A Raisin in the Sun
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After moving to Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, a black family
struggles to deal with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they
strive for a better life. Adapted for the screen from Lorraine
Hansberry's play, this is a moving portrait of dreams deferred.
Achbar and Jennifer Abbott)
|An epic in length and breadth, this documentary aims at nothing less
than a full-scale portrait of the most dominant institution on the
planet Earth in our lifetime--a phenomenon all the more remarkable, if
not downright frightening, when you consider that the corporation as we
know it has been around for only about 150 years. It used to be that
corporations were, by definition, short-lived and finite in agenda. If a
town needed a bridge built, a corporation was set up to finance and
complete the project; when the bridge was an accomplished fact, the
corporation ceased to be. Then came the 19th-century robber barons, and
the courts were prevailed upon to define corporations not as
get-the-job-done mechanisms but as persons under the 14th
Amendment with full civil rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
Smith: Founder of Virginia
The Civil War: The Cause, 1861 (Episode One)
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The stage is set for war as the nation begins to
tear apart. Opposition by the North to slavery in the South
fuels a bitter debate, and the country wrestles with conflicts
between the Union
and States' rights. Commanding center stage are twering
figures-- Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Ulysses S. Grant and
Robert E. Lee. From Harper's Ferry to
first chapters unfold in a conflict from which there would be no
|The Civil War: A Very Bloody Affair,
1862 (Episode Two)
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| The war to preserve the Union becomes
a war to free the slaves, and political fights become as fierce as
those on the battlefield. The chains of slavery begin to crumble
while the Confederacy struggles for recognition, and its resourceful
army hands the Union critical defeats. New Weapons and strategies
emerge, as ironclad ships do battle and Ulysses S. Grant wins at Shiloh.
With unprecedented ferocity, the age of modern warfare takes hold.
The Civil War: Forever Free, 1862 (Episode Three)
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Dark clouds of defeat hover over the Union Army as President Lincoln
prepares the landmark Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves.
While Lincoln waits for a victorious
moment for this announcement, Union troops lose repeatedly to the
brilliant generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. Finally,
with a victory at Antietam Creek, the bloodies day of the war gives
way to the dawn of emancipation. The definition of freedom in
never be the same again.
War: Simply Murder, 1863 (Episode Four)
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| Their names are etched forever in history-- Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Vicksburg-- some of the Civil War's stormiest battlegrounds.
While life in the South becomes more desperate, Northern opposition
to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation also
grows. The combat spearheaded by Ulysses S. Grant and Robert
E. Lee brings the war to a fever pitch, and both sides strain with
the weariness of so many years under siege.
|The Civil War: The Universe of
Battle, 1863 (Episode Five)
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The turning point of the war is reached at the legendary Battle of
Gettysburg, one of the most awesome battles ever waged. While
150,000 men face death in
Pennsylvania's fileds, the war spreads
westward to Chattanooga and
Chickamauga. As the Union drats more
soldiers, riots rage in New
York, and African
American troops join the fight. At Gettysburg's cemetery, President Lincoln articulates
the poignant hope "that government of the people, by the people,
for the people shall not perish from the earth."
|The Civil War: Valley of the Shadow
of Death, 1864 (Episode Six)
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| It's a chess game between two masters-- played out on the board of
life. The Union's General Grant
and the Confederacy's General Lee are a study in
contrasts as they vie for victory. In one month's time, their
armies suffer more casualties than in three years of war, but the
impasse continues. A standoff at
Petersburg and General Sherman's campaign
push the death toll higher, and hospitals are strained beyond belief.
Lincoln's prospects for
re-election fade, along with hope for the Union's
The Civil War: Most Hallowed Ground, 1864 (Episode Seven)
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The presidential campaign of 1864 finds a nation truly divided against
itself, and Lincoln
seems doomed to defeat. The Union armies have stalled, and
people have turned against the war. Unexpectedly, eleventh-hour
victories sway the votes Lincoln's
way, and the flame of Confederate independence flickers out.
