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Black Identity and Race & Race Relations

The Color of Fear.

Eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent talk together about how racism affects them. A film / by Lee Mun Wah. 90 min. ;

The Eye of the Storm</a>.

Award winning documentary records an innovative experiment in which a third-grade teacher divides her all-white class into "blue-eyes" and "brown-eyes," making each group superior or inferior on successive days. The program demonstrates the nature and effects of bigotry by showing changes brought about in the children's behavior and learning patterns. 26 min.
See also: A Class Divided 26 min. web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

The Mirror Lied

How does a young African American woman deal with the ideals of feminine beauty imposed by a white society? This film shows the struggle of the filmmaker's fifteen-year-old sister, Jantre, to accept her appearance. Though she spends an hour each day trying to tame her unruly hair, she never feels attractive. In a bold move to challenge her classmate's standards, Jantre goes to school with her hair in its natural fullness. Director, Jennifer Haskin-O'Reggio. 199? 27 min. ;

The Souls of Black Girls

This provocative news documentary takes a critical look at media images-- how they are instituted, established and controlled. The film also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images. A documentary film by Daphne S. Valerius. 2008. 52 min.

Tongues Untied.

A Film by Marlon Riggs. Derogatory accusations, judgments, and jokes in our culture are met head-on by this video about black, male, and gay identity. Poetry, personal testimony, and drama unite to oppose the homophobia and racism that attempt to split a person into opposing loyalties. 55 min.

Understanding Race.

Examines the history and power of the artificial distinction called "race", viewing it within historical, scientific, and cultural contexts. Topics include the anthropological unity of Homo sapiens; sanctioned discrimination, such as segregation; cultural biases based on racial stereotypes; and the underlying humanity that inextricably links us all. Producer/director, Lynn Dougherty. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 52 min. ;

Urban Tribe (Dreadlocks and Braids -- The Politics of Hair)

Shows African-American "natural hair" styles provided from a salon in Chicago. Customers talk about their attitudes and feelings, while having their hair braided. Directed, edited and photographed by Jennifer Halliday. c2000. 26 min.
Literature and the Arts
Includes works on the representation of African Americans in film and literature

[The Complete] Blue Eyed [with Jane Elliott].

Contents: 30-minute blue eyed (the most concise version) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (30 min.) -- Essential blue eyed (trainer's ed., with debriefing with Jane Elliott) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (90 min.) -- Blue eyed (original version) / producers, Claus Strigel, Bertram Verhaag (93 min.) -- [Blue eyed] Trainer's manual (suggestions for using "blue eyed" in diversity training programs).