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The # 7 Train: An Immigrant Journey
Hye Jung Park & JT Takagi
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1999, 29 min., Color, US
Every day 500,000 people from 117 different countries ride a subway that runs from Flushing to Times Square, going through Queens, the most culturally diverse region in the United States. This documen...

Apollo Kids
Mike Torres & Third World Newsreel Workshop
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2000, 5 min., Color, US
One morning, Gio misses the #6 train which too frequently bypasses his Spanish Harlem stop. For Gio, one missed train means public humiliation by his teacher, suspension from school, and harassment b...

B.E.S. (Bangla East Side)
Sarita Khurana & Fariba Alam
2004, 45 min., Color, US
B.E.S. (Bangla East Side) is a documentary portrait of four Bangladeshi teenagers growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City. Initially started as an after-school workshop at a local high sch...

Bamako Sigi-kan
Manthia Diawara
2002, 76 min., Color, US
This original documentary shot by Arthur Jafa brings a new look to the modern African city and enables a better understanding from the inside of how democracy takes root in Mali. Discover how politics...

Birth of a Nation: 4*29*1992
Matthew McDaniel
1993, 60 min., Color, US
After criminal charges were dropped against four Los Angeles police officers accused in the brutal beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles erupted. This video offers a rare view of the rebellion that bega...

Black and Blue
Hugh King & Lamar Williams
1987, 58 min., Color, US
A powerful mix of archival material, news clips and documentary footage chronicles impassioned community response to decades of deadly force against people of color by members of the Philadelphia poli...

Boom: The Sound of Eviction
F. Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv & A. Wood
2002, 96 min., Color, US
With visions of instant wealth during the dot-com boom, the world largely ignored the disastrous tidal wave of gentrification that came with the new industry that has changed the city's landscape fore...

Break and Enter a.k.a. Squatters (Newsreel #62)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 42 min., BW, US
This film captures the militant antecedents to today's housing reclamation movement in New York City. In 1970, several hundred Puerto Rican and Dominican families reclaimed housing left vacant by the ...

Call to Media Action
Call To Media Action
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 140 min., Color, US
14 short videos made in the wake of the September 11th tragedy, focussing on communities of color who were mostly left out of the media coverage. From African American childrens' reactions to the even...

The Case Against Lincoln Center (Newsreel #17)
Newsreel
Producer: NEWSREEL
1968, 12 min., BW, US
EDUCATIONAL STREAMING: twn.tugg.com/titles/case-against-lincoln-center More than 20,000 Latino families were displaced to make way for Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera and the New Yor...

Changing Face of Harlem
Shawn Batey
Producer: Shawn Batey & Shaun Jaffier
2014, 62 min., Color, US
Told through the personal accounts of residents, business owners, politicians and real estate developers, CHANGING FACE OF HARLEM explores the drastic transformation of this historic neighborhood over...

Claiming Open Spaces
Austin Allen
1995, 87 min., Color, US
CLAIMING OPEN SPACES explores African-American culture as it clashes with the design of the modern American city. The film includes a comprehensive section on New Orleans--the vital place of historica...

Community Plot
J.T. Takagi
Producer: Takagi Productions
1984, 20 min., Color, US
This satiric comedy takes place in a building on New York's multi-ethnic Lower East Side. Four neighbors form an uneasy alliance after a case worker from family court is accidentally killed in their b...

Conakry Kas: The Conakry People
Manthia Diawara
2003, 82 min., Color, US
In January 2003, Director Manthia Diawara visited Guinea-Conakry to see what was left of the artists (Ballets Africains, Bembeya Jazz National) and intellectuals (D.T. Niane, Telivel Diallo) of the Gu...

El Culebrero, La Muerte de un Colombiano y el Acordeonista Que No Esta
Patricia Montoya
1995, 9 min., Color, US
Representing the transient aspects of the gay Colombian experience in New York City, Montoya's tape uses deep cultural signifiers from Colombian folklore and a contrasting English voice-over to explor...

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project
Charles B. Brack
Producer: Charles B. Brack, CoProduced with Third World Newsreel
2008, 58 min., Color, US
This documentary tells the little known story of Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old student who was fatally stabbed in a gay hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. Sakia was an Aggressive, according to GLAAD, a hom...

Excuse My Gangsta Ways
Corinne E. Manabat
Producer: Corinne E. Manabat
2008, 15 min., Color, US
We all go through transitions in life, whether it's a career change, or moving, but for Davina Wan, hers has been very extreme - from the gang life to a "normal" life. Excuse My Gangsta Ways is a visu...

