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Black Identity and Race & Race Relations

I am Not Your Negro (2016)

Directed by Raoul Peck. Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.

In Search of our Fathers.

Marco Williams, a young filmmaker from Harvard, decided to try to track down his father, a man he never knew. In searching for his roots, he interviews his large family in which nobody had a known father, in order to find out all he could about his own mysterious father. His mother refused to tell him any details about his father, but in 1987 his mother relented and spoke about the affair. James Berry in Springfield, MA was the man he was looking for. After great effort Berry agreed to meet his son. 61 min.

Interracial Marriage: Blending the Races in America.

Examines how and why couples of different colors, religions, and ethnic roots are drawn to one another, how their differences affect their marriages, and how they deal with their friends and family. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 52 min.

Just Black?: Multi-Racial Identity.

In this documentary several young people whose parents are of mixed racial heritage talk about their struggle to establish, acquire and assert a racial identity. 57 min. ;
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Lockin' Up

By letting her hair coil into dreadlocks, Jamaican-born filmmaker, T. Nicole Atkinson, challenges society's and her own conflicted notions of beauty. Surveys the origins and cultural significance of dreadlocks, including the stereotypes which reflect the racism inherent in Western standards of beauty. A videotape by T. Nicole Atkinson. c1997. 29 min. web web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

Middle Passage-n-roots

Attitudes about hair and its connection to self-image and self-worth are examined in this insightful documentary. Afros, processed, corn rows, braids and dreds are all explored and explained in this look at the love/hate relationship African-Americans have with their hair. Directed, produced and written by Ada M. Babino. c1995 30 min. [preservation copy]

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

Features the up close and personal stories of white activists and their ongoing journeys of transformation. Participants talk about being unconscious about their learned and internalized sense of white supremacy. They share what was required and what actions they took to move through the common first stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame into making solid commitments towards ending racism.

Nappy.

Ten African American women discuss the reasons why they chose to stop straightening their hair and go natural. The film also touches on the consequences of their decisions and on the importance and significance of hairstyles in African American culture. Written and directed by Lydia Ann Douglas, 1997. 28 min.

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story

Documentary about a Brooklyn teen-aged girl, raised by two Jewish mothers and with two adopted brothers, who searches for information about her African-American birth mother. Her complex exploration of race, identity, and family begins to lead the teen into trouble in her personal life, threatening a promising career as a track and field athlete. She eventually picks up the pieces of her life, leading to inspiring results. Directed, produced and sound recorded by Nicole Opper. 2009. 76 min.

One Drop Rule

Explores the recurring and divisive issue in African American communities of skin color. The film inter-cuts intimate interviews with darker skinned African Americans, lighter skinned African Americans and inter-racial children of black and white parents. It investigates the sensitive topic of color consciousness within the African American community with great tact and a clear commitment to healing divisions. Writer, producer, director, James Banks. 2001. 49 min.

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