Come See the Paradise
This is the story of Jack McGurn, who comes to Los Angeles in 1936. He gets a job at a movie theatre in Little Tokyo and falls in love with the boss’s daughter, Lily Kawamura. When her father finds out, he is fired and forbidden ever to see her again. But together they escape to Seattle. When the war breaks out, the authorities decide that the Japanese immigrants must live in camps like war prisoners.
The Feast of all Saints
Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.
The story of Hong Kong, from New Year’s Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People’s Republic of China.
Sally Hemings An american scandal
Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.
A Family Thing
|A middle-aged man discovers he is actually from a bi-racial family and sets out to rediscover his roots with the help of his African-American brother.|
Winner of the E Pluribus Unum Award by the American Cinema Foundation in 1997.
During the British rule in India, many Indians were sent to Uganda to assist in the building of a railroad. When the railroad was complete, most of the Indians decided to make Uganda their new home. Soon they became rich property owners and enjoyed a far better standard of living than native Ugandans. Some conservative parents of second generation Ugandan-Indians refused to permit their children to marry native Ugandans. Using this as a pretext, in November of 1972 General Idi Amin made it mandatory for all Asians to leave Uganda, as he wanted Africa to be a “black Africa”. In the movie one of the displaced families was Jay, Kinnu, and their young daughter, Meena, moving from Kampala to Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.A. The family attempted to establish themselves in their new surroundings while reacquainting themselves with their relatives, Anil, Jammubhai, Kusum, Chanda, Kanti, and Pontiac. From 1972 to 1990, Jay and Kinnu ran a liquor shop, while Meena cleaned motel rooms and bathrooms. Since Meena had a dark complexion, she was often mistaken for a Mexican, and Kinnu was unable to find a suitable groom for her. Jay still keeps the hope that one day he will regain his estate in Kampala and return to live there for the rest of his life, and continues to nurse a grudge against the black Africans who had displaced him and taken over his property. Now to make matters worse, Jay gets a rude shock when Anil tells him that Meena is having an affair with a “kaalu” (Black man) named Demetrius Williams, who runs a business cleaning carpets in motel rooms. Watch how tensions rise when salt is rubbed on old wounds, and racism, called “tradition” by some folks in the U.S., raises its ugly head, perhaps to claim more victims – this time Meena and Demetrius – who may not be able to handle the chain of events started by their love for each other.
Alex Haley’s “Queen”
A plantation owner’s son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a light-skinned daughter named Queen. As Queen growns up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into the troubled world around her. She tries passing for white, but it leads to sorrow in post-Civil War America. Everywhere she goes, she faces obstacles and hardships while searching for happiness and a place to belong.
In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at Awards of the Japanese Academy in 1993.
The courage to love
An interracial romance that was looked down upon by 1813 society’s racism. “We can’t even sit together in Church.” I only had 50% of the movie, so I wasn’t able to use all of its clips, unfortunately; their romance was incredibly charming, though. He wanted to marry her in his country, where it wouldn’t have been illegal to take “colored women” as wives, but she chose her devotion to her people over a life of marriage.
Imitation of Life Trailer
Directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda. The story is a look at early 20th century American race relations. Today, Imitation of Life has been re-evaluated by critics and is now held up as a masterpiece of Douglas Sirk’s directing style. Universal – 1959
A Taste of Honey
To mark the 50th anniversary of Tony Richardson’s A Taste of Honey, stars Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin, and cinematographer Walter Lassally take part in an onstage discussion at BFI Southbank.
The film is notable for its frank treatment of mixed-race relationships, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality. Melvin reflects on his involvement in Shelagh Delaney’s original stage version, and his concern that the material would prove too sensational for audiences. Lassally discusses the difficulties Richardson faced in getting the project off the ground. Tushingham talks about being dismissed by early critics as an ‘ugly unknown’, and reveals that the film originally had Hollywood backers who wanted Audrey Hepburn for the lead role.