Resources for Teachers and Practitioners to Investigate and Raise Awareness of Racism in our Lives and Communities
Much suffering comes about as a result of our ignorance and unawareness of how we contribute to racism through our lack of understanding of the many elements that create racism in our culture, even in the most open-hearted communities.
We, a group of White Plum members, have been meeting to look at ways to investigate our own experience and beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, with respect to diversity, inclusion, privilege/power differentials, racism, and creating/being an “other.” We believe it is vitally important that these topics be brought to light and shared as a part of our practice. In providing this resource page, it is our intention to inspire and support teachers and practitioners into investigation, education and dialogue on this essential topic.
We acknowledge that these topics are complex and multi-faceted and can be difficult to explore and talk about for many reasons:
- They can be highly charged due to personal experience.
They are often rooted in long-standing viewpoints, customs and social situations that go back for generations.
- Diligent effort is required to delve into our unconscious belief systems and assumptions – both gross and subtle – that drive our words and actions.
- Terminology can be confusing and misleading. For example, the use of the expression “people of color” can mean to a lot of people that “white” is not a color, but a norm against which other colors are defined. And yet, someone using the expression “people of color” may not intend that implication at all.
- People often hold back from relating and joining in dialogue because they are afraid of offending each other.
- Within a group, people have different issues and concerns. For example, “people of color” in the Sangha may express a lack of interest in discussion of white privilege because they are not white. This could lead to the decision to have different learning or action modules for “people of color” and “white people” (as in the Buddhists for Racial Justice Website). Some may prefer not to create this division – and then how does one group meet all needs?
- The issue of racism does not exist in a vacuum. It is interconnected with many other issues – wealth and power disparities, discrimination due to LGBTQ status, being differently abled, and ethnic and cultural differences to name a few. This has also been described as intersectionality.
There are many voices to be heard – some strident, some gentle, some expressing rage, some difficult to hear. All are part of the conversation.
Despite the challenges in making race a focus, to not enter into the collective investigation, dialogue and efforts to dismantle our personal and collective racial delusions is a de facto acceptance and support of the status quo. Given these complexities, it is helpful to know where to turn for information or suggestions when beginning reflection on personal belief, facilitating a group discussion, or even when attempting to create a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse Sangha. For these reasons, we have compiled a list of resources (by no means complete) to help interested individuals and Sanghas in their journey. This offering is intended to be a succinct, essential starter kit upon which groups can build as they explore these topics. We have chosen not to expand to other areas – i.e. resources for those identifying as LGBTQ or differently abled – due to the volume and complexity of resources, not at all because we think they are not equally important.
With deep appreciation,
Members of the WPA Investigating Racism Circle
Susan Myoyu Andersen, Great Plains Zen Center, WI
Jan Chozen Bays, Great Vow Zen Monastery, OR
Paul Genki Kahn, Zen Garland, NY
Nicolee Jikyo McMahon, Three Treasures Zen Community, CA
Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Village Zendo, NY
June Ryushin Tanoue, Oak Park Zen Community, IL
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This list currently contains resources relating to racism against African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Amercians, Hispanic Americans, Muslims and Jews. Resources are organized alphabetically and by media type. It will be continually expanded--please check back often! If you feel that something is missing, we would love to hear your recommendation.
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The Aspen Institute
Research, papers and strategies for racial equity.
Buddhists for Racial Justice
Includes curriculum, resource list and mailing list.
"Raising kids in a world where race matters"
Race Forward: Center for Racial Justice Innovation
Includes research, newsletter, videos.
Rapid City Community Conversations (RCCC)
A very new but highly successfully grassroots native-led organization working to eliminate racism in Rapid City, SD through community dialogue.
A "social media experiment" devised by conceptual artist Natasha Marin.
Robot Hugs Guide to Managing Privilege
A clear and nuanced description of privilege.
Theory and practice, includes workbook and process for group work.
World Trust Educational Services
"Tools and resources for people interested in tackling unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community and in their lives." Includes films, curriculum and workshops.
YWCA Madison: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
Great model of community action with events, online training, resources and a useful glossary.
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum is a complex of museums and historic buildings in Memphis, Tennessee; its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.
Densho is a Japanese term meaning “to pass on to the next generation,” or to leave a legacy. The legacy we offer is an American story with ongoing relevance: during World War II, the United States government incarcerated innocent people solely because of their ancestry.
Foundation for Asian American Independent Media
The FAAIM was founded in 1995. Their website has the films they've shown in this yearʻs film festivals in Chicago and Houston.
