California Newsreel

California Newsreel produces and distributes cutting edge social justice films that inspire, educate, and engage audiences. Founded in 1968, California Newsreel is the oldest nonprofit, social issue documentary film center in the country, the first to marry media production and contemporary social movements.

California Newsreel is a leading resource center for the advancement of racial justice and diversity, and the study of African American life and history as well as African culture and politics. Films from California Newsreel embed the tradition of innovation and responsible advocacy by informing, educating, and organizing viewers.

Alexander Street Press is pleased to partner with California Newsreel to deliver dozens of high quality films in streaming format, many available only through Alexander Street, including the SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference series.

A Question of Color

A Question of Color is the first documentary to confront a painful and long taboo subject: the disturbing feelings many African Americans harbor about themselves and their appearance. African American filmmaker Kathe Sandler digs into the often subconscious world of "color consciousness," a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal.

A Son of Africa

The Interesting Narration of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African was the first influential slave autobiography. It caused a sensation when published in 1789, fueling a growing anti-slavery movement in the US and England. This BBC production employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with scholars such as Stuart Hall and Ian Duffield to provide the social and economic context of the 18th century slave trade.

Actions For a New World

SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference
Volume 32 - Actions for a New World

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Alabama: "Turning To Ourselves"

SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference
Volume 11 - Alabama: "Turning to Ourselves"

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Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot provides a moving, in-depth biography of an organizer and journalist who for a remarkable 60 years participated in the most significant movements for racial and economic justice in this country's most conservative region - the South. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. praised her steadfast activism in support of civil rights and civil liberties, but she was threatened, attacked, indicted and labeled a 'Communist agitator' and 'race traitor' by white supremacists.

Arkansas, Cambridge, Md, Danville, Va: "Everybody Say Freedom"

SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference
Volume 13 - Arkansas, Cambridge, MD, Danville, VA: "Everybody Say Freedom"

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At the River I Stand

Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation worker into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Banished

Banished vividly recovers the too-quickly forgotten history of racial cleansing in America when thousands of African Americans were driven from their homes and communities by violent, racist mobs. The film places these events in the context of present day race relations by following three concrete cases where black and white citizens warily explore if there is common ground for reconciliation over these expulsions.

Berkeley in the Sixties

Six years in the making and with a cast of thousands, Berkeley in the Sixties recaptures the exhilaration and turmoil of the unprecedented student protests that shaped a generation and changed the course of America. Many consider it to be the best filmic treatment of the 1960s yet made. This Academy Award-nominated documentary interweaves the memories of 15 former student leaders, who grapple with the meaning of their actions.

Black Panther

This is the film the Black Panthers used to promote their cause. Shot in 1969, in Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento, this exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking traces the development of the Black Panther organization. In an interview from jail, Minister of Defense Huey P.

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