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Race & Ethnicity

9500 Liberty (2009)
Summary: 9500 LIBERTY documents the first and likely only 8 weeks in U.S. history where an "Arizona style" immigration law was actually implemented. Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in America's explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a law requiring police officers to question people they have "probable cause" to suspect are undocumented immigrants.
1 DVD (81 min.) in color.

Black Is – Black Ain’t (2004)
Summary: American culture has stereotyped black Americans for centuries.  Equally devastating, the late Marlon Riggs argued, have been the definitions of "blackness" African Americans impose upon one another which contain and reduce the black experience.  In this film, Riggs meets a cross-section of African Americans grappling with the paradox of numerous, often contradictory definitions of blackness.  He shows many who have felt uncomfortable and even silenced within the race because their complexion, class, sexuality, gender or speech has rendered them "not black enough," or conversely, "too black."
1 DVD videodisc (86 min.) in color with black & white sequences + 1 facilitator’s guide (6 pages).

Blacking Up (2010)
Summary – (2010) Blacking Up explores tensions surrounding white participation in hip-hop. Popularly referred to by derogatory terms such as “wannabe” or “wigger,” the figure of the white person who identifies with hip-hop often invokes heated responses. For some, it’s an example of cultural progress – a movement toward a color-blind America. For others, it is just another case of cultural theft and mockery – a repetition of a racist past. For more information about the movie, including an Educational Guide, as well as instructions on how to obtain the film: www.blackingupmovie.com

Blue Eyed (1996)
Summary: Jane Elliott conducts a workshop with an arbitrarily selected group of individuals targeted to experience prejudice & bigotry. This film is based on the blue eyed-brown eyed exercise.
1 VHS videocassette (93 min.) in color with black & white sequences

A Class Divided (1986)
Summary: Documents a reunion of Iowa teacher Jane Elliott and her third-grade class of 1970, subjects that year of an ABC News television documentary entitled "The eye of the storm" (see above). Shows how her experimental curriculum on the evils of discrimination had a lasting effect on the lives of the students. Includes scenes of her lesson being used in a prison setting.
1 DVD videodisc (57 min.) in color

Club Connect: Ethnic Diversity (1993)
Summary: Teens from diverse ethnic backgrounds talk about racism and the strengths of our multicultural society.
1 VHS videocassette (30 min.) in color

CNN Presents: Black in America (2008)
Summary: Black In America is a multi-part series of documentaries hosted by reporter Soledad O'Brien on CNN. The series is about various issues regarding blacks (African-Americans) which includes panel discussions on issues facing the black community, and a look at the culture of black families in America, men and women. It features exclusive commentary by music mogul Russell Simmons, Grammy Award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco, comedian D.L. Hughley, award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, and actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg.
1 TV movie (240 min.) 3 part series.

Color of Fear (1993)
Summary: Examines the pain and anguish that racism has caused in the lives of North American men of Asian, European, Latin and African descent. Out of their confrontations and struggles to understand and trust each other emerges an emotional and insightful portrayal into the type of dialogue most of us fear, but hope will happen sometime in our lifetime. The intention of the supplementary film study guides is to give the viewer an opportunity to test his or her facilitation skills and to deepen the awareness of self in relation to the world. The CD-ROM contains a series of questions, based on the film, to challenge viewers to reexamine their thinking (and possible assumptions) about the material they are viewing, and the DVD contains the film, divided up into vignettes.
1 DVD videodisc (90 min.) in color with black & white sequences + 1 suppl. (1 CD-ROM + 1 videodisc)

Crash (2004)
Summary: Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11. Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).
1 DVD (112 min.) in color

Evolution and Human Equality (1987)
Summary: Using paleontology, evolutionary biology, genetics, history of science and social history as his tools, Gould tells the fascinating story of how racial differences have been misunderstood by scientists from pre-Darwinian days to the present and used to justify oppression, exploitation and persecution. He describes how new genetic research methods confirm the African origins of homosapiens and the biological equality of the races. He concludes with a plea for students to understand the tremendous social and political power of scientific work, and scientists' responsibility to humankind.
1 VHS videocassette (42 min.) in color

