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The West

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.

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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.

Chicken Ranch: A Legal Brothel in Nevada.

Documentary about the prostitutes employed on the Chicken Ranch, one of the 38 legal brothels in Nevada. 1984. 84 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.

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.

Crime and Punishment: California's Prison System (California Journal report)

This program takes a look at California's prison system. A comparison is made between Folsom Prison and Frontera, the only female institution in the state. Interviews are conducted with prisoners as well as Ruth Rushen, who heads the Department of Corrections. 1981. 30 min. ; Storage Info: B 3 969 107

Crossroads: Boyle Heights

Documentary compiled from life histories with residents and former residents of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles County, which included immigrants from Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Japan, as well as African-Americans and whites. While many of the Japanese American residents were sent to relocation camps during World War II, deportation was a common fate of Mexican Americans during the 1930s. 2002. 28 min.

Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue

Through a montage of images and interviews, the film explores the Chinese American social and economic conditions in San Francisco's Chinatown. A film essay by Curtis Choy. 1976. 35 min.

Factory Farms.

1959 documentary by Harvey Richards. Tells the story of California agriculture, a highly capitalized, sophisticated industry with substandard wage rates that keep its workers in poverty. Documents 1959 labor conditions for farm workers. Produced by the United Packinghouse Workers Union. 1959. 32 min.