Reel Life Stories: Documentary Film and Video Collections
in the UC Berkeley Library's Media Resources Center


Bay Area Documentary Filmmakers

| Peter Adair | Les Blank | Loni Ding | Jon Else | Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

| Connie Field | Deborah Hoffmann | Bill Jersey | Spencer Nakasako | Steven Okazaki |

| Emiko Omori | Lourdes Portillo | Frances Reid | Marlon Riggs | Trinh Minh-ha |

| Independent Television Services

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Peter Adair

Absolutely Positive (1991)

Men and women who are HIV positive talk about how afraid they are of getting AIDS, how they handle the disease, and how it affects their lives. Media Recources Center: Video/C 2323

Holy Ghost People (1983)

A report on the religious fervor of a small Pentecostal congregation in West Virginia whose fundamentalist philosophy encourages the biblical teaching of speaking in tongues and handling serpents. Media Recources Center: Video/C 2122


Loni Ding

  • Loni Ding web site (Center for Educational Telecommunications)

    1998 - Ancestors in the Americas: Chinese in the Frontier West, an American Story

    Chronicles the arrival of the Chinese during the 1850s to 1880s in California during the Gold Rush period and their subsequent settlement in the Westernstates 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. Media Recources Center: Video/C 5573

    1996/2000 - Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers

    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.
    Media Recources Center: Video/C 7237

    1990 - Days Of Waiting: The Life & Art of Estelle Ishigo

    Documentary about artist Estelle Peck Ishigo, a Caucasian woman interned during World War II with her Japanese American husband at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyo. Vivid portrayal through her words and drawings and through photographs of the deprivations and humiliations of camp life, and the difficulties of readjustment at war's end. Winner of the 1991 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Media Recources Center: Video/C 2177

    1987 - The Color of Honor: The Japanese-American Soldier in WWII.

    Experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II who served in the U.S. armed forces as translators and interpreters in military intelligence. These linguists tell of their experiences in gathering intelligence for the U.S. war effort; yet, at the same time, alien. MRC call number 999:396

    1987 – 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. Media Recources Center: Video/C 3846

    1983 – 1985 - With Silk Wings: Asian American Women at Work

    An in-depth look at four Asian American working women in professional jobs. Media Recources Center: Video/C 514

    1983 - Nisei Soldier: Standard Bearer for an Exiled People

    Documentary on Japanese Americans who fought in much-decorated WWII combat unit (442nd) in Europe, while their families were imprisoned in internment camps at home.. MRC call number Video/C 1190

    1976 - How We Got Here: The Chinese

    Focuses on the hardships and struggles faced by Chinese immigrants in America. Media Recources Center: Video/C 39

    1975 - 600 millennia : China's History Unearthed

    Documents an exhibition of Chinese antiquities and archeological finds of the People's Republic of China which toured the United States from 1974-1975. The exhibit includes a priceless collection of art objects that range from Paleolithic times through the 14th century. Media Recources Center: Video/C 44


    Jon Else

    2000 – Open Outcry

    A fascinating look at the high-speed, high-power trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which is not only a pressure-cooker workplace, but a self-contained culture, with its own costume, means of communication, rhythms, values and code of conduct. This documentary presents a compelling picture of sudden wealth, equally sudden disaster, and grace under pressure as traders exchange billions of dollars in futures contracts for cattle, pork bellies, Eurodollars and options on the NASDAQ exchange. (See: http://www.pbs.org/itvs/openoutcry/film.html) Media Recources Center: Video/C 8412

    1999 - Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle

    A in-depth, behind the scenes look at the work of stage designers and stage crew as they prepare for a performance of Richard Wagner's opera the Ring Cycle. Beginning a month before the production it shows the stage preparation, set design, grips, lighting, sound, props and the preparation of scenery and special effects. Concludes by following the crew as they manipulate their creations during the performance and perform scenery changes during the opera. Media Recources Center: Video/C 5925

    1997 - Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature.

