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Political Leaders

79 Spring Times of Ho Chi Minh
Santiago Alvarez
Producer: ICAIC
1969, 25 min., Color, Cuba
This impressionist biography on the leader of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam skillfully interweaves still photos, newsreel footage, and Ho Chi Minh's poetry. Depicting a life that spanned three re...

Behind These Walls: Mumia Abu-jamal and the Long Struggle For Freedom
Jule Buerjes & Heike Kleffner
Producer: KAOS FIlm and Video Team Cologne
1996, 70 min., Color, US
On August 17, 1995, Mumia Abu-Jamal, journalist and former Black Panther Party Member was scheduled to be executed. His case--he is one of 3,000 death row inmates in the US--has raised international a...

Black Panther a.k.a. Off the Pig (Newsreel #19)
San Francisco Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 15 min., BW, US
A compelling document of the Black Panther Party leadership in 1967. This film contains a prison interview with Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton as well as an interview with Minister of Information ...

Bobby Seale a.k.a. Interview with Bobby Seale (Newsreel #44)
San Francisco Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 15 min., BW, US
At the time of this moving prison interview, Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale had faced a series of charges of conspiracy in connection with his involvement in the Black Liberation and Anti-wa...

Can't Jail the Revolution and Break the Walls Down
Kenyatta Tyehimba & Ada Gay Griffin
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1991, 60 min., Color, US
These two 30 minute videos use footage compiled from over 40 social justice media productions to chronicle the perspectives of political prisoners and of war within the United States. Historical foot...

Closer to the Dream (Long Version)
Guetty Felin & Hervé Cohen
2008, 102 min., Color, US
An electoral road movie about Barack Obama and the movement that united Americans across party, racial and ethnic lines. In 2008 Haitian-American filmmaker Guetty Felin, her husband, French filmmaker ...

Closer to the Dream (Short Version)
Hervé Cohen & Guetty Felin
2008, 54 min., Color, US
An electoral road move about Barack Obama and the movement that united Americans across party, racial and ethnic lines. In 2008 Haitian-American filmmaker Guetty Felin, her husband, French filmmaker H...

Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution
Bruce Paddington
Producer: Bruce Paddington & Luke Paddington
2013, 113 min., Color, Trinidad & Tobago
The invasion of Grenada by US forces in 1983 echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. What were the circumstances that led to this extraordinary chain of ev...

In Search of Africa
Manthia Diawara
1997, 26 min., Color, US
In 1996, the filmmaker and writer Manthia Diawara, now living in New York, returns to Guinea, thirty-two years after he and his family were expelled from the newly liberated country. Despite the years...

Keeping Speech Free
Third World Newsreel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2004, 34 min., Color, US
A half-hour program on the struggle to protect the first amendment rights of protestors. With hard-hitting documentation of the protests during the Republican National Convention this past August in N...

Ki-Hi-Ka Ste': Life of Chief George Tall Chief
Amy Tall Chief
2010, 63 min., Color, US
Ki-Hi-Ka Ste' is a heartfelt story of one man's journey through life, the many lives he impacted and the legacy that he will leave behind. At age 93, George Eves Tall Chief is currently the oldest me...

A Linc in Time
Nicole Brooks
2010, 48 min., Color, Canada
During the era of America’s civil rights movement, Lincoln MacCauley Alexander made Canadian history. The film heralds his significant roles as the first black Member of Parliament in Canada and as th...

Locations of the M/othership: Black Women as Fugitive Archetype of Resistance
Jamika Ajalon
2009, 20 min., Color/BW, UK/US
A live audio/visual installation using images of subversive and legendary Black women and excerpts from sci-fi films and TV series. Ajalon explores the intersection of Black women’s representations an...

Louise Alone Thompson Patterson: In Her Own Words
Louis Massiah
2002, 18 min., Color, US
A short documentary tracing the life and times of Louise Alone Thompson Patterson, a civil rights and labor activist who was dubbed ”Madame Moscow” for her role in America’s communist movement....

Madina Boe
Jose Massip
1969, 40 min., BW, Cuba/Guinea-Bissau
Filmed in the liberated areas of Guinea Bissau during its war of independence from Portugal, Madina Boe follows the activities of the People's Army for the Independence of Guinea Bissau/Cape Verde. It...

May Day Panther a.k.a. May Day (Newsreel #29)
San Francisco Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 15 min., BW, US
This film documents a rally in San Francisco sponsored by the Black Panther Party. Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and other speakers addressed thousands of protesters demanding more rights for Africa...

Nelson Mandela: the Struggle is My Life
Lionel Ngakane
1985, 45 min., Color
"Your freedom and mine cannot be separated" are the words written by Nelson Mandela from his prison cell to the people of South Africa in 1985. Through interviews with leaders of the African National ...

Out: The Making of a Revolutionary
Sonja de Vries & Rhonda Collins
2000, 60 min., Color, US
Convicted of the 1983 U.S. Capitol Bombing, and "conspiring to influence, change, and protest policies and practices of the United States government through violent and illegal means", Laura Whitehorn...

Resist - With Noam Chomsky a.k.a. Chomsky-Resist (Newsreel #1)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1968, 12 min., BW, US
This short film offers a rare look at Noam Chomsky in the late 1960s as he speaks candidly about the war in Vietnam and articulates critiques that have an eerie resonance in the present day. Includ...

Student Movement in Indonesia: 15 Years Later
Tino Saroengallo
2013, 93 min., Color, Indonesia
In May 1998, the student movement in Indonesia, a popular movement denouncing the collapse of the Indonesian economy and demanding the end of President Suharto's authoritarian regime, accomplished the...

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela
Thomas Allen Harris
Producer: Thomas Allen Harris
2005, 73 min., Color, US
In the wake of his stepfather’s death, Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey of reconciliation with the man who raised him as a son but whom he could never call "father." As part of the first wave ...

Venezuela Bolivariana: People and the Struggle of the Fourth World War
Marcelo Andrade Arreaza
2004, 76 min., Color, Venezuela
From the Caracazo riots in 1989 to the popular re-election of Hugo Chavez, this film examines Chavez's presidency as it relates to the worldwide movement against neoliberalism and globalization....


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