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The Bible According to Hollywood
Film excerpts. Vol. 1. Intolerance -- The wanderer -- King of Kings (1927) -- Noah's ark -- Sign of the cross -- The crusades -- Susan and God -- Song of Bernadette -- Samson and Delilah -- Fabiola -- Quo Vadis -- David and Bathsheba -- Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. -- Vol. 2. The robe -- The Egyptian -- The prodigal -- Ten Commandments -- Ben Hur -- Solomon and Sheba -- Story of Ruth -- Esther and the King -- Spartacus -- King of Kings (1961) -- Gospel according to St. Matthew -- The Bible.

In the beginning, there was Cecil B. DeMille -- the pioneer of epic film directors, and the man who started Hollywood's long history of Biblical-themed extravaganzas. This documentary presents a complete look at the history of this motion picture genre through the use of extensive film trailers and the words of directors, producers and stars who comment on how the films were made, why they were so popular, and how they launched the careers of some of Hollywood's biggest stars. c1994. 90 min. Video/C 9318

Canticle to the Cosmos with Brian Swimme.
A series of lectures based on Thomas Berry's twelve principles of a functional cosmology. "A functional cosmology is an account of where we are, where we come from, what we are doing, and where we are going."

Contents: pt. 1. The story of our time. -- pt. 2. The primeval fireball. -- pt. 3. Feast of consciousness. -- pt. 4. The fundamental order of the universe. -- pt. 5. Destruction and loss. -- pt. 6. A magical planet. -- pt. 7. Sex, death and dreams. -- pt. 8. The nature of the human. -- pt. 9. Fire in the mind. -- pt. 10. The timing of creativity. -- pt. 11. The human story. -- pt. 12. A new prosperity. 12 videocassettes Video/C 2904 Pt. 1-12

Art of Meditation.
Presents Alan Watts who helped to introduce Zen to the West, giving advice on means of meditation. Accompanied by nature photography and natural sounds. Also includes Elda Hartley's film: "Meditation, the inward journey." Originally issued in 1971. 50 min. Video/C MM1002

[Dawkins, Richard] The Richard Dawkins Collection

Root of All Evil?
This controversial two-part documentary from prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins. In Part 1 he presents an incendiary look at the monotheistic religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity and an unapologetic polemic against blind faith. In Part 2 he explores the religious indoctrination of children and the controled way some are educated -- from social prejudices to creationism in science. Contents: Pt. 1. The God delusion (48 min.) -- Pt. 2. The virus of faith (48 min.) 2008. 96 min. DVD X962

Enemies of Reason
Evolutionary biologist and best-selling author, Professor Richard Dawkins confronts what he sees as an epidemic of irrational, superstitious thinking in belief systems from astrology to New Age mysticism, clairvoyance to alternative health remedies. In this two-part documentary he explains the dangers the pick and mix of knowledge and nonsense poses in the internet age, and passionately re-states the case for reason and science. Contentds: Pt. 1. Slaves to superstition (44 min.) -- Pt. 2. The irrational health service (47 min.) 2008. 91 min. DVD X962

Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within
The controversial documentary on the evolution of consciousness, flow, and the collective mind communicates the primal importance of rites of initiation in the evolution of human consciousness. This film explores the second wave of interest in psychedelics by weaving a synthesis of ecological and evolutionary awareness, electronic dance culture, and the current pharmacological re-evaluation of entheogenic compounds. Directed by Rod Mann. 2007. 70 min. DVD 9459

Evil Spirits (Taboo series)
Watch an exorcist in the Philippines confront a seemingly possessed boy. See a Brazilian shaman try to reverse a spell that could kill her. Join a healing ritual for an African woman who believes her misfortune stems from her father's mysterious death. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min. DVD X1140

Faith & Doubt at Ground Zero.
Frontline illuminates the myriad spiritual questions that have come out of the terror, pain, and destruction of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and explores how the spiritual lives of both believers and non-believers have been challenged in the aftermath of September 11 by questions of good and evil, God's culpability, and the potential for darkness within religion itself. 2004. 120 min. DVD 4663

Goddess Remembered.
Describes and discusses early goddess-worshiping cultures and the current women's spirituality movement. c1990. 54 min. Video/C 2863

In God We Trust (Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 17)
Most religions define themselves by their respective rituals and traditions. What is remarkably consistent, however, is the role that virtually all religions play in the lives of their followers. Religion in the United States, its effect on the tapestry of American society, and its delicate relationship with politics are the focus of this lesson -- which also features a look at Catholicism and Voodoo in New Orleans. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4812

The Lost Tribe.
Ex-Mormon-lesbian comedian Sue Ann Post attends the annual conference of Affirmation, an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Mormons in Salt Lake City Utah. An observational documentary following Sue Ann's funny, bizarre and confronting journey to Mormon Zion as she performs for an audience of predominately devout, excommunicated gay Mormons. A film by Rachel Landers. 2005. 56 min. DVD 5306

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Mazes & Labyrinths: The Search for the Center
This wide-ranging documentary explores the historical and cultural aspects of mazes and labyrinths worldwide. This symbolic and highly metaphorical artform has spanned the ages and continents from the mythological Minotaur on the Island of Crete through the tombs of the pharoahs, from stone and turf labyrinths through hedge and church mazes to contemporary constructions. c1996. 28 min. Video/C 8976

Modern Myths
All communities embrace organizing principles that are indispensable to their cohesion, imposing order on chaos and allowing individuals to function in groups. Many of these principles are related through myths. In this program, the transformation of the earlier "savior" myth into the modern myth of the "hero" is examined. Also discussed are how social myths such as "progress" facilitate modern industrial societies, and the myth of the "star" as a social construct that provides the audience with an object on which to project its ideals. 1999. 53 min. Video/C 9674

Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell/Bill Moyers)
60 min. each installment

Campbell, Joseph. The hero's journey : the world of Joseph Campbell : Joseph Campbell on his life and work. San Francisco : Harper & Row, c1990. (MAIN: BL303.6.C35 A3 1990; MOFF: BL303.6.C35 A3 1990)
Campbell, Joseph. The power of myth / <1988> New York : Doubleday, c1988. (MORR: BL304 .C36 1988)
Ellwood, Robert S. The politics of myth : a study of C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell Albany : State University of New York Press, c1999. (MAIN: BL303.5 .E44 1999)
Larsen, Stephen. A fire in the mind : the life of Joseph Campbell New York : Doubleday, 1991. (MAIN: BL43.C365 L37 1991)
Manganaro, Marc. Myth, rhetoric, and the voice of authority : a critique of Frazer, Eliot, Frye, and Campbell. New Haven : Yale University Press, c1992. (ANTH: PN51 .M267 1992; MAIN: PN51 .M267 1992)
Segal, Robert Alan. Joseph Campbell : an introduction New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penquin Books, 1990. (MAIN: BL304 .S44 1990; MOFF: BL304 .S44 1990)
Uses of comparative mythology : essays on the work of Joseph Campbell / edited by Kenneth L. Golden. New York : Garland Pub., 1992 (Main Stack BL303.6.C35.J67 1992)

The Heroes Adventure. Campbell discusses the archetype of the hero and the heroic quest in mythology and literature and the transformations of consciousness which they represent. DVD 916; Video/C 1231:1 pt. 1

The Message of the Myth. Campbell compares the creation story in Genesis with creation stories from around the world. DVD 916; Video/C 1231:2 pt. 2

The First Storytellers. Campbell discusses the importance of accepting death as rebirth as in the myth of the buffalo and the life of Christ; rites of passage and the role of Shamans in primitive societies, and the decline of ritual in modern societies. DVD 916; Video/C 1231:3 pt. 3

Sacrifice and Bliss. Campbell discusses the role and significance of sacrifice in myth, especially a mother's sacrifice for her child, and the sacrifice to the relationship in marriage; and stresses the need of the individual to find his sacred place in the modern, technological world. DVD 916; Video/C 1231:6 pt. 4

Love and the Goddess.Campbell discusses romantic love, beginning with the 12th century troubadours, and addresses questions about the image of woman -- as goddess, virgin, Mother Earth. DVD 916; Video/C 1231:6 pt. 5

Masks of Eternity. Campbell discusses the concepts of God, religion and eternity as revealed in Christian teachings and the beliefs of Buddhists, Navaho Indians, Schopenhauer, Jung, and others. DVD 916; Video/C 1231:6 pt. 6

Reflections on the Long Search
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This final segment presents some of Ronald Eyre's personal reflections on his pilgrimage throughout the world in which he explored the religious beliefs and experiences of various peoples. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1973-1977. 52 min. DVD 9445; vhs Video/C 202

Religion and Magic
While all cultures exhibit some religious practices andbeliefs, the forms taken are diverse. The animism practiced by American Indians, the mixture of ancient religion and Roman Catholicism among the Highland Maya, the ritual of Eka Dasa Rudra among the Balinese and successful and unsuccessful modern movements serve to illustrate the thesis. c1983. 30 min. Video/c 578

Religulous
Comedian and TV host Bill Maher takes a pilgrimage across the globe on a mind-opening journey into the ultimate taboo: questioning religion. Meeting the high and low from different religions, Maher asks questions, like 'Why is faith good?' and more. 2008. 101 min. DVD X1636

The Sacred
All communities hold something sacred, whether it is a supreme being, nature, or life itself. This program explores the role of the sacred in societies, from the most primitive forms of animism to the contemporary secular institutions that have sacred attributes. The importance of ritual, signs, and specific individuals in disparate cultures is addressed by noted anthropologists. The program also addresses the role of myth, stressing the universal presence of the mother goddess in all early religions. 1997. 48 min. Video/C 9677

Sacred Pain (Taboo series)
Watch an exorcist in the Philippines confront a seemingly possessed boy. See a Brazilian shaman try to reverse a spell that could kill her. Join a healing ritual for an African woman who believes her misfortune stems from her father's mysterious death. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min. DVD X1143

Shamanism: A Universal Science
This program cuts across cultures and national boundaries to delve into the world of Shamanic medicine. Shamans from four countries, ritualistic dancers, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a doctor, and others investigate this form of traditional healing, contrasting it with Western medical science. The interviews took place at the Shamanism and Healing Congress, held in Pavia, Italy. c1999. 38 min. Video/C 6821

Tests of Faith (Taboo series)
How far would you go to please your god? A village in Nepal welcomes the New Year with a tongue-boring ceremony. In Bali, the faithful turn knives against their own bodies. In Thailand, some religious devotees climb ladders with razor-sharp steps. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min. DVD X1142

Transformations of Myth Through Time (Joseph Campbell/Bill Moyers)
60 min. each installment

Campbell, Joseph. The hero's journey : the world of Joseph Campbell : Joseph Campbell on his life and work. San Francisco : Harper & Row, c1990. (MAIN: BL303.6.C35 A3 1990; MOFF: BL303.6.C35 A3 1990)
Campbell, Joseph. The power of myth / <1988> New York : Doubleday, c1988. (MORR: BL304 .C36 1988)
Ellwood, Robert S. The politics of myth : a study of C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell Albany : State University of New York Press, c1999. (MAIN: BL303.5 .E44 1999)
Larsen, Stephen. A fire in the mind : the life of Joseph Campbell New York : Doubleday, 1991. (MAIN: BL43.C365 L37 1991)
Manganaro, Marc. Myth, rhetoric, and the voice of authority : a critique of Frazer, Eliot, Frye, and Campbell. New Haven : Yale University Press, c1992. (ANTH: PN51 .M267 1992; MAIN: PN51 .M267 1992)
Segal, Robert Alan. Joseph Campbell : an introduction New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penquin Books, 1990. (MAIN: BL304 .S44 1990; MOFF: BL304 .S44 1990)
Uses of comparative mythology : essays on the work of Joseph Campbell / edited by Kenneth L. Golden. New York : Garland Pub., 1992 (Main Stack BL303.6.C35.J67 1992)

In the Beginning: Origins of Man and Myth Video/C 1628

Where People Lived Legends. In this segment Mr. Campbell discusses the mythologies of the American Indians. Video/C 1628

And We Washed Our Weapons in the Sea: Gods and Goddesses of the Neolithic Period. Video/C 1629

Pharoah's Rule: Egypt, The Exodus and the Myth of Osiris. In this segment Mr. Campbell discusses the mythologies of ancient Egypt. Video/C 1629

From Darkness to Light: The Mystery Religions of Ancient Greece Video/C 1630

The Way to Enlightenment: Buddhism. Video/C 1631

Love and the Goddess.Campbell discusses romantic love, beginning with the 12th century troubadours, and addresses questions about the image of woman -- as goddess, virgin, Mother Earth. Video/C 1231:5 pt. 5

From Id to the Ego in the Orient: the Kundalini Yoga, part 1.Video/C 1632

From Psychology to Spirituality: the Kundalini Yoga, part 2.Video/C 1632

The Descent to Heaven: The Tibetan Book of the Dead Mr. Campbell continues to discuss the myths, rituals and practices of hinduism and buddhism. He explains the practicioners ability to overcome the entrapment of physical world and acheive spiritual emancipation in Nirvana. Video/C 1633

A Noble Heart: The Courtly Love of Tristan and Isolde. In this segment Mr. Campbell discusses the theme of courtly love in legend. Video/C 1634

Where There Was No Path: Arthurian Legends and the Western Way.In this segment Mr. Campbell discusses the rediscovery of the individual as demonstrated in the Arthurian romances. Video/C 1634

In Search of the Holy Grail: The Parzival Legend. In this segment Mr. Campbell discusses western man's quest for the restoration of spiritual life. Video/C 1635

Voodoo (Taboo series)
Every culture's religion is taboo somewhere, but voodoo seems to be the ultimate outcast. Why? How accurate are tales of possession and black magic? Find out how little you really know about this controversial religion. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min. DVD X1140

West Meets East(The Long Search; 12)
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This segment visits the San Francisco Bay area to examine the new religious concerns of people who are looking East to Hinduism and Taoism for inspiration. Explores the search for a saner and more wholesome life in which ecology is held sacred and the accent is on good health. Considers practices such as biofeedback, meditation, yoga, and self-help groups. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1973-1977. 52 min. DVD 9445; vhs Video/C 201

Yo Soy Hechicero (I Am a Sorcerer)
It's all in a day's work for Juan Eduardo Nunuz, a Cuban refugee who leads a religious congregation in a backyard garden shed in a subdivision near Atlantic City, New Jersey. This neopagan religious cult deals in spirit possession, animal sacrifice, mythic storytelling and physical healing. Juan Eduardo's wife, a Pentacostal, claims that her husband is an instrument of Satan. 1996. 48 min. Video/C 4669

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Africa

African Studies videography

Ache Moyuba Orisha: Sabre la Santeria Cubana.
An indepth examination of the Syncretism religion, an amalgum of Catholic symbolism and Yoruban African piety, as it is practiced in Cuba. 199?. 42 min. Video/C 4286

The Africans: New Gods
Examines the factors that influence religion in Africa, paying particular attention to how traditional religions, Islam, and Christianity co-exist and influence each other. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 945:3

Bahia, Africa in the Americas.
Elements of African culture are powerfully expressed in the food, art, dance, and most importantly, the Candomble (Umbanda) religion of the Afro-Brazilian majority of the state of Bahia. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 4360

Behind the mask. (Tribal Eye series)
Examines some of the carved ceremonial masks of the Dogon tribe of Nigeria. Shows how these artifacts are created and explains how they are used in the Dogons' sacred rituals. 1976. 52 min. 3/4" UMATIC Video/C 176

The Cultural Music of the People and Church of Eastern Africa
A look at songs, hymns and dances by performers from various countries in East Africa, particularly Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. 2004. 34 min. Video/C MM985

Dance, Voodoo, Dance
Film examines two ethnic groups in Benin who practice voodoo and explores the mythical origins of their cult. It also shows the music and dance of these two groups within voodoo rituals. Director, Roger Nahum. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 15 min. Video/C 3028

The Dancing Church of Kenya: Jubilee 2000
Expresses in vivid colours, movement, and gestures, the creativity of the African people as a means of glorifying God and professing their faith. It brings out the rich vibrance and beauty of the different dances found among the Kenyan people. PAL format. 34 min. Video/C MM183

Devil takes the Youngest
Kenyan teenagers Catherine, Cyril, and Michael were introduced to devil worship in their childhood and teenage years. Cyril was targeted as a human sacrifice and Michael comes from a traditional devil worshiping family. This video takes a look at this scary phenomenon found in some villages and schools in Kenya. Based on the book The Devil take the youngest by Winkie Pratney. PAL format. c2000. 24 min. Video/C MM184

Iawo: Initiation in a Gege-Nago Temple.
Examines the Yoruba cult of Orisha, brought to the New World by black slaves, which survives to this day in areas such as Cuba and Brazil. By showing the initiation of a group of women into a temple (Iawo is the name for new priestesses), the film offers a deeper examination of the religion, its ideology and social meaning. 1978. 42 min. Video/C 5220

The King Does Not Lie: the Initiation of a Priest of Shango
Documentary showing the ritual and ceremony associated with the initiation of a priest of Shango, the Thundergod of the traditional Yoruba religion. Takes place in a contemporary Puerto Rican community among New World practitioners of the ancient religion, Santeria. c1992. 44 min. Video/C 8425

Life Story of an African Inyanga.
This docu-drama portrays the selection and life-long education of an Inyanga, an African healer who dispenses traditional herbal remedies. The film examines the preparation and the use of traditional medicines, the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and the metaphysics and cosmology of African beliefs regarding the powers of the Inyanga. 1986. 27 min. Video/C 5223

