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A Knight's Tale (2003)

Director, Brian Helgeland. Cast: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon, Alan Tudyk, Laura Fraser, Christopher Cazenove, Berenice Bejo, James Purefoy. A peasant squire breaks all the rules when he passes himself off as a nobleman and takes the jousting world by storm. The only thing that stands between him and his dream of becoming the world champion is the bad boy of the sport Count Adhemar. The two rivals go lance to head at the world finals to determine who will be named the ultimate champion. 132 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Reviews and articles: Forni, Kathleen. "Reinventing Chaucer: Helgeland's A Knight's Tale." Chaucer Review: A Journal of Medieval Studies and Literary Criticism, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 253-64, 2003. Haydock, Nickolas A. "Arthurian Melodrama, Chaucerian Spectacle, and the Waywardness of Cinematic Pastiche in First Knight and A Knight's Tale." Studies in Medievalism, vol. 12, pp. 5-38, 2002. Jewers, Caroline. "Hard Days Knights: First Knight, A Knight's Tale, and Black Knight." In: The medieval hero on screen : representations from Beowulf to Buffy / edited by Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray ; with a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H44.M44 2004; PFA PN1995.9.H44.M44 2004) Toumarkine, Doris. "A Screenwriter's Tale: Brian Helgeland Gets Medieval with Story of Jousting Champ." Film Journal International, vol. 104, no. 5, pp. 14-16, 68, May 2001. Ramey, Lynn. "Chaucer's Man Show: Anachronistic Authority in Brian Helgeland's A Knight's Tale." In: Filming the Other Middle Ages Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

A La Brava: Prison and Beyond.

Considers the ideas and experiences of two Chicano prisoners in Soledad Prison in California. Probes their motivations, ambitions, and insights and discusses their struggle for political, emotional, and cultural survival inside and outside of prison. 1974. 54 min. [Stored at NRLF]

A Lake View.

Examines the environmental problems resulting from the deposition of wastes from nearby residential houses into the Dhanmondi Lake which was excavated in the 60's as part of the Dhaka Urban Development Program. 1997. PAL format. In Bengali. 16 min.

A Lecture on Camouflage (1944)

Using Snafu as an example, Techanical Fairy First Class teaches the methods of effective camouflage.

A Legacy for the Future: Conserving Philippine Biodiversity, the Banahaw, Palapag and Malindang.

Ecology students visit three areas in the Philippines to document the nation's rich biodiversity and to discover some of the reasons why these ecosystems are imperiled. 1997. 32 min.

A Letter to Mother (A brivele der mamen) (Poland / USA, 1938)

Directed by Joseph Green. Cast: Lucy Gehrman, Misha Gehrman, Edmund Zayenda. Set in the Polish Ukraine and New York City, the film traces the break-up of a family due to stress, poverty, the chaos of war and the difficulties of immigrant life. One of the last Yiddish films to be produced in Warsaw, this moving story focuses on one Jewish mother's efforts to keep her family together. "...arguably the most artful and shameless of Yiddish weepies." (J. Hoberman) "Set in the Ukraine before World War I and in New York afterwards, this was one of the last films made in Poland (Warsaw) before the Nazi invasion. Its tale of loss, family disintegration and poverty serves director Joseph Green as a metaphor for the displacements and difficulties facing European Jews in 1939. Lucy Gehrman's performance as the storekeeper-mother, whose heroic attention to the everyday eventually rewards her travails, stands out, as do Max Bozyk and Chane Levin's comic interludes." (National Center for Jewish Film) A wonderful mix of intense melodrama and stylized comedy." 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Related web sites:Description from National Center for Jewish Film catalog
Reviews and articles:
Cohen, Joseph. "Two Yiddish films : "East and West" and "A Little Letter to Mother" Jewish Quarterly 46,1 (1999) 53-56
Pevner, Chaim. "Joseph Green, the visionary of the "golden age" In: When Joseph met Molly : a reader on Yiddish film / edited by Sylvia Paskin. Nottingham : Five Leaves, 1999. (Main Stack PN1995.9.Y54.W44 1999)

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A Life Apart: Hasidism in America

A life apart relates the story of the creation of the Hasidic post-Holocaust communities in the United States with particular emphasis on New York City. Seven years in the making, this extraordinarily intimate film takes the viewer into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. From mystical tales to mesmerizing music, Rebbes to Holocaust survivors, it reveals an insular world few outsiders have seen. A film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky. 95 min. Online Access through LFLFC and Kanopy.

