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Midweek Multicultural Movies

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A discussion will follow each movie

September 26 - Amistad

A group of Mende tribe members mutiny aboard an 1839 slave ship in this portrayal of the brutal slave trade business.

October 3 - Flower Drum Song

A musical about the clash between culture and race as a young Chinese woman arrives in America for an arranged marriage only to fall in love with the son of her host who stands between Chinese and American culture.

October 10 - Born in East L. A.

An American of Mexican descent is deported in an immigration raid and must find his way back home with no I.D. or knowledge of Spanish.

October 17 - Mississippi Masala

The daughter of Indian parents expelled from Uganda grows up and falls in love with a Black carpet cleaner and finds herself caught between cultures.

October 24 - West Side Story

Rival street gangs battle for territory in this modern-day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

November 7 - The Wedding Banquet

A gay Taiwanese-American man in a happy long-term relationship marries a Chinese girl in need of a green card in order to satisfy his parents. The joyous parents arrive for the wedding and a huge cross-cultural banquet is arranged to celebrate.

November 14 - Glory

Based on the letters of Col. Robert G. Shaw, an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers and deal with the prejudices of both the enemy and of his own fellow officers.

November 28 - Smoke Signals

Nearly every nuance of Native American reservation life is explored in this movie about two young men who hit the road in search of their roots.

December 5 - Matewan

Black and Italian coal miners brought in by company owners to break the strike of the coal miners are then forced to choose between the owners and their fellow miners in 1920 West Virginia.

Posted 9/26/2001