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Race in Film

American Family. Season one (TV, 2002)

Created by Gregory Nava. American Family, the first drama series to air on broadcast television featuring a Latino cast, reveals the enduring strength of family in America today as it chronicles the lives of the Gonzalez's, residents of East Los Angeles.Cast: Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Constance Marie, Esai Morales, Raquel Welch, A.J. Lamas, Rachel Ticotin, Austin Marques. Episodes 1-4. Contents: American family (Pilot) -- The sewing machine -- Crash boom love, parts 1 & 2. Creator/executive producer/director, Gregory Nava. ca. 180 min.

American Fusion (2005 )

Directed by Frank Lin. Cast: Esai Morales, Sylvia Chang, Pat Morita, Collin Chou. Yvonne is a divorced middle-aged Chinese immigrant who thinks her life is over, doomed to spend the rest of her days as a slave to her large and eccentric family. Suddenly, romance enters her life and Yvonne gets a long deferred chance for true love. Cultures collide as she falls for the last person a Chinese family would ever accept, Jose, a Mexican-American dentist. A warm-hearted satire of ethnic stereotypes and family relationships providing nonstop laughs. 94 min.

American Gangster (2007)

Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Denzel Washington, RussellCrowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, TedLevine, Armand Assante, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, RZA, Lymari Nadal,Roger Guenveur Smith. Disc one: Unrated extended version (177 min.); Original theatrical version (158 min.) -- Disc two: Specialfeatures (ca. 113 min.) -- Disc three: Special features (ca. 53min.). Following the death of his employer and mentor, BumpyJohnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importerof heroin in Harlem. He does so by buying heroin directly from asource in South East Asia.

American Matchmaker (Americaner Schadchen) (USA, 1940)

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Leo Fuchs, Judith Abarbanel, Judel Dubinsky, Anna Guskin, Celia Bodkin, Abraham Lax. In this comedy of second-generation American Jewish immigrants, Nat, who has been unhappily married several times, decides that if he cannot have happiness he can at least bring joy to others by becoming a modern day matchmaker. But life becomes complicated when he realizes that one of his female clients is better suited for him, than the man he originally chose for her. In Yiddish with English subtitles. 87 min.

American Me (1992)

Directed by Edward James Olmos. Cast: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Pepe Serna, Evelina Fernandez. Inspired by a true life story, this is the story of a vicious Latino prison gang leader, Santana, who becomes the leader of the Mexican Mafia while in Folsom prison and is doomed by his past to a life of harsh, unforgiving violence after his release from jail. 125 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Amexicano (1994)

Directed by Matthew Bonifacio. Cast: Carmine Famiglietti, Raul Castillo, Jennifer Pena, Michael Aronov, Manny Perez. When blue-collar Italian-American Bruno loses his job, he finds himself working alongside illegal aliens in the landscaping business. After befriending Ignacio and his wife Gabriela, he develops a respect and admiration for them as they work to improve their lives, but the specter of deportation continues to loom large. 84 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Amistad (1998)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Chronicles the 1839 revolt onboard a slave ship bound for America. Much of the story involvesthe court-room drama about the slave who led the revolt. 155 min. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Amos n' Andy

See also:
Descriptionof series from the Encyclopedia of Television
Ely, Melvin Patrick. The Adventures of Amos'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon /Melvin Patrick Ely. New York: Free Press; Toronto : MaxwellMacmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell MacmillanInternational, c1991. (UCB Main PN1991.77.A6 E49 1991; UCBMoffitt PN1991.77.A6 E49 1991)

Amreeka (USA / Canada, 2009)

Directed by Cherien Dabis. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler, Yussef Abu Warda. Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. Everything changes one day when she receives a letter informing her that her family has been granted a U.S. green card, and she moves with her teenage son to small town Illinois. 105 min.

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.

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