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Films by Title: "T"

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T'Bol ou la danse du feu (2011) - A documentary that takes place in Bassar country (northern Togo), this film looks at the T’Bol, the dance of fire. The film features interviews from several historians, cultural heritage professors, and native actors. The film emphasizes the cultural customs as well as the goal of safety for those who partake in the ritual. Documentary, duration undetermined, DVD, dir: Bill Ouro-Koura.

T.N.T. Jackson (1975) - A young karate expert searches for her brother's killer in Hong Kong. Drama, 72 min., DVD, dir: Cirio Santiago.

Ta Dona (Fire) (1991) - Ta Dona is the story of the quest for secret knowledge by a young Bambara man. While working in a peasant village, the hero, Sidy, searches for the "seventh canari", a forgotten, secret Bambara herbal remedy used in childbirth. Faced with a scorching drought and a corrupt government, Sidy manages to save the village and rediscover the seventh canari. Drama, 100 min., VHS, dir: Adama Drabo.

Taafe Fanga (1997) - A group of woman in an African village finds a mystical mask. Using the mask, they reverse gender roles, women act like men, and men act like women. Comedy, 95 min., DVD, dir: Adam Drabo.

Tableau Ferraille (1997) - Daam, a well-intentioned but vacillating European-trained politician must choose between two social paradigms exemplified by his two wives. The first, Gagnesiri, is the village beauty, who waits patiently for Daam. Unfortunately, they are unable to conceive a child, so Daam takes European-educated Kiné, who is eager to get ahead by marrying a politician. Daam becomes involved in a shady business deal with Président, a local businessman; when the details are made public, he is forced out in disgrace. Senegalese. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, 85 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Moussa Sene Absa

Take a Giant Step (1959) - A young black man raised in a white neighborhood feels ill at ease and becomes delinquent. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Philip Leacock.

Take a Hard Ride (1975) - Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 Western directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, and Fred Williamson. Pike, a stone faced cowboy, meets up with Tyree, a dishonest gambler. Together with a mute Indian scout, Kashtok, the trio attempts to transport $86,000 across hundreds of miles of Western wasteland to deliver it to the widow of Pike's former employer. Drama, 103 min., DVD, dir: Antonio Margheriti.

Take Another Hard Ride (aka Vengeance) (1977) - A man murders the parents and sister of a twelve-year-old boy. The boy teams up with a prospector (played by Jim Brown) whose gold was stolen by the same outlaws. Part of the Edward Mapp Collection (COL 1). Western, duration undetermined, VHS, dir: Joseph Manduke.

Take Off: Ghana - An African Country Full of Hope (2014) - Film on the work of Ebenezer Mireku, who returned to Ghana after studying at St. Gallen with the goal of participating in his country’s economic development through the rehabilitation of its railway network. Drama, 93 min., DVD, dir: Bruno Moll.

Take Your Bags (1998) - A commentary on slavery, ancestors, and African influences on European art. Billops appears in front of the camera with the young Keita Omowali Erksine, who listens quietly as she tells her stories. The film, commissioned by the 1998 National Black Arts Festival, has been invited to participate in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Drama, 11 min., VHS, dir: Camille Billops.

Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011) - Tiffany Rubin is a single mother and teacher. After her six-year-old son is kidnapped by his biological from her home in Queens and taken to South Korea, Rubin teams up with Mark Miller and his charitable organization, the American Association for Lost Children. Together they come up with a high-stakes plan to rescue her son and bring him home. Drama, 88 min., DVD, dir: Gary Harvey.

Tale of a Dog (1944) - The gang overhears Buckwheat (Billie Thomas) and Big Shot talking about giving "small pox" to the gang. Not realizing "small pox" is a dog, they alert the neighborhood and health authorities and start a panic of outlandish rumours in the city. Comedy, 8 min., 16mm, dir: Cyril Endfield.

Tales from the Hood (1995) - Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III), the director of an inner-city funeral home, tells four moralistic horror tales to three youths who have come to pick up a drug shipment. Horror, 98 min., DVD, Blu-Ray, dir: Rusty Cundieff.

Tales from the Quadead Zone (1987) - Actress Shirley Latanya Jones returns from the director's first film (Black Devil Doll from Hell) to be in front of Turner's camcorder, and reads two spooky tales to the ghost of her dead son, Bobby. The second story features a zombie clown from Hell. When we finally return to Shirley, she kills her hot-headed boyfriend, and there's a bloody finale as the cops arrive. Horror, 62 min., DVD, dir: Chester Novell Turner.

Tales of Manhattan (1942) - This film is a string of stories linked together by a coat stuffed with money and its effect on the lives of those who come into its possession. The coat finally falls into the hands of Southern black farm folk (Paul Robeson and Ethel Waters) who have to decide what to do with the money. Eddie Anderson is the preacher who has his own ideas. Drama, 118 min., VHS, dir: Julien Duvivier.

Talk, Don't Fight! with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1984) - A friend from school (Fernando) comes to Fat Albert and the gang with a problem. Fernando's older brother is in a gang and wants him to join as well. Fat Albert and the others convince Fernando not to join. Although Fernando does not join, his older brother learns the affects of gang violence the hard way. Children, 15 min., 16mm, dir: Marsh Lamore.

Talk to Me (2007) - The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s. Drama, 118 min., DVD, dir: Kasi Lemmons.

