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2006

The following films were selected for screening at the 2006 Annual Conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

 

Title

Publishing Information

Multicultural
Topic

Summary

Days/times
shown

Silent Thunder (2005)

(27 Min.)


Producer/Director: Angelique Midthunder


VisionMaker Video

1800 No 33rd St Lincoln, NE 68583

PO Box 83111 Lincoln, NE 68501

Email: visionmaker@unl.edu

VMV Order Line
877-868-2250

FAX 402-472-8675


Cultural tolerance

Silent Thunder is the heartwarming story of Stanford Addison: a Native American Elder, Spiritual Leader, Horse Tamer, and Quadriplegic. Through his unique method of gentling wild horses, Stanford delivers an inspiring and timely message of universal peace and cultural tolerance by sharing the experiences of his own life.


Thursday

8:00-8:30

Not in Anyone’s Backyard (2004)

(12 min.)

Producer/ Director: Marghi Hagen

602-331-1532

Social equality

Not in anyone’s backyard takes an interdisciplinary approach at examining the environmental racism that exists in South Phoenix.

Thursday

8:40-9:00

Emmanuel’s Gift (2005)

(60 Min)


LISA LAX and NANCY STERN

Press Contacts:

P & F Communications

210 East 86th Street – Suite 203

New York, NY 10028

Phone: 212-861-2100

Barbara Pflughaupt, barbara@pfcomberney.com

Bill Douglass, wdouglass@pfcomberney.com

Lisa Currie, lisa@pfcomberney.com

Website: www.emmanuelsgift.com


Disability Awareness

If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned, or left to die by your family; and if you are not poisoned or left for dead, you’re likely to be hidden away in a room; and if you’re not hidden, you are destined to spend your lifetime begging on the streets. Of the twenty million people in Ghana, two million are disabled. This is the story of one disabled man whose mission-and purpose- is to change all that forever. In Emmanuel’s Gift, filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have uncovered a story as compelling as it is important. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country. While Emmanuel’s message is vital: people with disabilities are valuable contributors to any society, his method is inspirational. Emmanuel begins his quest with a bicycle ride, over 600 kilometers, across Ghana with one leg-and continues to spread his vision with grit and resolve. Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have been documenting Emmanuel’s plight for over a year, having shot over 100 hours of powerful imagery. The film includes original footage shot in Ghana, California, Oregon and New York, as well as photographs and other acquired film/video of Emmanuel’s early years. Through it all, they have created an intimate insight into the mind and heart of a visionary whose unforgettable journey transcends continents and cultures and becomes each of ours to share.

Thursday

11:00-12:15

Agent Yellow: Not a Chinaman’s Chance (2006)

(26 min)


Director:  Christine Choy

Filmakers Library
124 East 40th Street, NY, NY 10016
Phone 212-808-4980, fax 212-808-4983
e-mail: info@filmakers.com

Civil Rights

Agent Yellow is a powerful indictment of the U.S. government’s systematic prejudice against Chinese-American scientists. The film focuses on the mistreatment of Chinese scientists who contributed significantly to American military research, specifically describing the tragic cases of Dr. Wen Ho Lee and Dr. Tsien Hsue-Sher. On June 2, 2006, Dr. Wen Ho Lee, an atomic scientist once suspected of espionage, settled an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the U.S. government for $1,645,000. Dr. Lee, who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, brought his case against the government in 1999, the year federal investigators accused him of giving nuclear secrets to China. He spent nine months in solitary confinement awaiting trial. Ultimately, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of illegally gathering and retaining national security data, and he received an apology from the judge in the case

Thursday

3:00-3:30

The wedding Proposal (2006)

(23 min)


Producer/ Director: Anjanette Levert

Filmakers Library
124 East 40th Street, NY, NY 10016
Phone 212-808-4980, fax 212-808-4983
e-mail: info@filmakers.com


Cultural Heritage

The filmmaker, an educated African-American journalist, celebrates her 35th birthday and acknowledges to her dismay that she is STILL unmarried. The Wedding Proposal is an at times humorous, at times heart-wrenching personal journey to find out how this could have happened to her. For answers she turns to her family, her friends and “the villain” –Thomas Lopez Pierre, Managing Partner of The Harlem Club, a private social club for professional African-Americans. Any professional man is eligible to join, but women must be under 35, single, have no children; they must also submit head and body photos.

