California and the West












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Documentaries about other Western States
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Documentaries About California

Amazing: The Rebuilding of the MacArthur Maze
Documents the rebuilding of a key connector in MacArthur Maze Freeway near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from the perspectives of all the main players. Includes a wide variety of news and archival footage of the entire 26-day process beginning with the fire that melted and collapsed the structure and an animated depiction of the gasoline tanker truck which overturned and created the fireball. Producer, director, David L. Brown ; editors, David L. Brown, Steven Baigel. 2007. DVD X753

Ancestors in the Americas: Chinese in the Frontier West, an American Story.
A film by Loni Ding. Chronicles the arrival of the Chinese during the 1850s to 1880s in California during the Gold Rush period and their subsequent settlement in the Western states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. Includes the history of their labor, community building and activism for justice and equality in the courts of mid-19th century America. 1998. 60 min. DVD X2990; Video/C 5573

Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers
A film by Loni Ding. The untold story of how Asians--Filipino, Chinese, Asian Indian--first arrived in the Americas. Film crosses centuries and oceans from the 16th century Manila-Acapulco trade, to the Opium War, to the 19th century plantation coolie labor in South America and the Caribbean. 2001. 64 min. DVD X2989; Video/C 9659

Arsenal of Democracy(The Great Depression; 7)
By 1939 Americans were still struggling to end the Great Depression. Their dreams of peace and prosperity were celebrated at World's Fairs in New York and San Francisco, but prosperity did not come in peacetime. Millions fled the "dust bowl" states to finally find work in new defense industries. While the New Deal changed America forever, it was war that ended the Great Depression. 1993. 60 min. DVD X1168 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3177

As Long as the Rivers Run
Traces the struggle of the American Indians of the Northwest to maintain their fishing rights and way of life, with particular reference to the Nisqually Indians of Frank's Landing in Washington. Points out that this struggle is part of a larger movement for Indian self-determination in California and the Northwest, including the formation of fishing cooperatives to gain economic independence. Also includes footage of the takeover of Alcatraz. Originally released as 16mm. motion picture by American Documentary Films in 1971. Filmed between autumn 1968 and winter 1970. 62 min. Video/C 8832

The Battle of Westlands
This program provides a look at the future of American farming, especially the central valley of California. 1980. 59 min. Video/C 288 NRLF #: B 4 175 154

Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California
At the turn of the 20th century, Southern California was fertile ground for the Arts & Crafts Movement, which called for simple living, closeness to nature, the unification of art and craft, and regionally appropriate forms of architecture. Architects: Charles and Henry Greene, Irving Gill, Arthur Benton, Sumner Hunt, Frederick Roehrig, Louis B. Easton, Sylvanus Marston, Arthur and Alfred Heineman, Frank Mead, and Richard Requa. Written, produced and directed by Paul Bockhorst. c2008. 86 min. DVD X4276

Birth of an Icon: Frank Gehry's Disney Hall.
Construction of Disney Hall, the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is finally completed. Architect Frank Gehry comments on how he designed the concert hall using 3-D computer modeling, while the Philharmonic's executive director and two musicians extol the virtures of master acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota's efforts. Sounding a dissonant note is urban planning critic, Sam Hall Kaplan, who calls L.A.'s new signature civic icon an elitist misuse of money better spent on numerous smaller renewal projects. c2004. 11 min. DVD 2937

Blood, Sweat & Lace.
Examination of the working conditions of Asian American women garment workers who sew piece work in Oakland, California. Focuses on attempts by the workers to extract back wages from Jessica McClintoch Corporation, designer/distributor of the fashions they sew, after their subcontractor declared bankruptcy. 1994. 18 min. DVD 1329; also VHS Video/C 3601

Bombing L.A.
Film surveys different viewpoints on graffiti in Los Angeles through interviews with grafitti/street artists, property owners, police and citizens of Los Angeles. The question of graffiti as a public art form or a disfigurement of public property is investigated. Film also examines the role graffiti plays in Los Angeles youth gangs. 1988. 35 min. Video/C 2954

Cadillac Desert.

Cadillac Desert relates the story of the epic quest for water and the role it has played in the transformation of the American West. 1997.

Mulholland's Dream. Tells of William Mulholland's search for water for the people of Los Angeles. Superintendent of the L.A. water system in 1913, he found a solution to the problem in a remote valley 250 miles to the north. After the city secured water rights to the valley's Owens River, he spent 6 years building an aqueduct across the Mojave Desert. The program also recalls the shady land speculations behind the deal, how northern ranchers fought back, and the great disaster that destroyed his dream. 1997. 85 min. DVD 8700 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5053

An American Nile. Charts the dramatic transformation of the Colorado River from a wild desert waterway into the most controlled, litigated, regulated and over-allocated river in history. From the heroic construction of the Hoover Dam during the Great Depression to the bitter political and environmental battles over the potential damming of the Grand Canyon, this program illustrates how the Colorado became so impounded and diverted that by 1969 it no longer reached the ocean. 1997. 55 min. DVD 8701 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5054

The Mercy of nature Traces the fierce political and environmental battles that raged around the transformation of California's Central Valley from semiarid desert into the most productive and environmentally altered agricultural region in global history. It illustrates the role that presidents, governor, and giant agri-business companies have played in the ebb and flow of water. The program then follows the recent trend in which water is diverted away from agriculture and toward cities and wildlife. 55 min. DVD 8702 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5055

Last Oasis. Opens with the story of how America's large dams became examples for water projects abroad, particularly in developing countries. The film goes to India and China, where big dam building continues in full force, and to Mexico, the Middle East, and back to the American West to explore how, in the face of rising water needs conservation may be humanity's last oasis. 55 min. DVD 8703 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5056

The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story
Documentary on the history and status of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Follows the Bridge from its original construction through the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake up to the present day. It recounts the progress, delays, setbacks, and politics during the design and construction of a new, safe bridge to re-complete the connection across the Bay between San Francisco and Oakland. Producer, director, David L. Brown ; editors, David L. Brown, Steven Baigel. 2006. 56 min. DVD X754

California Burning
Four dramatic films celebrating the contributions of firemen in California. Includes coverage of the 1923 Berkeley citywide conflagration, the Chatsworth fire of 1947 in the San Fernando Valley, and the Goodman Lumber fire in San Francisco in 1955. "Your fire department," presents a detailed treatment of the activities of the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1949. Berkeley, California fire (1923, 6 min.) -- Your fire department (Parts 1 & 2) / Los Angeles Fire Department (1949, 32 min.) -- Fire! Patty learns what to do [1947 Chatsworth fire] / Frith Films (1951, 17 min.) -- Goodman Lumber fire / Warner Pathe News (1955, 6 min.) DVD 4520

California's Coastline (California Journal Report; 2).
This program takes a look at the on going battle between environmentalists and developers in California. The issues of public access to wetlands are reviewed in detail. 1981. 29 min. Video/C 2099

The California Condor
Illustrates the behavior and natural habitat of the extremely endangered California condor and shows the work of the Los Angeles Zoo in rearing these birds in captivity for future release into the wild. 1984. 13 min. Video/C MM813

The California Earthquake: January 17, 1994 (Nightline)
Televised news coverage of the damage caused by the Northridge earthquake and the human response to the disaster. Includes interviews with survivors, rescuers and Los Angeles Mayor, Richard Riordan. 33 min. Video/C 5775

California Impressions (Impressions de Californie)
Producer, William K. McClure ; cinematography, Jean Boffety. CBS News invited the distinguished French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, to make a film on any subject, anywhere in the world. He chose the state of California and this is the film he made, giving his personal impressions of aspects of the life and the people of that part of the country. The sequences used range from cheer-leading auditions and anti-war protests, to encounter groups and hippie communes. 1970. 23 min. DVD 9934

California Since the Sixties: Revolutions and Counterrevolutions. (California Studies Conference. [11th: 1999: University of California, Berkeley]). Videographer: Harold Adler

Popular Organizing and People's Movements, 2/4/99 Contents: Breaking with union centrism: some thoughts for revitalizing the U.S. labor movement / Peter Olney (23 min.) -- Regional racial formations in political culture / Laura Pulido (25 min.) -- Trends in youth organizing / Julie Brown (10 min.). A panel of political and labor organizers comments on the history and current directions in American labor and political movements with particular reference to minorities and youth. Concludes with questions from the audience. Presented at a conference held on February 4-6, 1999 at the University of California, Berkeley. © UC Regents. 100 min. DVD 9583; vhs Video/C 5973

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After Alcatraz: American Indian Uprisings, 2/4/99. American Indian population in the Bay Area / Susan Lobo (11 min.) -- Participation in the "outcast" of Alcatraz / Millie Ketchano, Edward Castillo (30 min.) -- The occupation of Alcatraz Island / Troy Johnson (24 min.) -- The filming of the documentary: The Indian occupation of Alcatraz / John Plutte (26 min.) -- Closing commentary by panel (8 min.) -- Reception honoring Alice Waters, Chez Panisse, 2/4/99 at the Bancroft Library (9 min.). A panel of American Indians comments on their personal experiences in the occupation of Alcatraz Island, the "relocation program" and urban Indians, the preservation of American Indian history through film and other means and the current situation of American Indians in California. 107 min. DVD 9584; vhs Video/C 5974

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Angela Davis, Keynote Address, 2/4/99. Angela Davis comments on the social forces that cause so many Afro-Americans to spend time in prison and on the "anti-prison movement" which works for the reform of California prisons by bringing together political activists on the outside with prison inmates. © UC Regents. 89 min. DVD 9585; vhs Video/C 5975

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Documenting the Counterrevolution: Photography in the 60's and 70's, 2/5/99. A panel of three photographers from the 60's comments on their experiences. Joe Samburg's photographs focus on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Helen Nestor photographed the Free Speech Movement, the beginning of busing of school children in the South and the origins of the women's movement. Nacio Brown comments on his life as a photographer for the underground press in Berkeley in the 60s. 86 min. DVD 9586; vhs Video/C 5976

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David Harris Lecture, 2/5/99. A lecture by David Harris, journalist, writer, civil system to the Vietnam War. Here he expounds upon his personal experiences in the political turmoil in California and the South during the 1960's. 66 min. DVD 9587; vhs Video/C 5977

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Beyond the Boomers, 2/5/99. Contents: Introduction / Louise Nelson (5 min.) -- If you were a member of the 60s: towards a radical historiography / Lauren Coodley (20 min.) -- Is there a generation X? / Eric Rice (19 min.) -- You can't really believe the magazines: prescriptions and reality in the middle class bedroom / Jessica Weiss (21 min.) -- Asian American youth gangs, model minorities and post 60s political poverty / Mike Murashige (22 min.) -- The Quiet after the boom: generation X reconsidered / Tomas Sandoval (18 min.) -- Audience questions (10 min.). A panel of "post-boomers" (often described as cynical and nihilistic) examine the "baby boomer" generation and American culture, politics and social groups as they have been influenced by generational identities. 115 min. DVD 9588; vhs Video/C 5978

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Musical Innovators, 2/5/99. Contents: [Political protest songs of the 60s] / Country Joe McDonald (19 min.) -- [The history and development of country music] / Gerald Haslam (22 min.) -- [African-American styles in California music] / (Linda ?) (26 min.) -- [Influence and creation of Latino music and protest music] / Jose Cuellar (43 min.). Four musicians talk about the development of various types of protest music in the sixties and play some of the songs that were created during the era. 120 min. DVD 9589; vhs Video/C 5979

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Readings by Maxine Hong Kingston's Veterans Writing Workshop and Robert Hass, 2/5/99. Contents: Robert Hass (30 min.) -- Boy and the buffalo / Jim Jenko (sp?) (6 min.) -- The hunt / Keith Maker (?) (8 min.) -- Ish / Niki Cashton (?) (7 min.) -- Prologue to Grief denied: a Vietnam widow's story / Pauline Lorentz (?) (9 min.) -- The visit / Lee Swenson (?) (8 min.) -- Muhammad Ali. Live body. One more / Jeremiah Kelvio-Swazaw (?) (6 min.) -- Untitled piece / Katherine Beckwith (?) (6 min.) -- The well by the trail. Ambivalent nature of healing / Ted Sexhauer (?) (9 min.). Poetry readings led off by California poet laureate, Robert Hass, reading from his own works followed by poetry and prose written and presented by members of the Veterans Writing Workshop which was originally developed by Maxine Hong Kingston to provide a literary voice for Vietnam War veterans. 102 min. DVD 9590; vhs Video/C 5980

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Knowledge Industry: Technology and the University, 2/6/99 Libraries in a digital age / Karen Coyle (9 min.) -- Revolution in instruction / David Noble (15 min.) -- [Educational technology satire] / Langdon Winner (21 min.) -- Resisting the virtual life / Iain Boal (22 min.) Moderator: Jeff Lustig. Panel: Karen Coyle, David Noble, Langdon Winner, Iian Boal. A panel of academics provides critical and sometimes satirical presentations on the down side of the impact of technology on education. Concludes with questions from the audience. DVD 9591; vhs Video/C 5981

Challenge of Multiracial Democracy, 2/6/99 Moderator: Carlos Muñoz. Panel: Elizabeth Martinez, Phil Hutchings, Ramona Wilson, Helen Zia, David Bacon. A panel of Mexican-American, Native American and Asian American leaders, authors and journalists examine, through analyses of minority history, future challenges for American minorities and American democracy in the 21st century. Introduction / Carlos Muñoz (9 min.) -- [Racism in 1960s and political movements] / Elizabeth Martinez (21 min.) -- [Contrasting social movements from the 60s to the 90s] / Phil Hutchings (17 min.) -- [Human values for the 21st century] / Ramona Wilson (20 min.) -- [Asian in America: the perpetual foreigners] / Helen Zia (26 min.) -- [Multiracial democracy and the labor movement] / David Bacon (15 min.) 108 min. DVD 9593; vhs Video/C 5983

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Gerald Haslam Lecture, 2/6/99. Author and historian, Gerald Haslam provides reminiscences and perceptions of California and Central Valley culture as it has developed from the 60s to the 90s. 72 min. DVD 9592; vhs Video/C 5982

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California: West Meets East
In San Francisco Eyre examines counterculture practices that have been influened by Taoism, Hinduism, and other Eastern religions. Biofeedback, meditation, Yoga, and self-help groups are some of the concepts considered. 1978. 52 min. Video/C 201

California's Lost Tribes.
Explores the conflicts over Indian gaming and places them in the context of both California and Native American history. Examining the historical underpinnings of tribal sovereignty and the evolution of tribal gaming rights over the last 30 years, the film investigates the impact of gaming on Indian self-determination, and the challenges that Native people face in defining the identity of their people for the future. Produced by Jack Kohler and Jed Riffe. c2005. 1978. 56 min. DVD 4781

Description from Berkeley Media LLC catalog

Can I Drink the Water?
Focuses on three California communities with different sources of water and different water problems, and shows how and why water is treated and tested for various kinds of contamination. c1986. 27 min. Video/C MM876

Central City. (Geography Today.)
This program provides an overview of the unique characteristics and complexities of the central city and the central business district. A comparison is made between Los Angeles, California and Manchester, England which, despite their differences, share important basic features in common. c1992. 20 min. Video/C 7071

Chavez Ravine.
This documentary captures how a community was betrayed by greed, political hypocrisy, and good intentions gone astray. Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown LA, razed in the 1950's to build an enormous low-income housing project. Instead, the federally purchased land was used for Dodger Stadium. Directed by Jordan Mechner. 2004. 24 min. DVD 4003

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Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.
A four part series chronicling various aspects of the struggles for equal rights by Mexican Americans. 57 min. each installment

Episode 1: Quest for a Homeland. Examines the events at Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, that sparked a national movement for social justice. It focuses on the 1967 struggle by Mexican Americans to regain ownership of New Mexico lands guaranteed them by the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and then visits the landmark Denver Youth Conference in 1969. The program concludes with the Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War, held in East Los Angeles in 1970...an event that turned into a tragic riot resulting in the death of renowned journalist Ruben Salazar. DVD 9933; vhs Video/C 4308

Episode 2: The Struggle in the Field. Examines the efforts of farmworkers to form a national labor union. Under the leadership of nonviolence advocate Cesar Chavez, farmworkers launched a strike against California grape growers in 1965, demanding better working conditions and fair wages. In 1970, they undertook a national table grape boycott that eventually led to the first union contracts in farm labor history. An important milestone in the struggle was the passage of the California Labor Relations Act. DVD 9933; vhs Video/C 4309

Episode 3: Taking Back the Schools. Documents the Mexican-American struggle to reform an educational system that failed to properly educate Chicano students, resulting in a more than 50% drop out rate, and leaving many others illiterate and unskilled. It focuses on the 1968 walkout by thousands of Mexican-American high school students in East Los Angeles, which resulted in conspiracy indictments against 13 community leaders. DVD 9933; vhs Video/C 4310

Episode 4: Fighting for Political Power.Focuses on the emergence in Texas of Mexican-American political power and the creation of a third political party, La Raza Unida. Although the idea of a third party eventually proved ineffectual, La Raza Unida inspired a generation of political activists and pioneered voter registration strategies that eventually led to the election of thousands of Chicanos to political office. DVD 9933; vhs Video/C 4311

Goodman, Walter. "Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement." television program reviews) New York Times v145 (Fri, April 12, 1996):B8(N), D18(L), col 4, 8 col in.