The Eye of the Storm (1991 [1970])
Summary: Award winning documentary records an innovative experiment in which a third-grade teacher divides her all-white class into "blue-eyes" and "brown-eyes," making each group superior or inferior on successive days. The program, NOW, demonstrates the nature and effects of bigotry by showing changes brought about in their behavior and learning patterns. (See video A Class Divided)
1 VHS videocassette (25 min.) in color  + notes (1 sheet)

Good Hair (2010)
Summary: Comedian Chris Rock tackles the very personal issue of hair, and how attaining good hair can impact African American's activities, relationships, wallets, & self-esteem. Engages in frank, funny conversations with haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as well as featuring interviews with Dr. Maya Angelou, Nia Long, Ice-T, Raven Symone, and more.  Originally released as a motion picture in 2009. Special features: Audio commentary w/ Chris Rock and producer Nelson George; theatrical trailer.
1 DVD videodisc (ca. 95 min.) in color

How Racism Harms White Americans (2013)
Summary: Distinguished historian John H. Bracey Jr. offers a provocative analysis of the devastating economic, political, and social effects of racism on white Americans. In a departure from analyses of racism that have focused primarily on white power and privilege, Bracey trains his focus on the high price that white people, especially working class whites, have paid for more than two centuries of divisive race-based policies and attitudes. Whether he's discussing the pivotal role slavery played in the war for independence, the two million white Americans who died in a civil war fought over the question of slavery, or how business owners took advantage of the segregation of America's first labor unions and used low-wage, non-unionized black workers to undercut the bargaining power of white workers, Bracey's central point is that failing to acknowledge the centrality of race, and racism, to the American project not only minimizes the suffering of black people, but also blinds us to how white people have been harmed as well.
ISBN: 1-932869-75-1. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

A Huey P. Newton Story (2002)
Summary: Smith's solo performance directed by spike lee about the origin of the black panther party. Filmed before a live audience and supplemented with archival footage.
1 VHS videocassette (90 min.) in color

I Am a Man: Black Masculinity in America (1998)
Summary:  Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt explores what it means to be a black man in America. Traveling to more than fifteen cities and towns across the country, Hurt gathers reflections on black masculinity from men and women of a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and a host of leading scholars and cultural critics. What results is an engaging and honest dialogue about race, gender, and identity in America. Features bell hooks, Michael Eric Dyson, John Henrick Clarke, Kevin Powell, Andrew Young, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, MC Hammer, Jackson Katz, and many others.
ISBN: 1-932869-10-7. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

If These Halls Could Talk: Part 1 & 2 (2011)
Summary: If our halls could talk, what would they say about the alarming rates of students of color leaving our colleges?  What would they say are some of the causes for their departures?  What would our students say it is like to be a minority student at a predominantly white campus?  Are faculties and staff prepared for the influx of students from different backgrounds?  When conflicts arise around diversity issues on the campus and in the classroom, are administrators and teachers prepared to handle them?  What are some of the solutions needed to confront these problems?  In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Director Lee Mun Wah brought together eleven college students from around the country to answer some of these questions.  In the process of sharing their stories and different life experiences with each other, they discover and expose the complexity and anguish that accompany those experiences, while trying to be understood and validated in a predominantly white environment.  Their stories are starkly emotional and the issues they provoke are equally perplexing, begging to be heard and confronted.
1 DVD w/ two parts of the series: Part 1: 49 min. Part 2: 51 min.