    Relates the story of the epic quest for ater and the role it has played in the transformation of the American West.Media Recources Center: Video/C 5053-5056

    1995 - The Day After Trinity : J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb

    A documentary on the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Those who worked with him discuss his role in the development of the atomic bomb, his fall from grace during the McCarthy era, and his desire to see nuclear proliferation controlled. Media Recources Center: DVD 1245

    1989 - A Job at Ford's (The Great Depression; 1) (producer)

    Just before the advent of the Great Depression, Henry Ford controlled the most important company in the most important industry in the booming American economy. His offer of high wages in exchange for hard work attracted workers to Detroit, but it began to come apart when Ford hired a private police force to speed up production and spy on employees. After the Depression hit in 1929, these workers faced a new, grim reality as unemployment skyrocketed. Media Recources Center: Video/C 3171

    1989 - Eyes on the prize : America's Civil Rights Years (series producer)

    A comprehensive history of the civil rights struggle of Afro-Americans, especially in the Southern states, in the early years from its beginning in 1954 to 1965. Media Recources Center: Video/C 971

    1989 - 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. Media Recources Center: Video/C 4694

    1982 - Palace of Delights

    A look at San Francisco's science museum, The Exploratorium. Media Recources Center: Video/C 444


    Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

    Paragraph 175 (2000)
    Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, directors

    Historian Klaus Muller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, many of whom were interred in concentration camps during World War II because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175, which states: An unnatural sex act committed between persons of the male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights may also be imposed. Media Recources Center: Video/C 8549

    The Celluloid Closet (1996)
    Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, directors

    Footage from over 120 films shows the changing face of homosexuality (both male and female) in the movies from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Many noted actors, writers and commentators provide funny and insightful anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians in the movies. Media Recources Center: Video/C 4717

    Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1990)
    Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, directors

    The story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt established by the San Francisco NAMES Project Foundation in 1987 to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS. From the thousands memorialized in the quilt, profiles five individuals--including a recovered IV drug user, a former Olympic decathlon star and a boy with hemophilia--whose stories reflect the diversity and common tragedy of those who have died from AIDS. Celebrates their unique personalities and achievements, interweaving these personal histories with a chronology of the epidemic's development and the negligence of the government. Media Recources Center: Video/C 1774

    What Price Equality? (We The People) (1987)
    Directed by Robert Epstein

    Explores the issue of equal protection of the law focusing on court rulings and community reaction in cases involving segregation in education and housing in Yonkers, New York and discriminatory hiring practices of the San Francisco Fire Department. Media Recources Center: Video/C 1041:2

    Faces of the Enemy (1987)
    Co-directed by Bill Jersey and Jeffrey Friedman.

    Looks at the universal concepts of enmity which spark and fuel conflicts around the world. Follows author and commentator Sam Keen in an investigation of the ways in which societies and governments create and use enemy images. Media Resources Center: Video/C 1023

    The Times of Harvey Milk (1986)

    Documentary on the life of Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco Supervisor who was killed with Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978. Media Recources Center: Video/C 1009


    Connie Field

  • Connie Field web site (Clarity Films)

    1994 - Freedom on My Mind (co-directed by Marilyn Mulford)

    Documentary of the civil rights movement and the events surrounding the Mississippi Voter Registration Project of the early 1960's. Combines archival footage with contemporary interviews.Media Center: Video/C 3566

    1980 - The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

    Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II. Includes topics of sex discrimination, the women's movement, and the role of movies and radio in helping mold public opinion during World War II. Media Center: Video/C 1927


    Deborah Hoffmann

    2000 - Long Night's Journey into Day (co-directed by Frances Reid)

    Follows four cases over a two-year period that were brought before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission which investigates the crimes of apartheid, by bringing together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. Media Center: Video/C 7233

    1996 - Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter

    Shows interactions between an Alzheimer's patient and her daughter. The daughter discusses how she has dealt with her mother's illness and describes various stages of the disease. Media Center: Video/C 4391

    1995 - Straight from the Heart (editor)

