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A propos de Nice (1930)

Directed by Jean Vigo; photographed by Boris Kaufman. "The film depicts life in Nice, France by documenting the people in the city, their daily routines, a carnival and social inequalities. Vigo described the film in an address to the Groupement des Spectateurs d'Avant-Garde: "In this film, by showing certain basic aspects of a city, a way of life is put on trial... the last gasps of a society so lost in its escapism that it sickens you and makes you sympathetic to a revolutionary solution." [Wikipedia] "Vigo offers a restructured perception of the world - not so much through a seamless, logical narrative, but rather a fast-paced collection of only tangent- ially related shots. The film provides a look at a reality beyond the prosaic, common variety that so many films give us." [Artificial Eye] Online Access through LFLFCInformation about this film from the Internet Movie Database
See also:
Vigo bibliography

A Question of Balance: Art & Redevelopment in Old Pasadena

A documentary of the evolution of Old Town in Pasadena, California -- from the post World War II era when artists started moving into Old Town, to the present redevelopment efforts. Artists, politicians, developers, and community leaders give their perspectives on development and growth. 1987. 27 min.

A Question of Color.

Examines the issue of color consciousness within the black community. This film explores a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal. A variety of African Americans give their experiences and attitudes towards the questions of color. 58 min. Description from California Newsreel catalog.
Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

A Question of Power

Documentary on the history of the nuclear power controversy and the antinuclear movement focusing on the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant in California and anti-nuclear demonstrators such as the Sierra Club and Mothers for Peace and their views and suggestions for alternative sources of energy. Produced by David L. Brown, Jane Kinzler and Tom Anderson. 1986. 58 min.

A Question of Racial Profiling.

The issue of racial profiling of minorities by police is highly-charged with legal, political, ethical and social implications. This report examines the issue from the points of view of ordinary black Americans, the police and social scientists. Originally broadcast as segments of NBC Dateline in 2004. 40 min.

A Question of Silence (De Stilte rond Christine M.)(Netherlands, 1983)

Director, Marleen Gorris. Cast: Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, Cox Habbema, Henriette Tol. A female psychiatrist is appointed by a judge to evaluate three women who, strangers to each other, have each confessed to the murder of the same man. Their rage toward and hatred of their male-dominated society is gradually understood by the psychiatrist, who begins to question her own nature. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Ramanathan, Geetha. "Murder as speech: narrative subjectivity in Marleen Gorris' 'A Question of Silence.'." Genders n15 (Winter 1992 n15): 58(14). ]
Sklar, Robert. "Marlene Gorris: The Lighter Side of Feminism." In: The Cineaste interviews 2 : on the art and politics of the cinema / Gary Crowdus, Dan Georgakas. Chicago : Lake View Press, c2002. (Main Stack PN1998.2.C51 2002; PFA PN1998.2.C51 2002)
Smelik, Anneke. "And the mirror cracked: metaphors of violence in the films of Marleen Gorris." Women's Studies International Forum 16.n4 (July-August 1993): 349(15).
Williams, Linda. "A Jury of Their Peers: Marleen Gorris's A Question of Silence." In: Multiple voices in feminist film criticism / Diane Carson, Linda Dittmar, and Janice R. Welsch, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1994. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.M82 1994)

A Quiet Revolution: Christian Base Communities of Latin America.

Documents the efforts of Christian base communities, small groups of poor and marginalized people in Latin America, which work to allievate hunger, disease, unemployment, and other critical problems through the application of biblical principles. Profiles successful community efforts in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Producer/director, Audrey Laurine Glynn. 1987. 58 min.

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A Railroad to Utopia

Explores, using time-lapse and animation techniques as well as archival drawings and photographs, a utopian colony established in Topolobampo in Northern Mexico by American Socialist pioneers, Albert Kimsey Owen and others, in 1886. The writings of Clarissa Kneeland are incorporated in the film. Directed by Gregorio Rocha. Dist. Subcine. 1995. 30 min.

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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Directed by Daniel Petrie. Performers: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee. 1961 film based on the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations. Based on the play: A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry. 128 min.

Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors
National FilmRegistry Selection

Reviews and articles:
Ingle, Zachary. "White Fear" and the Studio System: A Re-evaluation of Hansberry's Original Screenplay of "A Raisin in the Sun." Literature Film Quarterly, 2009, Vol. 37Issue 3, p184-193, 10p Full-textof this article / review is available: UC users only
Rosenbaum, Julia B. "Reracializing the Ordinary American Family: Raisin in the Sun." In:Visions of belonging : New England art and the making of American identity / Julia B.Rosenbaum. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006.(Fulltext available online [UCB users only]; Print:Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA E169 .S655 2004)


A Raisin in the Sun (1988)

