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African American Perspectives
The films in this collection provide the kind of critical analysis necessary for an appreciation and understanding of African American life and history. Included in this comprehensive set of documentaries are biographies of important literary and historical figures, films on significant historical events, urgent contemporary social issues and the enduring movements for racial justice. They are well-proven and effective resources for educators, student service providers, public libraries and community organizations. Discussion guides and transcripts are available for many of these titles.
TOPICS
All African American Perspectives Titles
From Slavery to Jim Crow 
Foundations of the Freedom Struggle 
Turning Points of the Civil Rights Movement 
African American Culture 
Race Today and Tomorrow 
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IN BLACK AND WHITE - SIX PROFILES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 6 authors, 157 minutes total, 1992
An introduction to six distinguished African American writers - Charles Johnson, Gloria Naylor, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, John Wideman and August Wilson. MORE...
JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 87 minutes, 1990
Film biography of the life of James Baldwin includes excerpts from his work . Writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed and William Styron discuss Baldwin's influence. MORE...
JULY '64
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 54 minutes, 2006,  
Summer, 1964: Violence erupted on a hot July night in Rochester, New York. July '64 tells the story of an unrest that altered the course of history in Rochester, and predicted urban unrest throughout the American North. MORE...
THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 52 minutes, Sierre Leone / Spain, 1998, in English and Mende with English subtitles
Images, instrumental music, song, interviews and narrative provide clues in the search for a lost song, its history, and its argument for cultural retention between aspects of African and African-American culture. MORE...
LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY INTO DAY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 94 minutes, 2000,  
Facilitator Guide Available
A documentary of South Africa's quest for restorative justice following four cases that come before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). MORE...
LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 118 minutes, 2017,  subtitled for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing
This is the first ever documentary on the life and work of author and activist Lorraine Hansberry whose classic play, A Raisin in the Sun influenced the representation of African Americans and changed the American theater forever. MORE...
MANY STEPS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 28 minutes, 2002
A lively exploration of the historical and cultural context of Stepping, an energetic communal dance form sweeping college campuses. Young teams of dancers creatively add hip-hop movements to a tradition dating back to the early 20th century. MORE...
MARLON RIGGS FILMS AVAILABLE THROUGH CALIFORNIA NEWSREEL
7 films on 5 DVDs
Facilitator Guide Available
A comprehensive listing of the works of Marlon Riggs now all currently available on DVD and for DVD+Site/Local streaming. MORE...
MILES OF SMILES, YEARS OF STRUGGLE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 58 minutes, 1989
The story of the organizing of the first black trade union - The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters - provides an account of African American working life between the Civil War and World War II. MORE...
NAT TURNER: A TROUBLESOME PROPERTY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 60 minutes, 2002,  
Over the decades, Nat Turner's slave rebellion has been represented in multiple and often conflicting ways. The film deftly weaves documentary with dramatizations of the different versions of the retelling of this watershed event. MORE...

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