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Films by Title: "U"

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U, The (2009) - The U is a 2009 documentary film produced by Miami-based media studio Rakontur and directed by Billy Corben. The U covers the rise and dominance of the Miami Hurricanes Football team during the late 1980s and early 1990s when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Documentary, 102 min., DVD, dir: Billy Corben.

U-Carmen (2005) - A version of Georges Bizet's Carmen set in a modern-day South African township. Musical, 122 min., DVD, dir: Mark Dornford-May.

U.S. Marshals (1998) - In this sequel to The Fugitive, the U. S. Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) is after Mark Sheridan (Wesley Snipes), a prisoner who has allegedly killed two Federal agents, and escapes after a plane crash. Gerard begins to wonder why Sheridan is so important for the government, while Sheridan resolves to find out who turned him in. Action, 131 min., VHS, dir: Stuart Baird.

Udju azul di Yonta (1991) - A beautiful, intelligent and flirtatious young girl, Yonta, is secretly in love with a friend of her parents, Vicente, a hero of the war of independence. Vicente is unaware of her passion as she is of the love of a young man who sends her anonymous love letters. Drama, 90 min., DVD, dir: Flora Gomes.

Ujima: Modupe and the Flood (1975) - This animated short is based on the East African tale, "Modupe and the Flood." An old healer named Modupe indirectly saves the village during a flood as a result of the villagers running to his house because they think his home is burning. Thus, the villagers save their lives while the flood hits the village. 'Ujima' is an East African word that refers to sharing the work of building a community. Drama, 5 min., 16mm, dir: Todd Flinchbaugh.

Ultima Cena, La (1976) - A pious plantation owner attempts to teach Christianity to 12 of his slaves by inviting them to participate in a reenactment of the Last Supper. Drama, 120 min., DVD, dir: Tomas Gutierrez Alea.

Umoja: No Men Allowed (2010) - Women in the Samburu tribe of Western Kenya accused several British men of raping them. The soldiers blamed the woman, however, resulting in their banishment. Rebecca Lolosoli, a women’s rights advocate, learned of the story and helped the women in exile. They live in an unoccupied field with no men around. Some of women turn their life around by creating handcrafted goods and using them for trade. Documentary, 32 min., DVD, dir: Elizabeth Tadic.

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003) - Among the tasks undertaken by the Work Projects Administration's (WPA) Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s was to transcribe the memories of former African-American slaves who were still living. In the film, famous black actors and actresses read from these transcripts; the narratives are complemented by photographs of the years 1850-1935. Documentary, 75 min., DVD, dir: Ed Bell & Thomas Lennon.

Uncle Tom and Little Eva (1931) - A 1930's cartoon with little dialog and a mainly musical soundtrack. Featuring an evil slave master and Uncle Tom and Little Eva, who unsuccessfully evade his attempts to keep in check. A Jungle Jinks Cartoon. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: n/a.

Uncle Tom's Bungalow (1937) - Uncle Tom's Bungalow is a Merrie Melodies animated cartoon directed by Tex Avery, and released to theatres on July 12, 1937 by Warner Bros. The short cartoon is a parody of the 1852 novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin and the “plantation melodrama” genre of the 1930s. Comedy, 8 min., DVD, dir: Tex Avery.

Uncle Tom's Cabana (1947) - Cartoon version of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Drama, 9 min., 16mm, dir: Tex Avery.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1903) - A string of animated tableaux with painted backdrops, cakewalks, and various theatrical illusions; the film preserves the style of early popular American theatre. Edwin S. Porter plays Uncle Tom in blackface. Drama, 13 min., VHS, dir: Edwin S. Porter.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914) - This version stars Sam Lucas (said to be "the first black man to have a leading role in films") as Tom and has some black stage actors in the cast. Drama, 43 min., 16mm, dir: William Robert Daley.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) - James B. Lowe plays Uncle Tom in this second version of Mrs. Stowe's novel which Harry Pollard made, the first with a black actor in the role. The film contains a baptismal scene not heretofore seen and was later reissued (1958) with a prologue by Raymond Massey. Drama, 144 min., VHS, dir: Harry A. Pollard.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965) - Released in 1965 in West Germany, U.S. opening 1969. Another version of Uncle Tom's Cabin with John Kitzmiller in the title role. This one ends with a slave revolt and escape to safety. Drama, 118 min., VHS, dir: Geza von Radvanyi.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987) - Harriet Beecher Stowe's timeless classic about slavery and redemption in the pre-Civil War South comes to life in this vivid and dramatic adaptation featuring Avery Brooks as Uncle Tom. Drama, 108 min., VHS, dir: Stan Latham.

Uncle Tom's Uncle (1926) - The gang reenacts Uncle Tom's Cabin. Joe is Uncle Tom in blackface; Farina is Topsy. Allen Hoskins stars as Farina and Jannie Hoskins stars as Mango. Comedy, 15 min., 8mm, dir: Robert F. McGowen.

Under the Cherry Moon (1986) - Two friends travel to the French Riviera in hopes of getting rich quickly. Conflicts arise, however, when one of the friends (played by Prince) falls in love with a rich heiress, whose parents plot to keep them apart. Comedy, drama, music, 100 min., DVD, dir: Prince.

Underground: Season One (2016) - A historical drama about the Underground Railroad. It follows a group of slaves planning a 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation with the assistance of an abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad. Television series, drama, history, 452 min., DVD, dir: multiple directors.

Underground: Season Two (2017) - Continuation of season one. Television series, drama, history, 470 min., DVD, dir: multiple directors.

