR is a documentary short that takes the audience on an intimate journey into the daily life of Judith, a street vendor from Guatemala who lives and works in New York ...

Juggling Gender: Politics, Sex and Identity
Tami Gold
1992, 26 min., Color, US
A loving portrait of Jennifer Miller, a lesbian performer who lives her life with a full beard. Miller works as a performance artist, circus director, clown and as the "bearded lady" in one of the onl...

Ki-Hi-Ka Ste': Life of Chief George Tall Chief
Amy Tall Chief
2010, 63 min., Color, US
Ki-Hi-Ka Ste' is a heartfelt story of one man's journey through life, the many lives he impacted and the legacy that he will leave behind. At age 93, George Eves Tall Chief is currently the oldest me...

L’Esprit Prêt-à-Partager
Jamika Ajalon
2009, 28 min., Color, Germany/Senegal
Documents an art workshop held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2008, where artists from Africa and Europe explore issues surrounding fashion, sport and diasporic art and identities. The artists collaborate with...

La Cocina de las Patronas
Javier García
Producer: Iliana Martinez, Ana Paula Uruñuela & SacBé Producciones
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 Patron...

Ladies of the Gridiron
Briana Young
Producer: Jeff Olsen
2010, 35 min., Color/BW, US
When most think of American Football, then imagine raw, unbridled demonstrations of athletic might pushed to the max, but rarely do those images involve women. The Quake is a professional women's tack...

Land, Rain & Fire: Report from Oaxaca
Tami Gold & Gerardo Renique
Producer: Tami Gold & Gerardo Renique
2007, 30 min., Color, US/Mexico
What began as a teachers' strike for better wages and more resources for students has erupted into a massive movement for profound social change in the state of Oaxaca. With the largest indigenous pop...

Landscape & Memory: Martinican Land-people-history
Renee Gosson & Eric Faden
2001, 30 min., Color, US/Martinique
In LANDSCAPE AND MEMORY, the French West Indies most renowned identity theoreticians Jean Bernabe, Patrick Chamoiseau and Raphael Confiant investigate the different ways in which France, as a colonial...

Laos: the Forgotten War
Santiago Alvarez
Producer: ICAIC
1967, 20 min., Color, Cuba
This Cuban film focuses on the history of foreign intervention in Laos, first by France and then by the United States. It shows how the liberation forces of Laos, under continuous U.S. bombing, were a...

Lessons from Class Struggle
Kathleen Foster
1998, 46 min., Color, US
"Schools are a disaster zone," declares the young narrator at the beginning of this documentary about public education in New York City during the Mayor Giuliani era (1994-2001). LESSONS FROM CLASS ST...

Lest We Forget
Jason DaSilva
2003, 80 min., Color, US
Through critical lenses, this film explores a lesson that history has forgotten in a country that is alienating its citizens and violating their basic rights. During World War II it was Japanese-Amer...

Letter from Morazan: The Commander Gonzalo Military Campaign
Sistema Radio Venceremos/Radio Venceremos System
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos/Radio Venceremos System
1982, 50 min., Color, El Salvador
This unusual documentary is an unsentimental portrait of the rebel military campaign in July-August 1982 that led to FMLN dominance of the war in El Salvador. Often humorous, with a haunting, leisurly...

A Litany For Survival: the Life and Work of Audre Lorde (90)
Ada Gay Griffin & Michelle Parkerson
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1996, 90 min., Color, US
An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings -- spanning five decades -- articulated some of the most important socia...

A Litany For Survival: the Life and Work of Audre Lorde
Ada Gay Griffin & Michelle Parkerson
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1995, 52 min., Color, US
An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings -- spanning five decades -- articulated some of the most important socia...

Little Brother: Series
Nicole Franklin
Color, US
LITTLE BROTHER is a series of short documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. Beginning in 2010, filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett started taking an annual look at B...

Little Brother: A Do Right Man (Chapter 3)
Jasmin Tiggett
Producer: Nicole Franklin, Epiphany, Inc.
2012, 17 min., Color, US
LITTLE BROTHER is a series of short documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. Beginning in 2010, filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett started taking an annual look at B...

Little Brother: Manchild in the Promised Land (Chapter 5)
Nicole Franklin
Producer: Nicole Franklin & J. Tiggett
2015, 17 min., Color, US
LITTLE BROTHER: MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND is Chapter 5 of the film series that features young Black boys and their thoughts on Love. This chapter was filmed in Tucson, AZ, where the young men have...

Little Brother: The Fire Next Time (Chapter 4)
Nicole Franklin
2014, 17 min., Color, US
LITTLE BROTHER is a series of short documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. Beginning in 2010, filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett started taking an annual look at B...

Little Brother: The Street (Chapter 2)
Nicole Franklin
Producer: EPIPHANY Inc.
2012, 17 min., Color, US
LITTLE BROTHER is a series of 15-minute documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. Beginning in 2010, filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett started taking an annual look ...

Little Brother: Things Fall Apart (Chapter 1)
Nicole Franklin & Jasmin Tiggett
Producer: EPIPHANY Inc.
2010, 18 min., Color, US
LITTLE BROTHER is a series of 15-minute documentary films dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. Beginning in 2010, filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Jasmin Tiggett started taking an annual look ...