    Directed by Dee Mosbacher and Frances Reid. Parents of gay children tell of their struggles with homophobia. Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short, 1994. Media Center: Video/C 4391

    1991 - Color Adjustment (editor)

    Directed by Marlon Riggs. This study of prejudice and perception traces over forty years of race relations in America through the lens of prime time TV entertainment. Media Center: Video/C 2145

    1984 - The Times of Harvey Milk (editor)

    A portrait of the life and career of Harvey Milk, a charismatic grass-roots activist, and one of the first avowed homosexuals elected to political office. Media Center: Video/C 1009


    Bill Jersey

  • Bill Jersey web site (Quest Productions)

    The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (c2002)

    Explores segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement. Lynchings and beatings by night. Demeaning treatment by day. And a life of crushing subordination for Southern blacks that was maintained by white supremacist laws and customs known as "Jim Crow." It was a brutal and oppressive era in American history, but during this time, large numbers of African Americans and a corps of influential black leaders bravely fought against the status quo, amazingly acquiring for African Americans the opportunities of education, business, land ownership, and a true spirit of community. Media Resources Center: four parts, Video/C 9424 - 9427

    Crime and Punishment in America (1997)

    Brings a historical perspective to the problems of escalating crime and the public's fear of it, by exploring the evolution of crime and criminal penalties in American society. Media Resources Center: Video/C 5394

    Crossroads : A Story of West Oakland (1995)

    A collage of drawings, photographs, historical footage, interviews and location shooting, this documentary reconstructs the transformation of West Oakland from a pasture land to a port of entry for African Americans from the South. Media Resources Center: Video/C 4276

    Super Chief : The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren (1990)

    Describes the life of Earl Warren, one of the most controversial Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, and the way the Warren Court changed American society due to landmark civil rights legislation. Media Resources Center: Video/C 1772

    Faces of the Enemy (1987)

    Co-directed by Bill Jersey and Jeffrey Friedman.
    Looks at the universal concepts of enmity which spark and fuel conflicts around the world. Follows author and commentator Sam Keen in an investigation of the ways in which societies and governments create and use enemy images. Media Resources Center: Video/C 1023

    We the People: Free to Believe (1987)

    Examines contemporary constitutional issues regarding freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. Focuses on these freedoms as they relate to school prayer, textbooks and secular humanism and the expression of possibly partisan sentiments by an invited school convocation speaker. Media Resources Center: Video/C 1041:1

    Children of Violence (1980)

    Portrayal of a Mexican-American family living in an East Oakland, California barrio; as seen through daily events involving four teenage brothers and their mother who moves from the kitchen, to juvenile hall, to the hospital where two of her sons are recovering from gunshot wounds. Media Resources Center: Video/C 440


    Spencer Nakasako

    1998 - Kelly Loves Tony

    Seventeen year-old Kelly Saeteurn has a dream--she calls it her "American dream." As a fresh high school graduate on her way to college she envisions a rosy future for herself, full of exciting opportunities granted by a college education. Kelly is the first in her family of Iu Mien refugees from Laos to have accomplished as much as she already has, but her dreams exist in sharp contrast to her reality. She is also pregnant. Her boyfriend Tony is a junior high drop out and ex-con whom she had met three months earlier at a shopping mall in Oakland, California. The honesty of this film's footage and dialogue offers viewers a rare glimpse into the lives of two young people struggling to make their relationship work in the face of overwhelming obstacles like parenthood, gender issues, cultural and educational differences. Media Recources Center: Video/C 5488

    1995 - A.k.a. Don Bonus

    This documentary is a self-portrait of a young Cambodian immigrant growing up in America today. Shot by Sokly Ny himself, it shows his struggles to graduate and survive his complicated life during his senior year of high school. Winner of a national Emmy Award. Media Recources Center: Video/C 4390

    1982 – Monterey's Boat People

    Interviews with fishermen in the Monterey Bay Area reveal conflicts concerning fishing techniques between established residents and recent Vietnamese immigrants. Media Recources Center: Video/C 1963