Underground Railroad (1999) - The Underground Railroad was a network of people and hiding places that helped slaves escape the American South. It stretched from the South into the northern states, Canada, the western frontier, and Cuba and the Caribbean. This film is about the people--from all walks of life--who risked their fortunes and lives to oppose slavery. Documentary, 100 min., DVD, dir: n/a.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story (2011) - The story of a humble Philadelphia clerk who risked his life shepherding runaway slaves to freedom in the tumultuous years leading up to America’s Civil War. William Still was the director of a complex network of abolitionists, sympathizers and safe houses that stretched from Philadelphia to what is now Southern Ontario. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Laine Drewery.

Underworld (1937) - Story of a young man, graduate of a Southern black college, who becomes a part of the Chicago underworld. Drama, 95 min., VHS, 3/4", dir: Oscar Micheaux.

Unforgettable Nat King Cole, The (1989) - The film documents the biography of Nat King Cole with clips from his television show, early film footage, and interviews with family, fellow musicians, and friends. Documentary, 92 min., VHS, dir: Alan Lewens.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004) - The colorful life and career of one of the most controversial sports figures of the early twentieth century and the first black Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, Jack Johnson, is presented in this documentary. Premiered at the 2004 Telluride Film Festival. Documentary, 214 min., DVD, dir: Ken Burns.

Union Maids (1976) - Women union organizers during the Depression era share their stories and compare their experiences then to the current state labor movement. Documentary, 52 min., VHS, dir: Jim Klein, Miles Mogulescu, and Julia Reichert.

United Kingdom, A (2017) - The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil. Drama, romance, 111 min., Blu-ray + DVD, dir: Amma Asante.

Unknown Genius: The Savant Syndrome (1983) - CBS's "60 Minutes" investigates the extraordinary talents of three mentally handicapped individuals including Alonzo Clemons, who can sculpt animals in a matter of seconds. Documentary, 16 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.

Uno's World (2001) - The fims portrays Uno (Sophie David), a young Namibian woman, who faces serious responsibilities after falling in love with Kaura (Muhindua Kaura), a man who does not want commitment. The feature is the first part of the compilation Mama Africa, the other two being Hang Time (directed by Ngozi Onwurah) and Raya (directed by Zulfa Otto-Sallies). Drama, 26 min., DVD, dir: Bridget Pickering.

Unstoppable (2004) - Dean Cage is a former CIA operative. After his service, he spends time in rehab for PTSD. As he tries to get his life back to normal, he is mistaken for a CIA agent investigating the theft of an experimental military drug called EX by a rogue agent and his associates. They kidnap Cage and inject him with the highly hallucinogenic drug. Cage escapes and he and his fiancée have six hours to find the antidote that will save his life with the thieves in hot pursuit. Part of the Edward Mapp Collection (COL 1). Action, crime, thriller, 98 min., DVD, dir: Tony Scott.

Untitled Portrait, An (1993) - Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye's relationship with her brother is examined in this mixture of appropriated film footage, super 8mm home movies and Dunye's special brand of humor. Short, 3 min., DVD, dir: Cheryl Dunye.

Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, The (2005) - Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman. Documentary, 70 min., DVD, dir: Keith A. Beauchamp.

Untold West, The: The Black West (1993) - Narrated by Danny Glover and produced by William Miles, Nina Rosenblum's film explores the largely untold story of the contributions of African Americans in the building of the American West. It is one episode of the "The Untold West" series. Documentary, 49 min., VHS, dir: Nina Rosenblum.

Up from Slavery (2011) - The Dramatic story of Black Slavery in America from the first arrival of African slaves at Jamestown in 1619 to the Civil War and the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 which prohibits the government from denying a citizen the vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude (i.e., slavery)--the third of the Reconstruction Amendments which finally ended the legitimacy of Slavery in the United States. Documentary, 315 min., DVD, dir: Kevin R. Hershberger.

Up in the Air (1940) - One of a series of films in which Frankie (Frankie Darro) and his friend/helper Jefferson (Mantan Moreland) track down the bad guys. One scene includes a comedy routine with the two in which Darro is in blackface. Comedy, 62 min., DVD, dir: Howard P. Bretherton.

Uptown Saturday Night (1974) - Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby are robbed of a lottery ticket worth $50,000. To regain the ticket they end up in partnership with Harry Belafonte as a black version of The Godfather. Comedy, 103 min., 16mm, dir: Sidney Poitier.

Urban Action Cinema (2012) - Includes Mean Johnny Barrows (1976), dir: Fred Williamson; Lady Cocoa (1975), dir: Matt Cimber; The Final Comedown (1972), dir: Oscar Williams; The Black Streetfighter (1975), dir: Richard Kaye; The Baron (1977), dir: Phillip Fenty; South Bronx Heroes (1985), dir: William Szarka; Black Brigade (1970), dir: George McCowan; The Tattoo Connection (1978), dir: Tso Nam Lee; The Black Gestapo (1975), dir: Lee Frost; The Black Six (1973), dir: Matt Cimber; Death Journey (1976), dir: Fred Williamson; Get Christie Love! (1974), dir: William A. Graham; Black Cobra (1987), dir: Stelvio Massi; Black Cobra II (1989), dir: Edoardo Margheriti; Black Cobra III (1990), dir: Edoardo Margheriti; DVD.

Urban Crossfire (1992) - A cop's partner is killed, now he wants revenge. Action, 95 min., VHS, dir: Dick Lowry.

Urban Hymn (2015) - A wayward teen from North London, Jamie (Letitia Wright), is encouraged by social worker Kate (Shirley Henderson) to use singing as an escape from her troubled background. Her loyalties are soon torn between Kate and her possessive best friend. Crime, drama, 114 min., DVD, dir: Michael Caton-Jones.

Uptight (1968) - An updated remake of John Ford's 1935 film The Informer, replacing Irish Republicans with black revolutionary fighters. Drama, 104 min., DVD, dir: Jules Dassin.

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