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Race - The Power of an Illusion
The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet,…
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Little White Lie - Family Secrets, Dual Identity & the Power of Telling the Truth
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity -- despite the open questions from those around her about…
I Was Born in Mexico, But… - Growing Up Undocumented in America
A poetic short featuring the voice of an undocumented young Latina woman who was brought to the U.S. as a child. The film introduces viewers to a personal voice on the immigration debate: DACA, the Dream Act, and other immigration…
The Grace Lee Project - Deconstructing an Asian-American Stereotype
When award-winning Korean-American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. As an adult, however, she moved to New York and then California, where everyone she met seemed to know "another Grace…
Some Girls - A Journey of Self Discovery for Latina Girls
This feature documentary follows a group of troubled Latina teens from a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who are transformed by an exploration of their roots via the use of ancestral DNA testing, followed by a trip to the Dominican Republic.…
Who Is Arthur Chu? - A Jeopardy Champion Fighting for Social Change
This acclaimed documentary follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! champion Arthur Chu as he attempts to leverage his viral celebrity to make positive social change online. Following a world premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival , the film has played…
I Am the Queen - A Celebration of Chicago's Puerto Rican Transgender Community
In Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, the Vida/Sida Cacica Pageant brings together members of the Puerto Rican community to celebrate its transgender participants. I AM THE QUEEN follows Bianca, Julissa and Jolizza as they prepare for the pageant under the guidance…
Chinese in the Frontier West - An American Story
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
This film documents the large-scale migration of Chinese to California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and the central role that these immigrants played in developing the American West by building the first Transcontinental Railroad and transforming California into…
Too Black to be French - Racism in France
In this documentary film, Isabelle Boni-Claverie explores the role of race and the persistence of racism in France, as well as the impact of the French colonial past. Through an exploration of her personal family history, and interviews with historians…
Amerikanuak - Spanish Basque Immigrints Living in the American West
Over half a century ago, many Basques left Spain, looking for a better life working as shepherds in the American West. The film reflects on the difficulties faced by these immigrants in a foreign land, their nostalgia for what was…
Coolies, Sailors, Settlers - Voyage to the New World
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
Explores how people from the Philippines, China and India first arrived on the shores of North and South America, their survival amid harsh conditions, re-migrations and settlement in the Americas. The film travels across oceans and centuries of time to…
White Wash - African-American Surfers
Narrated by Grammy-winner Ben Harper with Tariq "Blackthought" Trotter of the Roots, this is the story of African-American surfers. Told from the perspective of black surfers from Hawaii, Jamaica, Florida, and California, this controversial, probing film looks deep into America's…
The Color of Honor - The Japanese American Soldier in WWII
A documentary on the responses of Japanese Americans to World War II -- from enlisting in a much-decorated unit for combat in Europe, to serving as military interrogators, and for some, refusing to serve in the armed forces and challenging…
Nisei Soldier - Standard Bearer for an Exiled People
A documentary focusing on the heroism and moral dilemmas of the Japanese American men who fought bravely to liberate European towns during World War II while the rights of their incarcerated families were denied at home. Blue Ribbon, American Film…
One Big Hapa Family - The Japanese-Canadian Identity
After a realization at a family reunion, half Japanese-Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find out why everyone in his Japanese-Canadian family married interracially after his grandparents' generation. This feature live action and animated…
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Life, Deferred (Vida Diferida) - The Uncertainties Haunting Undocumented Youth and Their Families
This documentary film tells the story of Vanessa, a teenager born in Mexico who has lived in the United States with her family since she was six years old. Once an excelling middle-school student with big dreams of becoming a…
Oriented - Sexuality and Identity Across the Palestinian/Israeli Divide
An exceptional and inspirational documentary, ORIENTED follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. Khader is a Tel Aviv "darling" from a prominent Muslim mafia family living with his Jewish boyfriend…
Skin Deep
For hundreds of years, human skin colour has been used as a marker of race. Now, science is uncovering the intricate relationship between skin colour and environment. When our ancient ancestors in Equatorial Africa lost their body hair and ventured…
The Rock - The Isolation of Gibraltar From Spain
Despite being declared enemies by their countries, people in the Rock of Gibraltar and La Linea depended on each other, got married, and lived with their bilingual children. But Franco's decision to close entrance to the British territory forced the…
Voices of Muslim Women from the U.S South - Growing up Muslim the Southern United States
A documentary that explores the Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim students. The film tackles how Muslim women carve a space for self-expression in the Deep South and how they negotiate their identities in a…