Directed by Bill Duke. Performers: Scarletta DuPois, Danny Glover, Kimble Joyner, Kim Yancey, Esther Rolle, Lou Ferguson, Joseph C. Phillips, Helen Martin, John Fiedler, Stephen Henderson. A $10,000 insurance benefit creates conflicting dreams within a Chicago ghetto family. Son, Walter Lee wants to start his own business while his mom wishes to spend her days in a little house of her own. Their love a bond, their warm hearted humor a breath offresh air, their tenative hold on dignity - their lifeline. A family caught between the reality of their surroundings and a chance at a piece of the American dream. 171 min. ;Pt. 1-2
Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database


A Raisin in the Sun (TV, 2008)

Directed by Kenny Leon. Cast: Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Justin Martin, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo, Ron Cephas Jones, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos. An African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago comes into a sudden financial windfall, the potential uses of which divides them bitterly. Based on the play: A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Special features: optional audio commentary by Leon; "Dreams worthwhile : the journey of  'A raisin in the sun'" featurette (23 min.). 131 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database


A Right to Justice.

Follows the struggle of the indigenous Maya Achi people of Guatemala to learn the truth of the Rio Negro genocide that took place on March 13, 1982. Includes footage of the recent trial of a few of the perpetrators and details recent efforts to document the atrocities and to secure justice through the prosecution of those responsible. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.:Witness Project. 2001. 10 min.

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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Directed by Richard Linklater. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane, Winona Ryder, Sean Allen, Mitch Baker, Cliff Haby, Steven Chester Prince, Natasha Valdez. Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, L.A. undercover agents change their faces along with their identities. One officer's liberal ingestion of the drug "Substance D" causes him to develop a split personality, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, the police set up an elaborate scheme to catch his drug dealer alter-ego and tear down his operation. Filmed using an animation technique called interpolated rotoscope, with animation over filmed sequences. Special features: Commentary by Keanu Reeves, writer/director Richard Linklater, producer Tommy Pallotta, author Jonathan Lethem and Philip K. Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett; One Summer in Austin: the story of filming 'A scanner darkly'; The 'Weight of the line: animation tales; theatrical trailer. Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie) (France | Belgium | Chad, 2010)

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Cast: Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Hadje Fatime N'Goua. Adam, a former swimming champion in his sixties, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand the people contribute to the " war effort" with money or volunteers old enough to fight. Adam is constantly harassed for his contribution, but he is penniless. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret. 88 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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A Sea of Trouble

This is a dramatic and fascinating documentary on the rise and fall of the West Coast tuna fishing industry and the untold story of the efforts by tuna fishermen to save dolphins and minimize their entrapment in tuna nets. Also looks at contemporary methods used by tuna fishermen to save dolphins. 1995. 33 min.

A Seal Upon Thy Heart: A Portrait of Jewish Marriage

Documents a traditional Jewish wedding, placing special emphasis on Biblical and Talmudic sources of the wedding ceremony. Also explored are the couple's engagement, preparations for the wedding and the marriage, as well as the couple's personal reflections several months after their wedding. Dist.: Ergo Media. 1992. 30 min. ;

A Sense of Freedom: A Story of Democracy and Progress in Africa.

Examines Africa's smallest country, the Gambia, as one of only a few successful multi-party democracies on the continent. African journalist Hilton Fyle surveys the social and economic reasons underlying this success, featuring interviews with President Jawara and other government leaders, foreign and domestic investors and businessmen, and the leader of the political opposition. 1992. 57 min.

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A Sense of Place.

Through interviews with five individuals who work in the area of human ecology, film examines the connection and dependency which humans have with the environment and the process of discove ring and achieving a sense of place. Narrator: Susan Sarandon. With: Kirkpatrick Sale, John Todd, Nancy Jack Todd, Paul Winter, Jeff Bercuvitz. 1994. 28 min.

A Serious Man (2009)

Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Adam Arkin, Amy Landecker, Alan Mandell, Fyvush Finkel, Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson, Simon Helberg, Katherine Borowitz, Stephen Park. One ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics professor Larry Gopnik can't believe his life: His wife is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother won't move off the couch, someone is threatening his career, his kids are a mystery and his neighbor is tormenting him by sunbathing nude. Struggling to make sense of it all, Larry consults three different rabbis and their answers lead him on a twisted journey of faith, family, delinquent behavior, and mortality. Special features: "Becoming serious": explore the creative vision behind the film; "Creating 1967": take a tour of the Minneapolis neighborhoods and set pieces used in the film; "Hebrew and Yiddish for goys": unravel the mysteries of the Hebrew and Yiddish languages. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database


A Short Film About Killing (Krałtki film o zabijaniu) (Poland, 1987)

Director, Krysztof Kieslowski. "A youth randomly, and brutally, murders a taxi-driver. Piotr has just passed his law exams and been admitted to the bar. He is to defend Jacek, the young murderer. There is no evidence for the defence and no apparent motive. Jacek is put on trial, found guilty and executed by hanging. Piotr, after his first case, is leftwith the bitter doubt - does the legal system, in the name of the people, have the right to kill with cold blood?" [IMDB] 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

See also:Krysztof Kieslowski bibliography