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The Raising of America: Now Available on DVD!

The long-awaited sequel to Unnatural Causes is now available on DVD. The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a five-part series which aims to reframe the way Americans view early child health and development.  It asks:  how can we better assure the conditions which enable all our youngest children the opportunity to thrive?

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RACE-The Power of an Illusion

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision preserved the Fair Housing Act. The Court said that overt racism is not the only cause of discrimination and that unconsciously held stereotypes about people of color can negatively impact housing decisions. This ruling along with the Obama administration’s actions against residential segregation and in favor of enforcing housing anti-discrimination laws are very significant. Housing discrimination has been occurring for many decades and California Newsreel is posting a section of Race - The Power of an Illusion revealing some of the institutional origins actually supported by the U.S. federal government after World War II. Viewers are welcome to stream and share this segment which provides much needed context to why we are still facing this situation today.

More than 150 Titles Now Available for Digital Licensing

Interested in digital rights?

You can acquire a DVD plus a Local / Site Streaming License (you make the digital file) by ordering directly from the title page in this online catalog. If you’d prefer a Video-on-Demand / Remote Streaming license, visit our partners: Alexander Street Press, Films Media Group and Kanopy Streaming.

Many California Newsreel titles can also be rented for personal viewing (not campus or institutional use) from our streaming channel on Vimeo. These include our most widely used productions, Unnatural Causes and Race - The Power of an Illusion as well as classic titles on the civil rights movement including At the River I Stand, Black Panther, Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, February One, Negroes with Guns, Revolution ’67, The Road to Brown, and Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968.

Please visit newsreel.org/digital to learn more about digital licensing options and a complete list of films.

THE NEW BLACK-LGBT Rights and African American Communities

This award-winning and timely documentary boldly examines the challenging issues facing African American communities and gay civil rights with a particular focus on the role of faith institutions. While respectfully presenting the activism on differing sides, it makes a compelling case that the fight for LGBT rights in Black communities is an extension of the Black Freedom Struggle. Here is the recent TED Talk and interview by director Yoruba Richen describing why she made the documentary. Director Yoruba Richen wrote this article for the screening at the Council on Social Work Education annual meeting. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled same gender couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, there will be renewed interested in the film, both institutions and home viewers can purchase the film on DVD.

UNNATURAL CAUSES and Health Disparities

We’re pleased to see the media beginning to spotlight the harm done to Americans’ health by the nation’s glaring class and racial inequities. Join those around the country expanding the conversation beyond health care and ‘right choices’ by using California Newsreel’s prize-winning series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and the resources on its acclaimed companion website to explore how social and economic conditions can get under the skin, affecting health and well-being.

The Works of Marlon Riggs, a Resource Page and the Marlon Riggs Fellowship

All of the works by pioneering filmmaker Marlon Riggs are now available for digital licensing. We have created a Marlon Riggs Critical Resource page featuring articles, guides, transcripts and media. We are streaming for free the 58 minute personal and artistic biography of Marlon Riggs, I Shall Not Be Removed by filmmaker Karen Everett. Riggs became the youngest ever tenured professor at the University of California-Berkeley School of Journalism while making his landmark work, Tongues Untied. The school is raising funds for documentary fellowships in his honor and hopes to amass $500,000 by June 30.

Sheer Good Fortune – Celebrating Toni Morrison

The luminaries of contemporary African American letters - poets, novelists, critics and actors - gathered in October, 2012 to pay tribute to Toni Morrison, read from her writings and share what it has meant to their lives and work.

New Pricing and Digital Licensing for African Cinema

Launched in 1981, with 8 films from 5 countries, The Library of African Cinema now includes more than 50 films from 25 nations, including classic features by internationally renowned masters filmmakers like Ousmane Sembene (Faat Kine), Djibril Diop Mambety (Tales of Ordinary People and Gaston Kaboré (Wend Kuuni and Zan Boko)

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