The Chumash.
A survey through interviews and archival footage of the history and mythology of the Chumash tribe of Southern California up to the present day, including current efforts to preserve Chumash ways and culture. 1991. 29 min. Video/C 5310

City Parks.
Uncovers the surprising stories behind the most famous city parks in the nation. Looks at designers like Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park and Griffith J. Griffith who designed Griffith Park in L.A., and builders of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to fashion oases of beauty in the most unlikely of places. Period photos document their creation, while people like the founder of the Central Park Conservancy and the General Manager of San Francisco's Parks & Recreation Department talk of the challenges they face in preserving and maintaining these invaluable urban escapes. c1999. 50 min. Video/C MM13

Corazon Vaquero (The Heart of the Cowboy
Presents a definitive glimpse into the lives of the Californios, a people whose roots reach back 300 years to the original missionary soldiers of California's Spanish frontier who have thrived in the harsh dry lands of Baja California while keeping many of their traditions alive and untouched by the modern world. Presents rare footage of the daily lives of these vaqueros and their families in California's final frontier. Presented by Lindeza Films in association with Los Californios Heritage Association ; directed by Cody McClintock. 2008. 65 min. DVD 9777

A Cowhand's Song: Crisis on the Range
A documentary on the lives of cattle ranchers in California and Nevada who graze cattle on publicly owned lands. Also details the threat posed by government agencies and environmental and recreational groups to the ranchers' continuing use of the land. 1983. 29 min. Video/C 420 NRLF #: B 3 969 300

Crime and Punishment: California's Prison System (California Journal report)
This program takes a look at California's prison system. A comparison is made between Folsom Prison and Frontera, the only female institution in the state. Interviews are conducted with prisoners as well as Ruth Rushen, who heads the Department of Corrections. 1981. 30 min. Video/C 2095; Storage Info: B 3 969 107

Crossroads: Boyle Heights
Documentary compiled from life histories with residents and former residents of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles County, which included immigrants from Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Japan, as well as African-Americans and whites. While many of the Japanese American residents were sent to relocation camps during World War II, deportation was a common fate of Mexican Americans during the 1930s. 2002. 28 min. Video/C MM373

The Departure.
Fictional story about Haru, a young Japanese American girl growing up in California's Central Valley during the 30's. 13 min. Video/C 1971

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

The Developing City.
Examines the growth of a town into a city; the center city, housing, suburbia and exurbia; the relocation of business, industry and people, and the relationship between jobs, housing and transportation. As an example of city development compares the growth of Manchester, England with that of Los Angeles, California. c1992. 20 min. Video/C 7069

The Dividing Line: The Legacy of Separate But Equal and the Future of Civil Rights in California
Panel moderator: Philip Clayton ; Panel: Mario Savio, Jesse Mills, Angelo Ancheta, Victoria Bomberry, Frances Aparicio, Maria Santos, Francisco Vasquez, Neil Katanda. A panel discussion during a symposium at Sonoma State University exploring challenges dealing with ethnic diversity issues in California. Includes a keynote address by Frances Aparicio from the University of Michigan, followed by the panel which includes among others Free Speech Movement pioneer Mario Savio and Angelo Ancheta, director of the Asian Law Caucus. Contents: Introduction / Robert Coleman-Senghor (6 min.) -- Frances Aparicio (32 min.) -- Introduction to panel discussion / Robert Coleman-Senghor (6 min.) -- Panel discussion "The Future of Diversity and Rights in California" (78 min.) 1996. DVD X1351; vhs MM1228

Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue
Through a montage of images and interviews, the film explores the Chinese American social and economic conditions in San Francisco's Chinatown. A film essay by Curtis Choy. 1976. 35 min. DVD 4161

Factory Farms.
1959 documentary by Harvey Richards. Tells the story of California agriculture, a highly capitalized, sophisticated industry with substandard wage rates that keep its workers in poverty. Documents 1959 labor conditions for farm workers. Produced by the United Packinghouse Workers Union. 1959. 32 min. DVD 4248; also VHS Video/C 2794

Farmers and Farmworkers: The New Harvest(California Journal report; 104)
Examines the ongoing negotiations among growers, farmworkers, and teamsters including the impact of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. United Farm Worker history is traced from the Delano beginnings to the present. An interview with Cesar Chavez is included. 1981. 30 min. DVD 7646 [preservation copy]; Video/C 2097

Farmworkers' Diary
In the farmworker's own words, shows the living conditions, hopes and fears of Mexican migrant farmworkers in California. The documentary captures their dreams and anxieties, their longing for their families and their fear of becoming unemployable as farm mechanizaton increases. Produced by Tony Cisneros and Paul Shain. 1990. 10 min. Video/C MM600

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary.
A documentary by Los Angeles teacher Laura Angelica Simon, exploring the impact of California's Proposition 187 on the immigrant community. The subject is Hoover Street Elementary School, where Simon candidly explores the attitudes and emotions of teachers, students and parents, focusing on a ten year old Salvadorian girl. 1997. 53 min. Video/C 5246

American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Films for Adults, 1999

The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle.
The story of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic founder of the United Farmworkers Union and the history and impact of the movement that he inspired. The heart of the UFW, Chavez remains the most important Latino leader in this country's history. The activities he and his dedicated organizers led inspired the Chicano activism of the 1960's and '70's, helping to create a Latino civil rights movement. Film includes archival footage, newsreels and present-day interviews with activists, politicians and Chavez family members. Produced and directed by Ray Telles, Rick Tejada-Flores. 1997. 115 min. Video/C 4746

Media Review Digest (UCB Only)
Ferriss, Susan and Ricardo Sandoval. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement. New York: Harcourt Brace, c1997; (UCB Main, Moffitt, Bancroft HD6509.C48 F47 1997)

Fight in the Fields website (via ITVS)

Gallegos, Aaron. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Struggle." (television program reviews) Sojourners v26, n3 (May-June, 1997):59 (3 pages). \
Goodman, Walter. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Struggle." (television program reviews) New York Times v146 (Wed, April 16, 1997):B6(N), C18(L), col 5, 2 col in
Harvey, Dennis. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Struggle." (movie reviews) Variety v365, n12 (Jan 27, 1997):79 (2 pages).
Weintraub, Irwin. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle." (video recording reviews) Library Journal v122, n13 (August, 1997):152 (2 pages).

The Fire This Time.
Through interviews with civic leaders, politicians and Los Angeles city residents film examines social conditions in Watts and other areas of inner city Los Angeles which have led to violence and rioting in the past. Critiques past governmental policies which have failed to correct the problem and makes suggestions for future solutions. 90 min. Video/C 3464

Foresaken Fields
Before World War II, many Japanese-Americans had settled successfully as farmers in California. But when the war came, they were incarcerated under government orders and forced to sell their farms. When the war ended, many did not return to their rural homes, and those who did never recovered from the interruption in their lives. As their children moved away to college or jobs or to be with other families, there was a second forsaking of the fields. Japanese-American farming in California is a mere shadow of what it once was, yet it created the foundation for California agriculture as it is today. 2000. 27 min. Video/C 8895

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Forty-Seven Cents.
Documents how officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Claims Commission, and a lawyer representing the Pit River Indian Nation of northern California obtained from the tribe a land settlement that most of its members did not want. 25 min. Video/C 58

Gabrielino/Tongva Culture.
A survey of the history, culture and present status of the Gabrielino or Tongva tribe of Southern California, and the current efforts being made to revive the original Gabrielino or Tongva culture. 1991. 29 min. Video/C 5309

Garbage Stories.
These 5 features look at various creative ways garbage can be recycled and otherwise diverted from landfills. Examples of innovative recycling are the creation of art objects from garbage, a wildlife sanctuary developed from recycled wastewater, a farmer who feeds his pigs and goats entirely on refuse and a sculpture garden created from the solid wastes of the city of San Francisco. 1993. 27 min. Video/C 3897

Going Home: The California Indian Library Collections Project.
Documents the California Indian library collections project of the Lowie Museum of Anthropology which places copies of relevant historic photographs, sound recordings, field notes and personal narratives in county library collections near reservations. 23 min. Video/C 1928

Golden Cage: A Story of California's Farmworkers.
The experiences of Mexican farmworkers in California are chronicled. Using historical footage, interviews, newspaper clippings and black-and-white stills, the documentary traces the history of the United Farmworkers Union from the sixties to its current decline. It also examines the impact of the new immigration law. c1989. 29 min. Video/C 1935

Golden Lands, Working Hands.
A 2-part history of the labor movement in California from the 1860's to the present day. 1999.

Part 1. This first segment examines the Workingmen's Party of the 1870's, Chinese union exclusion, San Francisco as a union town and Los Angeles as open shop at the turn of the century, the plight of migrant labor as in the Beet Workers Strike of 1903 and the Wheatland Hop Riot of 1913, the framing of Tom Mooney, the impact of the Stock market crash and the Great Depression on unionization, Roosevelt's New Deal, militancy in the west coast maritime trades culminating in the San Francisco General Strike of 1934 and the beginning of the CIO, WWII defense industries and the employment of Afro-Americans, "Okie" and women workers which challenged the unions concerning inclusive or exclusive membership policies. Contents: Step by step (6 min.) -- No danger from strikes among them (15 min.) -- Bombs and ballots (24 min.) -- Not so jazzy (10 min.) -- Labor on the march (18 min.) -- Battling for democracy (8 min.). 81 min. DVD X569 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6254

Part 2. This second segment examines the DiGiorgio strike of 1947-50, the struggle for the Fair Employment Practices Law and the threat of the Right To Work campaign of 1958, the expansion of the labor-civil rights connection in the 1960's, the continued struggle of California's farm labor movement with the advent of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. The PATCO strike of air traffic controllers marked the end of the post-WWII social compact between labor and capital. A new corporate regime replaces full-time union jobs with part-time, temporary, disposable employment, as millions sink into unemployment and underemployment. In response, a new organizing mood emerges among California working people grappling with the effects of the global economy. Contents: We Called It a Work Holiday (17 min.) -- Building the house they lived in (28 min.) -- Against the tide (21 min.) -- Golden lands, new demands (22 min.). 91 min. DVD X570 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6255

Good as Gold (Water Wars;1).
Focuses on the dispute over water rights between the city of Los Angeles and Arizona Indians. Water rights is one of the most powerful resources in the West. 49 min. Video/C 2933

The Good Society. Part Two
This program focuses on Los Angeles, portraying the people who have recognized that cooperative action is the only solution to help benefit the community as a whole. The need is even clearer now in light of recent riots. This program features interviews with) individuals and organizations who put forth their ideas in support of building community in economically devastated urban areas. Presenter: Bill Moyers. Based on the book by Robert Bellah, The Good Society (Environ Dsgn E169.12.G645 1991; Main Stack; E169.12.G645 1991; Soc Welfare E169.12.G645 1991). Originally broadcast on the television series Listening to America. 1994. 60 min. Video/C 7211

Good Work, Sister: Women Shipyard Workers of World War II, An Oral History.
Women tell of their personal experiences in the shipyards at Portland, Or. and Vancouver, Wash., and the difficulties confronting them when they took over jobs during World War II which had traditionally been considered men's work in addition to their continuing responsibility for child-raising and housework. 1982. 20 min. Video/C 4065

Goodbye God, I've Gone to Bodie
Traces the life cycle of Bodie, a California gold mining town in a series of images accompanied by music and narration. 1974. 11 min. DVD 9808 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 60

Green Dreams.
Describes activities of the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG) as they organize and supervise gardening projects in troubled urban neighborhoods. Film documents how these gardening projects are offering real job skills and a sense of accomplishment to low-income youth, ex-convicts and people recovering from drugs. Looks at a variety of gardening projects including the Alemany housing project where a former trash-filled back lot is transformed into a small farm providing organic vegetables for residents and Hunter's Point where teens turn their lives around in an after school gardening program. c1995. 29 min. Video/C 4433

Hands on the Verdict: The 1992 L.A. Uprising.
Film probes the issues surrounding the civil unrest following the Simi Valley, Calif. verdict in the Rodney King police brutality trial. Examines also the South Central Los Angeles community of Watts, the truce between street gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, and the persistence of racism and police brutality in the L.A. Police Dept. 54 min. Video/C 3394

The Harvesters.
Documents the late 1950's farm labor conditions in California's fields when 14- to 16- hour days paid workers at eighty-five cents to a dollar per hour. It also exposes how the bracero program imported Mexican nationals to work at wages lower than the subminimum rates available to American workers. This film was used the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) and the United Packinghouse Workers Union as an organizing film. A film by Harvey Richards. 1960. DVD 4249

Hazardous Waste: Are We Poisoning the Golden State?
UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. "The California forum, September 8, 1983." Debate about the problem of regulating production as well as disposal of hazardous waste in California. 1983. 59 min. Video/C 672

Hijos del silencio (Sons of Silence)
Documents the cultural silences that affect safe sex practices of young gay Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes interviews with young gay men about their families, coming out and sex. 2001. 36 min. Video/C 9141

Hip Hop By Da Bay.
Performers: Jahi, Attik, Krushadelic, Zion 1, Ise Lyfe, Pro. Presents a chronicle of the hip hop music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area including hip hop performances in San Francisco, Oakland, Vallejo, East Palo Alto, Richmond and Sacramento. 2005. 92 min. DVD 4174

Historic Travel U.S.: Learning to Live in California.
With a focus on life in post-WWII California, provides a rare opportunity to examine some of the films that were produced in an effort to guide, motivate and educate people on a wide range of subjects from road safety to social issues. Includes a 1931 tour of Oakland, a look at the local transit Key System, the conditions of African Americans in Los Angeles in 1971, films on the Bracero farm labor program, an educational film against exposure of young boys to homosexuals and more. See America first [Oakland] / host, Kay Gordon (1931, 16 min.) -- March of progress [Key System] / Key System Transit Company (1945, 21 min.) -- When you are a pedestrian [Oakland] / produced by Progressive Pictures (1948, 10 min.) -- Teddy / National Institute of Mental Health (1971, 16 min.) -- Freedom of the American road / with Henry Ford II ; sponsored by Ford Motor Company (1955, 16 min.) -- Why Braceros? / Council of California Growers (1959, 19 min.) -- Boys beware / produced by Sid Davis (1961, 10 min.) DVD 4845

Historic Travel U.S.: Many Faces of California.
A selection of nine rare and historic films of life in California between 1917 and 1957. Includes coverage of aviator Kay Stinson in her flight from San Diego to Los Angeles with footage of car races (1917), The Dole Air Race of 1927, glider flights in 1929, a 1948 bicycle safety film and the National Roller Skating Championships of 1950. Also includes a 1950s baby contest and coverage of artist Simon Rodia constructing the Watts Towers in Los Angeles in 1957. Kay Stinson, Aviator (1917, 3 min.) -- Tribune: American dream picture / Oakland Tribune-American (1924, 8 min.) -- Dole Air Race / Kinograms (1927, 10 min.) -- Norman Goddard and his glider (1929, 6 min.) -- Bohemian grove (amateur film) (1938, 2 min.) -- You and your bicycle / Progressive Pictures (1948, 9 min.) -- Amateur skating champs / Universal-International Newsreel (1950, 2 min.) -- Babies on parade / Universal-International Newsreel (1950, 2 min.) -- The Towers / Rembrandt Films ; producer, Antonio M. Vellani (1957, col., 12 min.) DVD 5288

Home Economics: A Documentary of Suburbia
Documents the American dream of home ownership via portraits and landscapes from a Los Angeles suburb. Three women and a teenage girl speak of their struggles to sustain family and community connections amid current socio-economic conditions. Their stories reveal a sad irony--home ownership is often achieved at the expense of the very values a home is said to represent. 1994. 47 min. Video/C 6116

Homeboys.
Documentary portrait of a Chicano youth gang. Depicts life in Cuatro flats, a housing project in East Los Angeles, as seen through the eyes of gang members. Video/C 1934

Homeless in Paradise
Filmed over two years, follows the journeys of four people who are homeless and suffering with addictions and mental illness on the streets of Santa Monica, California. We experience homelessness through their eyes and come to better understand the complex political and social realities of a city that tries to be compassionate as it faces criticism and a seemingly intractable social problem. Directed by Marilyn Braverman.2005. 50 min. DVD 5029

How Weed Won the West
With California and the rest of the country going bankrupt, one business is booming. Takes a journey through the world of the growing medical marijuana industry, focusing on Los Angeles with over 700 legal dispensaries doling out the buds. Following the story of Organica, a southland dispensary which was raided by state and federal agencies in August of 2009, this film shows that although much has changed with Obama in office, the drug war is nowhere nearly over. Directed by Kevin Booth. c2010. 102 min. DVD X4647