Japanese American Citizenʻs League
Resources page with study guides and booklets, including the following:
Japanese American National Museum
Learn about the National Diversity Education Program. Also see the JANM Educator Resources page.
Pacific Islanders in Communication
Resources including full length films, short films and series. The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.
Muslim Public Affairs Council
"The Muslim Public Affairs Council improves public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media and communities."
Native American/American Indian
White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American/Alaska Native community nationwide. Many nonNative people also use White Bison's healing resource products, attend its learning circles, and volunteer their services.
"ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all."
The Nizkor Project
Dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center
"The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global human rights organization researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context."
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This site has multi-lingual links to articles on antisemitism, podcast, bibliography, photo Archives, scholarly programs, online exhibitions and external links.
World Jewish Congress
"Representing Jewish communities in over 100 countries across six continents."
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Readings for Diversity & Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Anti-Semitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism. Edited by Adams, Blumenfeld, Castaneda, Hackman, Peters & Zunida. New York: Routledge, 2013.
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Butterfield, Fox. All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence. New York: Vintage Books, 2008.
Chisom, Ronald and Michael Washington. Undoing Racism: A Philosophy of International Social Change. New Orleans: People’s Institute Press, 1995.
Delgado, Richard and Jean Stefanic. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. New York: NYU Press, 2001.
Dresser, Norine. Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2005.
Garbarino, James. Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. New York: Anchor Books, 2000.
Guest, Kenneth J. Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age. New York: Norton, 2014.
Ignatiev, Noel. How the Irish Became White. New York: Routledge Classics, 2009.
Irving, Debby. Waking up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Winchester, MA: Elephant Room Press, 2014.
Isenberg, Nancy. White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America. New York: Viking, 2016.
Sue, Derald Wing. Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2015.
Walsh, Joan. What's the Matter with White People? Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2012.
Wise, Tim. Color-Blind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equality. San Francisco: City Lights Publishers, 2010.
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press, 2012.
Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time New York: Vintage Books, 1963.
Barton, David. Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black and White. Aledo, TX: WallBuilder Press, 2004.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Penguin Random House, 2015.
Fanon, Franz. Black Skin, White Masks. Trans. by Richard Philcox. New York: Grove Press, 2008. (Published originally in French in 1952 under the title Peau noire, masques blancs)
Fanon, Franz. The Wretched of the Earth. Trans. by Richard Philcox. New York: Grove Press, 2004. (Published originally in French in 1961 under the title Les damnes de la terre)
King, Martin Luther, Jr. I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches that Changed the World. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
Trillin, Calvin. Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America. New York: Random House, 2016.
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki and James Houston. Farewell to Manzanar. Boston: Ember, 1973. (Japanese American WWII experience)
Islamophobia in America: The Anatomy of Intolerance. Edited by Carl W. Ernst. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Abdullah, Aslam and Gasser Hathout. The American Muslim Identity; Speaking for Ourselves Los Angeles: Multimedia Vera International, 2003.
Gottschalk, Peter and Greenberg, Gabriel. Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.
Kumar, Deepa. Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012.
Native American/American Indian
Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. New York: Owl Books, 1970.
Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Trans. by B.M. Mooyaardt-Doubleday. New York: Bantam Books, 1993.
Goldstein, Phyllis. A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism. Brookline, MA: Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, 2012.
Lagnado, Lucette. The Arrogant Years. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. (Jews in Egypt during and after the 1952 revolution)
Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz. New York: Touchstone, 1996. (also known as If This is a Man)
Lewis, Bernard. Semites and Anti-Semites: An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice. New York: Norton, 1986.
Poliakov, Leon. The History of Anti-Semitism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.
Prager, Dennis and Joseph Telushkin. Why the Jews?: The Reason for Antisemitism. New York: Touchstone, 2016.
Snyder, Timothy. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2015.
Snyder, Timothy D. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. New York: Basic Books, 2010.
Stargardt, Nicholas. The German War. New York: Basic Books, 2015.
Wachsman, Nikolaus. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016.
Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.
Wistrich, Robert S. A Lethal Obsession: Antisemitism – From Antiquity to the Global Jihad. New York: Random House, 2010.
Wistrich, Robert S. Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred. New York: Pantheon Books, 1992.
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Online Resources (Articles, Essays, Blogs, Podcasts, etc.)
"The Case for Reparations" - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Well regarded essay in The Atlantic that sparks a new level of discussion about what is owed.
"Historical Memory and History in the Memoirs of Iraqi Jews" - Mark R. Cohen
A paper by Mark R. Cohen and published by the Heksherim Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture in 2012.
