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1990-1999

And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994)

Directed by Severo Perez. Cast: Jose Alcala, Rose Portillo, Marco Rodriquez, Daniel Valdez. "The year is 1952. A Mexican American family is struggling to survive, working as migrant laborers in fields from Texas to Minnesota. The younger son, Marcos, is a sensitive 12-year-old who is forced to confront the ineluctable facts of his life - grinding poverty, back-breaking work, racism, hopelessness.

Anne B. Real (1997)

Director, Lisa France. Cast: CarlosLeon, Eric Smith, Jackie Quinones, SherriSaum, Geronimo Frias, Jr., Antonio Macia,Ja Nice Richardson, Ernie Hudson. WhenCynthia's father hands her a copy of "Thediary of Anne Frank" before dying, shenever imagined how it would help to openher soul. Trapped within her own prison, inthis coming of age story of a young femalerapper, Cynthia finds the courage to standup and fight for what is hers. 90 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Avalon (1990)

Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Leo Fuchs, Eve Gordon, Lou Jacobi, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright, Kevin Pollak, Aidan Quinn, Elijah Wood. The story of several generations of a Jewish family, from the arrival of immigrant Sam Krichinsky in the suburb of Baltimore called Avalon down through his children and grandchildren. The family goes from poverty to prosperity and the world changes around them, but their love and humor hold the family together. 126 min.

B.A.P.S (Black AmericanPrincesses) (1997)

Director, Robert Townsend. Cast: HalleBerry, Martin Landau, Ian Richardson,Natalie Desselle. Nesi and Mickey aretwo waitresses at a crossroads.Underpaid and unappreciated, they dreamof owning a combination restaurant/hairsalon. There's a problem: they'rebroke. So when the chance to auditionas dance girls for a music video popsup, the girls head to L.A. They fail toget the part, but Nesi lands in themost improbable role of all,impersonating the granddaughter of anailing billionaires long-lost love for$10,000 and full use of his BeverlyHills estate. 90 min.

Baby Face Nelson (1995)

Directed by Scott Levy. Cast: Scott Levy. In this dramatization of the life of George "Baby Face" Nelson, the gangster becomes intoxicated on the publicity of his crimes, but with allies like John Dillinger and enemies like J. Edgar Hoover, the joy ride of his crime spree can't last forever. 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Barriers (1998)

Directed by Alan Baxter. Cast: Jamaul Roots, Geoffrey Garcy,Sedley Bloomfield, Derrick Robberts, Quentin Crisp, Annie Golden. Adrama about an unlikely friendship between two black youths in NewYork City, one rich and one poor, and the barriers of race andclass that threaten to drive them apart.

BBQ Muslims; Death Threat

Directed by Zarqa Nawaz. B.B.Q. Muslims (1995, 5 min.) is a satire about two Canadian Muslims' backyard barbecue mishaps, inspired by the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that spawned a media frenzy targeted at the North American Muslim community. Death Threat (1997, 19 min.) is a satire about a Canadian muslim woman who has written a novel, and unable to sell it decides to exploit cultural stereotypes of muslims to catch a publisher's eye, but her plan eventually backfires.

Belly (1998)

Directed by Hype Williams. Cast: Nasir"Nas" Jones, Earl "DMX" Simmons, TaralHicks, Tionne "T- Boz" Watkins,Clifford "Method Man" Smith. Twofriends begin robbing clubs to makesome quick cash. For one of them, thepayoffs are not big enough and hebegins selling drugs. Soon, friendshipsand relationships are put to the testby jealousy, greed, paranoia andbetrayal. A realistic urban dramahighlighted by an all-star hip-hop castand a pulsing rap soundtrack. 95 min.;
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Beloved (1998)

Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover,Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Beah Richards, Lisa GayHamilton, Albert Hall. After Paul D. finds his old slave friendSethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, astrange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe andDenver take her in and help her to finally rediscover who sheis and regain her lost sense of hope. 1998. 172 min.
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Bent (UK, 1997)

Director, Sean Mathias. Cast: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Brian Webber, Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger. Pursued and captured by the Nazis because he is gay, Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish to avoid even worse persecution. There he meets another gay prisoner and learns a life-altering lesson about human love. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseSee also:

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