Thursday

3:30-4:00

Just Married:  The Epic Battle Over Gay Marriage

(58 minutes)


Produced by Iris Adler, NECN


Filmakers Library
124 East 40th Street, NY, NY 10016
Phone 212-808-4980, fax 212-808-4983
e-mail: info@filmakers.com


Gay/ lesbian rights

The issue of gay marriage has polarized the country. This even- handed film follows events in Massachusetts after the state supreme court ruled 4 to 3 in favor of allowing same sex marriage. It is at the same time a lesson in the turbulent political process as a compelling portrait of several responsible, loving, stable couples who yearn for recognition by the state and their community to validate their families.

Thursday

4:30-5:45

True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers (2003)

(57 min.)


Produced by Gale Anne Hurd,Valerie Red-Horse.


Berkeley Media LLC

2600 Tenth Street, Suite 626

Berkeley, CA 94710


Email: info@berkeleymedia.com

Phone: 510-486-9900

Fax: 510-486-9944


Civil rights

Of all the untold stories from World War II that have recently come to light, none is more important nor more ironic than that of the Code Talkers — some 400 Navajo youths, many hardly more than boys — who were recruited by the U.S. government to devise an unbreakable code in the language they had been previously forbidden to speak.


Friday

8:00-9:15

Granito de Arena (2005)

(62 min.)

Writer, Producer, Director
Jill Freidberg


Corrugated Films

151 22nd Ave

Seattle, WA 98122

206-851-6785


Social Justice

Granito de Arena is the story of hundreds of thousands of public school teachers

whose grassroots, non-violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle

for social and economic justice in Mexico’s public schools.

Friday

11:00-12:15

Preschools in Three Cultures in the New Millenium: Japan, China, and the United States (n.d. not yet released)

(75 Min.)


Producer/ Director: Joseph Tobin, Yeh Hsueh, and Mayumi Karasawa


Arizona State University

Department of Early Childhood Education

PO BOX 1411

Tempe, AZ  85287-1451


Phone: 480-965-1451

E-mail: joseph.tobin@asu.edu

Web Page: http://coe.asu.edu/elps/faculty/tobin.php


*Film makers will be present


Early Childhood Education

These three 20-minute videos, which were originally shot and edited for use in an ethnographic study, show typical days in a Japanese, a Chinese, and a US preschool. Audiences watching the three videos are likely to be struck by how differently these three cultures approach the common task of caring for and educating young children. For example, American early childhood educators who have watched the Japanese and Chinese videos have been surprised by scenes of a Japanese teacher holding back and not intervening in a (physical) fight among a group of four-year old girls and five year old children helping to take of toddlers and of Chinese teachers encouraging children to give critical feedback to a classmate about the story he tells and allowing children to include play guns in their dramatic play. Japanese and Chinese viewers have been impressed by the bilingual and multicultural approach seen in the video of a preschool in urban Phoenix.

Friday

3:00-4:15

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

(86 minutes)


Note session will end at 5:55

Directed by: Patricia Cardoso


HBO Films presents in association with Newmarket Films a LaVoo Production.


1100 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036


http://www.hbo.com/films/realwomen/

Cultural heritage/ gender

Winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, this HBO Films comedy/drama tells the story of 18-year-old Ana a first-generation Mexican-American from East Los Angeles, who struggles to strike a balance between her mainstream ambitions and her more traditional cultural heritage as she attempts to forge her own path in life.

Friday

4:30-5:55

Not In Our Town––When Hate Happens Here––Summer of Hate/Season of Healing (2005)

(59 min)


Co-production of KQED-TV and Oakland-based production company The Working Group.

http://www.kqed.org/programs/tv/niot/

Anti-bias, Diversity training

A three-part modular series designed especially for classroom and community screenings. These videos—Staging a Response to Hate, Summer of Hate/ Season of Healing, and Welcome Signs—are particularly relevant for teachers and organizers, because they tell self-contained, varied and dynamic stories, making them ideal for short screenings in educational and community settings. Centered in urban, rural, exurban and suburban towns, the stories show that hate happen anywhere, but people everywhere can stand up and respond. Co-produced with KQED-TV.

Saturday

8:00-9:15

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (2004)

(83 minutes)


Note session will end at 12:30

Directed by: Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman

Think Films

23 East 22nd Street, 5th floor

New York, NY  10010

Phone: 212-444-7900

Fax: 212-444-7901

http://www.thinkfilmcompany.com/brothels/

Social equality

In Calcutta’s red-light district lives a group of unforgettable children. Feisty, resilient and wickedly funny, they are the daughters and sons of prostitutes. Trying to evade a doomed future, the children embark on a transformational journey that teaches them how the transcendent power of art can offer hope – and help redirect these challenged lives

Saturday

11:00-12:15