In Whose Honor? (1997)
Summary: Discussion of Chief Illiniwek as the University of Illinois mascot, and the effect the mascot has on Native American peoples. Graduate student Charlene Teters shares the impact of the Chief on her family. Interviewees include members of the Board of Regents, students, alumni, current and former "Chiefs" and members of the community.
1 DVD videodisc (46 min., 15 sec.) in color with black & white sequences

Jackie Robinson (Nightline News) (1987)
Summary: Episodes from Nightline covering a tribute to baseball great Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in major league baseball; and the subsequent controversy when Al Campanis made racial remarks and was asked to resign.
1 VHS videocassette (70 min.) in color

Jasper, Texas (2003)
Summary: In the summer of 1998, the small town of Jasper, Texas, is rocked by the brutal murder of an African-American man (Roy T. Anderson) by three white supremacists. The national media picks up the grisly case and soon the town is swarming with reporters, racists and Black Panthers. R.C. Horn (Louis Gossett Jr.), Jasper's first African-American mayor, and Billy Rowles (Jon Voight), the white sheriff, try to control the situation, but realize racial tensions are spiraling out of control.
1 DVD (114 min.) in color.

The Last Chance for Eden, Part I (2002)
Summary: A film about nine women and men who begin an honest and emotionally charged conversation about how racism and sexism have affected their lives and families. Part I.
1 VHS videocassette (ca. 158 min.) in color with black & white sequences + 1 guide.

Pathology of Privilege: Racism, White Denial, & the Costs of Inequality (1993)
Summary: Tim Wise offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America. Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color, but to white people as well. This is an introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a new tool for exploring the often invoked - but seldom explained - concept of white privilege.
1 DVD videodisc (57 min.) sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Prom Night in Mississippi (2008)
Summary: (2008) In 1997, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom - in 2008. Until then, blacks and whites had had separate proms even though their classrooms have been integrated for decades. Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman follows students, teachers and parents in the lead-up to the big day. Change does not come easily in this sleepy Delta town. Freeman's generosity fans the flames of racism - and racism in Charleston has a distinctly generational tinge.
For more information about the movie, as well as instructions on how to obtain the film: www.promnightinmississippi.com

A Question of Color (1993)
Summary: This program examines the issue of color consciousness within the Black community. This film explores a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal. A variety of African Americans give their experiences and attitudes towards the question of color.
1 DVD videodisc (58 min.) in color with black & white sequences

Race, The Floating Signifier (1997)
Summary: Stuart Hall offers an accessible and clarifying analysis of the social construction of race and racial difference. He explores how variations in people's appearances come to be mistaken for essential differences. He traces how these misinterpretations function both to express and to reproduce dominant power relations. And he argues for more rigorous engagements with identity, representation, and contingency capable of acknowledging and respecting difference without essentializing it. An ideal introduction to how cultural studies intervenes in debates about race, representation, identity, and power.
1 DVD videodisc (62 min) in color with black & white sequences
ISBN: 1-932869-62-1. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003)
Summary: Episode one explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode two questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode three focuses on how our institutions shape and create race.
2 DVD videodiscs (174 min.) in color with black & white sequences

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006)
Summary: This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs--from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists"--along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in U.S. history, and why they matter so much today. Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture, in the process reinforcing a narrow view of individual Arabs and the effects of specific US domestic and international policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.
ISBN: 1-932869-00-X. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (2002)
Summary: A 4-part series offering the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement presenting the context in which the laws of segregation known as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed.
1 DVD videodisc, 4-part series  (224 min.) in color with black & white sequences
Series includes: Promises betrayed (1865-1896) - Fighting back (1896-1917) - Don't shout too soon (1917-1940) - Terror and triumph (1940-1954).

Shadeism (2010)
Summary: This short TV documentary is an introduction to the issue of shadeism, the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary short looks specifically at how it affects young womyn within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas. Through the eyes and words of 5 young womyn and 1 little girl - all females of color - the film takes us into the thoughts and experiences of each. Overall, 'Shadeism' explores where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects us as womyn of color, and ultimately, begins to explore how we can move forward through dialogue and discussion.
Internet Video (20 min.), available through VIMEO.  http://vimeo.com/16210769

Skin Deep (1995)
Summary: A diverse group of college students reveal their honest feelings and attitudes about race and racism. Students are interviewed alone, and then discuss the issues in a group setting.
1 VHS videocassette (53 min.) in color

