Africans in America
This documentary serious recounts the history of slavery in America. The four episodes-The Terrible Transformation, Revolution, Brotherly Love and Judgment Day—span the years from 1450 to the end of the Civil War. The series explores the paradox at the heart of the American Story: that a democracy declared all men equal but enslaved one group to provide prosperity to another.
Directed by Andres Nicolini
Alone, a newly arrived immigrant comes to New York City to take his first steps toward an uncertain future, and unexpectedly embarks on a journey to self-discovery. Becoming American is about having faith, being yourself, and beginning a new life. Once a man has been born in a country there are nets thrown at him to restrain him from flying. Nationality, language, religion among others bind him. As one immigrates to a new country is as one is born again.
Becoming American (Laos) / New Day Films
Directed by Ken Levine and Ivory Waterworth Levine
Hang Sou and his family, preliterate tribal farmers, await resettlement in a refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing their war-consumed native Laos. Becoming American records their odyssey as they travel to and resettle in the United States. As they face nine months of intense culture shock, prejudice, and gradual adaptation to their new home in Seattle, the family provides a rare insight into refugee resettlement and cultural diversity issues.
Blue Collar and Buddha / NAATA (1988)
Directed by Taggart Siegel
A Laotian community in Rockford, Illinois survives terrorist bombings and drive-by shootings at its local Buddhist temple. This is a provocative look at an immigrant population's confrontation with anti-Asian violence. Provides insight into racial scapegoating during difficult economic times.
Cambodian Donut Dreams / Throughline Productions
Cambodian Doughnut Dreams focuses on three Cambodians who, 10 years after escaping the killing fields, work in Los Angeles doughnut shops-80% of which are owned or operated by Cambodians- remaking their lives in this particularly American line of work.
A widowed mother of two teenaged sons, a former resistance fighter, and a medical student trying to fulfill her dead father ’s dream, each must take an experience of the holocaust and reconcile it with arduous but hopeful new lives as Americans. They describe the horrors of Pol Pot but more important now are daily business struggles and the challenges of adapting to American middle class values. Although the ghost of the Khmer Rouge lingers, one’s immediate aim is to buy a luxury car.
Chairy Tale (1957)
Directed by Normal McLaren
Told without words, this story is about a young man who tries to sit on a chair that does not want to be sat upon. The film depicts the struggle between the two which ultimately leads to a need for understanding. (10 minutes, black and white)
Cold Water / Intercultural Press (1987)
Directed by Noriko Ogami
This video is about cross-cultural adaptation and culture shock. It is about diving into a new culture and having it feel, as one foreign student puts it, like a “plunge into cold water.”
Twelve Boston University foreign students share their perceptions of their experiences in the U.S. as each of them (plus one American student and three specialists in cross-cultural relations) is interviewed about living and studying in a new culture.Initial focus is on the arrival and immediate post-arrival period and the culture shock which, for most of the interviewees, follows on its heels. It becomes clear that central to the problems encountered are major differences in values and behaviors between the foreign students and the Americans they meet. These are discussed with striking insights by both the students and the specialists and cover a range of basic characteristics of American culture: openness/directness, privacy, attitudes toward time, friendship patterns, informality, and competitiveness.
Cold Water is an excellent resource for any program wishing to help its participants better understand the cross-cultural adjustment process and the experience of being a foreigner in the United States. Useful in foreign student, refugee, and teaching assistant orientation programs; briefings for Americans dealing with foreign students; and orientation for exchange students.
Coming Across / Pyramid Media (1991)
Through candid discussions with immigrant families from ten countries, both teachers and students get a unique insight as to why people immigrate to the United States, and what they find once here.
Dawn’s Early Light / New Day Films
Directed by Jed Dannenbaum
Ralph McGill and the segregated South.
Day in Black & White / Xenon Pictures (2000)
Harold Perrineau and Anthony De Sando star as two friends who come together to write a speech about race problems. They talk, they sit, they argue — and what they put down on paper is both funny and insightful.
