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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 in which all our youngest children can thrive?

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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, 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.

Important New Report Documenting Lynchings

The Equal Justice Institute has released a groundbreaking new report Lynching in America Confronting the Racial Legacy of Racial Terrorism which documents at least 700 more lynchings of Black people than previously reported. Strange Fruit is the first documentary on the anti-lynching protest song famously sung by Billie Holiday. Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice is about the legendary anti-lynching campaigner. Banished a documentary on Sundown towns, recovers the history of racial cleansing in the U.S. when thousands of African Americans in the 20th century were driven from their homes and communities by violent, racist mobs.

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 now raising funds for documentary fellowships in his honor to match a $100,000 gift from Signifyin’ Works, the non-profit organization which Riggs founded.

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 film from 5 different countries, The Library of African Cinema has now more than 50 films from 25 countries including classic feature films 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)

60 years of Racial and Economic Justice Organizing in the South

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot provides an in-depth portrait of the legendary Southern organizer and journalist whose life long activism exemplified what progressive white people can do to fight racism. She was labeled a “race traitor” by white supremacists and praised by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On African American Funeral Traditions

Through the portrait of Harlem undertaker, Isaiah Owens as well as the community he serves, Homegoings examines the unique funeral traditions amongst African Americans. Christine Turner’s celebrated and moving documentary premiered on February 28 in the Museum of Modern Art’s prestigious Documentary Fortnight series and had its national PBS broadcast premiere on June 24 in the P.O.V. series. Please check local listings for rebroadcast information.

Recognizing Africa's Role in World Civilization

The Manuscripts of Timbuktu introduces viewers to the thriving economic and cultural world of Timbuktu, which flourished from the 11th to the 18th centuries and influenced much of the world. The remaining artifacts there are severely endangered by threats from Islamic fundamentalists who have captured the city.

Black Popular Culture

White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books examines 40 years of changing portrayals of Black masculinity in a significant area of popular culture - action comic books.  This genre's reach extended into films and animated TV series and continues to influence contemporary representations. An interview with director Jonathan Gayles in Shadow and Act.

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