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To transform relationships among UGA students through dialogue by addressing tensions related to, but not limited to, race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and other diversity-related issues.

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A=Asian American B=Black/African American I=Indian
L=Latino/Hispanic M=Mixed/Multiracial N=Native American
R=Race Relations W=White/European American  
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Title Group Description Time Date

4 Little Girls

B

September 15, 1963. It could have been a regular day in the life of Americans everywhere. Instead it became a day that would change their lives without mercy. Spike Lee takes an in-depth look at one of America’s most terrible crimes, and the impact it had on the civil rights movement through archival film, home photographs, and comments by surviving family members

102 min

1998

A Tribe of his Own

I

This film delivers is about an Indian reporter’s insights into the enduring story of human suffering and its shining corollary, imperishable hope. Equally interesting is the way it turns a cold analytical eye on mainstream journalists like me and challenges us to do more with the privilege of free expression bestowed upon us by democracy.

 

 

Akeelah and The Bee

B

Akeelah Anderson’s love for words leads her to enter a number of spelling contests. Tutored by many and opposed by some, Akeelah unwittingly unites a neighborhood in her daring quest to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

112 min

2006

Ali

B

Will Smith gives the performance of his career as boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

157 min

1999

American History X*

W

Derek Vinyard, the charismatic leader of a group of young white supremacists, lands in prison for a brutal, hate-driven murder. Upon his release, ashamed of his past and pledging to reform, Derek realizes he must save his younger brother Danny from a similar fate. A drama about the tragic consequences of racism in a family.

119 min

2004

American Me

L

The movie is a powerful, stunning examination of a Latino crime lord, set against the streets of East LA. Santana becomes the leader for the Mexican Mafia behind the gates of Folsom prison. Once released from prison, he must face the harsh reality of barrio life.

126 min

1992

Amores Perros

L

Three lives become inextricably linked in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel’s pooch disappears into the apartment’s floorboards; and an ex-radical turned hit man rescues a gun-shot Rottweiler.

153 min

2000

Antwone Fisher

B

Inspired by true life experiences of its title character, the film tells the compelling story of a troubled sailor who is orders to see a naval psychiatrist about his volatile temper. Little does he know that his first step into the doctor’s office will lead him on a remarkable emotional journey to confront his painful past and connect with the family he never knew.

120 min

2002

Bandidas

L

Determined to avenge the deaths of their fathers, Sara Sandoval (Hayek) and Maria Alvarez (Cruz) vow to seize the ill-gotten gains of robber baron Tyler Jackson. So, with help from a retired bank robber and a jittery criminologist, these two beauties become unlikely outlaws, blazing a trail of larceny and laughter across Mexico!

92 min

2006

Beloved

B

On a difficult journey to find freedom, Sethe is constantly confronted by the secrets that have haunted her for years. Then an old friend unexpectedly reenters her life and helps her to rediscover who she is and regain her lost sense of hope.

171 min

1991

Bend It Like Beckham

I

A film about a young girl who is torn between adhering to family traditions and attaining super-stardom on the soccer field.

112 min

2003

Better Luck Tomorrow

A

Never underestimate an overachiever. To his classmates and teachers, high-schooler Ben Manibag appears to be the “model” student. But underneath this persona is a darker side—Ben and his bored high-school buddies lead double lives, flying high in the world of petty crime and material excess in order to ease the pressures of “being perfect.”

99 min

2003

Black and White

R

When Rich Bower decides to leave behind his life of crime and reinvent himself as a hip-hop impresario, he is confronted for the first time by the internecine dealings of the white world. Documentary filmmaker Sam Donager enter the scene as they follow a group of privileged uptown teenagers who, intrigued by Bower, find themselves drawn into the hip-hop lifestyle.

100 min

1999

Blood In Blood Out

L

Within the rich and colorful Chicano culture of East LA, three cousins raised as brothers fiercely live by a generations old tradition of family—a power stronger than law...a force deeper than friendship. In one life-shattering moment, the trio is torn apart, forcing them to follow three separate paths.