Tim Wise On White Privilege: Racism, White Denial, & the Costs of Inequality (2008)
Summary: For years, acclaimed author and speaker Tim Wise has been electrifying college campuses with his impassioned and deeply personal take on whiteness and white privilege. In this spellbinding lecture, the author of the bestselling White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son offers a powerful inside-out look at race and racism in America, surveying the damage white privilege has done not only to people of color, but to white people themselves. The result is a vivid and accessible introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a critical new educational tool for exploring the often invoked, but seldom explained, concept of white privilege.
ISBN: 1-932869-22-0. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Trail of Tears: A Native American Documentary Collection (2010)
Summary: Throughout history, few minorities have fallen prey to as much abuse, disenfranchisement, manipulation and savagery as Native Americans. Violently driven out of their indigenous lands by invasive American and British governments that disregarded their claims as rightful territorial owners, the tribes suffered further indignity by getting relegated to footnotes in American history books. This compilation of four disparate but thematically-linked documentaries from the Mill Creek label works toward preserving the Native American legacy. As narrated by James Earl Jones (with additional vocal work by James Garner and Crystal Gayle), the first film - 2006's Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy - travels back to 1830, when President Andrew Jackson set forth the controversial Indian Removal Act that drove the Cherokee people from their homelands. The second film, 1997's Native American Healing in the 21st Century, offers a sweeping look at the groundbreaking healing methods employed by Native Americans, and traces their contributions to modern medicine. The third documentary, 2000's Black Indians: An American Story, again features narration by James Earl Jones, in its tale of an unusual and oft-overlooked ethnic subculture in the U.S. that blends Native American and African American heritages. Finally, the 2008 Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding Schooldelves into the uniquely Native American perspective on boarding schools, and relays the sad tale of how many tribal children were snatched out of their homes by the U.S. government and forcibly reeducated in the ways of Western society.
2 DVD (4 hours and 23 min.) 4 documentaries.

The U (2009)
Summary: (2009) A 2009 documentary film produced by Miami based media studio rakontur and directed by Billy Corben. The U covers the rise and dominance of hip hop culture in the NCAA and the concept of “blackness” in sport.  The U follows the Miami Hurricanes football team during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The film premiered December 12, 2009 after the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN as a part of their 30 for 30 documentary series. The U's premiere drew 2.3 million viewers, the most ever for a documentary on the sports cable network.
For more information about the movie, as well as instructions on how to obtain the film: http://www.rakontur.com/the-u/

What’s Race Got to Do With It? (2006)
Summary:  This program chronicles the experiences of University of California, Berkeley undergraduate college students enrolled in "Facing you, facing me," a 16 week intergroup dialog on race and class and its impact on lives in 2005. As they confront themselves and each other about race, they discover they often lack awareness of how different their experience of campus life is from their peers, to the detriment of an inclusive campus climate. Note Special features (46 min.) include commentaries and excerpted interviews with Dave Stark and Jerlena Griffin-Destra, the co-facilitators of the class.
1 DVD videodisc (49 min.): in color

White Like Me: Race, Racism, & White Privilege in America (2013)
Summary: White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today. For years, Tim Wise's bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. White Like Me is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen -- to show how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about.
ISBN: 1-932869-80-8. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

 