    1985 - Q It Up

    Explores the effects on family relationships when a young Chinese man starts using drugs. Media Recources Center: Video/C 1970

    1983 – 1985 - With Silk Wings: Asian American Women at Work

    An in-depth look at four Asian American working women in professional jobs. Media Recources Center: Video/C 514


    Steven Okazaki

  • Steve Okazaki web site (Farallon Films)

    1999 - 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. Media Recources Center: Video/C 8727

    1994 - American Sons

    This film is a provocative examination of how racism shapes the lives of Asian American men. Asian American actors tell real stories based on interviews with Asian Americans addressing such issues as hate, violence, the stereotypes placed on Asian men, and psychological damage that racism causes over generations. Media Recources Center: Video/C 4391

    1992 - Troubled Paradise

    Documentary which celebrates the richness of Hawaiian culture while it explores the social and political problems facing Hawaii's indigenous population. Media Recources Center: Video/C 2462

    1990 - Days Of Waiting: The Life & Art of Estelle Ishigo

    Documentary about artist Estelle Peck Ishigo, a Caucasian woman interned during World War II with her Japanese American husband at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyo. Vivid portrayal through her words and drawings and through photographs of the deprivations and humiliations of camp life, and the difficulties of readjustment at war's end. Winner of the 1991 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Media Recources Center: Video/C 2177

    1988 - Hunting Tigers

    Discussion of art and culture in Japan by Kenzaburo Oe and other Japanese artists. Media Recources Center: Video/C 3824

    1987 - Living On Tokyo Time (feature film)

    A rock guitarist with no talent feels little connection to his Japanese heritage until he marries a Japanese girl who wants to stay in America but maintain a Sushi attitude. Media Recources Center: Video/C 999:396

    1985 - Unfinished Business: The Japanese American Internment Cases

    Tells the stories of three Japanese-Americans, Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Minoru Yasui, who resisted the military orders to intern the Japanese-Americans and remove them from the West Coast after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Focuses on the three men's lives and the reasons behind their decisions to take their cases to the Supreme Court. Media Recources Center: Video/C 834

    1982 – Survivors

    Survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb holocausts reveal their fears and profound traumas, including recurring nightmares, radiation-related ailments, and community ostracism, and describe their fight for government medical insurance coverage. Media Recources Center: Video/C 1242


    Emiko Omori

    Rabbit in the Moon (1999) (Director)

    A documentary/memoir about the lingering effects of the World War II internment of the Japanese American community. Visually stunning and emotionally compelling, the film examines issues that ultimately created deep rifts within the Japanese American community, reveals the racist subtext of the loyalty questionnaire and exposes the absurdity of the military draft within the camps. These testimonies are linked by the filmmakers' own experiences in the camps and placed in a larger historical context by the director. Media Resources Center: Video/C 6310

    The Departure (1983) (Director)

    A family of Japanese immigrants living in the Central Valley, Calif., just before WWII; centers on decision to sell dolls passed from mother to daughter. Media Resources Center: Video/C 1971

    Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena (1999) (Cinematographer)

    Directed by Lourdes Portillo; cinematography, Emiko Omori

    Focuses on the singer's fans -- the people on both sides of the border who saw in Selena a symbol of hope and cultural pride, and the chance to emerge from a background of poverty and despair to achieve personal and professional success. Media Center: Video/C 6551

    Regret to Inform (1998) (Cinematographer)

    Directed by Barbara Sonneborn; cinematography, Emiko Omori

    Filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn makes a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She explores the meaning of war and loss on a human level and weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the personal legacy of war. Media Resources Center: Video/C 6746

    La Ofrenda: the Days of the Dead (1988) (Cinematographer)

    Directed by Lourdes Portillo; cinematography, Emiko Omori

    In Mexico, on the first days of November, the dead come to visit. They are received and given offerings of their favorite food, flowers, and momentos of their presence on earth. La Ofrenda takes a non-traditional look at this tradition, exploring the pre-Hispanic roots of the Day of the Dead and observing its present-day celebration in Mexico and the United States. Media Center: Video/C 1778