Talking with Thoreau (1975) - Written for Encyclopedia Britannica films, this film uses a science fiction device of time-travel to present the thought of Henry David Thoreau. Stages a visit between Thoreau and four present-day distinguished personages, set in his cabin at Walden Pond. The visitors includ Rosa Parks, B. F. Skinner, US Attorney General Eliot Richardson, and David Brower. Documentary, 29 min., 16mm, dir: Richard Slote.

Tall, Tan and Terrific (1946) - Handsome Harry (Monte Hawley), owner of the Golden Slipper nightclub, is in love with Miss Tall, Tan and Terrific (Francine Everett) who works there. Harry fights with one of the gamblers at this club and when the gambler later dies, the murder weapon is traced to Harry who is jailed and faces the electric chair. Detective work on the part of Mantan Moreland clears Harry who is reunited with Miss Tall, Tan and Terrific who'd left town to avoid testifying against Harry. Music by Golden Slipper All Girl Band. Musical, 40 min., VHS, dir: Bud Pollard.

Tamales in January (Latino Poets Speakout) (2005) - A Latino poet tells a story about people making food and imagining themselves in Iraq during a bombing raid. Documentary, 3 min., VHS, dir: Renata Gangemi and Ruben Gonzalez.

Tamango (1958) - This adaptation of Prosper Merimee's "Tamango" is concerned with the happenings aboard a slave ship plying the waters from Africa to Cuba. Dorothy Dandridge is Aiche, the island beauty who is torn between loyalty to her people in the hold and the passionate sea captain (Curt Jurgens). Released in the U.S. in 1959. Drama, 98 min., VHS, dir: John Berry.

Tang (1994) - Segment of TV Movie Cosmic Slop featuring Chi McBride and Paula Jai Parker. Science Fiction, 26 min., VHS, dir: Kevin Rodney Sullivan (segment only).

Tangerine (2015) - A hooker is not pleased when she discovered that her boyfriend/pimp has been cheating on her while she was serving jail time. After her release, she and her friend decide to find him and teach him a lesson. Comedy, drama, 88 min., DVD, dir: Sean Baker.

Tanna (2015) - Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rainforest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair, and the pact between the old ways and the new. Drama, romance, 104 min., DVD, dir: Dean Bentley and Martin Butler.

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) - In this first of the Johnny Weismuller Tarzan series, Tarzan saves Jane, her father and her fiance from hostile natives as the trio look for elephant's graveyard. Action, 99 min., VHS, dir: W. S. Van Dyke.

Tarzan's Peril (1951) - A Tarzan adventure with Dorothy Dandridge in the lead as an African princess, who is kidnapped by a bellicose tribal leader but rescued by Tarzan (Lex Barker). Action, 75 min., 16mm, dir: Byron Haskin.

Tasuma: The Fighter (2003) - Comedy, 90 min., DVD, 35mm, dir: Daniel Kollo Sanou.

Taste of Dirt, The (2002) - Two seven-year-old African-American girls, Lisa and Joanna, experience problems of class and race on the school playground. Drama, 12 min., VHS, dir: Yvonne Welbon.

Tattoo Connection, The (1978) - When a diamond is stolen in Hong Kong, the company insuring the diamond sends a former CIA agent to Hong Kong to retrieve it. Meanwhile, one of the thieves begins to have a change of heart because his girlfriend wants him to leave his criminal organization. Action, 90 min., DVD, dir: Tso Nam Lee.

Tauw (1970) - A young unemployed man fends off accusations of laziness and makes a home for his pregnant girlfriend who has been rejected by her family. Senegalese. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Short, 24 min., VHS, dir: Ousmane Sembene

Teaching African Cinema (1998) - This video comprises clips from feature films, short films and documentaries. Provides resources for learning about the huge variety of African cinema and its historical, political and social contexts. Documentary, 116 min., VHS, dir: Roy Ashbury.

Teenagers: How to Get and Keep a Job (1985) - Documentary, 20 min., 16mm, dir: Stephen Wallen.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (2017) - This documentary details the history of historically black colleges and universities, which have educated architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. Documentary, 85 min., DVD, dir: Stanley Nelson.

Ten Minutes to Live (1932) - Adapted from the three short stories of "Harlem After Midnight," a mystery-musical built around a threatening note which gives the heroine only ten minutes to live. Much nightclub business as the mystery unravels with sone and dance numbers and a stand up comedy routine. Billie Heywood is the nightclub M.C. Drama, 65 min., VHS, dir: Oscar Micheaux.

10,000 Black Men Named George (2002) - Made-for-TV movie about union activist Asa Philip’s efforts to organize the Pullman Porters in 1920s America. Drama, 95 min., DVD, dir: Townsend, Robert

Terminal Island (1973) - When the death penalty is abolished in California, San Bruno Island becomes a dumping ground for first-degree murderers. They can do anything but leave the island. Two factions form, led by the iron-fisted Bobby and more free-minded Bobby, and engage in an all-out battle for control of the island. Drama, 89 min., DVD, dir: Stephanie Rothman.

Terra em transe (1967) - Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins opposes two equally corrupt political candidates: a pseudopopulist and a conservative. In this context, Paulo is torn between the madness of the elite and the blind submission of the masses. But, in this complex tropical reality, nothing really is what it seems to be. Drama, 106 min., DVD, dir: Glauber Rocha.

Territories (1984) - Isaac Julien's film about race, class and structure in Britain. Documentary, 25 min., VHS, dir: Isaac Julien.