Gender

Asking For It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent (2010)
Summary: The line between sexual consent and sexual coercion is not always as clear as it seems -- and according to Harry Brod, this is exactly why we should approach our sexual interactions with great care. Brod, a professor of philosophy and leader in the pro-feminist men's movement, offers a unique take on the problem of sexual assault, one that complicates the issue even as it clarifies the bottom-line principle that consent must always be explicitly granted, never simply assumed. In a nonthreatening, non-hectoring discussion that ranges from the meanings of "yes" and "no" to the indeterminacy of silence to the way alcohol affects our ethical responsibilities, Brod challenges young people to envision a model of sexual interaction that is most erotic precisely when it is most thoughtful and empathetic. Ideal for classes in gender studies, communication, and sociology, and especially useful for extracurricular programs and workshops.
ISBN: 1-932869-47-6. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Beauty Mark: Body Image and the Race for Perfection (2008)
Summary: How do our families influence our relationship with our own bodies? How do American pop culture's standards of beauty get inside our hearts and heads? In what ways can sport and the drive for fitness actually make us sick rather than healthy?  Diane Israel explores American culture's unhealthy preoccupation with thinness, beauty, and physical perfection. Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, recounts how she grew up feeling intense pressure to be beautiful and successful -- and how, as a result, she raced headlong into a devastating and near-fatal spiral of disordered eating and obsessive exercising. Along the way, Beauty Mark provides crucial insights into the relationship between media culture, gender norms, and girls' and women's health.  Featuring commentary from Eve Ensler, Paul Campos, and Naomi Wolf, and insights from athletes, bodybuilders, fashion models, and inner-city teens. The DVD includes a bonus feature with Israel talking in greater detail about her recovery.
ISBN: 1-932869-29-8. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Boys to Men? (2004)
Summery: Filmmaker Frederick Marx's powerful follow-up to his critically acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams continues his extraordinary exploration of the lives of boys and young men. Concerned once again with the distance between boys' dreams and the limits of reality, Marx focuses on a group of teenagers from a range of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds as they navigate troubled lives and shifting ideals of manhood. The result is an intimate and accessible snapshot of the deeper crisis in American masculinity. The DVD includes three additional pieces that focus on one boy at a time.
ISBN: 1-932869-14-X. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Bro-Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men (2011)
Summary: Filmmaker Thomas Keith, a professor of philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, provides an engrossing look at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Breaking down a range of contemporary media forms targeted explicitly at young men, Keith teases out the main maxims of "bro culture" and "the bro code," and examines how this seemingly ironic mentality reinforces misogyny and gender violence in the real world. Whether he's looking at movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, or the recent groundswell in men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in reactionary myths of American manhood, the message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our "entertainment" culture is clear: that it's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. Along the way, The Bro Code makes a powerful case that there's nothing normal, natural, or inevitable about this toxic ideal of American manhood, and challenges young people to fight back against the resurgent idea that being a "bro" -- and a man -- means glorifying sexism, bullying, and abuse.
ISBN: 1-932869-55-7. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture (2008)
Summary: Despite the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a persistent force in American culture. In this important documentary, Thomas Keith, professor of philosophy at California State University-Long Beach, looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions of femininity and hateful attitudes toward women get constructed and perpetuated at the very heart of our popular culture. The film tracks the destructive dynamics of misogyny across a broad and disturbing range of media phenomena: including the hyper-sexualization of commercial products aimed at girls, the explosion of violence in video games aimed at boys, the near-hysterical sexist rants of hip-hop artists and talk radio shock jocks, and the harsh, patronizing caricatures of femininity and feminism that reverberate throughout the mainstream of American popular culture. Along the way, Generation M forces us to confront the dangerous real-life consequences of misogyny in all its forms - making a compelling case that when we devalue more than half the population based on gender, we harm boys and men as well as women and girls. Featuring interviews with gender violence prevention educators Byron Hurt, Jackson Katz, and Jean Kilbourne.
ISBN: 1-932869-27-1. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Girl Rising (2013)
Summary: From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
1 DVD (101 min.)

