[Videolib] Fences

From: <ghandman@library.berkeley.edu>
Date: Thu Jun 18 2009 - 12:47:21 PDT

A Million Bricks.
    Tells the story of Springfield Park, a housing estate built in the
early Sixties in West Belfast, made up of both Catholic and Protestant
families who lived together in harmony until "The Troubles" erupted in
the early Seventies when the neighborhood was caught in a three-way
crossfire between nationalist and loyalist forces and the occupying
British Army. Today, on the site of what was once Belfast's last
religiously mixed community, Protestants and Catholics are separated
by the peace line, a wall of a million bricks. c1999. 59 min. [Cinema

Fenceline: A Company Town Divided
    Explores the environmental struggle between Shell Oil Company and the
people of Norco, LA, illustrating how a community and a corporation
struggle over the question of pollution and its effects on Norco
residents. With nterviews of people from a wide spectrum including
industry experts, industry workers, environmentalists and local
community members, this documentary juxtaposes misconceptions about
the role of industry in polluting the environment against scientific
facts. Directed by Slawomir Grunberg 53 min.

    Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Keaton and his attractive
neighbor pass love notes through holes in a fence because of their
disapproving families. But even once the couple gets together, their
union and upcoming marriage cause even more problems. Keaton swings
from clotheslines by his toes, wiggles with his head in the ground
like a human carrot, and has a hilarious inability to keep his pants
up. The Neighbors also features racial attitudes that are beyond
troubling. Like a number of Keaton productions, the hero ends up in
black face, only this time he escapes in time to wash his face,
leading to the arrest of an innocent African-American passing by. When
Keaton is caught again and again ends up in black-face, he somehow
manages to clean half his face and enters into a routine of being
half-white (dignified and controlled) and half-black (he dances a
jig). 18 min.

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


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