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Advancing and Advocating for Social Justice & Equity

The following films were selected for screening at the 2003 Annual Conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education.


Film Title

Film Maker/






A Place at the Table (40 min.)

A film by Hudson & Houston.


Teaching Tolerance Southern Poverty Law Center

400 Washington Ave. Montgomery, AL  36104.

Diversity &Justice

Tells the story of our nation’s struggle to ensure liberty and justice for all. One major element sets the video apart from most historical documentaries: It is narrated entirely by young people.


(53 min.)

A documentary by Hannah Weyer.


Distributed by Women Make Movies

426 Broadway #500 New York, NY, 10013



This film is a clear-eyed view into the lives of contemporary Mexican American migrants and their struggles to educate their children while obtaining employment.

Teens in Between

(83 min.)

Directed by Debbie Mintz Brodsky.


MHz Networks

8101 A Lee Highway Falls Church, VA  22042


Immigrant Teenagers in America

Includes inspiring portraits of courageous immigrant teens adjusting to life in their adopted land.

What do you Believe? (50 min.)


Directed and produced by Sarah Feinbloom.


The filmmaker will be attending.










Religion & Spirituality












In this engaging and poignant new documentary, a religiously diverse group of teens reveal their inner struggles and personal beliefs about faith, morality, suffering, death, prayer, the purpose of life and the divine. Without a hint of dogma they candidly discuss everything from hormones to heaven, deflating misperceptions and stereotypes at every turn, and making a strong case for a more tolerant America.

Who’s Gonna Sing Our Song?

(27 min.)

Directed by Betsy Cox.


Video Action Fund 1000 Potomac Street NW Suite 202, Washington DC 20007.

Tel 202.338.1094

Fax. 202.342.2600.


Video/Action Fund invited local musicians, storytellers, artists and older residents to share personal perspectives on African-American history with inner city teenagers.   This spirited documentary captures the excitement that is unleashed as the students begin to use the arts to tell their own stories.

Mamie Tape, 1885: The Fight for Equality

(21 min.)

Directed and produced by Loni Ding.


Center for Educational Telecommunications

1940 Hearst Ave.

Berkeley, CA  94709.

Tel. 510.848.1656

Fax 510.841.1263



This film portrays the case of Mamie Tape, an 8-year-old Chinese American girl whose parents fought for her to be admitted to the all-white Spring Valley School in San Francisco in 1885. Her descendants help tell this pioneering story of school desegregation.

Race: The Power of An Illusion: Episode Three “The House We Live In”

(57 min.)

California Newsreel 500 Third St. Ste 505, San Francisco, CA  94107

415.284.7800 x 6

Race as a social construction

This film asks, if race is not biology, what is it? It uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions “make” race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

Scout’s Honor

(60 min.)



Directed and produced by Tom Shepard.


The project traces the conflict between the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America and the broad-based movement by many of its members to overturn them. The story is told predominantly through the experiences of a 13-year old boy and a 70-year-old man – both heterosexual, both dedicated to the Scouts, and both determined to change the course of Scouting history.