DVD of the Month:
August 2019--Inside the Chinese Closet
Inside the Chinese Closet is the intricate tale of Andy and Cherry looking for love and happiness in Shanghai. They are homosexual but their families demand a heterosexual marriage from them and a baby. Being single and childless would mean an unacceptable loss of face for their rural families in the remote countryside where they live. Will Andy and Cherry deny their happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parent's wishes? Their stories mirror the legal and cultural progress that is happening in China against a backdrop of a nation coming to terms with new moral values.
July 2019--Indian Relay
The hope and determination of modern-day Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the world today. Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography, Indian Relay follows three teams as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season, all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship.
June 2019--Close Knit
Tomo is an 11 year-old girl. One day, her mother leaves her with her uncle and his pretty girlfriend Rinko. Rinko is kind and caring, but the other mothers do not seem to like her. Tomo finds it hard to understand because Rinko takes care of her in the best possible way. She even teaches Tomo to knit in order to channel her anger. However, life as a transgender family is not easy when ignorance and discrimination are everywhere.
May 2019--White Right: Meeting With The Enemy
Muslim filmmaker Deeyah Khan meets U.S. neo-Nazis and white nationalists including Richard Spencer face to face and attends the now-infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as she seeks to understand the personal and political motivations behind the resurgence of far-right extremism in the U.S.
April 2019--I Am Not Your Negro
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
The Revival: Women and the Word chronicles the tour of the U.S. of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. The journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux. As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race and sexuality. This is a rarely seen look into a special sisterhood--one where marginalized voices are both heard and respected.
February 2019--Black Girl in Suburbia
For many Black girls raised in the suburbs, the experiences of going to school, playing on the playground, and living day-to-day life can be uniquely alienating. Black Girl in Suburbia looks at the suburbs of America from the perspective of women of color. Filmmaker Melissa Lowery shares her own childhood memories of navigating racial expectations both subtle and overt--including questions like, "Hey, I just saw a Black guy walking down the street; is that your cousin?" Through conversations with her own daughters, with teachers and scholars who are experts in the personal impacts of growing up a person of color in a predominately white place, this film explores the conflicts that many black girls in homogeneous hometowns have in relating to both white and Black communities.
January 2019--Breaking Silence
Three Muslim women share their stories of sexual assault and in a deeply personal way, they challenge the stigma that has long suppressed the voice of survivors. Through out America, many Muslim communities persist in stigmatizing all discussion of sex-related subjects. Even though sexual assault and abuse are widespread, conversations about it are rare and the pressure for victims and their families to "keep it a secret" helps perpetuate abuse. Breaking Silence takes a radical and humanizing approach to the emotional scars of sexual assault, giving women the space to share their voices without shame.
December 2018—A Fantastic Woman
PN1995.9.F67 M85 2018
Marina works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer. When her older boyfriend dies suddenly, instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is treated unkindly and with suspicion. Marina, as a trans woman, is seen as a perversion by most of Orlando's family. Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.
November - Ohero:kon - Under the Husk
E99.M8 O44 2018
A documentary that follows the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S./Canada border. They both take part in a four-year adolescent passage rites ceremony called ohero:kon "under the husk" that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.
October - Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)
JV7048 .D66 2015
This documentary about Angy Rovera won a 2015 Peabody Award. Angy Rivera lived for 20 years in the USA as an undocumented person at the start of this film. The film follows her path as she becomes an activist for immigrants when she began writing a popular advice column called "Ask Angy”. It also shows her proceeding through the process of obtaining a UVisa, a visa for "victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity".
September - Showing Roots
PN1997.2 .S47 2017
Two women, played by Uzo Aduba and Maggie Grace, look to integrate the 'right' and 'wrong' sides of the tracks of their small southern town. Set in 1977, these young women - one white, one black - forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence and self-discovery that ultimately results in the discovery of the perfect hairdo.
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