VIDEO / DVD COLLECTION


The William Greaves collection of educational films and videos brings together a number of award-winning documentaries made by the director over the past three decades. The main focus of the collection is the African American experience, including such classics as From These Roots and Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice. Many of the titles are not available from any other source.

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Biographies

RALPH BUNCHE: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY


A 2-hour documentary film, narrated by Sidney Poitier, on the life of Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-1971) -- statesman, peace negotiator, leading intellectual and scholar, and first person of color, to win the Nobel Peace Prize -- Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey represents the first time an in-depth documentary film has been produced on the life and legacy of this American legend. An African-American, who overcame racial prejudice and poverty to become Undersecretary General of the United Nations, Bunche's life offers a unique window on many key issues and historical events that took place during the middle of the 20th century in the United States and the world. These include international peacekeeping, peacemaking, decolonization and human rights.

$195 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

Complimentary Teacher's Guide available


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Official Selection
 Sundance Film Festival 2001

Gold Award
Houston International Film Festival
Philadelphia International Film Festival


RALPH BUNCHE, THE ODYSSEY CONTINUES... 
A Series of Teaching Modules

A series of 12 teaching modules on the life and legacy of Dr. Ralph Bunche is available on VHS and DVD to schools, colleges, universities, libraries and other educational and cultural institutions. 

Complimentary Teacher's Resource Package available

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IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE (53 Min.)

Documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931) and was considered the equal of such well-known contemporary African American leaders as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Nobel Prize-winning author, Toni Morrison reads selections from Wellsí memoirs and other writings in this multi-award winning film.

$150 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON: THE LIFE AND THE LEGACY (30 Min.)

Dramatic reenactments and rare archival photographs recreate the life of this highly controversial African American who was considered the undisputed leader of Black America at the turn of the century. Narrated by Gil Noble, A multi-award winner.

$150 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

FREDERICK DOUGLASS: AN AMERICAN LIFE (30 Min.)

Key events and major historical figures, including Harriet Tubman and John Brown, are dramatically recreated in this stirring multi-award winning film in the life of the 19th century abolitionist and civil rights advocate. Orator, writer, newspaper editor and publisher, Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery and spent a lifetime in the struggle for racial justice and women's rights. (Children's version available. R/T: 18 minutes. $65)

$150 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

MALCOLM X: NATIONALIST OR HUMANIST? (14 Min.)

Explores the life and thinking of this dynamic and controversial African American leader, focusing on Malcolm's later speeches and interviews. Features an exclusive interview with Malcolm's widow, Betty Shabazz, filmed shortly after his death on February 21, 1965, as well as archival footage of the events immediately following his assassination. Produced and directed by Madeline Anderson. Executive Producer, William Greaves. (Video only)

$95 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

HERE I AM, SEND ME:  THE JOURNEY OF JONATHAN DANIELS (57 Min.) 

The powerful story of civil rights martyr, Jonathan Daniels, a 26 year-old seminarian killed by an Alabama sheriffís deputy in 1956.  Daniels, one of many young Americans who answered the call of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his life for his ideals.  The narration, read by Sam Waterson, is scripted largely in Daniels own writings.  The documentary features footage and interviews with leaders from the civil rights era.  Produced by Lawrence Benaquist and William Sullivan. 

$95 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

SPENCER WILLIAMS:  BLACK FILM PIONNER (57 Min.) 

Williams, who wrote, produced, directed and acted in over thirty features, shorts and musicals during the 1930's and 40's, was a man ahead of his time.  His movies, part of the so-called "race" movies of that period made primarily for Black audiences and shown in Black theaters throughout the country, offer a fascinating inside view of African American life and culture.  The documentary compares and contrasts his work to that of the better-known Black film pioneer, Oscar Michaux.  It includes clips from several of Williams' films, interviews of film scholars, Black filmmakers, actors and crew who worked with him.  Produced and Directed by Walid Khaldi for Golden Moon Productions.

$95 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

 
Historical / Cultural
FROM THESE ROOTS (28 Min.)

Explores the extraordinary artistic, cultural and political flowering that took place in Harlem during the "Roaring 20s." This vivid portrait of the "Harlem Renaissance" is created entirely with period photographs. Narrated by Brock Peters, with original music specially composed and performed by Eubie Blake. Winner of 22 international film festival awards.

$150 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

NATIONTIME, GARY (58 Min.)

The only film record of the historic First National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972. Features Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Congressman Charles Diggs, and many political leaders, artists and activists representing a broad spectrum of political thought. This is a one hour re-edited version of the original 90 minute film. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte

$175 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

 
THE FIRST WORLD FESTIVAL OF NEGRO ARTS (40 Min.)

