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  •  Spike Lee's documentary (4.00)
    Four Little Girls is one of the very best films on race relations ever done.  True Believer is also a wonderful film about racism against Asian-Americans.  (As is Come See the Paradise).  The Searchers deals frankly with attitudes towards Native Americans (as does Thunderheart).  My all-time fave is To Kill a Mockingbird, mentioned above.  In a non-American context, I also highly recommend My Beautiful Country and the Power of One (the book much more than the film).  The Timothy Hutton film about Loving v. Virginia is also good, although I forget the name.

    Let justice reign though the heavens tremble

    by Viceroy on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 10:57:53 AM PST

    •  I remember when Four Little Girls (none)
      got denied the Oscar for documentary.  I half-expected Kim Basinger to say something when she won hers, for LA Confidential.  Haven't seen the documentary, but I've heard great things.  I'll check it out.  

      Actually, all those sounds good.  Thanks for the list!

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 11:06:23 AM PST

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      •  If you're interested in the Asian angle... (none)
        then you HAVE to see "Beautiful Country" which is a relatively recent film about a Vietnamese-American emigrating to America in order to find his father.  It is extremely and stunningly powerful!

        Also, Muhammed Ali starred in a film about immediate post-Civil-War reconstruction - the film has some production flaws, but it is still quite good (I forget the name again though).  And the film about Solomon Northrup, a free man, being kidnapped into slavery, is also excellent (I think Avery Brooks is the star and the title has Solomon Northrup's name in it).

        Let justice reign though the heavens tremble

        by Viceroy on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 11:42:09 AM PST

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