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A Gathering of Old Men (TV, 1987)

Directed by Volker Schlondorff. Cast: Louis Gossett Jr., Holly Hunter, Richard Widmark. A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer, a racist, is shot. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing. As the sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation owner stands alone in her defense of this group of men who stand resolute against decades of injustice. Based on the novel, A gathering of old men, by Ernest J. Gaines. 94 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Geisha (Gion bayashi)(1953)

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kogure Michiyo, Wakao Ayako, Kawazu Seizaburo-, Shindo- Eitaro-. The story of the beautiful Eiko who decides to follow in her mother's footsteps and becomes a geisha. Eiko takes up traditional geisha training but discovers the truth that in the new Japan of the 1950s, art alone will not sustain a woman. Accompanied by a booklet includes archival imagery, articles by Robin Wood and Mark Le Fanu. Special features: Tony Rayns on Mizoguchi; original trailer; original teaser. 85 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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A Girl's Own Story (1984)

Director: Jane Campion. A look at three girls, young teens, in the era of the Beatles. Pam lives with parents who haven't spoken directly to each other in two years, using their daughters to talk across the table to each other. Gloria wants to play games with her boyfriend Graeme and ends up pregnant after a kissless, passionless introduction to sex. Stella becomes popular and puts her friendship with Pam on hold. Meanwhile, Pam's father and other predatory men lurk in the shadows around the girls. 27 min. ; :1:2; ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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A Grave Matter

Film reviews the struggle by native Hawaiians to recover the remains of their ancestors which have been stored in the Hearst Museum at the University of California, Berkeley. Contrasting opinions of museum officials, archeologists and native Hawaiians are explored. 30 min.

Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

A Great Day in Harlem

Commentators: Art Kane, Robert Benton, Gerry Mulligan, Bud Freeman, Mike Lipskin, Nat Hentoff, Milt Hinton, Soville Browne, Eddie Locke, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Robert Altschuler, Art Blakey, Mona Hinton, Steve Frankfurt, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Marian McPartland, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Max Kaminsky, Buck Clayton. A documentary about a photograph taken in 1958 by Art Kane of the jazz greats of the period. Includes home movie footage of that day of the musicians arriving and greeting each other the morning of the shoot. Also includes conversations with musicians and archival performance footage. 60 min. ' vhs
web web sites: Great Day in Harlem Web siteSee separate bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

A Great Wall (USA / China, 1985)

Directed by Peter Wang. Cast: Peter Wang, Sharon Iwai, Kelvin Han Yee, Li Qinqin, Wang Xiao, Hu Xiaoguang, Shen Guanglan This moving and humorous story chronicles the return of Leo Fang and his American-born wife and son to his native China and provides a comical insight into the cultural clashes between traditional Chinese families and Chinese-American families. Fang and his family are met with many curious and intimate questions on subjects ranging from money to sex. 103 min. Online Access through LFLFC; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan Resettling in America

More than 2 million Sudanese have died in the longest uninterrupted civil war in the world. This film traces the extraordinary journey of three young Sudanese orphans, a fraction of the 17,000 so-called "lost boys" of Sudan, and their arrival and resettlement in Seattle. Not your average immigration story, the 3 youths using digital video cameras, recorded their own experiences over the course of 18 months. The resulting "diaries" serve as a personal thread throughout the film, incorporating first-hand accounts of their experiences in war and with their radically different lives as immigrants in America. Producer & director, Kim Shelton. 2003. 61 min.

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Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

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A Gruesome Twosome (1945)

Two cats (one a caricature of Jimmy Durante) battle violently for the affections of a pretty girl cat, who'll dispense her favors on the one who brings her a little bird. Unfortunately for the lovestruck felines, the bird in question is a vicious little thing named Tweety.

A Guerra Dos Meninos.

Interviews with "street children", social workers, policemen, and the public about the murders of large numbers of abandoned children who are living in the streets of Brazil. Based on the book by Gilberto Dimenstein. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1991. 51 min.

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A Handful of Dust (UK, 1988)

Director, Charles Sturridge. Cast: James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, Anjelica Huston, Judi Dench, Alec Guinness. In 1930s England, Tony and Brenda Last and their son, John Andrew, live an idyllic life in the huge Victorian country house that is the symbol of Tony's family pride. The chance arrival of a penniless scrounger irrevocably shatters the gentle balance of their lives as Brenda's search for excitement and Tony's determination to hold on to what is his eventually lead in the direction of divorce and send Tony to South America. Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database


A Hare Grows in Manhattan(1947)

Bugs Bunny relates his early life in the Manhattan tenements and spotlights his encounter with a gang of canine toughs. ;

A Healthy Baby Girl

Presents the filmmaker's experience of coping with her own hysterectomy at twenty five for cancer caused by her mother's use of D.E.S., a synthetic hormone administered to prevent miscarriage. A film by Judith Helfand. c1996. 57 min.

