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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.

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. Related web sites: Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

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.

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.

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.

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.
Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

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.

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.

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, [preservation copy]

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.

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