Finding Common Ground in New Orleans
Walidah Imarisha
Producer: Phil Fivel Rothberg
2006, 23 min., Color, US
In this short documentary, activist and poet Walidah Imarisha travels to New Orleans and other neighboring towns shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. In her path she encounter grassroo...

Food, Water, Revolution
Danya Abt
2006, 13 min., Color, US
In March 2006, Veterans Against the Iraq War organized a march from Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Did you see any media coverage of this event? Neither...

From Harlem to Harvard
Four Square Productions
Producer: Four Square Productions
1982, 30 min., Color, US
An excellent discussion film for college bound students, this thoughtful documentary captures the alienation, prejudice and insecurity that often confront African American students at predominantly wh...

From Spikes to Spindles
Christine Choy
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1976, 46 min., Color, US
This raw, gutsy portrait of New York's Chinatown captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old join...

Frontier Life
Hans Fjellestad
Producer: Ryan Page
2003, 92 min., Color, US/Mexico
A feature-length documentary that explores beyond Tijuana s sin-city heritage and searches for the heart and identity of a city that is much more than a cantina-strewn throwback to the Old West. It a...

Heart of Harlem
Brian Lindstrom
Bob McCullough
2001, 9 min., Color, US
HEART OF HARLEM traces the life and times of Holcombe Rucker, who founded a summer basketball league while working for New York Citys Parks Department in order to give young people a positive alternat...

Her Israel
Marjan Tehrani
2004, 57 min., Color, Israel
A documentary that follows three women, a Jewish-Israeli, a Jewish-Ukranian and a Palestinian, through their daily lives in the bustling microcosm of TelAviv/Yafo. HER ISRAEL presents a much-needed hu...

Here to Stay
ManSee Kong
Producer: TWN Production Workshop
2008, 7 min., Color, US
Illustrates the effects of gentrification in Manhattan’s Chinatown as an elderly man and fellow tenants in endangered single-room occupancy building await the results of an anti-eviction lawsuit. A TW...

Home
Akram Zataari
1994, 33 min., Color, Lebanon
This series of shorts documents the lives of Beiruti women. "Make-up" (8 min) is a meditation on age, death and the cycle of life as a widow who lives overlooking the Bashoura Cemetery reflects on the...

I Won't Drown On That Levee and You Ain't Gonna Break My Back
Ashley Hunt
Producer: The Corrections Documentary Project
2006, 30 min., Color, US
I WON'T DROWN... began with an invitation to travel to New Orleans as part of a delegation to investigate what actually happened at the Orleans Parish Prison during and after Hurricane Katrina. What c...

Just Ralph
Clifton Watson
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 11 min., Color, US
An alternately serious and humorous "day in the life" of Ralph, a Palestinian-American grocery store owner, whose Brooklyn store is the neighborhood drop in center. As the 2004 election approached, Ra...

Lessons from Class Struggle
Kathleen Foster
1998, 46 min., Color, US
"Schools are a disaster zone," declares the young narrator at the beginning of this documentary about public education in New York City during the Mayor Giuliani era (1994-2001). LESSONS FROM CLASS ST...

Living the Hiplife
Jesse W Shipley
2007, 61 min., Color, US/Ghana
This film is a musical portrait of street life in urban West Africa. It follows the birth of Hiplife music in Accra, Ghana, a mix of various African musical forms and American hip hop. Archival footag...

The Lower 9: A Story of Home (Long Version)
Matthew Hashiguchi
Producer: Matthew Hashiguchi & Elaine McMillion
2012, 50 min., Color, US
THE LOWER 9: A STORY OF HOME showcases six determined Lower Ninth Ward residents who share their most intimate stories of home, as they resume their lives years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their n...

The Lower 9: A Story of Home (Short Version)
Matthew Hashiguchi
Producer: Matthew Hashiguchi & Elaine McMillion
2012, 20 min., Color, US
THE LOWER 9: A STORY OF HOME showcases four determined Lower Ninth Ward residents who share their most intimate stories of home, as they resume their lives years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their ...

Memory Tracks
Jamika Ajalon
1996, 12 min., UK
A woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown follows the afroed spirit of a revolutionary past through London's streets: Brixton and Portobello. I used the camera as the means for reflexive analysis of...

My Life, Our Struggle
Suzana Amaral
1979, 43 min., Color, Brazil
On the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, a group of poor women decided to organize their community to improve the conditions of poverty in which they lived. Grupo de Maes de Vila Campo Li...