190 min

1993

Born into Brothels

I

Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta’s red light district, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Spurred by the kids’ fascination with her camera, Zana Briski, a NY photographer decides to teach them photography.

83 min

2004

Bread and Roses

L

A story of a group of immigrant workers who take a stand against the million dollar corporations who employ them. Newly arrived immigrant, Maya has just joined her sister on the job as a janitor in a downtown LA office building. Appalled at the work conditions and unfair labor practices, she teams up with Sam, a labor organizer, to fight back.

105 min

2000

Bride and Prejudice

I

A clash of cultures in the spirit of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this modern musical retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice is an entertaining tale of one girl’s unlikely search for love!

112 min

2005

China Cry: A True Story

A

Born in Peking, China, Nora’s wealthy family was persecuted by the Japanese during WWII. After the war she married a former classmate and soon after, as she looked forward to the birth of her first child. She is suddenly forced to submit to relentless ideological interrogation, forced labor, and firing squads, at the hands of the oppressive Red Chinese Regime.

103 min

1990

Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed

B

This powerful documentary follows the career of Shirley Chisolm, the first Black woman to ever run for President of the United States.

77 min

2004

ChungKing Express

A

Tasty take-out isn’t the only thing served hot at this little fast food place—the lives and loves of its colorful customers also criss-cross over the counter.

102 min

1996

City of God

L

The streets of the most notorious slum, Rio De Janeiro’s “City of God,” are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of oppressive crime and violence, a scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh surroundings with a different eye: the eye of an artist.

130 min

2002

Claudine

B

While struggling to support herself and her six children in Harlem by working as a maid for a wealthy family, Claudine meets a charming garbage man, Roop. But although Roop is smitten with Claudine, his own life trials make him slow to respond to her invitation to a lifetime of love.

92 min

1974

Color of Fear*

R

The Color of Fear is an insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. In a series of intelligent, emotional and dramatic confrontations the men reveal the pain and scars that racism has caused them. What emerges is a deeper sense of understanding and trust. This is the dialogue most of us fear, but hope will happen sometime in our lifetime.

90 min

1995

Color Purple, The

B

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, the Color Purple is a richly-textured, decades-spanning story of Celie, an uneducated woman living in the rural South.

154 min

1985

Complete Blue Eyed, The*

R

Jane Elliott's exercise, initiated in 1968 as a ground breaking experiment in anti-racist training, has been featured on Today, the Tonight show, Donahue, Oprah, ABC News and PBS' Frontline. Elliott believes, "Blue Eyed is by far the most comprehensive and useful video on my work available; it sums up 28 years of experience in schools, universities and corporations." Elliott contends that "A person who has been raised and socialized in America has been conditioned to be a racist... We live in two countries, one black and one white." In contrast to the more usual encounter group strategy, the feisty Elliott believes it's important for whites to experience the emotional impact of discrimination for themselves.
These films demonstrate the original 1968 experiment and its reproduction in the 80s, and the reunion of the original class.

3hr
30min
3 films

1996

Crash*

R

This compelling urban thriller tracks the volatile intersection of  multi-ethnic cast of characters struggling to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another’s lives.

122 min

2004

Crooklyn

B

Make yourself at home with the Carmichael family as they experience one very special summer in their Brooklyn neighborhood.

114 min

1999

Debut, The

A

Ben is a talented high-school senior who dreams of going to art school. His strict immigrant father wants him to accept a scholarship to medical school. The struggle between his family’s Filipino traditions and his own American dreams explodes on the night of his sister’s eighteenth birthday.

88 min

2000

Down in the Delta

B

In a desperate attempt to change her life, Loretta, a troubled single mother, is sent to spend a summer at her family’s ancestral home in rural Mississippi. In “The Delta,” with the support and wisdom o her hardworking uncle Earl, Loretta finally begins to see a way to provide for her young children and reverse the downward slide of her life!

112 min

1998

Ethnic Notions*

B

This documentary takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice and the evolution of racial consciousness in America.

