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Interpreting Nat Turner

The Birth of a Nation, the fictionalized version of the famous 1831 Virginia slave revolt led by Nat Turner, is now in theaters all over the U.S. The California Newsreel release Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property examines the multiple interpretations of the Nat Turner story and is now available for digital rental!

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The 50th Anniversary of the The Black Panther Party!

October 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the legendary Black Panther Party. There have been a multitude of celebrations and remembrances along with analyses of the lasting significance of the organization. In the late 1960s, Newsreel released the short film Black Panther which highlighted the Party's ten point program and was widely distributed during that era (at one point there were 200 prints in circulation). In recognition of the anniversary, California Newsreel is allowing for free streaming of the film until November 30.

Award Winning BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work, cultural/historical milieu and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez. A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and an inspiration to today’s hip hop/spoken word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped redefine American culture and politics.

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation

How might we better assure the conditions all our young children need for a strong start? Join thousands of organizations and educators around the nation screening The Raising of America to change the conversation around early child health and development. Discussion guides, interactives and many other rich companion tools at www.raisingofamerica.org will help you get the most from your screenings.

Documentary on Black Landowners During the Civil Rights Movement. Emmy Winner!

California Newsreel is happy to release Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi. The film tells the untold story of how a community of Black farmers obtained land during the New Deal era in the violently racist Mississippi Delta and the central part they played in the early 1960s. They used their economic independence and resources to house Movement volunteers, provided bail to those arrested and supported voting rights campaigns.

Groundbreaking Public Affairs Series Now Available Digitally

Black Journal is a landmark in American broadcast history, the first nationally-televised, regularly-scheduled African American public affairs program. Now, for the first time since their broadcast, its first two seasons (1968-1970) are available to students, scholars and the public directly through Alexander Street Press. They offer an unprecedented inside look at a pivotal period for the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movements of the 1960s from the perspectives of the activists, journalists, and artists making the news and shaping opinion.

The New Black-LGBT Rights and African American Communities

This award-winning and timely documentary boldly examines the challenging issues facing African American communities and gay civil rights with a particular focus on the role of faith institutions. While respectfully presenting the activism on differing sides, it makes a compelling case that the fight for LGBT rights in Black communities is an extension of the Black Freedom Struggle. Here is the recent TED Talk and interview by director Yoruba Richen describing why she made the documentary. Director Yoruba Richen wrote this article for the screening at the Council on Social Work Education annual meeting. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled same gender couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, there will be renewed interested in the film, and both institutions and home viewers can purchase the film on DVD.

The Works of Marlon Riggs, a Resource Page and the Marlon Riggs Fellowship

All of the works by pioneering filmmaker Marlon Riggs are now available for digital licensing. We have created a Marlon Riggs Critical Resource page featuring articles, guides, transcripts and media. We are streaming the 58 minute personal and artistic biography of Marlon Riggs, I Shall Not Be Removed by filmmaker Karen Everett for free. Riggs became the youngest ever tenured professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism while making his landmark work, Tongues United. In the May 2016 issue of the photography journal, Aperture, Hank Willis Thomas includes Riggs’ Black Is…Black Aint in his “List of Favorite Anythings”.

New Policy! 3 Year Site/Local Streaming Licenses

Reflecting the increased desire by institutions to have video available for their users via their password protected streaming portals, the acquisition of California Newsreel titles now automatically comes with 3 Year Site/Local Streaming Licenses with the purchase of all DVDs at the College/Corporation/Government Agency rate. Depending on the title, prices are either $195 or $295 for the right to stream a title via their password protected system for three years from the granting of the license. Institutions make their own digital files from the DVD. If you’d prefer a Video-on-Demand / Remote Streaming license, visit our partners: Alexander Street Press, Films Media Group and Kanopy Streaming.

How were the segregated suburbs and the racial wealth gap created? View this segment from RACE-The Power of an Illusion. Free online!

To help Americans appreciate how government policy and private banking practices helped produce the segregated suburbs after WWII - and a large and alarming racial wealth gap - California Newsreel has posted a 30-minute segment from Race - The Power of an Illusion on Vimeo for free video streaming. Please screen it, discuss and share with others.

This recent Washington Post feature story examines institutional racism in housing policies.

Unnatural Causes Explores Root Causes of our Alarming Health Inequities

We’re pleased the media are beginning to spotlight the harm done to Americans’ health by the nation’s glaring class and racial inequities. Join those around the country expanding the conversation beyond health care and ‘right choices’ by using California Newsreel’s prize-winning series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, along with the resources on its acclaimed companion website to explore how social and economic conditions can get under the skin, affecting health and well-being.

Furious Flower III – Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

Furious Flower III compiles close to five hours of the highlights from the 2014 Furious Flower conference featuring thirty-two of today’s leading African American poets in performance and conversation (among them Rita Dove, Toi Derricotte, Elizabeth Alexander, Quincy Troupe, jessica Care moore and Jericho Brown). This collection constitutes a video anthology of a vital decade in one of the most exciting and influential practices driving American literature in the Twenty-First Century. California Newsreel also released the highlights from previous Furious Flower conferences, Furious Flower I and Furious Flower II, and is now releasing Furious Flower – The Complete Edition composed of all of the Furious Flower conferences. Furious Flower – The Complete Edition is a multiple volume video collection constituting fourteen hours of once-in-a-lifetime readings by and encounters with leading African American poets.

Black Popular Culture in Comic Books & Superhero Movies

It’s been an exciting year for Black superheroes as Hollywood movie Captain America: Civil War features the long awaited film-debut of The Black Panther while Ta-Nehisi Coates’ reimagined, 11-issue Black Panther is already this year’s best-selling comic. Looking forward to 2018, the superhero gets his own highly-anticipated film, Black Panther, to be directed by the acclaimed Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station and Creed). This means it’s a great time to look back at California Newsreel’s documentary release, White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books which examines the impact of The Black Panther and others. Check out TIME and The Daily Beast for a look at today’s situation and thoughts on whether Marvel’s future points to a more inclusive superhero landscape.

New Pricing and Digital Licensing for African Cinema

Launched in 1981, with 8 films from 5 countries, The Library of African Cinema now includes more than 50 films from 25 nations, including classic features by internationally renowned masters filmmakers like Ousmane Sembene (Faat Kine), Djibril Diop Mambety (Tales of Ordinary People and Gaston Kaboré (Wend Kuuni and Zan Boko)

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