Little Immigrants
Sonia Fritz & Frances Lausell
2008, 42 min., Color, Mexico/US
LITTLE IMMIGRANTS is an insider's look into child smuggling captured from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. This documentary is a dramatic firsthand account of a family's journey to reunite after ...

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. A...

Lockdown, USA
Michael Skolnik & Rebecca Chaiklin
2006, 84 min., Color, US
In 1973, New York State enacted the Rockefeller Drug Laws, which are the harshest drug control measures ever passed in any democratic nation. President Reagan declared the National “War on Drugs” in 1...

Look At My People How They Struggle a.k.a. Mire Mi Pueblo, ¡Como Lucha!
Sistema Radio Venceremos
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos
1985, 30 min., Color, El Salvador
A fresh, free-wheeling look at the mothers, daughters, teachers, and political prisoners in El Salvador and their struggle to come to terms with suffering and political persecution. A rare opportunity...

The Lower 9: A Story of Home (Long Version)
Matthew Hashiguchi
Producer: Matthew Hashiguchi & Elaine McMillion
2012, 50 min., Color, US
THE LOWER 9: A STORY OF HOME showcases six determined Lower Ninth Ward residents who share their most intimate stories of home, as they resume their lives years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their n...

The Lower 9: A Story of Home (Short Version)
Matthew Hashiguchi
Producer: Matthew Hashiguchi & Elaine McMillion
2012, 20 min., Color, US
THE LOWER 9: A STORY OF HOME showcases four determined Lower Ninth Ward residents who share their most intimate stories of home, as they resume their lives years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their ...

Maison Tropicale
Manthia Diawara
2008, 58 min., Color, Republic of Congo/France
In 2008, filmmaker Manthia Diawara and artist Angela Ferreira travelled to Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo to “search through the debris left behind by those who took away the [Maison Tropicales]....

Mark of a Man (Newsreel #28)
San Francisco Newsreel
20 min., BW, US
An anti-recruting film. How Army trains its men to fight against the people of Vietnam. Recent American veterans of the Vietnamese war describe their experiences. Made by San Francisco Newsreel....

Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing And The Fight For Fairness
Thomas Allen Harris
2011, 15 min., Color, US
A documentary that connects the Lesbian and Gay Marriage Equality movement with the Black Civil Rights Movement. This documentary interweaves archival footage and photos with contemporary intervie...

Mas Man
Dalton Narine
2010, 56 min., Color, Trinidad/US
Mingling traditional Carnival elements with abstract ideas, Emmy Award winner Peter Minshall goes chic to chic with upper crust art in Trinidad’s annual spring festival. The film captures his flair fo...

May Day Panther a.k.a. May Day (Newsreel #29)
San Francisco Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 15 min., BW, US
This film documents a rally in San Francisco sponsored by the Black Panther Party. Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and other speakers addressed thousands of protesters demanding more rights for Africa...

Medical Committee for Human Rights (Newsreel #40)
Newsreel
BW, US
The film shows the medical committees role during the long strike at San Francisco State College and the need for tactical knowledge of first aid as the student movement intensified....

Mi Otro Yo (My Other Self)
Isaac Artenstein
Producer: Cinewest
1989, 30 min., Color, US
Expanding his exploration of marginalized identity and border culture, videomaker Artenstein's MI OTRO YO looks at the work of Chicano artists living in California. Their cultural ties to Mexico and h...

Mississippi Triangle
Christine Choy, Worth Long, Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1984, 78 min., Color, US
This is an intimate portrait of life in the Mississippi Delta, where Chinese, African Americans and whites live in a complex world of cotton, labor, and racial conflict. The history of the Chinese com...

Mohawk Nation
Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1978, 45 min., Color, US
In 1974, a group of Mohawks reoccupied a part of their ancestral land and proclaimed it Ganienkeh. MOHAWK NATION, made in the mid-70s by the occupants themselves and the Third World Newsreel crew, is ...

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 activi...

Mouth Harp in Minor Key: Hamid Naficy In/On Exile
Maryam Sepehri
Producer: Maryam Sepehri
2017, 61 min., Color, US/Iran
For Iranian scholar Hamid Naficy, exile is like an elevator that runs between “two cultural poles, two memories, two lives.” Naficy belongs to the Iranian generation that lived through the modernizati...

Mr. Devious
John Fredericks
2006, 73 min., South Africa
MR. DEVIOUS is an exploration of the life and impact of South African Hip-Hop artist Mr. Devious on the youth and community of Cape Flats in Cape Town, South Africa. The film traces Mr. Devious' intro...

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 video...

Musica
Gustavo Paredes
1985, 59 min., Color, US
This film is an odyssey through the eyes, words and music of individuals who pioneered Afro-Cuban music in the United States. The video offers a rich overview of a wide number of musical styles from ...

My Life, Our Struggle
Suzana Amaral
1979, 43 min., Color, Brazil
On the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, a group of poor women decided to organize their community to improve the conditions of poverty in which they lived. Grupo de Maes de Vila Campo Li...

Nailed It: Vietnamese & The Nail Industry
Adele Pham
2018, 59 min., Color, US
Visit any strip mall in the United States, and there’s bound to be a Vietnamese nail salon. While ubiquitous in cities across the country, few Americans know the history behind the salons and the 20 V...

