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Newsreel (Firm)

Works: 492 works in 800 publications in 2 languages and 5,751 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Biographical films  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Drama  Internet videos  Educational films  Short films 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 966.2301
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A litany for survival : the life and work of Audre Lorde( Visual )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Audre Lorde, poet and lesbian-feminist talks about being lesbian and black in New York in the 1950s and her social/political activity. Includes conversations and readings by Lorde and comments by other writers and family members
Columbia revolt, 1968( Visual )

3 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newsreel footage, with commentary by participants, of the student protests and riots at Columbia University in 1968
Newsreel members : the Black Panther Party library( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The couple in the cage : a Guatianaui odyssey( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on a traveling exhibition of a "Couple in a Cage." Performance artists Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco traveled as two "Guatinaui Indians", members of a fictional "newly discovered" tribe who had agreed to be displayed at malls and museums around the world, after the manner of human exhibition in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Intercut with archival footage of humans displayed in cages as freaks and curiosities. "The performance was conceived as a satirical comment on the past. To the performers' surprise however, many of their visitors thought they were real."
The Manuscripts of Timbuktu( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in French and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the definitions for Timbuktu in the Oxford Dictionary is "any distant or remote place". Featuring the knowledgeable commentary by African scholars, rich reenactments, and an original musical score by Vieux Farka Touré, the essential documentary The Manuscripts of Timbuktu critiques this limited view by firmly demonstrating that Timbuktu was once thriving and home to an advanced civilization. It was a leading cultural, economic, scientific and religious center that made a significant and lasting impact on Africa and the entire world. The film successfully documents that Africa had vibrant scholarly institutions and written cultures long before European intervention. It establishes the importance of preserving the thousands of manuscripts from long ago as an exciting and empowering legacy for Africana scholarship today. Timbuktu was founded in the 11th century as a major city in the Mali Empire and its prominence lasted until the 18th century. During that époque, the area was often called, as it is in the film, (Western) Sudan, not to be confused with the contemporary nation located below Egypt. Timbuktu was a hub for the traders of goods from various locales south of the Sahara to the Mediterranean, as well as the Arab and Muslim worlds. Enslaved persons, salt, gold and other precious metals passed through and many cultures converged there. Religious centers were founded there so that the traveling merchants could practice their faith. These mosques also became sites for the serious study of sacred texts. The relationship between religious institutions and intellectual life mirrored similar developments between the Church and universities in Europe. People learned Arabic to study the Koran and for commerce with Egypt and other lands. To indicate the breadth of connections between Timbuktu and different parts of the medieval world, the 14th century Emperor of the Mali Empire, Kankan Musa had the famous Djingereber Mosque built from the designs of an architect from Moorish Andalusia. This mosque is now designated a World Heritage site as is the Sankoré Mosque. The Sankoré Mosque also laid the groundwork for Sankoré University, which became the most famous university in sub-Saharan Africa. Literacy among men, women and children was high in Timbuktu. Educational institutions generated what became known as the "Manuscripts of Timbuktu." Among the Manuscripts were prayer books, writings on Mohammed's moral teachings, texts in many languages (Arabic, Greek, Latin), essays, correspondence, poetry, literature, mathematics, astronomy and other sciences. Emerging out of this milieu of intellectual inquiry was the legendary Ahmed Baba (portrayed by charismatic actor Eriq Ebouaney who played the title role in the feature film, Lumumba) a leading scholar and educator of the 16th and 17th centuries. When Morocco invaded Timbuktu to advance that country's regional hegemony, Baba was among the intellectuals who were arrested for protesting the occupation. He and his family were deported to Morocco and Baba was placed under house arrest. Yet, so great was his knowledge that he impressed the king and locals went to Baba's home to attend classes. When the king's son ascended to the throne, he released Baba and allowed him to return to Timbuktu. Upon his return, however, Baba found a Timbuktu in decline. Was the Moroccan occupation the cause of the decline or was it the shift in commerce after Europe "discovers" the Americas? Or both? Previously, Timbuktu was a stopping point in the over land trade, but now much of the trade was being done by sea. Subsequent invasions by Fulanis, the Tuaregs and finally the French, had their deleterious impacts. Over the centuries, the famous Manuscripts survived. It is important to note that most African scholars were not writing in Arabic, but rather used the Arabic alphabet to phonetically spell the Songhai languages. This is why the translation of the Manuscripts is that much more difficult. Some of them were retained through families, viewed as inheritance and handed down through the generations. Some have been kept in private libraries, although not preserved under the best conditions. The Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu contains 25,000 Manuscripts and has been attempting to transfer these valuable documents to microfilm. International scholars such as Harvard's Henry Louis Gates, Jr. have become advocates for their preservation and South Africa's former President Thabo Mbeki vowed to support the restoration of the Manuscripts and the construction of a building to house them. Malian historian Salem Ould El Hadj has the last word on their significance, "By preserving these Manuscripts, we preserve our history, not as written by Europe, but a history written by ourselves, for ourselves and for our children."
Audre Lorde : the Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Audre Lorde's incisive, often-angry, but always brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the US-American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and Women-of-Color movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Audre Lorde, the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992, documents an untold chapter of Lorde's life: her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change. The film explores the importance of Lorde's legacy, as she encouraged Afro-Germans -- who, at that time, had no name or space for themselves -- to make themselves visible within a culture that until then had kept them isolated and silent. It chronicles Lorde's empowerment of Afro-German women to write and to publish, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. Previously unreleased archive material as well as present-day interviews explore the lasting influence of Lorde's ideas on Germany and the impact of her work and personality. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz's personal archival video- and audio-recordings reveal a significant part of the private Audre Lorde as well as her agenda -- to rouse Afro-Germans to recognize each other. 2012 marks the 20-year anniversary of Audre Lorde's passing
Living the hiplife( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A musical portrait of street life in urban West Africa. [The film] follows the birth of Hiplife music in Accra, Ghana, a mix of various African musical forms and American hip-hop. Archival footage and hip-hop music videos are remixed with interviews and the daily lives of rap artists. We follow Reginald "Reggie Rockstone" Ossei (the Godfather of Hiplife) in the founding of the musical movement, as well as the Mobile Boys (a group of aspiring rap artists), as they try to make it in the music business"--Publishers' website
Promised land( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved. As revealed in Yoruba Richen's film, the most potentially explosive issue is land. The film follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners, some of whom who have lived there for generations. Amid rising tensions and wavering government policies, the land issue remains South Africa's "ticking time bomb," with far-reaching consequences for all sides. Promised Land captures multiple perspectives of citizens struggling to create just solutions
The Women outside : Korean women and the U.S. military( Visual )

