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Films & Other Videos

Films with: Dee, Ruby

Color adjustment
An analysis of the portrayal of African-Americans on American television from 1948-1988. Argues that earlier images were outright racist, and that later images have been overly biased towards prosperous blacks.
DVD 8431
Do the right thing
Traces the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.
DVD 174
Do the right thing a Spike Lee joint /
During the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, racial tensions are quickly inflamed and violence ensues.
DVD 12555
Edge of the city
If you need a job Charlie Malik can find a spot for you in the dockside railyards. All he needs in return is that you show up on time, work hard, and kick back part of your pay. Two New York City longshoremen, Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter, and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader, join forces against a corrupt New York waterfront union official. The two share a bond that cuts across society's black/white divide.
DVD 6332
Films of Michael Sporn
This collector's edition box set includes 12 films from award-winning animator Michael Sporn. Based on stories from such acclaimed writers as William Steig, Russell Hoban, Hans Christian Andersen and Lewis Carroll, these widely acclaimed films feature an amazing array of voice talent, including James Earl Jones, Tim Curry, Danny Glover, Ruby Dee, Regis Philbin, and Linda Lavin.
DVD 6681
Films of Spike Lee
Through in-depth interviews, behind the scenes footage and clips from his films, Spike Lee talks about the ideas, influences, motivations, struggles and successes behind his work. "I have been blessed with the opportunity to express the views of black people who otherwise don't have access to power and the media. I have to take advantage of that while I am still bankable." Includes filmography and weblink.
DVD 1090
Jungle fever
A black architect begins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. Their relationship causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors.
DVD 1286
New metropolis
"A two-part documentary series about America's first suburbs. America's 'first' suburbs, those suburban communities built next to America's urban centers, were once the birthplace of the American Dream. ... Sixty years later, many of these original suburbs are facing a crisis: a dwindling tax base, population and business loss, decaying infrastructure, increased racial tensions and white flight. ... [These two] half-hour documentaries use compelling, personal stories to highlight these important issues"--Container.
DVD 6925
Raisin in the sun
Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations.
DVD 4265
Raisin in the sun a character studies conversation /
With host Eric Stolz, this program dissects Lorraine Hansberry's A raisin in the sun through the insights of those who participated in or studied the various productions of this American play.
DVD 6909
Roots of resistance a story of the Underground Railroad /
Recounts the story of the underground railroad through narratives of escaped slaves. Includes interviews with descendants of slaves and slave holders, who describe the personal danger and terrible risk involved in each slave's departure.
DVD 8851
Unchained memories readings from the slave narratives /
When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record.
DVD 5499
Walk through the 20th century with Bill Moyers.
Part I chronicles African-Americans' search for racial equality from the 1800s through the 1930s, when the foundations of the civil rights movement were laid. Part II examines the roots and recent past of the civil rights struggle. Includes archival film and still photographs.
DVD 12375