Les Maitres Fous.
This film documents the Haouka cult, a religious movement which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the 1920's to the 1950's. Shows them living and working in Accra and participating in a primitive tribal ceremony. 1986?. 29 min. Video/C 3460; DVD 3911 (without English subtitles)

A Month for the Entertainment of Spirits: African-Guyanese Spiritualist Ceremonies
Documents the rituals practiced by Blacks who follow the "cumfa" religion, which is based on dancing, drumming, and spirit possession and is influenced by African and Christian traditions. During August (the month in which Guyanese slaves were emancipated), descendants of Yoruba ex-slaves engage in libation ceremonies to communicate with their ancestors. Three other ceremonies are also documented. 1991. 29 min. DVD 8212 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM793

Nganga Kiyangala: Congo Religion in Cuba
An examination of the history and practices of Nganga, the Bantu based belief system of the slaves brought to Cuba from the Congo region of Africa. Nganga is one of the sects in Cuba which are more than Christian in belief, rituals, music and dance. Some of the differences between the Lucumi (Yoruba/Santeria) and Abakua beliefs are also discussed. In Spanish with English subtitles. 1991. 34 min. Video/C 6403

Power of Darkness: Is there Devil Worship in Kenya?
Five ex devil-worshipers testify in this documentary expose of the various ways demonology has permeated Kenyan society including sacred and educational institutions, political movements, social and intellectual gatherings & NGOs. PAL format Power of darkness [videorecording] : is there devil worship in Kenya? Five ex devil-worshipers testify in this documentary expose of the various ways demonology has permeated Kenyan society including sacred and educational institutions, political movements, social and intellectual gatherings & NGOs. 2000. 60 min. PAL format Video/C MM185

Sons of the Moon: Ngas of Central Nigeria.
Tells how the moon is a key symbol in the cosmology of the Ngas, an agricultural people who live in isolated hamlets in Nigeria's Jos Plateau. This documentary, told from the point of view of a traditional Ngas bard, traces the moon's influence on Ngas work and thought during a single growing season. c1984. 25 min. Video/C MM562

Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella.
A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him an have been influence by his music. 1995. 35 min. Video/C 4067

Tribal Religions (Les Religions Tribales; Religiones Tribales)
Hans Kung travels to Australia to investigate the beliefs of today's Aborigines through body painting, music and dance. He then journeys to Africa to gain insights into tribal culture through modern rites that include torchlight processions, dance, and animal sacrifice. The influence of Christian missionaries is also examined. 56 min. Video/C 9676

Voices of the Orishas
This is an ethnographic documentary which demonstrates the survival and strength of the Yoruba cultural and religious heritage in the contemporary life of Caribbean African-Hispanics. The program was filmed in Havana among practicioners of Santeria, and documents a ritual ceremony that features dancing, singing, praying and drum beating, invoking the twenty-two Orishas, or deities of the Yoruba religion. 1993. 37 min. Video/C 5518

Zulu Zion.(The Long Search; 10)
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This segment visits the Zulu Independent Churches of South Africa to explore the Black African response to Christianity. Traces the history of religious beliefs in Africa from the arrival of the first Christian missionaries to the current rediscovery of the African religious identity. Studies two major groups, the Zionists and the Nazarites, a group founded by Isaiah Shembe. Shows a women's Zionist service, held at a home in the township, where healing and support are integral parts of the service, and an open-air service of the Nazarites at which the themes of dreams, healing, and power are discussed. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1978. 52 min. DVD 9444; vhs Video/C 199

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China, Japan, Korea videography

Amongst White Clouds
American director Edward A. Burger documents his journey into the lives of China's forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition. The Zhongnan Mountains have been home to recluses for some five thousand years; Burger's experiences demonstrate that the tradition continues to thrive. One of only a few foreigners to have lived and studied with these hidden sages, Burger reveals to us their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives. 2007. 86 min. DVD X1982

Arukihenro: Walking Pilgrims
For a great number of people the main motive for undertaking a pilgrimage consists in the journey itself. This constant quest seems to be a central need of each human being. This documentary focuses on this need in relation to the lives of today's Japanese wandering pilgrims. It shows their motives, aims and desires as they travel along the 88 Temples' Pilgrimage that circles the Japanese island of Shikoku. 2006. 73 min. DVD 8197

Between Two Worlds: A Japanese Pilgrimage.
In the 17th century the followers of Kobo Daishi began to trace the footsteps of their beloved saint. Along the way, they dedicated temples to him, eighty eight of them in all. This documentary is about this holy journey which became known as the pilgrimage of the eighty eight sacred places of Shidodu. 1992. 30 min. Video/C MM576

Buddha in the Land of the Kami (Japan Past and Present; 1)
Begins with the creation myth of Japan and explains the origin and scope of the Kami concept; explains the arrival of Buddhism and how Buddhism and the Kami were assimilated; discusses the role of Chinese culture, style, and writing in Japanese culture; and demonstrates how the Japanese garden epitomizes the Japanese view of the relationship between man and nature, space, time, and reality. c1989. 54 min. Video/C 2998

China: The Mandate of Heaven (Legacy).
For over 2,000 years China has been sustained by ideas virtually unchanged since the Bronze Age - Confucianism, reverence for ancestors and harmony. Despite decades Communist rule, these ideas are still alive and shaping China's present. 1991. 57 min. Video/C 3019

Chinese Religions (Les Religions Chinoises).
Since the dawn of history, China has offered a fertile spiritual climate for a wide range of religions and belief systems, producing Confucianism and Taoism while nurturing ancestor worship. In this program, Hans Kung seeks to understand the religions of China - officially a religion-free zone during China's period of strict Communist rule - as well as the holistically oriented practices of traditional Chinese medicine and tai chi. c2001. 57 min. Video/C 9775

The Confucian Tradition
1997. 46 min. each installment

The Confucian Tradition. The first segment of a series presenting the key elements of Confucian thought in China, tracing its impact on China's most important literary form, lyric poetry. Also included are readings from the Confucian Analects and the Book of Songs as well as presentations of the lives and works of many renowned poets. Video/C MM1021

The Confucian Tradition in Literature (I).The second segment of a series presenting the key elements of Confucian thought in China, tracing its impact on China's most important literary form, lyric poetry. Also included are readings from the Confucian Analects and the Book of Songs as well as presentations of the lives and works of many renowned poets. Video/C MM1022

The Confucian Tradition in Literature (II). The third segment of a series presenting the key elements of Confucian thought in China, tracing its impact on China's most important literary form, lyric poetry. Also included are readings from the Confucian Analects and the Book of Songs as well as presentations of the lives and works of many renowned poets. Video/C MM1023

Eye of the Land: The Making of the Tashi Gomang Stupa
The story of the seven-year construction of a forty two foot high stupa in southern Colorado dedicated to the Tibetan Buddhist master XVI Gyalwa Karmapa. 1999. 53 min. DVD X4260

The Grand Shrines of Ise.
The ceremonies and customs surrounding the Shinto shrines located at Ise, Japan are the focus of this documentary. The historical, architectural, and religious aspects of the shrines are also discussed. 198?. Video/C 1877

The Heart of the Dragon. Episode 4, Believing.
Explores the ancient teachings of Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism as well as those of Marx and Mao and the influences of both traditional and modern doctrines on the daily lives of ordinary people in Shandong Province, China. 1988. 57 min. Video/C 1886:4

Land of Disappearing Buddha.
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This segment visits Japan to investigate the Japanese experience of Buddhist worship. Contrasts the Mahayana Buddhism of Japan with the Buddhism of Sri Lanka. Examines the rituals and customs of some of Japan's contemporary faiths, primarily Zen but also the Soka Gakkai and Pure Land (Amida Buddha) sects and the native Shinto tradition. Looks at various aspects of Zen Buddhism and its influence on Japanese culture, including meditation, calligraphy, sword fighting, archery, and the tea ceremony. 1978. 50 min. DVD 9444; vhs Video/C 198

Matsuri: A Tribute to Eight Million Japanese Gods
Examines the Japanese matsuri or 'summer festival,' perhaps the best elucidation of that country's ancient polytheism. Ceremony footage from Tokyo and surrounding areas illustrates various festival activities and explores the Japanese cultural emphasis on community, cooperation, and folk worship. 2005. 21 min. DVD 5409

The Principles and Practice of Zen
The program seeks to explain the process leading to satori (enlightenment), demonstrating the rigors and esthetic delicacy, the personal abnegation and devotion to principles required to achieve the goal. Follows the path of a student priest of the Rinzai Zen sect, showing the physical and mental disciplines demanded as he trains at the Shogenji monastery and travels through Japan engaging in debates with priests of different sects. 1988. 116 min. Video/C 6137

A Question of Balance--China. (The Long Search; 11)
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This segment examines the different types of religious beliefs that make up the spiritual life of Taiwan, including a Confucian respect for ancestors and the past, the cosmic pattern of the Tao that manifests itself through the oracles, and the worship of local gods who dispense justice and favors. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1978. 52 min. DVD 9445; vhs Video/C 200

The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche
Choenzey is a 47-year-old Tibetan monk who lives in exile in a Buddhist monastery in southern India. His spiritual master, Khensur Rinpoche, has been dead four years. But according to Tibetan belief, the Rinpoche will be reincarnated and it is Choenzey's responsibility to find the reincarnation and look after him. This utterly fascinating and compelling film follows Choenzey's search and eventual discovery of an impish but gentle four-year-old who is recognized by the Dalai Lama to be the looked-for reincarnation. 1991. 50 min. DVD 6813

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The Sacred Source: The Perennial Philosophy of the East. (Transformations of Myth Through Time; 6.)
Transformations of myth through time consists of lectures made by Joseph Campbell from 1982 through 1984. In this segment, Mr. Campbell discusses the religious experiences of the East. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 1631

To Taste a Hundred Herbs: Gods, Ancestors, and Medicine in a Chinese Village.
Focuses on a Catholic doctor in a small village in China and shows how he combines traditional Chinese and Western medical procedures in his practice . Tells how the complex decollectivization policies in China are changing life there. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 2156

The Trials of Telo Rinpoche
Documentary portrait of Telo Rinpoche, a.k.a. Eddie Ombadykow, a young Philadelphia native and son of Kalmykian emigrants. He is also a Buddhist monk who was brought up in a Tibetan monastery in India from the age of seven and who was recognized by the Dalai Lama as an important reincarnate lama, or spiritual master. The film follows Rimpoche in his current position as co-chair of Kalmykia's religious affairs department, a daunting assignment. He's shown working with government officials and visiting the Dalai Lama in India, his family in Philadelphia, and locations where he plans to build new Buddhist learning institutions in Kalmykia. Produced and directed by Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam. 1999. DVD 6812

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Tsubaki Grand Shrine: A Shrine for all Seasons.
This documentary focuses on a year in the life of one of Japan's oldest and greatest Shinto shrines, the Tsubaki Grand Shrine (the first shrine in the ancient province of Ise). Various rituals, ceremonies, and celebrations are held at the shrine throughout the year. c1990. 40 min. Video/C 1878

Zen and I: A Self-Portrait: Great Turtle Priest, Tachibana Taiki, Chief Abbot of Daitoku Temple, Kyoto.
A day in the life of the most powerful Zen priest in Japan, called "the great turtle priest." Tachibana Taiki, Chief Abbot of Daitoku Temple, Kyoto, discusses the meaning of Zen, his opinion of "bogus Zen" and explores the profound Zen question "after satori (enlightenment) what?" 1975. 27 min. Video/C 7757

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South/Southeast Asia videography

Absorption in Brahman.
A short history of India is followed by the story of the development of Hinduism in that country. Includes a discussion of the Hindu religion and beliefs. c1991. 25 min. Video/C 2466

Altar of Fire
Documents the last performance of the Agnicayana or Atriatra, a Vedic sacrificial ritual, enacted by the Nambudiri Brahmins in Panjal, a village in Kerala, southwestern India in April 1975. Explains the origin of the Vedic sacred literature, discusses how the oral tradition is perpetuated, shows construction of sacrificial altars and sheds, and introduces the principle participants in the ritual. Produced by Robert Gardner and Frits Staal. 1976. 45 min. DVD 5496; vhs Video/C 8152

Ancient India.
This program examines the religious tension between Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and the historical events that shaped the great Indian civilizations from the Morian Empire through the Mogul Empire, providing insight into a culture that remains vibrant and diverse today. 1999. 47 min. Video/C 7032

Antarnaad = Inner Voice.
Performers: Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda. The film is about the true life experiences of two villages and the trasformation that occured through Swadhyaya activity. c1992. 160 min. Video/C 3703

Ashes in the River: Four Religions of India
2000. 50-58 min. each installment

Spiritual India: A Guide to Jainism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. This program provides an overview of four of India's prominent religions: Jainism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Stunning footage from around the subcontinent displays India's religious heritage along with its monumental shrines, temples, festivals and sacred rituals all set against the backdrop of the nation's history, geography and rich variety of cultures and languages. 1995. Video/C 7357

Jainism: Ascetics and Warriors. Abutting the border of Pakistan, the state of Rajasthan is the home of the Jains, a relatively small but influential indigenous religious group founded by Vardhamana Mahavira. This program profiles Jainism, which espouses salvation by conquering material existence through stict ascetic discipline. The imperative detachment from worldly existence necessary for liberation is explained, as is ahimsa, the doctrine of non-injury to any living thing. 1995. Video/C 7358

Islam: The Five Pillars of Faith. Residing to the north of India, the population of Kashmir is primarily Muslim. This program studies the beliefs and practices of Islam in Kashmir. Topics such as the Koran, the Pillars of Islam, the influence of Sharia, and traditional Muslim festivals and holy sites are addressed. Background on the arrival of Islam in Kashmir and its spread throughout India creates a historical context for the religion's predominance in many regions. 1995. Video/C 7359

Buddhism: The Great Wheel of Being. This program presents the tenets and history of the belief system founded on the teachings of Buddha as practiced in Sikkim, tucked between Nepal and Bhutan and Darjeeling, located in an adjoining district of West Bengal. A discussion of the Four Noble Truths, including the Eightfold Path, sheds light on the practice of Buddhism in these regions while ancient monuments testify to the enduring nature of the religion. 1995. Video/C 7360

Hinduism: Faith, Festivals and Rituals. In Kerala, situated in the southern tip of India, Hinduism is the principal belief. This program examines the multifaceted majority religion of India in this region. Devotional ceremonies and observances of Hinduism and sacred Hindu literature, such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, are explored, as are some of the region's ornate temples. The Hindu emphasis on right living, or dharma, is also discussed. 1995. Video/C 7361

Ayodhya City in Flames..
On the police action in Ayodhya, Faizabad, during the foundation stone laying ceremony (shilanyas) for the proposed Ram Temple, on 30th Oct. and 2nd Nov. 1990. (PAL) Video/C 3703

Balinese Requiem
In a Balinese village, families go to great trouble and expense for their extravagant cremation ceremony. They provide special food for mourners and offerings for the deceased. A shadow pupped show is performed, inheritances and distributed and musical processions of mourners walk the streets. The bones of the dead are uncovered, washed and arranged for cremation with accompanying prayer rites. During cremation, the village is filled with smoke from pyres shaped like bulls, as the souls of the dead are cleansed of impurity, then sent out to sea to continue their journey to heaven. The film documents and explains the intricacies of these funeral rites and Balinese-Hindu beliefs about death. Directed by Yasuhiro Omori. 1992. 63 min. DVD X4093

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Bearing the Heat: Mother Goddess Worship in South India.
Documents the Hindu celebrations which center around the mother goddess worship of South India. 1994? 60 min. Video/C 5582

Being Muslim in India.
Presents Islam and the Quran as seen through the lives and perspective of families and individuals in India. 1990?. 49 min. Video/C 3775

Between Two Worlds.
Describes the art of Shamanism and the role of the Shaman in Hmong society. Examines conflict between the ancient religion and traditions of the Hmong and Christian practice and belief. Interviews Hmong living in Chicago. 1985. 28 min. Video/C 2850

Buddhism: Making of a Monk
A Documentary examining the lives of novice Buddhist monks in Thailand through interviews and profiles of their daily religious practices and customs, including dressing, begging, worshipping and meditating. 1996. 15 min. Video/C 5653

Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama.
A portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 3329

Consecration of a Temple.
The Sri Venkateswara Hindu temple in Pittsburgh, is consecrated in a traditional 5 day ceremony in 1977.This film documents the final stages of the consecration of the Hindu temple built by members of that city's Indian-American community. Examines the temple's shrines and statues and their significance within Hinduism and discusses the community's efforts to preserve their language and culture in the face of pressures to be assimilated. 199?. 25 min. DVD 8810 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3777

The Cosmic Dance of Shiva.
Celebrates various images of Shiva, the Hindu Lord of dance, as expressed in ritual dance. approx. 199?.60 min. Video/C 2616

Dalai Lama's & Tulku's.
A presentation of the history of Tibet and Buddhism as it developed in that country. Contents: Contents: 1. Early history of Tibet and shamanistic religions. -- 2. Conversion of early kings. -- 3. Second spread of Dharma & Buddhist monastic orders. -- 4. Tibetan translation of Buddhist scriptures. -- 5. Mongol influence and Buddhocracy by Dalai & Panchen Lamas. -- 6. Jesuit missionaries, first westerners in the forbidden kingdom. c1991. 48 min. Video/C 2469

Dalai Lama: A Portrait in the First Person
An interview with the current Dalai Lama, Bstan-dzin-rgya-mtsho, winner of the 1989 Noble Peace Prize, who discusses his religious and social beliefs, including such topics as nonviolence and Tibet. 1994. 24 min. Video/C 4589