2 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on young South Korean women who work in sex related enterprises adjacent to American military bases in South Korea. Also explores the lives of Korean American women who came to the United States as wives of American servicemen
Dreams deferred : the Sakia Gunn film project( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Sakia Gunn Film Project depicts the hate and homophobia that caused this murder to occur and questions the lack of media coverage of the murder of a Black gay teenager ... The story unfolds with the testimonies of Sakia's family and friends during the sentencing hearing of the murderer. The hearing is inter-cut with interviews of LGBT community leaders, opinions of people in the community, interviews of Sakia's best friend, Valencia, and exclusive footage of Sakia's vigil. Dreams deferred pays homage to this young Aggressive and exposes the sensitive issues not often addressed regarding gender-identity, homophobia and racism"--Http://
Border brujo by Guillermo Gómez-Peña( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guillermo Gómez-Peña transforms himself into 15 different personalities in order to depict the problems, frustrations, and discrimination commonly faced by Mexican-Americans
Dastaar : defending Sikh identity( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presents the Sikh American community's struggle with discrimination and violence caused by ignorance of an essential symbol of the Sikh faith - the dastaar, or turban."--Container
Mississippi triangle( Visual )

5 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores ethnic relations among Chinese, African Americans, and whites in the Mississippi Delta. Focuses on the little-known history of the Chinese community, using historical footage and interviews with Delta residents
Korea : homes apart( Visual )

2 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays Korea as a country of division, focusing on the importance of family in Korean life and the continuing anguish of those whose families remain separated since the Korean War. Depicts an actual reunion of a Korean-born American man with his sister in North Korea after over 30 years of separation. Presents an overview of Korea's history of occupation and oppression, and the current controversy over continuing American military presence. Compares and contrasts the quality of life, economy and political climate in North and South Korea by showing scenes from everyday life and interviews with people in both countries
North Korea : beyond the DMZ( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary with unique footage of life in North Korea includes interviews with ordinary people and scholars, opening a window into this little known country. What is it like on the other side of the 38th parallel? How do Koreans in the North view this past decade -- the fall of Soviet communism, natural disasters that brought famine and power shortages, and a continued, dangerously hostile relationship with the United States? And what are the concerns of the Korean American community -- many of whom have family in the North?
Land, rain & fire : report from Oaxaca( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What began as a teachers' strike on May 22, 2006 for better wages and more resources for students has erupted into a massive movement for profound social change in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Land Rain and Fire tells the story of the police attack on the morning of July 14th when more than fifty thousand teachers were camped out with their children. Dozens were hospitalized. But the attack backfired as public anger transformed the strike into an unprecedented democratic insurgency, demanding the resignation of the Governor and the creation of a new constitution. Hundreds of unions, indigenous and women's organizations, neighborhood groups, students and professional associations came together and created APPO-- The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca and a massive campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience has brought the state government to the a standstill."--Container
Cuban roots/Bronx stories( Visual )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pablo Elliot Foster Carrión interviews members of his family who left Cuba in 1962, including his grandfather, Pablo Abraham Foster, his father, Pablo Foster, his uncle Rubén Foster, and his aunt Diana-Elena Matsoukas. He learns of their experiences in Cuba, as well how they grew up in the Bronx. His father makes a return visit to Cuba, in 1995 with his wife and daughter, in order to see the landmarks of his childhood, and to visit with his aunt who was left behind. Family members talk about their complex identities as Afro-Cuban immigrants and as Americans
El pueblo se levanta = The people are rising( Visual )

4 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the late '60s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the United States reached the boiling point. Faced with racial discrimination, deficient community services, and poor education and job opportunities, Puerto Rican communities began to address these injustices by using direct action. This film focuses on the community of East Harlem, capturing the compassion and militancy of the Young Lords as they implemented their own health, educational, and public assistance programs and fought back against social injustice.--Publisher's website
Killer of sheep by Charles Burnett( Visual )

4 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the struggle of an African American slaughter house worker to survive economic and social obstacles
What we want, what we believe : the Black Panther Party library( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features three films on the Black Panther Party made in 1968-1969 by the Newsreel film collective and additional footage on Black Panther history and legacy from Roz Payne and the Newsreel filmmakers. Includes extensive video and audio interviews with party members and movement participants as well as documents from the Roz Payne Archives chronicling both the movement and government attempts to suppress it
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