In a personal blow to General Lee, his Virginia
mansion is turned into
to assure that no one would ever live in the home again.
|The Civil War: War Is All Hell,
1865 (Episode Eight)
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| Sherman's lengendary
"March to the Sea" portends the war's end, searing the heartland
of Georgia and the Carolinas.
Key Southern cities fall under General Grant's command, and General
Lee's troops have nowhere left to flee. In the stillness of
Appomattox Court House, Lee's dramatic surrender to Grant finally
unfolds. As the news echoes through Washington,
a plan for the South's revenge is hatched in the angry mind of a man
named John Wilkes Booth.
|The Civil War: The Better Angels
of Our Nature, 1865 (Episode Nine)
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In the bittersweet days after the war's end, the Union's
triumphs quickly turns to sorrow. Just five days after
victory, President Lincoln dies by the hand of John Wilkes Booth,
and the nation's story is again changed forever. This final
episode surveys the fates of the people who left their indelible
marks on this remarkable era. And it leaves us with insights
into the meaning of a conflict that helped make us the nation we are today.
Amazing Magic Lantern Show (Brown, Joshua, Bret Eynon)
Takes a look at the Magic Lantern Show of J.W. Toer,
a Baptist minister and former slave who traveled the rural South in the
years following the Civil War. The show featured music and stories of
the black people before, during and after the Civil War. Especially
focuses on the misrepresentation by the North of the former slaves and
the progress of Reconstruction.
Doing As They Can: Slave Life
in the American South (Brown, Joshua, Steve Brier)
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|In this dramatized
narrative illustrated with photographs and illustrations from
nineteenth century books and periodicals, a fugitive woman slave
describes life, work and day-to-day resistance to slavery on a
cotton plantation in North Carolina during the 1840s and 1850s. She
escapes to the North in the 1850s, only to discover that her former
master's legal power extends even to the free city of New York.
of the Dust (Julie Dash)
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Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands
off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were
maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last bastion of
these mores in America. Set in 1902.
of MavNeil / Lehrer) Jim
無字幕，英文發音 (44 min.)
What does globalization mean for the world economy
and for Americans? That's the topic explored in this series of reports
and discussions from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Business
correspondent Paul Solman strolls through Brookline, Massachusetts with
Harvard economics professor Robert Lawrence, exploring what
globalization looks like at street level. David Gergen discusses
globalization with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. Peruvian
economist Hernando De Soto discusses his book "The Mystery of Capital:
Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else." And the
implications of a world without borders are discussed with Friedman and
Moises Naim, editor of "Foreign Policy" magazine.
|The End of Camelot
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U.S. History (2)
U.S. History (3) EV/900/003B01
U.S. History (4) EV/900/004B01
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Focus on American culture
Mid-Life Moms, Fast Track Parents, Is Love Color-blind?
Manufacturers Engage in False Advertising
on the Environment, Beyond
9 to 5, The Joys and Risks of The Daddy Track, Bilingual Education,
Judgment Day, Cheating in College, New suburban Design for Living,
Health Care for the Poor, The Perfect Baby.
Five Points: New York’s Irish
Working Class in the 1850s (Brown, Joshua, Stephen Brier)
|Part 5 of a
seven-part series exploring the central role working men and women
have played in the key events and developmenmts of American history.
In this dramatized narrative New York City in the 1850s is seen
through the conflicting perspectives of a native-born Protestant
reformer and an immigrant Irish-Catholic family. As members of the
Irish family describe their daily lives, the Five Points slum is
revealed as a complicated world that contradicts nineteenth century
stereotypes about the behavior and beliefs of the immigrant poor.
Riders (Stanley Nelson)
This is the story of more than four hundred Americans who
participated in a bold and dangerous experiment designed to awaken
the conscience of a complacent nation. These self-proclaimed,
'Freedom Riders' challenged the mores of a racially segregated
society by performing a disarmingly simple act.
Global Village or Global Pillage?