The Dalai Lama and the Rituals of Reincarnation.
An investigation of the intricate procedure of identifying a reincarnated Dalai Lama against the backdrop of Tibetan power politics and Chinese expansion. Presents the history of the Dala Lama forward from the birth of Sonam Gyatso, Tibet's 3rd Dalai Lama in the 16th century, through his successors to the life in exile of Tibet's current 14th spiritual leader. c2000. 46 min. Video/C 7833

The Descent to Heaven: The Tibetan Book of the Dead(Transformations of Myth Through Time; 10)
Transformations of myth through time consists of lectures made by Joseph Campbell from 1982 through 1984. In this segment Mr. Campbell continues to discuss the myths, rituals and practices of hinduism and buddhism. He explains the practicioners ability to overcome the entrapment of physical world and acheive spiritual emancipation in Nirvana. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 1633

Dhaminis of Jumla: Spirit Possession in Western Nepal.
Explores the ritual practice and social importance of spirit possession in the villages of Jumla, in western Nepal. The film focuses on two women, known as "dhaminis", and examinies the ways in which spirit possession makes them the centerpieces of religious life in their communities. 2000. 38 min. DVD X11 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM729

Diamond Path.
A history and geography of Nepal is followed by a discussion of Buddhism and Hinduism in the context of the history of Nepal and surrounding countries. c1991. 36 min. Video/C 2468

Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia.
This is a journey to the scarred heartlands and lush mangroves of Australia to see traditional Aboriginal artists at work. Explores the meaning and legends behind works of immense beauty, ranging from acrylic dot paintings of the Central Desert to cross hatched bark paintings and burial poles from Northern Australia. c1988. 30 min. Video/C 4491

Eastern Spirituality: The Road to Enlightenment
An overview of Eastern philosophy including Hinduism and Buddhism. Contrasts Western theology with Eastern spirituality which presents God as a form of knowledge and enlightenment to be perceived and achieved through individual effort. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors and academics. Supplementary feature accompanying: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 27 min. DVD X233

Fehmul Quran.
Readings from the Koran and teachings on the proper understanding of the Koran by Maulana Kausar Niazi. 1988. In Urdu. 85 min. Video/C 4729

Festival of Nine Emperors of God
Documentary on the Nine Emperors Festival which is celebrated yearly by the Malaysian Taoism community. The festival celebrates the memory of the death of nine Ming emperors and has become one of the unique cultural events among the Malaysian Chinese. The Nine Emperors Gods Festival is celebrated in the ninth Chinese lunar month starting from day one to day nine. 2006? 28 min. DVD 8524

Fifty Ways to Get Enlightened
Surveys the history of missionary presence in the Pacific countries and looks at the religious customs that have become part of both religious and social life through the incursion of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. 1985. 50 min. Video/C MM541

Footprint of the Buddha -- India. (The Long Search; 3)
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This segment visits Sri Lanka and India to discover the Theravada Buddhism practiced throughout Southeast Asia. Includes talks with monks, school children, novices, and housewives who describe their own religious experiences and discuss the high moral standards demanded by Buddhism. Reviews the founding of Buddhism, examines the concepts of rebirth and Nirvana, and shows a village ceremony and a monastic retreat. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1978. 52 min. DVD 9442; vhs Video/C 192

Forgotten Jewel: Buddhist Temples in Java
Documentary of Buddhist temples in Central and East Java, 8th to 14th century. 2005? 45 min. DVD 8528

Four Holy Men: Renunciation in Hindu Society.
A documentary on four sadhus: a mission hospital administrator, a traditional guru who heads a monastery, a recluse with no organizational ties, and a scholar who is also founder of a national political party. Interviews with the sadhus and with lay people reveal a wide range of opinions on the roles of sadhus in Hindu society today. Project director, Joseph W. Elder; film makers, Mira Reym Binford, Michael Camerini. 1976 37 min. DVD X4421; Video/C 4140

The Four Noble Truths.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks on the Four Noble Truths: Suffering, the Causes of suffering, the Cessation of suffering, and the Path to cessation of suffering. These sacred teachings are the basis for all Buddhist thought and meditation. Recorded July 1996, Barbican Hall, London. c1997.4 videocassettes (355 min.) Video/C 7095

The Fourth Stage
Documentary about a retired Indian journalist, E.R. Seturam, who is considering whether to embark on an ancient Hindu quest for self-realization through the fourth stage of life (sannyasa). Accompanies Seturam as he discusses his possible decision with colleagues, family members, other sannyasins, and holy men throughout India. 1984. 42 min. Video/C 6598

Frontiers of Faith: World Sikhism Today.
Describes Sikh principles and lifestyle and documents the recent history and current state of Sikhism in India, Europe, and North America. Interviews with Sikh leaders and families, scholars, and human rights activists reveal a people subjected to varied levels of racial discrimination and, in India, harsh suppression and even massacres. Since the 1984 killing of Sikh fundamentalist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Sikh political leaders have continued to press for an autonomous homeland, which they call Kalistan. 1999. 49 min. Video/C 6293

Frontiers of Peace
Set in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, this documentary explores Jainism, including the interrelationship between the four elements of the "Sangh." Features discussion of the religious tenets of Jainism and their implications for life in the Jain community. A Jain town father, a nun, and a monk describe the major observances of the Jains, their founder, Mahavir, their 2,500 year history, and their concern for the preservation of all living beings. 1986. 40 min. DVD 9890

Given to Dance
An exploration of the lives of the last Hindu temple dancers in India...women who were regarded as brides of the god and consecrated to dance. Includes interviews with former temple dancers, a study of their dance techniques and of Odissi dance as it is now performed on stage in India. 1986. 57 min. Video/C 4255

The Ganges(Great Rivers of the World)
Tells the historical, geographical, and human story of the "mother of rivers," of the Aryan civilization that shaped much of Western civilization, the birthplace of Hinduism, the holy of holies of nearly a billion people. The Ganges flows from the heights of Tibet to water a fourth of the Indian subcontinent. c1991. 45 min. Video/C 4580

Ganges: River to Heaven
This documentary explores one of the most cherished of Hindu religious aspirations: to die in the city of Varanasi, on the banks of the sacred Ganges, in the faith that dying here assures liberation from the cycle of earthly life. Directed and produced by Gayle Ferraro. c2003. 52 min. DVD 4596

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The Great Awakening: Rise of Buddhism in India
A short history of the life of Siddhartha Gautama is followed by a discussion of Buddhism and its development in India. Contents: Great awakening, Buddhism in India. Contents: 1. Buddha. -- 2. Dharma. -- 3. Sangha. c1991. 45 min. Video/C 2467

The Great Ceremony to Straighten the World
The film features rituals and ceremonies of the Balinese people on religious, daily, and family occasions, including music and dance. 1994. 56 min. Video/C 6809

The Great Gathering
A study of the history, meaning, and diverse participants in the Maha Kumbha Mela, a spectacular Hindu sacred festival held every twelve years on the banks of the Ganges in India. The Kumbha Mela is the largest festive gathering of humanity on earth. It rotates between four different host cities. Held in Allahabad In 2001 it is estimated that 50 million people gathered for this unique event. By bathing in the Ganges during the Kumbha Mela it is believed that one will be absolved of all past-life Karma and freed from the vicious cycle of birth and death. Directed by Mary Sue Connolly. 2003. 53 min. DVD X3277

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Hindu Ascetics
A documentary illustrating the rituals and practices of India's holy men--sadhus, fakirs and yogi--including ecstatic dancing, meditation, and mind-over-body feats designed to develop the power of concentration. Film also examines the connection of the rituals of these ascetic eremites to ancient Hindu and Buddhist rituals. 1994. 44 min Video/C 4588

Hinduism.
Eighty percent of India's vast population follow the way of Hinduism, an ancient yet vibrant religion. This overview traces the history of Hinduism's development and reformation; spiritual concepts such as karma, dharma, and God as both one and many; the numerous Hindu scriptures and Hindu worship practices are explored. 1999. 29 min. Video/C 7043

Hinduism: The Elephant God.
A discussion of the major tenets, rituals and gods of Hinduism. 1996. 19 min. Video/C 6110

Hinduism and Buddhism (Wisdom of Faith; 1).
This program explores the two great religions to come from India. Huston Smith uncovers the mysteries of multiphonic chanting among Tibetan lamas and meditates 8 hours a day with a Zen master. 1996. 58 min. Video/C 4581

Hinduism and Islam
A lecture by a noted Muslim scholar Ahmad Deedat addressing the Muslim view of A lecture by a noted Muslim scholar Ahmad Deedat addressing the Muslim view of Jesus Christ and Christianity in general and A lecture by a noted Muslim scholar Ahmad Deedat addressing the Muslim view of Jesus Christ and Christianity in general. in general. DVD 7193

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama: Human Rights and Moral Practice.
Documents a talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the University of California at Berkeley on the subject of human rights and moral practice. This talk marks one of the rare occasions on which the Dalai Lama has spoken so forthcomingly on concrete political themes such as birth control, the arms trade, global economy and the recent Gulf crisis. He stresses that a peaceful, loving society will grow out of spiritual searching and human compassion. 1996. 35 min. Video/C 5018

Holi.
Documents the Hindu harvest festival of Holi when Krishna's life is celebrated. This film brings the color and vitality of the festival to life as it is celebrated in the villages of the Vraj region of northern India between Delhi and Agra. The role of the Hindu deities is also discussed along with the significance of certain rituals as they pertain to Krishna's life. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 7044

Holi Hey!: A Festival of Love, Color, and Life.
An indepth examination of the annual North India Spring festival of Holi as celebrated in the city of Banaras (Varanasi, Kashi). The film dramatizes how once each year the festival unites neighborhoods, breaches the barriers of age, caste, social rank and religious affiliation and calls all to share in unity and merriment. A respected Banaras brahman provides commentary recounting several explanations for the Holi festival. 1996. 54 min. Video/C 5583

I Am a Sufi, I Am a Muslim.
The program travels to India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Macedonia to explore exactly what is Sufism and observe how it is practiced in various parts of the world today. Among the many aspects of Sufism featured in the program are the whirling dervishes of Turkey, who find God through ecstasy; ecstatic fakirs in Macedonia, where there is a big revival in popular Sufism; and the vital role of music in Sufism in India and Pakistan. The program also features Nusrat Ali Khan, the most famous performer of Qawali music. 1994. 52 min. Video/C 5174

In the Name of God.
Discusses the conflict in Ayodhya (Faizabad, India) between Hinduism and Islam and the drive to build a Hindu temple to Ram where a mosque currently exists. 1992. 97 min. Video/C 2612

Incarnate Buddha Kings of the Dragon Country: Buddhism in Bhutan.
The focus of this presentation is on the development of Buddhism in Bhutan, which shown to be an integral part of the history of that country. c1991. 37 min. Video/C 2470

An Indian Pilgrimage--Kashi
Presents a documentary on a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Kashi on the Ganges River. Follows two Telegu-speaking brahmans and their wives who come from south India to perform classical ancestor rites. Shows some of the tenets of Hinduism as the pilgrims are instructed in the correct performance of the rites by a brahman Telegu-speaking priest. 198?. 30 min. Video/C 4263

An Indian Pilgrimage--Ramdevra.
Presents a documentary on a folk pilgrimage to Ramdevra, India. Follows a group of Hindus from Bombay to the grave of Ramdev, a medieval hero and saint of Rajasthan. Shows ways in which the Hindu pilgrims are free to worship, their collective offering at Ramdev's grave, and their interactions with other pilgrims, shoppers, preachers, hawkers, and devotional singers who throng the festival. Devotional songs telling the stories of Ramdev feature prominently in film. 1990?. 26 min Video/C 3773

Invitation to a Wedding
Australian journalist Curtis Levy visits Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world, to make a film studying the impact of the religious ideals of Islam on Indonesian society. 1995. PAL format. 53 min. Video/C 8996

The Jew in the Lotus .
In 1990 eight Jewish delegates traveled to Dharamsala, India, to meet with the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet and share the secret of "spiritual survival in exile." Here one of the delegates, writer Rodger Kamenetz, describes his own spiritual journey of personal loss and redemption while documenting an historic meeting between two spiritual traditions. 1998. 59 min Video/C 7469

Kumari: Living Goddess of Nepal
In Nepal an ancient tradition survives to this day : young girls are chosen to become goddesses and taken away from their families to live in a temple where people come to worship them and pray for good fortune. In a country where girls are seen as second class citizens, the worshipping of a girl child could be seen as a positive role model, but some are adamant that the tradition should be stopped as the young girls miss out on their family and school life and suffer serious psychological problems as a result. This film looks at the life of three young goddesses and explores the debates for and against this unique tradition. A film by Tassia Kobylinska. c2005. 27 min. DVD X4230

Lady of Gingee: South Indian Draupadi Festivals.
Describes celebrations of a Draupadi festival in two villages in northern Tamilnadu (South Indoa) in May and June, 1986. Shows the most prominent events of the festival in Melacceri, including episodes of Terukuttu ("village" or "street") dramas, and village participation in fire-walking. Highlights from the festival are supplemented by interviews with key participants in the celebrations. c1988. 113 min. Video/C 4262

The Left Eye of God: Caodaism Travels from Vietnam to California
Caodaism, born in French Indochina in 1925, is a syncretistic blend of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Catholicism. The fall of Saigon in 1975 brought an exodus of refugees, and the religion of Caodaism, to California. This documentary presents firsthand accounts of Vietnam's painful history and a discussion of hopes for congregations in Vietnam and the United States. c2008. 59 min. DVD 9474

Kalachakra: The Wheel of Time
Documents the construction of a 2,600 year old Indo-Tibetan Peace Mandala at Trinity College, Dublin. The mandala is part of the Kalachakra rite of initiation, a secret teaching of wisdom and compassion first taught by Buddha in 600 B.C. Visitors to the gallery are able to view the four Tibetan Buddhists monks as they work constructing the sand mandala from millions of grains of Himalayan sand. 1994. 30 min. Video/C MM241

Lord of the Dance: Destroyer of Illusion.
Filmed in a remote region of Nepal within the shadow of Mt. Everest, Lord of the Dance documents activities at two Buddhist monasteries where Sherpas and Tibetans preserve a unique way of life and vision of the world. The film focuses on the ancient Mani-Rimdu festival of "awakening" and on Trulshig Rinpoche, the Tibetan Lama who directs its performance. c1985. 114 min. Video/C 4530

Loving Krishna.
Explores the worship of Krishna in India within families and in large celebrations including the Celebration of Krishna's Birth and the Chariot Journey of Krishna. A film by Allen Moore and Akos Ostor. 1985. 40 min. Video/C 5836

Mahabharat: India's Greatest Epic.
This Hindu classic tells the story of the descendants of King Bharata, two families who lived in northern India, perhaps about 1200 B.C. The Pandava brothers lose their kingdom to their Kaurava cousins and engage in a mighty struggle to win it back. Many lives are lost in the conflict. The story illustrates the futility of war. Some of the heroes are taken from history, and some represent human ideals and gods. Some cassettes in Hindi only; some in Hindi with English subtitles. PAL format. 47 videocassettes ca. 1993. 3760 min. Video/C 3731

The Mahabharata.
Directed by Peter Brook. The world of the Mahabharata is of profound storytelling power and spiritual import; within it a civilization rises, falls, and is reborn. This set contains "The Game of Dice", "Exile in the Forest", and "The War." c1989. 328 min. DVD 8478; DVD 1697; also on vhs Video/C 2194 [Note: DVD 8478 is 13 minutes longer than DVD 1697 and includes a "making of" documentary]

Malaysia, Thaipusam
Documentary on Thaipusam, one of the important religious festivals of the Hindus. It is celebrated at Batu Caves, Selayang, fulfilling a devotion to the Hindu god, Murugan. This spiritual celebration is a part of the Malaysian multi-racial culture. 2006? 30 min. DVD 8523

Man Blong Custom. (Tribal Eye series)
Visits the jungle villages of the New Hebrides Islands to show the sacred ceremonies being performed in the village cult houses. Also depicts the rituals of the Solomon Islands' Melanesian people and examines their custom of worshiping the ancients. 1976. 52 min. 3/4" UMATIC Video/C 177

Manifestations of Shiva.
Shows the worship of the Hindu god Shiva on a personal level, through dance, art, music and ritual. Without narration, it aims to convey a feeling for the events represented, through observation of those experiencing the events, rather than through didactic explanation. Presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to compliment the exhibition Manifestations of Shiva. 1985. 60 min. Video/C 4541

Mabugi: Trance of the Toraja
Documents a religious trance ritual practiced in the Toraja highlands of Indonesia performed to restore health and prosperity to an afflicted village community. Narrated by the officiant priest of the indigenous Toraja religion, the film communicates both the psychological abandon of the trance state and the often neglected movitation underlying activities such as the ascent of a ladder of knives and the supernatural curing of the chronically ill. 1974. 21 min. Video/C MM63

The ancient shamanistic Bon religion of pre-Buddhist Tibet is portrayed. This is the story of the only remaining Bonpo monastery of the great Menri lineage. Having fled Tibet after the Chinese invasion, Bonpo refugees established a small monastic community. Located on Indian soil in the Himalayan foothills, this monastery's purpose is to keep the eternal, religious truths of the Bonpo alive. 1993. 26 min. Video/C MM552

Nangiarkoothu
Dances depicting stories from the life of Krishna. This Hindu temple dance tells the story of the killing of Kamsa, the king of Madhura by Krishna, Hindu deity; part of Srikrsnacaritam, an anonymous libretto for Nangiarkoothu. 60 min. DVD 9328

Nat Pwe: Burma's Carnival of Spirit Soul.
Filmed at Nat Pwe in Taungbyon, August 2002. Portrays the annual festival in Taungbyon, Burma, which combines conservative tradition with free-spirited music, dance and ecstatic spirit possession. It features the Pwe ceremony to appease ghost spirits called Nats, who are summoned by the flamboyant Kadaw, or master of the Pwe. Filmed by Richard Bishop; produced by Alan Bishop. c2003. 85 min. DVD 4087

On the Road with the Red God Machhendranath
Captures the complex human elements behind the wheeled chariot festival of the deity Rato Machhendranath of the Kathmadu Valley, one of Asia's greatest ancient religious festivals. Instead of exotic idealised depictions of tradition, the film portrays the gritty reality of the festival where confict or solidarity can prevail, maping the dynamic interplay between tradition and modernity. Directed and written by Kesang Tseten. 2005. 72 min. DVD 6712; DVD 6947 (52 min.)