56 min

1987

Fearless

A

Inspired by the story of a real-life hero, Jet Li portrays a marital arts champion who walks a difficult road of redemption after an ill-advised fight destroys his reputation.

104 min

2006

Finding Forrester

R

Jamel Wallace is a talented 16 year-old basketball player in NYC whose secret passion is writing. William Forrester is a reclusive Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist who never gave the world a second novel. After an accidental meeting, Forrester becomes Jamal’s unlikely mentor.

136 min

2000

First Night, The

L

During the civil war, two bothers are torn apart fighting on opposite sides in the Columbian jungle. One is a military recruit, the other a guerilla. The woman they share is forced to abandon the uncertainty of life in the village for the hope of a new beginning with her baby in the big city. But without shelter, they are at the mercy of the city at night. This riveting festival favorite puts a human face on the harsh reality of life in today’s Colombia.

90 min

2003

Five Heartbeats, The

B

Robert Townsend directs and stars in this perfect-pitch story of five young friends drawn together by music. Their dreams of fame and fortune take them from amateur nights in ghetto clubs to the pinnacle of show business success and personal tragedy.

121 min

1991

Fools Rush In

R

Alex Whitman, a New Yorker sent to Las Vegas to oversee a construction project, meets and falls in love with Isabel Fuentes. Follow their love as cultures, dreams, and families collide. 

109 min

1997

Freedom Writers

M

A true story about a group of inner-city kids raised on drive-by shootings and hard-core attitude and the teacher who gives them the one thing they need most—a voice of their own.

122 min

2007

From a Silk Cocoon*

A

Woven through letters, diary entries and haiku poetry is the story of a young couple whose shattered dreams and forsaken loyalties lead them to renounce their American citizenship while held in separate prison camps during World War II.

57 min

2005

Gabriela

L

Mike, a handsome health worker, dreams of finding his soul mate. Despite all the attractive women around him, the search for her is often frustrating and lonely. Finally, when he meets the beautiful and sensitive Gabriela, a therapist at the clinic where he works, he seems to have found the woman of his dreams. There is only one catch, she’s engaged to be married to another man and ending the engagement is no easy matter. 

93 min

2001

George Lopez

L

Take a working-class guy in a working-class job with working class friends and what you get is comedy that really works: Seasons One and Two of George Lopez.

584 min

2002

Glory

B

Glory is the heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War known as the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts.

117 min

1989

Glory Road

B

Don Haskins of tiny Texas Western University, who bucks convention by simply starting the best players he can find, history’s first all-African-American lineup. In a turbulent time of social and political change, their unlikely success sends shock waves through the sport.

118 min

2006

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

R

Joanna, the daughter of a crusading publisher returns home with her new fiancé, a distinguished black doctor. The mother accepts her daughter’s decision to marry but the father is shocked by the interracial union as is the doctor’s family. Both families must sit down face to face to examine each other’s level of intolerance.

108 min

1967

Hero

A

A fearless warrior rises up to defy an empire and unite a nation!

99 min

2002

Higher Learning

R

First-term freshman get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality in contemporary college life.

127 min

1994

History of Black Achievement

B

This series highlights the contributions of Blacks that have influenced our culture, enriched society with their achievements, and shaped the history of the U.S. American blacks have built their own institutions: families, schools, churches and businesses, created great art and science, fought heroically in every American war, black men and women have worked endlessly to secure their own freedom and equality.

216 min
4 discs

2005

Hotel Rwanda

B

As his country descends into madness, five-star hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina sets out to save his family. But when he sees that the world will not intervene in the massacre of minority Tutsis, he finds the courage to open his hotel to over 1,200 refugees.

122 min

2004

Hurricane, The

B

Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter, a man who, in the prime of his boxing career finds himself wrongly convicted of murder. Sentenced to life, his memoir inspired a teenage from Brooklyn and three activists to join forces to prove his innocence.

146 min

2000

Imitation of Life

B/W

The film chronicles two widows and their troubled daughters as they struggle to find true happiness amidst racial prejudice. Lora is a single white mother whose Hollywood ambitions come at the expense of any meaningful relationship with her daughter. Lora’s black housekeeper, Annie, has troubles of her own as she faces the rejection of her own fair-skinned daughter.

