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Bleeding through : layers of Los Angeles, 1920-1986

"A loosely constructed documentary underlying a flexible literary journey, it is an urban bricolage held together by the outline of a novel spanning sixty-six years. At the center is Molly -- based on a real-life person -- who may be hiding a murder. She lives within a three square-mile area near downtown Los Angeles, a death zone where more cinematic murders have been committed than anywhere else in the world. This neighborhood, one of the most complex ethnographic districts in the United States, is represented in Hollywood movies, urban legends and real estate boosterism in ways that erase the lived ethnographic reality. Out of this rich blend of narratives, users must decide what to include and what to leave out so that their own version of the story will become legible"--Container

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk  F869.L857 K53 2003


Boyz 'n the Hood

For three young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles, the "hood" is a place of drive-by shootings, unemployment, drugs and pain. But their reactions to the world around them vary-- one is an unambitious drug dealer, his brother is a college bound teenage father, and the brother's best friend is guided by a strong father who hopes for a better life for his son

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk PN1997 .B69  



Chavez Ravine : a Los Angeles Story

This documentary captures how a community was betrayed by greed, political hypocrisy, and good intentions gone astray. Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown LA, razed in the 1950's to build an enormous low-income housing project. Instead, the federally purchased land was used for Dodger Stadium.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk F869.L89 M457


Crips and Bloods : made in America

A cluster of neighborhoods lies in the heart of Southern California, streets that form a grid between concrete ribbons of freeway. Nearly a quarter of its young men will end up in prison. Many other will end up dead. These neighborhoods in South Los Angeles are home to two of the most infamous African-American gangs, the Crips and the Bloods. On these mean streets over the past 30 years, more than 15,000 people have been murdered in an ongoing cycle of gang violence that continues unabated. Here is where America's most bloody and costly outbreaks in civil unrest erupted - not once, but twice, 27 years and just three miles apart. Combines archival footage with in-depth interviews

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk HV6439.U7 L735 



Crossroads: Boyle Heights

Documentary compiled from life histories with residents and former residents of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles County, which included immigrants from Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Japan, as well as African-Americans and whites. Featured in the Japanese American National Museum exhibit Boyle Heights: the power of place. Many of the Japanese American residents were sent to relocation camps. Deportation was a common fate of Mexican Americans during the 1930s.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk D769.8.A6 C7677           


Dogtown and Z-boys

The story of a gang of discarded kids who virtually revolutionized skateboarding with an aggressive style, awe-inspiring moves and street smarts, and in the process, transforming youth culture forever. Captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice's Dogtown, a tough "locals only" beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing, who used abandoned swimming pools to sharpen their skills.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk GV859.8 .D64



The Hobart Shakespeareans

The Latino-and Asian-American children crowding Los Angeles' sprawling Hobart Boulevard Elementary face daunting odds: low-income households, under-funded, overcrowded school, and a neighborhood known for crime, not opportunity. Teacher Rafe Esquith expects the best from these kids, leading his fifth-graders through a rigorous core curriculum of English, mathematics, geography, and literature.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk LB1563.L68 H63



L.A. Story

A wacky television weatherman thinks his life is perfect except for an erratic relationship with a style-conscious girlfriend. Then, one bright and smoggy L.A. day, an electronic freeway sign changes his life, when its advice leads him into a frivolous romance with a young and beautiful blond and, ultimately, to true love with the woman of his dreams.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk  PN1997 .L3



Made in L.A. [videorecording] = Hecho en Los Angeles

Story of three Latina immigrants working in the sweatshops of Los Angeles.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk HD2339.U6 .M334   



No más bebés = No more babies

"The story of Mexican immigrant women who were pushed into sterilization while giving birth at L.A. County hospital. Alongside intrepid young Chicana/o lawyers and a whistle-blowing doctor, the mothers stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice"--Container

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk HV4989 .N6  



Number our days

Portrait of a community of elderly Eastern European Jews living in Venice, California. Based on fieldwork interviews conducted by anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff, interspersed with scenes of Israel Levin Senior Adult Center activities.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk  F869.V36 N8  



Ruben Salazar : man in the middle

Examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar's transformation from a mainstream, middle-of-the-road reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to the Latino community.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk PN1995.9.D6 R8  



The soloist

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Inspired by Nathaniel's story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about him and attempts to do more to help both him, and the rest of the underclass of L.A. have a better life

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk PN1997.2 .S65



Stand and deliver

Story of Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East Los Angeles' Garfield High School, who pushes and inspires 18 inner-city Hispanic students who were struggling with math to become math whizzes.

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk PN1997 S8311  




Based on a true story, the film describes how L.A.'s public schools treat Mexican-American students in 1968, with a mixture of negligence, apathy, and occasional cruelty. Graduation rates are low, students caught speaking Spanish in class are paddled on the spot, they are denied access to bathrooms at lunch. Paula Crisostomo is smart and gets good grades, but when she attends a student leadership conference at a wealthy Westside facility, she begins to see the bigger cultural picture. With inspiration from a sympathetic young teacher, Sal Castro, Paula becomes a major force in organizing huge walkouts from five East L.A. schools

DVD Ask @ Circ Desk PN1997 .W3552  


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