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and history, race relations and diversity training, African cinema,
Media and Society, labor studies, campus life and much more.
in 1968, California Newsreel is the oldest and most notable non-profit
documentary production and distribution center in the nation. Newsreel
has played a leading role in placing culturally diverse, intellectually
demanding film and video in colleges, schools, and public libraries
across the United States. We have the largest holdings in North America
of film and video by and about Africa and African Americans.
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PBS Tuesday, Sept. 16th:
of Denial reveals the human experience behind one of the world's
greatest tragedies - the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. With nearly
five million infected and about two thousand new infections occuring
daily, South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV
in the world. State of Denial
takes us into the lives of six people struggling to survive with HIV
in the face of a severe lack of access to treatment, and their president
Thabo Mbeki's bizarre denial of the connection between HIV and AIDS.
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Distinguished videos on African American life, history, literature
Videos for corporate diversity training, staff
development and student affairs
The Library of African Cinema
North America's leading source of African
cinema - on video and film
Media and Society
Videos examining the impact of the media on our culture and
Videos on labor and the workplace, the Sixties, the Caribbean,
- The Power of an Illusion (A Three-Part Series) What
is this thing we call 'race'? Can race be found in biology or did we
make the whole thing up? And if so, why? Race - The Power of an Illusion,
produced by California Newsreel, is a provocative new series that challenges
one of our most fundamental beliefs: that human beings come bundled
into three or four distinct groups. And it scrutinizes the implications
of looking at race not as a biological reality but as a social invention
for how we view others - and ourselves.
(The Price of Forgiveness)
Set among the Lebou ethnic group of fisherman on the Southern coast
of Senegal, Ndeysaan is the
tale of two friends who love the same woman and how this conflict disrupts
a village. Ndeysaan can be appreciated
simply as a deeply moving, beautifully acted, visually stunning story
of love, betryal and redemption. But it can also be read as an attempt,
conscious or unconscious, to reconcile or negotiate traditional and
modern sensibilities, a film whose ambiguities are often as fascinating
as its certainties. Director Mansour Sora Wade adapts the novel, Le
prix du pardon, by Mbissane Ngom, and moves beyond the folkloric developing
an epic style which resembles in spirit the storytelling techniques
of a traditional griot.
1903, the most influential black voice of the early 20th century, W.E.B.
Dubois, published what remains the preeminent text on African American
consciousness, The Souls of Black Folk. MacArthur Genius Award
Winner, Louis Massiah's W.E.B. Dubois:
A Biography in Four Voices chronicles this remarkable life and
work through the perspective of four contemporary black writers. DuBois
identifies with the term "double consciousness" the problematic identity
of being both "a Negro" and "an American," which has remained a crux
of African American literature throughout the 20th century. For example,
Invisible Man, published in 1952 by Ralph Ellison (and the subject
of our new release Ralph Ellison:
An American Journey) is about its hero's efforts to live on
his own terms not those prescribed by the white power structure.
The Lost Decades
of African American History Reclaimed
Rise and Fall of Jim Crow shows that Emancipation ended slavery
but only to replace it with segregation, an American form of apartheid
used to keep African Americans as second class citizens. The Jim Crow
years that followed were an era of segregation, violence, and disenfranchisement
of African Americans. This four-part series constitutes a major cinematic
achievement covering the years between Reconstruction and Civil Rights,
between Ken Burns' Civil War and Henry Hampton's Eyes on the
For The Future
a special collaboration between filmmakers from Southern Africa (South
Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Lesotho) and
broadcasters from the North (Finland, Canada, Denmark, France) comes
a unique collection of 34 films (in 25 cassettes). Steps
for the Future presents how individuals are coping with their
lives and how societies are having to change under the impact of HIV/AIDS
through stories that are positive, provocative, humorous and brave.
Newsreel urges a NO vote on Proposition 54!
As documented in
our series RACE - The Power of an Illusion,
race is not biological, but a social construction that continues to
influence life opportunities and status.
On October 7, 2003,
the same day as the vote on the governor's recall, the California electorate
will vote on Proposition 54, the so-called "Racial Privacy Initiative."
Put forward by University of California Regent Ward Connerly, Proposition
54 would prohibit state and local governments from collecting data on
race, color, ethnicity and national origin, save for a few limited exemptions.
In effect, this information ban would prevent documentation of the racial
disparities in health, education, wealth accumulation and other indices
that reveal how our society continues to be stratified, and it would
hinder any attempt to address these disparities.
For more information
and to find out how you can help oppose this initiative, please visit
Anniversary of California Newsreel
was a year which changed the country and gave birth to a unique film/video
distribution company. Over the past three and one half decades, California
Newsreel has distributed films and videos devoted to African American
history, African cinema, race and diversity and other issues ignored
by the main stream media. We have distributed such distinguished titles
as Richard Wright-Black Boy,
Berkeley in the '60s, The
Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords and Ethnic
As always, we welcome your input so we can serve you better. You can
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of our entire collection here on our website. If you have previously
rented or purchased from California Newsreel, thank you for your continued
support. If you are learning about us for the first time, welcome!
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