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amBUSHed
Jared Katsiane
1992, 12 min., BW, US
This beautifully shot film depicts the brutal and daily occurance of police violence. AMBUSHED uses experimental narrative techniques to delve into the life and consciousness of two generations of Afr...

Angels
Tatiana Gaviola
1988, 45 min., Color, Chile
The first fiction film directed by a woman in Chile since the 1973 military coup, ANGELS recreates the lives and hopes of the generation of Chileans who reached maturity during the Popular Unity gover...

Angels of the Earth, The
Patricio Luna
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
2001, 40 min., Color, Bolivia
In his first trip to the city, Sinchi faces deceit, violence and rejection from strangers and from his long lost brother, Antonio. This short drama is a cautionary tale about the dangers of city life ...

Apollo Kids
Mike Torres & Third World Newsreel Workshop
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2000, 5 min., Color, US
One morning, Gio misses the #6 train which too frequently bypasses his Spanish Harlem stop. For Gio, one missed train means public humiliation by his teacher, suspension from school, and harassment b...

Big Willow
Jared Katsiane
2013, 11 min., Color, US
Can a young artist's creativity save his favorite willow tree from bulldozers?...

Burning an Illusion
Menelik Shabazz
1981, 101 min., Color, UK
A young British-born woman of color comes of age while seeking security through marriage. But the false arrest and merciless beating of her boyfriend by police forces a turning point in both their liv...

Children of the Cold War
Gonzalo Justiniano
1985, 75 min., Color, Chile
In his debut feature film, Justiniano presents a comic and critical tale that points to the apathetic complicity of Chile's middle class with the Pinochet dictatorship. The feature’s two mid-level off...

Conquering Fear a.k.a. Overcoming Fear
María Morales
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
2004, 55 min., Color, Bolivia
When an impoverished Aymara family migrates from the highlands to seek a better life elsewhere, the husband abandons his wife, Manuela, and their children. Manuela moves on with her life, becoming the...

Corner Store Blues
Kaizad Gustad
1994, 48 min., Color
Although he feels trapped working in his uncle's corner store in Little India, Rahul dreams of someday making it as a blues musician. A real black blues musician. Now if only he can overcome his Bomba...

Creative Detours
Bridgett Davis
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1992, 10 min., Color, US
In this short narrative, a young woman moves to New York City from the Midwest in order to "develop her writing" and to share an apartment with her boyfriend. Distracted from her new creative life-sty...

Cry of the Forest, The
Alejandro Noza, Nicolás Ipamo, Iván Sanjinés
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
2008, 94 min., Color, Bolivia
Bolivia’s first indigenous feature film, THE CRY OF THE FOREST is based on true events that led to the indigenous demonstrations of 1990 and 1996, two events that changed the political history of Boli...

Entry Denied
Christopher Browne
1997, 21 min., Color, Jamaica
A young Jamaican footballer, from the ghetto areas of Kingston, is refused a visa to take up a scholarship at a university in the United States. Dramatic events and coincidences conspire to take this ...

Fathers, Sons & Unholy Ghosts
Danny Thompson & Glen Noble
Producer: Sankofa Film and Video Collective
1994, 13 min., Color, UK
This moving narrative is a unique exploration of the multi-layered and often underexamined relationship between fathers and sons. When Martin, a young father, is left alone one weekend with his son, h...

For Colored Boys Who've Considered Homicide
Narcel G. Reedus
1995, 27 min., Color, US
In this spiritual drama, an ancestor (Thomas Merdis) travels through time and space to interrogate a murderer (Chong Thi Nguyen) to find out why young black boys are killing each other. "FOR COLOR...

Ganja and Hess
Bill Gunn
1970, 110 min., Color, US
This extraordinary foray into the realms of Black consciousness has acquired deserved status as a cinema classic. The vampire film genre is used to create a mythical vision of the forces that shape Dr...

Haircuts Hurt
Randy Redroad
1992, 10 min., Color, US
A Native American woman and her young son encounter everyday racism when they visit a local barbershop. The situation leads her to reflect on her own childhood and reconsider her son's first haircut. ...

Hito Hata: Raise the Banner
Duane Kubo & Robert Nakamura
Producer: Visual Communications
1980, 90 min., Color, US
This poignant drama chronicles the contributions and hardships of Japanese Americans from the turn of the century to the late seventies. This history is told by Oda, a feisty Issei--one of the elderly...

Homecoming
Third World Newsreel Workshop
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
1991, 20 min., Color, US
This sensitive drama adeptly portrays the clash of two cultures and the difficulty of finding a healthy balance in the process of assimilation. Constance is a young Jamaican American woman who has re...

Illusions
Julie Dash
1983, 34 min., BW, US
Set in a fictitious Hollywood studio in 1942, this elegant drama contrasts society's views of Black women with their self-perceptions. An ambitious movie executive, Mignon Dupree is perceived by her ...

