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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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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Crossing Lines - An Indian American Woman Celebrates Her Heritage
The story of an Indian American woman's struggle to stay connected to India after the loss of her father. Like most second-generation ethnic Americans, Indira Somani has struggled with identity issues, since her parents migrated to the U.S. in the…
The Last Goldfish - Uncovering a Family's History of Forced Migration
A daughter's search for her lost family stretches from Australia to Trinidad and WWII Germany. Rich with archival images, Su Goldfish's autobiographical documentary echoes through all those touched by forced migration. Manfred Goldfish tried to suppress the trauma that made…
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…
All Eyes and Ears - The Complex Links Between the U.S. and China
A timely exploration into the complex links between the U.S. and China, ALL EYES AND EARS evokes the personal and the international, focusing on diplomacy, activism and individual experience. Interspersed with remarks from journalists and experts, ALL EYES AND EARS…
A Lot Like You - Exploring Multiracial Identity
Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her parents retire and move back to Tanzania, Kimaro begins a project that examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex…
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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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…
Bertsolari - An Ancestral form of Basque Poetry
A remarkable and educational ethnographic documentary on Bertsolaritza, an ancestral, completely improvised form of Basque poetry. This oral tradition has skillfully evolved and adapted to the times, connecting with the youngest generations with its undeniable formal similarities to rap and…
Mariachi High - Celebrating Cultural Arts in Education
In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will captivate your ears and warm your heart. MARIACHI HIGH follows a South Texas high school's top ensemble, Mariachi Halcon,…
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