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Foresaken Fields

Before World War II, many Japanese-Americans had settled successfully as farmers in California. But when the war came, they were incarcerated under government orders and forced to sell their farms. When the war ended, many did not return to their rural homes, and those who did never recovered from the interruption in their lives. As their children moved away to college or jobs or to be with other families, there was a second forsaking of the fields.

Forty-Seven Cents.

Documents how officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Claims Commission, and a lawyer representing the Pit River Indian Nation of northern California obtained from the tribe a land settlement that most of its members did not want. 25 min.

Freemont, U.S.A.

Fremont, California is a city transformed by new immigration. A rajagopuram rises in a tidy suburban neighborhood, announcing the vital presence of the Hindu community. The diversity of the global Buddhist community is also in evidence, as Thai, Chinese and Burmese temples -- and a women's monastic retreat center -- dot the landscape. Fremont is also home to Peace Terrace, where Muslims and Christians have built side by side, and Gurdwara Road, where a large Sikh community engages in creative forms of outreach.

Freeway Philharmonic: The Classical Road Warriors /

Follows seven San Francisco Bay Area freelance classical musicians who live a road warrior lifestyle as they perform with regional orchestras across Northern California and struggle to acquire permanent positions with a major symphony. Profiles the individual and often interconnected stories of the seven musicians, while also illustrating the state of music and the arts in local communities across Northern California. Directed by Tal Skloot. c2007. 55 min.

From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks

A documentary film about Harry Bridges who had a profound effect on the American labor movement. It is focused around a filmed performance of Ian Ruskin's one-man play which explores Bridges' early life, the creation of the ILWU, his campaigns for social justice, and the four trials he endured during his quest for citizenship and was performed in San Pedro, California for a packed house of 1000 longshore workers. Special features (Disc 2): Ports of call (footage and interviews at ports connected to Harry's life); creative contributors; I, L.W.U.

Gabrielino/Tongva Culture.

A survey of the history, culture and present status of the Gabrielino or Tongva tribe of Southern California, and the current efforts being made to revive the original Gabrielino or Tongva culture. 1991. 29 min.

Garbage Stories.

These 5 features look at various creative ways garbage can be recycled and otherwise diverted from landfills. Examples of innovative recycling are the creation of art objects from garbage, a wildlife sanctuary developed from recycled wastewater, a farmer who feeds his pigs and goats entirely on refuse and a sculpture garden created from the solid wastes of the city of San Francisco. 1993. 27 min.

Gendernauts: A Journey Across the Great Gender Divide.

Written, directed and produced by Monika Treut. Documents the female-to-male (F2M) transgender cyber-community in San Francisco presenting a personal view of people who alter their bodies and minds with new technologies and chemistry, with an amphasis on biological women who use the male hormone Testosterone. 2000. 82 min.

Girl Trouble: Girls Tell Their Truth About the Juvenile Justice System

Shot over a four year period, documents the personal struggles of three girls enmeshed in San Francisco's juvenile justice system. Trying to change their lives, the girls work part-time at the Innovative Center for Young Women's Development, an organization run by young women who have faced similar challenges. As they confront seemingy impossible problems and pivotal decisions, the center's director, Lateefa Simon, is often their only support and mentor. Producer/director/cinematographers, Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko. 2004. 74 min.

Going Home: The California Indian Library Collections Project.

Documents the California Indian library collections project of the Lowie Museum of Anthropology which places copies of relevant historic photographs, sound recordings, field notes and personal narratives in county library collections near reservations. 23 min.