In the Name of our Coca Leaves a.k.a. In the Name of our Coca
Humberto Claros & Albino Pinto
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
2004, 45 min., Color, Bolivia
In the midst of the historical conflict between indigenous coca growers in Chapare and the Bolivian military, Joselo Coca must chose between his military career and his family’s survival. TWN is p...

Land Where My Fathers Died
Daresha Kyi
1991, 24 min., Color, US
A fiercely independent young African American woman and her nouveau-nationalist photographer boyfriend decide to visit the father she hasn't seen in years. The tragicomic reunion shatters her illusion...

Latent Image
Pablo Perelman
1987, 92 min., Color, Chile
This passionate, cathartic, autobiographical film was made clandestinely in Chile during 1986 and 1987, when Pinochet was in power. It chronicles the story of Pedro, an apolitical ad photographer who...

Lizard's Tales
Juan Carlos Bustamante
1988, 80 min., Color, Chile
Set in the sparse Chilean countryside, this film is divided into three stories. Each story forms an extended metaphor for the impact of Chile's recent history on the individual psyches of its people,...

Lost & Found
Kaizad Gustad
1995, 28 min., Color
After shining a customer's shoes, a young street vendor, Munna, discovers that his client's overstuffed wallet has accidentally dropped on the road. While his fellow shoe shine boys call him an "idiot...

Loving Each Other in the Shadows
Marcelina Cárdenas
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
2001, 47 min., Color, Bolivia
Rosita, from a privileged background, and Juancito, from a poor family, fall in love during Carnival time, a time for everyone in their community, rich and poor, to get together, dance and drink the t...

Make-Out (Newsreel #49)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1970, 5 min., BW, US
As a young couple make out in a car, we hear the woman's stream of consciousness thoughts. She worries about her reputation and whether he'll try to "go all the way." This film is best used with dis...

Mott to Mulberry
Herman Lew
1992, 30 min., Color, US
A lighthearted but poignant story about a second generation Chinese American teenager named Conrad. Living in New York City's Chinatown, Conrad's attraction to a local Italian girl clashes with the cu...

Mr. Ahmed
Terrance Grace
1994, 52 min., Color
Internationally renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah stars in this poignant drama of an Indian ex-patriate living in a small American town. The film paints a portrait of a man struggling to re-invent himse...

Mute Love
Patrice Mallard
1998, 58 min., Color, US
MUTE LOVE is a feature-length narrative film about three generations of African-American women who are trying to mend their fractured relationships. Mavis is a twenty-three year old recovering drug ad...

A Nice Arrangement
Gurinder Chadha
1990, 11 min., Color, UK
Set in the London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, this film is a wry depiction of one of the most central of Indian traditions -- the arranged marriage. As the you...

October Country
Daniel de la Vega
1990, 80 min., Color, Chile
This quirky, ironic urban road movie follows two young men through a semi-surreal Santiago, Chile and neighboring beach towns as they involve themselves in a deal, a taxi heist and several women who e...

Odds and Ends
Michelle Parkerson
Producer: Michelle Parkerson/American Film Institute
1993, 28 min., Color
In the year 2096, Black women warriors wage a vigilant battle against racial and gender annihilation. In this devastated universe, a fable unravels between interplanetary frontlines. Lieutenant Loz Wa...

Red Detachment of Women
People's Republic of China
Producer: People's Republic of China
1968, 105 min., Color, China
This film presents the famous ballet from China. It is a blend of traditional Western theatre, Peking opera, folk dance, calisthenics, and acrobatics. It tells the story of a women's military unit dur...

Rest in Peace
Jeff Mao
1990, 15 min., BW, US
In this subtle and comic narrative, a young Asian American is pressured by his wife, family and "tradition" to grant the last wish of a dying relative. First, however, he must decipher a note written ...

Sapphire and the Slave Girl
Leah Gilliam
1995, 17 min., BW, US
This film is loosely based on the 1950's British detective film SAPPHIRE, in which two Scotland Yard detectives investigate the murder of a young woman who is passing for white. Referencing everyone f...

Sirionó
CEFREC/CAIB
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
2010, 56 min., Color, Bolivia
In the years leading to the historic 1990 March for Indigenous Land and Dignity, the Sirionó community of Ibiato resists the imposition of a Eurocentric educational system that devalues their way of l...

Some Divine Wind
Roddy Bogawa
1991, 72 min., Color, US
SOME DIVINE WIND (a reference to the Japanese term Kamikaze, or “divine wind”) tells the story of Ben, whose father was part of a U.S. bombing mission that destroyed his Japanese mother’s village—and ...

Vest Made of Money
Patricio Luna
Producer: CEFREC/CAIB
1998, 25 min., Color, Bolivia
In this Aymara folktale about greed and betrayal, Satuco sells his possessions and hides the cash in his vest. In the process, he turns his back on his wife and his community. Confronting the sign...

What Are Our Women Like in America?
Balvinder Dhenjan
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1994, 12 min., Color, US
An insightful and hilarious account of one immigrant Indian man's attempt to come to grips with American pop culture and "Westernized" Indian women. A TWN Workshop Production....


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