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This library, hosted by Multicultural Growth & Witness, makes videos on themes relating to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism available to Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, districts, and individuals for congregational or private showings. See the bottom of the page for information on how to request a video.
**NOTE: Loans will be suspended for the months of May and June 2014 due to the Unitarian Universalist Association's Boston offices move. We will not be able to provide video loans during this time. Apologies for any inconvenience.**
*Videos marked by an asterisk are great selections for older youth and young adults.
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality A just-released film from Shakti Butler, director of Mirrors of Privilege and The Way Home. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it moves viewers to to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. 75 minutes, DVD, 2012; WorldTrust.
Wilderness Journey: The Struggle for Black Empowerment and Racial Justice within the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1967-1970 Ron Cordes filmed these interviews of many UU leaders who lived through those complex times and created this essential Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) historical record. 76 minutes, DVD, 2008, UUA; or purchase for $5 each or 5 for $20.
A People So Bold Based on a gathering of thirty-two leading UU theologians, ministers, and activists to reflect on how congregations might be beacons of UU values for the larger world, and how we can understand suffering, oppression, and injustice in the light of our faith. 2 hours, DVD, 2009, UUA, companion discussion guide available; entire DVD can also be viewed on YouTube.
Building the Beloved Community: How Do We Talk About Racism & Classism? An excellent resource to stimulate discussion based on the 2009 Beloved Community Conference in Denver. The DVD features UU voices plus speakers from Class Action, a national nonprofit organization that inspires action to end classism; and Dr. Vincent Harding, scholar-activist and founder of the Veterans of Hope Project, Iliff School of Theology. 39 minutes, DVD, 2008, Mountain Desert District of the UUA; more resources available.
UU University 2009—Soul Work: Creating Welcoming Multicultural UU Communities The Multicultural track of UU University at General Assembly 2009, led by Rev. Alicia Forde, the UUA's Program Coordinator for Multiracial Congregations. Explore ways you and your congregation can break through fear, insecurity and socialization into a cycle of liberation and connection. 93 minutes, DVD, 2009, UUA, more resources available, including a DVD study guide. Note: just the multicultural track is available for loan. Buy all 6 tracks from the UUA Bookstore.
How Open the Door? Black Pioneers in a White Denomination Created by Carol Lynn Dornbrand in 1985 and based on the work of UU minister Mark Morrison-Reed, particularly his book Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, published by Skinner House. 35 minutes, DVD, 1985, UUA.
Faith in the Borderland Sunday morning worship service for General Assembly 2009 featuring the sermon by Rev. Abhi Janamanchi. 84 minutes, DVD, 2009, UUA.
Race—The Power of an Illusion What is this thing called "race"?—a question so basic it’s rarely raised. The film reveals that most of our common assumptions about race—for instance, that the world's people can be divided biologically along racial lines—are wrong, yet the consequences of racism are very real. Three parts at 56 minutes each, DVD, 2003, California Newsreel, more resources available, including a discussion guide.
Unnatural Cause Is inequality making us sick? This informative, dynamic seven-part series explores racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health by asking such questions as “How does the distribution of power, wealth and resources shape opportunities for health?” and “Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way?” 7 segments, 1x56 minutes + 6x30 minutes, DVD, 2008, California Newsreel.
Ending Racism: Working for a Racism Free 21st Century An introduction to help explore racism in the United States, focusing on the way systemic racism functions in our society, especially at institutional and cultural levels. 35 minutes, DVD with Discussion Guide, 1996, Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing & Training.
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible A must-see documentary for all people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth, and community making. Featuring interviews of white women and men who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the USA. 50 minutes, DVD, 2006, WorldTrust, discussion guide available.
Shades of Youth: Youth Speak on Racism, Power & Privilege* Filmed at The White Privilege Conference Youth Institute where 100 high school students gathered from across the United States to seriously engage in issues of race, power, identity, oppression, and social change. It offers multiple views and experiences around race and privilege, giving youth and adults entry points to discuss and better understand how institutional racism affects all our lives. DVD, 2008, CoAction.
Skin Deep* Skin Deep chronicles the eye-opening journey of a diverse and divided group of college students as they awkwardly but honestly confront each other’s racial prejudices. 53 minutes, DVD, 1995, by Frances Reid.
Tim Wise: On White Privilege Racism, White Denial, and the Costs of Inequality. Prominent white anti-racist author and lecturer, Tim Wise, offers an inside-out view of race, racism, and the cost to ALL. 57 minutes, DVD, 2008, Speak Out.
What Makes Me White?* How white people form their white racial identity and deal with white privilege is explored in this thought-provoking short film produced by Aimee Sands. 15 minutes, DVD, 2009.
Free Indeed* A New York Film Festival finalist, this drama about racism challenges white viewers to think about the privileges that come with being white in North America. Four white, middle-class young adults play a card game as a prerequisite for doing a service project for a black Baptist church. 23 minutes, VHS, 1995, Mennonite Central Committee.
The Color of Fear This insightful film examines race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent, revealing the pain and scars that racism has caused them. What emerges is a deeper sense of understanding and trust. This is the dialogue many of us fear, but hope for. 90 minutes, VHS, 1995, Stir Fry Productions.
The Color of Your Skin For 16 weeks, behind a two-way mirror in a small room at the US military's intensive race relations course, a dozen Americans-black, white, and Hispanic-confront each other with racial anger, pain, and bewilderment. This group's struggle poses the question: can America overcome its racial conflicts to make equality work? 58 minutes, VHS, 1991, Frontline PBS.
