The House I Live In Plus 7 More Prejudice Discrimination Anti-Semitism Films DVD
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Total runtime of this DVD is 141 minutes.
Film 1: An American Girl - the Problems of Prejudice (1958) B&W Runtime 28 minutes
An teenage girl in a small town tests her democratic heritage when she pretends to be Jewish and encounters prejudice. She explores the problem of anti-Semitism by reading her diary at a PTA meeting.
A teenage girl gets a bracelet for her birthday by her otherwise bothersome (but great) younger sister. She goes back to the jeweler with her friends when she finds out there is a second part to it. That second part is a star of David pendant! Her friends, and soon, pretty much the whole town shuns her, thinking that she's Jewish. I marveled at the lead actress's defiance in wearing the trinket when everyone, including her parents, wondered why she kept wearing it.
The mother in this film is Audra Lindley who played Mrs. Roper on Three's Company.
Release Date: 1958
Entered the Public Domain: 1987
Film 2: What About Prejudice? (1959) B&W Runtime 11 minutes
Bruce Johnson is the social outcast at school. Why? We never find out and is left for us to decide. All the kids hate him and blame him for everything, because.. well he's strange, and is just the sort of kid that would do such a thing! But then he saves some kids from a burning car (seriously) and then the kids are forced to reevaluate their hatred towards him.
Release Date: 1959
Entered the Public Domain: 1988
Film 3: The House I Live In (1945) B&W Runtime 10 minutes
The tense racial climate in American cities during World War II led to rioting, suspicion and reduced industrial production. Especially after the Detroit race riot in summer 1943, there were widespread fears that a divided nation might be at risk militarily. The House I Live In, one of the most widely shown educational films in the Forties and Fifties, expressed a vision of America as a society that valued tolerance and pluralism but whose high degree of personal freedom posed the danger of demagoguery and public prejudice. Like, Don't Be a Sucker (also on this DVD), this film admonishes citizens not to let anyone take advantage of them by dividing the nation. Touching and hypocritical at the same time.
Release Date: 1945
Entered the Public Domain: 1974
Film 4: All the Way Home (1957) B&W Runtime 29 minutes
Demonstrates in a positive fashion that integrated communities can and do work. Exposes the property value fallacy and makes an appeal to reason and democratic principles. An examination of what happens in a community when a Black family stops in front of a 'FOR SALE' sign. Dramatizes the unreason and prejudice which bar a solution to the integration problem in housing.
Release Date: 1957
Entered the Public Domain: 1986
Film 5: The New Girl (1960) B&W Runtime 30 minutes
Mary Newton is the first black girl to work at Dennis Industry in the secretarial pool. Mary was an honor student who, instead of going to college, went to secretarial school. Being a secretary at a big company like Dennis is her dream, just like her mothers dream was to work in a shop, instead of cleaning houses. Both Mary and her mothers minimal aspirations tell us something about this films low expectations of women and its endorsement of reactionary social attitudes.
Release Date: 1960
Entered the Public Domain: 1989
Film 6: Don't Be a Sucker (1947) B&W Runtime 17 minutes
Excellent film produced by the War Dept. presumably for viewing by the armed forces just after the end of WW II warning about bigotry and using the history of Nazi Germany as the object lesson for what can happen if prejudice is left unchecked. Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into "suckers." "Let's forget about 'we' and 'they' -- let's think about us!" In the context of the emerging Cold War, this film appears paradoxical.
Release Date: 1947
Entered the Public Domain: 1976
Film 7: The Brotherhood of Man (1946) COLOR Runtime 10 Minutes
Based on the pamphlet The Races of Mankind, by Ruth Benedict and Gene Weltfish. An animated cartoon. Explains that there are no basic differences between the races of the world, and uses small green demons to caricature prejudice and racial hatred. Relates the history of mankind to point out that dissimilarities in peoples result from superficial environmental influences.
Release Date: 1946
Entered the Public Domain: 1975
Film 8: Can We Immunize Against Prejudice? (1954) B&W Runtime 6 minutes
Animated film. Demonstrates how three sets of parents try to 'Immunize' their children against prejudice by using three different methods. Narrated by Eddie Albert (Green Acres).
Release Date: 1954
Entered the Public Domain: 1983
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