spring 2012_final by LydaEllis


									     January: Nursing         February: Black History       March: Women’s History         April: Criminal Justice       May: Exam Week Film

11th The Disappearing        1st Banished                   7th A crushing love:         4th $100 a Day: Justice        2nd Life in a Day
Male                         Banished recounts the          Chicanas, motherhood,        and reparation in              A documentary shot by
The last few decades have    forgotten history of racial    and activism                 California’s Legal System      filmmakers all over the
seen steady and dramatic     cleansing in America,          Sylvia Morales’ “A           In 1991, Rick Walker was       world that serves as a time
increases in the incidence   when thousands of African      Crushing Love” is a          wrongly convicted of           capsule to show future
of boys and young men        Americans were driven          Chicana-produced film        murder and spent the next      generations what it was
suffering from genital       from their homes and           honoring Chicana activists   12 years in prison. This       like to be alive on the 24th
deformities, low sperm       communities by violent         in their achievements.       program tells the story of     of July, 2010.
count, sperm abnormalities   racist mobs in the late 19th   These women include:         his exoneration and the
and testicular cancer. At    and early 20th centuries.      Dolores Huerta, Elizabeth    political struggle to secure
the same time, boys are      The film places these          “Bebita” Martinez, and       financial compensation for
now far more at risk of      events in the context of       others. The film focuses     him from the state of
suffering from ADHD,         present day race relations,    on these women’s ability     California. In addition to
autism, Tourette's           by following three             to balance (often single)    an interview with Walker
syndrome, cerebral palsy,    concrete cases of towns        motherhood and their         himself, the film presents
and dyslexia. [This          that remain all-white to       passion for social change.   detailed conversations
program] takes a close and   this day (Forsyth County,                                   with key players in his
disturbing look at what      Georgia; Pierce City,                                       case and the partisan
many doctors and             Missouri; & Harrison,                                       budget battle over
researchers now suspect      Arkansas). Banished raises                                  reimbursing him.
are responsible for many     the questions -- will the                                   Interviewees include
of these problems: a class   United States ever make                                     Alison Tucher, the lawyer
of common chemicals that     meaningful reparations for                                  who proved Walker's
are ubiquitous in our        the human rights abuses                                     innocence; George
world. Found in              suffered, then and now,                                     Kennedy, the Santa Clara
everything from shampoo      against its African                                         County District Attorney
and sunglasses to toys and   American citizens? Can                                      at the time; and Joe
baby bottles, they are       reconciliation between the                                  Simitian, the state
called "hormone              races be possible without                                   assemblyman who fought
mimicking" or "endocrine     them?"                                                      to pass the bill that gave
disrupting" chemicals and                                                                Walker $100 for each day
they may be starting to                                                                  of his incarceration.
damage the most basic
building blocks of human
18th Crisis in Nursing:        8th Blacking Up                14th No Film: Spring   11th Death Row Kids
Where have all the Nurses       The ambitious and hard-       Break                  Filmed prior to the March
Gone?                          hitting documentary                                   1, 2005 U.S. Supreme
Nurses are exiting the         Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's                                Court ruling barring
healthcare profession in       Remix of Race and                                     execution for underage
record numbers, and are        Identity, looks at the                                offenses, Death Row Kids
showing no signs of            popularity of hip-hop                                 tell the stories of confused
returning to the work they     among America's white                                 and frightened young
once loved. Is it the low      youth. It asks whether                                people awaiting the
pay? Is it the strain of       white identification is                               ultimate penalty. The
attending to more and          rooted in admiration and a                            program also alludes to
more acutely ill patients?     desire to transcend race or                           medical findings that a 17-
Is it the overwhelming         if it is merely a new                                 year-old's brain lacks fully
paperwork required by          chapter in the long                                   developed decision-
most insurance                 continuum of stereotyping,                            making capabilities. The
companies? This program        mimicry and cultural                                  result is a provocative
examines the numerous          appropriation? Does it                                inquiry into complex
contributing causes of the     reflect a new face of racial                          issues of personal
staffing crisis in the         understanding in white                                responsibility and the
nursing profession - a         America or does it                                    likelihood of criminal
problem that has left many     reinforce an ugly history?                            rehabilitation.
hospitals short-handed and     Blacking up explores
has raised concerns about      racial identity in U.S.
the quality of patient care.   society. The film draws
                               parallels between the
                               white hip-hop fan and
                               previous incarnations of
                               white appropriation from
                               blackface performer Al
                               Jolson to mainstream
                               artists like Elvis Presley,
