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Films by Title: "V"

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Valentine Road (2013) - An eighth grade, gay boy named Larry King was shot in the back twice by one of his classmates, Brandon McInerney. The documentary discusses both the victim and the murderer’s stories leading up to that tragic day and the aftermath. Documentary, 89 min., DVD, dir: Marta Cunningham.

Valerie, a Woman, an Artist, a Philosophy of Life (1975) - The film provides a glimpse into the world of sculptor, Valerie Maynard. She is shown working in her home, walking through Harlem, teaching, and preparing an exhibition. Documentary, 14 min., 16mm, dir: Monica J. Freeman.

Vampire Hookers (1978) - A group of vampires posing as prostitutes attempt to suck the blood of unsuspecting Navy sailors. On same disc as Death Force. Comedy, horror, 79 min., DVD, dir: Cirio H. Santiago.

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) - The vampire Maximillian (Eddie Murphy) arrives in Brooklyn on a ship full of murdered people. One of the corpses resembles Rita (Angela Bassett), one of the detectives assigned to the case. With the help of Julius (Kadeem Hardison), Maximillian tries to control Rita, and interferes in her romance with Justice (Allen Payne), Rita's detective partner. Horror, 100 min., DVD, dir: Wes Craven.

Vanilla Sex (1992) - Exerimental documentary. Short, 4 min., DVD, dir: Cheryl Dunye.

Vanities, The (1946) - A short musical revue featuring Charles Keith impersonating Bette Davis, two songs performed by Joesfred Portee, and an interpretive dance by "Little" Audrey Armstrong. Musical, 17 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: William D. Alexander.

Veiled Aristocrats (1932) - Lorenzo Tucker stars in this story of a lawyer who returns home to find that his light-skinned sister is about to marry a dark-skinned man. His mother disapproves and has picked a "more suitable" candidate. Drama, 48 min., VHS, dir: Oscar Micheaux.

Venus Boyz (2002) - A film journey through a universe of female masculinity. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men - some for a night, others for their whole lives. What motivates them? What changes take place? What do they dream of? The drag kings of New York meet in clubs and change lustfully into their male alter egos, parodying them and exploring male eroticism and power strategies. In London we see women experiment with hormones to become new men and 'cyborgs'. Masculinity and transformation work as performance, subversion or existential necessity. Documentary, 103 min., DVD, dir: Gabriel Baur.

Venus Noire (2010) - Black Venus is the powerful true story of Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who was brought to London by her master to be exploited as a sideshow attraction. Free and enslaved at the same time, the “Hottentot Venus” became an icon in the slums, eventually ending up in Paris as a sexual slave and the subject of dubious scientific study. Acclaimed director Abdellatif Kechiche (The Secret of the Grain) brings Baartman’s tragic yet unforgettable tale to life. Drama, 159 min., DVD, dir: Abdellatif Kechiche.

Venus Vs. (2013) - In 2005, Venus Williams joined Billy Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Chris Evert and others in the crusade to convince Wimbledon and the French Open to offer equal prizes to men and women. Venus was backed by Tony Blair after a poignant letter to the London Times which she called Wimbledon on the "wrong side of history." Over the next two years, Venus led the campaign for gender equality and in February 2007, both Wimbledon and the French Open changed their policies. That same year, Venus won Wimbledon, earning the same prize as Roger Federer. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Ava DuVernay

Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012) - In 1973 a fashion show in the Palace of Versailles featured American designers Halston, Bill Blass, Ann Klein, Oscar de la Renta, and Stephen Burrows. Their designs showed against five internationally renowned French designers—Yve Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro and Christian Dior—and won over the audience. The film shows rare footage of the event, as well as artifacts, and focuses on the iconic African American models, who were pivotal in the U.S. victory. Documentary, comedy, fashion, 91 min., DVD, dir: Deborah Riley Draper.