The official documentary film of the festival held in Dakar, Senegal in 1966. Over 2,000 writers, artists and performers from Africa and the African Diaspora participated in this historic event. Features Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Alvin Ailey, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor and artists, performers and dignitaries from thirty countries. A Black history treasure produced written and directed by William Greaves. 

$175 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

THE DEEP NORTH (48 Min.)

30 years after the Kerner Commission issued its findings on the urban disorders of the 1960ís, a group of volunteers from the greater New York area get together to discuss the racial and ethnic conflicts in the urban centers of the Northeast. In the process, some confront their own racial attitudes and prejudices. The film uses psychodrama and group encounter techniques to help bridge the gap. Includes documentary footage of the Civil Rights struggle. Sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League of BíNai Brith.

$125 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

BLACK POWER IN AMERICA: MYTH OR REALITY? (58 Min.)

How has the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s changed the Black community and the rest of American society? Using documentary footage and in-depth interviews of a cross-section of major Black leaders such as Franklin Thomas, Clifton Wharton Jr., Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Lerone Bennett Jr., this award-winning film presents a candid look at some of the problems facing the African American community.

$150 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

JUST DOINí IT (A TALE OF TWO BARBERSHOPS) (28 Min.)

Two inner-city barbershops provide patrons with more than haircuts. This award-winning film, shot candid-camera style, is filled with humor, witty repartee and penetrating insight about human nature, American society, and race.

$125 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

 
THE BEST OF BLACK JOURNAL (1968-70) (58 Min.)

The first Black-produced and controlled network television series, BLACK JOURNAL won an Emmy for programming excellence in public affairs. Provides a unique perspective on the late Civil Rights period. The Best of Black Journal consists of five segments from the TV series focusing on African American arts and culture. 

$175 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

VOICE OF LA RAZA (40 Min.)

Anthony Quinn travels across the country, meeting and talking to a cross-section of people from the urban and rural barrios of America. This multi-award winning film deals candidly with discrimination against Latino Americans, particularly in the area of employment. Mr. Quinn shares his own experiences growing up as a Mexican American in the slums of Los Angeles.

$125 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

Employment / Training / Motivational
SPACE FOR WOMEN (28 Min.)

Designed to encourage young people, particularly women, to pursue careers in space and science. This multi-award winning film shows women at NASA working in a wide range of jobs and professions --including that of astronaut. Narrated by Ricardo Montalban.

$95 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE (28 Min.)

Featuring NASAís Black and female astronauts, this film explores a broad range of jobs and career opportunities in space and science. On-the-job interviews reveal the challenges and satisfactions of bring a part of the nationís space program. Narrated by Ricardo Montalban.

$95 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

OPPORTUNITIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (29 Min.)

Narrated by Bill Cosby, this film explores the profound changes that took place in Americaís criminal justice system in the wake of the Civil Rights movement as new jobs and career opportunities began to open up for women and minorities. Interviews reveal the wide range - and importance - of work in the field of law enforcement.

$75 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

IN THE COMPANY OF MEN (52 Min.)

This multi-award winning film uses psychodrama to help bridge the communication gap between a group of the so-called "hard-core unemployed" --largely Black and "underclass" - and the men who hire, train and supervise them - mostly white and middle class.

$95 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

POWER VERSUS THE PEOPLE (36 Min.)

Documents the first major hearing held by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston, Texas. Includes testimonies from corporate officials, minority workers, women and community activists, and their cross-examination by government officials. Shows how the EEOC handles charges of discriminatory employment practices by large corporations against women, African Americans, Latinos, and other minorities. Includes a powerful indictment against racism by a young student.

$75 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

 
STRUGGLE FOR LOS TRABAJOS (35 Min.)

Illustrates step by step the intricacies of the investigation and conciliation process works once a complaint of job discrimination is lodged with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

$50 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

 
EEOC STORY (38 Min.)

Takes an in-depth look at the history and the working of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, focusing on the various ways it deals with the age-old problem of discrimination in the hiring and promotion of minorities and women.

$50 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

 
ON MERIT (23 Min.)

Examines the history and purpose of the "merit system" used by the U.S. Civil Service in hiring and promoting Federal Government workers. Shows how the system impacts jobs and career prospects for women and minorities. Narrated by Ruby Dee.

$50 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

 
TO FREE THEIR MINDS (24 Min.)

How does a teacher from a racially-homogenous background deal with the demands of an interracial classroom? Illustrates the special skills and sensitivities required to teach successfully across racial and ethnic lines.

$50 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)

 
WHOSE STANDARD ENGLISH? (24 Min.)

This film explores innovative ways in which "standard English" can be taught to dialect speaking children. Filmed on location in Louisiana at a U.S. Department of Education teacher-training project.

$50 (A 25% discount is available for high school classroom use)