Pilgrimage to Pittsburgh.
In 1987 revisits the Lord Venkateshvara temple near Pittsburgh, PA to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Illustrates the many ways in which the temple brings together Indians living in America and imparts cultural awareness to their children. Produced and directed by Ron Hess for the Department of Religious Studies, the University of Pittsburgh. 1990. 25 min. DVD X4422; Video/C 3382

Ramadhan in Indonesia
Ramadhan , the month of fasting, is an important time of year for the followers of Islam, during which they seek to honour God by cleansing body and soul. This documentary reveals the rituals of this sacred obligation as seen through the eyes of ordinary Muslims. Traveling to the city of Jakarta, the filmmakers follow the lives of a typical family, as they observe the rituals and traditions of Ramadhan. 1997. 52 min. Video/C 9181

Religion and Magic.
While all cultures exhibit some religious practices and beliefs, the forms taken are diverse. The animism practiced by American Indians, the mixture of ancient religion and Roman Catholicism among the Highland Maya, the ritual of Eka Dasa Rudra among the Balinese and successful and unsuccessful modern movements serve to illustrate the thesis. c1983. 30 min. Video/C 578

The Role of Buddhism in Khmer Society (Cambodia in the 1990's)
A report on the conference organized by Khmer conscience at the University of California, Berkeley on June 2-3, 1990 about the role of Buddhism in Khmer Society. Monks from Cambodia, the refugee camps, Thailand and the United States participated in the discussion on the future of Buddhism in Cambodia after the war. 1990. 492 min. Video/C 9388

Sacred Memory.
Sacred memory forms the infrastructure of most faiths. This program examines these memories in several major religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. The path of memory is traced to special holy days such as Ramadan in the Muslim religion and Christmas and Easter for Christians. The celebration of the birth and teachings of Buddha and those of important gods in Hinduism are discussed as intrinsic to the religious memory of those faiths. 20 min. Video/C 7836

The Sacred Source: The Perennial Philosophy of the East.(Transformations of Myth Through Time; 6.)
Transformations of myth through time consists of lectures made by Joseph Campbell from 1982 through 1984. In this segment, Mr. Campbell discusses the religious experiences of the East. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 1631

Sacred Trances of Bali and Java
Focusing on the religious practices of people living in Java and Bali, this film gives the background of Indonesian religion (Animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam). It shows the use of trance in the various religions and the blending of the earlier practices with the new. [198-?] 30 min. Video/C 8434

Sadhus: India's Holy Men

Lotan Baba, The Rolling Saint. Follows Lotan Baba's 2,500 mile "rolling" pilgrimage across India to do penance. 50 min. DVD X2811 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4574

The Living God. Focuses on Sadhu Jayendra Saraswali, arguably the most influential man in India. 50 min. DVD X2812 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4575

Aghori, Living with the DeadConcentrates on Ram Nath, a member of the rare and extreme "aghori" sadhu sect, who ritually pollutes himself in order to worship. c1995. 50 min. DVD X2813 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4576

The Serpent and the Cross.
Explores the work of Aboriginal artists and examines the controversies that surround their work. c1991. 55 min. Video/C 4511

Shakti: The Performance of Gender Roles at Kamakhya, Assam.
An in-depth presentation on the social and religious practices of women in Assam, India. Senior Honors thesis of Tracy Wares, Anthropology Department of the University of California, Berkeley. c2001. 68 min. Video/C 8023

Sikhism: The Golden Temple.
Traces the roots of Sikhism and its central place of worship, the Golden Temple in Punjab, from its founder Guru Nanak in 1469 through today. Its central precepts - belief in one God, the equality of all people, sharing, and the performance of good deeds - are discussed within the context of daily life by a young Sikh woman (Harsimran Kaur). The stringent religious dress code and the significance of the traditional Sikh head wrap is explained. Includes a tour of the Golden Temple and a marriage ceremony. 1996. 15 min. Video/C 6109

Sita Sings the Blues(2008)
Directed by Nina Paley. Voices: Annette Hanshaw, Reena Shah, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Pooja Kumar, Debargo Sanyal, Aladdin Ullah, Nitya Vidyasagar. This animated reinterpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana blends the stories of Sita, a goddess separated from her husband Rama, and Nina, an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Animated characters done in the style of traditional Indian shadow puppets narrate the tragicomic storylines, with Sita's singing voice represented by 1920's-era recordings of jazz performer Annette Hanshaw. Based on: The Ramayana of Valmiki. 82 min. DVD X2881
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Sitala in Spring
A historical film of an annual festival held in West Bengal, India in honor of the goddess of health and illness, Hindu deity Sitala. 1980?. 40 min. Video/C 4256

Sky Burial
Follows the ritual of 'jha-tor,' the giving of alms to birds in a northern Tibetan monastery, where the bodies of the dead are offered to the vultures as a final act of kindness to living beings...The sky, or the universe, is where the sacred world lies. To merge with the sky after death is a holy event, one that replaces the sufferings of this world with peace. Produced and directed by Ellen Bruno. 12 min. DVD 6847

The Split Horn: The Life of a Hmong Shaman in America
Shows the life and culture of the Thao family, Hmong Americans in Appleton, Wisconsin. The film focuses on Paja Thao, a shaman whose spiritual leadership plays a vital role in Appleton's Hmong community. He ministers to the physical and spiritual needs of friends and family with elaborate rituals that bridge the natural and spirit worlds. However, as Paja's children have grown up, they are losing touch with their father's 5, 000 year old traditions. c2001. 58 min. Video/C 8613

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A Sons of Shiva.
Shows how the Bengalis in the town of Vishnupur celebrate the annual ritual of Gajan in honor of Lord Shiva, during which the participants renounce the concerns of daily life in order to devote themselves entirely to the service of God. A film by Robert Gardner. Originally produced in 1985. 29 min. DVD 5515; vhs Video/C 7622

Temple of Twenty Pagodas
Shows the Buddhist monastery, Wat Chedi Sio, in Northern Thailand which is said to be two thousand years old. Focuses on the daily life of the monastery and the village which it serves. 1990. 21 min. Video/C 9140

330 Million Gods.(The Long Search; 2)
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This segment visits various sites in India and observes the performance of several types of religious ceremonies. Explores the Hindu approach to God and the complexity of the Hindu religious experience. Characterizes Hinduism as a philosophy and way of life rather than a rigid code of behavior or dogma. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1997. 55 min. DVD 9441; vhs Video/C 191

The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Contents: Pt. 1. A Way of Life; Pt. 2. The Great Liberation. A text unique to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Book of the Dead is an essential teaching that is read aloud to dying persons as they pass from this life to the next. This ground-breaking new film documents the history of the Book of the Dead and explores its traditional application in Ladakh, northern India, as well as its use in hospices in Europe and North America. Filmed on location over a four-month period, the film uses remarkable footage of the rites andliturgies performed for a recently deceased Ladakhielder. It includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance. c1994. 90 min. Video/C 7094

Tibetan Buddhism
An educational documentary on Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Himalayas, filmed in the Lukil Valley of Ladakh. The film provides an in-depth portrait of the annual cycle of interdependence among monks, laity, deity-protectors and nature. 120 min. 1983?. Video/C 4260

Tibetan Buddhism: Politics, Power, and the Birth of the Dalai Lama.
Indian Buddhism transformed Tibet from a feudal society to an egalitarian culture that valued learning and religion ... but not without a struggle. This film examines the history of Tibetan Buddhism: the Lhasa/Shigatse power struggle and intervention by Genghis Khan, subsequent Tibetan alliances with Kublai and Altan Khan to contain Chinese political aspirations, and the institution of the Dalai Lama. c2000. 46 min. Video/C 7834

Trance and Dance in Bali.
Presents a Balinese ceremonial dance drama in which the never-ending struggle between the witch and the dragon is played out to the accompaniment of comic interludes and violent trance seizures. Filmed at the village of Pagoetan, 1937-1939. 22 min. Video/C 2958

Tribal Religions (Les Religions Tribales; Religiones Tribales)
Hans Kung travels to Australia to investigate the beliefs of today's Aborigines through body painting, music and dance. He then journeys to Africa to gain insights into tribal culture through modern rites that include torchlight processions, dance, and animal sacrifice. The influence of Christian missionaries is also examined. 56 min. Video/C 9676

The Wages of Action: Religion in a Hindu Village
Set in Soyepur, a village near Benares, India, this film discusses Hinduism and how it touches every aspect of a villager's life from birth to death. 1991. 47 min. Video/C 4257

Walking with the Buddha.
This program, filmed in Thailand, looks at the life of Buddha and traces the development of Buddhism in various countries. It also describes the day-to-day lives of Buddhist priests in Thailand as they counsel, teach, beg for alms, and meditate. Director and camera, George Torok. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1996. 29 min. DVD X6341; Video/C 5652

The Way of the Ancestors (The Long Search; 8)
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This segment visits the Torajas of Indonesia to investigate the experience of primal worship. Explores the reasons for the remarkable survival of the Torajas' religion at a time when other primal, animist religions are dying out as a result of contact with the outside world. Shows many of the Torajas' ceremonies, including animal sacrifice and the feasting and gaiety of the funeral season. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1973-1977. 52 min. DVD 9444; Video/C 197

Wedding of the Goddess.
A two part documentary on the Chitterai Festival in Madurai, India. Part 1 (36 min.) provides historical background on the annual festival, and shows the reenactment of the marriage of the Lord Sundareshvar and the Goddess Minakshi. Part 2 (40 min.) provides, through interviews with participants, an intimate picture of the proceedings of the 12-day festival. Filmed in 1972 and 1973. Originally distributed 1976. 76 min. Video/C 3767; DVD X4423

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Buddhism

ALMS (Jing shi)
The Head Chef of the remote mountain Chan/Zen Buddhist monastery in Southern China explains the traditional cultivation, distribution and ritual offering of food in this Buddhist community. Follows the gathering of local fuels and farmed vegetables, and witness how living members of this community work in harmony with elements of their physical environment to provide the supportive infrastructure surrounding the Meditation Hall, where a group of cloistered monks devote themselves to meditation practice. Includes footage of monks sitting in the Meditation Hall, farming land, gathering bamboo off the surrounding mountainsides, cooking on wood-fire stoves and feeding their resident brothers in the disciplined, ritualized manner traditional to this 1200 year-old monastery. 23 min. DVD X3051

Amongst White Clouds
American director Edward A. Burger documents his journey into the lives of China's forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition. The Zhongnan Mountains have been home to recluses for some five thousand years; Burger's experiences demonstrate that the tradition continues to thrive. One of only a few foreigners to have lived and studied with these hidden sages, Burger reveals to us their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives. 2007. 86 min. DVD X1982

Buddha in the Land of the Kami (Japan Past and Present; 1)
Begins with the creation myth of Japan and explains the origin and scope of the Kami concept; explains the arrival of Buddhism and how Buddhism and the Kami were assimilated; discusses the role of Chinese culture, style, and writing in Japanese culture; and demonstrates how the Japanese garden epitomizes the Japanese view of the relationship between man and nature, space, time, and reality. c1989. 54 min. Video/C 2998

Buddhism: The Great Wheel of Being.(Ashes in the River)
This program presents the tenets and history of the belief system founded on the teachings of Buddha as practiced in Sikkim, tucked between Nepal and Bhutan and Darjeeling, located in an adjoining district of West Bengal. A discussion of the Four Noble Truths, including the Eightfold Path, sheds light on the practice of Buddhism in these regions while ancient monuments testify to the enduring nature of the religion. 1995. 52 min. Video/C 7360

Buddhism: Making of a Monk
A Documentary examining the lives of novice Buddhist monks in Thailand through interviews and profiles of their daily religious practices and customs, including dressing, begging, worshipping and meditating. 1996. 15 min. Video/C 5653

Dalai Lama's & Tulku's.
A presentation of the history of Tibet and Buddhism as it developed in that country. Contents: Contents: 1. Early history of Tibet and shamanistic religions. -- 2. Conversion of early kings. -- 3. Second spread of Dharma & Buddhist monastic orders. -- 4. Tibetan translation of Buddhist scriptures. -- 5. Mongol influence and Buddhocracy by Dalai & Panchen Lamas. -- 6. Jesuit missionaries, first westerners in the forbidden kingdom. c1991. 48 min. Video/C 2469

The Descent to Heaven: The Tibetan Book of the Dead.(Transformations of Myth Through Time - Joseph Campbell/Bill Moyers)
Campbell discusses the myths, rituals and practices of hinduism and buddhism. He explains the practicioners ability to overcome the entrapment of physical world and acheive spiritual emancipation in Nirvana. Video/C 1633

Diamond Path.
A history and geography of Nepal is followed by a discussion of Buddhism and Hinduism in the context of the history of Nepal and surrounding countries. c1991. 36 min. Video/C 2468

Eastern Spirituality: The Road to Enlightenment
An overview of Eastern philosophy including Hinduism and Buddhism. Contrasts Western theology with Eastern spirituality which presents God as a form of knowledge and enlightenment to be perceived and achieved through individual effort. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors and academics. Supplementary feature accompanying: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 27 min. DVD X233

Footprint of the Buddha -- India.(The Long Search; 3)
Ronald Eyre visits Sri Lanka and India to discover the type of Buddhism practiced throughout Southeast Asia. Includes talks with monks, school children, novices, and housewives who describe their own religious experiences and discuss the high moral standards demanded by Buddhism. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1978. 52 min. Video/C 192

The Four Noble Truths.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks on the Four Noble Truths: Suffering, the Causes of suffering, the Cessation of suffering, and the Path to cessation of suffering. These sacred teachings are the basis for all Buddhist thought and meditation. Recorded July 1996, Barbican Hall, London. c1997.4 videocassettes (355 min.) Video/C 7095

The Great Awakening: Rise of Buddhism in India.
A short history of the life of Siddhartha Gautama is followed by a discussion of Buddhism and its development in India. Contents: Great awakening, Buddhism in India. Contents: 1. Buddha. -- 2. Dharma. -- 3. Sangha. c1991. 45 min. Video/C 2467

Hinduism and Buddhism (Wisdom of Faith; 1).
This program explores the two great religions to come from India. Huston Smith uncovers the mysteries of multiphonic chanting among Tibetan lamas and meditates 8 hours a day with a Zen master. 1996. 58 min. Video/C 4581

Incarnate Buddha Kings of the Dragon Country: Buddhism in Bhutan.
The focus of this presentation is on the development of Buddhism in Bhutan, which shown to be an integral part of the history of that country. c1991. 37 min. Video/C 2470

Kalachakra: The Wheel of Time
Documents the construction of a 2,600 year old Indo-Tibetan Peace Mandala at Trinity College, Dublin. The mandala is part of the Kalachakra rite of initiation, a secret teaching of wisdom and compassion first taught by Buddha in 600 B.C. Visitors to the gallery are able to view the four Tibetan Buddhists monks as they work constructing the sand mandala from millions of grains of Himalayan sand. 1994. 30 min. Video/C MM241

Land of Disappearing Buddha.
The Buddhism of Japan is contrasted with that of Sri Lanka. The rituals and customs of some of Japan's contemporary faiths are examined: Zen, Shinto, and that of the Soka Gakkai and Pure Land (Amida ) Buddha groups. 1978. 50 min. Video/C 198

The Life of the Buddha
This remarkably accessible program dramatizes the life of the one who, beneath a tree at Bodh Gaya, transcended life's misfortunes and sufferings and became known, forevermore, as Buddha. Scholars, researchers, and monastics provide illuminating insights into Siddhartha/Buddha's experiences, his teachings, and the rapid spread of Buddhism after his death. c2003. 51 min. DVD 3991

Lord of the Dance: Destroyer of Illusion.
Filmed in a remote region of Nepal within the shadow of Mt. Everest, Lord of the Dance documents activities at two Buddhist monasteries where Sherpas and Tibetans preserve a unique way of life and vision of the world. The film focuses on the ancient Mani-Rimdu festival of "awakening" and on Trulshig Rinpoche, the Tibetan Lama who directs its performance. c1985. 114 min. Video/C 4530

A Question of Balance--China. (The Long Search; 11)
Examines Chinese religious beliefs and rituals as practiced by Taoists, Confucianists, and Buddhists in Taiwan. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1978. 52 min. Video/C 200

The Role of Buddhism in Khmer Society (Cambodia in the 1990's)
A report on the conference organized by Khmer conscience at the University of California, Berkeley on June 2-3, 1990 about the role of Buddhism in Khmer Society. Monks from Cambodia, the refugee camps, Thailand and the United States participated in the discussion on the future of Buddhism in Cambodia after the war. 1990. 492 min. DVD 9445; vhs Video/C 9388