VHS - Kaloucha (2006) - Documentary following amateur Tunisian filmmaker Moncef Kahloucha as he makes the feature Tarzan of the Arabs. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Documentary, 80 min., DVD, dir: Nejib Belkadhi

Viaje, El (1992) - A young man living in a cold southern village in South America, decides to start a trip looking for his father. By doing this he discovers unexpected facts about his latin American essence. Drama, 140 min., DVD, dir: Fernando E. Solanas

Videodance (1994) - Includes four experimental films: Crossings, Improvisation II, Empty Sky, and On the Beach. Miscellaneous, 21 min., VHS, dir: Linda

Videoscan: J. Berry (n.d.) - Documentary, 8 min., DVD, dir: N/A.

Vie en black or white, Une (A Day in Black and White) (2012) - Since 1992, Michael Anicet has been inspired by his passion for Michael Jackson to develop dance that combines an imitation of his style with Gabonese choreography. After winning a competition in Dubai, Anicet’s goal is to export dance across the borders of Gabon. Part of the FESPACO Collection (COL 13). Documentary, biography, duration unknown, DVD, dir: Aterianus-Owanga, Alice

Vie est belle, La (Life Is Rosy) (1987) - Kourou (Papa Wemba), a poor rural musician, goes to the city in order to make a name for himself in the vibrant music scene of Kinshasha. The film also features popular Congolose musician Pépé Kallé as himself. Musical Comedy, 85 min., VHS, dir: Ngangura Mweze & Benoit Lamy.

Vintage: Families of Value (1995) - This documentary depicts three sets of Black lesbian and gay siblings: the director and his brother, three lesbian sisters, and a lesbian sister and gay brother. Using archival and documentary footage, interviews, and conversations between the siblings--who also film one another--the film talks about what makes a family a family of value. Documentary, 72 min., VHS, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.

Virgem margarida (Jungfrau margarida = Vierge margarida) (2012) - Mozambique, the government strives to put an end to prostitution. As a result, all prostitutes are arrested and locked up in an isolated camp. They are re-educated to become better citizens. Caught amidst the group was a young fourteen-year-old country girl visiting in town. Drama, 90 min., DVD, dir: Licinio Azevedo.

Virtual Reality (1993) - Donna Golden produced this experimental short that presents the filmmaker's self-experience of racism and societal reality. Documentary, 9 min., VHS, dir: Donna Golden.

Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life (2011) - Visions of Abolition is a feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.
Documentary, 92 min., DVD, dir: Setsu Shigematsu.

Visions of the Spirit: A Portrait of Alice Walker (1989) - Alice Walker narrates the struggles black women writers encounter to attain recognition and success. It emphasizes her vision and encouragement to other women writers. Documentary, 59 min., VHS, dir: Elena Featherstone.

Visit, The (2001) - Alex Waters (Hill Harper) serves time for a rape he claims he did not commit. The only family member who visits him is his brother Tony (Obba Babatunde). Alex, in the final stages of AIDS, through flashbacks, dreams, and real-time encounters interacts with the people in his life: his parents Lois (Marla Gibbs) and Henry (Billy Dee Williams), his friend Felicia McDonald (Rae Dawn Chong), and his therapist Dr. Coles (Phylicia Rashad). Drama, 107 min., DVD, dir: John Walker-Pearlman.

Vitimes de nos richesses (Pays pilles tres endettes) (2007) - Documentary exploring the September 2005 violence at the Ceuta and Melilla border fences among the Spanish enclaves in northern Morocco. Produced in Mali. Part of the FESPACO Collection (COL 13). Documentary, duration unknown, DVD, dir: Kal Toure.

Viva Riva! (2010) - Viva Riva! is a Congolese crime thriller film about a gang war ignited by a fuel crisis. Drama, 96 min., DVD, dir: Djo Tunda Wa Munga.

Voices in the Street (2005) - When the Republicans had their 2004 convention at Madison Square Garden, workers in the area from hotdog vendors to day laborers were directly affected. A short on the lives and thoughts of people working on the street and their relation to the political process. Documentary, 13 min., VHS, dir: J.T. Takagi and Herman Lew.


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