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American Politics and Elections

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...

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....

Chicago (Newsreel #12)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
15 min., BW, US
As leaders of the Movement met in the relative calm of a Chicago suburb in March to plan the strategy for the summer, the empty streets of the city are waiting, and ominous. An inside look at some of ...

Chicago Convention Challenge (Newsreel #17)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 17 min., BW, US
Using footage taken in the midst of demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention of 1968, this film conveys the immediacy of anti-war organizing in meeting rooms, at rallies and in the str...

Closer to the Dream (Long Version)
Guetty Felin & Hervé Cohen
2008, 102 min., Color, US
An electoral road movie 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 ...

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...

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 ...

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....

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...

Just Ralph
Clifton Watson
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 11 min., Color, US
An alternately serious and humorous "day in the life" of Ralph, a Palestinian-American grocery store owner, whose Brooklyn store is the neighborhood drop in center. As the 2004 election approached, Ra...

Ocoee: Legacy of the Election Day Massacre
Bianca White & Sandra Krasa
2002, 26 min., Color, US
In the early 20th century, Ocoee was home to one of Florida's most prosperous African American communities. On Election Day 1920, Mose Norman and July Perry attempted to vote and the African American ...

Operation: Icewater
Josh Shaffer
2005, 108 min., Color, US
Remarkably, only 31 percent of America's youth voted in the 2000 Election. Why? An irreverent inquiry into political apathy in the United States, "Operation: Ice Water" is the result of eight months o...

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...

Schlock 'n Awe
Ward Sutton &Robert Lyons
Producer: Peter Wallach, Robert Lyons & KEA
2004, 3 min., Color, US
Bush/Cheney 2004? This cartoon campaign parody asks the question - can this country survive four more years?...

Summer '68 (Newsreel #505)
Norman Fruchter & John Douglas
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 60 min., BW, US
This documentary provides an in-depth examination of protest activities surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It documents draft resistance, the growth of G.I. coffee houses, the...

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...

Voices in the Street
J.T. Takagi & Herman Lew
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 13 min., Color, US
When the Republicans had their 2004 convention at Madison Square Garden, workers in the area from hotdog vendors to day laborers were directly affected. A short on the lives and thoughts of people wo...

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 ...

Welcome to New York
Norman Cowie
2002, 26 min., Color, US
An experimental documentary on the influence of a conservative think tank, the Manhattan Institute, on New York during the 1990's, and the response of citizens to the corporate-friendly policies of th...

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...


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