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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart 118 min.

When Lorraine Hansberry’s now classic A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway in 1959, actress Ruby Dee recalls marveling how it “opened a new chapter in theater that included Black people.” The makers of this documentary combed archives worldwide and had unprecedented access to Hansberry’s personal papers, archives, home movies, and photos in order to present her complex life. Like her writing,...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2017

New to Our Collection! Agents of Change 67 min.

This documentary tells the timely and inspiring story of how successful protests for equity and inclusion led to establishing the first Black and Ethnic Studies departments at two very different universities: San Francisco State (1968) and Cornell (1969).

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2016

New to Our Collection! BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez 92 min.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet, educator and activist Sonia Sanchez who describes herself as “a woman with razor blades between my teeth.”

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

New to Our Collection! The Raising of America 201 min.

This ambitious documentary series by the producers of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning, and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better-educated, and more prosperous and equitable America.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

New to Our Collection! Wounded Places: Confronting Childhood PTSD in America's Shell-Shocked Cities 43 min.

In neighborhoods ravaged by years of disinvestment and racial exclusion, too many children and young people like Caheri Gutíerrez, Antonio Carter, and Javier Arango wrestle with sudden rages, nightmares, inability to trust, depression, and difficulty concentrating in school. Traumatized by violence, poverty, and adversity as disturbing as some war zones, they show symptoms similar to PTSD—except t...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

New to Our Collection! The New Black: LGBT Rights and African American Communities 75 min.

This award-winning documentary boldly examines the controversial and challenging issues facing African American communities on gay civil rights, campaigns for/against marriage equality, and—in particular—the role of faith institutions.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2013

New to Our Collection! White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books 55 min.

A valuable and colorful examination of 40 years of changing representations of black masculinity in a significant area of popular culture: comic books. This genre's reach and impact has extended into other forms of cultural production such as movies and animated TV series.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2012

New to Our Collection! Becoming American 31 min.

Recent Mexican immigrants, though generally poorer, tend to be healthier than the average American. But the longer they're here, the worse their relative health becomes. This is known as the "Hispanic Paradox." Is there something about life in America that is harmful to health? Conversely, what is protective about new immigrant communities that we can all learn from? Can community and labor organi...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2008

New to Our Collection! In Sickness and in Wealth 58 min.

The episode paints the big picture. Set in Louisville, Kentucky, it is a story about health, but it's not about doctors or drugs. It's about why some of us get sicker more often and die sooner in the first place. What are the connections between healthy bodies and healthy bank accounts and skin color? How do social policies and the way we organize work and society affect health? Solutions, the sho...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2008

New to Our Collection! Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? 225 min.

Unnatural Causes, for the first time on film, sounds the alarm about our disturbing socioeconomic and racial inequities in health—and searches for their root causes. But those causes are not what we might expect. There's much more to our health than bad habits, healthcare, or unlucky genes. The social conditions in which we are born, live, and work profoundly affect our well-being and longevity.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2008