Guyland: Where Boys Become Men (2015)
Summary:  In this powerful new film based on his bestselling book, sociologist Michael Kimmel maps the troubling social world where boys become men -- a new stage of development he calls "Guyland." Arguing that the traditional adult signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood are no longer clear, Kimmel provides an astonishing glimpse into a world where more and more young men are trying desperately to prove their masculinity to other young men -- with frequently disastrous consequences for young women and other young men.  Guyland offers a way for all of us -- parents, young men and women, community members, and professors and administrators -- to envision new ways to support young men as they navigate this often perilous world.
ISBN: 1-932869-95-6.  This title is currently only available via streaming.  The DVD will be released in winter 2015-2016.  See guylandfilm.org.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes (2006)
Summary: Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. The documentary features revealing interviews about masculinity and sexism with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.
ISBN: 1-932869-07-7. Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women (2010)
Summary: Do you want to teach about portrayals of women in the media? This highly anticipated update of Jean Kilbourne's influential and award-winningKilling Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, takes a fresh look at American advertising and discovers that the more things have changed, the more they've stayed the same. Breaking down a staggering range of more than 160 print and television ads, Kilbourne uncovers a steady stream of sexist and misogynistic images and messages, laying bare a world of frighteningly thin women in positions of passivity, and a restrictive code of femininity that works to undermine girls and women in the real world. At once provocative and inspiring, Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge yet another generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, gender violence, and contemporary politics.
ISBN: 1-932869-44-1.  Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Pornland: How the Porn Industry has Hijacked Our Sexuality (2014)
Summary: Pornography has moved from the margins of society into the very mainstream of American culture. From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture industries bombard us with sexualized images of idealized women and men that jump off the screen and into our lives, shaping our gender identities, our body image, and especially our intimate relationships. In this multimedia presentation based on her acclaimed book, leading anti-porn feminist and scholar Gail Dines argues that the dominant images and stories disseminated by the multibillion-dollar pornography industry produce and reproduce a gender system that undermines equality and encourages violence against women. In direct opposition to claims that porn has delivered a more liberated, edgy sexuality, Dines reveals a mass-produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist and destructive - a vision that limits our ability to create authentic, equal relationships free of violence and degradation. An ideal introduction to the core arguments of the feminist anti-pornography movement.
ISBN: 1-932869-94-8.  Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (1998)
Summary: In this exclusive, illustrated video, Mary Pipher, Ph.D., discusses the challenges facing today's teenagers, especially girls, as well as the role of media and popular culture in shaping their identities. She offers concrete ideas for girls and boys, families, teachers, and schools to help girls free themselves from the toxic influences of today's media-saturated culture. Reviving Ophelia is one of the most talked about books in America. This video presentation brings together ideas from Pipher's books and from her clinical practice in a highly accessible format. It provides a dynamic discussion-starter for classes from high school through college, as well as for parents, teachers, youth, and civic groups.
ISBN: 1-893521-59-1.  Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Tough Guise: Violence, Media, & the Crisis in Masculinity (1999)
Summary: Acclaimed anti-violence educator Jackson Katz argues that the epidemic of male violence that plagues American society needs to be understood and addressed as part of a much larger cultural crisis in masculinity. Whether he's looking at bullying and school shootings or gay bashing, sexual assault, and violence against women, Katz makes a powerful case that male violence, misogyny, and homophobia are inextricably linked to how we define manhood as a culture. The film gives special attention to how American media have glamorized increasingly regressive and violence masculine ideals in the face of mounting social and economic threats to traditional white male heterosexual authority. Katz's innovative cultural approach to gender violence prevention has been adopted by the NFL, the NCAA, and the U.S. Marine Corps.
ISBN: 1-893521-66-4.  Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood, & American Culture (2013)
Summary: In this highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist Jackson Katz argues that the ongoing epidemic of men's violence in America is rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of manhood. In a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority. Along the way, the film provides a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of the culture, from television, movies, video games, and advertising to pornography, the sports culture, and U.S. political culture. Tough Guise 2 stands to empower a new generation of young men -- and women -- to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior.
ISBN: 1-932869-91-3.  Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

War on the Family: Mothers in Prison and the Families They Leave Behind (2009)
Summary: (2005) When most people think of prisoners, they think of men. Yet women are the fastest growing prison population. Perhaps more surprising, some 75% of women behind bars are mothers. Each year these mothers leave behind 350,000 children under the age of 18. More than half of mothers in state prisons never see their children during their incarceration.  In The War on the Family, noted social rights activist Renny Golden shows that as a direct result of President Ronald Reagan's administration's War On Drugs campaign, the rates of women in prison have skyrocketed, leading to the unintended destruction of the family. Through her interviews inside prisons across the country, Golden identifies the risks and needs of these imprisoned mothers and their children, the obstacles communities face in successfully helping these families, and the implications current judicial policies--like mandatory sentencing and lack of drug treatment programs--pose for women, children, families, and the communities in which we live.
Film is available through most retail vendors.

Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying, & Battering (2003)
Summary: Wrestling with Manhood is the first educational program to pay attention to the enormous popularity of professional wrestling among male youth, addressing its relationship to real-life violence and probing the social values that sustain it as a powerful cultural force. Richly illustrating their analysis with numerous examples, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz - the award-winning creators of the videos Dreamworlds and Tough Guise, respectively - offer a new way to think about the enduring problems of men's violence against women and bullying in our schools. Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, they show how so-called "entertainment" is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence. They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become "men."  Designed to engage the wrestling fan as well as the cultural analyst, Wrestling with Manhood will provoke spirited debate about some of our most serious social problems.
ISBN: 1-893521-76-1.  Streaming available through www.mefstreaming.org

 

Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)
Summary: A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.
1 DVD (80 min.): in color

Boys Don’t Cry (2002)
Summary: Young female-to-male transgender Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) leaves his hometown under threat when his ex-girlfriend's brother discovers that he's biologically female. Resettling in the small town of Falls City, Nebraska, Brandon falls for Lana (Chloë Sevigny), an aspiring singer, and begins to plan for their future together. But when her ex-convict friends, John (Peter Sarsgaard) and Tom (Brendan Sexton III), learn Brandon's secret, things change very quickly.
1 DVD (114 min.) in color.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Summary: In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired by rancher Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid) as sheep herders in Wyoming. One night on Brokeback Mountain, Jack makes a drunken pass at Ennis that is eventually reciprocated. Though Ennis marries his longtime sweetheart, Alma (Michelle Williams), and Jack marries a fellow rodeo rider (Anne Hathaway), the two men keep up their tortured and sporadic affair over the course of 20 years.
1 DVD (134 min.) in color

Daddy & Papa (2002)
Summary: A documentary exploring the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men who are making a decision that is at once traditional and revolutionary: to raise children themselves. Taking us inside four gay male families, this documentary traces the critical issues that inevitably intersect their private lives, the ambiguous place of interracial families in America, the wonder and precariousness of surrogacy and adoption, the complexities of marriage and divorce within the gay community, and the legality of their own parenthood.
1 videocassette (57 min.): in color

Laramie Inside Out (2009)
Summary:  (2009) In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die. The horror of this murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes. Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger returns to her hometown to see how this event had affected the site of her own closeted adolescence. Along the way she meets "God-hates-fags" Westboro Baptist Church Reverend Fred Phelps, who condemns Shepard and all homosexuals to an eternal hell. But Seckinger meets many more—parents, teachers, clergy and students—telling their stories, speaking out and taking action.
For more information about the movie, including an Educational Guide, as well as instructions on how to obtain the film:  http://laramieinsideout.com/

The Laramie Project (2002)
Summary:  In October 1998, 21 year-old Matthew Shepard was found savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming. This film is a dramatization of a town forced to confront itself in the reflective glare of the national spotlight, responding with love, anger, sympathy, support, and defiance.
1 DVD videodisc (96 min.) in color

Milk (2008)
Summary: In 1972, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his then-lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco, with Milk determined to accomplish something meaningful in his life. Settling in the Castro District, he opens a camera shop and helps transform the area into a mecca for gays and lesbians. In 1977 he becomes the nation's first openly gay man elected to a notable public office when he wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors. The following year, Dan White (Josh Brolin) kills Milk in cold blood.
1 DVD (128 min.) in color.

Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen (2008)
Summary: A documentary that explores the lives of six Black transgender men living in the United States through the intimate stories of their lives as artists, students, husbands, fathers, lawyers, and teachers.
1 DVD videodisc (79 min.): in color

TransGeneration (2005)
Summary: TransGeneration is an eight episode documentary series depicting the lives of four transgender college students during the 2004/2005 school year as they attempt to balance college, their social lives, and their struggle "to merge their internal and external selves” while gender transitioning. Two of the students are transitioning from male to female and two from female to male. All four are living on campus at four different colleges.  TransGeneration is shown on the LGBT television network Logo, was broadcast weekly on the Sundance Channel from September to November 2005 and released as a feature film at some festivals and independent theaters.  A year after filming the series, the cameras returned to film a half-hour reunion episode.
8 episode documentary (5 hours total). In color.

