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Multicultural films : a reference guide /
Janice R. Welsch and J.Q. Adams.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005.
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xvii, 231 p. : ports.
ISBN
0313319758 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005.
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0313319758 (alk. paper)
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5372496
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library. 2005/11/24.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-05-15:
Although opening with the statement that it easily could have been subtitled "What Movies Tell Us About Race/Ethnicity in the United States," this book only hints at what movies tell us about such issues. This results from the striking brevity of the entries and the very uncomplicated way they are written. Among the 150 films listed are, for example, The Color Purple, about the African American experience, Born in East L.A., about the Latin American experience, and the Matrix Trilogy, which teaches about "interculturalism." Given the kind of society the United States is, devoting a reference book to such a specialized subject is in fact warranted, but a resource would have to be more thorough than this to recommend purchase for most libraries.-Mirela Roncevic (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2005-10-01:
Welsch and Adams (both, Western Illinois Univ.) accomplish what they set out to do: give teachers, students, librarians, and other interested moviegoers a well-selected group of films that deal in significant ways with themes of ethnicity, race, and intercultural interaction in the US. For each film, a plot synopsis is provided, along with comments about points in the narrative that raise interesting questions/issues for class discussion and general viewer analysis. A "Works Cited" feature at the end of each entry directs readers to further references. This guide is not intended to be exhaustive. It concentrates on films of the last quarter century, since it was within this time period that films more often departed from stereotypical portrayals. This book covers over 160 films, divided into the following categories: African American (26); Arab American and Middle Eastern American (7); Asian American (17); European American (19); Latino/a American (26); Native American (24); and intercultural (43). A chapter-by-chapter bibliography and lists of "Films by Theme" and "Film Distributors" complete the book. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic libraries serving lower-level undergraduates and above; public libraries. C. Hendershott New School University
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"An excellent feature of most of the critques is open-ended questions. These questions are designed to facilitate conversation or open lines of thought and will be exceptionally valuable for high school and college students seeking term paper topics. This book is therefore, particularly appropriate for high school and academic libraries as well as public libraries." - Reference & User Services Quarterly
'œ[S]tands as a serious ... survey of ethnicity in the cinema of [the United States]. It is a compact work, easily lending itself to use for quick reference, and gives some useful and up-to-date pointers for further study.'' Reference Reviews
"[S]tands as a serious ... survey of ethnicity in the cinema of [the United States]. It is a compact work, easily lending itself to use for quick reference, and gives some useful and up-to-date pointers for further study."- Reference Reviews
"[S]tands as a serious ... survey of ethnicity in the cinema of [the United States]. It is a compact work, easily lending itself to use for quick reference, and gives some useful and up-to-date pointers for further study." - Reference Reviews
"Welsch and Adams accomplish what they set out to do: give teachers, students, librarians, and other interested moviegoers a well-selected group of films that deal in significant ways with themes of ethnicity, race, and intercultural interaction in the US. For each film, a plot synopsis is provided, along with comments about points in the narrative that raise interesting questions/issues for class discussion and general viewer analysis. A Works Cited feature at the end of each entry directs readers to further references....Recommended. Academic libraries serving lower-level undergraduates and above; public libraries." - Choice
'œWelsch and Adams (both Western Illinois U.) present educators, librarians, students, and other film viewers with brief synopses and critiques of 150-plus motion pictures addressing issues of race and ethnicity in the U.S.'' Reference & Research Book News
"This superb, richly documented book fills gaps in knowledge by providing much needed insights into how movies project various racial and ethnic groups. Highly recommended for students and scholars engaged in film criticism, multicultural studies, and social sciences."
"This superb, richly documented book fills gaps in knowledge by providing much needed insights into how movies project various racial and ethnic groups. Highly recommended for students and scholars engaged in film criticism, multicultural studies, and social sciences." - Jack G. Shaheen, author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
"Welsch and Adams (both Western Illinois U.) present educators, librarians, students, and other film viewers with brief synopses and critiques of 150-plus motion pictures addressing issues of race and ethnicity in the U.S."- Reference & Research Book News
"Welsch and Adams (both Western Illinois U.) present educators, librarians, students, and other film viewers with brief synopses and critiques of 150-plus motion pictures addressing issues of race and ethnicity in the U.S." - Reference & Research Book News/Art Book News Annual
'œWith multiculturalism being touched on in so many different classes, this guide to more than 150 films will be greatly appreciated by teachers. Arranged by race/ethnic group, the films are in sections representing African, Arab, Asian, European, Latino/a and Native Americans. Some films may represent more than one group....While securing films is always dependent upon budgets, a picture continues to be worth a thousand words and these help expand understanding of our diverse culture. They should be helpful in increasing student acceptance of differences. Highly recommended.'' Gale Reference for Students
"With multiculturalism being touched on in so many different classes, this guide to more than 150 films will be greatly appreciated by teachers. Arranged by race/ethnic group, the films are in sections representing African, Arab, Asian, European, Latino/a and Native Americans. Some films may represent more than one group....While securing films is always dependent upon budgets, a picture continues to be worth a thousand words and these help expand understanding of our diverse culture. They should be helpful in increasing student acceptance of differences. Highly recommended."- Gale Reference for Students
"With multiculturalism being touched on in so many different classes, this guide to more than 150 films will be greatly appreciated by teachers. Arranged by race/ethnic group, the films are in sections representing African, Arab, Asian, European, Latino/a and Native Americans. Some films may represent more than one group....While securing films is always dependent upon budgets, a picture continues to be worth a thousand words and these help expand understanding of our diverse culture. They should be helpful in increasing student acceptance of differences. Highly recommended." - Gale Reference for Students
"A splendid contribution to the literature on race and ethnicity in films. It should be of particular value to those who use film to teach about that topic. Janice Welsch and J. Q. Adams, two well regarded multiculturalists, have made a careful selection of films and have evaluated them clearly and succintly. Their laudable efforts have created a book worthy of consultation by anyone interested in this field."