Tete dans les nuages, La (1994) -In his film 'La tête dans les nuages' ('Head in the Clouds') Jean-Marie Teno criticizes the ills of the modern world and the regression of African societies. Documentary, 35 min., DVD, dir: Jean-Marie Teno.

Teza (2008) - The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people's humanity and social values. Drama, 140 min., DVD, dir: Haile Gerima.

TGV Express (1997) -A motley assortment of passengers are on a bus (nicknamed TGV) from Dakar in Senegal to Conakry, Guinea. There are troops in the streets, and warnings of a rebellion on the Guinea border, but the bus carries on. Along the way, it picks up a deposed government minister making a rapid exit, and two clueless French tourists. Comedy, 90 min., DVD, dir: Moussa Toure.

Thank You M'am (1976) - A brief encounter between an older black woman and a black youth touches and visibly changes them. After a failed attempt to grab the woman's purse, the boy is taken to her home, where she washes his face and has him pay the consequences of his action. Based on a story by Langston Hughes. Drama, 14 min., 16mm, dir: Andrew Sugarman.

That Man Bolt (1973) - When you need a real man of steel, martial arts expert Jefferson Bolt is the high-priced pick for the job. His latest client, a mysterious British man with a cool million in cash, has an offer Bolt can't refuse: transport his money from Hong Kong to Mexico City or be sent to prison on phony charges. From high-stakes danger in glitzy Las Vegas to high-speed chases through gritty Los Angeles, Bolt strikes back again and again with an explosive battle culminating in a fiery finish. Action, 104 min., DVD, dir: Henry Levin.

That's Black Entertainment: The Missing Link of American Cinema History (1989) - In the 1930s and 1940s, an underground film industry sprang up in the black community. Rare and historic movie footage from many forgotten films has been compiled in this tribute to treasures of black cinema. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: William Greaves.

That's My Face (2001) - A queer mythopoetic journey through the African Diaspora. Documentary, 56 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991) - Part of "Black Visions / Silver Screen: HU Student Film Showcase: Show #5 A Woman’s Touch" from the S. Torriano Berry Collection (COL 13). Drama, 12 min., DVD, dir: Doreen Mitchum.

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) - A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. Drama, 113 min., DVD, dir: Darnell Martin.

There's No Place Like Home (n.d.) - Part of "Black Visions / Silver Screen: HU Student Film Showcase: Show #2 The MFA’s" from the S. Torriano Berry Collection (COL 13). Children, 15 min., DVD, dir: James E. Balls.

These Hands (1993) - Surveys a typical workday in the lives of impoverished women in Tanzania who manually mine gravel used for making concrete for urban building projects. No narration or plot. Documentary, 45 min., VHS, dir: Flora M'mbugu-Schelling.

They Call Me... Don't Call Me... (2006) - Experimental piece investigating the residue and perception of Blaxsploitation icongraphy present in Black culture, particularly as they pertain to relationships and gender. Drama, documentary, DVD, dir: John Sealey.

They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) -San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs is called in to investigate when a liberal street preacher and political candidate is accused of murdering a prostitute. Tibbs is also battling domestic woes, including a frustrated wife and a rebellious adolescent son. Action, 108 min., DVD, dir: Gordon Douglas.

Thing with Two Heads, The (1972, Blu-ray release 2006) - A white racist wakes up after an accident to discover that his head has been transplanted onto the body of a black convict. Comedy, sci-fi, 91 min., Blu-Ray, dir: Lee Frost.

Things Never Said (2013) - An aspiring poet in a troubled marriage sparks with a new man who helps her find her artistic voice. Drama, 111 min., DVD, dir: Charles Murray.

Third World Cop (1999) - Capone (Paul Campbell), an undercover policeman in Kingston, Jamaica, discovers that his best friend, Ratty (Mark Danvers), is the right-hand man of a local crime boss, Oney (Carl Bradshaw). Rita (Audrey Reid), Capone's ex-girlfriend who now lives with Ratty, tests Capone's loyalty to his friend and his duties as a cop. Drama, 98 min., DVD, dir: Chris Browne.

Thirst (1997) - Part of "Black Visions / Silver Screen: HU Student Film Showcase: Show #5 A Woman’s Touch" from S. Torriano Berry (COL 3). Drama, 10 min., DVD, dir: Parine Jaddo.

Thirty-Five Shots of Rum (2008) - The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Claire Denis.

This Christmas (2007) - For the first time in four years, Ma’Dere Whitfield and the families of her six children are reunited for Christmas. The reunion is not without its drama. The family works together to help each other through their personal battles in time for Christmas day. Drama, comedy, family, 119 min., DVD, dir: Preston A. Whitmore II.

This Is My Beloved: A Photo Essay on Man's Inhumanity to Man (2003) - Historic still photographs of acts of violence and cruelty, particularly as experienced by African Americans, set to music and poetry. Short, 3 min., VHS, DVD, Betacam, dir: S. Torriano Berry.

This Is the Life (2007) - A feature-length documentary that chronicles "The Good Life" emcees, the alternative music movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the art form. Documentary, 97 min., DVD, dir: Ava DuVernay.

This Side of the River: Self-Determination and Survival in the Oldest Black Town in America (2006) - This documentary is a chronological survey of Princeville, NC, the oldest, black-chartered city in the United States. It documents the development of the city from the 1850s to the present and provides numerous first-hand accounts from the residents. It also talks about the effort to rebuild their city and preserve their heritage after a devastating flood in 1999. Documentary, 52 min., DVD, dir: Ryan Rowe & Drew Grimes.