Unlearning Homophobia (2004)
Summary: Each of the documentaries tackles the emotional issue of discrimination based on sexual orientation and how it affects American families, communities, and churches. “Straight from the Heart” explores parents' journey to understanding and love of their gay and lesbian children. “All God's Children” explores homophobia in the African-American community. “De Colores” presents lesbian and gay Latinos, their stories of strength, family and love, and breaking down cultural prejudice through deep-rooted love.
1 videodisc, 3-part series (ca. 81 min.): in color

 

Social Class

The Forgotten Americans (2000)
Summary: A look at the lives of the urban poor living in "Las Colonias", a group of over 1500 unincorporated settlements along the Mexican-American Border Region.
1 videodisc (57 min.): in color

Frontline: A Class Divided (1985)
Summary: In 1970, Jane Elliott, a public school teacher in Riceville, Iowa, divided her all-white, all-christian third-graders into blue- and brown-eyed groups for a lesson in discrimination which was brought to national attention by the award-winning documentary, "The Eye of the Storm". This program updates that unique lesson in a blend of film from the original documentary and a reunion of the former third-graders and their teacher fifteen years later.
1 videocassette (VHS)(57 min.): in color w/ study guide (8 pg.)

Trouble the Water (2009)
Summary: This documentary takes the viewer inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never seen on screen. Incorporating home footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts - an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th ward -- directors/producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal weave this insider's view of Katrina with a devastating protrait of the hurricane's aftermath. Audiences are on a journey that is by turns heart-stopping, infuriating, inspiring and empowering. It is not only about the tragedy of Katrina, but about the underlying issues that remained when the flood waters receded -- failing public schools, record high levels of incarceration, poverty, structural racism and lack of government accountability.
1 DVD videodisc (96 min.): in color

 

Ability/Health Status

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (2004)
Summary: Originally released in 1989. The story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt established by the San Francisco NAMES Project Foundation in 1987 to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS. From the thousands memorialized in the quilt, profiles five individuals--including a recovered IV drug user, a former Olympic decathlon star and a boy with hemophilia--whose stories reflect the diversity and common tragedy of those who have died from AIDS. Celebrates unique personalities and achievements, interweaving personal histories with a chronology of the epidemic's development and the negligence of the government. Features: commentary with Rob Epstein & Jerry Friedman; Vito Russo ACT UP speech; Then and now, 1981-2004: short film by Rob Epstein & Jerry Friedman; photo gallery.
1 DVD videodisc (79 min.): in color

The Eyes of Me (2010)
Summary – (2010) More than 9,000 students across the United States attend residential schools for the visually impaired. Over the course of one school year, The Eyes of Me captures the stories of four extraordinary teenagers at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a public residential high school in Austin that has educated visually impaired students for more than 150 years.
For more information about the movie, as well as instructions on how to obtain the film: www.itvs.org/films/eyes-of-me

Murderball (2005)
Summary: A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes. Special Features: Jackass presents: Murderball featuring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Mark Zupan; CNN interview exclusive on Larry King Live; Player commentary; Filmmaker commentary; 'Murderball': behind the game; Joe Soares update interview; New York City premiere - Keith recieves his rugby chair; Think MTV disability awareness; deleted scenes.
1 DVD videodisc (86 min.): in color

Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back (2004)
Summary: "Explores the politics of disability through the performances, debates and late-night conversations of activists at This/Ability: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability and the Arts, held at The University of Michigan on May 19, 1995]. Features interviews with well-known disability rights advocates and artists, along with professors, students, and others with disabilities"--Container.
1 DVD videodisc (48 min.) in color with black & white sequences