125 min

1959

In the Heat of the Night

R

While traveling in the deep south, Virgil Tibbs, a Black Philadelphia homicide detective, become unwittingly embroiled in a murder investigation when he is first accused of the crime. Finding the killer proves to be difficult especially when his efforts are constantly thwarted by the bigoted town sheriff.

110 min

1967

In The Mood For Love

A

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan and Su Li-zhen move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are polite and formal-until a discovery about their respective spouses sparks an intimate bond.

98 min

2002

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

B

Actress, dancer, singer. Here was a woman with talent, beauty, and ambition. Dorothy Dandridge owed it to herself to make it to the top. And make it she would. Still, Dorothy struggled with the challenge of her color in a time when that wouldn’t let some stars in by the front door. Yet against more famous rivals for the role of Carmen Jones, she became the first Black woman ever nominates for a Best Actress Award.

115 min

1999

Joy Luck Club, the

A

Based on the book, Joy Luck Club tells the uplifting story of four remarkable friends whose extraordinary lives are filled with joy and heartbreak. Their lifelong friendship reveals a mosaic of the startling events and conditions that have shaped their lives.

139 min

1990

Jungle Fever

R

Black architect Flipper Purify begins an affair with his working-class Italian secretary which causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors in this moving view of interracial relationships.

132 min

1991

La Bamba

L

The life of rock and roll legend Richie Valens burst across the screen in this celebrated, music-filled movie.

109 min

1987

Lady Sings the Blues

B

The essence of Billie Holiday, one of the America’s most loved and memorable blues singers, is brilliantly captured in a tour-de-force debut performance by Diana Ross.

143 min

1972

Last Chance for Eden*

R

Last Chance for Eden is a documentary about eight men and women discussing the issues of racism and sexism in the workplace. They examine the impact of society's stereotypes on their lives in the workplace, in their personal relationships and within their families and in their communities. They also explore the relationship between racism and sexism.

90 min

2002

Lean On Me

B

Lean on Me is a true story of high school principal Joe Clark, who armed himself with a bullhorn and Louisville Slugger and slammed the door on losers at Eastside High in Paterson, New Jersey.

109 min

1989

Like Water for Chocolate

L

Based on the best-selling book, the film is a tale of love between Tita and Pedro that is forbidden by an ancient family tradition. To be near Tita, Pedro marries her sister. And Tita, the cook of the family, expresses her passion for Pedro through preparing delectable dishes.

105 min

1990

Losing Isaiah

R

An adoptive mother who gives an abandoned child a new chance at life is pit against the birth mother who cleans up her life and sets out to reclaim the child.

106 min

1995

Made in China

A

The examination of cultural and economic globalization follows Mardi Gras beads made in China by teenage girls and young women to the adults who exchange them in the 24-hour New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.

 

 

Malcolm X

B

Film that portrays the life and times of Malcolm X.

201 min

1992

Maldonado Miracle, The

L

This inspirational movie tells the story of a spiritually and financially bankrupt town in need of hope until one day a young boy gives them something to believe in.

100 min

2002

Men of Honor

R

Men of Honor tells the courageous tale of an African-American sailor who dared to dream of becoming a U.S. Navy Master Diver. Despite a ruthless training officer and tragic shipboard accident, Carl’s iron will is never broken.

128 min

2000

 

 

 

 

 

Mississippi Burning

R

As three civil rights activists drive down a desolate stretch of highway, headlights ominously draw near. Telling each other to stay calm, they have no way of knowing that in minutes they will disappear into the night and spark one of the most explosive investigations in history.

167 min

1988

Mississippi Masala

M

Mississippi Masala is a cultural study and a love story set in the rural American south. The love story comes courtesy of Denzel Washington, as a rug cleaner, and Sarita Choudhury, as the daughter of Indian immigrants running a small-time motel

117 min

1992

Mistress of Spices, The

R

Tilo, a beautiful young Indian woman with the gift to “see” into people’s desires, is sent to San Francisco to run a shop whose magical spices work wonders for her customers. Forbidden to step outside or to follow her own passions, Tilo’s life is turned upside down when a handsome architect walks in the door.