    Fall of the I Hotel (1983) (Cinematographer)
    Produced, and edited by Curtis Choy; cinematography, Emiko Omori

    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. The film documents the destruction of the last block of Manilatown on Kearny Street. Media Resources Center: Video/C 1971


    Lourdes Portillo

  • Lourdes Portillo web site

    Señorita Extraviada: Missing Young Women (2001)

    Documents a two year investigation of the layers of complicity that have allowed the unsolved mystery of the kidnapping, rape and murder of over 230 young women in the city of Juarez, Mexico. The perpetuators of these crimes have not been apprehended, even though these crimes have been occurring regularly since 1993. Media Center: Video/C 6551

    Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena (1999)

    Focuses on the singer's fans -- the people on both sides of the border who saw in Selena a symbol of hope and cultural pride, and the chance to emerge from a background of poverty and despair to achieve personal and professional success. Media Center: Video/C 6551

    The Devil Never Sleeps/EI Diablo Nunca Duerme (1994)

    Lourdes Portillo interviews the Mexican American family and associates of her uncle, Oscar Ruiz Almeida, after his sudden death was ruled a suicide by authorities. Media Center: Video/C 5337

    Mirrors of the Heart (The Americas; 4) (1993)

    Focuses on identity, race and ethnicity in three Latin American countries - Bolivia, Dominican Republic and Haiti. Media Center: Video/C 281

    Columbus On Trial (1992 )

    A satire on the controversy surrounding Christopher Columbus as to whether he, indeed, did discover America and introduce European civilization and Christianity to the native populations there, or if he (from the Native American point of view) invaded their territories and began the systematic destruction of their cultures that has continued for the following 500 years, set in the context of a trial presided over by a woman judge of Hispano-American descent.Media Center: Media Center: Video/C 3355

    La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead (1988)

    In Mexico, on the first days of November, the dead come to visit. They are received and given offerings of their favorite food, flowers, and momentos of their presence on earth. La Ofrenda takes a non-traditional look at this tradition, exploring the pre-Hispanic roots of the Day of the Dead and observing its present-day celebration in Mexico and the United States. Media Center: Video/C 1778

    1986 - Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

    Mothers who believe their children were kidnapped by the Argentine government tell how they banded together in 1977 to demonstrate in the Plaza de May to publicize their complaints and to seek assistance in finding their missing children and punishing the kidnappers. Media Center: Video/C 2180

    1979 - After the Earthquake/Despues del Terremoto.

    A dramatization concerning a young Nicaraguan immigrant woman

    living in the United States who is joined by her fiance who is escaping the political situation in his homeland. The different courses their lives take call into question their values and their engagement. Media Center: Video/C 3355


    Frances Reid

    2000 - Long Night's Journey into Day (co-directed by Deborah Hoffmann)

    Follows four cases over a two-year period that were brought before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission which investigates the crimes of apartheid, by bringing together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2000 Sundance Festival Media Center: Video/C 7233

    1996 - All God’s Children

    A look at the Black Church's embracement of African American lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of its spiritual family with commentary by prominent political and religious leaders in the Black community. Media Center: Video/C 6200

    1995 - Skin Deep

    A diverse group of college students reveal their honest feelings and attitudes about race and racism. Students from 3 major universities are interviewed alone on topics including the climate toward talking about race on campus, self separation of ethnic groups, discrimination, affirmative action policies and individual responsibility for change. Concludes with a diverse group of 23 students from 6 major American universities who spent 3 days together to collectively challenge one another with dialogue focusing on such topics as the concept of individual responsibility, feeling separated from each other, wanting others to understand and what can be done to move awareness to action. Media Center: Video/C 4055.
    Talking about Race is compiled from excerpts from the full length documentary Skin Deep. Media Center: Video/C 4074

    1994 - Straight from the Heart
    Produced and directed by Dee Mosbacher and Frances Reid.

