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Black Identity and Race & Race Relations

Black Like Who?

Filmmaker Debbi Reynolds explores her racial identity as a black who grew up in a white neighborhood while learning about the experiences and feelings of her parents and new black friends in college. 1995. 30 min.
web web sites: Filmakers Library catalog description

Black to the Promised Land

A group of problem students from the Street Academy High School of Brooklyn are taken on a trip to Israel. They experience the everyday life of the Jewish community in a kibbutz. Both Jewish and Black youngsters seem surprised in finding that love, respect and friendship can grow in spite of ethnic differences and the color of their skin. Produced and directed by Madeleine Ali. 1991. 97 min.
web web sites: Description from Icarus Films catalog

Black Women On: The Light, Dark Thang

Explores the politics of color within the African-American community. Afro-American women, representing a variety of hues, speak candidly about the longstanding "caste system" that permeates black society and share personal stories about how being too light or too dark has profoundly influenced their life and relationships. A film by Celeste Crenshaw and Paula Caffey. c1999. 52 min.

Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

Black Women, Sexual Politics and the Revolution

Black feminist women speak candidly on issues of sex, class and gender roles. The film examines how African American women deal with issues of poverty, battering, and lack of health care, and addresses how women's roles in community activism are often overlooked or ignored. Also examines the media portrayal of Afro-American women with an emphasis on the representation of Black women in music videos. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 1991. 30 min.

Black, Bold & Beautiful: Black Women's Hair

Explores some of the tangled dilemmas surrounding black hairstyles -- to "relax" one's hair into straight tresses or to leave it "natural" and nappy -- choices which raise questions of conformity and rebellion, pride and identity. This informative primer examines the importance of various hairstyles to Afro-American women and how these styles define the personal identity of each woman. Director, Nadine Valcin 1998. 40 min.

Related web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

Blacking Up: Hip-hop's Remix of Race and Identity

This documentary examines the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth and asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation. Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history? Against the unique backdrop of american popular music, the film explores racial identity in the United States.

Blacks & Jews

Early in the 20th century black and Jewish Americans joined forces against bigotry and for civil rights but in the late 1960's each group turned inward and the coalition fell apart. This film examines the history of this collaboration and recent racial conflicts between Afro-Americans and Jews and attempts at understanding and reconciliation, with particular emphasis on events in New York City and Oakland, California. A film by Deborah Kaufman. 1997. 85 min.

Can You See the Color Gray?

Attitudes and feelings about race are expressed by children and teenagers. An exploration of the subtle development of racial attitudes in children of varying ages, some of whom are followed over a two-year period. The video is divided into two parts, followed by a brief intermission, providing an opportunity to address questions or begin discussing the issues that have been raised. Produced, edited and directed by Alexandra K. Corbin. 1996. 54 min.

Class Divided

Documents a reunion of Iowa teacher Jane Elliott and her third-grade class of 1970, subjects that year of an ABC News television documentary entitled: The eye of the storm. Shows how her experimental curriculum on the evils of discrimination had a lasting effect on the lives of the students. 58 min.
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Description from California Newsreel catalog

Coffee Colored Children

A semi-autobiographical story set in England of racism, prejudice, and self-definition experienced by bi-racial children of a Caucasian/Nigerian marriage. A film by Ngozi Onwurah. 17 min.

Related web sites: Description from Women Make Movies catalog