Askwith Recommends: Dal Puri Diaspora India – Trinidad – North America


The recipe for dal puri traveled with indentured workers from India’s Gangetic plain to southern Caribbean colonies in the 19th Century. In the 1960s the wrapped roti migrated from Trinidad to North America, where it is known as Caribbean or West Indian roti and is popular in cities like New York and Toronto. As the dish moved from home fire to street stall to restaurant chain, and from festival to fast food, the flatbread was radically transformed in ingredients, cooking method, ways of eating and, identity. Shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India, this documentary tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes. The documentary features interviews with leading food writers and scholars including Pushpesh Pant, Naomi Duguid, Brinsley Samaroo, Radhika Mongia and Patricia Mohammed.

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Askwith Recommends: Girls Around the World

Women Make Movies Maria Barea website 

“Produced by Brenda Parkerson, GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD is a collection of six documentaries that examine the hopes, dreams and worldviews of a diverse group of 17-year-old girls from across the globe. This multidimensional series provides a critical cross-cultural perspective into the lives of young women, the concerns they share and the difficult decisions they face as they transition into adulthood… GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD introduces young American women to the social and economic reality that shapes, and sometimes limits, the goals of their counterparts in the world.”–From publisher’s website

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Askwith Recommends: Makers Women Who Made America

Review the story of how women have helped shape America over the last fifty years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in American history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.

DVD release of a 2013 documentary mini-series.

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Askwith Recommends: Kind Hearted Woman

Follows Robin Charboneau, a magnetic 31-year-old Oglala Sioux woman living on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. In sharing her story, this documentary will portray the realities of what it means to be a contemporary Native American woman living in two worlds.

Originally broadcast by PBS Apr. 1-2, 2013.

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Askwith Recommends: 28 Women: A Chance for Independence


28 women volunteered to share their experience in this documentary. The scenario unfolds as these single mothers, who decided to enter a shelter, struggle to achieve self-sufficiency in a safe environment. The women describe their individual pursuits to construct a stable foundation for an independent family life.

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American Red and Black: Stories of Afro-native Identity

This intimate film follows six Afro-native Americans from around the U.S. as they reflect upon the personal and complex issues of Native and African heritage, ethnic identity and racism within communities of color. This award winning film is ideal for classroom discussion of Afro-Native history, ethnic identity, and the complex nature of Native American Identity.

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Melvin Van Peebles: Classified X


Examines the treatment of black characters throughout the history of American cinema, using examples from classic films beginning with footage by Thomas Edison in 1903 to the present, tracing how Hollywood has aided and abetted the public perception of the African-American. From its earliest days, Hollywood reflected society’s fear of blacks and countered with wish-fulfilling images of African-Americans as servile, ignorant, superstitious, or untrustworthy.

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In Honor of Stuart Hall

The Library Diversity Council recognizes the work of one of the greats, Stuart Hall.

Representation & the media Mirlyn Record 


Race: The Floating Signafier Mirlyn Record


PersonallySpeaking Mirlyn Record


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Askwith Recommends: Precious Knowledge

“While 48 percent of Mexican-American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson (Ariz.) High [School's] Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent of enrolled students graduating from high school. However, Arizona lawmakers [state school superintendents Tom Horne and John Huppenthal and Gov. Jan Brewer have] shut the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism.”
Special features: additional scenes; students profiles; music video; behind the scenes.
Produced and directed by Ari Luis Palos; produced by Eren Isabel McGinnis. Executive producer for ITVS, Sally Jo Fifer; editor, Jacob Bricca; composer, Naïm Amor.

In English; Spanish with subtitles.

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