N.O. East
Mary Beth Black
2005, 9 min., Color, US
Two months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes and communities in 2005, residents of New Orleans East are willing to rebuild their neighborhood with the support of city and federal agencies....

No Time to Lose
Allan Siegel & Patricia Benoit
1988, 28 min., Color, US
Average New Yorkers describe their childhood experiences as "carefree", and "lots of fun and games". But 40% of all Black children and 50% of all Hispanic children in New York City live below the nat...

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn
Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
2010, 52 min., Color/BW, US/Haiti
Part carnival, part vodou ceremony, and part grassroots protest, Haitian “Rara” is one of the most breathtaking and contested forms of music in the Americas. The Other Side of the Water follows a gro...

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn (72)
Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
2010, 72 min., Color/BW, US/Haiti
Part carnival, part vodou ceremony, and part grassroots protest, Haitian “Rara” is one of the most breathtaking and contested forms of music in the Americas. The Other Side of the Water follows a grou...

Our Lady Queen of Harlem: A Portrait of Faith and Rebellion
Trinidad Rodriguez
Producer: Trinidad Rodriguez
2008, 17 min., Color, US
“Some people have said to me that I am in disobedience, and because of that I’m in sin. We are not in sin, we are fighting for our rights!” --Carmen Villegas, parishioner and protest organizer On a...

Palante, Siempre Palante!
Iris Morales
1996, 48 min., Color, US
In the midst of the African American civil rights struggle, protests to end the Vietnam War and the women's movement for equality, Puerto Rican and Latino communities fought for economic and social ju...

People Say
Mary Beth Black
2005, 5 min., Color, US
This insightful video montage embodies the full range of images, sights and emotions which followed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.. Yet, it also depicts the hope, compassion and commit...

People's Firehouse #1
Paul Schneider
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1979, 25 min., BW, US
"We're making our point to the whole United States: you can fight the system; and win!" The Polish Americans of Northside, Brooklyn realized their community was under attack by the city bureaucracy: s...

People's Park (Newsreel #33)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 25 min., BW, US
In the late 1960s the University of California at Berkeley began buying up and destroying a nearby area populated by hippies, the poor, and other members of the "counter culture". In retaliation, the ...

Percussion, Impressions and Reality
Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1978, 30 min., Color, US
This is the first comprehensive U.S. film to explore the origins and growth of traditional Puerto Rican music. Interviews with musicians living in New York reveal how traditional music is used as a so...

PRIMETIME: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure
Jennifer Fasulo & Manauvaskar Kublall
Producer: TWN Production Workshop
2009, 23 min., Color, US
This timely film takes the viewer behind the foreclosure statistics and into the homes and hearts of two NYC women who have been pummeled by the foreclosure tsunami. It breaks down the complex issues...

El Pueblo se Levanta (Newsreel #63)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1971, 42 min., BW, US
In the late '60s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the US reached the boiling point. Faced with racial discrimination, deficient community services, and poor education and job opportunities, Puerto Ric...

El Puente
Sara Echaniz & Maria Christina Villaseñor
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2000, 13 min., Color, US
A short documentary about the first accredited high school for peace and justice, the El Puente Academy is located in a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood in Brooklyn. A case study of how indivi...

Race Against Prime Time
David Shulman
1985, 60 min., Color, US
An award winning documentary about TV news and racial conflict in Miami. In 1980, Arthur McDuffie, an African American community worker was brutally kicked, beaten and clubbed to death by Miami po...

Rezoning Harlem: The Battle over Harlem's Future
Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat
Producer: Natasha Florentino, Tamara Gubernat, Juliana Alzate and Pamela Nichols
2008, 40 min., Color, US
Since 2002, more than 100 rezonings have been signed into law in New York City, including the rezoning of 125th Street in Harlem. REZONING HARLEM follows longtime members of the Harlem community a...

The Right to Vend
Naomi Abraham, Melissa Cox, Nseabasi Esema, Mtume Gant, Cynthia Wright, Henrietta Yuki
Producer: TWN Production Workshop
2016, 10 min., Color
There are as many as 20,000 street vendors in New York City including hot dog vendors, flower vendors, t-shirt vendors, street artists, food trucks and many others. This short documents the inspiratio...

Saints Rising
Hailima Yates
Producer: Anonamiss Productions, LLC
2008, 45 min., Color, US
SAINTS RISING is a documentary presenting the voices of New Orleans years after Hurricane Katrina and the breech of the levees. From children to volunteers, they discuss the troubles that were left be...