Images of Mexican Los Angeles: Views of the Social and Cultural History of the Mexican Community of Los Angeles, 1781-1990s.
Presents the history of the Mexican community in Los Angeles from 1781 through the 1990's. 1991. 28 min. Video/C 5144

Impressions of California: Early Currents in Art 1850-1930
Examines and documents the story of early California art from statehood in 1850 to the beginning of the Great Depression in 1930. Contents: I. Awakening in the north -- II. Rise of Impressioism in Southern California -- III. Early art in Laguna Beach and San Diego -- IV. Beyond Impressionism. Producer-writer-director Paul Bockhorst. 1996. 112 min. DVD X4275

In Her Own Time
Focuses on cultural anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff's study of the community of Hasidic Jews in Los Angeles's Fairfax neighborhood. Also relates how, after exhausting medical treatment for cancer, she found strength among the traditions, faith, and caring of these Orthodox Jews. Directed by Lynne Littman. 1985. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 60 min. DVD 9287; vhs Video/C 9591

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Invisible Indians: Mixtec Farmworkers in California
This presentation examines the distinct culture of Mixtec Indians from Oaxaca, Mexico, who started to migrate to California in the early 1970's to work in the produce fields. This program focuses on the special skills and values that these people bring to California agriculture jobs and their continuing connection to their communities in Mexico. Also examined are their living conditions in California. 1993. 35 min. DVD 9651 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM684

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Ishi, The Last of the Yahi.
When Ishi suddenly appeared in rural Northern California in 1911, the country was stunned. His tribe as considered extinct; Ishi had lived in hiding for forty years . As the sole survivor, he had refused to surrender. His story embodies the strength and resilience of California's indigenous people. 57 min. DVD X3311; Video/C 2861

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Ishi of Fire Mountain (Ishi in Two Worlds).
A new edition of the film Ishi in two worlds by Richard C. Tomkins. Based upon the book Ishi in two worlds by Theodora Kroeber. Documentary of the life of Ishi, the sole survivor of a small band of Yahi Indians, who was found in 1911 in Oroville, California. Dramatizes the enormous contrast between his former primitive existence and his life in early twentieth-century San Francisco. 19 min. c1999. Video/C MM663

Jews and the Gold Rush
This program relates the history of Jewish pioneers to California during the Gold Rush, outlining their reasons for coming, and their way of life once they arrived. The history of early Jewish settlements in San Francisco and Sacramento, and in Gold Rush mining communities is explored. 1994. 40 min. Video/C 7621

Khush Refugees
The film focuses on San Francisco's gay community where two exiles, Rahul, an immigrant from India, and Dante, an ex-marine from suburban Ohio, try to assimilate in this new foreign culture. 1991. 32 min. Video/C 3822

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L.A. Is Burning: Five Reports from a Divided City.
One year after the Los Angeles riots, Frontline revisits the city. Tracing the chronology of events from the moment the Rodney King verdict was announced, through the next 72 hours of riots, to present day L.A. 87 min. Video/C 3068

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The Land is Rich.
Documents the United Farm Workers struggle to organize California farm workers in the early 1960's. Film contrasts the economic strength of California agribusiness and migrant workers poverty and the the effect of extensive exposure to agricultural chemicals on them. The film was used by the United Farm Workers Union. A film by Harvey Richards. 1966. 27 min. DVD 4246; also VHS Video/C 2800

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The Least Remembered City: Featuring Norman Klein.
Features the critic and historian of mass culture, Norman Klein, who leads viewers on an "anti-tour" of the hidden, forgotten, and completely erased Los Angeles. Based on: The history of forgetting : Los Angeles and the erasure of memory by Norman M. Klein (Main Stack F869.L857.K58 1997; Bancroft F869.L857.K58 1997) c1998. 30 min. Video/C 8886

The Lemon Grove Incident.
Focusing on one of the earliest school desegregation cases, uses dramatizations, archival footage, and recollections of witnesses to examine the response of the Mexican-American community. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. 58 min. Video/C 1295

Living on the Edge: California's Coastal Erosion Dilemma
Presents footage and interviews with scientists and coastal homeowners examining the problems and possible solutions to storm damage and erosion on California's coast. Explores the importance of beaches to the California public, the natural ecosystem including the influence of El Nino, the state's tourist economy, and examines the practice of coastal "armoring" and seawall constuction. c1999. 32 min. Video/C MM623

Los Angeles: A Fantasy Cityscape
In Los Angeles, experimental architecture is the norm. In Malibu, Edward Niles' futuristic "Space house," and the Getty Roman villa are a study in contrasts; the home of Simon Kwan in Las Flores canyon combines geometrical and deconstructionist elements; in Venice, "The Binoculars" shares proximity with eccentric beach houses and studios on Ocean Front Walk; and Frank Gehry's sculptural Walt Disney Concert Hall stands in the heart of Los Angeles. Buildings by abstract constructivist architects Eric Owen Moss, Ricardo Legorreta, Charles and Ray Eames, Cesar Pelli and Arata Isozaki are spotlighted as well. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7075

Los Angeles Carries the Olympic Torch
This is the story of the people and politics behind the Los Angeles Olympics. The program features an interview with Mayor Tom Bradley and a historical review of the 1932 Olympics. California Journal report; 1. 1981. Video/C 2098 (in storage NRLF: B 3 969 106)

Los Angeles Plays Itself
A video essay about how movies have portrayed the city of Los Angeles. The film looks at Los Angeles from three perspectives: first, as a background for movies, second, as a character in movies, and third, as a subject for a movie. Research/text/production, Thom Andersen. 2003. 169 min. DVD 7495

Los Four; Murals of Aztlan: the Street Painters of East Los Angeles.
Two documentaries on key moments and figures in Chicano art. Los Four documents the first exhibition of Chicano artists held at a major art museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 1974. Murals of Aztlan documents the exhibition of the same name at the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles in 1981. Featured artists include Los Four (Carlos Almaraz, Gilbert "Magu" Sanchez Lujan, Roberto de la Rocha, Frank Romero), Gronk, Judith Hernandez, Willie Herron, John Valadez, and others. Released as motion pictures in 1974 and 1981. Producer, director, James Tartan. 46 min. DVD 2785

Mad River: Hard Times in Humboldt County.
Portrays a community in the redwood region of Northern California. Deals with unemployment, plant closures in the lumber industry and the impact of environmental questions. 1982. 54 min. Video/C 367

Made in L.A. (Hecho en Los Angeles)
Traces the moving transformation of three Latina garment workers on the fault lines of global economic change who decide they must resist. Through a groundbreaking law suit and consumer boycott, they fight to establish an important legal and moral precedent holding an American retailer liable for the labor conditions under which its products are manufactured. But more than this, Made in L.A. provides an insider's view into both the struggles of recent immigrants and into the organizing process itself: the enthusiasm, discouragement, hard-won victories and ultimate self-empowerment. A film by Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar; directed by Almudena Carracedo. 2007. 70 min. DVD 9283

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Meet me at Brooklyn & Soto: Celebrating the Jewish Community of East Los Angeles
Discusses the history of the Jewish community in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. 1996. 70 min. Video/C 7620

Mega-cities: Urban Leadership for the 21st Century
Discusses cities that by the twenty-first century will have populations greater than ten million and whether these mega-cities can provide basic human needs for so many people of so many diverse cultures. This video discusses the Los Angeles Mega-Cities Project and provides an overview of an array of innovative projects and leaders currently working in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. 199-? 29 min. Video/C 8439

Moving Memories.
A journey into the 1920s and 1930s featuring restored and edited home movies taken by Japanese American immigrant pioneers. The footage is mainly taken in California, Oregon and Washington. Produced by Karen L. Ishizuka ; created and edited by Robert A Nakamura. 1993. 31 min. Video/C 7416

The New Los Angeles
Explores the complexities of inclusion in Los Angeles -- the nation's largest divide between rich and poor. The film provides a riveting portrait of a city in often turbulent transition, beginning in 1973 with the election of African American mayor Tom Bradley and concluding with the political empowerment of Latinos and the election of Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles' first Latino mayor in more than 130 years. c2005. 55 min. DVD 4783

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No Loans Today: South Central Los Angeles.
A documentary film which examines daily life in the African-American community of South Central Los Angeles, which centers on the ABC Loan Company, a pawnshop/check cashing outlet and the economic services it provides to the local community. Through interviews with African-American business owners and local residents film examines the economic and social problems endured by community residents such as crime, gangs and unemployment. 56 min. Video/C 3876

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No More Handguns?(California Journal Report)
This program examines the issue of gun control in California. 1982. Video/C 2100; in storage NRLF: B 3 054 095

"No Perfect Answers": The Life and Architecture of Pietro Belluschi.
Provides a visual tour of Belluschi's early homes and churchs; simple, modern designs that define the unique architectural style of the Pacific Northwest. Rich with comments from Belluschi himself, the film also features interviews with a number of noted architects, including I.M. Pei and Philip Johnson. It also explores the architecture of the Equitable Building, New York's Lincoln Center, the controversial Pan Am Building and Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. 1996. 60 min. Video/C 5375

Nuestra familia, Our Family
Nuestra Familia, Our Family goes inside one of California's most powerful Latino prison gangs. Through exclusive interviews with gang members, law enforcement officials and community members, as well as undercover FBI surveillance footage of the gang in action, the film reveals the gang's devastating effect on families--and the controversial war to stop its spread. Producer and director, Oriana Zill de Granados. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nuestra Familia, Our Family aired nationally on PBS as part of the Latino Public Broadcasting series VOCES, and in California as part of the KQED Public Television series Truly CA. c2006. 56 min. DVD X3731

Number our Days.
Interviews conducted by anthropologist Barbara G. Myerhoff to document lives of Jewish senior citizens of Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, Venice, Calif. Produced and directed by Lynne Littman. Dist.: Direct Cinema. DVD 9288; vhs Video/C 2150

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On Shima Center
Documentary about life on George Shima Farm in the San Joaquin Valley; harvesting by East Indian laborers and other farm work are presented. The Shima family home in Berkeley is also shown. Original film made in 1914 by a film crew from Japan. 20 min. DVD X1290; Video/C 78

On the Edge: Nature's Last Stand for Coast Redwoods
Explores the history of the California coastal redwood trees from the Gold Rush to the present day and efforts by conservationists over the last century to protect and preserve the redwood groves. 1989. 33 min. Video/C MM759

One Day Longer: The Story of the Frontier Strike.
Recounts the story of the grit and determination behind America's longest running strike; six years, four months and ten days by 500 restaurant workers of the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. This defining labor struggle largely ignored by the media, features contemporary interviews with prominent labor leaders. c1999. 52 min. Video/C 7867

One Pair of Eyes: Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles.
A tour of the architectural highlights of Los Angeles with professor of the History of Architecture, Reyner Banham. 1975. DVD X1191 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3689

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On Strike! Ethnic Studies, 1969-1999
A historical presentation of the struggle to create and maintain a Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California Berkeley. Includes interviews with participants in the 1969 demonstrations when the program was first established, with the 1999 demonstrators when the funding for the program was threatened and with Ethnic Studies faculty at U.C.B. Directed and produced by Irum Shiekh. 1999. 36 min. DVD 8561; vhs Video/C 6521
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Outcry L.A.: Riots, Trials, Recovery.
Riot footage of the Watts Riots taken primarily by amateur videographers at ground zero. See how the riot started, how it unfolded and how it blew up. The film examines the riots, through the five days they shook the nation, with particular reference to the events surrounding the convicted police officers, commentary by Chief Daryl Gates and many others who played significant roles. It also looks at grassroots efforts to reclaim Watts after the riots. 1999. 88 min. Video/C 7467

Period Films of the Great Depression
Contents: Financing the American family / Household Finance (1935, 11 min.) -- Frontiers of the future / National Industrial Council (1937, 10 min.) -- Griffith Park relief workers demonstration (1933, 3 min.) -- San Francisco General strike (1934, 3 min.) -- Valley town / producer, New York University (1940, 25 min.).

Financing the American family: Household Finance sponsored this film to educate struggling families on how obtaining a low-cost loan from their corporation to help families get out of debt. Frontiers of the future: Narrated by Lowell Thomas, traces the pattern of modern industrial growth from 1844. Proceeds with a brief outline of the many inventions and discoveries since that time. The value of research in bringing new products is emphasized, concluding with the statement that new frontiers of progress lie in the laboratory. Griffith Park relief workers demonstration: Brief newsreel of a demonstration held against the city and officials of Los Angeles to protest the death of about 100 relief workers at the Griffith Park Fire of 1933. San Francisco General Strike: Brief newsreel of a city-wide general strike held to support striking San Francisco longshoremen during the 1934 San Francisco Maritime Strike. Valley town: Documents how new technology was destabilizing the economic and social underpinnings of many steel towns of the 1930s through the story of one Pennsylvania town. This unique film presages the outcry against automation a generation later, while documenting both the boomtown phenomenon and the technological progress of this bleak industrial age. 52 min. DVD 2651

Philipino Artists: Struggle, Success, Tagumpay
Spotlights the swelling community of Filipino American artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through interviews and performance footage featuring a variety of talents -- comedians, dancers and recording artists -- this documentary celebrates this creative surge within the historically underrepresented Filipino American community. These young artists provide a fascinating glimpse into a thriving cultural movement which boldly claims its Philippine roots in the course of exploring new creative expression. c1999. 27 min. Video/C 7715

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea
Fabulously offbeat and refreshingly upbeat, this documentary gets friendly with the natives of the Salton Sea, an inland ocean of massive fish kills, rotting resorts, and 120 degree nights located just minutes from urban Southern California. Special features: Audio commentaries with filmmakers and Salton Sea locals; lost interviews; deleted scenes; "Leonard & the Mountain" short film; "Miracle in the desert" real estate promotional film; "Fruit of the vine" vignette on the Salton Sea skateboarding scene; "LSD a go go" short film; theatrical trailer; filmmaker biographies; Short film on Friends of Dean Martinez. Directed and shot by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer. 2007. 73 min. DVD X3610

Point Bonita Lighthouse
This program traces the history of one of America's most important lighthouses-- at the entrance to San Francisco Bay. Beginning with the Gold Rush, it employs old photos, quotes from memoirs and letters, and anecdotes and stories to bring the history of the Point Bonita Lighthouse to life and to show the importance of lighthouses to historical events. A film by Kathleen McDonough. c1999. 27 min. Video/C 7715

Portrait of Artists as Latino Immigrants
"Portrait of Artists as Latino Immigrants" is a documentary that features the stories and art of four Latinos who live throughout California. These artists are in different stages of their immigration process. Through their unique stories we will find a tale that is common to every immigrant; through their art, we will be able to recognize different moments in the transition from immigrant to American. Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Maria Amparo Escandon, and Victor Cartagena are the artists portrayed in "Portrait of Artists as Latino Immigrants". In their different artistic disciplines, they reflect the experience of Latino immigrants in California, their hopes and visions. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Directors, Facundo Lujan, Tania Waisberg. 2005. 33 min. DVD X3666

A Question of Power
Documentary on the history of the nuclear power controversy and the antinuclear movement focusing on the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant in California and anti-nuclear demonstrators such as the Sierra Club and Mothers for Peace and their views and suggestions for alternative sources of energy. Produced by David L. Brown, Jane Kinzler and Tom Anderson. 1986. 58 min. DVD 8975

Racing California
Racing California examines how post-Proposition 13 changes in the state's demographics has triggered a conservative backlash of policies and electoral propositions targeting the new majority-- residents of color. The film also briefly explores policy changes that would better serve the state's new majority: in 2007, 56% are people of color. Written and directed by Gary Delgado. 2008. 17 min. DVD X1405

Redwood Summer
Documents a season of public demonstrations and civil disobedience actions against Northern California timber corporations by the environmental action group, Earth First. It covers the geography of summer-long protests and chronicles events from the tragic bombing of two Earth First organizers in May 1990 to a raucous Labor Day parade. c1993. 30 min. DVD 9879; Video/C 7930

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Reinventing the City: New York and Los Angeles.
This program explores major urban redevelopment projects in New York and Los Angeles and shows how each city is being restructured and reinvented for the future as it responds to the pervasive forces of economic and social change that characterize late 20th century America. 1996, 50 min. Video/C 7068

Return to the Valley.
At the conclusion of World War II, 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry were released after three years of imprisonment in internment camps. Each was given just $25 and a train ticket home. For many, home was California -- the Santa Clara or Salinas Valley or the Central Coast. This poignant documentary tells their stories of struggle, hardship and triumph as they rebuilt their lives. Special features (79 min.): Additional interviews, interactive menus, David Tatsuno interviews with his film Topaz Memories. 2003. 57 min. DVD 3096

