Films & Other Videos
Films with: Cohen, Helen S.
- Arc of justice the rise, fall and rebirth of a beloved community /
- Traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. and the struggle for racial justice and economic empowerment among African Americans in southwest Georgia. NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust. Unable to secure government loans to cope with the impact of successive years of drought, NCI lost the land to foreclosure in 1985. But 25 years later it was given new life as a result of a successful and little-known class action lawsuit brought by hundreds of African American farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for loan discrimination. With the settlement, the original founders purchased a 1,600-acre plantation once owned by the largest slave owner and richest man in Georgia. NCI is now growing pecans and using the antebellum mansion on the property as a retreat and training center, still committed to its original mission of promoting racial justice and economic development.
- DVD 12210
- It's elementary talking about gay issues in school ; includes new retrospective documentary It's still elementary /
- An exploration of what happens when experienced teachers talk to their students about lesbians and gay men. Students are asked to consider issues related to homosexuality at six elementary and middle schools. Footage of classroom activities and discussions are presented with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes. School-wide presentations, activity-days, and how these events affect faculty, parents and teachers are also discussed.
- DVD 6171
- States of Grace a journey of loss, resilience and renewal /
- Following an automobile accident on the Golden Gate Bridge that left Dr. Grace Dammann physically shattered, this documentary follows her return home, after multiple surgeries, where she lives with her partner, Nancy "Fu" Schroeder, and their daughter who was born with cerebral palsy. Grace must reconcile her joy at still being alive with the frustration of being so dependent on others. With both humor and bravery the three of them slowly recalibrate their lives together and apart.
- DVD 11363