Namibia: Independence Now!
Christine Choy & Pearl Bowser
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1985, 55 min., Color, US/Namibia
This moving film was shot inside refugee settlements in Zambia and Angola. It examines how exiled Namibians worked to free their country from illegal South African exploitation and prepare for their c...

Nas: Time Is Illmatic
One9 & Erik Parker
Producer: One9 & Erik Parker
2014, 74 min., Color, US
Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, N...

Nazareth in August
Norman Cowie, Ahmed Damian & Dan Walworth
1986, 58 min., Color
Surrounded by settlements and the encroaching Jewish city of Nazareth Elite, the life of Nazareth's 55,000 Arabs remains a daily struggle. This documentary shows Palestinian Arabs living as Israeli ci...

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...

Never Again
Marta Rodríguez and Fernando Restrepo
2001, 56 min., Color, Colombia
In the violent and complex conflict that has racked Colombia, the most vulnerable are always the most affected. The URABÁ TRILOGY presents the stories of Afrocolombian peasants displaced from their la...

No Bois Man No Fraid
Christopher Laird
2013, 100 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
Two young Trinidadian internationally certified multidisciplinary martial artists re-discovered their roots in the unique Trinidadian martial art of Kalinda or stick fighting and were accepted for men...

No Time to Lose
Allan Siegel & Patricia Benoit
1988, 28 min., Color, US
Average New Yorkers describe their childhood experiences as "carefree", and "lots of fun and games". But 40% of all Black children and 50% of all Hispanic children in New York City live below the nat...

Now Jimmy
Mary Wells
1999, 15 min., Color, Jamaica
This film explores land rights issues from the point of view of Jimmy, a squatter living in Jamaica....

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

Of Kites and Borders
Yolanda Pividal
2014, 60 min., Color, US/Mexico/Spain
OF KITES AND BORDERS, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the San Diego Film Festival and the Havana Film Festival in New York, tells the story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US...

Older Women and Love
Camille Billops & James Hatch
1987, 26 min., Color, US
Using interviews and dramatizations, this film achieves a touching and often humorous look at social attitudes towards relationships between older women and younger men. The filmmakers are involved on...

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...

On The Map
Annalee Davis
2007, 30 min., Color, Barbados/Trinidad/Guyana
ON THE MAP debunks the myth of a unified, “laid back” Caribbean culture by exposing how Caribbean people treat themselves as “other.” By questioning the notion of a merged Caribbean, the film asks dif...

One People
Al Santana
Producer: Laura L. Fowler & Al Santana
2007, 30 min., Color, US
Is everything political? Against the backdrop of a gentrified Harlem community, the story centers on two sisters who have opposite views about social responsibility and the role of artists. Aliyah, a ...

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

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. Be...

Orientations
Richard Fung
Producer: Gay Asians Toronto
1985, 56 min., Color, Canada
More than a dozen men and women of different Asian backgrounds speak frankly about their lives as members of a minority within a minority. They speak about coming out, homophobia, racism, cultural id...

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn (72)
Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
2010, 72 min., Color/BW, US/Haiti
Part carnival, part vodou ceremony, and part grassroots protest, Haitian “Rara” is one of the most breathtaking and contested forms of music in the Americas. The Other Side of the Water follows a grou...

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn
Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
2010, 52 min., Color/BW, US/Haiti
Part carnival, part vodou ceremony, and part grassroots protest, Haitian “Rara” is one of the most breathtaking and contested forms of music in the Americas. The Other Side of the Water follows a gro...

The Other Town
Nefin Dinç
Producer: Hercules Millas, Nefin Dinç, Claudine Avetyan & Gamze Paker Mekik
2011, 45 min., Color, Greece/Turkey/US
Why do neighbors fight? Why do citizens of Greece and Turkey experience mutual dislike and distrust? Decades after the end of the Greco-Turkish War, the last armed conflict between Greece and Turkey, ...

Out of La Negrura/Out of Blackness in the Bronx
Jane Gabriels
2018, 24 min., Color, US
Dance artists Sita Frederick, Ana "Rokafella" Garcia, and Marion Ramirez collaborate to create a performance work that explores Caribbean and Latina-American experiences through dance. OUT OF LA NE...

Ọya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa!
Seyi Adebanjo
2015, 30 min., Color, US/Nigeria
In this documentary, Queer Gender-Non-Conforming Nigerian media artist Seyi Adebanjo tells a tale not often heard about gender and indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. ỌYA follows Seyi's journey to Nigeria...

Palante, Siempre Palante!
Iris Morales
1996, 48 min., Color, US
In the midst of the African American civil rights struggle, protests to end the Vietnam War and the women's movement for equality, Puerto Rican and Latino communities fought for economic and social ju...

Parallel Adele
Adele Pham
Producer: Adele Pham
2008, 16 min., Color, US
Two half Vietnamese documentary filmmakers, both named Adele, weave a shared narrative of mixed Asian (hapa) experiences through interviews with 7 other mixed race subjects. History, memory, and anecd...

The People United
Alonzo Speight
1985, 60 min., Color, US
Boston, 1978: It was an intense period of racial conflict over school bussing and escalating incidents of police brutality in the predominantly Black section of Roxbury. In the wake of growing racial ...

People's Firehouse #1
Paul Schneider
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1979, 25 min., BW, US
"We're making our point to the whole United States: you can fight the system; and win!" The Polish Americans of Northside, Brooklyn realized their community was under attack by the city bureaucracy: s...