Ripe for Change.
The debates raging in California over issues of food, agriculture, and sustainability have profound implications for all of America, especially in a world where scarcity is the norm and many natural resources are diminishing. This documentary explores the intersection of food and politics in California over the last 30 years, illuminating the complex forces struggling for control of the future of California's agriculture. Produced by Emiko Omori and Jed Riffe. 2005. 55 min. DVD 4784

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Rodney King FBI Tapes.
Scenes from the beating of Rodney King by members of the Los Angeles California Police Dept. on March 3, 1991 at regular speed, slow motion, and in a computerized simulation study. 60 min. DVD 1248; also on VHS Video/C 2494

The Rodney King Incident: Race and Justice in America.
Presents the unedited version of the Rodney King videotape as well as new evidence ignored by the major media at the time. All of the key participants are interviewed, including Rodney King, the police officers, the state trial prosecutor, and former L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates. All parties offer their divergent points of view about these tumultuous events. 56 min. Video/C 6391

Sa-I-Gu.
Explores the embittering effect the Rodney King verdict rebellion had on a group of Korean American women shopkeepers. It underscores the shattering of the American Dream while taking the media to task for playing up the "Korean-Black" aspect of the rioting. This film provides a perspective that is essential to discussions of the L.A. riots, ethnic relations, and racism in the United States. Includes interviews with the filmakers Elaine Kim and Christine Choy. 41 min. DVD 8551; vhs Video/C 2837
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Saigon, U.S.A
Looks at the changing perspectives (in regards to biculturalism, politics, and self-identity) of residents of the Vietnamese American community living in Orange County's Little Saigon which is located in Westminster, California. 2002. 91 min. Video/C MM194

Searching for Paradise (Land of the Eagle; 8).
Discusses the history of California and its incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem that is isolated by desert and towering mountains. From its earliest settlers, the Chumash Indians, to the recent mass migration of population to the Pacific Rim of NorthAmerica, trace the rush to the "Golden State" and learn how the search for solutions to environmental problems in California exemplifies the progress and struggle of today's environmental movement. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 2368

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The Speck of the Future.(The West)
A history of the California gold rush which started in 1848, when a sawmill worker named James Marshall reached down into the streambed of the American River in California and discovered gold. Wild mining camps sprung up with each new strike while overnight San Francisco turned into an international city. Directed by Stephen Ives; executive producer, Ken Burns. 85 min. Video/C 4521

State of Emergency: Inside the Los Angeles Police Department.
Investigates police brutality in Los Angeles both before and after the beating of Rodney King while presenting grassroots solutions for police reform. Through interviews with L.A.P.D. officers and supervisors, the tape reveals what life is like behind the thin blue line. 30 min. Video/C 3393

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Step Into the Future of Los Angeles.
City and regional planners discuss future plans to enhance urban livability and the environmental quality of life in the city of Los Angeles. 1994. 13 min. Video/C 4711

Stripped and Teased: Tales from Las Vegas Women.
Documentary on life in Las Vegas as seen by women in various occupations. Each woman is first seen on the job, describing what her work entails. Ensuing segments of the film take the women to other settings, where they talk about a broad spectrum of activities and concerns: gambling, housing, family life, personal relationships, leisure-time activities, and aspirations for the future. The documentary also includes images of Las Vegas as tourist mecca, with interviews with the stereotypical Las Vegas woman: showgirls and exotic dancers. c1998. 62 min. Video/C 7952

Tahoe: Going Under
The sensitive ecosystem in Lake Tahoe is being undermined by the increase in urban development, the stripping of vegetation by recreational vehicles, and sulfates from industries. As nutrient concentrations build up, the growth rate of algae in the Lake is increasing, resulting in a loss of clarity in the lake. 1982. 9 min. Video/C MM751

Thirsty Planet.
Takes a hard look at the mounting challenge of providing millions of people in urban areas with potable water and adequate disposal of waste water. To highlight the difficulties, segments focus on the water problems of the magalopolis, cities with populations over 10 million people such as Lagos, Jakarta and Mexico City. The massive logistics that enable Las Vegas, Nevada to prosper in the middle of a desert are also explored. c2004. 27 min. DVD 2508

The Times of Harvey Milk.
On November 27, 1978, Dan White, a former City Supervisor entered San Francisco's City Hall with a gun and murdered both the Mayor, George Moscone, and San Francisco's first openly gay politician, City Supervisor, Harvey Milk. White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and served a brief jail term, sparking a demonstration and riot by gay supporters of the murdered men. Directed by Rob Epstein. 88 min. DVD 2728; also VHS Video/C 1009

Treasures of the Greenbelt
Within the nine counties surrounding San Francisco Bay lies some of the most beautiful and productive land in the United States. Nearly four million acres of parks and watersheds, farms and ranches, forests and vineyards form the greenbelt of the San Francisco Bay region. 1986. 28 min. Video/C 1140

The Trials of Juan Parra.
Records presentation of the play and interviews of Parra, some actors and audience on the firing of Parra from Watsonville Canning & Frozen Food Company. c1985. 28 min. Video/C 1399

Troubled Waters.
Shows how increased land development, offshore oil drilling, and the search for fresh water sources is threatening California's coastal wildlife. Focuses on brown pelicans, great egrets, elephant seals, sea lions. 1984. 28 min. Video/C 780

Twilight--Los Angeles.
On March 3, 1991, the African-American, Rodney King, was brutally beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers who stopped him for speeding. On April 29, 1992, when the jury's "not guilty" verdict dismissed the officers on trial for the assault, the city ignited into three days of rioting, looting and violence that left neighborhoods smoldering. "Twilight: Los Angeles," adapted from Anna Deavere Smith's searing one-woman play, captures this tumultuous and challenging moment in America's race relations. c2000. 90 min. DVD X79 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8086

Uno Veintecinco.
1962 documentary film by Harvey Richards. Shows the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), AFL-CIO, strike to get lettuce pickers in California $1.25 / hour. Reviews history of labor organizing in California's fields. A film by Harvey Richards. 1962. 20 min. DVD 4247; also VHS Video/C 2796

Valley at the Crossroads
The San Joaquin Valley and Central Valley of California is the nation's primary source of fruits and vegetables, but the soaring demand for housing in California threatens the existence of this important agricultural resource. This program details the impact of urban sprawl in central California and the need to maintain agricultural land as open space and as a source for food. c2002. 27 min. Video/C 9832

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Visions of California: The Story of California Scene Painting
"A vision unfolds" establishes the social and economic climate of the 1930s & 1940s, introducing key players and tracing the emergence of California scene painting from earlier styles of art. "Visions of a changing land" examines the influences on regionalist art in California during the depression era, demonstrating the stylistic diversity that emerged in southern and northern California. Also illustrates the key role played by these artists in broadening the vocabulary of American scene painting. "Visions of social change" examines "Social realism," the impact of Mexican muralists on California artists, public art of the New Deal, the cross-over from fine art to popular art in the Hollywood film industry, and the changing role of the artist in society during a time of national crisis. Produced, written and directed by Paul Brockhorst. 1994. 84 min. DVD X4273

Voces del Campo (Voices of the Fields)
Documentary follows farmworkers from California's Salinas Valley who have returned to their roots in the fields of rural Mexico, where they recount their everyday struggle on family farms to cope in the midst of the globalization of agriculture and the impact of NAFTA. 1995. 45 min. Video/C 6856

Water.
Experts and State officials debating the question of building more dams, reservoirs and canals now, in order to meet California's water needs in the future. 1983. Video/C 673

Water Is for Fighting Over(Human Geography, People Places and Change ; 7)
Along the parched California Nevada border, groups with compelling yet competing interests claim the water of the Truckee River Basin. Film examines the lives and livelihood of these people for whom the Truckee River water is so important. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4247

Water Wars, the Battle for Mono Lake.
Program about Mono Lake, its beauty and importance as refuge of migratory birds and breeding ground for the California gull. The existance of the lake is threatened by the California state water right system which encourages massive diversions of water from one area to benefit another. University of California, School of Journalism, 1983. 3/4" UMATIC. Video/C 523

Water, Water, Everwhere? (California Journal Report; 106).
Investigates California's water policy in relation to agriculture which uses 85% of the state's water supply. The program goes to Kern County and examines contrasting views of those who support and oppose the Peripheral Canal. 1982. 30 min. Video/C 2096

Watsonville on Strike.
Relates events of strike of Mexican American frozen food workers in Watsonville California, commencing September 1985 and lasting 18 months. English and Spanish. 1989. 65 min. Video/C 1400

Watts, Riot or Revolt?
Were the Watts riots part of a social revolution, a festering illness or a carnival of senseless violence? And why did it first erupt in L.A. and not in another major American city? This news program, filmed just a few months after the riots, presents a study of the principal events that ignited the conflagration in the summer of 1965 in Watts. A wide variety of individuals comment on the situtation, including L.A. chief of police William H. Parker, Daniel P. Moynihan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., witnesses to the riots and rioters themselves. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on December 7, 1965. Correspondent: Bill Stout. 55 min. DVD X4932; vhs Video/C 8993

The Way of Our Fathers.
Members of several northern California Indian tribes describe their way of life before the imposition of a foreign culture. Explores effects of conventional White-oriented programs such as loss of cultural heritage and identity. Native American teachers discuss historical methods of Indian education and ways that both methods and content might be incorporated in the mainstream of American education. 33 min. Video/C 61

We Came to Grow: Japanese Americans in the Central Valley, 1869-1941
A documentary chronicling the first Japanese to settle in California's Central Valley and their impact on the state's agricultural industry. Covered are the establishment of the Wakamatsu Colony near Coloma in 1869, the development of the Yamato Colony during the early 1900's in Merced County, the formation of families and attempts to limit immigration, citizenship and ownership of property for Japanese new to California. Director, Heather Searles. 1999. 27 min. Video/C 6616

The West.
Directed by Stephen Ives; executive producer, Ken Burns.

1: The People.To the original Native American inhabitants, the West has been a land of myth. To the Europeans, such as Cabeza de Vaca and Coronado, the West was a "wilderness" to be conquered. Nearly 100 years before the American Revolution, the Pueblo people of the Southwest rose up against their European masters and drove the Spanish from their lands. Then, with America's purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1804, Lewis and Clark set off to find the fabled Northwest Passage, as a confident young nation prepared for its own epic march across the West. 85 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4519

2: Empire Upon the Trails. In the early 1800's, no one knew who would control the seemingly infinite spaces of the West but hopeful Americans moved onward toward "Manifest Destiny", as they determined to make the West their own. Mountain men, such as Joe Meek, found more adventure than profit as they searched for furs. Missionaries such as Narcissa Whitman traveled West along with others who tried their luck on the Oregon Trail while in Mexican Texas, Sam Houston carved out his own independent republic. 85 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4520

3: The Speck of the Future. A history of the California gold rush which started in 1848, when a sawmill worker named James Marshall reached down into the streambed of the American River in California and discovered gold. Wild mining camps sprung up with each new strike while overnight San Francisco turned into an international city. 85 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4521

4: Death Runs Riot. In the 1850s, as more American pioneers poured west, they brought with them the nation's oldest, most divisive issue--slavery--and the rough frontier would supply the sparks that would ignite the Civil War. Indians would be dragged into "the white man's war," while the besieged Mormons would commit the worst massacre of innocent pioneers in American history and a young writer named Sam Clemens would find adventure in Nevada's silver camps. And as the bitter Civil War drew to a close, celebrated Union heros such as George Armstrong Custer and William Tecumseh Sherman would use the tactics which had defeated the South against the Native Americans of the West. 85 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4522

5: The Grandest Enterprise Under God.After the Civil War Americans embarked on one of the greatest technological achievements of the age-- building the first transcontinental railroad to conquer forbidding mountains, harsh deserts and awesome distances. Railroads soon transformed the West, bringing European farmers, while cowpokes such as Teddy Blue Abbott would ride dusty cattle trails to deliver herds to railheads such as Dodge and Abilene, while buffalo hunters such as Frank Mayer would drive a magnificent animal to near extinction. 85 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4523

6: Fight No More Forever. By the 1870s there were only a few pockets of resistance against the nation's push to conquer the West. On the Great Plains, Sitting Bull followed his mystical visions and urged his Lakota people to fight rather than surrender their sacred Black Hills and traditional way of life. Custer's "Last stand" would also become, in effect, the last stand of the Sioux as a free people. In Utah, the Morman patriarch Brigham Young would be forced to choose between saving his church or sacrificing his spiritual son. Farther west, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce would find himself helping to lead one of the most extraordinary military compaigns in American history. 87 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4524

7: The Greography of Hope. By the 1870s the American conquest of the West was nearly complete. In one decade, with Native Americans effectively confined to reservations, some four-and-a-half million new settlers would arrive to stake their claim to the future. Pap Singleton, an ex-slave from Tennessee, became the era's "Black Moses," leading his people to the free soil of Kansas. A frail New York politician, Teddy Roosevelt, transformed himself into a rugged North Dakota rancher, and eventually, president of the United States. And as Americans tried to "tame" the West, the nation's greatest showman, Buffalo Bill Cody, instead offered adoring crowds his enthusiastic version of a "Wild West"--heroic, glorious, romantic, and most of all, mythic. 87 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4525

8: Ghost Dance By the late 1880s, the Americans were astounded by the changes they had brought to the West. Mining towns such as Butte, Montana were now full-fledged industrial cities. Defeated militarily, Native Americans throughout the region now flocked to the call of a Paiute mystic, who offered the illusionary hope that the lost world of the buffalo could be brought back by a Ghost Dance. But its promises would be trampled in the snow and blood of Wounded Knee. In place of the great Native American cultures which once dominated the Plains was a new culture, epitomized by the Oklahoma Land Rush, in which 100,000 eager settlers lined up for a mad dash to stake out a farm and a future.60 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4526

9: One Sky Above Us. As the 20th century neared, Americans celebrated with the World Columbian Exposition, where they were told that the frontier had closed, but in the real West, for every frontier story that ended, another one began. Some Native Americans waged a struggle to hold onto their traditions in the midst of rapid, overwhelming change, while others chose to learn the white man's ways, hoping to help their families and their tribe. In California, the emerging metropolis of Los Angeles waged yet another battle to control the arid region's most precious commodity--water. Much had changed in the West, but it continued to be what it had always been--a landscape of the imagination, the reservoir of our shared hopes and dreams, a place of both conflict and infinite possibility, and an enduring symbol of something unquestionably American. 65 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4527

Wet Sand: Voices from L.A. Ten Years Later
Kim-Gibson's follow-up to "Sa-i-gu" looks into the past and present to question how much has changed in the last ten years following the 1992 L.A. riots. Interviews with a multi-ethnic set of first-hand witnesses reveal that living conditions have deteriorated and that few remedies have been administered to the communities most stricken. 2003. 59 min. Video/C MM311

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Wonderland of California(1930)
Included in anthology Les Premiers pas du Cinema: Un Reve en Couleur (Discovering Cinema: Movies Dream in Color 6:50 min. DVD 4651

Yosemite, 1890-1990: The First 100 Years.
The early years--John Muir--Creation of Yosemite National Park--Distant beginnings--The glory of nature: Four seasons, Waterfalls, Giant Sequoias, Wildlife--Yosemite Park and Curry Co.--The new century--Ahwahnee Hotel--Wawona Hotel--Tuolumne Meadows--Hetch Hetchy--Yosemite and the imagination. 60 min. Video/C 2532

Yosemite
Presents a beautifully photographed award winning film of Yosemite National Park, one of America's most popular national parks. Informative narration introduces the history, geology and geography of Yosemite while the camera captures its spectacular scenic highlights. 1985. 24 min. Video/C 9922

Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven
Traces the conquest of the Yosemite wilderness in 1851 and examines the sharp contrast to the Yosemite of today, a national park attracting more than 3 million visitors yearly and producing 25,000 pounds of garbage daily. Emphasis is on the impact of man on Yosemite and the conflict between preserving the area and providing access to the public. Producer/photographer, Jon Else ; writer, Jon Else, Michael Chandler; editor, Michael Chandler; music Todd Boekelheide. c1989. 58 min. Video/C 4694

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Zoot Suit Riots
Racial tensions between the Anglo and Mexican American communities in Los Angeles, California erupted into violence after the conviction of Henry "Hank" Leyvas and seventeen other Mexican American youths for the murder of Jose Diaz in what was perceived as an unfair trial in 1943. Lorena Encinas, a witness to the murder, kept the real killer's identity a secret until the end of her life. Prominent members of the Los Angeles community worked to fund an appeal for the defendents, even as battles between unruly US Naval personnel and Mexican Americans rocked L.A.'s barrios. Surviving family members of the seventeen convicts, riot witnesses and members of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee tell the story of the riots, which is highlighted by photographs of the riots, the trial and their participants.Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program The American Experience. 2002. 60 min. Video/C 9050

Documentaries About San Francisco and the Bay Area

World's Fair footage (San Francisco Fairs, 1915 and 1939)
1960s videography
Black Panther Party
The Free Speech Movement
1960s videography
Beat Generation videography
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersexual Studies

A.k.a. Don Bonus.
This documentary is a self-portrait of a young Cambodian immigrant growing up in San Francisco. Shot by Sokly Ny himself, it shows his struggles to graduate and survive his complicated life during his senior year of high school. Produced by Spencer Nakasako. 55 min. DVD 8275; vhs Video/C 4390
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Alcatraz Is Not an Island
This program tells the story of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay which began in 1969 and lasted 19 months. The documentary interweaves archival footage and contemporary commentary to examine how this historic event altered American government Indian policy and programs, and how it forever changed the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture and their sovereign rights. c2002. 58 min. Video/C 9394

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Alcatraz, 30th Anniversary Celebration
Introduction / Adam Fortunate Eagle -- Pomo Dancers and singers / Pat Lincoln, Doug Duncan, Lanny Pinola -- Opening commentary / Millie Ketchesawno, Richard Moves Camp -- Honor song for Alcatraz warriors / All Nations Northern Drum -- Guest speakers and speeches by veterans of the Alcatraz occupation / Dennis Banks, Dennis Jennings, Arigon Starr, John Whitefox, Tolo, Shashine Little Feather, Charlie Hill, Floyd Red Crow Westerman -- Music by Ulali.