A Different Place & Creating Community / Intercultural Press (1993)
This two-part presentation focuses on the complex issues affecting intercultural interactions, especially in the learning environment. (37 minutes)
A Different Place: The Intercultural Classroom (part I)
Creating Community: The intercultural classroom (part II)
El Corrido de Cecilia Rios / New Day Films
Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
El Corrido de Cecilia Rios is an inspiring documentary about the life and death of one teenage girl. When the life of Cecilia Rios is tragically cut short by her brutal murder, a group of teens comes together to commemorate her life and speak out about the violence that intersects their lives.
Using the traditional structure of the Mexican ballad and featuring the music of the acclaimed folkloric group, Los Cenzontles, El Corrido de Cecilia Rios offers a unique entry into the lives of Latino youth and an empowering narrative about community healing.
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary (1996) directed by Laura Angelica Simon
Measures the impact of specifically Proposition 187 which denies public health care and education to immigrants but addresses immigration reform in general. Fear interweaves the testimony of two teachers -- one Mexican-American (director Simón), the other an European-American woman; interviews with kids and adults who live in Pico Union, Los Angeles' "Ellis Island"; and the story of Mayra, a self-possessed, ambitious nine-year-old from El Salvador to personalize the ways Prop 187 has divided school and community.
The Flashettes / New Day Films
Directed by Bonnie Friedman & Emily Leon
An exhilarating exposition of how young urban women can actively develop themselves through sports. Focusing on their hopes and aspirations, this upbeat film movingly shows how the rigorous training helps to produce more than just muscle, but a positive self-identity and pride.
A young man returns to his community after college and decides to do something about the alcoholism, drugs and teen pregnancies he sees everywhere. He starts a girls track club for ages 6-16, and instilling the spirit of "I CAN", THE FLASHETTES becomes more than a team, but a second family, building self-confidence and self-respect for its members.
Ghost Dance / New Day Films
Directed by Tim Schwab & Christina Craton
The 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee is remembered through poetry, art, and the haunting beauty of the Dakota landscape. Ghost Dance documents a pivotal event in American history and features the work of some of America's finest poets and Lakota artists. Ideal for the study of art, literature, and Native American culture.
A Girl’s Life / Vaquera Productions (2004)
Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan & Dawn Valadez
A Girl's Life follows the lives of four urban pre-teen girls of color as they transition from childhood into adolescence. Over the course of five years, the heroines of A Girl's Life demonstrate how girls, from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, negotiate the process of growing older in a complex urban environment.
Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street / New Day Films (1997)
Directed by Mark Lipman & Leah Mahan
Holding Ground is at once a cautionary tale of urban policies gone wrong and a message of hope for all American cities. In 1985, African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, and European-American residents in Roxbury, MA united to revitalize their community. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative went on to gain national recognition as residents fought to close down illegal dumps, gain unprecedented control of land from City Hall and create a comprehensive plan to rebuild the fabric of their community. Through the voices of committed residents, activists and city officials, this moving documentary shows how a Boston neighborhood was able to create and carry out its own agenda for change.
Home Economics: A Documentary of Suburbia / New Day Films
Directed by Jenny Cool
Is it still possible to achieve the American Dream? What does it cost those who try? In Home Economics, suburban homeowners talk candidly about the complex realities of trying to live the American Dream in the 1990s. Intimate interviews touch on a range of issues: racism, the Protestant work ethic, fear of crime, the disintegration of the nuclear family, the meaning of home and the social tolls of a daily two hour commute. Subtly and sensitively Home Economics explores the relationship between our built environment and the fabric of our daily lives, revealing a sad irony--home ownership is often achieved at the expense of the very values a home is said to represent.
Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World / New Day Films
Directed by Pat Ferrero & Heidi Schmidt Emberling
Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World is a compelling study of the Hopi that captures their deep spirituality and reveals their integration of art and daily life. Amidst the beautiful images of Hopi land and life, a variety of Hopi--a farmer, religious elder, grandmother, painter, potter and weaver--speak about the preservation of the Hopi way.