People's Park (Newsreel #33)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 25 min., BW, US
In the late 1960s the University of California at Berkeley began buying up and destroying a nearby area populated by hippies, the poor, and other members of the "counter culture". In retaliation, the ...

People's War (Newsreel #43)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 40 min., BW, US
This newly restored film records the mobilization and participation of the Vietnamese people in their country's fight against colonialism and foreign military aggression. Moving beyond the perception...

Percussion, Impressions and Reality
Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1978, 30 min., Color, US
This is the first comprehensive U.S. film to explore the origins and growth of traditional Puerto Rican music. Interviews with musicians living in New York reveal how traditional music is used as a so...

Photos of Angie
Alan Domínguez
Producer: Alan Domínguez, David Domínguez & Jennifer Warren
2011, 55 min., Color, US
In 2008, 18 year-old, Mexican-American Angie Zapata was found dead in her small apartment in Greely, Colorado. The media quickly reported that she was a typical teenager – she loved using her cell pho...

Politics from a Black Woman's Insides
Yuko Edwards
1997, 26 min., Color, US
Follow one woman's search for the Hottentot Venus, the legendary link between ape and human and icon of black female subjectivity. Edwards's film explores the construction of race through both scienti...

Promise and Unrest
Alan Grossman & Áine O’Brien
Producer: FOMACS in association with Ned Kelly Pictures
2010, 79 min., Color, Ireland
Through struggle and sacrifice migrant women often stand as sole breadwinners in the transnational family. Separated from her daughter Gracelle at 7 months, Noemi Barredo left the Philippines for work...

Promised Land
Yoruba Richen
Producer: Yoruba Richen
2010, 57 min., Color, South Africa/US
Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved. As revealed in Yoruba Richen’s incisive PROMISED LAND, the most potentially explosive i...

El Pueblo se Levanta (Newsreel #63)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 42 min., BW, US
In the late '60s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the US reached the boiling point. Faced with racial discrimination, deficient community services, and poor education and job opportunities, Puerto Ric...

Punta Soul
Nyasha Laing
2008, 39 min., Color, Belize
Punta Soul is the intergenerational story of an inspiring musical journey told through its intimate portraits of Garifuna musicians such as Andy Palacio. The Garifuna, an afro-indigenous people exiled...

R.O.T.C. (Newsreel #34)
Newsreel
20 min., BW, US
An anti-ROTC film with data demonstrating university complicity with the military, what that military is used for and why the supposedly neutral universities want to keep ROTC on campus....

Race Against Prime Time
David Shulman
1985, 60 min., Color, US
An award winning documentary about TV news and racial conflict in Miami. In 1980, Arthur McDuffie, an African American community worker was brutally kicked, beaten and clubbed to death by Miami po...

Raised by Our Own Authority
Mauricio Acosta
Producer: Association of Indigenous Councils of the North of Cauca
2006, 24 min., Color, Colombia
In May 2006, more than 300,000 Colombians, including indigenous communities and social justice organizations came together at the National Traveling Summit to demand a national referendum on the Free ...

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 w...

Red Card: Soccer and Racism (Tarjeta Roja)
Rodolfo Muñoz
2007, 93 min., Color, Ecuador
This award-winning documentary about racism in Ecuador tells the story of Afro-Ecuadorian soccer player, Agustin "El Tin" Delgado. Arguably the best soccer player in the Ecuadorian national team, Delg...

Refuseniks
Sonja de Vries
2005, 55 min., Color, US/Israel
REFUSENIKS uses stunning archival footage, still photos and interviews to document the stories of Israeli men and women who refuse to serve in the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. In ...

Remembering Jason
Nashid Fareed
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2000, 24 min., Color, US
Dedicated to "those we have lost to needless violence", REMEMBERING JASON portrays the lives of those connected to him. After living what could be termed a normal life--school, sports, music--Jason Th...

Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself.
Yvonne Welbon
1995, 30 min., Color, us/China
An autobiographical experimental documentary about the artist's experiences as an African-American woman living in Taiwan for six years. Recreations of time and place are presented through memories, h...

Repatriation
Dong-won Kim
Producer: PURN Productions
2003, 149 min., Color, South Korea
In the spring of 1992 documentary filmmaker Dong-won Kim met Cho Chang-son and Kim Seak-hyoung, two North Koreans arrested by South Korean authorities years before. Convicted of spying for the North, ...

Resilience
Lana Lovell
2010, 48 min., Color, Canada
An intimate, richly detailed documentary that confronts long-held stereotypes by stepping inside the lives of three real women in the real world. With honesty, intelligence and humour, Nancy, Simone a...

Resist - With Noam Chomsky a.k.a. Chomsky-Resist (Newsreel #1)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 12 min., BW, US
This short film offers a rare look at Noam Chomsky in the late 1960s as he speaks candidly about the war in Vietnam and articulates critiques that have an eerie resonance in the present day. Includ...

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

Respect is Due
Cyrille Phipps
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1992, 10 min., Color, US
In keeping with the doctrines of Wall Street and Madison Avenue, sex sells rap music. In this video, Black youth examine the ways women of African descent are frequently portrayed in rap lyrics and mu...

Reunion: West Indian Women at War
Frances-Anne Solomon
1993, 25 min., Color, UK
In 1943, 300 middle-class “colored” women from across the West Indies were recruited to the ATS, a branch of the British Army during WW2. Meeting up for a reunion with her wartime friends, 72-year-...