Shows constructive ways ordinary people around the world are
addressing the impact of globalization on their communities,
workplaces, and environments. It weaves together video of local and
transnational activities, interviews, music, and original video
comics to show that, through grassroots organizing combined with
mutual support around the world, ordinary people can empower
themselves to deal with the global economy. --
Series The Road To Independence
|1. Abraham Lincoln
2. Beniamin Franklin
3. George Washington
4. Thomas Jefferson
1877: The Grand Army of Starvation
Chronicles the events of the railroad strike of 1877 and its origins
in the economic and social injustices of 19th century America using
contemporary graphics and photographs.
The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
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two-part production which introduces the viewer to the major black
writers of the 1920's, and in particular, to those writers of this
period who collectively were refessed to as the "Harlem
Renaissance," the "Negro Renaissance," or the "Negro Awakening,"
which was a period from 1925 to 1929.
Hawaii's Last Queen
|Before Hawaii was a
hot spot for honeymooners and surfers, prior to its petition by
American sugar growers for annexation to the United States, the
Kingdom of Hawaii was an independent monarchy. Queen Lili'uokalani
was its last queen. Succeeding to the throne in 1891,
Lili'uokalani's focus was to frame a new constitution that would
restore power to native Hawaiians that had been diminished by the
success of white American business owners. Shortly into her reign,
the U.S. government effectively revoked Hawaii's favored position on
the American sugar market and Lili'uokalani's kingdom faced economic
collapse. Convinced the only way to survive was annexation to the
United Sates, the sugar growers stirred a clash of interests among
plantation owners, native Hawaiians, the U.S. government, and the
Queen's cabinet. Eventually, Lili'uokalani would lose her throne at
gun point and yield her power to the U.S. government. In 1898,
Hawaii was recognized as part of the United States by President
Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl
(Brown, Joshua, Andrea Ades Vasquez and Pennee Bender)
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The dramatic story of the "Uprising of the 20,000," the 1909
shirtwaist strike, is told through vignettes that explore immigrant
women's lives in turn-of-the-century New York. The experiences of
young Jewish and Italian working women address subjects including
immigration, intergenerational conflict, "romance," ethnic tensions,
industrial conflict, and the creation of a new consumer and
History: The Big H
(Brown, Joshua, Steve Brier)
detective story that is also an introduction to the history of
working people and the problems of understanding the past.
Private-eye Clio Malarkey investigates "How things got to be the way
they are," and in the process learns the importance of studying
United States history as well as the dangers of misinterpreting it.
If the Mango Tree Could Speak
Separate versions of the documentary run back-to-back, the first
narrated in English and the second in Spanish. There is no common
menu from which to choose one version or the other. The version
narrated in English uses English subtitles for speech in Spanish or
Indian languages; the version narrated in Spanish includes Spanish
voice-overs when speech is in an Indian language.
"A documentary about children and war in Central
America"--Container. DVD release of a videocassette originally
released in 1993.
|I Am A Promise : The Children of
(color, 90 min) (New
|Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
and widely celebrates as an HBO premiere, I AM A PROMISE has been
applauded by The New York Times as a "strong documentary…unsparing
Directed by the innovative, award-winning team of Alan and Susan Raymond
(An American Family), I AM A PROMISE paints an unflinching v?rit?
portrait of the children of Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia,
an inner-city neighborhood where 90% of the students live below the
poverty line. As seen through the devoted and determined viewpoint
of principal Deanna Burney, the film shows Stanton as underfunded,
understaffed, and filled with children struggling to overcome their
difficulties. But for these at-risk kids, the only hope for their
future survives in the success of their education.
Astoundingly relevant today, I AM A PROMISE imparts a poignantly captivating
series of vignettes concerning children growing up outside the American
dream, echoing current urban-education issues in our country's ongoing
Just a Little Red Dot
Inspired by a true story, Mitra Sen's film tells of a Canadian 5th
grade class that encounters a new Sri Lankan student who wears a red
dot (bindi) on her forehead. In an effort to foster understanding,
their teacher begins wearing a little red dot, too, and soon the
other students follow suit, prompting negative attitudes on the
school playground. In a show of solidarity, the class creates an
ingenious solution to peer discrimination.
|Juno and the Paycock (Alfred Hitchcock)
(黑白，80 min) (VALENCIA ENTERTAINMENT CORP, 1989)
classic, fast-moving melodrama was Hitchcock’s first foray into the gangster genre. The style and pacing of this
films set the trand for later crime movies. Cast includes Barry Fitzgerald,
Sara Allgood , Edward Chapman and Marie O’Neill.
