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Black Identity and Race & Race Relations

Our House: Lesbians and Gays in the Hood.

A hard-hitting and highly informative look at issues, activism and discrimination in the U.S. from the view points of lesbians and gay men of color. "Up front, in your face, hard-hitting interviews with Black Gays and Lesbians provides an uncompromising look at homophobia, racism, alienation and empowerment for Queer African Americans. This riveting documentary gives voice to the multiple identities of gay, women, Black, and the strength inherit in their unity.

Passing

The filmmaker's grandmother recounts memories of a trip she took through the segregated South in 1959. A film by Kym Ragusa. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 1996. 9 min.

Perfect Image?

Exposes stereotypical images of black women and explores women's own ideas of self-worth. Poses questions about how black women see themselves and each others and the pitfalls that await those who internalize the search for the "perfect image." 30 min. web web sites: Women Make Movies catalog description

Race is the Place

Focusing on the topic of racism in the United States, the program presents an assemblage of taped monologues, commentaries, readings, musical performances, and stills of visual artworks interspersed with documentary sequences, archival images, and dialogue exemplifying the topic found in American mass media and product packaging.

Race, The Power of an Illusion

A three part series exploring the history of race perceptions and behaviors towards races in the United States, within the context of recent scientific discoveries which have have toppled the concept of biological race. c2003. 56 min. each installment

Race: The Floating Signifier.

Stuart Hall, a renown public speaker and teacher, presents a lecture on race and the meaning of racial signifiers (like skin color) at Goldsmiths' College, New Cross, London. Weaving a compelling argument that includes a critical engagement with the work of Anthony Appiah and W.E.B. Du Bois, Hall concludes that because the meaning of race is never fixed but is dependent upon cultural context, it can be described as a "floating signifier." Includes a question and answer period at end of lecture and an interview with Hall by Sut Jhally. 1996. 85 min.

Skin Deep, 1960. (People's Century)

Skin deep examines the fight against legal, institutionalized racism in the United States and South Africa. In 1948, South Africa became unique among nations by writing segregation into the law of the land. The architects of apartheid took comfort in the fact that racial segregation was also found in the world's greatest democracy--the United States. 1997. 56 min.

Skin Deep.

A diverse group of college students reveal their honestfeelings and attitudes about race and racism. Students from 3 major universities are interviewed alone on topics including the climate toward talking about race on campus, self separation of ethnic groups, discrimination, affirmative action policies and individual responsibility for change.

Talking About Race.

A diverse group of college students reveal their honest feelings and attitudes about race and racism. In part 1, students from 3 major universities are interviewed alone on topics including the climate toward talking about race on campus, self separation of ethnic groups, discrimination, affirmative action policies and individual responsibility for change.

The Body Beautiful.

Film situated in England examines the relationship between a Caucasian mother and her bi-racial Caucasian/Nigerian daughter. Producer/director/writer, Ngozi Onwurah. 1991. 23 min.

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