95 min

2005

Mojados-Through the Night

L

Filmmaker Tommy Davis tags along with four men from Mexico as they leave their families and embark upon a 120 mile journey across the Texas desert, evading the US Border Patrol and fighting off dehydration and hypothermia, they ultimately come face to face with death.

70 min

2004

Monsoon Wedding

I

You are invited to join the festivities as one colorful and eclectic family gathers from all over the world for a traditional wedding—a non-stop, four-day celebration as unpredictable as the monsoon season itself. Anything goes when love, lust, hope and happiness take them by storm and bring them ever closer. With this family, when it rains, it pours.

115 min

2002

Motorcycle Diaries, the

L

Based on a true life story, this film is an inspiring and thrilling adventure that traces the youthful origins of a revolutionary spirit. The film follows two friends who hop on the back of a beat-up motorcycle for a breathtaking and exciting road trip across Latin America.

127 min

2004

The NAMESAKE

I

Based upon the best-selling novel by Jhumpa Lahiri and brought to the screen by acclaimed director Mira Nair, this epic family saga “brims with intelligence, compassion, and sensuous delight” stars a suburban teenager caught between his Indian roots and his American birthright.

122 min

2000

One Drop Rule

B

One Drop Rule asks what makes someone Black? Is it “one drop of blood?” A way of dressing? Participants discuss the stresses and struggles of interracial dating and families.

 

 

Original Kims of Comedy, The

A

The Kims of Comedy break new ground with an uncompromising look at Asian culture and some hilarious ethnic hang-ups.

64 min

2006

Original Kings of Comedy, The

B

Inspired by the highest-grossing comedy tour in history, the OKC captures four of today’s hottest stand-ups live and uncensored.

115 min

2000

Original Latin Kings of Comedy, The

L

Five of the hottest Latino comics have funniest concert films around! Featuring Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, George Lopez, Joey Medina, and Alex Reymundo

86 min

2002

Original Queens of Comedy, The

B

They’re loud, proud, and outrageously funny. No one is safe from their merciless wit, as they take on such topics as skinny women, marriage, children and, most importantly, men.

79 min

2001

Protector, The

A

A film involving amazing gravity-defying action performed without stunt doubles, wires or CGI.

194 min

2005

Question of Color

B

This film examines the unfortunate truth behind “color consciousness” among many African Americans who allow hair texture, skin tone and facial features to impose an unnatural caste system within their race. 

56 min

1993

Ray

B

Ray is a triumphant and remarkable story of one of America’s true musical geniuses, Ray Charles. From his humble beginnings in the South through his meteoric rise to the top of American music charts, Ray’s inspirational journey is a tale of hope, redemption, and the power of the human spirit.

153 min

2004

Real Women Have Curves

L

It may seem like an easy decision, but for 18 year-old Ana, every choice she makes this summer will change her life. At home, she is bound to a mother who wants her to become someone she’s not. But at school, she’s encouraged by a teacher who sees her potential, and adored by a boyfriend who loves her for who she is. But she’s about to discover that real women take chances, have flaws, embrace life, and above all, have curves!

86 min

2003

Redemption

B

Awaiting execution on death row, Stan “Tookie” Williams is now determined to stop the violence he helped create. When he begins a crusade to steer children away from gangs by writing a series of powerful anti-gang books, he earns worldwide critical acclaim, as well as four Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

93 min

2004

Remember the Titans

R

The year is 1971. Experience a celebration of how a town torn apart by resentment, friction, and mistrust comes together in triumphant harmony.

120 min

2001

Rise and Fall of Him Crow, The

A

The history of legal official racial segregation in the USA.

224 min

2002

Roots

B

His name was Kunta Kinte. Kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America in 1767, he refused to accept his slave name Toby. Heirs kept his heroic defiance alive, passing on his tale across generations.