Coverage of a 30th anniversary celebration of the occupation of Alcatraz Island by American Indian political activists, with commentary by participants who took part in the occupation in 1969 and current American Indian activists. Held on Alcatraz Island, California on October 23, 1999. 153 min. Video/C 6743

Amazing: The Rebuilding of the MacArthur Maze
Documents the rebuilding of a key connector in MacArthur Maze Freeway near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from the perspectives of all the main players. Includes a wide variety of news and archival footage of the entire 26-day process beginning with the fire that melted and collapsed the structure and an animated depiction of the gasoline tanker truck which overturned and created the fireball. Producer, director, David L. Brown ; editors, David L. Brown, Steven Baigel. 2007. DVD X753

Bayou by the Bay
Documentary on the San Francisco Bay Area's Cajun community. Features music performances by Cajun artists. Produced by Glenn Switkes and Hal Rowland. 1980. 12 min. Video/C 660

The Beach
This exceptional documentary portrays the history of San Francisco's North Beach in the 1950s, focusing on the artists, writers, and "Beat" hipsters who made "The Beach" legendary. The artists who came to The Beach rejected conformity, complacency, and mainstream morality. "The Place", Vesuvio's, and a galaxy of bars, coffee houses, and studios were their hangouts. They loved poetry, jazz, and jug wine, and they presaged a profound change in American cultural attitudes. 57 min. Video/C 4665

Ben Bagdikian Reads San Francisco Bay Area Dailies
Bagdikian critiques newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area. 1985? Video/C 2576

Berkeley, California Fire, 1923
6 min. DVD 4520

Berkeley in the Sixties.
A film by Mark Kitechell. Contents: Pt. 1 Confronting the university: the Free Speech Movement-- pt. 2. Confronting America: the anti-war movement (32 min.) -- pt. 3. Confronting history: the counter-culture movement(45 min.). Through interviews with participants and archival footage, presents a history of Berkeley, California in the 1960s. This film is a celebration and tribute to the spirited rebellion of the students of Berkeley in the 1960s. It romanticizes the past in some ways, but the participants, many of them just as dedicated to causes as they were as youths at Berkeley offer realistic and honest remembrances from those hectic days. The film is in three distinct segments: Part I -- Confronting the University. The demonstrations began simply with students protesting the appearance of the House Un-American Activities Committee on campus to investigate communist appearances as speakers. It was the beginning of Speaker Ban. It tells of the creation of the student activist group known as SLATE, and the increasing confrontations with the University administration then led by W. Clark Kerr. 41 minutes. Part II -- Confronting America. Largely about the efforts to carry their activism beyond the campus and the narrow environment of Berkeley and Oakland. The issues of Civil Rights and Free Speech soon give way to protest against the war in a place called Vietnam. 31 minutes. Part III -- Confronting History. The emergence of the counter-culture in neighboring San Francisco, and the politicization of blacks as represented by Stokeley Carmichael and more especially the activities of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and the Black Panthers creates a new environment for many of the people in this movement. Suddenly differences in perspective and scope of activism change. 44 minutes. Notes: Edited by Veronica Selves. Photographed by Stephen Lighthill. Narrated by Susan Griffin. Written by Griffin, Kitchell, and Stephen Most. Among those interviewed are: Frank Bardacke, Jentri Anders, John Gage, Jack Weinberg, Michael Rossman, Bobby Seale, David Hilliard, Ruth Rosen, Suzy Nelson, Barry Melton, John Searle, Mike Miller, Hardy Fry and Susan Griffin. Songs heard on the track include They All Sang Bread And Roses, Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival), The Weight (The Band) The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Gil Scott Heron) and The Jefferson Airplane's Embryonic Journey. 1990. 117 min. DVD 1460; also VHS Video/C 1761
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Black August 2000[Sound Recording]
A live program celebrating the history of the black power movement in the United States with particular emphasis on the Black Panther Party through "historical voices and culture," speeches and song. Featuring George Jackson, Georgia Jackson, Ruchell Magee, Hugo Pinell, Spearhead with Michael Franti, Babatunde Lea, E. W. Wainwright and the African Roots of Jazz, Rosemari Mealy, Kiilu Nyasha, Kumasi, Curly Estremera, Yuri Kochiyama, Devorah Major, Ida McRay, the San Quentin Six, Pierre Labossiere, Naru. Held at the Alice Arts Center, Oakland, California in August, 2001. San Francisco, Calif.: Freedom Archives, 2001. 180 min. Sound/C 1503

Berkeley People's Park.
A documentary giving the history of the People's Park conflict and protests with emphasis on the role played by the University of California in the conflict. San Francisco, CA: KQED Television Station. Filmed on location in Berkeley, California, 1969. DVD 8917(preservation copy); also VHS Video/C 2129

Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street
A documentary filmed in San Francisco, California from December 1995 to January 1998 when black tar heroin use, particularly among young adults, surged to record levels in the city. Looks at two years in the lives of five young heroin addicts, ages 18 to 25, as they face the perils of hard core drug addiction -- crime, prostitution, rape, incarceration, AIDS, overdoses and death. A film by Steven Okazaki.1999. 75 min. Video/C 8727

Boom: The Sound of Eviction
Explores the relationships between the dot-com boom and bust and community displacement and gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area. Features interviews with dot-com workers, developers, the Mayor, and the community that challenged their new economic order. Directed by Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood. 2001. 96 min. Video/C 8697

The Bridge
Director Eric Steel and his crew spent an entire year looking very carefully at the Golden Gate Bridge. Running cameras for almost every daylight minute, he documented nearly two dozen fatal moments as well as others where suicide was avoided. 2007. 94 min. DVD 8187

The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story
Documentary on the history and status of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Follows the Bridge from its original construction through the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake up to the present day. It recounts the progress, delays, setbacks, and politics during the design and construction of a new, safe bridge to re-complete the connection across the Bay between San Francisco and Oakland. Producer, director, David L. Brown ; editors, David L. Brown, Steven Baigel. 2006. 56 min. DVD X754

[Bridges, Harry] From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks
A documentary film about Harry Bridges who had a profound effect on the American labor movement. It is focused around a filmed performance of Ian Ruskin's one-man play which explores Bridges' early life, the creation of the ILWU, his campaigns for social justice, and the four trials he endured during his quest for citizenship and was performed in San Pedro, California for a packed house of 1000 longshore workers. Special features (Disc 2): Ports of call (footage and interviews at ports connected to Harry's life); creative contributors; I, L.W.U. Local 10 and 13 members; Nelson Mandela at the Oakland Coliseum; Ian Ruskin as Harry at an anti-war march and at a San Francisco rally; stories from people who knew Harry; Bill Moyers in conversation with Harry (excerpts -- 1973); film biography; and slide show of Harry and work on the waterfront. Directed by Haskell Wexler. 2007. 91 min. DVD X4469

[Bridges, Harry] Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union.
Sympathetic biographical overview of the life of the union organizer, Harry Bridges and his struggles to organize stevedores on West Coast American ports. Includes the unsuccessful attempt to deport him by industry mogels and politicians hostile to his labor movement and the current impact of mechanization and containerization on Stevedores and other dock laborers. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 2550

[Bridges, Harry] A Portrait Harry Bridges.
Biographical overview of the life and struggles of the union organizer, Harry Bridges. From the television series We Do The Work. Video/C 2789

Bum's Paradise
Tells the stories and shows the extraordinary creativity of a group of homeless men and women, before and after their eviction from the community they built in the Albany Landfill in the San Francisco Bay. The film emphasizes their concepts of community as well as the amazing art they created. A film by Tomas McCabe; directed by Tomas McCabe and Andrei Rozen. 2003. 53 min. DVD 1988

Carved in Silence.
A documentary about Chinese immigration to the U.S. and the discriminatory U.S. immigration policy toward Asians. Parts filmed in the Angel Island State Park. Video/C 1170

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Chinese Gold: the Chinese of the Monterey Bay.
Based on the book by Sandy Lydon. Includes historic footage and photographs, and interviews with Chinese emigrants and Chinese Americans. 42 min. Video/C 2184

Chinese Lion Dance: Marysville, California
Filmed in 1925 presents footage from a Chinese New Year Bok Kai festival, with lots of shots of the parade dragon and fireworks. An interesting slice of immigrant life in early 20th century California. 1925. 10 min. DVD X54

Chrysanthemums and Salt.
Profiles the immigration experience and lives of Japanese Americans in San Mateo, California, focusing in particular on their contributions to the Floriculture industry, the mining of salt and the development of California agriculture.

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Cine Manifest
Award-winning cinematographer Judy Irola revisits her 1970's San Francisco Marxist film collective, Cine Manifest, whose members sought a place to live, learn, and change the world. She and her comrades puzzle out in hindsight whether their social experiment, which produced two acclaimed independent feature films, was ultimately an artistic success or an idealistic disaster. Director, Judy Irola ; producers, Judy Irola and Nels Bangerter. Special features: 4 short films from the Birthday Movies: Hamming, This is your life?, Vanishing joint, and Streaking. 2006. 75 min. DVD X1710

The City That Waits to Die
An alert from scientists concerned with a catastrophic fate for San Francisco based on earthquake conditions presented by the San Andreas fault. Film contains scenes of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and earthquakes in Japan, in Caracas, Venezuela, and in Anchorage, Alaska. Seismologists explain current efforts to predict, control and prevent earthquakes. 1971. 47 min. DVD 7177; vhs Video/7

The Cockettes.
This engaging tribute looks at the rise and fall of a San Francisco theatrical troupe called The Cockettes between the years 1969 and 1972. The sensation of the hippie movement in San Francisco, they were described as "hippie and freak drag queens," people who were allowed to live at the end of their imaginations. Uses interviews and vintage footage to revisit this lost corner of recent cultural history. A film by David Weissman & Bill Weber. 2001. 100 min. DVD 222

Confrontation: An Analysis of the San Francisco State Strike, 1968-69.
The strike at San Francisco State College is seen as a microcosm of the fragmentation of American cities. Examines the strike as a reflection of the "sickness in American cities". NBC documentary, 1969. 90 min, DVD 8273 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2308

Cyberpunk
Documents contemporary U.S. socio-cultural trends--specifically in the San Francisco Bay region--influenced by punk culture and computer and other advanced technologies. Features an interview with William Gibson, science fiction writer whose concepts have become a part of real life in the technology and culture of recent years. Topics covered include: virtual reality, hacking & piracy, art & fashion, industrial music, and mind machines & cyborgs. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 2907

A Day in San Francisco.
An impressionistic documentary that traces the adventures and misadventures of three Korean students in San Francisco. Produced by students enrolled in Film 28A (Introduction to documentary film) in Spring 2005, at the University of California, Berkeley, Film Studies Program. 16 min. DVD 3878

A Day on the Bay.
Documentary on Italian fishermen immigrants from Riva Trigoso, Italy and their descendants in Santa Cruz, Calif. 1987. 27 min. Video/C 2186

Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California
Set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this documentary examines the work of several major architects who were influenced by Arts and Crafts ideals, as well as by the reformist ethos of the Progressive Era. These designers sought to create an architecture suited to the landscape, climate, and emerging culture of the region. Rejecting Victorian excess and the artificial separation of art and craft, they strove to create an organic architecture based on unified design and harmony with nature. Presents a vivid account of a pivotal chapter in the architectural history of Northern California. Partial Contents: Joseph Worcester -- Joseph Worcester House, Piedmont -- Emily Price Marshall Houses and Worcester Cottage, Russian Hill, San Francisco -- Willis Polk -- Polk-Williams House, Russian Hill, San Francisco -- A. Page Brown -- Crocker Building, San Francisco -- Ferry Building, San Francisco -- California Pavilion, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago -- A. Page Brown, Joseph Worcester and Others -- Swedenborgian Church, aka Church of the New Jerusalem, San Francisco -- Ernest Coxhead -- St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, San Francisco -- Andrew Carrigan House, San Anselmo -- Coxhead City House, San Francisco -- Coxhead Country House, San Mateo -- Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Berkeley -- A.C. Schweinfurth -- Volney Moody House, Berkeley -- First Unitarian Church, Berkeley -- Bernard Maybeck -- Charles and Louise Keeler House, Berkeley -- Faculty Club, University of California -- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley -- Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco -- John Galen Howard -- Doe Memorial Library, University of California -- Sather Tower, aka the Campanile, University of California -- Architecture Building, University of California -- Gregory-Howard House, Berkeley -- Julia Morgan -- Berkeley Women's City Club, Berkeley -- St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley -- Suite of Craftsman-style buildings at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove -- Lena and William Dinsmore House, Pacific Grove -- Louis Christian Mullgardt -- Dormidera Avenue House, Piedmont -- Letitia and Ernest Evans House, Mill Valley -- Henry Taylor House, Berkeley -- John Hudson Thomas -- Herbert Leo Dungan House, Berkeley -- Locke House, Oakland -- Edwin and George Peters Houses, Berkeley -- William and Florence Stephens House, Woodland -- Henry Gutterson -- John and Rebecca Howell House, Berkeley -- Charles Mallory Dutton House, Berkeley -- Education Building, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley -- Rose Walk Duplexes, Berkeley. Produced, and directed by Paul Bockhorst in cooperation with the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. 2009. 86 min. DVD X4274

The Diggers of San Francisco (Les Diggers de San Francisco).
In 1965, while thousands of young people converged on San Francisco to protest the American way of life, the theater group The Diggers set up the Haight Ashbury free commune by means of guerrilla theater and street performances. Through interviews with members of the group and others this film looks at the evolution and experiences of the Diggers Theater Group, their eventual migration to a commune in Marin County and the impact of their performances. 1998. 84 min. Video/C 7270

Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue
Through a montage of images and interviews, the film explores the Chinese American social and economic conditions in San Francisco's Chinatown. A film essay by Curtis Choy. 1976. 35 min. DVD 4161

Earthquake Video (FEMA Video Network).
San Francisco Earthquake from "Ready for the worst" -- New Madrid earthquake area. (7 min.) -- Alaska earthquake from "Though the earth be moved" (3 min.) -- California earthquake from "Our active earth" (3:20 min.) -- Earthquake, California, 1971 (3 min.) -- Living with Quakes (4 min.) -- Japan quake '84 (5 min.). Video/C 1037

Empress Hotel: Stories of the Residents
Profiles a number of the residents of the Empress Hotel, a safe haven for San Francisco's homeless population, many of whom suffer from mental illness or addiction. Directors and editors, Irving Saraf and Allie Light. 2009. 85 min. DVD X3644

Everyday Eastlake
Short films highlighting life in the Eastlake District of Oakland, filmed by members of the East Bay Asian Youth Center. Characters include the silent "can lady," an Asian woman in a conical straw hat who makes her living picking up cans for recycling, a Vietnamese music store owner with a gambling debt, four rave-attending teenagers and a Mexican restaurant employee who finds an old computer in the street, touching off a series of events that tie the characters together. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2001. 54 min. Video/C MM1269

The Fall of the I Hotel.
After the Manongs labored to build America, their San Francisco Manilatown community is wiped out by urban renewal, and 50 old-timers are forcibly evicted from the International Hotel by 300 cops in the dead of night. Documents destruction of the last block of Manilatown on Kearny Street. 57 min. DVD 9475; vhs Video/C 1960

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Fated to Be Queer.
Four charming Filipino men illuminate some of their issues and concerns as gay people of color in the San Francisco Bay Area.1992. 25 min. Video/C 3256

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Faults? Beneath the Bay
This documentary illustrates a promising new approach to studying the geometry of earthquake faults. It shows how scientists are using sound waves to produce a detailed image of a horizontal surface nearly nine miles beneath San Francisco Bay. 12 min. 1996. Video/C MM842

Fillmore: The Last Days.
The legendary concert film featuring the final shows at Bill Graham's storied Fillmore West in San Francisco, June 30 to July 4, 1971. When legendary rock impresario Bill Graham closed the Fillmore West in the summer of 1971, he made sure it went out with a bang. Over five nights, acts including the Grateful Dead and Santana took to the stage for one final send off. The madness leading up to the shows and the gritty backstage footage are also chronicled in this classic rock film. Contents: Hello friends (Lamb) -- You got me hummin' (Cold Blood) -- I wish I knew how it would feel to be free (Cold Blood) -- Candy man (Hot tuna) -- Uncle Sam blues (Hot tuna) -- Rehearsal jam (The Rowan Brothers) -- Isn't it just a beautiful day (Lamb) -- Fresh air (Quicksilver Messenger Service) -- Mojo (Quicksilver Messenger Service) -- Volunteers/ We can be so good together (Jefferson Airplane) -- Noodle (Jerry Garcia) -- Rehearsal Jam (Jerry Garcia with New Riders of the Purple Sage) -- Casey Jones (Grateful Dead) -- Johnny B. Goode (Grateful Dead) -- White bird (It's a Beautiful Day) -- The sky is crying (The Elvin Bishop Group) -- Incident at Neshabur (Santana) -- In a silent way/jam (Santana) -- In a silent way (Santana). 94 min. DVD X1867

Foo-foo Dust
Explores the relationship between a crack-addicted prostitute and her 23-year old drug addicted son, both living in one room in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. A disturbing and intimate portrait of the destructive power of drug addiction, including a crack-induced fit and near-fatal heroin overdose, as well as a moving, poignant look at the intense love between a mother and her son living on the edge of society. Directors, Gina Levy and Eric Johnson. 2003. 37 min. DVD 5560

Forbidden City, U.S.A.
"The Forbidden City" was a San Francisco nightclub of the 1930's and 40's featuring Chinese American entertainers. This documentary contains rare film clips from the old club acts, new prints from 35 mm. nitrate negatives, music from vintage 78 records and contemporary interviews, with performers and club owner Charlie Low, tracing the history of this era. 56 min. DVD 6278; Video/C 1775

Journal of American History v77, n3 (Dec, 1990):1119 (2 pages).