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde, poet and lesbian-feminist talks about being lesbian and black in New York in the 1950s and her social/political activity. Includes conversations and readings by Lorde and comments by other writers and family members. 1996. 56 min. American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

A Little Bit of Freedom (Kleine Freiheit) (Germany, 2003)

Director, Yuksel Yavuz. Cast: Cagdas Bozkurt, Leroy Delmar, Nazmi Kirik, Necmettin Cobanoglu, Naci Ozarslan, Susanna Rozkosny, Sunay Girisken, Thomas Ebermann. Baran, a Kurdish teen from Turkey, makes bicycle deliveries for a kebab shop while trying to outwit the authorities who have refused him political asylum. He strikes up a friendship with another outsider, an illegal African immigrant who deals drugs to get by. Trouble begins after Baran loses his low profile status because the kebab-stand owner's daughter sets her sights on him. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Gokturk, Deniz. "Yuksel Yavuz's Kleine Freiheit / A Little Bit of Freedom." Migration, Culture, and the Nation-State Volume 1, Issue 1 2005
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Kraenzle, Christina. "At Home in the New Germany? Local Stories and Global Concerns in Yuksel Yavuz's Aprilkinder and Kleine Freiheit." The German Quarterly Volume 82 Issue 1, Pages 90 - 108 Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only

A Lot in Common.

Neighbors discover they have a lot in common when together they turn a vacant lot into a community garden in Berkeley, California. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, explains how a commons is being created in the process. c2003. 77 min.
Related web sites: Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

A Lot in Common.

Neighbors discover they have a lot in common when together they turn a vacant lot into a community garden in Berkeley, California. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, explains how a commons is being created in the process. c2003. 77 min.
Related web sites:Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

A Majority of One (1961)

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, Marc Marno, Gary Vinson, Sharon Hugueny. A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman (played by Alec Guinness) and widower, and a Jewish Brooklyn widow (Rosalind Russell) who meet in Toyko. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness. Based on the play by Leonard Spigelgass. 149 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture Comedy

A Majority of One (1961)

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, Marc Marno, Gary Vinson, Sharon Hugueny. A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman (played by Alec Guinness) and widower, and a Jewish Brooklyn widow (Rosalind Russell) who meet in Toyko. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness. Based on the play by Leonard Spigelgass. 149 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Awards Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture - Comedy

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A Man Called Horse (1970)

Directed by Elliot Silverstein. Cast: Richard Harris, Dame Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon, Manu Tupou, Corinna Tsopei. An English aristocrat is taken prisoner by a tribe of American Sioux Indians and given to the chief's aging mother as a servant. Gradually, he embraces the tribe's way of life and falls in love with the chief's sister. The constant threat of ambush by a rival tribe and rigors of survival now fill the days of this man called "Horse." He is eventually given a chance to prove his worthiness and be accepted into the tribe. But in order to be accepted with honor as an equal within the tribe, he must endure the Sun Vow. Based on a story by Dorothy M. Johnson. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:
Georgakas, Dan. "They Have Not Spoken: American Indians in Film." Film Quarterly , Vol. 25, No. 3 (Spring, 1972), pp. 26-32 Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only

A Man For All Seasons (UK, 1966)

Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw,Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave. "Paul Scofield's Oscar- winning performance as Sir Thomas More, the Tudor-era judge made chancellor of England. He is caught in the political struggle involving Henry VIII's decision to defy the Roman Catholic Church and divorce his wife to wed Anne Boleyn. Lines from playwright Robert Bolt's stirring script are frequently quoted in U.S. court opinions: "I know what's legal, not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal." And: "This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast -- man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?" [Burst, Richard. "25 Greatest Legal Movies." ABA Journal, Aug 2008. Vol. 94, Iss. 8; p. 38 Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only)120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Man, When He is a Man: El Hombre, Cuando es el Hombre.

Set in Costa Rica, illuminates the social climate and cultural traditions which nurture "machismo" and allow the domination of women to flourish in Latin America. Spanish with English subtitles. 1982. 66 min.

A Man, When He is a Man: El Hombre, Cuando es el Hombre.

Set in Costa Rica, illuminates the social climate and cultural traditions which nurture "machismo" and allow the domination of women to flourish in Latin America. A film by Valeria Sarmiento. Spanish with English subtitles. 1982. 66 min.

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A Massacre Foretold

Chronicles the historic events surrounding the 1997 massacre of 45 pacifist supporters of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation who were murdered while seeking refuge in a church. Also looks at the 1994 emergence of the Zapatistas, the Mexican army's attacks on rural peasant communities -- involving destruction of homes, forced displacement of entire communities, and "disappearances" and murders meant to terrorize the indigenous population -- and government "negotiations" with the Zapatistas. Directed & produced by Nick Higgins. 2007. 58 min.
Related web sites:Description from Icarus Films catalog
Reviews and articles:
Webb, Helen. "A Massacre Foretold" Film & History , Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p144-146, 3p Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only

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A Massacre Remembered.

Tells the story of Jesus Tecu Osorio, one of the few survivors of the Rio Negro Massacre that took place in Guatemala on March 13, 1982. After witnessing the massacre of more than one hundred children and nearly eighty women by members of the Guatemalan army and civil patrols, Jesus and seventeen other children were taken to work as servants in the houses of the patrollers who killed their families. Jesus lived in captivity for three years until freed by his only surviving sister. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.:Witness Project. 2000. 4 min.

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A Matter of Indifference

Presents a critique of society's ambivalence toward the aged. Includes an interview with Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panther movement. 1974. 50 min.

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