573 min

1977

Rosewood

R

In 1982 a reporter visiting Levy County in Florida noticed the lack of black residents. So he asked questions and a long ago tragedy came to light.

142 min

1997

Rush Hour

M

Cultures class and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big mouthed work alone  LA Ccp who are from different worlds discover on thing in common: they can’t stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the criminals and save the 11 year old girl  of the Chinese consul named Soo Yung.

98 min

1998

Saving Face

A

A Chinese-American surgeon, living in Manhattan, is shocked when her single mother shows up on her doorstep pregnant. To help her mom save face and avoid the taboo in the Chinese community of an unmarried woman pregnant, the doctor helps her mom find Mr. Right. Cultures clash in this film that explores culture shock.

97 min

2004

Schindler’s List

R/W

Oskar Schindler is a vain, glorious and greedy German businessman who becomes unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about1100 Jews from being killed.

200 min

1993

School Daze

B

Director Spike Lee ignites a battle of the sexes in School Daze, his groundbreaking urban musical-comedy that dares to take a taboo smashing look at Historical Black College life like no film before or since, tackling topics only talked about behind closed doors.

121 min

1988

Slanted Screen, The*

A

From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the documentary examines portrayals of Asian men in film and television, and how new generations of independent filmmakers are re-defining age-old stereotypes. The film contains more than 50 film clips depicting Asian American male characters from Hollywood films spanning almost a century.

60 min

2006

Smoke Signals

N

Though Victor and Thomas have lived their entire young lives in the same tiny town, they couldn’t have less in common! But when Victor is urgently called away, it’s Thomas who comes up with the money to pay for his trip. There’s just one thing Victor has to do: take Thomas along for the ride!

89 min

2006

Soul Food

B

Sunday dinner at Mother Joe’s is a mouth watering, 40-year tradition. As seen through the eyes of her grandson, love and laughs are always on the menu, despite the simmering rivalries between sisters. But when serious bickering starts to tear the family apart, the good times suddenly stop. Now it’s up to Ahmad to get everyone back together and teach them the true meaning of soul food. 

114 min

1997

Stand and Deliver

L

Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East LA;s Garfield High refuses to write off his inner-city students as losers. Escalante cajoles pushes, threatens, and inspires 18 kids who were struggling with fractions to become math whizzes.

103 min

1988

Sueño

L

His whole life, Antonio has dreamed of one thing—to become a famous musician. Leaving behind his Mexican border town, he hops a bus to LA, where his life is transformed when he falls for Nina, a beautiful aspiring doctor.

108 min

2005

The N Word: Divided We Stand*

B

Easily the most inflammatory, shocking and historic word in the English language, the N word has smoldered in the American psyche for over a century. It has morphed from a source of hate, degradation and embarrassment to a term of endearment used amongst the many races of young people. But is that OK?

85 min

2004

Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The

L

Pete Perkins is a veteran cowboy who embodies the values of the old west, living in a small Texas town bordering the U.S. and Mexico. He hires Estrada as a ranch hand and quickly befriends him. But when Estrada is gunned down under mysterious circumstances, Perkins takes justice into his own hands and kidnaps trigger happy border patrolman, Mike Norton, forcing him to unearth Estrada’s body and accompany Perkins on horseback on the long treacherous journey through Mexico to bring his friend’s body home.

121 min

2005

Underground Railroad

B

Hosted by Alfre Woodard, the film traces the journey to freedom taken by countless slaves, showing how they were guided, protected, and pursued along the way. The extraordinary story is told through historical documents, visits to important sites, interviews with the descendants of noted abolitionists and commentary from experts.

150 min

1998

Unnatural Causes

W

Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which turns to Maude DeVictor, a Veterans Administration benefits counselor who teams up with Coleman to fight a lopsided battle against the bureaucratic system for its cover up of the possible dangers of Agent Orange.

