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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart premieres on PBS on January 19

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Lorraine Hansberry wrote the classic play A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first ever documentary on her complex life and it explores both her artistic achievements and political activism. The film features interviews with the play’s original cast members, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett, Jr., Glynn Turman and director Lloyd Richards as well as supporter Harry Belafonte and writer Amiri Baraka. There are also excerpts from the 1961 Hollywood movie.

While most may know A Raisin in the Sun as their only reference point for Hansberry, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart makes abundantly clear that there is much more to know about her. Filmmakers Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry combed archives worldwide and had unprecedented access to Hansberry’s personal papers, archives, home movies and photos. Like her writing, the film draws attention to some of the most outstanding issues of the mid-Twentieth Century and beyond (racial justice, colonialism, feminism, sexuality) and addresses the role of artists and intellectuals in bringing them to center stage.

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The Struggle for Campus Equity and Inclusion

Current struggles to make colleges welcoming and relevant for students of color continue movements which swept across campuses fifty years ago. The newly released documentary Agents of Change tells the timely and inspiring story of how successful protests for equity and inclusion led to establishing the first Black and Ethnic Studies departments at two very different universities, San Francisco State (1968) and Cornell (1969). The film offers eye-opening accounts by the young men and women at the forefront of these groundbreaking efforts, which today’s young racial justice activists are boldly carrying forward on college campuses and beyond.

The Raising of America - Evaluation Report

After a two-year campaign to change the conversation about early child development with our film series The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation, we are excited to share The Raising of America Evaluation Report. The report examines use patterns, presents case studies and suggests how to use film for social justice.

Unnatural Causes Explores Root Causes of our Alarming Health Inequities

We’re pleased the media are 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?, along with the resources on its acclaimed companion website to explore how social and economic conditions can get under the skin, affecting health and well-being.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez Nominated for Emmy Award

Recently nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work, cultural/historical milieu and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez. A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and an inspiration to today’s hip hop/spoken word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped redefine American culture and politics. Sanchez's role in establishing a Black Studies Department at San Francisco State is also highlighted in the film Agents of Change.

Documentary on Black Landowners During the Civil Rights Movement. Emmy Winner!

California Newsreel is happy to release Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi. The film tells the untold story of how a community of Black farmers obtained land during the New Deal era in the violently racist Mississippi Delta and the central part they played in the early 1960s. They used their economic independence and resources to house Movement volunteers, provided bail to those arrested and supported voting rights campaigns.

Groundbreaking Public Affairs Series Now Available Digitally

Black Journal is a landmark in American broadcast history, the first nationally-televised, regularly-scheduled African American public affairs program. Now, for the first time since their broadcast, its first two seasons (1968-1970) are available to students, scholars and the public directly through Alexander Street Press. They offer an unprecedented inside look at a pivotal period for the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movements of the 1960s from the perspectives of the activists, journalists, and artists making the news and shaping opinion.

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, and both institutions and home viewers can purchase the film on DVD.

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 the 58 minute personal and artistic biography of Marlon Riggs, I Shall Not Be Removed by filmmaker Karen Everett for free. Riggs became the youngest ever tenured professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism while making his landmark work, Tongues United. In the May 2016 issue of the photography journal, Aperture, Hank Willis Thomas includes Riggs’ Black Is…Black Aint in his “List of Favorite Anythings”.

How were the segregated suburbs and the racial wealth gap created? View this segment from RACE-The Power of an Illusion. Free online!

To help Americans appreciate how government policy and private banking practices helped produce the segregated suburbs after WWII - and a large and alarming racial wealth gap - California Newsreel has posted a 30-minute segment entitled How the Racial Wealth Gap Was Created from Race - The Power of an Illusion on Vimeo for free video streaming. Please screen it, discuss and share with others.

Also along these lines, the think tank Demos has released an important report entitled “The Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap.”

James Baldwin

Since the festival premiere and subsequent theatrical release of Raoul Peck’s celebrated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, there has been an upsurge of interest in James Baldwin. California Newsreel’s classic release James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket is the essential primer on the life and work of this visionary writer/activist.

Furious Flower III – Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

Furious Flower III compiles close to five hours of the highlights from the 2014 Furious Flower conference featuring thirty-two of today’s leading African American poets in performance and conversation (among them Rita Dove, Toi Derricotte, Elizabeth Alexander, Quincy Troupe, jessica Care moore and Jericho Brown). This collection constitutes a video anthology of a vital decade in one of the most exciting and influential practices driving American literature in the Twenty-First Century. California Newsreel also released the highlights from previous Furious Flower conferences, Furious Flower I and Furious Flower II, and is now releasing Furious Flower – The Complete Edition composed of all of the Furious Flower conferences. Furious Flower – The Complete Edition is a multiple volume video collection constituting fourteen hours of once-in-a-lifetime readings by and encounters with leading African American poets.

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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