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Race in Film

Afros, Macks, 'n Zodiacs. Vol. 1: A Compilation of Some of the Best BlackAction Films of the 1970's

Features clips and trailer attractions from black action motion pictures that were filmed and released in the 1970s. "You'll see Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones-- two chicks with guts. And what about that bad-ass Fred "The Hammer" Williams, shotful of lead and he still ain't dead! You'll visit The Mack Superfly and Blacula--these brothers have drive and don't take no jive! So turn on your black light, sit back anddig this compilation of Black action!" Films reviewed: Blacula, Monkey Hustle, The Mack, Dr.

Against All Odds (Contra todo) (2006)

Directed by Michel Franco, Karim Raoul, Dora Pena, and Yuri Makino. Contents: Cyclone -- Crazy life -- Entre dos -- Night breeze -- El Soldado. In the tradition of Amores Perros, the stories in "Contra todo" paint a tapestry of experiences depicting Latino American life in the US. Faced with various obstacles, the characters risk everything to survive. Cyclone tells the story of Miguel growing up on the tough streets of New York. In Crazy Life, LA native Dulce's love for Chuy makes her question right and wrong.

Aimee & Jaguar (Germany, 1999)

Directed by Max Faberbock. Cast: Maria Schrader, Juliane Kohler, Heike Makatsch, Johanna Wokalek, Elisabeth Degen, Detlev Buck. Based on true events during the Battle of Berlin in World War II, about two women who find each other. One is single, Aimee, the other, Jaguar, is unhappily married with 4 children. In war torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish, it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian. When Jaguar's husband, who is a German soldier, finds out about the relationship of his wife to Aimee, nothing but trouble ensues. 125 min.

Ainsi meurent les anges (Senegal, 2001)

Director: Moussa Sene Absa. Mory is a troubled Senegalese poet living outside Paris with his French wife and their children. His marriage falls apart under cross-cultural pressures, specifically his father's demand that he take a second wife in Senegal. Homeless in winter, separated from his children, his poems scattered over a Paris street, Mory returns to Senegal, penniless and with uncertain prospects. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 57 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures, 1992)

Directors: Ron Clements and John Musker. An animated musical film set in the mythical city of Agrabah, the story follows a street-smart peasant, Aladdin, and his mischievous pet monkey, Abu, through magical adventures. Credits: produced and directed by John Musker, Ron Clements; co-producer, Donald W. Ernst; songs, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1934)

Animated short. Directed by Ub Iwerks. "Aladdin is a slave who has to clean lamps. He rubs a magic lamp, and a genie appears. Wishing himself into the palace, the lad is off to the sultan, and meets a beautiful princess. His evil master tries to steal the lamp, but Aladdin prevails." [Big Cartoon Database]

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1939)

Animated short. Directed by Dave Fleischer. "Olive has a job at Surprise Pictures as a script girl when she dreams up a story of Popeye in the Aladdin tale. Popeye is a poor young man tricked by an evil magician who tries to use him to get the lamp. The plot fails, and Popeye uses the lamp to become a prince and woo the princess of old Persia (played by Olive). The magician tricks the princess into giving him the lamp, and takes her for himself.

Alambrista! (The Illegal) (1977)

Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Domingo Ambriz, Trinidad Silva, Linda Gillin, Ned Beatty, Jerry Hardin, Julius Harris. After his daughter's birth, Roberto leaves his town in Michoacan to make money in the United States. He's "an illegal," crossing into California and taking work wherever he can: picking strawberries, grapes, lettuce, and cucumbers. He hitchhikes, rides freight trains, and depends on the kindness of strangers. Near Stockton, things look up when a sympathetic waitress gives him a place to live and he gets a better job washing helicopters.

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