2003 MC Film FestThe following films were selected for screening at the 2003 Annual Conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education.
A Place at the Table (40 min.)
A film by Hudson & Houston.
Teaching Tolerance Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave. Montgomery, AL 36104. www.teachingtolerance.org
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.
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
Directed by Debbie Mintz Brodsky.
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?
Directed by Betsy Cox.
Video Action Fund 1000 Potomac Street NW Suite 202, Washington DC 20007.
Fax. 202.342.2600. www.videoaction.org
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
Directed and produced by Loni Ding.
Center for Educational Telecommunications
1940 Hearst Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709.
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”
California Newsreel 500 Third St. Ste 505, San Francisco, CA 94107
415.284.7800 x 6 email@example.com
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.
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.