Thomas Sankara: [The Upright Man] (2006) - Documentary about the former president of Burkina Faso known for his innovative ideas, devastating humor, and altruism. Sankara was president from 1983-1987 and the film explores the impact that he made on Burkina Faso and Africa in general. Part of the FESPACO Collection (COL 13). Documentary, biography, duration undetermined, DVD, dir: Robin Shuffield.

Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) - A different style western set in the Southwest circa 1912. A young black couple go on a crime spree and are aided by poor blacks, Indians, and whites of the area. Western, 95 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Gordon Parks, Jr.

Those Beautiful Dames (1934) - Toys in a shop window come to life and visit a poverty-stricken little girl as she sleeps. She awakens to find that her shack has been refurbished and that the toys are about to throw her a party. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: I. Freleng.

Thousand Months, A (Mille mois) (2003) - In 1981 Amina and her 7-year-old son Mehdi move to a small Moroccan village to live with her father-in-law, from whom she must hide the secret that her husband has been arrested for political reasons. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, 119 min., DVD, dir: Faouzi Bensaidi.

3 A.M. (2001) - Directed by Spike Lee's protégé, Lee Davis, 3 A.M. exposes viewers to the life of taxi drivers. The taxi drivers reflect on their experience and exposer viewers to how their experiences relate to themes of politics, sociology, romance and spirituality. Crime, mystery, romance, 92 min., DVD, dir: Lee Davis.

Three African Shorts (1995) - "Denko (1993) - 18 min., dir: Mohamed Camara -- Borom Sarret (1962) - 19 min., dir: Sembene Ousmane -- Certificat d'indigence (1983) - 29 min., dir: Moussa Yoro Bathily." Shorts, 67 min., VHS, dir: Ousmane Sembene, Mohamed Camara, and Moussa Yoro Bathily.

3 hommes 1 village, episodes 16-20 (2006) - Television series from Burkina Faso following the comical adventures of three men including a priest and the village chief. Television series, comedy, duration undetermined, VHS, dir: Idrissa Ouedraogo and Issa Traore de Brahima.

Three Tales from Senegal (2010-2013) - Le Franc (1994) - 45 min., dir: Djibril Diop Mambety -- Picc Mi (1992) - 20 min., dir: Mansour Sora Wade -- Fary l'anesse (1990) - 17 min., dir: Mansour Sora Wade. Shorts, 82 min., VHS, dir: Djibril Diop Mambety and Mansour Sora Wade.

Three the Hard Way (1974) - Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly defeat fascist/racist whites planning genocide against black people in three of the largest cities in the United States. Action, 93 min., VHS, dir: Gordon Parks, Jr.

Through a Lens Darkly(2014) – Inspired by Deborah Willis’ book Reflections in Black, Through a Lens Darkly is the first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers. The filmmakers discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human. Documentary, 92 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.

Thunderbolt: Magun (2000) - Thunderbolt depicts the experiences of an Ibo (now more commonly known as Igbo) woman named Ngozi who has married a Yoruba man named Yinka despite the conflict between their two tribes. Drama, 110 min., DVD, dir: Tunde Kelani.

...tick...tick...tick... (1970) - Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Ralph Nelson.

Tides of the Ocean: What They Are and How the Sun and Moon Cause Them (1964) - Educational video about the causes of ocean tides. Documentary, 17 min., 16mm, dir: James A. Larsen.

Tilaï (1990) - A tragic Burkinabé story set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Drama, 81 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Idrissa Ouedraogo.

Timbuktu (2014) - A cattle herder and his family live a peaceful life in the dunes outside of Timbuktu. When the Malian city comes under the rule of foreign Muslim extremists, they are free to follow their faith, but are abruptly forced to change their customs when music, laughter, cigarettes, and soccer are banned and women are stripped of many of their former rights. The family is at first spared from the chaos in the city, but things are soon to change. Drama, 96 min., Blu-Ray, dir: Abderrahmane Sissako.

Time and Judgement: A Diary of a 400 Year Exile (2000s) - An overview of the African Liberation Movement that spans a period of 400 years. The film narrates the tribulations and success of people of African descent in and out of Africa, with a special focus on the struggles of the last century. Documentary, 84 min., VHS, dir: Menelik Shabazz.

Time for Burning, A (1966) - This documentary depicts a young pastor in Omaha, Nebraska trying to promote racial integration in the congregation of a large Lutheran church in the mid-1960s. It traces the events leading to the resignation of the pastor. Documentary, 56 min., DVD, dir: Bill Jersey.

Time for Justice, A (1994) - The film documents the civil rights movement as told by the foot soldiers - those nameless people who committed acts of heroism and risked their lives for the cause of equality. Narrated by Civil Rights activist and NAACP Chairman, Julian Bond. This film is also the winner of the Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Award in 1995. Documentary, 38 min., VHS, dir: Charles E. Guggenheim.

Time to Kill, A (1996) - Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) takes the law into his own hands after the racially prejudiced legal system fails to punish the two white men who raped and killed his daughter. Carl joins forces with the white lawyer Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) helped by know-it-all lawyer Ellen Roark (Sandra Bullock). Drama, 149 min., VHS, dir: Joel Schumacher.

Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943) - A jazz cartoon involving a "Fats Waller"-like cat who leaves the "Uncle Tomcat Mission" for the local jazz club. Comedy, 7 min., DVD, dir: Robert Clampett.

