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Africana Studies

This guide provides an overview of recent DVDs that may interest researchers in the Africana Studies field. Additional titles can be accessed through the library catalog; you can search by keyword, person, genre, or title.

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Suggested keywords: African American history, civil rights, race relations, black power, race identity, race in literature, [person]

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Africana Studies DVDs

4 Little Girls
Documents the outrage and aftermath of the bombing of a black Baptist church, which killed four girls.
Call Number: UMDVD 613

Africa First: Volume One
Short films collection that includes 'Pumzi,' 'Saint Louis Blues,' 'The Tunnel,' and 'The Abyss Boys.'
Call Number: UMDVD 9181

Africa is a Woman's Name
Follows three different African women working to change society: Amai Rosie, Phuti Ragophala, and Njoki Ngund'u.
Call Number: UMDVD 6271

Africa Rising: The Grassroots Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation
This film follows the broadly based but little-known anti-FGM movement.
Call Number: UMDVD 7049

African American Lives
Uses genealogy, oral histories, family stories and DNA to trace the roots of several notable African Americans.
Call Number: UMDVD 2062

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Explores the evolution of the African American people, including cultural, political, religious, and social institutions.
Call Number: UMDVD 8368

Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
Rich archival footage recalls the influential force of Harlem art exhibitions in the 1920s and '30s.
Call Number: UMDVD 5616

American Experience: Freedom Riders
Chronicles the band of young civil rights activists, with interviews from figures on both sides of the issue.
Call Number: UMDVD 7130

Black History: From Civil War Through Today
A selection of documentaries, interviews, and other archival footage illustrates African American history.
Call Number: UMDVD 8813

Black Indians: An American Story
Details the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans.
Call Number: UMDVD 6854

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Explores the Black Panther Party’s history and significance to broader American culture.
Call Number: UMDVD 9714

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: A Documentary in 9 Chapters
Features intimate and unguarded interviews with numerous leaders of the Black Power Movement.
Call Number: UMDVD 6934

Born This Way: Gay and Lesbian in Cameroon
Offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life for four young gay Cameroonians.
Call Number: UMDVD 9626

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Examines the life of Rustin, a prominent civil rights activist forced out of the spotlight due to his homosexuality.
Call Number: UMDVD 7384

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
Follows Shirley Chisholm's 1972 campaign for President (the first by an African American woman).
Call Number: UMDVD 1254

Dear White People
A sharp comedy about a group of African American students navigating campus life at a predominantly white college.
Call Number: UMDVD 8994

Dying in Africa
Presents sub-Saharan perspectives on the end of life, featuring Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, and the Fulani of the Sahel.
Call Number: UMDVD 5990

Freedom Summer
Details the ten memorable weeks of protestors’ efforts to shatter white supremacy in Mississippi.
Call Number: UMDVD 9637

Ghosts of Amistad
Retraces the impact resulting from when a group of Africans seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839.
Call Number: UMDVD 9555

Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal Moor & African Descent
Traces the history of black America back to ancient African civilization.
Call Number: UMDVD 8949

In Black and White: Conversations with African American Writers
A collection of six interviews with prominent 20th century African American authors.
Call Number: UMDVD 8417

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
Profiles Wiley, an African American painter in New York known for his vibrant large-scale portraits.
Call Number: UMDVD 9200

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story
Documentary about a Brooklyn teenager, raised by two Jewish mothers, who searches for her birth mother.
Call Number: UMDVD 8141

Rhythm of Resistance: The Black Music of South Africa
Explores Black South African music that has been ignored, suppressed, or ghettoized.
Call Number: UMDVD 4509

The famous adaptation of Alex Haley's 'Roots.'
Call Number: UMDVD 6499

Shades of Black: Diversity in African American Identity
William E. Cross, Jr. explores the complex experiences and identities of the African American community.
Call Number: UMDVD 3014

The Shores of Africa
An economic, political, and cultural portrait of countries located on the eastern and western shores.
Call Number: UMDVD 5993

Slavery by Another Name
Challenges the cherished assumption that slavery in the U.S. ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Call Number: UMDVD 7663

Walking with Life: The Birth of a Human Rights Movement in Africa
Explores the grassroots level of human rights movements in Africa.
Call Number: UMDVD 9733

White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books
Examines the degree to which some Black superheroes adhered to or were burdened by stereotypes about black men.
Call Number: UMDVD 8420

Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
Captures the spirit of pioneering blues women such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, and others.
Call Number: UMDVD 7596

Zora Neale Hurston: A Heart with Room for Every Joy
A biography of the prolific writer who combined research with exquisite narrative talent.
Call Number: UMDVD 3027