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Films

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An American Love Story
Condensed from 1000 hours of filming the bi-racial Wilson Sims family. 1999

Are You Black, White, or What?
WHYY Producer Lillian Paulmier is African American. Her husband is of Italian French decent. When their son, Beau, was born two years ago, a nurse asked: "What color is he, black or white? You have to pick one." 1996

Banana Split: 25 Stories
Focuses on biracial ethnicity exploration and Asian self-identity. 1991 

Between Worlds
Explores the lives of several Vietnamese Amerasians (children of Vietnamese women and American servicemen) and their families who left Vietnam in 1992 through the Orderly Departure Program. 1998

Children of Mixed Race = Who You Wanna Be
A study of the various types of identities that interracial people have had to invent for themselves. 1997

Coffee Colored Children
Semi-autobiographical story set in England of racism, prejudice, and self-definition experience by bi-racial children of a Caucasian/Nigerian marriage. 1988 

Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo
About artist Estelle Peck Ishigo, a Caucasian woman interned during World War II with her Japanese American husband at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, WY. 1990

Do 2 Halves Really Make a Whole?
Features the diverse viewpoints of people with multiracial Asian heritages and their personal experiences in growing up as multiracial Asian Americans. 1993

Domino: Interracial People and the Search for Identity
The stories of six interracial people, exploring issues of identity, cultural isolation, and the search for community. 1994

En Ryo Identity: A Reclamation
Experimental documentary addresses the complexities inherent in establishing and asserting a biracial identity. 1991

Family Name
As a child growing up in Durham, North Carolina, Macky Alston never questioned why all the other Alstons in his elementary school were back. Now, after 25 years, he ahs gone back to unravel the mystery. 1997

First Person Plural
A personal and political film about the filmmaker's experiences being adopted from South Korea at the age of nine and raised by an American Caucasian family. 1999

Fuori/outside
A young woman whose father was Italian American and mother was African American reflects on racism in her family and in her community. 1977

Jazz
Ken Burns' documentary explores the history of jazz from its beginnings through the 1990's, including stories of many of its creators and performers. 2000

Halmani
Sensitive story of generation and cultural difference that occur when a Korean grandmother visits her daughter, American son-in-law and bi-racial granddaughter in the U.S. 1988 

Hapa
Marathon runner Midori Sperandeo talks personally about her biracial heritage and reflects on the phenomenon of being biracial, with interviews from a number of ethnically mixed-race people with additional viewpoint. 2001

I'm British But...
Using Bhangra and Gangla music and the testimonies of young British Asians, the video uncovers a defiant popular culture - a synthesis - part Asian, part British. 1989

Interracial Marriage: Blending the races in America
Examines how and why couples of different colors, religion, and ethnic roots are drawn to one another, how their differences affect their marriages, and how they deal with their friends and family. 1993

Just Black?: Multi-Racial Identity
Several young people whose parents are of mixed racial heritage talk about their struggle to establish, acquire and assert a racial identity. 1991 

Juxta
Observes the deep and complex psychological effects of racially mixed children of Japanese women and American servicemen in the 1950's and mid 1980's. 1989 

Love, Culture and the Kitchen Sink
Takes a personal look at the lives of four cross-cultural couples in Canada at different stages in their lives and how their cultural difference affect them and their children. 2001

Mixed Feelings
Through interviews with five U.C. Berkeley students and teachers of mixed ethnic heritage, the producer illuminates the experience of what it is like to grow up part Asian in American society. 1995

More to the Chinese Side
A fifth-generation Chinese American of biracial descent and several family members describe instance of how they are commonly mistaken for other ethnicities. 2003

My Mother India
Portrait of the filmmaker's family, her Sikh father and Australian mother, and her upbringing in New Delhi. 2001

Quiet Passages
Presents the experiences of Japanese women who married servicemen from the United Sates after World War II and came to Kansas to live with their husbands. 1990

The Story of Vinh
The son of a U.S. serviceman and a Vietnamese mother, who makes the journey from Vietnamese to American culture, from youth to manhood, and from false dream to harsh reality. 1990


FEATURE FILMS

Bend It Like Beckham
Glorious comedy centers on Jess, an Indian girl born in England whose only desire is to become a soccer star like her idol, David Beckham; but her traditional family refuses to even consider it. 2003

Black & White
Lisa, a young Soviet émigré studying medicine in Manhattan and Roy, an African American building superintendent on New York's Lower East Side. 1991

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
Mai and her brother Dwayne were Vietnamese orphans in the refugee camp when an African-American couple adopted them 22 years ago. 2000

Come See the Paradise
A love story of an Irish-American man and a beautiful Japanese-American woman set against the background of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. 1990

Double Happiness
East clashes with West and generations collide in the comedy about a young Chinese-Canadian woman struggling to appease her old-fashioned father. 1995

A Family Thing 
When an Arkansas man learns that he has an African-American half brother, he travels to Chicago to meet him. With the help of their Aunt T, the men work through long-held grudges and prejudices. 1996

Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities
A filmed play that explores the 1991 clash between Jews and Blacks in that New York community. Runner-up for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize. 1993

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The Caucasian daughter of a publisher, Matthew Drayton, and this patrician wife, Christina, returns home with her new fiancé, John, a distinguished black doctor. 1967

Japanese War Bride
A Korean War vet falls in love with a Japanese nurse and brings her back to his California home as his wife. 1952

Joy Luck Club
Now that her mother had died, a Chinese-American daughter has come to take her place in the social club founded forty years ago only to discover secrets her bother never shared with her family. 1993

Jungle Fever
An Afro-American architect begins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. 1991

Mississippi Masala
In this interracial love story, an African American businessman falls for a beautiful Indian immigrant whose family was expelled from Uganda under the reign of dictator, Idi Amin. 1991

Mr. and Mrs. Loving
Fact-based movie follows the interracial relationship of a Virginia couple in the 1960's, leading all the way up to the resulting landmark Supreme Court decision of miscegenation laws. 1996

Mixing Nia
Light-hearted tale of a biracial woman grappling with identity issues. 1998

My Beautiful Laundrette
Highly acclaimed British film about Nasser, a Pakistani who renovates a grungy laundromat with his Anglo-Saxon lover, Johnny. This film successfully examines Pakistanis trapped between two cultures in Margaret Thatcher's Britain. 1986

Rabbit-Proof Fence
The story of three half-caste children from Western Australia who were taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution, were taught to forget their families, their culture, and re-invent themselves as members of "white" Australian society. 2002

Secrets & Lies
Focus is on family and identity in this story of an adopted upper class black Londoner who seeks out her birth mother, who, surprisingly, turns out to be a white factory worker. 1997

Show Boat
Romantic musical of Magnolia Hawks who grew up on the riverboat, Cotton Blossom. When a snitch on board calls the police the leading lady, Julie (who's half African-American) and her white husband are forced to leave the show. 1951

Shadows
A light-skinned black woman living in New York with her two brothers has an affair with a white man. The relationship soon sours when he meets one of her brothers and discovers she is really black. 1959

Zebrahead
A young Jewish white man begins dating the cousin of his best friend, both of whom are black, igniting long simmering racial tensions at their high school. 1992

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