Tire dié (Toss Me a Dime) (1960) - In this founding film of the New Latin American cinema, the children of the neighborhood known as "Tire Dié" wait for the train to ask for money, shouting "Tire dié!" (toss me a dime!) to the passengers. Documentary, 33 min., DVD, dir: Fernando Birri.

To All My Friends on Shore (1972) - A black father, who skycaps at a Los Angeles air terminal, copes with his son's fatal disease while desperately trying to get his family out of the rat-infested ghetto. Drama, 74 min., 16mm, dir: Gilbert Cates.

To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1972) - Depicts in play form the life and works of the late black playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of "A Raisin in the Sun." Portrays her struggles from her first visit to the South, to her life on the streets of Harlem. Drama, 90 min., 16mm, dir: Michael Schultz.

To Build a House (Para construir una casa) (1972) - Narrated short by Cuban experimental filmmaker and painter on the process through which revolutionary housing takes place. Documentary, 15 min., DVD, dir: Nicolas Guillen Landrian.

To Have and to Hold: Men Who Batter Women (1981) - This short documentary examines men who batter their wives as told through a series of interviews. Documentary, 20 min., 16mm, dir: Mark Lipman.

To Have and to Hold (2001) - Tommy (Idus Moss) and Barbara (Kim Lovette) are planning on getting a divorce until Tommy's father passes away and leaves a substantial inheritance for him and his brother Sean (DL Powell). However, there is a stipulation in the will that says that the unhappy married couple must spend an entire weekend in a remote log cabin without arguing. Drama, 121 min., DVD, dir: Gregory Galloway, Sr.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - The story of this film is based on the novel by Harper Lee and includes the defense of a black man on trial for allegedly raping a white girl in a small Alabama town, while the real culprit is the girl's father. Brock Peters is Tom Robinson, the accused. Drama, 129 min., 16mm, DVD, dir: Robert Mulligan.

To Love & to Cherish, Part 1 & 2 (2008) - Jane is a hardworking, independent woman with no time for boyfriends or romance. When her father's friend, Chief Ibeh, buisness comes crashing, her mother talks her into marry his son, Daniel. While preparing to get married, Daniel decides to take a week of rest in abuja, where he meets Nicole. They have a fling and unknown to him, Nicole is actually Janes's younger sister. Now Jane sees her self falling for this man, watch as she battles with her heart, a death in the family, and an unknown baby. Drama, 152 min., DVD, dir: Ikechukwu Onyeka.

To Sir, with Love (1967) - Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End. Drama, 105 min., DVD, dir: James Clavell.

To Sir, with Love II (1996) - After thirty years teaching in London, Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) retires and returns to Chicago. There he takes up the challenge to teach history to rebellious students in an inner-city school. Drama, 92 min., DVD, dir: Peter Bogdanovich.

To Sleep with Anger (1990) - Harry Mention (Danny Glover) shows up unexpectedly one day at the home in Los Angeles of his old friend Gideon (Paul Butler) and Gideon's wife (Mary Alice). Harry's presence intensifies conflicts already present in the family, e.g. between Baby Brother (Richard Brooks) and Junior (Carl Lumbley) that have to be resolved. Sheryl Lee Ralph plays Linda, Baby Brother's wife; Vonetta McGee is Pat, Junior's wife. Drama, 102 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Charles Burnett.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) - Three drag queens--Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze), Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), and Chi Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo)--start a journey from New York to Hollywood. When their car breaks down they end up adding zest to the life of a small Nebraska town. Comedy, 109 min., VHS, dir: Beeban Kidron.

Together Brothers (1972) - When a uniformed officer who mentors a group of urban teens is found brutally murdered, the "brothers" band together to find the killer. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: William A. Graham.

Together in the Weather (1946) - In this George Pal Puppetoon Punchy and Judy live in facing houses of a weather clock. Judy tries various methods to attract the attentions of her male neighbor by appearing only when it is sunny, while Punchy only emerges when it is raining. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: George Pal.

Tom Turk and Daffy (1944) - Daffy agrees to hide Tom Turk from Porky, until he learns that Porky is planning to serve the turkey for dinner, then turns stool pigeon. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: Charles M. Jones.

Tomorrow's Children (1934) - A young woman is ordered by a court to undergo sterilization so that her family's "defective genes" won't be passed on to any more children. Her boyfriend and a kindly priest desperately search for a way to stop the forced sterilization before it's too late. Screenplay by Harlem Renaissance writer Wallace Thurman. Drama, 70 min., DVD, dir: Crane Wilbur.

Tongues Untied (1989) - Marlon Riggs captures the dilemma faced by black gay men with dual loyalties and identity conflicts regarding being black and being gay. The film uses poetry, anecdote, historical footage, and dramatic re-enactments to explore such concerns as racism, homophobia, crack and AIDS. Documentary, 55 min., VHS, dir: Marlon Riggs.

Toni Morrison: A Conversation with Toni Morrison (1992) - A collection of interviews with Toni Morrison beginning in 1974. From the series In Black & White.In Black and White (Part 3). Documentary, 25 min., VHS, dir: Matteo Bellinelli.

Toni Morrison: A Writer in America (1987) - In this autobiographical documentary, Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison speaks about earning her Master's degree from Cornell University then later joining a writers group in Washington D.C. to enhance her writing skills and support other writers. She displays a passion for writing and considers it not only a profession but a hobby as well. Documentary, 28 min., VHS, dir: Richard O. Moore.

Tony Brown's Journal, Show #3019. Oscar and Jackie (2007) - Patrick McGilligan, author of Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only, offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of the life of America's first black filmmaker.Documentary, biography, 27 min., DVD-R, dir: Patrick McGilligan.

