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Race in Film

Alma Gitana (Spain,1996)

Directed by Chus Gutierrez. A young man who wants to become a professional dancer falls in love with a gypsy girl but comes to realize how much he conflicts with her completely different cultural background. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Almonds and Raisins: A History of the Yiddish Cinema.

A documentary on the Yiddish cinema in America, primarily in New York City from 1927 to the 1940's. Features extensive excerpts from Yiddish films (most subtitled in English) including The cantor's son, Overture to glory with Moishe Oysher, Yidl mitn Fidl with Molly Picon and Tevye with Maurice Schwartz. Has contemporary footage of New York City and Eastern European village life. Includes interviews with those who have participated in the Yiddish cinema. 90 min.

Almos' a Man (TV, 1976)

Directed by Stan Lathan. Cast: LeVar Burton, Madge Sinclair,Robert Doqui. Although Dave and his family are poor sharecroppersin the Deep South in the 1930's, this 15 year-old's problem isshared by teenagers today : he stands with one foot in adulthoodand the other in childhood. "Almos' a Man," yet still treated likea child, he struggles for an identity. There's one symbol ofmanhood, Dave thinks, that could guarantee him instant respect : agun. Based on the story by Richard Wright. 36 min.min.

Amazing Grace (1974)

Directed by Stan Lathan. Cast: Moms Mabley, Slappy White, MosesGunn, James Karen, George Lee Miles, Gary Bolling, Dolph Sweet,Jon Richards, Stepin Fetchit, Butterfly McQueen. A black piouschurch-going widow and grandmother takes over the politicalcampaign of a neighbor running for mayor of Baltimore,transforming him from a white man's pawn into a seriouschallenger of Baltimore's blue-blood establishment. 97 min.
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Amazing Grace (UK / USA, 2006)

Directed by Michael Apted. Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Rufus Sewell,Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds. Adramatization of the life of the human rights activist, culturalreformer and member of Parliament, William Wilberforce whosustained a twenty-year fight in 19th century England, endeavoringto end the British transatlantic slave trade. Wilberforceencountered intense opposition from members of Parliament but hisminister John Newton, a reformed slave ship captain who penned thehymn "Amazing Grace" urged him to see the cause through. 118 min.

Amen (France / Germany / Romania / USA, 2002)

Directed by Costa-Gavras. Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovtiz, Ulrich Muhe, Michel Duchaussoy, Ion Caramitru, Marcel Iures, Friedrich von Thun, Antje Schmidt, Angus MacInnes. When a newly commissioned SS Lieutenant witnesses the chemical disinfectant he's helped perfect being used to systematically murder interred Jews, he knows he must act. The only symphatic ear he finds is a young priest with ties to the Vatican.

America 101 (2005)

Directed by Mark A. Russell. Cast: Miguel Castro, Richard Azurdia, Christine Carlo, Gerald Brodin, Jordi Caballero, Louie Olivos Jr. When two brothers from a small Mexican town decide to cross the border and live the great "American Dream," they get far less than they bargained for. Double-crossed by a smuggler, they find themselves alone in the desert. What follows is a strange and hilarious adventure as they make their way to Tucson, working as day-laborers and sleeping in the park, living as social outcasts. Filled with crazy characters and eye-opening truths. 86 min.

America, America (1963)

Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Harry Davis, Elena Karam, Estelle Hemsley, Lou Antonio. Elia Kazan's own words begin the saga of young Stavros, who leaves his war-torn homeland behind to begin a new life. With his family's meager fortune and his father's blessing, Stavros encounters both allies and adversaries on a dramatic trek. He ultimately achieves his dream through sheer determination and will, thereby earning his nickname : America America. Combining autobiographical elements with the experiences of his uncle, this is Kazan's most personal film.

America, The Encounter (2002)

Directed and edited by Jose Garrotte. Cast: Oscar Rojas, Mireia Negre, Victor Viveros, Paula Tejeda. Examines the human experience and the individual's struggle for the understanding of his own soul through the eyes of a recently arrived hispanic immigrant and his disillusionment with America. The film communicates its message through poetry, dance, songs and painting. Based on the theatrical play by Oscar Rojas. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 26 min.

American East (2007)

Directed by Hesham Issawi. Cast: Erick Avari, Tony Shalhoub, Ray Wise. A timely, poignant drama about Arab Americans living in post-9/11 Los Angeles, examining long-held misunderstandings about Arabic and Islamic culture. After the attacks, an Egyptian-born entrepreneur faces the daily challenges of an Arab Muslim living in Los Angeles who hopes to open a restaurant with his Jewish best friend. As Mustafa is met with friction for this unlikely plan, several other stories of adversity in the Arab-American community unfold around him. 111 min.

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