Spiritual India: A Guide to Jainism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.(Ashes in the River)
This program provides an overview of four of India's prominent religions: Jainism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Stunning footage from around the subcontinent displays India's religious heritage along with its monumental shrines, temples, festivals and sacred rituals all set against the backdrop of the nation's history, geography and rich variety of cultures and languages. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 7357

The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Contents: Pt. 1. A Way of Life; Pt. 2. The Great Liberation. A text unique to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Book of the Dead is an essential teaching that is read aloud to dying persons as they pass from this life to the next. This ground-breaking new film documents the history of the Book of the Dead and explores its traditional application in Ladakh, northern India, as well as its use in hospices in Europe and North America. Filmed on location over a four-month period, the film uses remarkable footage of the rites andliturgies performed for a recently deceased Ladakhielder. It includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance. c1994. 90 min. Video/C 7094

Tibetan Buddhism
An educational documentary on Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Himalayas, filmed in the Lukil Valley of Ladakh. The film provides an in-depth portrait of the annual cycle of interdependence among monks, laity, deity-protectors and nature. 120 min. 1983?. Video/C 4260

Tibetan Buddhism: Politics, Power, and the Birth of the Dalai Lama.
Indian Buddhism transformed Tibet from a feudal society to an egalitarian culture that valued learning and religion ... but not without a struggle. This film examines the history of Tibetan Buddhism: the Lhasa/Shigatse power struggle and intervention by Genghis Khan, subsequent Tibetan alliances with Kublai and Altan Khan to contain Chinese political aspirations, and the institution of the Dalai Lama. c2000. 46 min. Video/C 7834

Walking with the Buddha.
This program, filmed in Thailand, looks at the life of Buddha and traces the development of Buddhism in various countries. It also describes the day-to-day lives of Buddhist priests in Thailand as they counsel, teach, beg for alms, and meditate. 1996. 29 min. Video/C 5652

Wheel of Time.
Wheel of Time is acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog's gorgeously photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India. It is said that Buddha found enlightenment under a tree in Bodh Gaya and today, Buddhist monks are ordained in this holy place. Herzog magically captures the lengthy pilgrimage (which for some, is over 3,000 miles), the monk's creation of the beautiful and intricate sand mandala (the wheel of time) along with many secret rituals that have never been seen before on film. He delivers a personal and introspective look at what Buddhism really means to the most ardent followers, as well as giving outsiders an intimate look into a fascinating way of life. 2003. 80 min. DVD 4593

Hinduism

Islam

Middle East videography

The Arabs, A Living History. Part 6: Ways of Faith
50 min. each. Video/C 1169:1-10

Beyond the Veil. 1998. 52 min. each installment

The Born-again Muslims. Variations in veil policies in Sudan, Turkey and Iran reflect variations in Islam showing that the Muslim world is not monolithic in its views. For liberal Islamists in Turkey, who want to co-exist with the West, the veil is a matter of individual choice. In the Sudan, only Muslim-born women must wear the veil by law. Hardliners of Iran require all women to be completely covered, a custom enforced by the police. 1998. Video/C 5785

Beyond the Veil: The Holy Warriors.This film examines the reasons for more radical interpretations of the Quran in Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Analysis of the jihad helps Westerners perceive why some muslims believe that they can escape Westernization only through violence, how one man's terrorism may be another man's patriotism. How then can differing cultures find a common basis for mutual respect? Video/C 5786

Beyond the Veil: The New Cold War? Is the gap between the West and moderate Muslims widening? Is the West determined to impose its values on Islamic nations without regard to national preferences, thus radicalizing local patriots? Are all Western motives self-serving? When both cultures accept that their definitions of democracy and human rights differ, there will be a firm basis for dialogue now, and peaceful co-existence in the future. Video/C 5787

Christianity and Islam
A Muslim scholar of the Christian Bible addresses the history, similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam with some references to Judaism. Speech followed by questions from the audience. A lecture by Ahmad Deedat. Presented at the University of Geneva on March 17, 1987. DVD 7191

Faces of Islam.
A twelve part series providing a comprehensive introduction to the central ideas and teachings of Islam. In conversation with Ziauddin Sardar, the leading thinkers and personalities of the Muslim world present their perspectives on the meaning of Islam including the future of Islamic law, an analysis of the Quran, forms of worship in Islam, a discussion on Jihad, and other insights into contemporary Muslim thought. Tape 1: Din / Naquib al Attas. -- Sharia / Ibrahim Sufaiman. -- Kitab / Kamal Hasan. -- Khilafah / Gulzar Haider. -- Tape 2: Tawhid / Jaafar Sheikh Idris. -- Ummah / Agbdullah Nasseef. -- Ibadah / Hussein Ateshin. -- Dawa / Ridzuan Abdullah Wu. -- Tape 3: Sirah / Fadlullah Wilmot. -- Adl / Khurshid Ahman. -- Jihad / Munawar Ahmad Anees. -- Ilmi / Anwar Ibrahim. 1989?.342 min. Video/C 4086

The Hajj: One American's Pilgrimage to Mecca
Michael Wolfe, an American Muslim, describes the experience of his hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, taking viewers step by step through the spiritual side of the pilgrimage, explaining the origins and meanings of the rituals. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on April 18, 1997. 23 min. Video/C 5956

Hinduism and Islam
A lecture by a noted Muslim scholar Ahmad Deedat addressing the Muslim view of A lecture by a noted Muslim scholar Ahmad Deedat addressing the Muslim view of Jesus Christ and Christianity in general and A lecture by a noted Muslim scholar Ahmad Deedat addressing the Muslim view of Jesus Christ and Christianity in general. in general. DVD 7193

The Image of God. (The Arab World Series)
Bill Moyers interviews three scholars: Afaf Marsot professor of Near and Middle Eastern history at UCLA, Yvonne Haddad, a history professor at the University of Massachusetts, and Michael Suleiman, political science professor at Kansas State University. They discuss the role of religion and religions in Arab society and also Islamic fundamentalism and the media's portrayal of that religious group. c1991. 30 min. Video/C 2332

Invitation to a Wedding
Australian journalist Curtis Levy visits Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world, to make a film studying the impact of the religious ideals of Islam on Indonesian society. 1995. PAL format. 53 min. Video/C 8996

Is Jesus God?
A lecture by a noted Muslim scholar Ahmad Deedat addressing the Muslim view of Jesus Christ and Christianity in general. DVD 7192

Islam: A Closer Look
Presents a survey of Islam explaining a wide range of important concepts such as the unity of God, the Quran, prayer, fasting, Zakat, the pilgrimage, Islamic sciences, the role of the masjid, Islamic family values and the impotance of acquiring knowledge. 1995. 29 min. Video/C 9453

Islam: A Pictorial Essay in Four Parts
Contents: Pt. 1. The Doctrine -- Pt. 2. Life of the prophet and the faith. -- Pt. 3. The history and culture. -- Pt. 4 The arts and the sciences.

A historical overview of the beliefs, culture, and history of Islam designed to foster a greater understanding of the Islamic world. 1980? 90 min.Video/C 6870

Islam, Empire of Faith
Documents the rise and growth of Islam throughout the world, from the birth of Prophet Muhammad in the 6th century through the peak of the Ottoman Empire 1000 years later. Historical re-enactments, a remarkable exposition of Islamic art, artifacts and architecture, and interviews with scholars recount the rise of islamic civilization and its profound impact on Western culture and world history. Contents: Pt. 1. The Messenger -- Pt. 2. The awakening -- Pt. 3. Ottomans. 2000. 180 min; DVD 1566; also on 2 videotapes. Video/C 8228

Islam: The Five Pillars of Faith.
Residing to the north of India, the population of Kashmir is primarily Muslim. This program studies the beliefs and practices of Islam in Kashmir. Topics such as the Koran, the Pillars of Islam, the influence of Sharia, and traditional Muslim festivals and holy sites are addressed. Background on the arrival of Islam in Kashmir and its spread throughout India creates a historical context for the religion's predominance in many regions. 1995. 52 min. Video/C 7359

Islamic Mysticism: the Sufi Way
Traces the history of Islam and shows ruins of its empire which stretched from India to Spain. Presents the rituals, dance, art, music, and philosophy of Sufism, the heart of Islam. Shot on location from India to Morocco, breathtaking images feature stunning Muslim art and architecture, rarely-seen religious rituals and the fascinating whirling dervishes of Turkey. 1997. 30 min. Video/C 5402

Jerusalem: Between Heaven and Earth.
A three part exploration of the history, religion and politics of Jerusalem as seen through the eyes of residents of Jerusalem, adherents of the three major faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 1996.

Part 1, City of History. Presents an in-depth look at Jerusalem's turbulent history as seen through the eyes of academics as well as native denizens. 52 min. Video/C 7969

Part 2, City of Religion. The importance of Jerusalem to the world's three major faiths is closely examined through interviews and visits to Jerusalem's holiest sites. 52 min. Video/C 7970

Part 3, City of Peace. The hopes and dreams of Jerusalem's inhabitants are examined in the post-"intifada" era. 52 min. Video/C 7971

Mahomet
Chronicles the life and legacy of the Prophet Mohammed from his birth in 571 to his death in 632. Comprised primarily of interviews with Imams, scholars, and individual believers, as well as footage of some of Islam's most significant historic places. 2001. 273 min. DVD 2075

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet.
Tells the story of the seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. The film takes viewers not only to ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammad's story unfolds, but into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America's estimated seven million Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad's example. 2002. 116 min. DVD 2712

Muslims in America.
Originally planned as an installment in a periodic series about different religions, this particular roadcast altered its focus in light of the Oklahoma ity bombing on April 19, 1995. ABC News, 1997. 23 min. Video/C 5766

My Journey, My Islam
Through interviews with Muslim women in Australia, India, Pakistan and Britain this film documents how they reconcile and interpret the requirements of their faith and the obligations of Western culture. Although the film focuses on the Hijab (veil) and the Burhka, it raises larger issues and questions surrounding identity, women's rights and their place in Muslim society. Includes an interview with former Pakitani premier, Benazir Bhutto who speaks of her experiences as a Muslim woman and how her beliefs in Islam were by no means a hindrance to her career. c1999. 56 min. Video/C 8133

Ramadhan in Indonesia
Ramadhan , the month of fasting, is an important time of year for the followers of Islam, during which they seek to honour God by cleansing body and soul. This documentary reveals the rituals of this sacred obligation as seen through the eyes of ordinary Muslims. Traveling to the city of Jakarta, the filmmakers follow the lives of a typical family, as they observe the rituals and traditions of Ramadhan. 1997. 52 min. Video/C 9181

Saints and Spirits.
A documentary on how a group of Moroccan Muslims view their worship of saints and spirits as part of the wider Islamic tradition. Filmed events include an annual ritual celebration, a pilgrimage to a saint's shrine in the mountains and the veneration of a new saint's shrine in a small plains village. Originally produced in 1977. 25 min. Video/C 9925

There Is No God but God. (The Long Search; 5)
Describes the main tenets of Islam and shows scenes of Muslims praying in a mosque, signing a marriage contract and attending a class for the study of the Koran. Modern-day Egyptians are seen boarding a plane in Cairo airport to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. c1978. 55 min. DVD 9443; vhs Video/C 194

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Judaism

Jewish Studies videography (for Jewish culture and history)

Acts of Faith: Jewish Civilization in Spain
Many Latinos in the American Southwest wear amulets and perform certain practices different from their fellowLatino Catholics--and are discovering only now, to their amazement, that they are descended fromJews who chose conversion rather than death at the time of the great expulsion from Spain in 1492. This film looks at remnants of what was once the greatJewish civilization in Spain: the artifacts, whichwere Christianized or destroyed; and the people, many of whom continued to practice elements of the religionand folklore of Judaism and for most of whom thememory of Jewishness has been extinguished. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 6562

The Disputation: A Theological DebateBetween Christians and Jews
Recreates a public theological debate between Christiansand Jews, which were common during the Middle Ages. This one, held in Barcelona in 1263, was unique, beinga genuine debate between Christianity and Judaismwhich brought to light the basic differences betweenthe two religions. 1993. 65 min. Video/C 6563

The Falashas.
A study of the history, customs and way of life of the Black Jews of Ethiopia and of efforts to help them emigrate to Israel.1987. 27 min. Video/C 1997

Hanukkah.
An examination of the traditional service and celebration of the centuries-old holiday that commemorates the victory of Jewish people, more than 2,000 years ago, over the Syrian ruler Antiochus. Edward Asner narrates the program, which explains how modern services recall miracles of times past. 3/4" UMATIC. 1973. 30 min. Video/C 33

The Hasidim.
Explores the history, traditions, ceremonies, andpractices of the Hasidic community of New York to show why the Hasidim have flourished and influenced other Jews. 1991. 29 min. Video/C 3727

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews.
60 min ea. Episode 1, A People is Born (3500 B.C. to 6th century B. C.). DVD 5075; Video/C 701:1 pt. 1
Episode 2, Power of the Word (6th century B.C. to 2nd century B.C.). DVD 5075; Video/C 701:2 Pt. 2
Episode 3, The shaping of Traditions (1st to 9th centuries). DVD 5075; Video/C 701:3 Pt. 3
Episode 4, The Crucible of Europe (9th to 15th centuries). DVD 5075; Video/C 701:4 Pt. 4
Episode 5, The Search for Deliverance (1492-1789). DVD 5075; Video/C 701:5 Pt. 5
Episode 6, Roads from the Ghetto (1789-1914). DVD 5075; Video/C 701:6 Pt. 6
Episode 7, The Golden Land (1654-1932). DVD 5075;Video/C 701:7 Pt. 7
Episode 9, Into the Future (1945 to the present) DVD 5075;Video/C 701:9 Pt. 9

Jerusalem: Between Heaven and Earth.
A three part exploration of the history, religion and politics of Jerusalem as seen through the eyes of residents of Jerusalem, adherents of the three major faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 1996.

Part 1, City of History. Presents an in-depth look at Jerusalem's turbulent history as seen through the eyes of academics as well as native denizens. 52 min. Video/C 7969

Part 2, City of Religion. The importance of Jerusalem to the world's three major faiths is closely examined through interviews and visits to Jerusalem's holiest sites. 52 min. Video/C 7970

Part 3, City of Peace. The hopes and dreams of Jerusalem's inhabitants are examined in the post-"intifada" era. 52 min. Video/C 7971

The Jew in the Lotus .
In 1990 eight Jewish delegates traveled to Dharamsala, India, to meet with the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet and share the secret of "spiritual survival in exile." Here one of the delegates, writer Rodger Kamenetz, describes his own spiritual journey of personal loss and redemption while documenting an historic meeting between two spiritual traditions. 1998. 59 min Video/C 7469

Jewish Moments: A Celebration of Life.
Pt.1. Introduction to the Jewish people: A sense of family. The ceremony of the Briss. First haircut.-- Pt.2. Family life of the Jewish people: Welcoming the Sabbath. Jewish families.--Pt.3. Inside the Jewishsynagogue: Coming of age ceremonies. Inside thesynagogue. The Torah. The Ten Commandments.--Pt.4. The Rue des Rosiers, Paris France: The JewishQuarter in Paris. Holiday of the Harvest-Sukkoth.--Pt.5. Education: Primary education. Yeshiva--oral andwritten Torah.--Pt.6. Wedding: Marriage andcelebration. What enabled the Jews to survive as a people for 4000 years? What binds the Jewish people together? What arethe basic teachings and where are they to be foundtoday? Jewish Moments answers all of these questionswith a simple and joyful approach which takes theviewer on an inward journey directly to the heart of the Jewish religion. 36 min. Video/C 4343

Judaism: The Chosen People (The Long Search; 7).
Consists of interviews with several Jews living throughout the world who attempt to define the significance of being one of the chosen people. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1978. 52 min. DVD 9443; vhs Video/C 196

The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Disney. Voices: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart. A musical animated adaptation of the story of Moses. Two brothers, one born of royal blood, one an orphan with a secret past grow up the best of friends. But the truth will ultimately set them apart, as one becomes the ruler of a powerful empire, while the other is revealed as the chosen leader of the Jewish people,destined to free them from bondage. 99 min. DVD 1408
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A Seal Upon Thy Heart: A Portrait of Jewish Marriage
Documents a traditional Jewish wedding, placing special emphasis on Biblical and Talmudic sources of the wedding ceremony. Also explored are the couple's engagement, preparations for the wedding and the marriage, as well as the couple's personal reflections several months after their wedding. 1992. 30 min. Video/C 6572

Song of the Sephardi.
A feature-length documentary musical film about the songs and traditions of the Spanish Jews ... with the participation of the Sephardic communities of Seattle and Jerusalem. 198? 75 min. Video/C 2325

Talmud
Originally passed down orally from master to student, the Talmud is the hidden face of the Torah, or Old Testament. It is a vast body of legal, mythic, and philosophical texts, and a mixture of religious commentary and debate, of history and science, and of anecdote and humor. No other text has had such an influence on Jewish life as it details the principles, ethical codes, and laws that serve as a guide for conduct. Bonus features: Yeshiva Ponievitch 1932 (7 min.); Jack V. Lunzer and the Talmud of Henri VIII (24 min.); David Kramer and the treasures of JTS (24 min.); Rabbi Levine, Lubavitcher Rebbe's librarian, Brooklyn, New York (26 min.); Rabbi Sherman and artscroll publishing (14 min.); The Talmud according to Rav Adin Steinsaltz (24 min.); Judy Tenzer, the Drisha Institute (7 min.); Rabbi Kalatsky, the Talmud in Manhattan (14 min.); Rabbi Jacobson, the mystical approach of the Talmud (17 min.); Daf Yomi (9 min.) Written and directed by Pierre-Henry Salfati. 2006. 55 min. DVD 8591

Women of the Wall.
Examines Jewish women's struggles with Orthodox Jewish tradition for the right to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Interviews with government officials, rabbis and Women at the Wall group members offer a glimpse into the battles raging in Israel over religious freedom, separation of religion and state, and women's rights. 31 min. Video/C 7851

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All Dressed in White
Documentary on weddings in three generations of a Catholic family originally from India and now living in California. Focuses on the brides attempt to reconcile traditional Indian, Catholic and American values in her choice of wedding dress. A film by Ligia Giese and Margaret Dubin. Produced in the Anthropological Film Program, University of California, Berkeley, 1993, through the facilities of the Office of Media Services. 1993. 19 min. Video/C MM578

Bells From the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (Glocken aus der Tiefe)
Examines the mysticism and asceticism of religious practices in a region of Siberia near the upper course of the Yenisei River: pilgrims crawling across a barely frozen lake, hoping for a view of the legendary Kitezh, a village believed sunken intact by God to save it from Mongol raiders, "transmission of cosmic energy" into bottled water hawked by faith healer Alan Chumack; women under the spell of "sorcerer/exorcist" Yuri Tarassov; and followers of a robed, Christ-like man. A film by Werner Herzog. 1993. 60 min. DVD 6506

The Madonna & Other Miracles.
Producer/director/writer, Beth Harrington. After recording an Italian-American religious festival in Boston's North End with her camcorder, Beth Harrington's neighbors tell her they see a miracle on the videotape: a statue of the Virgin Mary its eyes. To her amazement, and in spite of her lapsed religious beliefs, she must admit that her life has been transformed by the event. And when the press gets ahold of the story what ensues is an amusing look at what it means to believe and to belong. Dist.: New Day Films. 1997. 57 min. Video/C 5041

Martin, James. The Madonna and Other Miracles. (movie reviews) America v176, n21 (June 21, 1997):23.
Garofalo, Denise A. "The Madonna and Other Miracles." (video recording reviews) Library Journal v122, n9 (May 15, 1997):115 (2 pages).
James, Caryn. "The Madonna and Other Miracles." (video recording reviews) New York Times v146 (Mon, May 12, 1997):B2(N), C14(L), col 2, 7 col in.

