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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.

web 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

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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:Berkeley 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:Berkeley 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.

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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.
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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:Berkeley 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.

A Matter of Taste (Une Affaire de Gout) (France, 1999)

Directed by Bernard Rapp. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin. Frederic Delamont, a wealthy businessman, hires Nicolas, a young waiter, to be his personal food taster--with escalating stakes. Delamont's shrewd, bizarre plan is to make Nicolas into a counterpart so sensitive that he can anticipate and share all of his employer's exact tastes. 88 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Reviews and articles:
Noh, David "A Director of Taste: France's Bernard Rapp Concocts a Psychological Tale of Manipulation." Film Journal International, vol. 104, no. 9, pp. 24-28, Sept 2001

A Migrant's Heart (Human geography, people places and change ; 8)

An English actor who's parents came from India and then migrated to East Africa and finally England returns to visit New Delhi, India, to seek his roots, and to work through ethnic identity problems which can result when one is caught between two worlds. 1996. 27 min.

A Million Bricks.

Tells the story of Springfield Park, a housing estate built in the early Sixties in West Belfast, made up of both Catholic and Protestant families who lived together in harmony until "The Troubles" erupted in the early Seventies when the neighborhood was caught in a three-way crossfire between nationalist and loyalist forces and the occupying British Army. Today, on the site of what was once Belfast's last religiously mixed community, Protestants and Catholics are separated by the peace line, a wall of a million bricks. c1999. 59 min.

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A Million to Juan (1993)

Directed by Paul Rodriguez. Cast: Paul Rodriguez, Ruben Blades, Polly Draper, Gerardo, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Tony Plana, Paul Williams, Pepe Serna. Juan Lopez struggles to make an honest living and raise his son in the Los Angeles barrio. Threatened with deportation, dumped by his girlfriend and faced with losing his home, Juan seems unable to get a break when, suddenly, a mysterious stranger hands him a million-dollar check, with instructions that he must return it in one month. Based on the story "Million pound bank note" by Mark Twain and characters inspired by Paul Rodriguez. 97 min. Credit and other information from Internet Movie Database

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A Mind of Your Own

Looks at the world of children and youth who are affected by learning disabilities through the stories of four young people, who don't allow learning difficulties to hold them back or get them down. With the support of family, teachers and their communities these kids have confronted and learned to cope with their disabilities while enjoying their own unique talents like singing and chess. c1999. Directed by Gail Sweeney. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 38 min.

A Mongolian Tale (Ai zai cao yuan de tian kong) (1995)

Directed by Fei Xie. When Beiyinpalica returns to Inner Mongolia he makes a discovery which leaves him feeling betrayed by his fiance. He leaves Mongolia and his dreams of happiness with the woman he loves and becomes a famous troubadour, recounting in song his true love for the woman he abandoned while his search to find her again ensues. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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A Narmada Diary.

Documents five years of activities by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the construction of the Sardar Sarover Dam in India. The people of the Narmada Valley, with their insistence on non-violence and their determination to drown rather than be shifted off their land, have become a symbol of global struggle against unjust and unsustainable development. Directed by Anand Patwardhan and Simantini Dhuru.1995. 60 min.

A Natural Born Gambler (1916)

Director: Bert Williams. "Our story centers upon the activities of a Negro fraternal organization, the Independent Order of Calcimine Artists of America. [Inside joke: "calcimine" is whitewash, and yet most of these black actors appear to have darkened their complexions with blackface makeup.] The group meet sin the back of a saloon. Their leader, Brother Scott, is a lawyer who disapproves of gambling-- although, after breaking up a pokergame, he doesn't object to appropriating others' winnings. Our protagonist is lodge member Bert Williams, described as a "walking delegate," who is clearly in arrears with both the saloon's barkeep, Hostetter Johnson, and with the lodge itself. Early on, he is compelled to remit the dues he owes (three dollars), which he does reluctantly. [Some prints of the film omit the next sequence: After leaving a meeting with his friend Limpy Jones, who is handicapped with gout and must ride on Bert's shoulders..." [IMDB] 22 min

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A Naturalist in the Rainforest.

Tells the story of Alexander Skutch and reveals the splendors of tropical nature that have captivated him for over half a century. One of the great naturalists of our time, Skutch travelled around Central America for years uncovering the secrets of tropical birdlife. His later efforts to live and farm in harmony with the rainforest in Costa Rica, make Skutch's remarkable story especially relevant today. 54 min.
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Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

A Nice Arrangement

Set in the London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, Menna, the young bride, changes into her traditional bridal gear with the help of her divorced friend, Sita. Together, the women discuss Indian marriage customs and why they chose to marry the "perfect" cultural choice for their parents. 11 min.
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Center for Asian American Media catalog description

A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Directed by Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross. Cast: The Marx Brothers, Charles Drake, Lois Collier, Lisette Verea, Sig Ruman. Its the Nazis vs. the nutsies as The Marx Brothers ferret out Nazi spies in a Casablanca hotel. 85 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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