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Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words
A film by Yunah Hong, 2011, 56 min., Color

Anna May Wong knew she wanted to be a movie star from the time she was a young girl—and by 17 she became one. A third generation Chinese-American, she...

Bhangra Jig
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 4 min.

A vibrant short video about how young Asian people in Scotland celebrate desire and self-pride through dance and music....

Buoyant
A film by Julie Wyman, 2004, 28 min., Color/BW

Julie Wyman’s ebullient experimental documentary intertwines the story of the Padded Lilies, a troupe of fat synchronized swimmers, Archimedes, the Gr...

...But Then, She's Betty Carter
A film by Michelle Parkerson, 1980, 53 min., Color

This lively film is an unforgettable portrait of legendary vocalist Betty Carter, one of the greatest living exponents of jazz. Uncompromised by comme...

Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle
A film by Pascale Obolo, 2011, 85 min., Color

An exuberant and inspiring ambassador for the Caribbean, Calypso Rose is the uncontested and much decorated diva of Calypso music. With more than 800 ...

Conjure Women
A film by Demetria Royals
Produced by Louise Diamond
, 1995, 85 min., Color/BW

CONJURE WOMEN is an exciting performance-based documentary exploring the artistry and philosophy of four African American female artists. Celebrated ...

CORPUS: A Home Movie for Selena
A film by Lourdes Portillo, 1999, 47 min., Color

This classic rerelease from award-winning filmmaker Lourdes Portillo (Seńorita Extraviada, Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo ) is a complex tri...

Gotta Make This Journey
Produced by Michelle Parkerson
Directed by Joseph Camp
, 1983, 58 min., Color

This vibrant and engaging video profiles the a capella activist group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Singing to end the oppression of Black people world wi...

Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC
A film by Abby Moser, 2011, 42 min., Color

Fed up with the calcification of punk into a male-dominated, misogynistic and increasingly mainstream movement, the birth of Riot Grrrl inthe late 19...

Mary Lou Williams
A film by Joanne Burke, 1990, 60 min., Color

Pioneering Black American composer-arranger-pianist Mary Lou Williams is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of jazz. In this authorit...

Nobody Knows My Name
A film by Rachel Raimist, 1999, 58 min., Color

NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME tells the story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Despite the fact that these talented female artists ...

Poetry of Resilience
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 40 min., Color

Academy® Award nominated director Katja Esson’s (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) exquisitely made film explores survival, strength and the power of the huma...

Praise House
A film by Julie Dash, 1991, 25 min., Color

PRAISE HOUSE combines elements of theater, dance and music based on the rhythms and rituals of Africa. Julie Dash, director of DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST,...

The Righteous Babes
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1998, 50 min., Color

In this accomplished documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Pratibha Parmar (A PLACE OF RAGE, WARRIOR MARKS) explores the intersection of feminism with popu...

Sarabah
A film by Maria Luisa Gambale & Gloria Bremer, Executive Produced by Steven Lawrence, 2011, 60 min., Color

Rapper, singer and activist, Sister Fa is hero to young women in Senegal and an unstoppable force for social change. A childhood victim of female geni...

Say My Name
A film by Nirit Peled, 2009, 73 min., Color

In a hip hop and R&B world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of SAY MY NAME speak candidly about class, race, ...

Song Journey
A film by Arlene Bowman and Jeanine Moret, 1994, 57 min., Color

SONG JOURNEY takes Arlene Bowman (Navajo) on the pow-wow circuit in the hope of reviving her connection to traditional Native culture. There she find...

Sphinxes Without Secrets
A film by Maria Beatty, 1991, 58 min., Color

Since its inception, performance art provided a forum for those artists whose work challenges the dominant aesthetic and cultural status quo. In SPHIN...

Under Snow
A film by Ulrike Ottinger, 2011, 103 min., Color

In the Echigo region of northwestern Japan, where heavy snow blankets entire landscapes and villages for more than half the year, a distinctive way of...

Water Children
A film by Aliona van der Horst, 2011, 75 min., Color

In this acclaimed, hauntingly beautiful film, director Aliona van der Horst follows the unconventional Japanese-Dutch pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama as she ...

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