Briars in the Cottonpatch.
Tells the nearly forgotten story of Koinonia Farm, a small Christian community founded by Clarence Jordan in Southwest Georgia in 1942 where whites and blacks chose to live and work together as equals despite the brutal and frightening consequences. Surrounded by segregationalist Georgians, they withstood bullets, bombs and boycotts in the years leading up to the tumultuous Civil Rights era. This award winning documentary examines the remarkable events that tested the moral boundaries of a community and planted the seeds for the global work of Habitat for Humanity. 2012. 57 min. DVD X9157

Chase the Devil: Religious Music of the Appalachian Mountains.
Religious music in the Southern Appalachians covers a widepanorama. At one extreme, is the idea that any music is the"devil's work," at the other is hard driving, rhythmic music.Focuses on the Holiness church experience depicting the exhuberant preaching and singing. 1990. 50 min. Video/C 3263

Christianity and Islam
A Muslim scholar of the Christian Bible addresses the history, similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam with some references to Judaism. Speech followed by questions from the audience. A lecture by Ahmad Deedat. Presented at the University of Geneva on March 17, 1987. DVD 7191

The Diaspora and India
Documentary about the migration of Syriac Aramean people throughout the world today, including scenesof contemporary Syrian churches in the U.S.A., Canada,Holland, and India, with emphasis on southern India's Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. c2001. 60 min. Video/C 9584

Facing Extinction: Assyrian Christians in Iraq
Each day thousands of Aramaic-speaking Assyrians (the language of Christ) are enduring unjust persecution because of their Christian faith. The film crew traveled into threatened Christian communities to capture the stories in this program. Included is actual footage, filmed by the terrorists themselves, performing acts of violence against innocent Assyrians. Directed by Rob Marcarelli. 2009. 35 min. DVD X5770

Friends of God: The Evangelical Movement in America; [a Roadtrip with Alexandra Pelosi]
Looks at the issues behind the formidable force in American culture and politics, the evangelical movement. Seeking to better understand the 60-80 million Christian evangelicals in the U.S., Alexandra Pelosi sets out on a road trip. On the way she finds the movement is an extremely diverse group: congregation members, creationist educators, religious activists, Liberty University students, a Christian comic, Bible theme park-goers, and professional wrestlers with a powerful gospel message. Includes interviews with evangelical media personalities and leaders. Originally broadcast on HBO Box Office television in Jan., 2007. Dist.: Films Media Group. 58 min. DVD 8907

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians. 56 min. each installment. 1998.

Part 1: Traces the life of Jesus, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion. Born in the reign of Emperor Augustus in the Pax Romana-- the Roman Peace--Jesus was a subject of the Roman Empire. This first hour looks at how scholars and archaeologists have pieced together a new portrait of where Jesus was born, how he lived, and who he was. Video/C 5691

Part 2: This second segment turns from the life of Jesus to the period that followed his death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding withthe First Revolt--the bloody and violent siege ofJerusalem and the beginning of a rift betweenChristianity and Judaism. The Film explores the viewsof Jesus' followers who interpreted Jesus and histeachings in different ways because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages. Video/C 5692

Part 3: This third segment examines the period after the First Revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels, looking at the increasinglyhostile relationship between the Christians and theJews. The hour concludes with another bloody Jewishwar against Rome, the Second Revolt. Video/C 5693

Part 4: This final segment documents the extraordinary events of the second and third centuries in which Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect to an official religion of the Roman Empire. Video/C 5694

God's Angry Man
A documentary portrait of Dr. Gene Scott, an American televangelist, which includes interviews with Scott and clips from his shows, showing how he manages to collect several hundred thousand dollars within 30 minutes. A film about monomaniac and a nationwide malaise, about a man on a mission while he battles his own inner demons. A film by Werner Herzog. 1980. DVD 6503

A History of Christianity
Directed by Gillian Bancroft and Siân Salt. Dist.: Ambrose Video. 60 min. each installment

Episode 1. The First Christianity. In the first of a six part series sweeping across four continents, Professor MacCulloch goes in search of Christianity's forgotten origins. He overturns the familiar story that it all began when the apostle Paul took Christianity from Jerusalem to Rome. Instead, he shows that the true origins of Christianity lie east, and at one point appeared to be poised to triumph in Asia. DVD X3548

Episode 2. Catholicism : The Unpredicatable Rise of Rome. The second segment of this 6-part series explores the rise of the Roman Catholic Church. Over one billion Christians look to Rome - that's more than half of all Christians on the planet. But how did a small Jewish sect from the backwoods of 1st century Palestine, which preached humility and the virtue of poverty, become the established religion of Western Europe - wealthy, powerful and expecting unfailing obedience from the faithful? DVD X3549

Episode 3. Orthodoxy: From Empire to Empire. Today, Eastern Orthodox Christianity flourishes in the Balkans and Russia with over 150 million members worldwide. It's quite unlike Catholicism or Protestantism: worship is carefully choreographed, icons pull the faithful into a mystical union with Christ, and everywhere is a symbol of a fierce-looking bird - the double-headed eagle. In his third journey into the History of Christianity Diarmaid MacCulloch charts Orthodoxy's extraordinary fight for survival. DVD X3550

Episode 4. Reformation: The Individual Before God. In the fourth part of his History of Christianity Diarmaid MacCulloch makes sense of the Reformation, and of how a faith based on obedience and authority gave birth to one based on individual conscience. He shows how Luther wrote hymns to teach people the message of the Bible, and how Ulrich Zwingli - a Swiss Reformer - encouraged followers to tear down statues of saints, allow married clergy and denied that communion bread and wine were the body and blood of Christ. DVD X3551

Episode 5. Protestantism: The Evangelical Explosion. Traces the growth of an exuberant expression of faith that has spread across the globe - Evangelical Protestantism. The Evangelical explosion has been driven by a concern for social justice and the claim that you could stand in a direct emotional relationship with God. It allowed the Protestant faith to burst its boundaries from its homeland in Europe. In America, it has become associated with conservative politics and its preachers have marketed Christianity with all the flair and swashbuckling enterprise of American commerce. In Africa it converted much of the continent by adapting to local traditions, and now it's expanding into Asia. DVD X3552

Episode 6. God in the Dock. In the last program in the series MacCulloch challenges the simplistic notion that faith in Christianity has steadily ebbed away before the relentless advance of science, reason and progress and shows instead how the tide of faith perversely flows back in. Despite the attacks of Newton, Voltaire, the French Revolutionaries and Darwin, Christianity has shown a remarkable resilience. The greatest damage to Christianity in fact was inflicted to its moral credibility by the two great wars of the 20th century and by its entanglement with Fascism and Nazism. And yet it is in crisis that the Church has rediscovered deep and enduring truths about itself. DVD X3553

I Believe in Miracles: Kathryn Kuhlman.
"I believe in miracles... because I believe in God. That was the profound conviction of one who brought belief and hope to countless thousands. From personal experience, Kathryn Kuhlman witnesses to the availability of an omnipotent God who hears and answers prayer, meeting needs both spiritual and physical."--Container. 1995. 83 min. Video/C 5507

Is Jesus God?
A lecture by a noted Muslim scholar Ahmad Deedat addressing the Muslim view of Jesus Christ and Christianity in general. DVD 7192

Is the Bible God's Word
Presents a debate and discussion of Muslim and Christian theological "proofs" between Christian fundamentalist Jimmy Swaggart and Muslim scholar Ahmed Deedat before a live audience. c2006. 180 min. DVD X2550

Island of Saints and Souls.
A documentary showing how the Catholic traditions of numerous immigrant groups have influenced and contributed to the rich cultural texture of New Orleans. Takes the viewer through a year in the life of the city, exploring its colorful history, traditions, customs and feast days. 1990. 29 min. Video/C MM551

Jerusalem: Between Heaven and Earth.
A three part exploration of the history, religion and politics of Jerusalem as seen through the eyes of residents of Jerusalem, adherents of the three major faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 1996.

Part 1, City of History. Presents an in-depth look at Jerusalem's turbulent history as seen through the eyes of academics as well as native denizens. 52 min. Video/C 7969

Part 2, City of Religion. The importance of Jerusalem to the world's three major faiths is closely examined through interviews and visits to Jerusalem's holiest sites. 52 min. Video/C 7970

Part 3, City of Peace. The hopes and dreams of Jerusalem's inhabitants are examined in the post-"intifada" era. 52 min. Video/C 7971

Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Da Vinci.
Host, Elizabeth Vargas explores the controversial questions raised by the bestselling novel, 'The Da Vinci Code'. She travels to significant locations around the world to seek out what evidence may exist to support them and visits with religion and art history scholars and others who offer their perspectives. 2004. 45 min. DVD 3791

Jimmy Swaggart: Friday, February 19, 1988 & Monday, February 22, 1988 / ABC News.
On Feb. 19, 1988, new allegations surfaced that TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart was involved in sexual philandering and may have to step down. On Feb. 22, he tearfully confessed to sexual misconduct on religious television. Nightline examines, through interviews with Evangelical pastors and others: How will TV evangelism cope with yet another scandal? 45 min. Video/C 5762

Kuwaresma
Profiles the current Catholic religious practices and festival celebrations of the filipino people as they move through the celebrations of the Christian liturgical calendar year. In Tagalog without titles. 1998. 43 min. Video/C 5664

Kwaresma
Presents a folk Catholic celebration of Holy Week in the Philippines, though visits to many churches, showing the variety of religious celebrations. VHS format (PAL). In Tagalog. 1988. 97 min. Video/C 9163

Legendary Sermons: Reverend C.L. Franklin.[sound recording]
Contents: Two fish and five loaves of bread, part 1 (10:05) -- Two fish and five loaves of bread, part 2 (8:54) -- Pressing on, part 1 (10:14) -- Pressing on, part 2 (9:02). Sound/D 173

The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today
Recounts the personal story behind one of the most important and landmark first amendment cases in U.S. history, the case that established the separation of church and state in public schools. The film recounts what plaintiff Vashti McCollum later described as "three years of headlines, headaches, and hatred", but which eventually led to a decision that still resonates in the church-state conflicts of today -- more than 60 years after the original decision in McCollum vs. Board of Education. Produced, directed and photographed by Jay Rosenstein. c2010. 56 min. DVD X5307

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Marjoe
A documentary on Marjoe Gortner, who was trained by his holy roller parents to hustle for Jesus and began preaching on the evangelical circuit when he was three years old. Follows Marjoe during his last months of rock-style preaching before his retirement at 28, and includes his comments on life as a con-man and the ethics of his colleagues in the religion business. Originally issued as a motion picture in 1972. 88 min. DVD 2439; also included on DVD 5298

Marketing the Message
Husband and wife filmmakers Joe and Kate Bly take a road trip from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Florida, surveying ways in which Christian evangelism is stepping up its campaign [to convert non-believers] and rebrand itself to fit within mainstream pop culture. Along the way they find a Christian skateboarding tour, hip accessories for teens, a preaching wrestler, NASCAR fans distributing racing Bibles and the Holy Land Experience -- a Bible themed amusement park -- pushing the envelope of faith-based entertainment. The debate is joined by commercial marketers, pastors and plain folks. 2006. 26 min. DVD 8761

Monastery of Mount Sinai: Where God Walked on Earth
A visit to the Greek Orthodox monastery on Mt. Sinai, the oldest surviving monastery in the world.1985. 53 min. Video/C 6046

Old Believers (Staroverci)
Shot over a period of five years, documents the life of a strongly religious community living in the Danube Delta. Time seems to have stopped in this forsaken Romanian village where the Russian emigrants of a minority faith settled during the 17th century. Their descendants were able to preserve not only their original beliefs but also their language while remaining faithful to their ancient rites and customs. A specific, almost meditative rhythm in this place gives a transcendental significance to even the most ordinary everyday tasks. Written and directed by Jana Sevcikova. 2001. 46 min. DVD X152

On Wings of Faith (En Alas de la Fe).
A visit to two festivals held in the North Sierra of Puebla, Mexico; one to honor Saint Michael the Archangel in the town of San Miguel Tzinacapan; the other for Saint Francis of Assisi in Cuetzalan. Mexican and mesoamerican dancers celebrate their oral traditions, magical medicine, petition for favors and give thanks to their patron saints through the medium of dance. 1991. 28 min. Video/C 4420

One Nation Under God.
Two former leaders of an x-gay ministry expose and ridicule therapies and techniques used by some Christian organizations to attempt to change the sexual orientation of homosexuals. 1993. 83 min. Video/C 3311

Orthodox Christianity: the Rumanian Solution.
Examines the unique relationship existing between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Communist state in Romania. Vistis a number of Romanian churches and observes how the Orthodox liturgy is conducted. 1978. 52 min. Video/C 195

Protestant Spirit U.S.A. (The Long Search;1)
Visits various Protestant churches in Indianapolis and observes how services are conducted. Examines the reasons for the vigor of religious expression among both Black and white American Protestants. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1977. 52 min. DVD 9441; vhs Video/C 190

Rise Up and Walk: The Life and Witness of the African Indigenous Churches
Explores the origins, beliefs and practices of a variety of independent African Christian churches, showing how they interpret and live the Christian faith in the context of their own pre-Christian religious and cultural traditions. 1981. 55 min. Video/C MM569

Rome, Leeds and the Desert. (The Long Search; 4)
Forms part of a series on world religions in which Ronald Eyre travels around the globe asking people basic questions about their religious beliefs and practices. This segment visits Rome, Spain, and England to explore the diversity and unity of the Catholic religious experience. Looks at changes in the Catholic religion since Vatican II. Examines different aspects of Catholicism through three portrayals: by the ceremony of the official church at the Vatican, as practiced by devout lay Catholics in Leeds, and as observed by the Little Brothers of Jesus in the desert of southeastern Spain. Dist. Ambrose Video Publishing. 1978. 53 min. DVD 9442; vhs Video/C 193

The Roots of Disbelief
Examines the many causes for today's indifference to Christianity, asserting that the major reasons are the advance of science and historical criticisms of the Bible. 1976. 37 min. DVD 9149 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 752

Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady Aparecida)
In the Portuguese village of Senhora Aparecida, the annual festival is being prepared. The biers that reach fifteen meters high and which are carried by 70 men are being erected and decorated. The penitents order the coffins that will carry them, in a procession to the chapel as is the secular tradition. But a new priest has his own ideas about how religion should be practiced in the town and wants to put an end to the coffins procession. 1994. 55 min. Video/C 9726

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Sex in a Cold Climate
Directed by Steve Humphries. This documentary presents a disturbing portrait of Magdalen asylums, run by corrupt and sadistic Catholic nuns in Ireland. The purpose of the asylums, named after the repentant biblical prostitute Mary Magdalene, was to correct the supposed sexual deviances of young women. [See also: The Magdalene Sisters, feature film based on this documentary) 1997. 50 min. DVD X4610

Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton
"One man's search has helped light the way for millions." A meditation on the life of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, author of books, essays and poetry, all rooted in his lifelong search for meaning. The film provides valuable insights into who Merton was and why he wrote as he did, using Merton's words augmented by reflections of both scholars and those who knew him personally. 2007. 67 min. DVD X668

