UC Berkeley Library

2000-2009

10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)

Director, Robert Townsend. Cast: Andre Braugher, Karen Eyo,Charles S. Dutton, Mario Van Peebles, Ardon Bess, CarlaBrothers, Kedar Brown, Amanda Brugel, Joel Gordon. Adramatization of the true story of the formation of the firstblack-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping CarPorters. Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist establishes avoice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company,where all black porters were simply named "George", afterGeorge Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves.95 in.

15 to Life (2002?)

Directed by Moon Jones. Cast: Moon Jones, Stefanie Tremblay,Daniel Zirilli, Jalene Mack, Alfred Holmes, Boyce Ellisl; specialappearances by Black Menace, Big Slack, J Dogg. It's prison life atits grittiest in this urban tale of three teenage boys who followin their father's footsteps through the violent system. When ayoung filmmaker begins a documentary on the boys, she discoversthat a dirty cop is behind their wrongful incarceration. Now shemust prove their innocence. 81 min.

3 Strikes (2000)

Directed by D. J. Pooh. Cast: Brian Hooks, David Alan Grier,Faizon Love, N'Bushe Wright. With two strikes against him, RobDouglas has two choices; either clear his name or go back to jailto face a twenty five year sentence. 82 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Better Life (2011)

Directed by Chris Weitz. Cast: Demian Bichir, Jose Julian, Joaquin Cosio, Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo. Carlos Galindo, a gardener in East L.A., always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S. But when his wife left him, Carlos's only goal became to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had. A story that follows father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover that family is the most important part of the American dream. 98 min.

A Day Without a Mexican (USA / Mexico / Spain, 2004)

Directed by Sergio Arau. Cast: Yarelli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan, Muse Watson, Fernando Arau, Eduardo Palomo. California awakens one day to discover that one third of its population has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries has completely shut down. As the day progresses, it becomes apparent the sole characteristic linking the missing 14 million is their Hispanic heritage.

A Raisin in the Sun(TV, 2008)

Directed by Kenny Leon. Cast: Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, AudraMcDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Justin Martin, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo,Ron Cephas Jones, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos. AnAfrican-American family living on the South Side of Chicago comesinto a sudden financial windfall, the potential uses of whichdivides them bitterly. Based on the play: A raisin in the sun byLorraine Hansberry. Special features: optional audio commentary byLeon; "Dreams worthwhile : the journey of 'A raisin in the sun'"featurette (23 min.). 131 min.

A Serious Man (2009)

Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Adam Arkin, Amy Landecker, Alan Mandell, Fyvush Finkel, Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson, Simon Helberg, Katherine Borowitz, Stephen Park. One ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics professor Larry Gopnik can't believe his life: His wife is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother won't move off the couch, someone is threatening his career, his kids are a mystery and his neighbor is tormenting him by sunbathing nude.

Afrocentricity (2000)

A compilation of seven short films,in-depth interviews and commentary byemerging African American film directors."Meet here the next generation ...unadulterated by the Hollywood filmmakingprocess." Contents: True / filmmaker,Charles Stone III -- Breakdown / starringVanessa Williams ; filmmaker, Jeff Byrd --A gut feeling / ex. producer, Spike Lee ;filmmaker, Lee Davis -- Breakfast at Ben's/ filmmaker, Chuck Wilson -- Kings /director, Niva Dorell -- Hip hop: the newworld order / featuring Public Enemy ;filmmaker, Muhammida El Muhajir -- The Gift/ filmmaker, Tanya Boyd. 160 min.

Against All Odds (Contra todo) (2006)

Directed by Michel Franco, Karim Raoul, Dora Pena, and Yuri Makino. Contents: Cyclone -- Crazy life -- Entre dos -- Night breeze -- El Soldado. In the tradition of Amores Perros, the stories in "Contra todo" paint a tapestry of experiences depicting Latino American life in the US. Faced with various obstacles, the characters risk everything to survive. Cyclone tells the story of Miguel growing up on the tough streets of New York. In Crazy Life, LA native Dulce's love for Chuy makes her question right and wrong.

Ali (2001)

Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, JonVoight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, MykeltiWilliamson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona M. Gaye, Michael Michele,Joe Morton. Dramatic biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali,which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In thattime, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates hissport, meets and marries his first wife, converts to Islam(changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the UnitedStates government by refusing to submit to militaryconscription for duty in Vietnam.

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