Revolution Until Victory a.k.a. We Are the Palestinian People (Newrseel #65)
San Francisco Newsreel
45 min., BW, US
Filmed in Palestine by Newsreel, REVOLUTION UNTIL VICTORY shows the refugee camps of the Middle East, the rise of the Palestinian Liberation Movement and Israel's relation ship to the Western imperial...

Rezoning Harlem: The Battle over Harlem's Future
Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat
Producer: Natasha Florentino, Tamara Gubernat, Juliana Alzate and Pamela Nichols
2008, 40 min., Color, US
Since 2002, more than 100 rezonings have been signed into law in New York City, including the rezoning of 125th Street in Harlem. REZONING HARLEM follows longtime members of the Harlem community a...

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

Ritual Rhythms: Candombe
Mabel Maio
1999, 48 min., Color, Uruguay
This documentary explores the history and modern reality of candombe, the drum music of Uruguay's black parade bands. It is a way of life that was born in the musical gatherings of slaves in urban mar...

The River Where We Live
Sylvain L'Espérance
2006, 92 min., Canada/Mali
The Niger River in Mali crosses a vast plain in the heart of the Sahel. It is a vivid patchwork of canals, rivers, lakes, islands, seas, prairies and flood zones. Throughout this territory, human soci...

Rouch in Reverse
Manthia Diawara
1995, 52 min., US/UK
Malian filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara critiques visual anthropology through the work of Jean Rouch....

Saints Rising
Hailima Yates
Producer: Anonamiss Productions, LLC
2008, 45 min., Color, US
SAINTS RISING is a documentary presenting the voices of New Orleans years after Hurricane Katrina and the breech of the levees. From children to volunteers, they discuss the troubles that were left be...

Salty Dog Blues
Al Santana & Denise B Santiago
2012, 52 min., Color/BW, US
SALTY DOG BLUES features a group of men and women of color who served in the United States Merchant Marine from 1937 – 1989. This nine-year project examines their development as a multi-racial and int...

Samuel Lind's Coastal World
Sonia Fritz
Producer: Frances Lausell
2006, 24 min., Color, Puerto Rico
This documentary captures the colors, music and culture that inspire the art of Samuel Lind, an Afro-Puerto Rican painter, graphic artist and sculptor. Originally from Loiza, Puerto Rico, Lind celebra...

San Francisco State: On Strike a.k.a. On Strike (Newsreel #26)
San Francisco Newsreel
1969, 25 min., BW, US
A documentary of the now famous San Francisco State strike of 1968-69. This film shows the role the tracking system played in determining the quality of education provided to children of working-clas...

Sanctuary: An Expression of Conscience
Third World Newsreel Workshop
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1989, 23 min., Color, US
This film describes the war in El Salvador and the plight of its people who flee persecution and death only to be denied sanctuary under the U.S. Refugee Act. The refugees' struggle for a safe haven ...

Secondhand (Pepe)
Hanna Rose Shell & Vanessa Bertozzi
2007, 24 min., Color, United States/Haiti/Canada
In this documentary about used clothing, the historical memoir of a Jewish immigrant rag picker intertwines with the present-day story of 'pepe' — secondhand clothing that flows from North America to ...

Seen, But Not Heard: AIDS and the Untold War Against Black Women
Cyrille Phipps
2008, 12 min., Color, US
SEEN, BUT NOT HEARD is a short documentary that will explore the historical antecedents, current trends, and emerging activism concerning HIV/AIDS and women of African descent. Through raw and reveal...

Sewing Woman
Arthur Dong
Producer: DeepFocus Productions
1983, 14 min., BW, Canada
This intimate document of Dong's mother's life is essential viewing for those who want to understand more about Asian women who immigrated to the U.S. from China. Through home movies, family snapshots...

She's Beautiful When She's Angry (Newsreel #48)
Newsreel
1969, 17 min., BW, US
This film documents a play given at the March 28th, 1969 abortion rally by some very angry women. A beauty contestant is primed by her mother, her teacher, her boyfriend, an ad man, and a capitalist f...

Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections On Ritual Space
Barbara McCullough
1980, 60 min., Color, US
This video investigates the use of ritual in the work of artists using different media. Here ritual is defined as the creation and utilization of objects, words or tones used in a repetitive or habitu...

A Shortness of Breath
Ann Kaneko
1993, 15 min., BW, US
Mixing documentary and narrative this film is a candid account of one woman's struggle with breast cancer and her own imminent death. Delving into various attitudes towards death and dying, the filmma...

Sky-blue Hometown
Soh-Young Kim
2000, 93 min., Color, Korea
This documentary traces the trajectory of a Korean diasporic community in the former Soviet Union. Placed in internment camps by Stalin during World War II, the plight of a generation of Korean-Russia...

Slave Routes: Resistance, Abolition and Creative Progress
Jayne Cortez
Producer: Manthia Diawara
2009, 100 min., Color, US
From the 1400s to the 1800s millions of Africans were forcefully removed from Africa and shipped across the Atlantic to the so-called "New World". In 1808, the passage of the Transantlantic Slave Trad...