The Day I Discovered I Was A Racist - Eloise Farthwargle
A Southern liberal white woman becoming aware of her unconscious racism.
“The Big Uneasy” - Nathan Heller
Thought-provoking compendium of comments by students, especially of color, differently-abled, and LGBTQ, on the clash of progressive intentions versus reliance on an”amoral meritocracy” at an elite liberal arts college. See also David Brooks's commentary on this article.
Indian Country Today Media Network
News, politics, arts, events relating to Native American community.
An internet resource with up-to-the-minute reporting of news events in the Native community.
The Japanese American Experience - JACL
The Journey from Gold Mountain: The Asian American Experience - JACL
Curriculum and resource guide.
Power of Words Handbook - JACL
A guide to language about Japanese Americans in WWII and understanding euphemisms and preferred terminology.
Native American Times
News from the crossroads of Indian country.
Native Languages of the Americas
Dedicated to preserving and promoting Native languages of the Americas. Online resources, including comprehensive information about legends, geographical distribution and resources for children.
Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims - OSCE/ODIHR, Council of Europe, UNESCO
72-page online guide with strategies for educators, lengthy list of books.
Combatting Anti-Muslim Bias - Teaching Tolerance
A blog from Teaching Tolerance addressing anti-Muslim bias in schools.
Podcasts of Holocaust Survivors - USHMM
Making Visible the Invisible: Healing Racism in our Buddhist Communities – Western Buddhist Teachers Conference at Spirit Rock
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9 Questions Native Americans Have for White People (BuzzFeed)
21 Things Asian People Are Tired of Hearing (BuzzFeed)
24 Questions Black People Have for White People (BuzzFeed)
26 Questions Asian People Have for White People (BuzzFeed)
Children From Black Families Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made (BuzzFeed)
Children From Latino Families Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made (BuzzFeed)
Children of Asian Immigrants Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made (BuzzFeed)
Finding Myself in the Story of Race (Debby Irving)
A 101 for white people about what white privilege and institutional racism are and how they manifest.
Five Points for White People to Improve Race Relations (Tim Wise, Interview with Don Lemon on CNN)
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race (Jay Smooth, TEDxHampshireCollege)
A great beginning: a hip hop radio DJ talks about talking about race and finding common ground.
How Privileged Are You? (BuzzFeed)
If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say (BuzzFeed)
If Black People Said the Stuff White People Say (BuzzFeed)
If Latinos Said the Stuff White People Say (BuzzFeed)
If Native Americans Said the Stuff White People Say (BuzzFeed)
If White People thought About Race Like People of Color (BuzzFeed)
The Longest Hatred (The Holocaust Video Project)
17-minute trailer for a three-part TV documentary mini-series available on DVD. See also: A review of the mini-series
The Promise: A Lesson in White Privilege (Phyllis Unterschuetz)
A white mother talks about how she didn't understand what an African American mother of a teenage boy faces.
#RaceAnd (Race Forward)
The #RaceAnd video series treats intersectionality issues (race and gender, and poverty, religion, etc.).
Train Yourself to See It (Tim Wise, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion)
The Wellbriety Journey to Forgiveness (White Biston)
Stories of the boarding schools and Native American intergenerational trauma as told by survivors.
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Period drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release."
3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015)
Documentary about the shooting, the trial and Florida's Stand Your Ground laws, directed by Marc Silver. The documentary won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Brother to Brother (2004)
"Art student Perry (Anthony Mackie) befriends an elderly homeless man named Bruce Nugent(Roger Robinson), who turns out to have been an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Through recalling his friendships with other important Harlem Renaissance figures Langston Hughes (Daniel Sunjata), Aaron Douglas,Wallace Thurman and Zora Neale Hurston, Bruce chronicles some of the challenges he faced as a young, black, gay writer in the 1920s. Perry discovers that the challenges of homophobia and racism he faces in the early 21st century closely parallel Bruce’s.”
The Butler (2013)
"Loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who is a witness of notable political and social events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler."
“..American satirical musical drama film directed and produced by Spike Lee.... Set in Chicago, the film is a satire that focuses on the gang violence prevalent in neighborhoods on the city's south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood. The story is based on Lysistrata, a Classical Greek comedy play in which women withhold sex from their husbands as punishment for fighting in the Peloponnesian War."
The Color Purple (1985)
“The film tells the story of a young African American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problems African American women faced during the early20th century, including domestic violence, incest, pedophilia, poverty, racism, and sexism. Celie is transformed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female companions."
