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Forget Rosebud, It’s Time To Get Evil! 

Orson Welles is well-known for many things, among them being the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast and the movie "Citizen Kane."  The movie is praised by many, and the AFI lists "Citizen Kane" as the top film of all time on their 100 list. I wonder if these people saw the same …

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What to Read Next? Based on the Book 

In the spirit of promoting nonacademic summer reading material, I thought I'd start a series of blog posts: What to Read Next? I call this first list Based on the Book. It features movies that are, you guessed it, based on a book or short story. As an added bonus (I think) all of the …

Posted 75 months ago by

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Coming to say Goodbye 

. Title: Coming to say goodbye  : stories of AIDS in Africa Director: Anne Macksoud and John Ankele Production:  : AFRUS-AIDS  : Maryknoll Productions, Check It Out:  RA644.A25 C65 2004 From the Publisher: "AIDS statistics are numbers with the tears washed off.” Coming to Say Goodbye vividly recounts the stories of several families grappling with the ravages of AIDS in Kenya and Tanzania, where the problem is so …

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HomeGrown 

Title: HomeGrown: Hip life in Ghana Director: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi Production: Clenched Fist Productions, c2010 Check It OutML3531 H66 2010 From the Publisher: Over the past decade, Hip-Hop music has merged with High-Life, the traditional music of West Africa, and this fusion has led to the birth of a new musical genre called HipLife. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s new film, HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana, is a feature-length …

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Beijing bicycle [videorecording] 

Title: Beijing bicycle Director: Wang Xiaoshuai Produced by: Culver city, CA : Sony Pictures, 2002 Call no.: PN1997.2 .S45 2002 From the Production Company: "Think of yourselves as the carrier pigeons of today!" instructs the manager of a bicycle delivery service. A young man from the country named Guei works diligently at this new job, …

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Los Rubios = The Blonds 

Title: Los rubios  Director: Albertina Carri Production: SBP, New York : Women Make Movies 2003 Check It OutHV6322.A7 R83 2003 From the Publisher: Albertina Carri's second feature is a look at Argentina's recent history from the perspective of a generation forced to mourn those of whom they have no recollection. Carri, who lost her parents to Argentina's brutal military junta when she was three …

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“…In the Woods…” 

The train deposits us in the middle of the track – no station stop, rails glisten in the mid-morning sun of early October. We alight, gingerly stepping through the long ladder of metal, breathing in the coolness of soil, happy to flee the city noise and soot. We trek to the rocks and begin our …

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Books to movies… 

There is a rule in my house - you cannot watch a movie that is based on a novel or short-story without having read the text first. Initially it was so that my kids would read, and would put reading first-  so that it inculcated them with the idea that text allows for it's own …

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Back to the books [video recording]: creating an inquiry-based culture of literacy 

Title: Back to the books  : creating an inquiry-based culture of literacy Author: Ann Cook and Phyllis Tashlik Publisher: : Teacher College Press, Call no.: LC149 .B22 2010 From the Publisher: Teachers everywhere are tired of literacy strategies that seem to inhibit rather than support student engagement in reading, writing, talking, and thinking. They've learned …

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Burning in the Sun 

Title: Burning in the sun Directors: Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson Produced by: Indieflix, 2010 Check It Out: TJ810 .B8 2010 DVD From the Production Company: 26-year-old charmer Daniel Dembele is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world.  Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, …

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Ethnographic Film Suggestion 

From Honey to Ashes is powerful ethnographic film exploring the social life of an Ayoreo community in Paraguay. For instructors of undergraduate courses focusing on culture, human rights, and history this film provides a powerful illustration of the complex social arena facing indigenous populations in Lowland South America. Below is a more detailed description of …

Posted 81 months ago by

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“The End of Poverty” 

Imagine living off less than $1 a day or selling bottled water when you might not even have access to this basic resource? Given our modern cities and plentiful resources, why is there is so much poverty amidst so much wealth? What's the good of giving pajamas when infrastructure and jobs need to build and …

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For Colored Girls… 

This past Tuesday night myself and 2 of my closest girlfriends made our way into Harlem's Magic Johnson movie theater for the 7pm showing of Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls, based on the legendary choreopoem by Ntozake Shange entitled For Colored girls who have contemplated suicide, when the rainbow is enuf. I had read the …

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Some thoughts on the documentary “Beyond the Bricks” 

"Beyond the Bricks," which was screened yesterday at Milbank Chapel, not only addresses one of the nation's most critical problems - the low academic performance of black males - but also offers solutions to bring about change. In contrast to the documentary film "Waiting for Superman," change doesn't begin with policy makers, but with …

Posted 82 months ago by

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For Halloween: Educate, then Entertain 

Hallowe'en is upon us. Most of us are too old to go trick-or-treating, including myself. This is hard for me to admit; access to a younger brother allowed me to gather candy in my small-town Maine neighborhood as late as age 23. I painted my face and concealed my height behind my preteen group of …

Posted 82 months ago by

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Incidental Art 

My eye catches the tips of the dark mountains on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, and in a blink I find myself gazing at the shanty towns hugging their sides– an imperfect pyramid of white, orange, and gray rectangles dotted by an occasional tree, smoky green under the smog and burning heat of the equator. …

Posted 83 months ago by

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