A Song for Ourselves
Tadashi Nakamura
2009, 35 min., Color, US
A SONG FOR OURSELVES is an intimate journey into the life and music of Asian American Movement troubadour Chris Iijima. Struggling to make sense of their father’s early death, Iijima's teenage sons l...

Soraya, Love Is Not Forgotten
Marta Rodríguez and Fernando Restrepo
2006, 52 min., Color, Colombia
In the violent and complex conflict that has racked Colombia, the most vulnerable are always the most affected. The URABÁ TRILOGY presents the stories of Afrocolombian peasants displaced from their la...

Sowing Hope a.k.a. Seedtime of Hope
Sistema Radio Venceremos/Radio Venceremos System
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos/Radio Venceremos System
1983, 30 min., Color, El Salvador
This film depicts the activist role taken by the Catholic Church in defending human rights in El Salvador. Interviews with the late Archbishop Romero and Christians living in guerrilla-controlled zone...

Stand-By Generation, The
Juan Carlos Davila
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 a...

A String of Pearls
Camille Billops & James Hatch
2002, 56 min., Color, US
With this film, Camille Billops completes her family's trilogy - three documentaries that cover more than thirty years: "Suzanne Suzanne", shown in the New Director's series at the Museum of Modern Ar...

Struggle For Life
National Liberation Front Vietnam
Producer: National Liberation Front Vietnam
1968, 30 min., BW, Vietnam
This film depicts Vietnamese medical cadres working to save the lives of people in the liberated areas of South Vietnam during the war. At the front, medics carry the wounded to carefully concealed tu...

Stubborn City
Pooja Rangan
2006, 9 min., Color, India/US
In 2005, 8 feet of rain fell in Bombay, India in one day. This poetic piece highlights the resilience of the impoverished neighborhoods of this ancient city that were most affected, and how people su...

Student Movement in Indonesia: 15 Years Later
Tino Saroengallo
2013, 93 min., Color, Indonesia
In May 1998, the student movement in Indonesia, a popular movement denouncing the collapse of the Indonesian economy and demanding the end of President Suharto's authoritarian regime, accomplished the...

Su-Casa Senior Media Production Workshop Films: 2020 Films
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2020, 24 min., Color, US
From April to June, 2020, a dozen senior filmmakers learned about film theory, film scripting, and were taught to film and edit on their smart phones. Originally planned as an in-person workshop to be...

The Survivor’s Project: Voices from the Inside-Out!
Cabral Larc Trotman
2007, 45 min., Color, Canada
THE SURVIVOR'S PROJECT: VOICES FROM THE INSIDE OUT! explores the traumatic impact and implications of gun violence on young people, and young black men in particular, living in low-income, racialized ...

Suzanne, Suzanne
Camille Billops & James Hatch
1982, 30 min., BW, US
This poignant documentary profiles a young black woman's struggle to confront the legacy of a physically abusive father and her headlong flight into drug abuse. Suzanne, after years of physical and ps...

Take Your Bags
Camille Billops
1998, 11 min., Color, US
"My take on slavery: When the Africans boarded the ships bound for America, they carried in their bags all their memories of home. When they arrived in the New World, their bags had been switched, and...

Teach Our Children
Christine Choy & Susan Robeson
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1972, 35 min., BW, US
This film focuses on the historic 1971 Attica prison rebellion in upstate New York. It targets the conditions that caused prisoners to take drastic steps toward securing their basic rights. The film...

The Terror and the Time
The Victor Jara Collective
Producer: The Victor Jara Collective
1978, 75 min., BW, Guyana
The terror is British colonialism in Guyana; the time is 1953, the year of the first elections under a provisional democratic constitution. Stylized scenes photographed throughout Georgetown accompany...

Testing the Limits: NYC
Testing the Limits Collective
Producer: Testing the Limits Collective
1989, 30 min., Color, US
In 1987, the Ronald Reagan administration faced criticism from AIDS activists for its mismanagement of the AIDS crisis. Chanting "Test drugs, not people" and "Educate, don't isolate", activist groups ...

The Throwaways
Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley
Producer: Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley, Executive Producer: Sam Pollard
2014, 62 min., Color, US
THE THROWAWAYS is a personal exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community told through the eyes of formerly incarcerated activist Ira McKinle...

Tijuana, Nada Mas
Yolanda Pividal
2010, 27 min., Color, US/Mexico
Jonathan (“Pollo”) and Enrique (“Gordo”) are 14-year old orphans making their own living on the streets of Tijuana, the busiest frontier city in the world. Jonathan assists the “Coyotes” in smuggling ...

A Time of Daring (Tiempo de audacia)
Sistema Radio Venceremos
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos
1983, 40 min., Color, El Salvador
Constructed as a visual essay, with very little dialogue and no narration, this film juxtaposes scenes from both sides of the battle lines: U.S. advisors with government troops on one side and guerril...

A Time of Victory: Nine Years of War in El Salvador
Sistema Radio Venceremos/Radio Venceremos System
Producer: El Salvador Media Project
1989, 60 min., Color, El Salvador
This documentary is an unprecedented portrait of nine years of revolutionary war and counterinsurgency in El Salvador. Envisioned as an introductory document for the FMLN's top leadership in their fir...

Tinku Kamayu
Mabel Maio
2008, 30 min., Color, Argentina
This inspiring documentary tells the story of a group of Indigenous women who responded to Argentina's economic crisis by rediscovering the ancestral tradition of spinning and weaving wool. They call ...