“....ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described "passion piece" for Haggis, Crash was inspired by a real-life incident, in which his Porsche was carjacked outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard in 1991.”
Dear White People (2014)
"American satirical drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Justin Simien. The film focuses on escalating racial tensions at a prestigious Ivy League college from the perspective of several African American students."
Do The Right Thing (1989)
"The movie tells the story of a Brooklyn neighborhood's simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of summer.” Directed by Spike Lee.
“...features an all African American starring cast. Dreamgirls is a film à clef, a work of fiction taking strong inspiration from the history of the Motown record label and one of its acts, The Supremes. The story follows the history and evolution of American R&B music during the 1960s and 1970s through the eyes of a Detroit, Michigan girl group known as the Dreams and their manipulative record executive.”
For Colored Girls (2010)
"adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 stage play for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, the film features an ensemble cast which includes Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, and Kerry Washington. Like Shange's play—which is considered to be a landmark piece in African American literature and black feminism—the film depicts the interconnected lives of nine women, exploring their lives and struggles as women of color."
The Help (2011)
"The film and novel recount the story of young white woman and aspiring journalist Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan. The story focuses on her relationship with two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, during the Civil Rights era in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi. In an attempt to become a legitimate journalist and writer, Skeeter decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids—referred to as "the help"— exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families."
Malcolm X (1992)
"American epic biographical drama film about the Afro-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee."
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)
“..stand-up comedy film, directed by Spike Lee, and featuring the comedy routines of Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. Filmed in front of an audience at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, the comedians give the audience their views about African-American culture, race relations, religion and family.”
An adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire the film depicts the life of an abused, obese black girl who survives with 2 children (from incest) and reclaims her life.
"Raised on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles Robinson went blind at the age of seven, shortly after witnessing his younger brother drown. Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted he make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard..."
"American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis."
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
"American biographical drama film that chronicles the rise and fall of the Compton, California hip hop music group N.W.A.”
American Pastime (2007)
A film set in the Topaz War Relocation Center, a Utah prison camp which held thousands of people during the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. While the film is a dramatic narrative, it is based on true events and depicts life inside the internment camps, where baseball was one of the major diversions from the reality of the internees' lives. Location scenes were filmed in bleak, desolate land, not far from the site of the actual internment camp.
Family Gathering (1988)
American short documentary film by Lise Yasui, exploring three generations of her Japanese- American family, from their immigration to Oregon in the early 20th century through their imprisonment in internment camps during World War II.
Farewell to Manzanar (1976)
Made-for-TV film based on the book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, was the first commercial film written, performed, photographed and scored by Japanese Americans about the World War II camp experience and broadcast on prime time television.
Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films (2007)
Clips of more than 100 films and interviews of prominent Chinese Americans to create a thorough overview on the depiction of Chinese in mainstream Hollywood films.
A documentary film about the rise of Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin. The film traces Lin's life from his childhood in Palo Alto, California to his rise to prominence in 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It shows him overcoming discouragements and racism and achieving success through his faith and desire.
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994)
Documentary film made by Freida Lee Mock about the life of American artist Maya Lin, whose best-known work is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Only the Brave (2006)
Independent film about the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated World War II fighting unit primarily made up of "Nisei" Japanese Americans, which for its size and length of service became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. The film, produced and directed by Lane Nishikawa is a fictionalized account of the rescue of the Lost Battalion.
Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987)
Detroit, two white unemployed autoworkers fatally beat Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese engineer. The film tracks the incident from the initial eye-witness accounts through the trial and its repercussions for the families involved, and the American justice system. After an outcry from the Asian American community led by Vincent's mother Lily Chin, the case becomes a civil rights Supreme Court case. The case ends with tried killer Ronald Ebens let go with a suspended sentence and a small fee.
Cesar Chávez (2014)
A biopic about the Mexican-American civil-rights activist and United Farm Workers co-founder, Cesar Chavez.
Two-part biopic about Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Benicio del Toro.
Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement. (1996)
PBS documentary film depicts a ten-year period (1965 to 1975) of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in America. Also known as “El Movimiento,” the movement worked for Mexican- American empowerment in America. Henry Cisneros is the narrator, and Cesar Chavez also appears in the film.
Hands of Stone (2014)
The film centers on the legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto ‘Manos de Piedra’ Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel who change each others' lives through boxing.
A History Of Hispanic Achievement In America. (2006)
Film series documents Hispanic contributions to America’s growth and success. The film highlights various Latino Americans in medicine and science, entertainment and journalism, business and politics, civil rights, education, and sports. Patricia Lopez serves as the film’s narrator.