    Parents of gay children and gay individuals discuss the attitudes and responses of family members and others toward their sexual orientation. Media Center: Video/C 4074


    Marlon Riggs

  • Bibliography of books and articles about Marlon Riggs

    1995 - Black Is...Black Ain't

    In this film (his last), Marlon Riggs meets a cross-section of African Americans grappling with the paradox of numerous, often contradictory definitions of blackness. He shows many who have felt uncomfortable and even silenced within the race because their complexion, class, sexuality, gender, or speech has rendered them "not black enough," or conversely, "too black." The film scrutinizes the identification of "blackness" with masculinity as well as sexism, patriarchy and homophobia in black America. Winner of the 1995 Sundance film Festival filmmaker's trophy. Media Center: DVD 3036; vhs Video/C 3779 (also available online - UC Berkeley users only)

    1992 – "Non je ne Regrette Rien": No Regret

    Five gay Black men who are HIV-positive discuss how they are battling the double stigmas surrounding their infection and homosexuality. Media Center: Video/C 2646

    1989 – Tongues Untied

    Derogatory accusations, judgments, and jokes in our culture are met head-on by this video about black, male, and gay identity. Poetry, personal testimony, and drama unite to oppose the homophobia and racism that attempt to split a person into opposing loyalties. Media Center: DVD 7217; vhs Video/C 1783

    1991 - Color Adjustment

    A historical view of stereotypical depictions of African-Americans in television and through that depiction traces the roots of racism and race relations in America. Media Center: DVD 3047; vhs Video/C 2145

    1987 – Ethnic Notions

    Presents how racism is depicted in American culture by tracing the evolution of the deeply rooted sterotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Media Center: DVD 3049; vhs Video/C 1024 (also available online - UC Berkeley users only)

    1981 - Long Train Running : A History of the Oakland Blues.

    Graduate thesis of Marlon Riggs and Peter Webster for the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. Media Center: DVD 1187; vhs Video/C 3799(also available online - UC Berkeley users only)


    Trinh T. Min-ha

    The Fourth Dimension (2001)

    An in-depth, incisive and insightful examination of Japan through its art, culture, and social rituals. With its lush imagery, Minh-ha's Japan is viewed through mobile frames, with doors and windows sliding shut, revealing new vistas as it blocks out the old light. Media Recources Center: Video/C 9223

    A Tale of Love (1995)

    A film loosely inspired by the Tale of Kieu, an early 19th century Vietnamese poem in which a martyred woman sacrifies herself for the good of her family. This film, set in America, portrays the Vietnamese immigrant experience through Kieu, a writer who sends money to her family in Vietnam by working for a woman's magazine. As she works on an article about the legacy of the Tale of Kieu, she comes to understand how the poem resonates in her own life. In the end, overcoming the sorrows of love and exile is, for Kieu, to reinvent both herself and the 200-year-old poem. Media Recources Center: Video/C 6236

    Shoot for the Contents (1991)

    Ponders questions of power and change, politics and culture, as refracted by Tienanmen Square events and offers at the same time an inquiry into the creative process of filmmaking, intricately layering Chinese popular songs and classical music, the sayings of Mao and Confucius, women's voices and the words of artists, philosophers and the cultural workers. Media Recources Center: Video/C 6218

    Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen (1990)

    Experimental documentary film centered upon the daily activities of Senegalese village women. Media Recources Center: Video/C 3092

    Surname Viet, Given Name Nam: Film (1989)

    Looks at the many faces of culture, "the multiplicity of identity," in this case of Vietnamese women as seen in staged interviews, dance footage, and manipulated archival images. Also involved is a questioning of the strategies inherent to the politics of interview and the problems of translation in filmmaking. 108 min. Media Recources Center: Video/C 2322

    Naked Spaces: Living is Round (1985)

    Exquisitely photographed, rich in detail and texture this film explores the daily rhythms and ritual life countries. This sensuous and philosophical journey explicitly challenges documentary and ethnographic film language, throwing into question prevailing formulas for visual ethnographic studies. Media Recources Center: Video/C 6235

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