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TCLA's Video Documentaries



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PhotoJust the Way It Is: A Student Video Documentary (2002)

This video created during the 2002 IDEA summer seminar reflects the conditions faced by many public school students, particularly those in poor and working class areas.


Medium Quality (9.8 MB)

High Quality (24 MB)

PhotoParents Take Action: A Video Documentary (2002)
As part of the Parent U-Turn 's research, Mary Johnson, Emma Street, Valerie Muñoz and Angelita Andrade conducted a survey of Los Angeles parents at supermarkets and malls. The survey questioned parents on their involvement with their children’s schools and the quality of their child’s learning materials, teachers and facilities. This video celebrates the parents' willingness to take action.

Medium Quality (4.4 MB)

High Quality (9.7 MB)

PhotoBehind the Alameda Corridor (2003)
Parent activists from Lynwood and South Gate interviewed residents and civic leaders in and around South Gate, Lynwood, and Los Angeles about the historical racism and segregation behind the Alameda Corridor.

Medium Quality (13.3 MB)


High Quality (31.1 MB)

Photo1954-1963: Public Education on Equal Terms (2003)
Did racial groups get along during the 50's? Through interviews with Los Angeles teachers, school officials and civic leaders, this documentary examines the topics of racial optimism, social racism vs. overt racism, and activism.

Medium Quality (9.9 MB)

Photo1964-1973: The Struggle Takes to the Streets (2003)
This video documents the experience of racism in Los Angeles schools and communities in the mid-60's. Topics include tracking in schools, the 1965 Watts rebellion, and the 1968 East LA Blowouts.

Medium Quality (8.5 MB)


High Quality (20.1 MB)

Photo1974-1983: Did You Receive a Quality Education? (2003)

Former Los Angeles students discuss the quality of their education in Los Angeles schools.

Medium Quality (8.2 MB)


High Quality (20.1 MB)

Photo1984-1993: The Quality of Education in Los Angeles (2003)

This video documentary takes a look at the effects of gangs, drugs, and social reproduction on students and their ability to gain access to a quality education.

Medium Quality (8.2 MB)


High Quality (21.6 MB)

Photo1994-2003: 50 Years Post Brown (2003)

This video documentary asks, "why?," "Why are schools overcrowded?" and "Why do teachers lack credentials?".

Medium Quality (8.2 MB)

High Quality (21.6 MB)

PhotoEast Los 213 (2004)
This video explores the culture of East Los Angeles, focusing on the political effect of art in this region of Los Angeles.

Medium Quality (13.7 MB)


High Quality (55.5 MB)

PhotoPower and Pedagogy for the People (2004)

A look at the experiences of students living in the Crenshaw community and attending Crenshaw High School.


Medium Quality (23.3 MB)


High Quality (55.5 MB)

PhotoWatts Crackin' (2004)

Watts' Crackin is a study of the community of Watts through the lens of critical thinkers.

Medium Quality (19.7 MB)

High Quality (31.1 MB)

PhotoWeTP's Reading of West High (2004)

Students and community members talk about their experiences of living and attending school in West Los Angeles.

Medium Quality (23.3 MB)


High Quality (55.5 MB)


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