Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Today: Film Festival by the Dick Smith Library

Stop by the Multipurpose Room (Rm 154) today on the main level to participate in the Dick Smith Library's Film Festival in honor of Civil Rights Day.  The festival will run from 9am until 4:30pm.  See below for the lineup of today's videos.  To view the videos in our playlist at Films on Demand, click here

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Look Here
One of the first in-depth televised interviews given by Martin Luther King, Jr., this program was first broadcast on October 27, 1957, on the NBC News show Look Here. Filmed only a year after he had reached national prominence during the Montgomery bus boycott, the 27-year-old King offers host Martin Agronsky invaluable insights into his goals, his philosophy and his unshakable dedication to equality and civil rights. (29 minutes)

Hollywood Roundtable: Civil Rights, 1963
In this historical motion picture film from the U.S. Information Agency, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Sidney Poitier, Joseph Mankiewicz, James Baldwin, and David Shoenbrun discuss the Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963. From the National Archives and Records Administration. (31 minutes)

Let Freedom Ring
The Civil Rights movement becomes the most effective social movement in U.S. history. During this era, Martin Luther King, Jr. marches on Washington, and Little Rock's high school is integrated. John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as president of the United States. Part of the series Freedom: A History of US. Distributed by PBS Distribution. (26 minutes)

Marching to Freedom Land
The 1960s bring new progress in the quest for freedom, but this is also an explosive decade that threatens to tear apart the fabric of society. President Kennedy is assassinated, and Lyndon B. Johnson pursues the war in Vietnam. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated, leaving behind an impressive and growing legacy of non-violent civil rights resistance. Part of the series Freedom: A History of US. Distributed by PBS Distribution. (26 minutes)

Civil Rights Anniversary, 1965
“This Civil Rights Act is a challenge to all of us,” says President Johnson, “to go to work in our communities and our states, in our homes and in our hearts, to eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country.” This documentary, filmed in 1965, looks back on the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and asks, “What has and has not been done during this year that held such great promise?” From the National Archives and Records Administration. (28 minutes)

Soundtrack for a Revolution: Freedom Songs From the Civil Rights Era
On picket lines, in organizational meetings, even in police wagons and jail cells, songs of protest and inspiration helped drive the civil rights movement. Showcasing many of those songs, this stirring documentary explores the history of the era through archival footage, interviews with key civil rights activists, and performances by contemporary artists assembled specifically for the
film. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, former NAACP chairman Julian Bond, freedom rider Hank Thomas, civil rights organizer Jim Lawson, former King aide Dorothy Cotton, and music legend Harry Belafonte are among those interviewed. On-camera performers include John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots. Featured songs: “Wade in the Water,” “This May Be the Last Time,” “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn ’Round,” “We Shall Not Be Moved,” and more. (82 minutes)

The Civil Rights Movement
A part of the series America in the 20th Century. Anyone who thinks the civil rights movement began and ended with Martin Luther King Jr. will discover a new, eye-opening view of history in this program. It reveals a long-running struggle for racial equality starting with Civil War– and Reconstruction-era events, moving through the blight of Jim Crow and the formation of the NAACP and other groups, and depicting the drama of King’s movement in varied, evolving phases. The work of Malcolm X, the rise of the Black Power movement, and the future of America’s ongoing equality battles are also examined. Correlates to standards from the National Council for the Social Studies. (84 minutes)

Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights
Representing the largest archive of oral histories of the civil rights movement, this program offers a fascinating look at one of the defining social movements in American history—told through the personal stories of men, women, and children who lived through the turbulent period. To compile these hundreds of personal narratives, a group of journalists, photographers, and videographers embarked on a 70-day bus trip around the country. The trove of material they collected, from family photographs to emotional on-camera testimony, forms far more than a textbook history lesson. It emerges as a narrative document that defines and humanizes the movement’s trajectory while providing insight into the Brown v. Board of Education case, the saga of Martin Luther King Jr., and much more. Distributed by Television Networks. (50 minutes)

Where Do We Go from Here? A Dialogue On Race
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." This illuminating program, filmed during a guided tour of civil rights landmarks, blends potent archival footage and photos with group discussion to sensitively explore race relations in the U.S. Visits to Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, Memphis, Atlanta, Orangeburg, and other locations, combined with eyewitness accounts of key events by survivors of those years, steer the group's dialogue. Together, these concerned individuals-white as well as black-grapple with the issues of anger, identity, prejudice, discrimination, education, and reconciliation. (58 minutes)

 *Film descriptions taken from Films on Demand.

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