In Whose Honor? / New Day Films*
Directed by Jay Rosenstein
In Whose Honor? takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" American Indians as mascots and nicknames in sports. It follows the story of Native American mother Charlene Teters, and her transformation into the leader some are calling the "Rosa Parks of American Indians" as she struggles to protect her cultural symbols and identity. In Whose Honor? looks at the issues of racism, stereotypes, minority representation and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery, and the extent to which one university will go to defend and justify its mascot.
Lakota Woman / Inter Video (1994)
Directed by Frank Pierson
Mary Crow Dog, daughter of a desperately poor Indian family in South Dakota, is swept up in the protests of the 1960s and becomes sensitized to the injustices that society inflicts on her people. She aids the Lakota in their struggle for their rights: a struggle that culminates in an armed standoff with US government forces at the site of an 1890 massacre.
Let’s Get Real
"Let's Get Real" is another powerful example of the value of kids teaching kids. The portent underlying this video is the contemplation of what happens after the taunting and name-calling have ended.
Light in the Shadows / New Day Films
Directed by Shakti Butler
Light in the Shadows is a frank conversation about race among 10 women who participated in the ground-breaking video The Way Home. These American women of Indigenous, African, Arab, European, Jewish, Asian, Latina and Mixed Race descent, use authentic dialogue to crack open a critical door of consciousness. What lies behind it is a perspective on race that is often unseen/unnoticed within the dominant culture. With clear language, open hearts and a willingness to engage - even when it gets hard - these women travel over roads that demonstrate why valuable discourse on race is so laden with emotion, distrust and misunderstanding. Light in the Shadows is a springboard for critical self-inquiry and inter-ethnic dialogue. This video is recommended for those who are ready to take a next step.
Los Trabajadores (The Workers) / New Day Films
Directed by Heather Courtney
LOS TRABAJADORES follows an eventful year in the lives of Ramón and Juan, centering on the day labor site where they wait for work. When the site moves into a residential neighborhood, the workers find themselves facing opposition, misunderstanding and racism as they try to organize and earn the trust of the local community. Through experiences that range from political protests to bitter arguments to nostalgic sing-alongs, the men strive to overcome differences, share dreams and connect with one another and local residents alike. Slipping behind closed doors and crossing borders both real and symbolic, LOS TRABAJADORES reveals the telling details and deep emotions of immigrants who continue to bet their future on America.
Directed by Ellen Frankenstein
A Matter of Respect is a stereotype-breaking documentary about the meaning of tradition and change. From a young drummer and dancer guiding tourists through a museum, to a silver carving radio D.J., to a Tlingit elder teaching at a summer fish camp, this engaging video portrays modern Alaska Natives expressing and passing on their culture and identity.
Miles from the Border / New Day Films
Directed by Ellen Frankenstein
Twenty years after emigrating from a rural village in Mexico to an ethnically divided community in California, the Aparicio family shares its experiences of dislocation and the difficulties of crossing cultures. They sensitively portray their struggles to learn English, resist vocational tracking, go on to universities, and to help others achieve and find balance in a multicultural society.
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, produced and directed by Shakti Butler
http://www.world-trust.org/videos/visible.html A brilliant documentary and a must-see for all people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth and community making. It features the experiences of white women and men who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the United States.
The film "Morning Sun" attempts in the space of a two-hour documentary film to create an inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). It provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes—and reflected in the hearts and minds—of members of the high-school generation that was born around the time of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and that came of age in the 1960s. Recommended for high school.
Planting Seeds for Peace / Intercultural Press
A unique film chronicling the experiences of a small group of Israeli and Palestinian-Arab teenagers who toured American summer camps in 1988 discussing the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Powwow Highway (1989)
Directed by Jonathan Wacks
Social realism regarding struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central states of the US. Main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride and identity through tradtional and mystical means of gathering power. His high school friend, who is a Vietnam War Veteran, is exerting power as a highly principled social activist, using a modern rational materialist adversarial model of progress.
The Psychology of Attraction / Cally Curtis Co.