To Be Me: Tony Quon
Pat Lau & Don Miller
Producer: Visual Communications
1973, 10 min., Color, US
This award-winning short film follows Tony, an active ten-year-old Chinese immigrant as he describes adjusting to an American school. Tony describes his first impressions of "strange new classrooms", ...

To Light the Spirit
Reynaldo Yujra
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
2002, 45 min., Color, Bolivia
In a collective production, an Aymara filmmaker follows the Kallawayas, healers and spiritual leaders of the Chari community of La Paz, to learn about the indigenous reality of the region. Traditional...

To Love, Honor & Obey
Christine Choy & Marlene Dann
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1980, 55 min., Color, US
This film explores the social, psychological and cultural factors that contribute to violence against women regardless of ethnicity or economic background. Survivors, safe house administrators, counse...

Tongues of Heaven
Anita 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 l...

Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles
Seyi Adebanjo
2013, 7 min., Color, US
TRANS LIVES MATTER! JUSTICE FOR ISLAN NETTLES is a powerful and moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles, a Transgender Womyn of Color who was beaten to death in front of a New York Poli...

Tunisian Women: We Will Stand Up
Hajer Ben Nasr
2013, 56 min., Color, Tunisia
On December 18, 2010 Tunisians of all ages took the streets of Tunis to demand better living conditions and the end of President Ben Ali's repressive dictatorship, starting what would become the 2011 ...

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela
Thomas Allen Harris
Producer: Thomas Allen Harris
2005, 73 min., Color, US
In the wake of his stepfather’s death, Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey of reconciliation with the man who raised him as a son but whom he could never call "father." As part of the first wave ...

Two Faces
Sistema Radio Venceremos
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos
1989, 50 min., Color, El Salvador
TWO FACES contrasts the hearts-and-minds tactics of U.S. military strategists and the organizing efforts of the Salvadoran resistance. This documentary is a precursor to the 1989 FMLN offensive that ...

Two Months to Home
Janice Ahn
2006, 8 min., Color, US
In the months prior to 9-11, an Afghan woman named Samira Rahman narrowly escapes from the Taliban, losing her family. After settling down in Long Island and beginning a new family, Samira is taken aw...

Two Types of Peace a.k.a. Comité de Madres
Sistema Radio Venceremos
Producer: Sistema Radio Venceremos
1984, 8 min., Color, El Salvador
A glimpse of two types of women seeking very different types of peace: the women of the Salvadoran oligarchy and the members of the Committee of Mothers of the Disappeared (CoMadres). Made in El Sa...

U.S. Techniques of Genocide in Vietnam
Vietnamese People's Army Film
Producer: Vietnamese People's Army Film, Democratic Republic of Vietnam
1968, 35 min., BW, Vietnam
This film describes the use of elaborate U.S. weapons against civilian targets in Vietnam such as anti-personnel weapons designed to kill human targets while causing minimal damage to buildings, steel...

Union a.k.a. Oil Strike a.k.a. Richmond Oil Strike (Newsreel #25)
San Francisco Newsreel
20 min., BW, US
January '69, oil workers in Northern California struck, and for the first time, students at San Francisco State and University of California were asked to join the union in the struggle. This action a...

United Front Against Racism (Newsreel #37)
Newsreel
20 min., BW, US
A report on the 3-day conference called by the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, in July 1969. The film emphasizes the nature of developing Fascism in the U.S., covering Imperialism, Capital...

Unspoken: Asian Americans on Coming Out to Immigrant Parents
Patrick G Lee
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2017, 7 min., Color, US
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 th...

Up Against the Wall Ms. America (Newsreel #22)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 8 min., BW, US
"Here she comes…" At the 1968 Miss America pageant, demonstrators introduced a sheep as the appropriate winner. This entertaining short film shows how Women's Liberation activists used guerrilla thea...

Variety Survival Talkshow
Se Young JO
2009, 72 min., Color, South Korea
“I was about six. Back then I didn't know what it was or what it was called, so I couldn't tell anyone. But even after I knew what it was, I still couldn't speak out.” --KangYoung, Korean performance ...

Venezuela Bolivariana: People and the Struggle of the Fourth World War
Marcelo Andrade Arreaza
2004, 76 min., Color, Venezuela
From the Caracazo riots in 1989 to the popular re-election of Hugo Chavez, this film examines Chavez's presidency as it relates to the worldwide movement against neoliberalism and globalization....

Video Reports from Oaxaca
Tami Gold & Gerardo Renique
2012, 60 min., Color, US/Mexico
Video Reports from Oaxaca include two documentary shorts: Land, Rain & Fire and Frozen Happiness LAND, RAIN AND FIRE This short documentary tells the story of the police attack on more than fifty ...

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

Vintage: Families of Value
Thomas Allen Harris
1995, 72 min., Color, US
VINTAGE is an experimental documentary which looks at three African American families through the eyes of lesbian and gay siblings--including the filmmaker and his younger brother. Three groups of que...

Voces de Fillmore
Ariana Allensworth, Teresa Basilio & Regina Eaton
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2015, 19 min., Color, US
This documentary traces the memories and experiences of families living on one block located in South Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood that is affectionately known by long time residents as South...