96 min

1986

Untold Story of Emmett Till, The*

B

In August 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley of Chicago sent her only child, 12 year old Emmett Louis Till, to visit relatives in the Mississippi Delta. Little did she know that only 8 days later, Emmett brutally beaten and murdered for whistling at a white woman in public. This film shows unprecedented accounts by first-hand witnesses, many speaking out for the first time, and the discovery of potentially guilty parties still living and liable for prosecution.

70 min

2005

Waiting to Exhale

B

This film is a funny and touching film about four women who find strength through their rare and special friendship.

124 min

1995

Wedding Banquet, The

A

Successful New Yorker Wai Tung and his partner Simon are blissfully happy, except for one thing: Wai Tung’s conservative Taiwanese parents are determined to find a nice girl to marry! To please them—and get a tax break—he arranges a sham marriage to Wei Wei, a sexy go-getter in need of a green card. But when his family swoops down for the extravaganza, Wai Tung would do well to remember that, at a traditional Chinese wedding banquet, sexual repression takes the night off!

108 min

1993

What Black Men Think

R

In the most provocative Black film of the year, Janks Morton presents a searing examination of the role that myths, stereotypes and misrepresentations have played in the decimation of modern era black relationships between government, the media and black leadership perpetuates misinformation to further marginalize the role of black men in society.

84 min

2007

What’s Love Got To Do With It

B

Experience for yourself the powerful true-life story of Tina Turner and her turbulent relationship that forces her to pay the price and find the courage to face her fears.

118 min

1995

When the Levees Broke

B

The film focuses on the forever changed lives of New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina hit. The film shows the citizens in the midst of disaster dealing with death, devastation and disease. In a statement made by director Spike Lee about the film he states, "New Orleans is fighting for its life. These are not people who will disappear quietly — they're accustomed to hardship and slights, and they'll fight for New Orleans. This film will showcase the struggle for New Orleans by focusing on the profound loss, as well as the indomitable spirit of New Orleaneans."

255 min

2006

White Man’s Burden*

R

Set in a time where color roles have been reversed, where prejudice keeps the white man in his place, this is a different America. Louis Pinnock is a poor man of the ghetto, struggling to support his wife and their children. But when he loses his factory job at the whim of its owner, Pinnock snaps under the pressure and decides to fight back the only way he knows how.

89 min

1999

Woman Thou Art Loosed

B

The film follows Michelle Jordan who is raised in a home of dysfunction and abuse. The years of mistreatment from her mother’s boyfriend result in Michelle’s entanglement in a world of drugs, prostitution and imprisonment. It is behind bars that Michelle finally receives the help she needs from Bishop TD Jakes. The film is based on his novel and play. .

97 min

2004

Y Tu Mamá También

L

Julio and Tenoch are two teens ruled by raging hormones and a mission to consume exotic substances. But one summer, the boys learn more about life than they bargain for when they set off on a cross-country trip with seductive, 28 year-old Luisa.

105 min

2002

Yo Soy Boricua, Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas

L

In her directorial debut, Rosie Perez explores the complex history between Puerto Rico and the United States. This brilliant and emotional journey begins with the vibrant celebration of the Puerto Rican Day Parade and lingers with Perez’s deeply personal perspective. Both revealing and humorous, the themes of family, language, and racism are put into historical perspective as we uncover the side of Puerto Rico absent from U.S. history books.

85 min

2006

Yuri Kochiyama: Passion For Justice*

A

Yuri Kochiyama’s story begins with her internment as a young woman during World War II and her gradual political awaking. A follower and friend of Malcolm X and a supporter of Black Liberation, Kochiyama was at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem when Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965.
Through interviews, writings, music and archival footage, this film captures the extraordinary vitality and compassion of Yuri Kochiyama as a Harlem-based activist, wife, mother of six children, educator and humanitarian. Her accomplishments and continuing involvement offer a unique view of past struggles in human rights and an inspiring glimpse at possibilities for the future.

57 min

1993

Zoot Suit

L

Part fascinating fact, part dazzling fiction, Zoot Suit is the blistering film adaptation of playwright Luis Valdez’ critically acclaimed stage drama based on the “zoot suit riots” that rocked 1940s Los Angeles.

144 min

2003

 

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