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California Newsreel (Firm)

Works: 874 works in 3,101 publications in 3 languages and 133,560 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  History  Nonfiction films  Biographies  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Internet videos  Historical films  Educational films  Biographical films 
Roles: Distributor, prn, fds, Producer, Publisher
Classifications: PN1997, 305.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by California Newsreel (Firm)
Ethnic Notions by Marlon T Riggs( Visual )

30 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 1,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering more than one hundred years of United States history, traces the evolution of Black American caricatures and their role in political and social conflicts concerning race. Examines specific stereotypes in detail: loyal Toms, carefree Sambos, faithful mammies, grinning coons, savage brutes, and wide-eyed pickaninnies to trace the deeply-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice throughout American history. The documentary interweaves minstrel shows, greeting cards, advertisements, popular songs, cartoons, films and household artifacts showing caricatured blacks with wooly hair, swollen lips, and bulging eyes, shuffling, dancing and attending to whites with grateful servility. Links each stereotype to the dominant white society's shifting needs to justify black oppression
Race : the power of an illusion by Llewellyn Smith( Visual )

32 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 1,642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups, telling an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural beliefs. Episode one explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode two questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode three focuses on how our institutions shape and create race
Brother Outsider : The Life of Bayard Rustin( Visual )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 1,517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary examining the life of Bayard Rustin who, although one of the first "freedom riders," an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph, and an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, was forced to play a background role in landmark civil rights events because he was homosexual
The road to Brown by William A Elwood( Visual )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in English and held by 1,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the role of the Black lawyer, Charles Houston, in the landmark Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education which overturned segregation
Unnatural causes : is inequality making us sick? by David R Williams( Visual )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2020 in English and held by 1,403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the bough breaks: "African American infant mortality rates remain twice as high as for white Americans. African American mothers with college degrees or higher face the same risk of having low birth-weight babies as white women who haven't finished high school. How might the chronic stress of racism over the life course become embedded in our bodies and increase risks?"--Container insert
Fixed income attribution by California Newsreel (Firm)( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long Night's Journey into Day : South Africa's Search for Truth & Reconciliation by Frances Reid( Visual )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 1,245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When it finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid's rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future. Long Night's Journey Into Day follows several TRC cases over a two-year period. The stories in the film underscore the universal themes of conflict, forgiveness, and renewal
Ralph Ellison : an American journey( Visual )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in English and held by 1,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First documentary on one of the most gifted and intellectually provocative authors of modern American literature ... presents the first scenes ever filmed from Ellison's landmark novel, Invisible man"--Publisher's excerpt
Black is... black ain't : a personal journey through black identity( Visual )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in English and French and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The final film by filmmaker Marlon Riggs, Black is ... black ain't, jumps into the middle of explosive debates over Black identity. Black is ... black ain't is a film every African American should see, ponder and discuss. White Americans have always stereotyped African Americans. But the rigid definitions of "Blackness" that African Americans impose on each other, Riggs claims, have also been devastating. Is there an essential Black identity? Is there a litmus test defining the real Black man and true Black woman? Riggs uses his grandmother's gumbo as a metaphor for the rich diversity of Black identities. His camera traverses the country, bringing us face to face with Black folks young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban, gay and straight, grappling with the paradox of numerous, often contested definitions of Blackness. Riggs mixes performances by choreographer Bill T. Jones and poet Essex Hemphill with commentary by noted cultural critics Angela Davis, bell hooks, Cornel West, Michele Wallace, Barbara Smith and Maulana Karenga to create a flavorful stew of personal testimony, music, and history. While Black is ... black ain't rejoices in Black diversity, many speakers bare their pain at having been silenced or excluded because they were perceived as "not Black enough" or conversely "too Black." Black is ... black ain't marshals a powerful critique of sexism, patriarchy, homophobia, colorism and cultural nationalism in the Black family, church and other Black institutions. Cornel West concludes, "We've got to conceive of new forms of community. We each have multiple identities and we're moving in and out of various communities at the same time. There is no one grand Black community." Riggs' own urgent quest for self-definition and community, as a Black gay man dying from AIDS, ties the multiple perspectives together. Hooked up to an IV in his hospital bed, Riggs takes strength for his struggle against AIDS from the continual resilience of the African Americans in the face of overwhelming oppression. As his death nears, he conjures up the image of a Black community nurturing and celebrating the difference and creativity in each one of us