Luther King (Alan C. McLean)
The United States in the 1950s and 60s was a troubled place. Black
people were angry, because they did not have the same rights as
whites. It was a time of angry words, of marches, of protests, a
time of bombs and killings. But above the angry noise came the voice
of one man - a man of peace. 'I have a dream,' said Martin Luther
King, and it was a dream of blacks and whites living together in
peace and freedom. This is the story of an extraordinary man, who
changed American history in his short life.
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from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for
atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th
birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a
camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay
community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political
alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign
manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the
city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's
relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide
initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs.
|Nothing But A Man (Michael Roemer)
(color, 92 min) (New Video, 2004)
|A landmark independent film, NOTHING BUT MAN is one of the most
sincere and sensitive pictures ever made about the struggles and hardships
of Black life in 1960s American. Lauded by critics at the Venice and
New York Film Festivals when it first premiered in 1963, this quietly
moving, beautiful film remains as relevant and powerful today as it
Set against the stirrings of the civil rights movement and a rising
wave of burgeoning Black pride, NOTHING BUT A MAN tells the story
of Duff, a railroad section hand, who is forced to confront racial
prejudice and self-denial when he falls in love with Josie, an educated
preacher's daughter. Starring Ivan Dixon (Porgy and Bess, A Raisin
in the Sun) and Jazz great Abbey Lincoln in performances Siskel &
Ebert called "terrific", it is ultimately an uplifting story
about a man and a woman whose love overcomes racial and class barriers.
The original soundtrack features Motown stars Stevie Wonder, Mary
Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, The Miracles, and The Martelettes.
From acclaimed director Michael Roemer, NOTHING BUT A MAN is a devastatingly
powerful film about living life without the basic necessities of dignity
and respect. Watching this film, we are forced to confront not only
what we were but what we are, how far we are, how far we've come,
and how far we still have to go. To celebrate its 40th anniversary,
this groundbreaking American classic is available for the time ever
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The film presents a sharp contrast between the American and Indian
cultures. It also involves the great impact caused by globalization
and new technologies.
The low-key, charming
Outsourced is a thoughtful satire about the human side of
contemporary frustrations associated with the global economy. Josh
Hamilton (The House of Yes) stars as Todd Anderson, vice
president of customer relations for a Seattle company that sells
phone-order, patriotic kitsch. Part of Todd's job is keeping his
operators' order-taking time down to a few minutes. He's good at
what he does, but that doesn't stop the company from outsourcing
Todd's entire department to somewhere in India, where local workers
can field customer calls more cheaply. A reluctant Todd is sent to
the subcontinent to train his own replacement and get the new
operators up to speed. Neither task goes well, but adding to Todd's
frustration is culture shock over everything from Indian table
manners to public transportation to minimal bathroom fixtures.
There’s something familiar about this particular fish-out-of-water
tale (television’s Northern Exposure, as well as such
features as Local Hero and Doc Hollywood). The gentle
but illuminating Outsourced proves the story, as long as it's
told well, never gets old. Todd eventually realizes the best way to
escape India and get back to Seattle, ironically, is to let go of
his resistance to India's culture and people. Transformation
precedes liberation, but the lovely question in Outsourced is
this: once Todd is transformed, what does he need to be liberated
from? The film's deliberate, carefully paced narrative can't obscure
the feeling of epiphany that permeates Outsourced. Nor can
some of its other delights: assured location shooting and a fine
supporting cast, including a wry Ayesha Dharker as Todd's romantic
interest, and a brief appearance by Larry Pine as a kind of older,
more serene version of the disoriented central character.
|Out of Ireland:
The Story of Irish Emigration to America
(narrated by Kelly Mcgillis)
(written and directed by Paul Wagner)
(color, Approx. 111 mins.)
of Ireland traces the story of flight from the famine-swept villages of 19th
to the industrialized cities of 20th century America. The program personalizes
this transatlantic journey by focusing on the lives of eight specific
immigrants, utilizing letters they wrote home to Ireland
describing their experiences in the New World.
the story is of a people yearning for change even as they clung
desperately to ancient traditions. In America,
the story is of policemen and maids, priests and politicians, rogues,
wanderers, and victims of discrimination, bemoaning their forced
departure from the Old World even as they reaped the benefits of
the New World.