[Stein] Edith Stein
Probes the heart and soul of the Carmelite nun, Edith Stein (1891-1942), the Jewish convert and noted philosopher, beatified on German soil by Pope John Paul II. Exemplifies her holiness and heroic virtue while facing down a culture of death. 1996. 90 min. Video/C 8037

TV Evangelists: Monday, March 23, 1987, Tuesday, March 24, 1987 / ABC News.
This segment of Nightline raises questions about television evangelism. Tele-evangelists raise millions of dollars, but exactly where does the money go? Who monitors these organizations? Also television evangelist Jim Bakker is accused of adultery and resigns. Is it a holy house cleaning or are religious businessmen simply engaged in a mudslinging contest? Includes interviews with Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart and others. c1990. 61 min. Video/C 5761

Two Thousand Years: The History of Christianity
Series charting the history of Christianity. c1999. 47 min. each installment

The Birth of a New Religion: Christianity in the 1st and 2nd Centuries. Presents the life of Jesus against the backdrop of 1st century Judea, inhabited by the Jews and occupied by the forces of the Roman Empire. After the Resurrection, Saul of Tarsus, later Paul, became a champion of a budding new religion based on Jesus' teachings: Christianity. Part 2 traces the spread of the faith and its inevitable clash with Rome. Despite persecution, Christianity thrived, setting down roots and creating the New Testament. Video/C 8656

Trials and Triumphs in Rome: Christianity in the 3rd and 4th Centuries. Part 1 of this program places Christianity -- an outlawed faith-within the context of the religiously diverse Roman Empire, whose citizens worshipped the old Greco-Roman gods, mystery cult figures such as Mithra, and the Emperor himself. But by appealing to all people and promising eternal salvation, Christianity began to surpass the popularity of the Roman religions. Part 2 begins with Diocletian's Great Persecution; proceeds to Constantine's conversion, the Edict of Milan, and the Council of Nicaea; and closes with the excommunication of Theodosius. Video/C 8657

African Ascetics and Celtic Monks: Christianity in the 5th and 6th Centuries. Part 1 of this program introduces Augustine of Hippo and his The City of God, which examines the Church's uneasy relationship with human frailty and wordliness, as piety became indentified with self-denial and celibacy was viewed as central to the pursuit of perfection. Part 2 tracks the spread of Christianity to Ireland and its establishment in Britain and Northern Europe by celtic monks, who had formulated the concept of penance and the culture of pilgrimage. Video/C 8658

Byzantium and the Holy Roman Empire: Christianity in the 7th and 8th Centuries. Part 1 of this program contrasts the ill health of Rome and its Church with the spiritual and material vitality of Byzantium. But all was not well even in the East, as war with Persia and the rise and swift spread of Islam made the Holy Land off limits, while arguments about the nature of Christ continued to split the Christian world. Part 2 focuses on the conversion of the Saxon tribes first by Bishop Boniface, the Apostle of Germany, and then by King Charlemagne, who was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III. Video/C 8659

The Dark Ages and the Millennium: Christianity in the 9th and 10th Centuries. Part 1 probes the nature of Christian prayer, questioning Eastern reliance on icons rather than the Word, as in the West. Part 2 chronicles the chaos in Europe that broke out with the death of Charlemagne and the approach of the millennium. The ensuing political instability, combined with fears of the Apocalypse, stood in stark contrast to the efforts of the Peace of God movement and the Abbey of Cluny to maintain order. Video/C 8660

Crusaders and Schism in the East: Christianity in the 11th and 12th Centuries. Part 1 of this program documents both the papal reforms that severed the ties between the Church and the wealthy Roman families and the rift between Rome and Constantinople. Efforts to reconcile differences in doctrine, clerical practice, and political influence ended in the excommunication of Constantinople's Patriarch. Part 2 outlines the first four Crusades, in which Jerusalem was won and lost and Byzantium fell to the swords of its own Christian allies. The transfiguring influence of Islamic scholarship on Europe is also spotlighted. Video/C 8661

Heresy, war, and the Black Death: Christianity in the 13th and 14th Centuries. Part 1 of this program follows the dual enterprises of constructing cathedrals and stamping out heresy. Buildings of unprecedented grandeur exemplified the power and influence of the Church in Europe, as did the systematic destruction of the heretic Cathars. Part 2 covers King Philip IV of France's defiance of Church authority; the Hundred Years' War, and the Black Death. Although the Pope declared the Plague a judgment by God, rumors of a Jewish plot were rife, leading to anti-Semitic massacres in Germany and elsewhere. Video/C 8662

Sectarianism and Schism in Europe: Christianity in the 15th and 16 Centuries. Part 1 of this program highlights the Great Schism. The Papacy's move to achieve political independence and the flowering of the Renaissance are presented as well, along with the violent opposition to the new papal politics and the humanism that was remaking God in man's image. Part 2 plots out the religious revolt sparked by the sale of indulgences, from Martin Luther's 95 Theses, to the Inquisition, to the Protestantism of John Calvin. The spread of the Catholic faith to Latin America by the Jesuits is also discussed. Video/C 8663

Fighting Intolerance and slavery: Christianity in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Part 1 traces the spread of Christianity via the Puritans to North America. Victims of intolerance in the Old World, the emigres swiftly proved intolerant of others in the New World, leaving to the Quakers to promote the religious freedom later associated with the United States. Part 2 outlines the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, the Methodism of John Wesley, and the concept of human rights. How had the un-Christian institution of slavery endured so long in Europe and most notably, in egalitarian America? Video/C 8664

Coping with Scientific and Social Change: Christianity in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Part 1 of this program asks whether religion and science can coexist in a post-Darwinian world. Are creation and evolution mutually exclusive? Part 2 focuses on the questions raised by the global movement toward social equality. Must Christianity adapt to survive, and if so, do issues like female priests and homosexuality threaten to rob it of its scriptural authority? Should the Church restructure along democratic lines? And what role will New Age religions and the Pentecostal movement play as Christianity enters its third millennium? Video/C 8665

Voodoo and the Church in Haiti.
Presents the religion and rituals of Voodoo in Haiti, the inclusion of Christian images in Voodoo worship, and the long standing conflict between Christians, Catholics and Voodooists. 1998. 40 min. Video/C 6430

Waiting for Armageddon
America's 50-million-strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy, from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. Explore this apocalyptic worldview, from the homefront in America to the future battlefield of Israel. By weaving Christian, Zionist, and Jewish perspectives along with telling archival materials, this eye-opening film also proves the potentially explosive alliance between Evangelical Christians and Israel. Directed by Kate Davis, Franco Sacchi, David Heilbroner. 2009. 74 min. DVD X5705
With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America
Six parts, 56 minutes each. 1996.

With God on Our Side, Part 1: The Early Crusades, 1950-1968. Postwar fundamentalism is marked by optimism, mass revival meetings and disdain for worldly politics. But current events prod evangelical Christians into the political arena. Dismayed by Supreme Court rulings banning school prayer and encouraged by the Goldwater '64 campaign, conservative Christians rise up to launch a nationwide revolt against sex education. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Jon Braun, Mel White, Jerry Falwell, Mark Hatfield,, Billy James Hargis, Phyllis Schlafly, James Dunn, Peter Gillquist, E.V. Hill, Haywood Robinson, Carl F. Henry, Pierre Guillermin, Charles Colson, Tim LaHaye, Morton Blackwell, Harold I. Lief. 56 min. Video/C 6030

With God on Our Side, Part 2: The Zeal of Thy House, 1969-1974. While campus evangelists go head-to-head with campus radicals Billy Graham and Richard Nixon join forces to champion "The Silent Majority." Watergate soon teaches Graham the perils of political entanglement. But the die has been cast, and in Kanawha County, West Virginia--where a local textbook controversy escalates into jailings, bombings and a miners' strike--the Religious Right is born. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Mark Hatfield, Charles Colson, James Dunn, Jon Braun, Peter Gillquist, Kathryn Long, Bill Bright, Jerry Falwell, Kenneth Briggs, Pat Robertson, Paul Weyrich, James Moffett. 56 min. Video/C 6031

With God on Our Side, Part 3: We Are Family, 1974-1980. When Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter declares himself "born again", the media is befuddled--but his religious faith helps convince voters he can heal the nation. 1976 heralds a new era for evangelicals in every arena, yet modern life also means divorce, feminism, and gay rights. At the White House Conference on Families, conservative Christians choose polarization on those issues over reuniting the American family. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: James Dunn, Bob Maddox, Kenneth Briggs, Cal Thomas, Jody Powell, Stuart Eizenstat, Pat Robertson, Connie Marshner, Os Guinness, Mel White, Phyllis Schlafly, John Carr, Paul Weyrich, Tim LaHaye, Francis Schaeffer. 56 min. Video/C 6032

With God on Our Side, Part 4: Prophets and Advisors, 1979-1984. Seizing the pro-family agenda, New Right conservative strategists midwife a brood of new Christian political organizations, most notably Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority. These groups experience a heady overnight success, registering millions of evangelical voters and helping sweep Ronald Reagan into office. Yet once in the White House, his mainline Republican advisors actively suppress the traditional values issues. Evangelical leaders are forced to choose between 'speaking the truth' and 'going along to get along' in the political realm. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Jerry Falwell, Morton Blackwell, Paul Weyrich, Connie Marshner, Francis Schaeffer, Os Guinness, Udo Middelmann, Edith Schaeffer, C. Everett Koop, Ed Dobson, James Robison, Michael Deaver, John Conlan, Pat Robertson, Cal Thomas, Ed McAteer, Mel White. 56 min. Video/C 6033

With God on Our Side, Part 5: And Who Shall Lead Them? 1985-1988. Anti-abortion activists cheered when Reagan named one of their own, C. Everett Koop, as Surgeon General. By the mid-80s, though, AIDS hits home even in fundamentalists circles and Koop splits with his former allies over the proper Christian response to this 'sign of God's judgement.' Pat Robertson mobilizes an 'invisible army' to support his bid for the presidency. Though dogged by televangelist scandals, the Robertson campaign sets the agenda for George Bush's victory over Michael Dukakis. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Everett Koop, Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich, Mel White, Pat Robertson, Francis Schaeffer, Jimmy Allen, Jerry Falwell, E.V. Hill, Ed Dobson, Phyllis Schlafly, Doug Wead, E.J. Dionne. 56 min. Video/C 6034

With God on Our Side, Part 6: God's Armies, 1989-1994. While George Bush strains to win their trust, religious leaders turn to a new crusade: building a true grassroots power structure from the ashes of the Robertson campaign. The fruit of their efforts, the Christian Coalition, is now one of most politically adept membership organizations ever. Yet many inside the movement question if, in gaining power in the secular world, conservative Christians have lost their evangelical soul. This final program lays bare the struggle for the future of the religious right and of America. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed, Doug Wead, Randall Terry, Phyllis Schlafly, E.J. Dionne, Michael Horton, Kevin Phillips, Os Guinness, Martin Mawyer, David Noebel, Bill McCartney, Luis Palau, Haywood Robinson, James Dobson, Wellington Boon, Charles Colson. 56 min. Video/C 6035

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African American Religious Traditions

African American Studies videography

Achievements in American Black History: Black Religion.
Traces the history of Black religion from its African origins. Discussion of the roots of Black religion in tribal life and beliefs, its adoption of the White church framework, and its spiritual, social, and political influence in America. 1979/. 40 min. Video/C 82

All God's Children.
A look at the Black Church's embracement of African American lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of its spiritual family with commentary by prominent political and religious leaders in the Black community. 26 min. Video/C 6200

Fire in the Pews.
Documentary on African-American Catholicism. Written, & directed by David Parks. 1987. 30 min. Video/C 1874

Huie's Sermon (Huies Predigt)
A documentary of the Brooklyn black bishop Cleophus James as he preaches God's glory in the middle of the Brooklyn slums. The film lasts the entire length of the sermon, filmed in front of a live congregation as he escalates into an ever increasing frenzy. A film by Werner Herzog. 1980. 42 min. DVD 6501

Keeping the Faith.
Examines the Black church in America as a source of Black heritage and cultural identity, a wellspring of social and political action, and a refuge for impoverished urban blacks. Shows hot two Black churches in Chicago, one with a middle class congregation and one serving the inner-city poor, balance the spiritual needs of their members with their mission of addressing the social and economic problems facing many disadvantaged Black Americans. c1987. 60 min. Video/C 1489

Let the Curch Say Amen .
Blocks away from the Capitol and White House stands a tiny storefront church, endeavoring to combat the street violence, unemployment, and homelessness that threaten American families living in poverty. Over the course of a year, this feature-length documentary follows four church members as they work to fulfill their dreams for a better life. 2005. 90 min. DVD 5297

The Performed Word.
The power of the Afro-American performed word, particularly that of black preachers, is examined. Includes excerpts from services and interviews with Bishop E.E. Cleveland of Berkeley, California, esteemed at the embodiment of his culture and the bearer of Afro-American tradition. Directors, Ernest Shinagawa, Carlos de Jesus. c1982. 60 min. DVD 7460; vhs Video/C 3209

Religion, Rap and the Crisis of Black Leadership: Cornel West.(World of Ideas with Bill Moyers)
A conversation and interview with Cornel West, professor at Harvard University, about religion, rap music, and the crisis of black leadership in America. 1994. 30 min. Video/C 4993

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.
This film documents the life of Arnold Dwight "Gatemouth" Moore, a prominent blues singer who left the stage at the height of his career to preach and sing gospel music. Among those interviewed are Rufus Thomas, Andrew Chaplin Jr., B.B. King, and Benjamin Hooks. Concludes with a service with Moore and gospel star, Rev. Al Green. Directed by Louis Guida. c1992. 70 min. Video/C 2539

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Say Amen, Somebody.
Documentary that follows gospel singer Willie Mae Ford Smith from her home to church services, to emotionally galvanic singing conventions. Also features Thomas Dorsey, her mentor, and the man credited with inventing gospel music. c1984. 100 min. DVD 611; vhs Video/C 1873

A Sound Baptism
Produced by students enrolled in Ethnographic Film (Anthropology 138B) at the University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Anthropology. Examines an Afro-American Christian church in which jazzmusic is the dominant element of the church service. 1995. 22 min. Video/C 3987

This Far by Faith, African-American Spiritual Journeys.

Episode one: There is a river explores the evolution of African-American religious thought, from the beliefs and rituals Africans brought to America to the influence of Christian teachings imposed on slaves in the new world. It charts the growth of independent black churches and attempts by slaves and free blacks to unify the black community. Through the lives of two nineteenth-century black leaders, Sojourner Truth and Denmark Vesey, we see how religion and belief in God provided hope in the face of desperation. c2003. 120 min. DVD 3055
Episode two: God is a Negro focuses on the role of Henry McNeal Turner, whose efforts to create a sense of self-respect among African-Americans began in the political arena and shifted to the religious realm. His emphasis on a black nationalist philosophy and his rejection of white power alienated him from some leaders, but led to a greater role for the black church in African-American culture. Turner's philosophy and teachings encouraged his followers to find God from within, raising their opinions about themselves and all black people. c2003. 120 min. DVD 3055

Episode three: Guide my feet follows the movement of African-Americans from the South to the promised land of the North, from country to city, from rejection to hope. It is also the story of Cecil Williams and Thomas A. Dorsey, two men a generation apart but united by a vision to take the stark reality of the streets into the church, challenging Christianity to be true to its promise of acceptance. In Chicago, Thomas Dorsey pioneers a different direction for spiritual expression: gospel music. In San Francisco, the Reverend Cecil Williams strives to pull down barriers with his "come as you are" church. Through their efforts, Dorsey, Williams and others create a new faith and a new music. c2003. 120 min. DVD 3055

Episode four: Freedom faith traces the connections between "Freedom faith"--The belief that God intended all people to be equal and free--and the Civil Rights Movement. Faith gave black families a way of insulating themselves from the oppression of segregation in the 1940s and 1950s, and provided the seeds for opposition to Jim Crow. Many of the protests of the 1960s are shown from the perspective of Prathia Hall, an eminent black preacher who was born in 1940 and literally grew up with the movement. Hall is one of many voices in the film--voices of ordinary people who, through faith, risk their lives to challenge America to live up to its promise of equality. c2003. 120 min. DVD 3055

Episode five: Inheritors of the faith follows the journeys of African-Americans who seek a spiritual experience in the traditions of Islam and Yoruba. Originating in West Africa and pre-dating Christianity, Yoruba focuses on honoring ancestors, and worshipers c2003. 120 min. DVD 3055

Traditions and Customs
Presents a history of Syriac Orthodox churches, people, and monasteries in Syria, Turkey and India. Includes information about their traditions and their Aramaic language. c2001. 60 min. Video/C 9583

Voices of the Gods
This documentary captures the rich legacy of ancient African religions practiced today in the United States. It provides rare insights into the practices and beliefs of the Akan and Yoruba religions and illustrates how mass media has been used to denigrate these belief systems. Includes an intimate andrespectful study of an Egungun ancestral communion ceremony and daily life in the Yoruba village of Oyotunji in Sheldon, South Carolina, the only traditional African village of its kind in the U.S. today. 1986. 60 min. Video/C 5574

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Latin American videography

Ache Moyuba Orisha: Sabre la Santeria Cubana.
An indepth examination of the Syncretism religion, an amalgum of Catholic symbolism and in African piety, as it is practiced in Cuba. In Spanish with English subtitles. 199?.42 min. Video/C 4286

Arte Religioso.
A documentary on Christian art and how it has influenced the culture of Argentina. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 23 min. Video/C MM527

Building an Altar
Examines the creation of an altar installation shown at the art Gallery SOMArts' Day of the Dead exhibition. The Day of the Dead is a holiday that originated in Mexico but is celebrated around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to celebrate, pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Produced, directed and edited by Gloria Galindo. 20 min. DVD X7003

Buying the Spirits
This powerful documentary presents a sympathetic view of voodooism in Haiti delving into the hidden world of voodoo practitioners and offering unique insight into a frequently misunderstood religion. Haitians turn to secret voodoo societies for support and protection some to gain wealth and power. The stories offered here present an objective view of a religion that is important to so many and often maligned. A film by Saskia Reitmeijer & Bart Drolenga. 2003. 52 min. DVD X529; vhs Video/C MM147

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Carnaval: Adios a la Carne.
Presents a documentary concerning a religious festival held by the people of Humahuaca, Argentina. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 27 min. Video/C MM526

Darkness into Light.
Narrated by Edward James Olmos. A series about Catholic spirituality in Mexico. 57 min ea.

