Oh la la! What’s New on Kanopy

By Emilie Pichot, Library Associate

Hi there! Here are my thoughts on recent films that I streamed on Kanopy. Both films offer different perspectives on France.

Too Black to Be French?
By Isabelle Boni-Claverie

This documentary takes us through the manifestations of racism in French society, historically and today, zeroing in on how successful and rich black people experience racial discrimination and how French society tries to cover up their colonial history by claiming to be colorblind.

For instance, in France statistics on race are not collected or tracked, which may appear to signal a society without racism, however it only works to make the racism invisible and more difficult to combat. This film is not rated and is in French with English subtitles.

Stream Too Black to Be French? on Kanopy here.

By Jacques Tati

This film is a lush and humorous depiction of modernity and industrialization. Machines, objects, and functional spaces are characters, too, making sounds, shining lights, and interacting with the protagonist and other human characters throughout the film.

The film brings you into this world with sort of a fly on the wall perspective, letting you observe, from a distance, the protagonist and the rest of the world interact in this metallic, manufactured, slippery, and loud landscape. Favorite scene: So many! But one that stands out is when a tourist asks a vendor for a photo but takes too long to set it up perfectly without any photo-bombers in view and gets asked by a new tourist on site to stand next to the vendor to be in their photo of “the real Paris.” This film is not rated and is in French with English subtitles.

Stream Playtime on Kanopy here.

How to find films on Kanopy: It’s quite easy to use. Go ahead and log into your Kanopy Account. Click and hover over browse to select a film that interests you.

Happy streaming!

Spotlight on Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month! We’re excited to celebrate with curated lists from Hoopla. Whether its eBooks, audiobooks, film, or music, Pratt staffers are enjoying seeing women from the past highlighted and how they are inspiring the leaders of the future. Here are some of our favorite picks from Hoopla.

For a full list of eBooks available in honor of Women’s History Month visit here.

Girl, Wash Your Face
By Rachel Hollis
Read here
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Milk and Honey
By Rupi Kaur
Read here.
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Difficult Women
By Roxane Gay
Read here.

Fans of audiobooks, check out what else Hoopla has to offer for Women’s History Month here.

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Girls Resist!
By KaeLyn Rich
Listen here.
The Mother of Black Hollywood
By Jenifer Lewis
Listen here.
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Yes Please
By Amy Poehler
Listen here.

Interested in more movies for Women’s History Month? Visit here for a full list of recommendations.

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Dark Girls
Watch here.
Served Like a Girl
Watch here.

Hoopla has a not only the latest but greatest from popular female artists. Take a look of a list of featured albums here.

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Thank U, Next
By Ariana Grande
Listen here.
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Golden Hour
By Kacey Musgraves
Listen Here
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Invasion of Privacy
By Cardi B
Listen here.

What We’re Watching: Indies on Kanopy

By Emilie Pichot, Library Associate

Out of all the films and documentaries that Kanopy has to offer, I’ve been enjoying Independent films a lot lately. Here’s a few of my favorites.

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Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy featuring Michelle Williams and an adorable Labrador dog. Need I say more? This film is a brutal depiction of how anyone can suddenly be very out of luck and experience homelessness in Reichardt’s signature minimalist style. Heads up this film is Rated R for language.

Watch the film on Kanopy here.

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Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is a gorgeous and gentle portrait of Chiron, a young black gay boy growing up in Miami and his journey to becoming comfortable with himself as he overcomes his struggles with the love and support from unexpected community members. My favorite scene: When the camera focuses in silence on Chiron’s lover’s face. Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout.

Watch Moonlight on Kanopy.

How to find films: It’s quite easy to use. Go ahead and log into your Kanopy Account. Click and hover over browse to select a film that interests you.

Happy streaming!

What’s on our Reading List this March

Here are some new releases that members of the Pratt staff are excited to read next. We hope fiction readers will enjoy!

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The Night Visitors
By Carol Goodman

Don’t miss this thrilling story of mistaken identities, missed chances, forgiveness, and vengeance.
Find out more here.
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Daisy Jones & The Six
By Tara Jenkins Reid

The making of a legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies.
Find out more here.
The Bird King
By G. Willow Wilson

Follow this epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.
Find out more here.
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Your Pastor, My Husband
By B.M. Hardin

What’s a woman to do when she learns that the one man that she thought was “praying” for her…had all along been “preying” on her?
Find out more here.

Don’t forget to check out these books too.

Blood Orange
By Harriet Tyce
Read here.

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The Island of Sea Women
By Lisa See
Read here.
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99 Percent Mine
By Sally Thorne
Read here.

Delve into Race Relations with Nonfiction Works

This month, new books to the Pratt help start a dialog about race relations in our community. With a diverse group of authors, these books are sure to offer different and unique perspectives.

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland
By Jonathan Metzl

Physician Jonathan Metzl’s explores the health implications of “backlash governance” across America’s heartland. Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and The Boston Globe.

Check it out here.

Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America
By Kyle Swenson

Learn about the case of three African-American men wrongly convicted of a brutal crime and how their exoneration may have ended one of American history’s most disgraceful miscarriages of justice.

Check it out here.

Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, And Mine
By Emily Bernard

This collection of personal essays explores the complexities and experiences of growing up black in the South with a white surname as well as the author’s experiences with interracial marriage, international adoption, and teaching at a Northern white college.

Find out more here.