The mid-19th century famine
in Ireland set the stage for one of the first big
waves of European immigrants to America. They tested and profoundly
notion of itself. As Walt Whitman would say, America had become a "nation
of nations." Out of Ireland, therefore, is about all
Americans and the profound historical and psychological consequences
which are our heritage as a nation of immigrants.
The Rose Parks Story
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(color, 94 min) (Xenon Pictures, Inc., 2002) 791.43
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|The Rose Parks Story is a 2002 TV movie about the civil
rights heroine Rosa Parks, whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation
was just one of her acts in her fight for justice. The film stars
Angela Bassett as Rosa Parks; she won an Image Award for her role.
Roads to Memphis (Steve
|This film tells the
story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society
that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in
Memphis in April 1968.
SAVAGE ACTS: Wars, Fairs and Empire 1898-1904
(Brown, Joshua, Penee Bender & Andrea Ades Vásquez)
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U.S. overseas expansion at the turn of the century
was not just the concern of government and business; it was the
stuff of everday life. Savage Acts tells the story of how the
Phillippine War and American domestic culture forged a new U.S.
foregin policy. Soldiers' letters, world's fair exhibitions, early
films, travel guides, and heroic monuments expressed the growing
sense of national mission based on ideas of racial superiority. But
the victory of imperialist policies was not inevitable; expansion
and the way it was expressed in the daily life of the nation sparked
opposition both at home and abroad.
Tea Party Etiquette (Brown, Joshua, Stephen
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In this dramatized narrative illustrated with
photographs and illustrations from nineteenth century books and
periodicals, a poor shoemaker from colonial Boston, George Robert
Twelves Hewes, describes his experiences in the struggle for
American independence, revealing how working people helped make the
American Revolution and how they were changed in the process. It
depicts the Revolutionary War Period of American history which
included the Boston Tea Party.
Up South: African-American Migration in the Era
of the Great War (Brown, Joshua, Andrea Ades Vasquez and Pennee
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Between 1916 and 1921, 500,000 African-Americans
moved from the South to cities in the North. Mississipians chose
Chicago as their destination in the great migration. Their story is
told through the recollections of migrants themselves and through
letters, oral histories, songs, photographs, and art.
The Voyage of LaAmistad: A Quest
(Color, 70 mins; 1998)
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On the morning of June 28, 1839, the
schooner La Amistad
set sail from Havana, Cuba,
with a cargo that included 53
Africans who had been abducted from Sierra Leone and sold into slavery
in violation of international law. Unware of
their fate and fearing they would be killed, the Africans revolted,
sparing only two crew members to guide the ship
eastward toward their home. After a two-month voyage on a zigzag course,
La Amistad was finally
captured at Long
Island, New York,
where the Africans were jailed and charged with piracy and murder.
Thus began an adventure of
immense historical consequences, with a legacy that continues today.
Three-time Emmy Award-winner Alfre
Woodard narrates this chronicle of the story of the abducted Africans
battles for freedom, first on the Amistad and then as they
stood trial in a strange land, taking their case all the way to the
Supreme Court with various abolitionists and former president John
Quiney Adams leading the way. Court documents
and transcripts, letters written by the Africans and their lawyers,
newspaper articles and testimony from present-day
scholars painstakingly recount the history of this seldom-told historical
event. The incident is brought to life through
drawings and paintings, as well as through the heartfelt interpretations
of principal characters by Tony Award-winner
Charles Durning and Emmy Award-winner Brock Peters.