Too Black to Be French? (Trop Noire pour être française?) (2015) - Exploration of persistent racism in France and the impact of French colonialism through the filmmakers personal family history as well as through interviews with historians and scholars. Documentary, biography, 52 min., DVD, dir: Isabelle Boni-Claverie.

Top Five (2014) - Andre Allen (played by Chris Rock) transitions from stand-up comedy to playing a talking bear police officer in a trilogy of action-comedies. Andre is forced to spend the day with Chelsea (Rosario Dawson) a profile writer for the New York Times, and through the interview they explore their pasts, their current relationships, and Allen returns to his comedic roots. Drama, 101 min., DVD + Blu-Ray, dir: Chris Rock.

Top of the Heap (1972) - A frustrated Washington, D.C. cop decides to circumvent the ponderous court system and starts meting out his own sick brand of violent punishment. Drama, 90 min., DVD, dir: Christopher St. John.

Torture of Mothers, The (1980) - Woodie King, Jr. deals with police brutality, poverty, narcotics, crime and murder in Harlem, in the summer of 1964 as he chronicles the harassment and eventual indictment and conviction of six black youths for the stabbing murder of a woman. The horrors of the trial and descriptions of social unrest are told from the perspective of the boys' mothers. Drama, 60 min., VHS, dir: Woodie King, Jr..

Touki Bouki (The Journey of the Hyena) (1973) - Mory and Anta are two young lovers that are desperate to find a way to escape Dakar for Europe. They set off on an adventure through a cross-section of Senegalese society on Mory's motorbike. The film has become a landmark of African cinema. Drama, 85 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Djibril Diop Mambéty.

Toxic Racism (1994) - Many experts believe that poor and minority neighborhoods have been victims of "environmental racism," subjected to high levels of toxic waste dumping and industrial pollution. Now residents in these areas are fighting back. They are waging a grass roots war against those responsible for the pollution in order to save their environment--and to protect the health of their children. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: Raisz, Kate.

The Tracker (2002) - The year is 1922. The Tracker (David Gulpilil, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Rabbit-Proof Fence) has the job of pursuing The Fugitive, an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman, as he leads three mounted policemen: The Fanatic, The Follower and also The Veteran across the outback. The Tracker, a mysterious and enigmatic figure whose true character remains unknown, assists them in their quest. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another, challenged by the indigenous people they come across as well as each other. Drama, epic, 35mm, 98 min., dir: Rolph de Heer.

Trading Places (1983) - Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) outwits the millionaire Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) who bet each other $1.00 that they can, by putting Valentine into their wealthy young broker's (Dan Aykroyd) place, prove (or disprove) that heredity triumphs over environment. Comedy, 118 min., VHS, dir: John Landis.

Train Ride (2005) - Four college seniors get what they deserve after they administer a date rape drug to an unsuspecting freshman in this dramatic thriller. As things spiral out of control, the young men realize they've jeaopardized the last four years of hard work in one stupid move. Drama, 93 min., DVD, dir: Rel Dowdell.

Training Day (2001) - Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), a rookie policeman in Los Angeles, is anxious to join the elite narcotics squad led by veteran Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington). Soon, however, Hoyt discovers that Harris’ use and abuse of power entangle him into professionally and morally questionable practices. Drama, 122 min., DVD, dir: Antoine Fuqua.

Transfiguration, The (2016) - Troubled teen Milo hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets Sophie, an equally alienated teen, the two form a bond that begins to challenge his dark obsession and blurs his fantasy into reality. Horror, 97 min., DVD, dir: Michael O'Shea.

Treasure Island (Isla del tesoro) (1969) - Isla del Tesoro discusses the history of the island as a penal colony prior to the revolution and how it has been transformed into an important site for agricultural production. Documentary, 20 min., DVD, dir: Sara Gomez.

Treasures of Black Cinema, Vol. 1 (undetermined) - Compilation of early works:

  • The Devil's Daughter (1939)
  • Gang War (1940)
  • The Bronze Buckaroo (1939)
  • Up in the Air (1941)
Multiple genres, 240 min., DVD, dir: multiple.

Tree Shade (1998) - Shame and embarrassment propel Savannah, a gifted high school student, to embark on a journey through space and time to witness the prison convictions of her great-grandmother Etta Mae, her grand-aunt Olive, and her aunt Denise. The fanciful and chilling tales of a delightfully vain maid in the 1920s, a hopelessly depressed nanny in the 1950s, and a mother frustrated during the holiday season in the 1980s, help Savannah reconcile her feelings about her own past in this touching coming-of-age story (from Women Make Movies website). Short, 29 min., DVD, dir: Lisa Collins.

Treemonisha (1982) - Based on Scott Joplin's score, the all black cast of the Houston Opera Theatre performs this opera. Musical, 86 min., VHS, dir: Sidney Smith.

Treme: The Complete Series (2010-2013) - Television drama about residents of New Orleans rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Katrina. Drama, music, television series, 2340 min., DVD, dir: multiple directors.

Trespass (1992) - Two Arkansas fire fighters stumble upon a map which leads to hidden gold stashed in an abandoned East St. Louis tenement. But while looking for the money, they watch a drug related murder. Now, they are trapped in an urban nightmare. Ice-T and Ice Cube are pitted against each other in a complicated plot that uses a rap soundtrack, video, and much gratuitous violence. Action, 101 min., DVD, dir: Walter Hill.