Voices of the Gods
Al Santana
1985, 60 min., Color, US
This documentary captures the rich legacy of ancient African religions practiced today in the United States. It provides viewers with rare insight into the practices and beliefs of the Akan and Yoruba...

Voting Rights Now
Mary Beth Black
2006, 12 min., Color, US
On April 1st, 2006, seven month after Hurricane Katrina devasted the city of New Orleans and weeks before the elections for Mayor of New Orleans, thousands of New Orleans residents marched to protest ...

Waiting for Mercy: The Case against Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref
Ellie Bernstein
Producer: Tony Grocki
2009, 68 min., Color, US
Were these two Muslim men who had no prior criminal history set-up to appear as criminals or were they possible terrorists? This documentary tells the story of a fictitious FBI plot in Albany New...

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...

Wataridori: Birds of Passage
Robert Nakamura
Producer: Visual Communications
1974, 37 min., Color, US
Lyricism and visual beauty are evident in this film as four Issei (first generation Japanese Americans) describe a collective history through their personal memories. The filmmaker paints the canvas o...

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 i...

The Way North: Maghrebi Women in Marseille
Shara K. Lange
2008, 60 min., Color, France
"I thought that in France life would be easier—it’s the land of liberty. But it wasn’t like that at all." --Fatima Rhazi From Marseille come the stories of North African women making new lives for ...

We Demand Freedom
Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1974, 55 min., Color, US
This film traces the development of prison philosophy; how prisons have been used historically and their function today. From the period of the slave trade through the mid-70s, this film shows how the...

Whatever It Takes
Christopher Wong
2011, 92 min., Color, US
WHATEVER IT TAKES chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the very first year of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, an innovative public high school in New York City. At the Bronx Center ...

Who Gives Kisses Freely From Her Lips
Simin Farkhondeh
2009, 41 min., Color, US/Iran
Inspired by the work of Sara Gomez and Cuban Imperfect Cinema, Who Gives Kisses Freely From Her Lips, weaves together fiction and documentary to tell the story of a filmmaker determined to make a film...

Who's Afraid of Ngugi?
Manthia Diawara
2006, 83 min., Color, US/Kenya
Novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, academic and social activist Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Kenya, in 1938 into a large peasant family. In 1977 his novel Petals of Blood was publish...

Wilmington (Newsreel #30)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1970, 15 min., BW, US
This documentary is about a "company town." The DuPont family controls the state of Delaware as if it were a private kingdom through the giant DuPont Corporation. Their normal image as benevolent, p...

With Blood
Juliana Fredman & Dan O'Reilly-Rowe
2006, 57 min., Color, US/Palestine
This documentary follows ordinary people’s efforts to overcome extraordinary obstacles in pursuit of routine health care in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Shot on location with patients and health work...

Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy
Marion Bethel
2013, 75 min., Color, Bahamas
This documentary is dedicated to the heroic struggle of Kate Moss and Mary Prince, two enslaved women who fought for their freedom in the 1820s in The Bahamas, and to the women of the Women’s Suffrage...

The Woman's Film (Newsreel #55)
Newsreel
Producer: Women's Caucus--San Francisco Newsreel
1971, 40 min., BW, US
Produced collectively by women, this documentary is a valuable historical document of the origins of the modern women's movement in the United States. The film delves into the lives of ordinary women ...

Women and Men Are Good Dancers
Arlene Bowman
1994, 6 min., Color, US
"Women and Men Are Good Dancers," is a translation from the Cree language of an intertribal pow wow song. Bowman was inspired to create this tape by the "nizhoni" (Dine) or "it is beautiful" of the Pl...

Women of Substance
Rory Kennedy & Robin Smith
1994, 60 min., Color, US
Narrated by Joanne Woodward, this video is a comprehensive portrait of the legal, moral and health care battles being waged to improve treatment opportunities for pregnant addicts and women with child...

The Women Outside: Korean Women and the U.S. Military
J.T. Takagi & Hye Jung Park
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1995, 60 min., Color, US/South Korea
Documenting the lives of women who work in the South Korean military brothels and clubs where over 27,000 women "service" the 37,000 American soldiers stationed in the most militarized region of the w...

The World Saxophone Quartet
Barbara McCullough
1980, 5 min., Color, US
A glance at an innovative quartet of jazz saxophonists, Hamiet Bluiet, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, and David Murray, both in concert and conversation....

The Wreck of the New York Subways (Newsreel #47)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 15 min., BW, US
During the winter of 1969, the New York Transit Authority increased the public transportation fee fare from 20 cents to 30 cents--a 50% increase. Infuriated riders scrambled under turnstiles and throu...

Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution
Kathryn Ramey
2009, 33 min., Color, US/Nicaragua
This film explores a now-obscure American expansionist, William Walker, who through military force and coercion became president of Nicaragua in 1856. Walker was one of many expansionists who believed...

Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writers Dissecting Globalization
Jayne Cortez
2007, 75 min., Color, US
Globalization, now a buzzword in the West, has been a phenomenon that has shaped the culture and politics of Africa and its diaspora for centuries. YARI YARI PAMBERI brings together women from across ...

Zona Intertidal
El Taller de los Vagos Collective
Producer: El Taller de los Vagos Collective
1980, 14 min., Color, El Salvador
A fictional essay on the detainment, torture and assassination of Salvadoran teachers in 1979, shortly before the Salvadoran Civil War broke out. Produced independently in El Salvador, this film wa...


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