41 Days: An Unfinished Documentary Film
The title refers to the 41 day "power outage" in Berkeley, California during the time that city's voter approved ban on electroshock was in effect. The film documents the earlier days of the movement for human rights and against psychiatric oppression, and includes interviews with activists and footage from demonstrations. Produced, directed, edited and narrated by Richard Cohen. 1998. 52 min. DVD 4991

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco
Featuring George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Sophia Coppola, Saul Zaentz, Brad Bird, Clint Eastwood, Caroll Ballard, Philip Kaufman, John Korty, Chris Columbus. Explores the history of San Francisco's fiercely independent filmmaking community featuring rare footage and revealing interviews with George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Sophia Coppola, and Saul Zaentz, as well as other film greats! Celebrate and honor their visionary films, including American Graffiti; the Indiana Jones series; the Star Wars series; and many more. 2007. 120 min. DVD 9859

For the Curious Ones
Every semester, the San Francisco Exploratorium hires a few dozen high school students who serve as the floor staff of the museum, where they answer questions, explain exhibits, operate lasers, and dissect cow eyeballs. This film takes a look at the Explainers Program -- part job, part science academy, part family -- and why alumni call their experience "the best job ever!" A film by Bryan Welch and Mickey Kay. Produced by students enrolled in the Anthropology 138B class at the University of California, Berkeley. 2008. 14 min. DVD X98

Forbidden City, U.S.A.
"The Forbidden City" was a San Francisco nightclub of the 1930's and 40's featuring Chinese American entertainers. This documentary contains rare film clips from the old club acts, new prints from 35 mm. nitrate negatives, music from vintage 78 records and contemporary interviews, with performers and club owner Charlie Low, tracing the history of this era. 56 min. DVD 6278; vhs Video/C 1775

Journal of American History v77, n3 (Dec, 1990):1119 (2 pages).

Freemont, U.S.A.
Fremont, California is a city transformed by new immigration. A rajagopuram rises in a tidy suburban neighborhood, announcing the vital presence of the Hindu community. The diversity of the global Buddhist community is also in evidence, as Thai, Chinese and Burmese temples -- and a women's monastic retreat center -- dot the landscape. Fremont is also home to Peace Terrace, where Muslims and Christians have built side by side, and Gurdwara Road, where a large Sikh community engages in creative forms of outreach. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, strangers have become neighbors in this American city. Yet Fremont has also faced real challenges, especially after 9/11. After Alia Ansari, a Muslim woman, is murdered on a Fremont street while walking her young daughter to school, some wonder if it is a hate crime. Produced & directed by Rachel Antell, Elinor Pierce. c2008. 57 min. DVD X3132

Freeway Philharmonic: The Classical Road Warriors /
Follows seven San Francisco Bay Area freelance classical musicians who live a road warrior lifestyle as they perform with regional orchestras across Northern California and struggle to acquire permanent positions with a major symphony. Profiles the individual and often interconnected stories of the seven musicians, while also illustrating the state of music and the arts in local communities across Northern California. Directed by Tal Skloot. c2007. 55 min. DVD X4774

From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks
A documentary film about Harry Bridges who had a profound effect on the American labor movement. It is focused around a filmed performance of Ian Ruskin's one-man play which explores Bridges' early life, the creation of the ILWU, his campaigns for social justice, and the four trials he endured during his quest for citizenship and was performed in San Pedro, California for a packed house of 1000 longshore workers. Special features (Disc 2): Ports of call (footage and interviews at ports connected to Harry's life); creative contributors; I, L.W.U. Local 10 and 13 members; Nelson Mandela at the Oakland Coliseum; Ian Ruskin as Harry at an anti-war march and at a San Francisco rally; stories from people who knew Harry; Bill Moyers in conversation with Harry (excerpts -- 1973); film biography; and slide show of Harry and work on the waterfront. Directed by Haskell Wexler. 2007. 91 min. DVD X4469

Gendernauts: A Journey Across the Great Gender Divide.
Written, directed and produced by Monika Treut. Documents the female-to-male (F2M) transgender cyber-community in San Francisco presenting a personal view of people who alter their bodies and minds with new technologies and chemistry, with an amphasis on biological women who use the male hormone Testosterone. 2000. 82 min. DVD 5002; vhs Video/C 9262

Girl Trouble: Girls Tell Their Truth About the Juvenile Justice System
Shot over a four year period, documents the personal struggles of three girls enmeshed in San Francisco's juvenile justice system. Trying to change their lives, the girls work part-time at the Innovative Center for Young Women's Development, an organization run by young women who have faced similar challenges. As they confront seemingy impossible problems and pivotal decisions, the center's director, Lateefa Simon, is often their only support and mentor. Producer/director/cinematographers, Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko. 2004. 74 min. Video/C MM926

The Gold Rush
At the end of 1853, San Francisco was a city on the move. It had twelve daily newspapers, consulates of twenty-seven foreign governments, and six-story buildings where sand dunes once stood. A few years earlier it was just a sleepy little town but the sight of gold in the American River sent a ripple around the world and set the stage for an event that would forever change a city, a fledgling state, and the nation. Drawing heavily on original letters, memoirs and journals, this documentary focuses on five determined adventurers. The film also reveals the rise of legalized discrimination in California and the decimation of the state's Native population. Directed by Randall MacLowry. 115 min. 2006. DVD 7790

Golden Gate Bridge
The story of engineer Joseph Strauss' mission to bring the Golden Gate Bridge into existence. He spent thirteen years arguing with politicians and opponents, before he could even break ground. This film explores the building of the spectacular bridge which has since been called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Originally released as a segment of The American experience. 2004. 60 min. DVD 3420

The Great San Francisco Earthquake.
The amazing resources of the human spirit in the face of adversity were demonstrated by the diverse population of San Francisco during and after the April 18, 1906 earthquake and fire which struck with 12,000 times the force of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Although 3000 lives were lost and 6 1/2 billion bricks were dumped after the earthquake, the indomitable pioneer spirit prevailed as the city was rebuilt in three years. Four years later San Francisco hosted the 1915 World's Fair with a sense of triumph and invincibility. c1988. 58 min. DVD X3317; Video/C 1526

[Gutmann, John]My Eyes Were Fresh: The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann
Chronicles the life and work of John Gutmann, a photographer and educator whose art forged a link between the European modernism of the early twentieth century and the burgeoning artistic culture of the San Francisco Bay Area in the second half of the century. It is a portrait of the development of a unique artistic sensibility, born out of the distinctive milieu of modern German-Jewish culture in Breslau and Berlin and shaped by the politics, the popular culture, and the emerging native modernism of the United States. Includes documentary footage of interviews with Gutmann and material drawn from the photographer's personal photographs of Breslau, Berlin, and San Francisco. Produced and directed by Jane Levy Reed. 2006. 30 min. DVD X3192

Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union.
Sympathetic biographical overview of the life of the union organizer, Harry Bridges and his struggles to organize stevedores on West Coast American ports. Includes the unsuccessful attempt to deport him by industry mogels and politicians hostile to his labor movement and the current impact of mechanization and containerization on Stevedores and other dock laborers. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 2550

Hello Columbus.
This delightful look at the Italian-American Columbus Day celebration in San Francisco features that inimitable man-on-the-street reporter, Mal Sharpe. He leads the viewer through highlights of the celebration and enlivens the proceedings by posing a variety of offbeat and thorny questions to participants and bystanders alike. 1987. 27 min. Video/C MM847

Hi Tech Families
Presents a look at the impact of technology in the late 20th century on representative families who live and work in the Silicon Valley of California where computers and scientific technology are the main product. 1971. 29 min. Video/C 2627

Hip Hop By Da Bay.
Performers: Jahi, Attik, Krushadelic, Zion 1, Ise Lyfe, Pro. Presents a chronicle of the hip hop music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area including hip hop performances in San Francisco, Oakland, Vallejo, East Palo Alto, Richmond and Sacramento. 2005. 92 min. DVD 4174

A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma.
This quintessentially American story of immigrants tells how a group of Eastern European Jews founded the chicken industry in Petaluma, California. Meet this idealistic and intrepid group through the reminiscences of their descendants, as they confronted obstacles of language and culture in their journey towards becoming Americans. Produced, directed and edited by Bonnie Burt and Judy Montell. 52 min. Video/C 9589

Hometown Blues the Struggle Over Growth in the Bay Area.
A documentary addressing the San Francisco Bay Area's housing and growth crisis. Explores quality of life issues -- affordable housing, transportation, the environment -- and poses possible solutions. Elected officials and citizens as well as community, environmental and business leaders weigh in on these topics. 1999. 29 min. Video/C 7417

Hungry i Reunion
The story of San Francisco's most famous nightclub of the 50's and 60's is told through the 1980 reunion of internationally famous entertainers who got their start there. Includes rare footage of Lenny Bruce in performance. Inspired by the novel: Diary of a North Beach Cabaret by Don Asher. Special features: 30 minute never-before-seen performance by Mort Sahl. 1980. DVD X1010

In the Course of Human Events
Part of the "City Symphony" series by Angerame, a collection of five distinct films centering around the city environment in a constant state of change, focusing on images of construction and destruction of modern structures in the urban environment. In the course of human events centers its visuals on the demolition of the Embarcadero Freeway which was structurally damaged during the 1989 earthquake. Directed, filmed, and edited by Dominic Angerame. 1997. 25 min. DVD 7416

Indochinatown [Sound Recording]
Examines local tensions in San Francisco's low income Tenderloin district. Los Angeles, CA : Pacifica Radio Archive, 1986. 29 min. Sound/C 1274

Inside the Golden Gate
A study of the ecology of San Francisco Bay, a huge estuary where fresh and salt water meet. 1974. 59 min. Video/40

Interdependency, Quake '89
In the California earthquake of 1989 meeting the needs of disaster victims reached far beyond immediately available resources to dependency upon other cities, the county, regional and state government and private citizens. Film includes interviews with emergency assistance providers and city, county and state officials to determine how pre-planned interdependence between various layers of government and private citizens can facilitate future disaster relief efforts. 1089. 15 min. Video/C 284
Internal Enemy: A Documentary of the Unpermitted Anti-war March in the Streets of San Francisco February 16, 2003
On February 16, 2003, a group of two thousand protestors broke away from the main anti-war march and took the streets of San Francisco without a permit. In their own radical way they expressed opposition to the proposed war on Iraq. This video gives a first hand account of the confrontation between the protestors and the police. 15 min. DVD 6895

Island of Secret Memories
Examines the experiences of early Chinese American immigrants who were detained at the Angel Island Immigrant Station in the San Francisco Bay through the eyes of young immigrant children on a tour of the now restored facility located in Angel Island State Park. A film by Loni Ding. 1987. 20 min. Video/C 3846

Jews and the Gold Rush (Birth of a Community: Jews and the Goldrush)
This program relates the history of Jewish pioneers to California during the Gold Rush, outlining their reasons for coming, and their way of life once they arrived. The history of early Jewish settlements in San Francisco and Sacramento, and in Gold Rush mining communities is explored. Dist.: Ergo Media. 1994. 40 min. Video/C 7621

[Jones, Pirkle]Pirkle Jones: Seven Decades Photographed: From Pictorial California to the Politics of the Black Panther Party
A profile of an artist who helped define the San Francisco Bay Area's dual photographic traditions of elegant landscapes and biting social documentation. Includes archival footage, recent interviews with Jones and 150 of his black-and-white photographs. Interweaving archival footage with recent interviews and incorportating some 150 of Jones's finely crafted black-and-white photographs, the film documents a series of photographic projects, including his 1956 collaboration with photographer Dorothea Lange photographing the last year of the Berryessa Valley and with his wife Ruth-Marion Baruch photographing Black Panther rallies. A film by Jane Levy Reed; produced by Jane Levy Reed, Sandra Phillips. Special features : a film image chronology, interviews with Dr. Sandra S. Phillips, Tim B. Wride, Kathleen Cleaver and a tour lead by Jones of his 2008 exhibition at the Napa Museum featuring comments by descendants of Lake Berryessa evictees and a commentary by Dr. Sandra Phillips. 2009. 28 min. DVD X3193

Key System Scrapbook
See the Key System from its early days. All the lines, A through H, and the streetcar lines are represented. Ride the Key ferry boats and interurban units from the beginning in 1903 to the end in 1958. Features footage of the electric interurban line built by "Borax Smith," the U.S. Navy war industries in Richmond and the 1939 Treasure Island World's fair. 62 min. DVD 9923

Khush Refugees
The film focuses on San Francisco's gay community where two exiles, Rahul, an immigrant from India, and Dante, an ex-marine from suburban Ohio, try to assimilate in this new foreign culture. 32 min. Video/C 3822

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Last Call at Maud's.
A look at the world's longest running lesbian bar, Maud's in San Francisco. Film interweaves rare archive film of the gay bar scene in the 1940's, the vice raids of the 1950's, the gay counter culture of the 1960's and "coming out" in the 1970's up until the bar closed its doors in 1989. 1993. 77 min. DVD 4172; also VHS Video/C 3184

Video Librarian
Leonardi, Patricia. "Last Call at Maud's." Cineaste v20, n1 (Wntr, 1993):46 (2 pages).

The Legend of Bop City.
From 1950 to 1965, an after-hours jazz club called Jimbo's Bop City became an emblem of the spirit and vitality of African-American society, local and world-wide. Located in San Francisco's legendary Fillmore District, Bop City hosted jazz legends Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. c1998. 52 min. DVD 7108; Video/C 6393

Letter Back Home.
A rare and uncompromising look at life in the United States for some Laotian and Cambodian youth. Shot in San Francisco's "inner city" Tenderloin District, this video letter contains topics of concern for all in this American democracy. 14 min. Video/C 4187

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Life on the Beam: a Portrait Harry Bridges
The building of Historical overview of the many challenges which faced the laborers who constructed the Golden Gate Bridge. Video/C 2789

Lifeline: The Story of the Oakland Naval Supply Depot in World War II
Program documents the historical significance of the Naval Supply Depot, Oakland, which is being demolished as part of the Port of Oakland's expansion. (Donated by Prof. Helaine Kaplan Prentice and Celia McCarty (Port of Oakland)). c1999. 29 min. Video/C MM919

Live Nude Girls Unite!
This documentary follows Julia Query, a peepshow stripper, on her journey to help organize the only strippers union in the United States. In need of money, Julia became a stripper in San Francisco but after discovering that the strippers were being covertly videotaped for amateur porn, Julia and her colleagues contacted the Service Employees Internation Union. The Theater responded by hiring an anti-union law firm. Written and directed by Julia Query, Vicky Funari, 2000. 70 min. Video/C 7452

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Long Train Running: a History of the Oakland Blues.
A film by Marlon Riggs. Examines taverns and clubs in Oakland, California where a distincitive style of blues music unique to Oakland was developed and performed. Includes interviews with blues musicians in the Oakland area and segments from the San Francisco Blues Festival. 29 min. DVD 1187; also on VHS Video/C 3799

A Lot in Common.
Neighbors discover they have a lot in common when together they turn a vacant lot into a community garden in Berkeley, California. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, explains how a commons is being created in the process. c2003. 77 min. Video/C MM474

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The Manilatown Series.
pecial feature: About Chonk Moonhunter. Contents: Tino's barbershop quartet in action / recorded by Curtis Choy and Jiro Maru (1972, b&w, 18 min.) -- Manongs: tenents of the I-Hotel / by Curtis Choy (1979, col. , 10 min.) -- Manilatown lives! / directed by Curtis Choy (1985, col., 15 min.) -- Rise of the I-Hotel / by Curtis Choy (2003, col. ; 9 min.)