This video provides a formula for change. (14 minutes)
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The Psychology of Resistance / Cally Curtis Co.
This video explains the psychological reasons why people resist change and how understanding this can aid in overcoming resistance, so that change can be viewed in a positive way. (11 minutes)
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Rabbit in the Moon (1999)
Directed by Emiko Omori
Not all Japanese Americans endured their World War II internment with quiet stoicism. Not all second generation (Nisei) young men welcomed the chance to prove their patriotism by serving in the armed forces of the very government that was holding their families captive. A more complex, turbulent and intimate story of the internment camps is revealed through the stories shared by those interviewed in Emiko Omori's new film,Rabbit in the Moon.
Rabbit in the Moon uncovers a buried history of political tensions, social and generational divisions, and resistance and collaboration in the camps. With fascinating archival and recently recovered home movies, Omori and her older sister Chizuko, who were children when they went to the camps, also confront their own family secrets – especially the silence surrounding the death of their mother only a year after the family's release. They correspondingly confront the collective silence among Japanese Americans about the social antagonisms and insecurities that were born in the camps and that still haunt community life 50 years later.
Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)
Directed by Phillip Noyce
RABBIT-PROOF Fence –featuring the Golden Globe-nominated score by Peter Gabriel– is a powerful true story of hope and survival and has been met with international acclaim! At a time when it was Australian government policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate them into white society, young Molly Craig decides to lead her little sister and cousin in a daring escape from their internment camp. Molly and the girls, part of what would become known as Australia's "Stolen Generations," must then elude the authorities on a dangerous 1,500-mile adventure along the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home. As shown by this outstanding motion picture, their universally touching plight and unparalleled courage are a beautiful testament to the undying strength of the human spirit!
Episode 1: The Difference Between Us
Directed by Christine Herbes-Sommers
Everyone can tell a Nubian from a Norwegian, so why not divide people into different races? That's the question explored in "The Difference Between Us," the first hour of the series. This episode shows that despite what we've always believed, the world's peoples simply don't come bundled into distinct biological groups. We begin by following a dozen students, including Black athletes and Asian string players, who sequence and compare their own DNA to see who is more genetically similar. The results surprise the students and the viewer, when they discover their closest genetic matches are as likely to be with people from other "races" as their own.
Much of the program is devoted to understanding why. We look at several scientific discoveries that illustrate why humans cannot be subdivided into races and how there isn't a single characteristic, trait - or even one gene - that can be used to distinguish all members of one race from all members of another.Episode 2: The Story We Tell
Directed by Tracy Heather Strain
The Story We Tell traces the origins of the racial idea to the European conquest of the New World and to the American slave system - the first ever where all the slaves shared similar physical traits and a common ancestry. Historian James Horton points out that the enslavement of Africans was opportunistic, not based on beliefs about inferiority: "[Our forebears] found what they considered an endless labor supply. People who could be readily identified and so when they ran away they couldn't melt into the population like Native Americans could. People who knew how to grow tobacco, people who knew how to grow rice. They found the ideal, from their standpoint, the ideal labor source."
The Story We Tell is an eye-opening tale of how deep social inequalities came to be rationalized as natural - deflecting attention from the social practices and public policies that benefited whites at the expense of others.
Episode 3: The House We Live In
Directed by Llewellyn M. Smith
If race doesn't exist biologically, what is it? And why should it matter? Our final episode, The House We Live In, is the first film about race to focus not on individual attitudes and behavior but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others. Its subject is the "unmarked" race: white people. We see how benefits quietly and often invisibly accrue to white people, not necessarily because of merit or hard work, but because of the racialized nature of our laws, courts, customs, and perhaps most pertinently, housing.
"Colorblind" policies which ignore race only perpetuate these inequities. As Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun wrote, "To get beyond racism we must first take account of race. There is no other way." As The House We Live In shows us, until we address the legacy of past discrimination and confront the historical meanings of race, the dream of equality will remain out of reach.