Reviews and articles:
Aufderheide, Patricia. "Judith Helfand: Secret Stories, Video Diaries, and Toxic Comedy." In: Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)

James, Caryn. "A Healthy Baby Girl." (television program reviews) New York Times v146 (Mon, June 16, 1997):B2(N), C14(L), col 3, 22 col in.

A History of Homosexuality in Six Scenes.

Live theater, music and dance sequences concerning various attitudes held throughout history towards homosexuals. Performed at the University of California, Berkeley, on May 13, 1993. 85 min.

A History of Racist Animation

Contents: Film excerpts: Chinese laundry blues --Rasslin' match (Amos n' Andy) -- Hittin' the trail toHallelujah Land -- Pickaninny blues -- Scrub me, mama,with a boggie beat -- All this and rabbit stew --Little Black Sambo -- John Henry -- Jasper in thehaunted house -- Bosko shipwrecked -- Jungle jazz--Robinson Crusoe, Jr. -- Jungle jitters -- Shanty whereSanty Claus lives -- Musical Lulu -- Have you got anycastles? -- Ducktators -- Japoteurs (Superman) --You're a sap, Mr. Jap (Popeye) -- Ali Baba bound --Popeye meets Ali Baba -- Timid toreador -- Porky'sgarden -- Daffy duckaroo -- Molly Moo Cow and theIndians -- Hell bent for election (1944, F.D. Rooseveltpolitical cartoon).
Presents historical commentary and excerpts from across section of cartoons, once seen as harmless, butnow perceived as racist stereotypes. Rare footageincludes "Chinese Laundry Blues" (poking fun at bothChinese and Jews), George Pal's "John Henry," theincredibly racist "Pickaninny Blues," complete withshuffling Negroes being sold on the auction block, aswell as Walter Lantz's "Scrub me, mama, with a boogiebeat," Bosco, Amos n' Andy, Little Black Sambo as wellas American propaganda cartoons from World War II.Consists primarily of excerpts from films originallyissued between 1930-1950.

A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma.

This quintessentially American story of immigrants tells how a group of Eastern European Jews founded the chicken industry in Petaluma, California. Meet this idealistic and intrepid group through the reminiscences of their descendants, as they confronted obstacles of language and culture in their journey towards becoming Americans. Produced, directed and edited by Bonnie Burt and Judy Montell. 52 min.

A House for Someone Unlike Me.

A film by Bruce Bassett. Documents the architectural design studio led by Ray Lifchez at the University of California, Berkeley as consultants with disabilities work with Lifchez, co-instructor Barbara Winslow and architectural students, in the midst of a creative and reflective design process, illuminated by personal stories of the consultants. Commentary: Raymond Lifchez, Barbara Winslow, Sara Anne Towery, Dennis Heubner, CeCe Weeks, Peter Trier, Cheryl Davis. [United States] : National Center for a Barrier Free Environment ; Boston, Mass. : Adaptive Environments Center, c1984. 38 min.

A Jihad for love

First feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality ... The film travels a wide geographic arc presenting us lives from India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France. Always filming in secret and as a Muslim, filmmaker Parvez Sharma makes the film from within the faith, depicting Islam with the same respect that the film's characters show for it. Special features (interviews and featurettes): Parvez [Sharma] uncut, Muslim talk show, Traveling "love jihadis," More of Mushin, Tahir's Pakistan, Trans in Turkey, An American Muslim. Director, Parvez Sharma. 2007. 81 min.

A Joking Relationship (!Kung San series).

Examines humor as an important part of institutionalized kinship behavior among the !Kung Bushman. 199-. 13 min.
web web sites:Description from Documentary Educational Resources catalog

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A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden.

Shows these two klezmer bands both in performance and in the process of re-discovering this traditional music through its Yiddish, Eastern European, and early 20th Century American roots. 75 min.View this video online (via folkstreams.net)

A Kiss to this Land (Un Beso a esta tierra

In the 1920s and '30s, thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East emigrated to Mexico. Their stories are told through archival photographs, film footage, and contemporary interviews with Jewish octogenarians who describe their journeys and their perception of Jewish life in the new world. Directed by Daniel Goldberg. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1995. 93 min.