"Provides a highly informative and knowing map of the fascinating terrains of multicultural film; its approach is inclusive in terms of the range of films covered and insightful in terms of film analysis. It is an invaluable resource--needed now more than ever--for all those addressing issues of multicultural media."
"Provides a highly informative and knowing map of the fascinating terrains of multicultural film; its approach is inclusive in terms of the range of films covered and insightful in terms of film analysis. It is an invaluable resource--needed now more than ever--for all those addressing issues of multicultural media." - Robert Stam, University Professor, New York University
"A splendid contribution to the literature on race and ethnicity in films. It should be of particular value to those who use film to teach about that topic. Janice Welsch and J. Q. Adams, two well regarded multiculturalists, have made a careful selection of films and have evaluated them clearly and succintly. Their laudable efforts have created a book worthy of consultation by anyone interested in this field." - Carlos E. Cortes, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Riverside
"Welsch and Adams accomplish what they set out to do: give teachers, students, librarians, and other interested moviegoers a well-selected group of films that deal in significant ways with themes of ethnicity, race, and intercultural interaction in the US. For each film, a plot synopsis is provided, along with comments about points in the narrative that raise interesting questions/issues for class discussion and general viewer analysis. A "Works Cited" feature at the end of each entry directs readers to further references....Recommended. Academic libraries serving lower-level undergraduates and above; public libraries."- Choice
'œAn excellent feature of most of the critques is open-ended questions. These questions are designed to facilitate conversation or open lines of thought and will be exceptionally valuable for high school and college students seeking term paper topics. This book is therefore, particularly appropriate for high school and academic libraries as well as public libraries.'' Reference & User Services Quarterly
"An excellent feature of most of the critques is open-ended questions. These questions are designed to facilitate conversation or open lines of thought and will be exceptionally valuable for high school and college students seeking term paper topics. This book is therefore, particularly appropriate for high school and academic libraries as well as public libraries."- Reference & User Services Quarterly
'œ[T]his well-written, -arranged, and -researched work is recommended for academic as well as large public and high-school libraries.'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"[T]his well-written, -arranged, and -researched work is recommended for academic as well as large public and high-school libraries."- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"[T]his well-written, -arranged, and -researched work is recommended for academic as well as large public and high-school libraries." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œWelsch and Adams accomplish what they set out to do: give teachers, students, librarians, and other interested moviegoers a well-selected group of films that deal in significant ways with themes of ethnicity, race, and intercultural interaction in the US. For each film, a plot synopsis is provided, along with comments about points in the narrative that raise interesting questions/issues for class discussion and general viewer analysis. A "Works Cited" feature at the end of each entry directs readers to further references....Recommended. Academic libraries serving lower-level undergraduates and above; public libraries.'' Choice
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Summaries
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From its earliest beginnings, the United States of America has been composed of immigrants from nations around the world. Some, like European Americans, came voluntarily in search of better opportunities. Others, like African Americans, were brought as captives to their new land. Native Americans, already established, were forced to adjust to these new groups and the others that came after them, such as Latino Americans, Asian Americans, and most recently, Arab Americans. How these groups learned, or did not learn, to adapt to one another in their adopted homeland has become the focus of many provocative films, over 150 of which are identified and discussed in this book. Covering films from the earliest part of the century through today, this book is ideal for educators and students searching for films treating the experiences of specific ethnic groups, as well as film fans who love unforgettable stories. Arranged by race/ethnic group, Multicultural Films identifies and analyzes films relating the experiences of the following groups: African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Latino/a Americans, Native Americans, and includes Intercultural films, those depicting the experiences of more than one group. After providing a plot summary of each film, the authors critique it, proposing points of focus and discussion for the viewer. Films that will appeal to a variety of different ages are included, with ratings given when possible, and all are currently available for purchase. A thematic guide will help identify films for students and educators on specific topics and issues for each minority group. The first comprehensive resource covering all types of films for all major minority groups in the United States Multicultural Films should be on every film library's shelf.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Over 150 entries identify films that explore the experiences of racial & ethnic minorities in the United States, past & present.
Table of Contents
Preface
African American Films
Arab American Films
Asian American Films
European American Films
Latino/a American Films
Native American Films
Intercultural Films
Complete List of Films
Films Catagorized by Themes
Distributors
Selected Bibliography
Index
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