Rosa Parks Story / Xenon Pictures (2001)
Rosa Parks creates the spark that ignites the modern Civil Rights Movement when she refuses to surrender her seat on a commuter bus to a White woman. The resulting uproar throws her into the KKK’s ring of hatred, but also into the NAACP's limelight.
Skin Deep: College Students ConfrontRacism / Iris Films
SKIN DEEP is a 53 minute film that was produced in response to the growing wave of racial hatred and violence in this country. It was made out of the belief that talking about racial issues, both in interracial dialogue and in homogeneous groups, is a necessary first step towards taking action to undo the racial inequalities that permeate our institutions and communities and affect us all deeply as individuals. SKIN DEEP takes the viewer on a journey of dialogue with a group of contemporary college students.
Soul in the Hole / Xenon Pictures (1997)
Directed by Danielle Gardner
A tough, passionate look at the sometimes cutthroat world of Brooklyn’s street basketball subculture.
Spirit of the Dawn / New Day Films
Directed by Heidi Schmidt Emberling
Spirit of the Dawn explores the dramatic changes in Indian education from the boarding schools of the past, where children were beaten for speaking their language in school, to the more culturally-sensitive classrooms of today. On the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana, we meet two sixth graders, Bruce Big Hail and Heywood Big Day III, as they participate in an innovative poetry class that encourages them to create beautiful poems celebrating Crow culture and history. Through the children, their parents and their teachers we see the strength and resiliency of a community fighting the constraints of the past to secure a future for its children.
Stories of Change / New Day Films
Directed by Theresa Tollini
A timely and compelling story of survival, Stories of Change presents portraits of four ethnically diverse women--Hispanic, Caucasian, Vietnamese and African-American--who surmount alcoholism, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and cultural barriers. Reaching deep inside themselves, these courageous women find self-confidence, dignity, and a renewed sense of purpose. Stories of Change gives hope and inspiration to all people facing difficult challenges in their lives.
Take Two / IRI International
Scenes of miscommunication are shown, followed by a demonstration of skills for alleviating the miscommunication. Interactions between U.S and non-native speakers are used. (40 minutes)
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Tales from Arab Detroit / New Day Films
Directed by Joan Mandell
Sparks fly when an Arab American community brings an Egyptian poet to perform the 1000-year-old Bani Hilal epic. In Tales from Arab Detroit, you will meet storytellers old and new: from debkeh dancers to a hip-hop artist, from a fiddle-playing bard to an Arab American rapper. Attend the celebration of a Lebanese wedding and enjoy the rhythms of Yemeni dancers in a neighborhood park. Hang with the Warren Street Boys and root for the Fordson girls' basketball team, as you witness the often contradictory ways a community weaves new traditions with the threads of old.
Part 1: Students from three major American universities candidly share their perspectives. The topics include, self separation of ethnic groups, the climate toward talking about race on campus, discrimination, affirmative action policies and finally, individual responsibility for change.
Part 2: A diverse group of 23 students from six major American universities spend three days together to support and challenge one another through open, honest conversation. The dialogue focuses on a variety of topics including, the concept of individual responsibility, feeling from each other, wanting others to understand and finally, what can be done to move awareness to action (13 min each).
Tell Them Who We Are / New Day Films
Directed by Alexandria Levitt
This inspiring film follows the Laquieniean Drill Team and Drum Squad of South Central Lost Angeles through one competitive season: their hopes and dreams, failures and successes. The teenage members, their parents, and the team's 70-year-old founder teach us about love, hope, self-esteem and success as they battle one of the toughest urban environments in America today.
Telling It Like It Is: Reflections on Cultural Diversity / Intercultural Press (1996)
With candor and humor, Joan Fountain leads her audience through some of her own experiences as an African American woman, trainer and teacher. She addresses issues such as how to deal with bigots and prejudiced remarks, racism and cultural identity, the power of words, post-discrimination trauma, nonverbal communication, etc. (62 min.)