Tino's barbersop quartet: Shows a Filipino American barbershop quartet performing in San Francisco's Manilatown. Manongs: Tenants of the I-Hotel: An atmospheric short showing Manilatown life and loss with the I-Hotel evictions with footage not see in "The fall of the I-Hotel." Manilatown lives! The denizens of Manilatown are down but not out as they celebrate the opening of another temporary, permanent Manilatown Senior Center, and pay homage at the vacant I-Hotel site. Rise of the I-Hotel: In the mid-70's senior filipino residents of the I-Hotel in San Francisco were forcibly evicted to make way for an urban renewal project. The fight to save the I-Hotel became a landmark event of Asian American activism. This film presents historical footage juxtaposed with the opening of a new Filipino senior citizens' center built on the same sight nearly 30 years later. Produced by Curtis Choy. 52 min. DVD 4162

Milk/Moscone Murder News Coverage
News coverage NBC, KRON, KPIX, NBC Update, KGO, KPIX and KRON alternating. News segments covering the unfolding events surrounding the murder of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor, Harvey Milk by former San Francisco Board of supervisors member, Dan White. 1978. Video/C 2222

The Mission. (Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco)
Tells the story of San Francisco's Mission District from the time of the Ohlone Indians, through the Gold Rush, the close-knit Irish community of the twenties, the Latin identity of the neighborhood in the sixties, to the mosaic of the contemporary Mission, from its hidden community of day laborers to the vibrant New Bohemia to the roucous sounds of carnaval. 60 min. Video/C 4357

Modern Marvels: Architectural Wonders: Golden Gate Bridge; St. Louis Arch
The Golden Gate Bridge: Tells the story of engineer Joseph Strauss' mission to bring the Golden Gate Bridge into existence. He spent thirteen years arguing with politicians and opponents, before he could even break ground. This film explores the engineering and building of this spectacular bridge. It has since been called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Looks at the history of the construction of the Saint Louis Arch, the Gateway Arch that rises over the Mississippi River and symbolizes the westward expansion of the United States. This construction and engineering milestone was built in 1967, is 630 feet tall, contains 40,000 tons of steel and concrete, and is the biggest man-made arch in the world. Originally aired on the History Channel. 2007. 100 min. DVD 8593

Monterey's Boat People.
Examines the continuing tension between Monterey's established Italian fishing community and recently arrived Vietnamese fisherman. 29 min. Video/C 1963

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My Big Fat Homeless Berkeley Double Feature
A warm infectious look at street life on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California. Contents: My big fat homeless Berkeley movie (2005-2006, ca. 52 min.) -- Another big fat homeless Berkeley movie (2006-2007, ca. 88 min.) A Johnny Allen Shaw Production. 140 min. DVD X1204

My Eyes Were Fresh: The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann
Chronicles the life and work of John Gutmann, a photographer and educator whose art forged a link between the European modernism of the early twentieth century and the burgeoning artistic culture of the San Francisco Bay Area in the second half of the century. It is a portrait of the development of a unique artistic sensibility, born out of the distinctive milieu of modern German-Jewish culture in Breslau and Berlin and shaped by the politics, the popular culture, and the emerging native modernism of the United States. Includes documentary footage of interviews with Gutmann and material drawn from the photographer's personal photographs of Breslau, Berlin, and San Francisco. Produced and directed by Jane Levy Reed. 2006. 30 min. DVD X3192

Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco

The Castro. Chronicles the history of the Castro district from a working class neighborhood to the center of gay and lesbian life in San Francisco. 1997. DVD 9561 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5004

Chinatown Journey inside Chinatown's tumultuous and inspiring history to witness how the past and present live together in one of San Francisco's oldest communities. Through a vivid mixture of personal recollections, archival photos, poetry and narration, film recalls the days when the neighborhood was shut out from society, a distinct ghetto and a refuge for new immigrants. Visit the offices of the Chinese Times, published daily since 1884. Poignant documentary footage reveals the stories of how residents made a life and thrived despite discriminatory legislation--starting with local ordinances and culminating with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. Producer & director, Felicia Lowe, 1996. 60 min. DVD X6775; vhs Video/C 4379

The Fillmore Remembered today mainly for its rock and roll auditorium, San Francisco's Fillmore District is one of the great cautionary tales of American urban life. From the wholesale removal of Japanese Americans during World War II, to the jazz heyday of the 1950s to the bulldozers of urban renewal, the Fillmore District has seen its share of drama. This video explores the many worlds of the neighborhood, past and present, and the bittersweet memories of residents who fought for the survival of one of America's premier black communities. c1999. 84 min. DVD 9562 [preservation copy]; Video/C 7746

The Mission. Tells the story of San Francisco's Mission District from the time of the Ohlone Indians, through the Gold Rush, the close-knit Irish community of the twenties, the Latin identity of the neighborhood in the sixties, to the mosaic of the contemporary Mission, from its hidden community of day laborers to the vibrant New Bohemia to the roucous sounds of carnaval. 60 min. DVD 9559 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4357

1906, A City Remembers
A special TV presentation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. Survivors of the "Great quake" all in their hundreds, share their vivid memories of the terrifying morning of April 18th, 1906. Highlights include archival footage of the destruction caused by the quake, rebuilding efforts and the resilence of the people. Also includes interviews with historians and public officials who discuss the impact of the earthquake and examine the question, "how prepared are we today should a quake of that magnitude happen again in San Francisco?" San Francisco, Calif.]: KGO-TV/DT, 2006. 46 min. DVD 5687

The Old Spaghetti Factory (The Story of San Francisco's Beat Generation Cafe)
Through the re-discovery of a lost mural that includes portraits of patrons of the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Francisco, tells the story of the eatery which was noted for its eclectic decor, beat generation clientele and Anchor Steam Beer. Presents a blend of period music, archival photos and interviews with the muralist and those who once frequented the eatery. Documentary by William Farley, Sandra Sharpe and Mal Sharpe. 2000. 29 min. Video/C 9411

The Oldtimers
A portrait of the elderly predominantly Latino community that gathers at Original McCarthy's, an historic, desolate bar in San Francisco. Living alone, the regulars have come to depend on McCarthy's for a sense of continuity and community. This moving documentary, an examination of the loneliness and alienation that faces the elderly who live in hidden pockets of America's cities, tells the stories of this clientele, the surivivors of another urban era. 1993. 17 min. Video/C 9515

One Wedding and a ... Revolution.
On February 12, 2004, the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, instructed city and county officials to allow lesbian and gay couples to marry. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, founders of the first lesbian-rights organization and celebrating their 51st anniversary, were invited to be the first couple married. A film by Debra Chasnoff and Kate Stilley. 2004. 19 min. b

Operation Abolition
A government-made film that supports the House Committee on Un-American Activities' position vis-a-vis the American Communist Party. The film concentrates on the Committee's hearings in San Francisco in 1960, where there occurred large demonstrations against the Committee's presence. Scenes include footage of California Communist Party members demonstrating in the streets, Congressman Francis Walter, Harry Bridges, Archie Brown, Douglas Wachter, William Mandell, University of California, Berkeley students and excepts from the Daily Californian. A film using the same footage, but a different narration called Operation correction was made by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California to counter Operation abolition. 1960. DVD 8657

The Other Bridge
Presents a visual journey to parts of the San Francisco Bay Bridge not normally seen, from the bridge's hidden recesses to the tower tops. Also explains, in layman's terms, the engineering principles involved in the design of the bridge, discusses the history of the structure, and explores the feelings of the workers who care for it. 1985. 27 min. Video/C 965

Palace of Delights
A look at San Francisco's science museum, The Exploratorium. Director and photographer, Jon Else. c1982. 28 min. Video/C 444

Parade Celebrating Chinese Republic
Parade celebrating Chinese Republic: This is a short collection of footage from 1912 San Francisco, where some were celebrating the new Chinese Republic. 1912. 3 min. DVD X54

The People vs. Dan White
A re-enactment of events surrounding the trial of Dan White, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who killed San Francisco mayor, George Moscone and supervisor, Harvey Milk, on November 27, 1978. Charged with first degree murder, White was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. 1983. 92 min. Video/C 3798

Philipino Artists: Struggle, Success, Tagumpay
Spotlights the swelling community of Filipino American artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through interviews and performance footage featuring a variety of talents -- comedians, dancers and recording artists -- this documentary celebrates this creative surge within the historically underrepresented Filipino American community. These young artists provide a fascinating glimpse into a thriving cultural movement which boldly claims its Philippine roots in the course of exploring new creative expression. c1999. 27 min. Video/C 7715

Pirkle Jones: Seven Decades Photographed: From Pictorial California to the Politics of the Black Panther Party
A profile of an artist who helped define the San Francisco Bay Area's dual photographic traditions of elegant landscapes and biting social documentation. Includes archival footage, recent interviews with Jones and 150 of his black-and-white photographs. Interweaving archival footage with recent interviews and incorportating some 150 of Jones's finely crafted black-and-white photographs, the film documents a series of photographic projects, including his 1956 collaboration with photographer Dorothea Lange photographing the last year of the Berryessa Valley and with his wife Ruth-Marion Baruch photographing Black Panther rallies. A film by Jane Levy Reed; produced by Jane Levy Reed, Sandra Phillips. Special features : a film image chronology, interviews with Dr. Sandra S. Phillips, Tim B. Wride, Kathleen Cleaver and a tour lead by Jones of his 2008 exhibition at the Napa Museum featuring comments by descendants of Lake Berryessa evictees and a commentary by Dr. Sandra Phillips. 2009. 28 min. DVD X3193

Port Chicago Mutiny: A National Tragedy.
Documentary film, using a combination of interviews with participants, still photographs, and testimony from the trial, about the Port Chicago mutiny. The mutiny trial followed the worst home-front disaster of WWII, the deaths of 320 men in a munitions explosion at Port Chicago. The seamen loading the munitions were black and the officers in charge were white. Afterwards, the seamen who had not been working at the time of the explosion refused to return to loading munitions under the same conditions. Fifty were charged, not with disobeying an order, but with mutiny, a crime punishable by death. Narrator: Danny Glover. Interviews: Joseph Small (found guilty of mutiny), Robert Routh (injured in initial explosion), Percy Robinson (returned to work), Gerald Veltmann (defense attorney). Based on the book by Robert L. Allen, "Port Chicago Mutiny", Warner Books, 1989. c1990. 49 min. Video/C 6912

A Portrait Harry Bridges.
Biographical overview of the life and struggles of the union organizer, Harry Bridges. Video/C 2789

Premonition
In Premonition the concrete world of the American infra-structure and its demise are made strangely poetic in this expressionist documentary which shows the vacant San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway after it has outlived its usefulness, but before its destruction. A film by Dominic Angerame. 1995. 11 min. DVD 7414

Pride, Prejudice and Gay Politics (1982).
Reporter/producer Spencer Michels examines gay politics in San Francisco and looks at the future of gay politics both inside and outside the city. 3/4 in. 1982. 30 min. Video/C 374

Privy to the Past
A documentary on the Cypress Archaeological Project, an excavation in West Oakland, California from April 1994 through May 1996. The excavated collections represent a large and diverse set of households from the late 1890's through the early 1920's of people who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and lived in cottages, boarding houses and hotels. They also represent workers at a Chinese laundry and African American, German, Irish and other family groups. Produced by the California Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University. 1999. 29 min. DVD 7656 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6633

Quake of '89: A Video Chronicle.
Presented by KRON-TV Channel 4, San Francisco. Shows actual footage from the October 17th, 1989 earthquake and recovery of affected counties as filmed by KRON-TV Channel 4, San Francisco. Includes "Quakeproofing your home and family. 60 min. Video/C 1651

Reading a Neighborhood with Alan Jacobs
Alan Jacobs from UC Berkeley's Dept. of City and Regional Planning describes how one can tell a lot about a neighborhood and the people who live there during a walk through a San Francisco district. 1979. 25 min. Video/C 2305

Red Power: Thirty Years of American Indian Activism in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Contents: Opening ceremonies / Angela A. Gonzales, Robert A. Corrigan, Gerald West -- Keynote address / LaNada Boyer -- Panel: Student activism: looking back, looking forward / Moderator: Deron Marquez. Panel members: Dennis Acosta, Luis Kemnitzer, Mickey Gemmill, Steve Talbot -- Panel: The Urban Indian community: past, present and future / Moderator: Reyna Ramirez. Panel members: Marilyn St. Germaine, Susan Lobo, Shirley Guevara, Mary Jean Robertson -- Panel: Alcatraz Island: reclaiming Indian land / Moderator: Craig Glassner. Panel members: Millie Ketchesawno, Troy Johnson, Gerald R. Hill, Jonathan Lucero -- Closing remarks / Michelle Maas, Elizabeth Parent.

A symposium on American Indian activism in the San Francisco Bay Area. Panel discussions focus on the social, cultural and political events that led to the occupation of Alcatraz Island, the pivotal role of the urban American Indian community in the Bay Area, and the work of American Indian student activists in creating the Department of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. Held in the Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Conference Center, San Francisco State University on November 19, 1999. 7 hrs., 15 min. Video/C 6744

Richmond Oil Strike
Documentary of the Richmond oil strike commencing January 4, 1969 with newsreel coverage of events surrounding the strike and interviews with employees on strike against Shell Oil in Martinez and Standard Oil in Richmond, California. Originally produced in 1969. 17 min. Video/C 5861

Romántico
Directed by Mark Becker. Tells the story of Carmelo - car wash employee by day, mariachi musician by night in San Francisco's Mission District. This verite view of an undocumented alien subculture is a deeply personal, bittersweet story of famly, fatherhood, identity and survival. 2005. 84 min. DVD 7965
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Sambal Belacan in San Francisco
Documentary portrays three first-generation Asian lesbians (originally from Singapore) grappling with making a home in America. Produced, directed, written, photographed, edited by Madeleine Lim. c1997. 25 min. Video/C MM1198

San Francisco California Art Scene.
Interviews of gallery owners and artists in San Francisco at gallery openings, art events and a video festival. c1986. 28 min. each.

