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Race in Film

American Matchmaker (Americaner Schadchen) (USA, 1940)

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Leo Fuchs, Judith Abarbanel, Judel Dubinsky, Anna Guskin, Celia Bodkin, Abraham Lax. In this comedy of second-generation American Jewish immigrants, Nat, who has been unhappily married several times, decides that if he cannot have happiness he can at least bring joy to others by becoming a modern day matchmaker. But life becomes complicated when he realizes that one of his female clients is better suited for him, than the man he originally chose for her. In Yiddish with English subtitles. 87 min.

American Me (1992)

Directed by Edward James Olmos. Cast: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Pepe Serna, Evelina Fernandez. Inspired by a true life story, this is the story of a vicious Latino prison gang leader, Santana, who becomes the leader of the Mexican Mafia while in Folsom prison and is doomed by his past to a life of harsh, unforgiving violence after his release from jail. 125 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Amexicano (1994)

Directed by Matthew Bonifacio. Cast: Carmine Famiglietti, Raul Castillo, Jennifer Pena, Michael Aronov, Manny Perez. When blue-collar Italian-American Bruno loses his job, he finds himself working alongside illegal aliens in the landscaping business. After befriending Ignacio and his wife Gabriela, he develops a respect and admiration for them as they work to improve their lives, but the specter of deportation continues to loom large. 84 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Amistad (1998)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard. Based on true events, this film chronicles the 1839 revolt on board a slave ship bound for America. When the ship, La Amistad, is recaptured the Black Africans are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder.

Amos n' Andy

See also:
Descriptionof series from the Encyclopedia of Television
Ely, Melvin Patrick. The Adventures of Amos'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon /Melvin Patrick Ely. New York: Free Press; Toronto : MaxwellMacmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell MacmillanInternational, c1991. (UCB Main PN1991.77.A6 E49 1991; UCB Moffitt PN1991.77.A6 E49 1991)

Amreeka (USA / Canada, 2009)

Directed by Cherien Dabis. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler, Yussef Abu Warda. Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. Everything changes one day when she receives a letter informing her that her family has been granted a U.S. green card, and she moves with her teenage son to small town Illinois. 105 min.

And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994)

Directed by Severo Perez. Cast: Jose Alcala, Rose Portillo, Marco Rodriquez, Daniel Valdez. "The year is 1952. A Mexican American family is struggling to survive, working as migrant laborers in fields from Texas to Minnesota. The younger son, Marcos, is a sensitive 12-year-old who is forced to confront the ineluctable facts of his life - grinding poverty, back-breaking work, racism, hopelessness.

And the Violins Stopped Playing: A True Story (I skrzypce przestaly grac) (Poland / USA, 1988)

Director, Alexander Ramati. Horst Buchholz, Maya Ramati, Piotr Polk, Didi Ramati, Kasia Siwak. Depicts a small group of gypsies escaping the German army during World War II. The group is fleeing south from Poland through Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Through all their travails there is romance with the leaders adolescent daughter and a boy from another gypsy family. The film is unique in that the hunted are not Jews or prisoners of war, but gypsies. 128 min.

Angry Harvest (Bittere Ernte) (West Germany, 1984)

Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Wojciech Pszoniak, Gerd Baltus, Anita Hofer, Kathe Jaenicke, Hans Beerhenke, Isa Haller, Margit Carstensen. A wartime story [1943] that is both a character study and a mesmerizing cat and mouse game between a Polish Catholic farmer and a Jewish woman who has escaped a train bound for the Nazi death camps. Set in Silesia during WWII, the drama unfolds with the concealment of the woman by the wealthy, sexually repressed farmer, and moves through various stages of power and powerlessness on both sides.

Anne B. Real (1997)

Director, Lisa France. Cast: CarlosLeon, Eric Smith, Jackie Quinones, SherriSaum, Geronimo Frias, Jr., Antonio Macia,Ja Nice Richardson, Ernie Hudson. WhenCynthia's father hands her a copy of "Thediary of Anne Frank" before dying, shenever imagined how it would help to openher soul. Trapped within her own prison, inthis coming of age story of a young femalerapper, Cynthia finds the courage to standup and fight for what is hers. 90 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

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