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A.k.a. Don Bonus

This documentary is a self-portrait of a young Cambodian immigrant growing up in San Francisco. Shot by Sokly Ny himself, it shows his struggles to graduate and survive his complicated life during his senior year of high school. Produced by Spencer Nakasako. 55 min.

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Alcatraz Is Not an Island

This program tells the story of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay which began in 1969 and lasted 19 months. The documentary interweaves archival footage and contemporary commentary to examine how this historic event altered American government Indian policy and programs, and how it forever changed the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture and their sovereign rights. c2002. 58 min.

Alcatraz, 30th Anniversary Celebration

Introduction / Adam Fortunate Eagle -- Pomo Dancers and singers / Pat Lincoln, Doug Duncan, Lanny Pinola -- Opening commentary / Millie Ketchesawno, Richard Moves Camp -- Honor song for Alcatraz warriors / All Nations Northern Drum -- Guest speakers and speeches by veterans of the Alcatraz occupation / Dennis Banks, Dennis Jennings, Arigon Starr, John Whitefox, Tolo, Shashine Little Feather, Charlie Hill, Floyd Red Crow Westerman -- Music by Ulali.

Amazing: The Rebuilding of the MacArthur Maze

Documents the rebuilding of a key connector in MacArthur Maze Freeway near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from the perspectives of all the main players. Includes a wide variety of news and archival footage of the entire 26-day process beginning with the fire that melted and collapsed the structure and an animated depiction of the gasoline tanker truck which overturned and created the fireball. Producer, director, David L. Brown ; editors, David L. Brown, Steven Baigel. 2007.

Ancestors in the Americas: Chinese in the Frontier West, an American Story.

A film by Loni Ding. Chronicles the arrival of the Chinese during the 1850s to 1880s in California during the Gold Rush period and their subsequent settlement in the Western states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. Includes the history of their labor, community building and activism for justice and equality in the courts of mid-19th century America. 1998. 60 min. ;

Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers

A film by Loni Ding. The untold story of how Asians--Filipino, Chinese, Asian Indian--first arrived in the Americas. Film crosses centuries and oceans from the 16th century Manila-Acapulco trade, to the Opium War, to the 19th century plantation coolie labor in South America and the Caribbean. 2001. 64 min. ;

Arsenal of Democracy(The Great Depression; 7)

By 1939 Americans were still struggling to end the Great Depression. Their dreams of peace and prosperity were celebrated at World's Fairs in New York and San Francisco, but prosperity did not come in peacetime. Millions fled the "dust bowl" states to finally find work in new defense industries. While the New Deal changed America forever, it was war that ended the Great Depression. 1993. 60 min. [preservation copy]

As Long as the Rivers Run

Traces the struggle of the American Indians of the Northwest to maintain their fishing rights and way of life, with particular reference to the Nisqually Indians of Frank's Landing in Washington. Points out that this struggle is part of a larger movement for Indian self-determination in California and the Northwest, including the formation of fishing cooperatives to gain economic independence. Also includes footage of the takeover of Alcatraz. Originally released as 16mm. motion picture by American Documentary Films in 1971. Filmed between autumn 1968 and winter 1970. 62 min.

Bayou by the Bay

Documentary on the San Francisco Bay Area's Cajun community. Features music performances by Cajun artists. Produced by Glenn Switkes and Hal Rowland. 1980. 12 min.

Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California

At the turn of the 20th century, Southern California was fertile ground for the Arts & Crafts Movement, which called for simple living, closeness to nature, the unification of art and craft, and regionally appropriate forms of architecture. Architects: Charles and Henry Greene, Irving Gill, Arthur Benton, Sumner Hunt, Frederick Roehrig, Louis B. Easton, Sylvanus Marston, Arthur and Alfred Heineman, Frank Mead, and Richard Requa. Written, produced and directed by Paul Bockhorst. c2008. 86 min.