The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
The film tells of one man's struggle as he defends his small beanfield and his community against much larger business and state political interests.
My Family (1995)
Hispanic American film that traces the history of one Mexican immigrant family. The autobiographical film follows three generations through their personal triumphs and tragedies. The film’s all-star cast includes Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits, and Esai Morales.
Sin Nombre (2009)
Spanish-language film has connections to a real-life Hispanic American gang called Mara Salvatrucha. The movie centers on a Honduran teenager who has an opportunity to realize her dream--living in America. This award-winner stars Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, and Leonardo Alonso.
Independent film about an African American Muslim student attending college and confronting the impact of September 11 on his and his family's lives.
Native American/American Indian
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
HBO movie. The film…"focusing on the narrative of the Lakota tribes leading up to the death of Sitting Bull and the Massacre at Wounded Knee.”
Dances with Wolves (1990)
"The story of a Union Army lieutenant who travels to the American frontier to find a military post, and his dealings with a group of Lakota Indians...selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.'"
"the film depicts the conflict between a Lakota elder and storyteller named Pete Chasing Horse and his Lakota grandson, Shane Chasing Horse...as the two travel from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to the fictitious All Nations powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a trip the grandson takes only under duress. Along the way, the grandfather tells his grandson various Indian stories and legends to help him understand and choose the "good red road," i.e. to embrace an Indian identity."
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
"The film follows the events leading up to the capture of the Apache warrior Geronimo in 1886.
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994)
"The film follows a young Mary Crow Dog and her poor Lakota family living on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota as she briefly learns the ways of her people and of the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee told to her by her grandfather Fool Bull. She is later put into St. Tristan Boarding School along with her sister Barbra and describes her boarding school experience." TNT original movie.
The Last of the Mohicans (1995)
“Adapted from (1826) a historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper....set in 1757, during the French and Indian War (the Seven Years' War), when France and Great Britain battled for control of North America...both the French and the British used Native American allies.”
Little Big Man (1970)
"A picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by the Cheyenne nation during the 19th century. The film is largely concerned with contrasting the lives of American pioneers and Native Americans throughout the progression of the boy's life...Despite its satirical approach, the film has tragic elements and a clear social conscience about prejudice and injustice.”
The New World (2005)
"British-American romantic historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, depicting the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement and inspired by the historical figures Captain John Smith, Pocahontas of the Powatan Native American tribe, and Englishman, John Rolfe."
Older Than America (2008)
“...American suspense drama film…that explores and highlights the impact of the "culture-killing" effects of the typical Native American experience in boarding schools in the 1900s and other inter-social relationships between the Native American people and the dominant European-based American culture.”
"A mystery television film based on the novel of the same name by Tony Hillerman, one of his series of mysteries set against contemporary Navajo life in the Southwest...filmed on the Navajo reservation." It was repackaged in 2016 with the two following films as Skinwalkers: The Navajo Mysteries on Netflix.
Songs My Brother Taught Me (2015)
"American drama film written and directed by Chloé Zhao. The film, set on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister."
The Spirit of Crazy Horse (1990)
Producer Michel Genko Dubois Roshi and Kevin McKiernan Milo Yellow Hair recounts the story of the Lakota Sioux Indian's struggle to reclaim their ancestral homeland and their continuing struggle to maintain their cultural identity. Originally shown as an episode of Frontline, broadcast in December 1990.
“...contemporary western mystery film directed by Michael Apted from an original screenplay by John Fusco. The film is a loosely based fictional portrayal of events relating to the Wounded Knee incident in 1973. Followers of the American Indian Movement seized the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee in protest against federal government policy regarding Native Americans.”
Film about WWII Navajo codetalkers and the racial harassment they endured at the hands of white soldiers.
24 Days (2014)
“Depiction of the real-life events surrounding an attack, and presents a commentary on growing antisemitism in France.”
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
A film about a journalist posing as a Jew to research an exposé on antisemitism in New York City and the affluent community of Darien, Connecticut.
The Pianist (2002)
Historical film, an Oscar winner, based on the autobiographical book The Pianist, a World War II memoir by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman.
Documentary film by Claude Lanzmann about the Holocaust (called the "Shoah" in Hebrew and French). It presents testimonies by selected survivors, witnesses, and German perpetrators, often secretly recorded using hidden cameras.
Woman In Gold (2015)
About Maria Altmann - inspired by Stealing Klimt, the documentary about the legal battle to reclaim from the Government of Austria five family-owned paintings by the artist Gustav Klimt stolen by the Nazis during World War II.