The black press : soldiers without swords( Visual )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archival footage and interviews trace the history of African-American newspapers and journalism from the 19th century to the Civil Rights movement
Maquilapolis = City of Factories by Vicky Funari( Visual )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using video diaries kept by two women promotoras (community activists), this documentary explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's maquiladoras, the multinationally owned factories that came to Mexico for cheap labor. Maquiladora workers--overwhelmingly women--produce televisions, electrical cables, toys, clothes, batteries and IV tubes; they weave the very fabric of life for consumer nations. They also confront labor violations, toxic waste dumps, and the unhealthy conditions in the colonias where they live. As globalization turns workers into a commodity that can be bought anywhere in the world for the lowest price, the stories of Carmen and Lourdes illustrate what can be accomplished with determination and faith in the future
Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A examination of the anti-lynching protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. Reviews the historical events, contexts and incidents of racial hatred that the song's title represents, and then the subsequent performances by Billie Holiday that brought the song and its message to a national audience. The film also follows the underlying problem of racism that continues into contemporary culture
A Son of Africa( Visual )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A docudrama based on the book, The interesting narrative of the life of Oloudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vaasa the African, which was the first influential slave autobiography. When it was published in 1789, it fueled a growing anti-slavery movement in the U.S. and England. This production employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with scholars. Equiano's narrative begins in the West African village where he was kidnapped into slavery in 1756. He was shipped to a Virginia plantation and then later sold again to a British naval officer. Here he learned to read and write, became a skilled trader, eventually bought his freedom and married into English society where he became a leading abolitionist
What's Race Got to Do with It?( Visual )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite 15 years of diversity programs and initiatives, many of our discussions about race remain mired in confusion. Even a casual observer cannot help but notice how structural racism is ignored, how multiculturalism is confused with equality, and how many campuses remain hamstrung in their efforts to become more inclusive and welcoming of everyone. The University of California, Berkeley students in this film -- over the course of 16-week program, probe and confront each other about such issues as underrepresentation, the limitations of multiculturalism, social equity, affirmative action, and their own responsibilities for making a difference
The rise and fall of Jim Crow by Sam Pollard( Visual )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. This definitive four-part series documents the context in which the laws of segregation known as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed
James Baldwin : the price of the ticket by Karen Thorsen( Visual )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Baldwin was at once a major 20th-century American author, a civil rights activist, and a prophetic voice calling Americans, black and white both, to confront their shared racial tragedy. This film biography of Baldwin's life captures the passion of his beliefs with stirring excerpts from his novels and striking archival footage dating from the Harlem Renaissance through to the author's commentary on civil rights to his writing retreats in Istanbul and Europe. Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, and William Styron provide insight as the program skillfully links excerpts from Baldwin's major works to different historical stages in black/white dialogue
Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts = Women with open eyes by Anne-Laure Folly( Visual )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in French and English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film about African women is a rarity, even more, one made by an African woman. In this film, award-winning Togolese filmmaker, Anne-Laure Folly presents portraits of contemporary African women from four West African nations: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. The film shows how African women are speaking out and organizing around five key issues: marital rights, reproductive health, female genital mutilation, women's role in the economy and political rights. With English subtitles
Black gold( Visual )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethiopia is the largest producer of coffee in Africa. Over 15 million people in Ethiopia depend on coffee for their survival and it provides 67% of Ethiopia's export revenue. Tadesse Meskela manages Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union, representing over 74,000 coffee farmers. The supply of coffee on the world market used to be regulated by the International Coffee Agreement, until its collapse in 1989. Since then, the price paid to farmers has fallen to a 30 year low. For every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. This film traces the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, and asks consumers to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced, and to do something about it
W.E.B. Du Bois : a biography in four voices( Visual )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2022 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four prominent African-American writers each narrate a period in the life of the sociologist and author W.E.B. Du Bois, and describe his impact on their work. They chronicle Du Bois' role as a founder of the NAACP, organizer of the first Pan-African Congress, editor of Crisis, a journal of the black cultural renaissance, and author of a series of landmark sociological studies. Anathematized during the McCarthy years, Du Bois immigrated to Ghana, the first independent African state, where he died
Revolution '67( Visual )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revolution '67 focuses on the explosive urban rebellion in Newark, New Jersey, in July 1967, to reveal the long-standing racial, economic, and political forces which generated inner city poverty and perpetuate it today. Newark residents, police, officials, and urban commentators, including writer/activist Amiri Baraka, journalist Bob Herbert, prominent historians, and '60s activist Tom Hayden, recount the vivid, day-to-day details of the uprising."--Distributor's abstract
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