Sewing Woman
Arthur Dong
Producer: DeepFocus Productions
1983, 14 min., BW, Canada
This intimate document of Dong's mother's life is essential viewing for those who want to understand more about Asian women who immigrated to the U.S. from China. Through home movies, family snapshots...

State of Emergency: Inside the LAPD
Julia Meltzer & Elizabeth Canner
1993, 28 min., Color, US
An investigative documentary on police brutality, this video looks at the LA Police Department following the beating of Rodney King. Containing hard-hitting footage of police violence, the tape also ...

Stubborn City
Pooja Rangan
2006, 9 min., Color, India/US
In 2005, 8 feet of rain fell in Bombay, India in one day. This poetic piece highlights the resilience of the impoverished neighborhoods of this ancient city that were most affected, and how people su...

Take a Look: NYC Chinatown Post 9.11
Kevin Lee
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2001, 4 min., Color, US
A closer look at one of the most historical neighborhoods near the World Trade Center finds a variety of personalities, viewpoints, and perspectives. Those who live and work in New York City's Chinat...

Tijuana, Nada Mas
Yolanda Pividal
2010, 27 min., Color, US/Mexico
Jonathan (“Pollo”) and Enrique (“Gordo”) are 14-year old orphans making their own living on the streets of Tijuana, the busiest frontier city in the world. Jonathan assists the “Coyotes” in smuggling ...

Two Dollar Dance
Yolanda Pividal
2006, 17 min., Color, US
Every weekend, hundreds of Latino immigrants pack the dance clubs of Jackson Heights, in Queens, New York City. There, they meet the "two-dollars ballerinas", women who will be their dance floor partn...

Underground
Sheron Johnson
2000, 13 min., BW, US
UNDERGROUND is a portrait of a homeless man navigating the subways of New York City, who uses his spirit, sense of humor and imagination to survive. A chance encounter with a subway commuter restores ...

Voces de Fillmore
Ariana Allensworth, Teresa Basilio & Regina Eaton
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2015, 19 min., Color, US
This documentary traces the memories and experiences of families living on one block located in South Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood that is affectionately known by long time residents as South...

Voice of the Faceless
Rita Michel
2002, 10 min., Color, US
An intimate look at the experience of September 11th for a group of young adults in Laurelton, Queens....

Voices in the Street
J.T. Takagi & Herman Lew
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 13 min., Color, US
When the Republicans had their 2004 convention at Madison Square Garden, workers in the area from hotdog vendors to day laborers were directly affected. A short on the lives and thoughts of people wo...

Voting Rights Now
Mary Beth Black
2006, 12 min., Color, US
On April 1st, 2006, seven month after Hurricane Katrina devasted the city of New Orleans and weeks before the elections for Mayor of New Orleans, thousands of New Orleans residents marched to protest ...

Walking Home
Nuala Cabral
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop
2011, 4 min., BW, US
For the walkers, talkers and those who say nothing. WALKING HOME questions the acceptance of street harassment as a normal interaction between men and women....

Walking With FUREE
Miriam Perez
Producer: Third World Newsreel
2005, 10 min., Color, US
Post 9/11, Wanda Imasuen, a Harlem raised believer in the American Dream, found herself jobless and going to the welfare office. The humiliation of her treatment and the persistent efforts of the wom...

Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification
Barbara McCullough
1979, 4 min., BW, US
An original and visionary work, this cathartic film links the present with the ancestral past. A graceful young African American woman emerges from the ruins of a crumbling building. She disrobes, and...

The Way North: Maghrebi Women in Marseille
Shara K. Lange
2008, 60 min., Color, France
"I thought that in France life would be easier—it’s the land of liberty. But it wasn’t like that at all." --Fatima Rhazi From Marseille come the stories of North African women making new lives for ...

Welcome to New York
Norman Cowie
2002, 26 min., Color, US
An experimental documentary on the influence of a conservative think tank, the Manhattan Institute, on New York during the 1990's, and the response of citizens to the corporate-friendly policies of th...

The Wreck of the New York Subways (Newsreel #47)
Newsreel
Producer: Newsreel
1969, 15 min., BW, US
During the winter of 1969, the New York Transit Authority increased the public transportation fee fare from 20 cents to 30 cents--a 50% increase. Infuriated riders scrambled under turnstiles and throu...

X 1/2: The Legacy of Malcolm X
Not Channel Zero
Producer: Not Channel Zero
1993, 45 min., Color, US
Set within the context of current African American struggles, this video examines the historical and contemporary legacies of Malcolm X. Using mixed media and experimental audio, X & 1/2 explores Blac...


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