Part I. Artists interviewed: Carlos Villa, Glenn Grafelman, Keith Haring, John Okulick, Daniel Phill, Nam June Paik, Richard Herman, Tad Savinar, Edgar Heap of Birds, Manuel Neri, Allan Shepp, Roy DeForest. Gallery directors: William Sawyer, Bruce Velick, Louise Allrich, Kathan Brown, Gary Lichtenstein, Diana Fuller, Michele Mincher, Hank Baum, Mark Rennie, Ev Thomas, Ardys Allport, Ken Rackow. c1986. Video/C 6379

Part II. Artists interviewed: Manual Neri, Keith Haring, Allen Shepp, Roy DeForest, Nam June Paik, Richard Herman, John Okulick, Glenn Grafelman, Poison Gas Research, Carlos Villa, Daniel Phill, Edgar Heap of Birds, Tad Savinar. Gallery directors: Kathan Brown, Bruce Velick, Dorothy Goldeen, John Martin, Marshall Weber, Diana Fuller, William Sawyer, Hank Baum, Gary Lichtenstein, Ardys Allport, Ken Rackow, Mark Rennie, Louise Allrich, Michele Mincher, Ruth Braunstein, Charles Fiske, Ev Thomas. c1986. Video/C 6380

San Francisco Cable Cars, Key System Trains
Unedited historical footage on cable cars and Key System trains in San Francisco, Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland and Sacramento since 1903. 198-? Video/C 2398

San Francisco Earthquake Aftermath
Edison Newsreels, 1906, 4:55 DVD 8768

San Francisco Films, 1940
Beautiful photography captures San Francisco and the nearby Bay Area in a mesmerizing time capsule. Some areas of the city haven't changed at all, others have vanished. Footage captures the hustle bustle of everyday life including fashions, BART rapid transit, Chinatown, The Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island and other important landmarks. Silent film Aerial Film features daredevil stunts atop buildings and on motorcycles and in airplanes. Contents: San Francisco rodachrome,1940-41 -- San Francisco California, 1941 -- Farewell to Treasure Island, 1940 -- San Francisco, 1940 -- San Francisco-- By the Golden Gate -- Golden Gate City-- San Francisco -- Silent film aerial film -- Three to get ready,1967 -- Along the way, 1968. DVD X5229

San Francisco General Strike
1934. 3 min. DVD 2651

San Francisco Good Times
As the Vietnam war dragged on and Richard Nixon was elected to his first term as President, a group of people in San Francisco began publishing an "underground" newspaper called the San Francisco Good Times in the belief that out of the ferment of dissent a new community based on new ways of living and cooperation was taking shape. The paper was to be the voice of this community and a motive force in its creation. This film is a chronicle of people who worked on the paper and events they lived through and covered. The people who worked together to produce the paper went on to form a commune. In November 1972 the Good Times commune stopped publishing the newspaper. Highlights include a Black Panther demonstration in support of Huey Newton; stills of public nudity and marijuana smoking; an interview with Bill Graham; outtake from the song "Sweet Marijuana"; Pete Townsend of "The Who" interview; the "People's Park" land squatting experiment that ended in armed confrontation; herbiculture; astrological column written by The Berkeley Astrology Guild; performance outtakes from The Floating Lotus Opera Company; interview with Timothy Leary; the formation of the Good Times commune ; San Francisco street life & happenings; members of Good Times arrested and put in prison; and more. DVD 8568

San Francisco Iron Workers Strike, 1917
Newsreel footage of striking iron workers marching down the cobblestone streets of 1917 San Francisco. Great shots of trolly cars too ... too bad they destroy one. 6 min. DVD 2649

San Francisco State On Strike.
Documentary film of a five month long strike in the Fall of 1968 at San Francisco State College in which the Third World Liberation Front mobilized students to call for "the power to change the racist nature of eduction" and to demand the establishment of a Black Studies Department at the college. 1969. 20 min. DVD 3044; also VHS Video/C 4132

San Francisco State Strike.
Documents the 1969 strike at San Francisco State College led by minority students and later joined by the teachers' union. Video/C 1929

Saving the Bay: The Story of San Francisco Bay
From the Gold Rush to the Golden Gate Bridge, and through World's Fairs and World Wars, San Francisco Bay has been central to the identity of one of the world's leading economic, academic, recreational and cultural regions. Through four one-hour episodes this documentary explores the history of the San Francisco Bay tracing the Bay from its geologic origins following the last Ice Age through years of catastrophic exploitation to restoration efforts of today. The series also highlights the story of three women who rallied an entire region to save San Francisco Bay from becoming little more than a river. Disc 1. Pt.1. Marvel of nature (prehistory-1848) -- Pt. 2. Harbor of harbors (1849-1906) -- Disc 2. Pt. 3. Miracle workers (1906-1959) -- Pt. 4. Bay in the balance (1960-present). Directed by Kevin Booth. c2009. 240 min. DVD X2209

Screaming Queens
Tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States -- a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn. Street queens, cops and activists recall the riot and paint a vivid portrait of the wild transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco. Written and directed by Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker. Dist: Frameline. 2005. 57 min. DVD 5740

Secrets of Silicon Valley.
The film chronicles the lives of two young activists grappling with rapid social change and the meaning of globalization on their own doorsteps. Magda Escobar runs Plugged In, a computer training center in a low income community just a few miles from the epicenter of high-tech wealth. Raj Jayadev is a temporary worker who reveals the reality of an unseen and unacknowledged army of immigrant workers. Throughout the film, high tech CEO's and moguls comment on Magda and Raj's stories with revealing insights on time, technology, greed, and globalization. Presents an illuminating view into the hidden world of high tech sweatshops and a critical look at the social impact of the new millenium's high technology. 2001. 60 min. DVD 8236; vhs Video/C 7939
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Secrets of the Bay: A Celebration of San Francisco Bay's Hidden Wildlife
This environmental documentary depicts the varied wildlife and natural wonders hidden among the six million human inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay area. Includes a peregrine falcon nesting on the Golden Gate Bridge, a segment on shorebirds, and a section on baby harbor seals learning to crawl into their marshland napping areas. 1990. 28 min. Video/C MM910

See How They Run
In 1999, celebrity Mayor Willie Brown ruled San Francisco and appeared to be a shoo-in for re-election to a second term. Twelve candidates wanted his job, but the only threat was a write-in candidate - openly gay city supervisor and stand-up comedian Tom Ammiano. What ensued was a David vs. Goliath showdown mired in intense political backstabbing and media fighting that was all captured on film. A sharp-witted, scandalous expose of an only-in-San Francisco grassroots campaign, revealing all the behind-the-scenes mud-slinging, back room brawls and daily dramas that together helped shape this one-of-a-kind race. Directed and produced by Emily Morse. 2003. 58 min. DVD 2198

Sewing Woman.
This program tells the story of Zem Ping Dong, an immigrant who worked in America's garment factories for over 30 years and her struggle, along with other Chinese women, to leave war-torn China for a new life in America. 1982?. 14 min. Video/C 1485

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Shaping Oakland's Shoreline, the North Training Wall
Looks at the development of Oakland's harbor, including the political history surrounding its development, construction techniques, the role of shipping and the railroad and the final form of the waterfront today. Director, editor, camera, Bill Levinson. 2004? Video/C MM499

Los Siete de la Raza
Newsreel footage of interviews with Mexican American immigrants to the Mission District of San Francisco in which they express their social and economic struggles and the discrimination they experience. Film examines the creation of Los Siete de la Raza, a self-help political organization organized to fight for the rights of "Brown people." Originally produced in the 1960s. 30 min. Video/C 5856

Song of a Jewish Cowboy
Scott Gerber, an unlikely mix of Yiddish and cowboy cultures, learned Yiddish and progressive songs from his mother and grandmother. A descendant of the Petaluma, California chicken ranchers, he carries on the Yiddish and ranching traditions. A documentary by Bonnie Burt and Judy Montell. c2002. 18 min. DVD 3321

Special Reports on BART
Local news report concerning safety issues on the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) during the first few years of operation. 1973? 17 min. DVD 9745

Straight Outta Hunters Point: A Hardcore Hip-hop Documentary.
Presents a documentary look at life in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco in an emotionally intense reality check focusing on the daily drama of gang-related rap wars which result as rival gangs dispute over who is the best rap artist. Includes interviews with gang members and residents in a community fighting for social and economic survival. 2002. 74 min. DVD 2940

Strikestory: San Francisco Before the '34.
Chronicles the events of the "big strike" in the summer of 1934 when dock workers and seamen shut down every West coast port from San Diego to Seattle. 100,000 workers in San Francisco staged a general strike that paralyzed the city and eventually resulted in legislation giving workers the right to organize unions. 199?. 60 min. Video/C 2625

Summer of Love
A look into the hippie revolution of San Francisco during the '60s, and how the free love and music turned into a life of drug use, violence, and broken dreams. Through interviews with a broad range of individuals who lived through the Summer of Love -- police officers walking the beat, teenage runaways who left home without looking back, non-hippie residents who resented the invasion of their community, and scholars who still have difficulty interpreting the phenomenon -- presents a complex portrait of the notorious event that many consider the peak of the 1960s counter-culture movement. Produced and directed by Gail Dolgin & Vicente Franco. 2007. 60 min. DVD 8078

Tenderloin Stories
Compilation of sixteen dramatic video works by fifteen and sixteen year old Asian American directors and actors from San Francisco. Contents: Now & then: Who I became / a film by Mike Siv, Aram Collier - Homegirls can have fun too / director, Timmy Hoang ; scriptwriters, Sara Sin, Channaly P. -- The Early years: The lost doll / produced and directed by Khoa Nguyen and Joe San -- Private / directed & written by Gia Hy Chung -- Punk / director, Don Bonus -- The Tenderloin, just another hood / editor-director, Roth Ham -- Table for Thu / director-editor, Linh Nguyen -- Point... we're not aliens / written, directed, shot, and even edited by Tracy Diep -- TL stories: Just deal wit it / directed by Christina Duculan ; written by Christina Duculan, Cindy Heng, Sally Mounlasy, & Crystal Ng -- Express lane / written 7 directed by Aram Collier and Rudy Choy -- Get off your koot / a video by Ra Sek -- Digi-TL: TL Xmas / produced by Spencer Nakasako, Sokly Don Bonus Ny, Sean Thomas -- TY style / produced & directed by Paul Meas, David Monk -- School Daze (excerpt) / a production of the Vietnamese Youth Development Center ; in cooperation with the San Francisco Unified School District ; produced & directed by Spencer Nakasako -- Freedom on the block? /r produced by Sammy Soeun, James Varian. Special features: Video synopsis ; Where are they now? ; Spencer's workshops ; Media lab history ; credits. 2005. DVD X4770

Thin Edge of the Bay
Uses San Francisco Bay as a focus to study the economic and political conflicts over shrinking environmental resources in urban areas. 1980. 22 min. Video/C 310

The Times of Harvey Milk.
On November 27, 1978, Dan White, a former City Supervisor entered San Francisco's City Hall with a gun and murdered both the Mayor, George Moscone, and San Francisco's first openly gay politician, City Supervisor, Harvey Milk. White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and served a brief jail term, sparking a demonstration and riot by gay supporters of the murdered men. Directed by Rob Epstein. 88 min. DVD 2728; also VHS Video/C 1009

Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing Their Friends.
Covers the pioneering years of the PC revolution during the mid-1970's in Silicon Valley. Includes the Altair 8800, the Homebrew Computer Club, the West Coast Computer Faire and hippie culture, nerds and hobbyists. Steve Wozniak eventually spawns Apple II, while Steve Jobs, at 25, becomes worth $100 million. 51 min. Video/C 4565

Twenty Years After: The Third World Strike.
Original footage from the Third world strike and a discussion on what happened, why it happened, and what has happened since, with Carlos Munoz, Jr., Anthony Garcia, Octavio Romano V, Troy Duster. DVD 1188; also VHS Video/C 1403

Valley of Heart's Delight. (Only One Earth; 5)
Santa Clara Valley, once the largest orchard in the world, became known as Silicon Valley when the computer chip industry began flourishing there. Residents are now working to eliminate the water pollution and consequent birth defects this "clean" industry brought with it. c1987. 30 min. Video/C 1668

VDL Research House: Richard Neutra's Studio and Residence
The VDL Research House was designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1932 and served as his studio and residence for the rest of his career. Uniquely among his projects, it represented the three major phases of his aesthetic development. It exemplified his early works, which featured compact volumes in white or silver, with thin surfaces and bands of windows. The Garden house built behind the VDL house in 1939 shows an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living, with its large windows and deep overhangs, typical of his work in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The original house was destroyed by fire in 1963 and rebuilt in 1966. Neutra's post-war work reflected his interest in environmental design, seen in the VDL House II with its use of site and climate responsive features. Special features: 40 min. documentary film on VDL I & II; additional interviews with Lauren Weiss Bricker, Director, Archives/Special Collections at Caifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona, College of Environmental Design, and Judith Sheine, Chair of Architecture; Appearances by Neutra's sons Dion and Raymond, historian Thomas Hines and Neutra associate John Blanton; Includes an interactive tour featuring photographs, drawings and virtual reality panoramas for 360° viewing; Includes archive of original VDL I & II construction drawings and Neutra's travel sketches; historical photographs by Julius Shulman. DVD X2925

Warning! Warning!
Focuses on San Francisco Bay ecological conditions and threats to the Bay caused by the dumping of municipal, farming and industrial wastes into its tributary rivers and into the Bay itself. A film by Harvey Richards. 1970. 22 min. DVD 4229

We Aren't Blocking Traffic, We are Traffic!
This documentary chronicles the history and development of the "critical mass" bicycle movement, which reclaims city streets by bicycle activists riding en masse. The program tracks this leaderless, grassroots movement from its beginnings in San Francisco in 1992 to its spread across the globe to over 100 cities in 14 countries. Features shots of critical mass in action in Texas, Oregon, New York, London and Sydney, Australia. 1999 50 min. Video/C 7903

We Interrupt This Empire ...
Documents the protest demonstrations that shut down San Francisco following the United State's 2003 invasion of Iraq. With the audio backdrop including the live broadcasts of SF Independent Media Center's Enemy Combatant Radio and the SFPD's own tactical communications that were picked up by police scanners, the documentary takes a look at the protest in San Francisco, as well as critiques the corporate media's war coverage. 2003. 52 min. Video/C MM64

When the Bay Area Quakes
Describes the structural dynamics of the earthquake that hit Loma Prieta, Calif., on Oct. 17, 1989 and the damages that resulted in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and other areas. 1990. 20 min. DVD X110 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM602

Wild California.
An exploration of the major natural regions and habitats of California. 1988. 50 min. Video/C 1484

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.
Follow the ups and downs of a flock of wild urban parrots within the green niches of San Francisco. Along the way meet unforgettable characters like Picasso and Sophie, the inseparable parrot lovers, and Connor, the lovable outcast of the flock. Produced, directed, filmed and edited by Judy Irving. 2004. 83 min. DVD 5425

Witness to History: Days That Shook the World : 1900-1909
1900-1909: Introduction -- February 8, 1900 - Kodak Introduces the "Brownie" Camera -- June 20, 1900 - The Boxer Rebellion -- January 22,1901 - The Death of Queen Victoria -- September 6, 1901 - President McKinley Shot By Assassin -- December 21, 1901 - First Transatlantic Wireless Message -- May 31, 1902 - The Boer War Ends -- June 16, 1903 - Ford Motor Company Founded -- December 17, 1903 - The Wright Brothers Fly -- February 8, 1905 - First Movie Theater Opens in America -- September 26, 1905 - E=mc2 -- April 18, 1906 - 8.3 Earthquake Flattens San Francisco -- Epilogue. Video/C 8788

Documentaries About other Western States

Chicken Ranch: A Legal Brothel in Nevada.
Documentary about the prostitutes employed on the Chicken Ranch, one of the 38 legal brothels in Nevada. 1984. 84 min. DVD 5338; Video/C 585

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Traces the development of Las Vegas from its humble beginnings as a remote frontier way station to its mid-century florescence as the gangster metropolis known as 'Sin City' to its recent renaissance as the fastest growing city in the United States. Produced and directed by Stephen Ives. 2005. 180 min. DVD 4680

On the cowboy trail
Chronicles a year in the lives of three ranchers in Montana, from the birth of calves in winter, through branding and the summer county fair, to shipping of calves in winter. Also shows how strip-mining and agribusiness conflict with traditional ranching. Originally broadcast as a segment of the Odyssey series in 1981. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 59 min. DVD X6666

The Real West
The first film to present a true portrait of the historic West, debunking the glamour and romanticism of Hollywood films. Using vintage photographs and new material, the documentary tells of hardship, hunger, failure, and murder, the wild fun of gold rushes, the cow towns, and the peace officers who were cowards. Describes an army whose task it was to vanquish a people fighting for its homeland and worthless men who have become heroes on television. Contents: Heading west from Missouri -- The Overland Trail -- Death in Apache country -- Boom towns -- Wranglers and cowhands -- Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickock -- Flowers of the prairie -- Building the railroad -- Oklahoma land grab -- Fate of the indians. Narrator, Gary Cooper. Directed by Donald B. Hyatt. 1960. 60 min. DVD X6922

Sweetgrass
This unsentimental elegy to the West follows the last of the modern-day cowboys leading their flocks of sheep up into Montana's breathtaking and dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture, revealing a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, and vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed. 2009. 100 min. A film by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. 2005. 180 min. DVD X3475

The Way West. (The American Experience)
A documentary series by Ric Burns. 90 min. each. SEE Indigenous Peoples of North and Central America

Part 1, Land. In this first segment of three, the meaning of the land and its resources to American Indians and to the immigrants to the American West are examined. Participants: James Riding In (U. of Arizona, historian), Alvin Josephy (historian), Barbara Booher (U.S. Nat. Park Serv., historian), Robert Utley (historian), Ric Burns (filmaker), Lisa Ades (filmaker). Moderator, David Cournoyer ; narrator, John Gregg. "Conflict Symposium" held in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 6, 1995. Previously released as a segment of the WGBH-Boston television documentary series "The American Experience". 117 min. Video/C 4395

Part 2, Dreams. In this second segment of three, the incompatible visions, competing aspirations and goals that were at the heart of the conflict between Indians and settlers are examined. Participants: Arthur Amiotte (Brandon U., Manitoba), James Riding In (U. of Arizona, historian), Alvin Josephy (historian), Barbara Booher (U.S. Nat. Park Serv., historian), Robert Utley (historian), Ric Burns (filmaker), Lisa Ades (filmaker). 103 min. Video/C 4396

Part 3, Myths. In this final segment of three, the myths wihch shape and are shaped by cultural and historical experiences in the American West are examined. Participants: Ian Frazier (historian), James Riding In (U. of Arizona, historian), Alvin Josephy (historian), Barbara Booher (U.S. Nat. Park Serv., historian), Ric Burns (filmaker), Lisa Ades (filmaker). Moderator, David Cournoyer ; narrator, John Gregg. 86 min. Video/C 4397

The West. (The American Experience)
Directed by Stephen Ives; executive producer, Ken Burns. SEE Indigenous Peoples of North and Central America

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