                               the Rolling Stones and
                               Eminem. It interweaves
                               portraits of white hip-hop
                               artists and fans with
                               insightful commentary by
                               African American cultural
                               critics such as Amiri
                               Baraka, Nelson George,
                               Greg Tate, comedian Paul
                               Mooney and hip-hop
                               figures Chuck D. and
                               Russell Simmons
25th Alzheimer’s Project:      15th February One               21st Ferry Tales              18th Surviving Hitler: A
Grandpa, Do you know           Tells the inspiring story of    This documentary focuses      Love Story
who I am?                      four remarkable young           on a unique culture found     As a teenager in Nazi
This film tells five stories   men who initiated the           on the Staten Island Ferry,   Germany, Jutta is shocked
of children, ages 6-15,        lunch counter sit-ins in        New York. This culture is     to discover she is Jewish.
who are coping with            Greensboro, NC on               made up of some of the        She joins the German
grandfathers or                February 1, 1960. Based         women who frequent the        resistance and meets
grandmothers suffering         largely on first-hand           women's powder room           Helmuth Cords, an injured
from Alzheimer's disease.      accounts and rare archival      each day, not only as a       German soldier. The two
                               footage, the film               place for putting on make-    become sweethearts and
                               documents one volatile          up, but as a safe place for   ultimately, co-conspirators
                               winter in Greensboro that       sharing and camaraderie       in the now famous
                               not only challenged public      with women from diverse       Valkyrie plot to
                               accommodation customs           backgrounds.                  assassinate Hitler. With
                               and law in North Carolina,                                    the failure of the plot
                               but served as a blueprint                                     comes a series of
                               for the wave of non-                                          harrowing events as the
                               violent civil rights protests                                 couple and their associates
                               that swept across the South                                   are ruthlessly pursued by
                               and the nation throughout                                     the Nazis. It would sound
                               the 1960s.                                                    like a pitch for a
                                                                                             Hollywood Blockbuster
                                                                                             were it not all true.
                                                                                             Narrated in vivid detail
                                                                                             and supported by never-
                                                                                             before-seen 8mm footage
                                                                                             shot by one of the central
                                                                                             characters, Surviving
                                                            Hitler: A Love Story is a
                                                            gripping film that
                                                            combines simple romantic
                                                            narrative, tense wartime
                                                            story, and eye-opening
                                                            links to monumental
                                                            historical events.
22nd Freedom on my            28th Speak Out: I had an      25th From Prison to
Mind                          abortion                      Home
Revisits the Mississippi      In the US, 1.3 million        Focuses on the African
freedom movement in the       women per year have           American Program for
early 1960s when a            abortions, but the topic is   parolees. Ex-convicts face
handful of idealistic young   still so stigmatized it's     formidable odds, and for
activists believed they       never discussed in polite     African-Americans,
could change history --       company. This film tackles conditions are usually
and did. In 1964,             this taboo, featuring 10      even more difficult. This
organizers of the voter       women who candidly            documentary traces the
registration drive, fearing   describe their abortion       experiences of four black
for their lives and hoping    experience, with stories      ex-inmates over the course
to attract the nation and     that span seven decades.      of a year, focusing on their
federal government to         Cutting across age, race,     challenges with
their plight, recruited       class and religion, this film employment, housing,
1,000 mostly white college    offers heartfelt stories that addiction and reconnecting
students from around the      personalize what has          with family, as well as
country to join them for      become a vicious and          their participation in the
Freedom Summer. Three         abstract debate.              nontraditional African
students were murdered                                      American Program. The
but the drive succeeded in                                  parole officers who work
signing up 80,000                                           with these men are also
members, mostly poverty-                                    interviewed.
stricken sharecroppers,
maids and day-laborers
who confronted jail,
beatings and even murder
for the right to vote
29th Scarred Justice: the
Orangeburg Massacre
Everyone remembers the
four white students slain at
Kent State University in
1970, but most have never
heard of the three black
students killed in
Orangeburg, South
Carolina two years earlier.
This stirring investigative
documentary restores that
bloody tragedy to the
history of the Civil Rights
Movement after years of
official denial.

To top