A Class Divided In 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, Jane Elliott, a third grade teacher at a small, all-white elementary school in Iowa divided her class by eye color—those with blue eyes and those with brown. What happened over the course of the unique two-day exercise astonished both students and teacher. 58 minutes, DVD & VHS, 1985, Frontline PBS.
True Colors In this startling exposé, reporter Diane Sawyer explores skin color prejudice in America with the help of two friends virtually identical in all respects but one -- John is white, Glen is black. Together they take part in a series of hidden camera experiments exploring people's reactions to each in a variety of situations. 17 minutes, DVD & VHS, 1991, ABC Prime Time.
The Way Home Representing a cross-section of U.S. cultures, sixty-four women come together to share their experiences of oppression through the lens of race. 92 minutes, VHS, 1998, WorldTrust.
What’s Race Got to Do with It? Social Disparities and Student Success* « Currently unavailable; apologies » This video looks at students born in the post-Civil Rights era, many of whom believe that race is no longer an issue or feel that they’ve heard it all before. But despite 15 years of diversity programs and initiatives, campuses still struggle to close achievement gaps, reduce racial disparities and enhance student success for everyone. 49 minutes, DVD, 2006, California Newsreel; Toolkit & Guide available.
Club Connect: Racial Sensitivity Test* Exploring racial issues from the teenage perspective. Role playing with teens heighten their sensitivity of racial and ethnic differences. 28 minutes, VHS, 1990, PBS.
Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years Narrated by Julian Bond, this award-winning series uses contemporary interviews and historical footage to cover major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1966. Six one-hour VHS tapes, 1986, PBS.
Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads Continuing from the first series and covering 1965-1985, this powerful and moving set brings many important events to life and burns the images into your consciousness in a way that books can't do. Eight one-hour VHS tapes, 1989, PBS.
Race is the Place* A high definition performance documentary on America’s most explosive social issue. Going beyond the buzz words “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” this video is a hip-hop, fast-moving documentary jam, where political becomes personal. Historical footage is interposed with a diverse group of performers and visual artists taking on the topic of race in the U.S. 91 minutes, DVD, 2005, Independent Lens.
For the Next 7 Generations This film tells the story of thirteen Indigenous grandmothers from around the globe who gather to form an alliance. Facing a world in crisis, they share their visions of healing and an urgent call for change. Their journey and perspectives are invaluable and teach the importance of grounding ourselves in the wisdom of our elders. 85 minutes, DVD, 2009, The Laughing Willow Company; screening toolkit available.
In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports This program takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" Native American Indians by using them as mascots and nicknames in sports. In this moving and award-winning documentary, Native Americans speak out about the hurtful and harmful effects of stereotyped sports images on both Natives and non-Natives alike. 47 minutes, DVD, 1997, by Jay Rosenstein.
Chiefs* This documentary is ostensibly about a Wyoming high school basketball team. But as the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs are made up of Native Americans. The video also encompasses broader issues of race and identity, making for illuminating viewing. 87 minutes, DVD, 2006, Independent Lens.
We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah Five principle nations of indigenous people call the Great Basin area (known as Utah) their home: The Paiute, The Ute, The Navajo, The Goshute, and the Northwest Shone. Five parts at 30 minutes each, DVD, 2009, KUED, discussion materials available.
Transitions: Death of a Mother Tongue Blackfeet producers Darrell Robes Kipp and Joe Fisher explore the relationship between language, thought, and culture, and examine the impact of language loss in Native American communities. This film chronicles the disappearance of the Blackfeet tribal language during the period of 1890-1990, with analysis of why the Mother tongue was destroyed. It illustrates the commonality of language loss amongst Indian tribes and other ethnic groups in America. 30 minutes, DVD & VHS, 1995, Native Voices.
See also Race—The Power of an Illusion under "Exposing Inequality" above. Part 2, "The Story We Tell," provides powerful history of how American Indians were racialized by white settlers.
Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farm Narrated by former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young, this film examines the remarkable personalities and events of Koinonia Farm, where residents radically believed in the equality of all people. Whites and blacks worked and lived together as equals on the farm when segregation was the law of the land. They broke bread together, worshiped together and were ready to die together if necessary. 60 minutes, DVD, 2005, PBS.
Daughter from Dânăng This film cuts between mother and daughter as the two recall the pain of their separation, and retraces Hiep's journey from Vietnam to Pulaski, Tennessee, where she is adopted by a single woman and renamed Heidi. In 1997, Heidi decides to return to Vietnam in search of her mother. In intimate, beautifully shot sequences in Danang, the film follows mother and daughter over the course of their complicated one-week reunion. 83 minutes, DVD, 2003, PBS.
Farmingville The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. 78 minutes, DVD, 2004, POV PBS.
A Most Unlikely Hero This inspiring film chronicles Capt. Bruce Yamashita's fight against racial discrimination in the Marine Corps. A third-generation American of Japanese ancestry, he joined the Marine Corps and sought to qualify as an officer. In spite of superior qualifications, Yamashita was dismissed from Officer Candidate School. He fought back and his case became the catalyst for statutory and procedural reform to prohibit racial and ethnic discrimination in the Marine Corps and in all branches of the military service. 57 minutes, DVD, 1993, by Steve Okino.
Slave Reparations: The Final Passage Discover the history and real issues behind today's controversial slave reparations movement. Why do African Americans represent 13% of the population and own only 3% of the assets? This ground-breaking documentary seeks to address these and other questions. 28 minutes, DVD, 2004, Crabtree Pictures.
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North In this feature documentary, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide. 60 minutes, DVD, 2008, Ebb Pod Productions, discussion guide (PDF) available.
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