Trials of Muhammad Ali, The (2013) - The Kartemquin Films documentary focuses on the period when Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali. His conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity. Documentary, 93 min., DVD, dir: Bill Siegel.

Triangulations (2005) - A television director becomes entangled in his many affairs. Drama, 7 min., VHS, dir: S. Torriano Berry.

Trip to the Country, A (2000) - A Trip to the Country questions, sometimes ironically, the notion of development associated in Africa with a “tropical modernity” which can be summarized as follows: Everything from Europe is modern, while all things local are archaic and must be discarded. Documentary, 75 min., DVD, dir: Jean-Marie Teno.

Triple Minority (2005) -Clair is a gay, black woman who wants to reconcile her relationship with her religious parents without compromising her identity. Comedy, 15 min., DVD, dir: Amber Sharp.

Trolley Ahoy (1936) - Mr. Bang bets the Skipper ten dollars he can't get the trolley to arrive at the train station on time. Comedy, 8 min., DVD, dir: Tom Palmer.

Trouble Man (1972) - The film stars Robert Hooks as "Mr. T.", a hard-edged private detective who tends to take justice into his own hands. Action, 99 min., DVD, dir: Robert Hooks.

Trouble Man (2000) - On The Best of the Acapulco Black Film Festival (2001). Comedy, 13 min., DVD, dir: Dabo Ché.

Trouble the Water (2008) - A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning. Documentary, 96 min., DVD, dir: Tia Lessin and Carl Deal.

Truck Turner (1974) - A melodrama set in Los Angeles in which Isaac Hayes plays a skip tracer (a person who hunts down bail jumpers). Cameos by Dick Miller and Stymie Beard. Action, 91 min., DVD, dir: Jonathan Kaplan.

True Colors (1991) - ABC Primetime Live expose by anchor Diane Sawyer exploring skin color prejudice in America. A white man and a black man take part in a series of social experiments while using a hidden camera.ISBN listed inside case as: 0-388-20467-2. Comes with brief discussion guide. Documentary, 19 min., VHS, dir: Diane Sawyer.

True Identity (1991) - When a jetliner seems about to crash, a businessman, Leland Carver/Frank Luchino (Frank Langella), reveals his secret mobster past to fast-talking actor Miles Pope (Lenny Henry). When the plane lands safely, Miles must assume various identities to elude Luchino's hit men. Charles Lane plays Duane, a special effects artist who creates a new identity for Miles; Anne-Marie Johnson is Kristi, Miles' love interest. Melvin Van Peebles plays a taxi driver; Ruth Brown is Martha, and James Earl Jones plays himself. Comedy, 93 min., VHS, dir: Charles Lane.

True Story of Glory Continues, The (1991) - Soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first black fighting unit of the American Civil War, are portrayed through period drawings, sketches, paintings and photos and additional footage from the motion picture Glory. Documentary, 45 min., VHS, dir: Ben Burtt.

true. (1998) - This short with minimalist funny nonsense phone dialog between five young men spawned both the pop-culture catch phrase "Whazzup?" and the series of Budweiser beer commercials. The film is part of the series Afrocentricity, Vol. 1 including six other short movies. Comedy, 3 min., DVD, dir: Charles Stone III.

Trumpet Talks, The (Radio episode) (undetermined) - Radio episode about jazz legend Louis Armstrong. On Black Entertainment in Film. Documentary, 27 min., DVD, dir: undetermined.

Tsoga (2002) - A Soweto school made headlines when 70 percent of its students tested HIV positive. The film focuses on Joyce, an ex-student, who shares her sufferings. The movie is a part of the 25-cassette series Steps for the Future dealing with AIDS in Southern Africa. Documentary, 8 min., VHS, dir: Sechaba Ramotoai.

Tsotsi (2005) - Based on the novel by acclaimed South African writer Athol Fugard, Tsotsi follows the life of a young, black South African living a life of crime until he discovers the infant son of a woman he has just murdered in the back seat of her car. Winner in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2006 Academy Awards. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: Gavin Hood.

Tuesday Morning Ride (1995) - Two elderly black sharecroppers, he a stroke victim, she blind, decide to put on their finest clothing and take a final ride in their car--with no turning back. Drama, 35 min., VHS, dir: Dianne Houston.

Tumbling Down (1998) - Part of "Black Visions / Silver Screen: HU Student Film Showcase: Show #1 Relationships" from the S. Torriano Berry Collection (COL 3). Drama, 10 min., DVD, dir: Christopher Reese.

Tupac: Resurrection (2003) - The film explores Tupac Shakur's life, music, and death in 1996 by using voice-overs, interviews, and vocal tracks recorded by the late rap artist. It includes rare footage, home movies, private photographs, and excerpts from Shakur's poetry, journals, and letters, as well as Tupac memorabilia provided by his fans. Documentary, 112 min., DVD, dir: Lauren Lazin

Tunnel, The (2010) - When her father vanishes, young Elizabeth believes he has dug a tunnel to the city. Only by facing reality will she discover the truth behind his disappearance. Drama, 25 min., DVD, dir: Jenna Cato Bass.

Turntable (2005) - Spun around dark hero Vincent (Russell G. Jones, who played Tommy in Squeeze), Patton-Spruill's script opens with Vincent's two criminal siblings, Andre and Jerome, selling drugs to four other thugs, a transaction their incarcerated father hooked up from behind bars. But the narcotics are all bogus, so the brothers try to gun down the buyers once they get the payoff. Two die easily; two others survive thanks to bullet-proof vests. After Andre and Jerome run off with the cash, leaving behind a useless stash of impotent white powder, the buyers spend the rest of the film trying to get revenge and their money. And, naturally, they bump off anyone who gets in their way. Drama, 95 min., DVD, dir: Robert Patton-Spruill.

