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Race in Film

And the Violins Stopped Playing: A True Story (I skrzypce przestaly grac)(Poland / USA, 1988)

Director, Alexander Ramati. Horst Buchholz, Maya Ramati, Piotr Polk, Didi Ramati, Kasia Siwak. Depicts a small group of gypsies escaping the German army during World War II. The group is fleeing south from Poland through Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Through all their travails there is romance with the leaders adolescent daughter and a boy from another gypsy family. The film is unique in that the hunted are not Jews or prisoners of war, but gypsies. 128 min.

Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte) (West Germany, 1984)

Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Wojciech Pszoniak, Gerd Baltus, Anita Hofer, Kathe Jaenicke, Hans Beerhenke, Isa Haller, Margit Carstensen. A wartime story [1943] that is both a character study and a mesmerizing cat and mouse game between a Polish Catholic farmer and a Jewish woman who has escaped a train bound for the Nazi death camps. Set in Silesia during WWII, the drama unfolds with the concealment of the woman by the wealthy, sexually repressed farmer, and moves through various stages of power and powerlessness on both sides.

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

Anne Frank (USA / Czech Republic, 2001)

Directed by Robert Dornhelm. Cast: Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Tatjana Blancher, Joachim Krol, Jessica Manley, Nick Audsley, Jan Niklas, Lili Taylor. A dramatization that paints the true portrait of Anne Frank both before and after she went into hiding. Get to know the high-spirited and popular girl before the war, and experience the challenges of the brave people who risked their lives trying to keep her safe. This film also explores the enduring mystery of who betrayed the Frank family and reveals what happened next. 189 min.

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish. Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Based on the musical play produced on the stage by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II. Based on the book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Frank Butler, handsome star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, bags clay pigeons and ladies' hearts. He's the best marksman in the world--until a backwoods hoyden challenges him. Her name? Annie Oakley.

Annie Hall (1977)

Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Janet Margolin, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken, Colleen Dewhurst. A romantic and sensitive comedy revolving around the diverse and diverting relationships of two nervous New Yorkers, Alvy Singer and Annie Hall. In a pivotal scene, Alvie must meet Annie's Protestant family at Easter sharing a traditional ham dinner, a meal which he should be avoiding as a traditional Jew.

Antwone Fisher (2002)

Director, Denzel Washington. Cast:Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Denzel Washington,Salli Richardson, Earl Billings, KevinConnolly, Viola Davis, Rainoldo Gooding.Guided by a determined Navy psychiatrist, atroubled sailor embarks on a personal,emotionally inspiring journey to confronthis past and connect with the family henever knew. Inspired by the true lifeexperiences of Antwone Fisher. Specialfeatures: Commentary by director DenzelWashington and producer Todd Black;"Meeting Antwone Fisher" featurette; "TheMaking of Antwone Fisher" behind-the-scenesfeaturette; "Hollywood and the Navy"featurette.

Apaches (Apachen) (Germany, 1973)

Directed by Gottfried Kolditz. In the 1960's East German "Indianerfilms," were introduced. Based upon original documents director Gottfied Kolditz together with the leading actor Gojko Mitic wrote the script based on the Mexican War of 1846-1848, when small bands of American scouts were dispatched to Mexico to plot the conquest of targeted regions. Precious metals are discovered on the Mimbreno-Apache reservation so it is decided to annex this territory to the U.S., then expel and exterminate the Indians, but the young warrior Ulzana is out for revenge for his tribe... 90 min.

Apocalypto (2006)

Directed by Mel Gibson. Cast: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead, Carlos Emilio Baez, Ramirez Amilcar, Israel Contreras, Israel Rios, Maria Isabel Diaz, Espiridion Acosta Cache, Mayra Serbulo, Iazua Larios, Lorena Hernandez, Itandehui Gutierrez, Sayuri Gutierrez. As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw is a young man who is captured for sacrifice, but flees to avoid his fate.

April Children (Aprilkinder) (Germany, 1999)

Directed by Yuksel Yavuz. The story of a Kurdish family in Hamburg. The brothers Cem and Mehmet live with their sister Dilan and their immigrant parents in Germany. Mehmet drifts off into a world of crime while Cem works in a meat factory and falls in love with a German prostitute before obeying his father's will and marrying a relative from his faraway Kurdish village. The "Aprilchildren" are the descendants of a generation torn between two worlds: they have lost their former native country, its traditions and its values, but are still alienated in their new country. 85 min.

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