Tim Wise: Vote No on MCRI-Michigan Civil Rights Initiative
Author and compelling orator Tim Wise explains that ending affirmative action will allow white privilege to persist unchallenged. Wise spoke on the issue at Michigan State University, in Author and compelling orator Tim Wise explains that ending affirmative action will allow white privilege to persist unchallenged. Wise spoke on the issue at Michigan State University, in a debate with one of the authors of the MCRI. With passion and with statistics, Wise lays out the case that affirmative action is still a much-needed remedy to achieve racial justice.
Unchained Memories / HBO (2003)
Directed by Ed Bell
Unchained Memories is a compilation of readings from the Slave Narratives which breathes the voices of the living into these transcripts of the past, bringing to life the pain and suffering, the fear and yearning, the pride, the spirit and the deep resonating sadness of those who had been born into slavery.
Uncommon Ground / New Day Films
Directed by Amie S. Williams
Five multiethnic L.A. teenagers travel to South Africa to live with South African students in a black township. The film focuses on the personal, rather than the political as these diverse youth share their experiences with family, school, violence, racism, and oppression. Woven into the film are short, intensely revealing video diaries made by each student reflecting his or her own views, culture and identity.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Long before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, box Jack Johnson became the first African-American to obtain the world heavyweight title. This documentary tracks the life of the trailblazing boxer, from his early days as son of former slaves to his rise through the ranks of a traditionally all-white sport, culminating with the 39-year-old’s achievement of the prestigious title in 1908.
Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment / New Day Films
Directed by Joan Mandell & Laura Hayes
Do immigrants have the same rights as citizens under the U.S. Constitution?
This chilling documentary follows dramatic changes in immigration law through the deportation case of seven Palestinians and one Kenyan, targeted first as Communists and later as "alien terrorists". The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights take on the FBI, INS and Justice Department in a courtroom battle over whether non-citizen residents are entitled to First Amendment rights.30 minutes/VHS
Waterborne: Gift of the Indian Canoe / New Day Films
Directed by Anne Rutledge
For thousands of years, Indian people have inhabited the Pacific Northwest. Today, within what is now Washington State, reside 37 Indian Tribes representing many different cultures, languages, and experiences. Told totally by members of these tribes, the voices of Waterborne speak as one. This video documents a great revival as hundreds of tribal members, young and old, participate in the native art of canoe carving and rekindle the excitement of the canoe race. Waterborne links the canoe with both past and present, making the vital connection between canoe, water, fish, and cedar, and shows the renewed determination of Indian people to preserve their beliefs, traditions, and natural resources while living fully as contemporary people.
The Way Home: Race, Gender and Class in America / New Day Films
Directed by Shakti Butler
Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures, (Indigenous, African-American, Arab, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina, and Multiracial) came together to share their experience of racism in America.
Where is Prejudice? / Indiana University
Shows twelve college students of different races and faiths participating in a week-long workshop to test their common denial of prejudice. Reveals latent prejudices by candid discussion and questioning. Relates how the participants are unable to cope with this revelation.
White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversation
This film deals with the issues of White privilege, White supremacy and other forms of institutional and systemic oppression in a direct and positive way. The film allows for the viewers to engage in a conversation about how these issues saturate our society. White Privilege 101 is a collection of keynote speeches and interviews of presenters and participants from the Annual Conference on White Privilege. This video will guide you through the complex issue of White privilege in three phases: (1) Privilege: Getting in on the Conversation—The definition of White Privilege, (2) Reflecting on How White Privilege Exists in Our Society: Examples of White Privilege, and (3) Dealing with Emotional Reactions: Plan of Action for the Future. The facilitator's guide provides background information on white privilege, classroom activities and a comprehensive resource list. The facilitator's guide is designed to provide facilitators with critical information to deal effectively with issues of white privilege and white supremacy.
Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa / New Day Films
Directed by Marlene Booth
Yidl in the Middle looks at growing up "different" in America. In this evocative, entertaining film, filmmaker Marlene Booth probes her Iowa-Jewish roots. Through home movies, period photos, her high school reunion, and current interviews, she examines the complicated process of negotiating identity -- as an American, a Jew, and a woman. A compelling film, sure to provoke discussion.