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The West

Blood, Sweat & Lace.

Examination of the working conditions of Asian American women garment workers who sew piece work in Oakland, California. Focuses on attempts by the workers to extract back wages from Jessica McClintoch Corporation, designer/distributor of the fashions they sew, after their subcontractor declared bankruptcy. 1994. 18 min.

Bombing L.A.

Film surveys different viewpoints on graffiti in Los Angeles through interviews with grafitti/street artists, property owners, police and citizens of Los Angeles. The question of graffiti as a public art form or a disfigurement of public property is investigated. Film also examines the role graffiti plays in Los Angeles youth gangs. 1988. 35 min.

Cadillac Desert.

Cadillac Desert relates the story of the epic quest for water and the role it has played in the transformation of the American West. 1997. Mulholland's Dream. Tells of William Mulholland's search for water for the people of Los Angeles. Superintendent of the L.A. water system in 1913, he found a solution to the problem in a remote valley 250 miles to the north. After the city secured water rights to the valley's Owens River, he spent 6 years building an aqueduct across the Mojave Desert.

California Burning

Four dramatic films celebrating the contributions of firemen in California. Includes coverage of the 1923 Berkeley citywide conflagration, the Chatsworth fire of 1947 in the San Fernando Valley, and the Goodman Lumber fire in San Francisco in 1955. "Your fire department," presents a detailed treatment of the activities of the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1949. Berkeley, California fire (1923, 6 min.) -- Your fire department (Parts 1 & 2) / Los Angeles Fire Department (1949, 32 min.) -- Fire!

California Impressions (Impressions de Californie)

Producer, William K. McClure ; cinematography, Jean Boffety. CBS News invited the distinguished French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, to make a film on any subject, anywhere in the world. He chose the state of California and this is the film he made, giving his personal impressions of aspects of the life and the people of that part of the country. The sequences used range from cheer-leading auditions and anti-war protests, to encounter groups and hippie communes. 1970. 23 min.

California Since the Sixties: Revolutions and Counterrevolutions. (California Studies Conference. [11th: 1999: University of California, Berkeley]). Videographer: Harold Adler

Popular Organizing and People's Movements, 2/4/99 Contents: Breaking with union centrism: some thoughts for revitalizing the U.S. labor movement / Peter Olney (23 min.) -- Regional racial formations in political culture / Laura Pulido (25 min.) -- Trends in youth organizing / Julie Brown (10 min.). A panel of political and labor organizers comments on the history and current directions in American labor and political movements with particular reference to minorities and youth. Concludes with questions from the audience.

California's Coastline (California Journal Report; 2).

This program takes a look at the on going battle between environmentalists and developers in California. The issues of public access to wetlands are reviewed in detail. 1981. 29 min.

California's Lost Tribes.

Explores the conflicts over Indian gaming and places them in the context of both California and Native American history. Examining the historical underpinnings of tribal sovereignty and the evolution of tribal gaming rights over the last 30 years, the film investigates the impact of gaming on Indian self-determination, and the challenges that Native people face in defining the identity of their people for the future. Produced by Jack Kohler and Jed Riffe. c2005. 1978. 56 min.

California: West Meets East

In San Francisco Eyre examines counterculture practices that have been influened by Taoism, Hinduism, and other Eastern religions. Biofeedback, meditation, Yoga, and self-help groups are some of the concepts considered. 1978. 52 min.

Can I Drink the Water?

Focuses on three California communities with different sources of water and different water problems, and shows how and why water is treated and tested for various kinds of contamination. c1986. 27 min.

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