Tuskegee Airmen (1991) - Documentary, 15 min., DVD, dir: Gary Nelson.

Tuskegee Airmen, The (1995) - A 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Amry Air Corps, that fought in World War II. Drama, 106 min., DVD, dir: Robert Markowitz.

TV or Not TV? with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1976) - Monroe spends so much time watching TV that he forgets about his friends and his commitments. As a result of this he misses the opportunity to go to a rock concert and must watch it on TV instead. Children, 15 min., 16mm, dir: Hal Sutherland.

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2006) - Confronted with the death of his stepfather, Director Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey to understand the man who raised him, Pule Benjamin Leinaeng ("Lee") - an African National Congress foot-soldier who sacrificed his life for the freedom of his country. Documentary, 73 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2006) - Confronted with the death of his stepfather, Director Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey to understand the man who raised him, Pule Benjamin Leinaeng ("Lee") - an African National Congress foot-soldier who sacrificed his life for the freedom of his country. Documentary, 73 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.

12 Years a Slave (2013) - In the antebellum United States Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Drama, 134 min., DVD, dir: Steve McQueen.

20 Feet from Stardom (2013) - Documentary that focuses on back-up signers. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. Documentary, 91 min., DVD, dir: Morgan Neville.

25th Hour (2002) - Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) reevaluates the last 24 hours of freedom that he has before he is condemned to a seven-year jail sentence for drug dealing. Drama, 135 min., DVD, dir: Spike Lee.

20,000 Eyes (1961) - A cops 'n robbers drama by Jack Leewood features Gene Nelson as Dan, an ingenious thief living on the edge at the moment. Dan has just cheated a mobster out of some stock in order to use it as collateral on a loan -- and now he has to save himself by replacing the stock with the money its worth. In order to do that, he figures out a complex scheme to steal some diamonds from a display case in a museum, use them to get an insurance sum, and put the real diamonds back before his fake substitutes are found. He co-opts a few people to help him on this plot, and the action begins. Drama, 61, 16mm, dir: Jack Leewood.

Twice as Nice (1988) - Narrative feature uses an intimate story about the relationship between twin college basketball players to examine the nature of sisterhood, competition, and friendship. Drama, 70 min., VHS, dir: Jessie Maples.

Twin Cousins (1999) - The friendship of two girls from different economic classes is tested when one of them is sent away for the summer. On The Best of the Acapulco Black Film Festival (2001). Drama, 28 min., DVD, dir: Rod Gailes.

Two Dollars and a Dream (1987) - Using on-camera interviews with members of her company, franchise operators, friends and acquaintances, and archival footage, Stanley Nelson documents the life of Madame C.J. Walker, the first woman in America to start from nothing and build a million dollar business. The film explores the remarkable progress of Walker's business (hair and skin care products for black women) under her hand and its subsequent decline toward the end of her daughter A'Lelia's life. Documentary, 56 min., VHS, dir: Stanley Nelson.

Two Films by Ousmane Sembene (1966 ; 1963) - Contains Black Girl and Borom Sarret. See descriptions under individual film titles. Documentary, 60 + 20 min., Blu-Ray + DVD, dir: Ousmane Sembene.

2 Films de Djibril Diop-Mambéty. La Petite vendeuse de soleil (1998) ; Le Franc (1994) - Compilation of two Senegalese films: La petite venduesuse de soleil depicts a 12 year old girl who is the first girl to sell a daily newspaper. She is harassed at times, by other newspaper boys and even a police officer. Regardless, she continues to sell newspapers. Le Franc portrays a penniless musician who sells his guitar in lieu of rent. However, after he wins the lottery, his life changes dramatically. Drama, family, 45 + 45 min., DVD, dir: Djibril Diop-Mambéty.

Two Generations (n.d.) - This British colonial propaganda film is about how white settlers "saved" Africa from famine, starvation, etc. Documentary, 16 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.

Two Gun Man from Harlem (1938) - A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who framed him. Features actors Herb Jeffries, Mantan Moreland, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Spencer Williams, Cats and the Fiddle, and other notables. On Black Entertainment in Film. Western, action, drama, 60 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Richard C. Kahn.

Two Knights of Vaudeville (1916) - After being thrown out of a vaudeville show for getting too carried away by the stage antics, two performers put on their own "vodevill" production which ends in riotous disarray. Comedy, 8 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.

Two Nations of Black America (1998) - Correspondent Henry Louis Gates, Jr examines the great class divide within the black community and how to end it. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Two Towns of Jasper (2002) - Using two separate filmmaking crews (an all-white team interviewing fifteen white residents and an all-black team interviewing fifteen black residents), this film depicts two strikingly different racial views by the citizens of Jasper, Texas, the location of the racially-motivated murder of James Byrd Jr., an African-American, by three white men in 1998. Documentary, 83 min., VHS, dir: Marco Williams & Whitney Dow.

Ty's Home Made Band (1983) - A mysterious traveling minstrel (Taj Mahal) convinces young Ty that he can create his own band with homemade instruments. Following his advice, Ty sets out to include the whole neighborhood in his "Home-Made Band." Based on the novel by Mildred Drama, 19 min., 16mm, dir: Templeton.

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