Guadalupe, mother of all Mexico
. A documentary on the history of how the Virgin Mary and the icon "Our Lady of Guadalupe" became important parts of the culture of Mexico and on the current devotion of the Mexican people to them. 1997. 57 min. DVD X8636

Semana Santa, San Miguel
. A documentary of the activities that occur during Holy Week in San Miguel, Mexico. 1997. 57 min. DVD X8635

Following the spirit
. A documentary about the history of spirituality in Mexico, from ancient times to the present day. 1997. 57 min. DVD X8634

Diabla blanca
Travel from the Tokyo subways to the Mexican desert with psychedelic pleasure seekers Akira and Ken as they inadvertently discover the beauty of Huichol culture. In the morning mist of Mount Fuji, following an all-night purification ritual, the gods demand a mysterious sacrifice from Akira and Ken. To fulfill the gods' wishes, the Japanese duo must journey to the wondrous 'Land of Flowers' or Wirikuta, the sacred peyote gathering place of the Huichol people. As they take on this unique challenge, they develop a deeper commitment to their shamanic practices, and personal dramas unfold. This documentary tells an extraordinary story of spiritual awakening while respectfully portraying the peyote rituals of the Huichol people of Nayarit and Jalisco in the Sierra Madre. Written and directed by Lauracarmen Magaña. DVD X7004

Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti.
Maya Deren's film chronicles a journey into the world of the Voudoun religion of Haiti. A film by Maya Deren. Filmed in Haiti 1947-1951. he narration was adapted from the book by Maya Deren, Divine horsemen : the living gods of Haiti." 52 min. DVD 6393; vhs Video/C 1924

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The Five Suns: A Sacred History of Mexico.
An animated depiction of the religion of the Aztecs told with illustrations painted in the style of native Mexican people of the sixteenth century. Narrator, Luis Valdez; music, Mazatl Galindo with Todd Boekelheide. 1996. 55 min. Video/C 6184

Flowers for Guadalupe: The Presence of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexican Women's Lives
This film explores the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a liberating symbol for Mexican women today. This unusual "contata" of women's voices representing urban, small-town, and rural communities, is intercut with scenes of daily women's work and celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe in various contexts. Includes festivities organized by the Comite Guadalupano in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y. and follows an all-women's pilgrimage from Mexico's Queretaro state through several arduous but joyful days as it weaves its way through difficult terrain, harsh weather and congested streets to the Virgin's shrine in Mexico City. A film by Judith Gleason with the collaboration of the Colectivo Feminista de Xalapa and of Elisa Mereghetti. 57 min. c1995. DVD X91

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Guadalupe, Mother of all Mexico
A documentary on the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe and how she became an important part of the culture of Mexico. Each December, millions of Mexicans take whatever means available, some walk for days, to pay homage to her. Countless miracles have been attributed to her. Pilgrims bring flowers, and gifts, while some enter the shrines on bended knees. They ask Mary's intercession, and protection for those who have died and those not yet born. They also call on her in times of crises and calamities. c2000. 60 min. DVD X8636

Hail Umbanda (Salve a Umbanda).
A documentary about Umbanda, Brazil's fastest-growing religion. Centers on the cult's pageantry and public festivals as well as its more esoteric, exotic, and rarely-seen ceremonies. Shot on location in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Fortazela, this film includes commentary by numerous authorities and practitioners, and it places Umbanda in the context of Brazil's turbulent history and its cultural and racial melting pot. 1988. 46 min Video/C 4361

The House of Life (Ile aiye).
Explores the ways in which Candomble, the African spirit cult of the Bahia region of Brazil, has influenced the daily life and culture of the people of Brazil in their music, art, religion, theater, food, dance and poetry. The rhythms of the sacred drums and bells, a dance of spiritual ecstasy, offerings and sacrifices, divination and the visitation of the Orishas (deities) through trance are all part of the color and life of Candomble. Includes ritual music recorded during ceremonies. 1989. 51 min. DVD 3082

Iawo: Initiation in a Gege-Nago Temple.
Examines the Yoruba cult of Orisha, brought to the New World by black slaves, which survives to this day in areas such as Cuba and Brazil. By showing the initiation of a group of women into a temple (Iawo is the name for new priestesses), the film offers a deeper examination of the religion, its ideology and social meaning. 1978. 42 min. Video/C 2396

Leave Your Miracle Here
Are miracles real? Different people, Mexican and Latinos, talk about the supernatural favors they have received from "El Santo Niņo de Atocha" (The Holy Child of Atocha), an image of Jesus Christ as a boy, in Zacatecas, Mexico. Directed by Mario Vázquez. 2007. 11 min. DVD X6987

Nganga Kiyangala: Congo Religion in Cuba
An examination of the history and practices of Nganga, the Bantu based belief system of the slaves brought to Cuba from the Congo region of Africa. Nganga is one of the sects in Cuba which are more than Christian in belief, rituals, music and dance. Some of the differences between the Lucumi (Yoruba/Santeria) and Abakua beliefs are also discussed. In Spanish with English subtitles. 1991. 34 min. Video/C 6403

La Noche de San Lazaro (Tthe Night of San Lazaro(
A film examining the observance of the Night of San Lazaro as an example of the revival of religious freedom in Cuba. For some he is a healer saint, for others an African divinity. As thousands of pilgrims live a night of frenzy and immoderation, the filmmakers neither interpret nor analyze this religious event, but simply observe and present its visuals of fervor and devotion. 1997. 35 min. Video/C 5416

La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead.
In Mexico, on the first days of November, the dead come to visit. They are received and given offerings of their favorite food, flowers, and momentos of their presence on earth. La Ofrenda takes a non-traditional look at this tradition, exploring the pre-Hispanic roots of the Day of the Dead and observing its present-day celebration in Mexico and the United States. A film by Lourdes Portillo and Susana Muñoz. 1989. 50 min. Video/C 1778

La Promesa.
Examines devotion in Cuba to San Lazaro (Babalu-Aye) at Rincon, where pilgrims perform acts of mortification as a "promise" to the deity for favors desired. Rincon is the site of a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to God in the name of San Lazaro (Saint Lazarus of Bethany). Local identification of the name Lazarus (Lazaro) with the beggar character from a parable in the New Testament and the similarity between that character and the image of the Yoruban deity Babalu-Aye, have blended to create a local deity. The shrine at Rincon is considered by the followers of San Lazaro/Babalu-Aye to be the house of their deity, a situation which causes difficulty for the Roman Catholic community present there. Film shows documentary footage of some of the practices associated with this cult and reveals some of the social problems which seem to fuel the desperation of these acts. 1995. 26 min. Video/C 4342

La Promesa (The Vow)
Each year thousands of Cubans bring their prayers, hopes gifts and promises to the church of San Lazaro - also called Babalu Aye, or The Old Man - in Rincon, Cuba. Cheryl Hess brings viewers along as Fidel Valledades completes his five year vow to crawl on his back to the church of St. Lazarus, a promise he made for the health of his young son Yoan. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Director, Cheryl Hess. 2004. 26 min. DVD X4034

The Rebellion of the Santos (La Rebelion de los Santos)
Presents the carved wooden images of saints made in Puerto Rico in the 18th and 19th centuries. Text extracted from the book of the same title by Marta Traba. Filmed in the Museum of Santos, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 198?.15 min. Video/C 4773

Religion and Magic.
While all cultures exhibit some religious practices and beliefs, the forms taken are diverse. The animism practiced by American Indians, the mixture of ancient religion and Roman Catholicism among the Highland Maya, the ritual of Eka Dasa Rudra among the Balinese and successful and unsuccessful modern movements serve to illustrate the thesis. c1983. 30 min. Video/C 578

Religion in Mesoamerica.
Contents: Pre-hispanic religion -- Conquest and colony -- Independence -- Religious syncretism -- The Cofradia -- Liberation theology. Interviews with: Pedro Portillo (artist), Diego Ignacio (Mayan priest), Jon Sobrino (theologian), Carlos Lara (anthropologist), Arturo Rivera (Archbishop, San Salvador). Interviews with: Pedro Portillo (artist), Diego Ignacio (Mayan priest), Jon Sobrino (theologian), Carlos Lara (anthropologist), Arturo Rivera (Archbishop, San Salvador). 1996. 55 min. Video/C 4677

Santeros (Saintmakers).
Documents the lifestyle and attitudes of five New Mexican artisans who continue the 300-year old traditions of the earliest santeros. c1986. 33 min. Video/C 1341

The Shrine.
A documentary investigating why El Santuario de Chimayo, a small adobe church thirty miles from Santa Fe, N.M., attracts the largest religious pilgrimage in the United States. c1990. 60 min. Video/C MM901

La tierra sin mal.
Documentary on the religious influence the Jesuits had on the Guarani Indians in the region of Misiones located in Northeast Argentina. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 23 min. Video/C MM518

Voices of the Orishas
This is an ethnographic documentary which demonstrates the survival and strength of the Yoruba cultural and religious heritage in the contemporary life of Caribbean African-Hispanics. The program was filmed in Havana among practicioners of Santeria, and documents a ritual ceremony that features dancing, singing, praying and drum beating, invoking the twenty-two Orishas, or deities of the Yoruba religion. 1993. 37 min. Video/C 5518

La Virgen de Monserrate
Shows the devotion to the Virgin of Monserrate by the people of the township of Hormigueros, Puerto Rico and associated parades and festivals in her honor. In Spanish without English subtitles. 2004. 15 min. Video/C MM1205

Voodoo
Every culture's religion is taboo somewhere, but voodoo seems to be the ultimate outcast. Why? How accurate are tales of possession and black magic? Find out how little you really know about this controversial religion. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2003 as part of the series Taboo. 48 min. DVD X1140

Voodoo and the Church in Haiti.
Presents the religion and rituals of Voodoo in Haiti, the inclusion of Christian images in Voodoo worship, and the long standing conflict between Christians, Catholics and Voodooists. Director, Bob Richards. 1998. 40 min. Video/C 6430

The Voodoo Dance: (La ronde des vodu: en hommage au peuple Haitien)
Documents the significant role of Voodoo in Haitian culture from the perspectives of Voodoo priests, government officials, historians, and politicians. A film by Elsie Haas. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 1989. 56 min. Video/C 4808

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Indigenous Peoples of North America videography

The Crooked Beak of Heaven. (Tribal Eye series)
Visits a potlatch and other traditional ceremonies of the Gitksan, Haida, and Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia and the State of Washington. Examines their customs and lifestyle and shows how they perform rituals and manufacture ceremonial objects. 1976. 52 min. 3/4" UMATIC Video/C 175

Eyanopopi: The Heart of the Sioux.
This program shows the Sioux spiritual and cultural landmarks in the Black Hills, South Dakota, and documents the struggle to keep their heritage intact. c1988. 29 min. Video/C 1762

Ghost Dance.
Uses music, paintings, historical photographs, poetry, and views of the landscape to commemorate the centennial of the massacre of Lakota Chief Big Foot and three hundred of his people on December 29, 1890, at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. Most of those killed were followers of the Ghost Dance religion which promised the return of the old way of life. 1992. 9 min. Video/C 2647

Ghost Dance (The West; 8)
By the late 1880s, the Americans were astounded by the changes they had brought to the West. Mining towns such as Butte, Montana were now full-fledged industrial cities. Defeated militarily, Native Americans throughout the region now flocked to the call of a Paiute mystic, who offered the illusionary hope that the lost world of the buffalo could be brought back by a Ghost Dance. But its promises would be trampled in the snow and blood of Wounded Knee. In place of the great Native American cultures which once dominated the Plains was a new culture, epitomized by the Oklahoma Land Rush, in which 100,000 eager settlers lined up for a mad dash to stake out a farm and a future. c1996.60 min. DVD X1627; vhs Video/C 4526

Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World.
An in-depth look at the meaning of the Hopi way, a philosophy of living in balance with nature. Describes the Hopi philosophy of life, death, and renewal as revealed in the interweaving life cycles of humans and corn plants. A film by Pat Ferrero. Dist.: New Day Films. 1989. 58 min. DVD 8694; vhs Video/C 1645

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The Peyote Road: Ancient Religion in Contemporary Crisis.
A documentary on the religious use of peyote by Native Americans and of efforts to establish protective legislation for practicing peyotism. Includes a 1994 legislative update discussing the passage of protective legislation. 1994. 59 min. Video/C 5181

Pomo Shaman.
Rare record of the second and final night of a shamanistic curing ceremony among the Kashia group of Southwestern Pomo Indians. The Indian "sucking doctor" is a prophet of the Bole Maru religion and the spiritual head of the community.1964. 20 min. DVD 9519; vhs Video/C 2428

Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya.
An animated film which uses original images drawn by Quiche Maya Indians in the seventh century on funerary pottery to illustrate the Popol vuh, which is the sacred book of the Maya and includes their creation story and birth of the hero twins. Narration in English. 29 min. DVD 8615; Video/C 2425 (English language version); Video/C 5620 (Spanish language version); Video/C 2803 (Tzeltal language version)

Sacred Games.
Presents how The Maya people see The world and how their symbolic world is renewed in the annual carnival celebrations. 1988. 59 min. Video/C 2426

Where People Lived Legends: American Indian Myths
(Transformations of Myth Through Time). The series consists of lectures made by Joseph Campbell from 1982 through 1984. In this segment Mr. Campbell discusses the mythologies of the American Indians. This episode also includes, "In the Beginning: origins of man and myth" examining the origins of spiritual life and the mystery of life. 60 min. Video/C 1628

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United States: Religious Communities, Sects, Cults, Movements & Fads

The Amish (Multicultural Peoples of North America; 2.)
Celebrates the heritage of the Amish by tracing the history of their emigration to North America, showing the unique traditions they brought with them and who they are today. Discusses when and why they emigrated, where they settled, which occupations they engaged in and who the important Amish leaders are in North America today. c1993. 30 min. Video/C 3289

The Amish and Us
An offbeat and sometimes amusing look at the growing commerce between the traditional Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the millions of tourists who visit them every year. This film examines the effect of suburban sprawl on Amish farming and the increasing reliance by the Amish on craft and construction businesses for their livelihood. Although the tourist trade is a boon to the Amish, the constant contact with outsiders threatens to erode the traditional values that undergird the Amish way of life. 1997. 57 min. Video/C 5627

The Amish: Not to Be Modern.
Provides a rare look at a community that separates itself from most modern technology. Shows Amish people performing farm work, creating elaborate quilts, and attending schools. Examines the religious reasons for their unusual life-style. Director, Victoria Larimore. c1988. 57 min. Video/C 2237

Devil's Playground
Looks at the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of rumspringa which is a period in a teenager's life during which they are set free to explore the world outside the Amish life so that they can make an informed decision before they make a commitment to join the church at adulthood. This documentary follows four teenagers in their time of discovery. Directed by Lucy Walker; producer, Steven Cantor. c2002 77 min. DVD 1607; also VHS Video/C MM231

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Different Paths: Shamanism, Cults, and Religion on Demand
Examines less traditional belief systems, practices and rituals as alternatives to organized religion. Looks at Shamanism, Millennialism, Astrology, and the upsurge of New Age religions. 1998. 57 min. Video/C 9675

Fall From Grace.
The surreal and shocking world of the controversial cult leader Reverend Fred Phelps and his hate group. The group has staged over 22,000 picket demonstrations at locations ranging from college campuses to funerals for American soldiers, enraging many with slogans such as "Thank God for 9/11," "You're going to hell," and "God hates fags." Includes interviews and rare Phelps footage and allows viewers to reexamine the quintessentially American right of free speech. Directed, produced by K. Ryan Jones. 2008. 87 min. DVD X5374

Heaven's Gate Tapes.

Do's Final Exit. Presents the founder and leader of the "Heaven's gate" religious cult, Marshall Herff Applewhite, offering final instructions to those who wish to follow him. This video was taped just over a week before Applewhite and his group of followers committed suicide on Mar. 28, 1997. Also, introduces each "student" who committed suicide with him. 1997. 88 min. Video/C 4965

The Heavens Gate Cult. Interviews with cult experts, members and former members of the Heaven's Gate cult after the mass suicide of cult members in March of 1997. Includes examination of the life of cult leader Marshall Applewhite, through interviews with his sister. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on March 28, 1997. 34 min. Video/C 5955

Last Chance to Evacuate Earth Before It's Recycled. This video presents Do (Marshall Applewhite), the founder and leader of the Heaven's Gate religious cult, talking about the coming events on Earth as prophesized by him. He claimed that Earth will not end, but will be spaded up and recycled and used as a "garden" for a future human civilization. However, those who would follow Do are invited to escape from Earth to join him in the "level above human" in heaven. This cult eventually committed mass suicide on March 28, 1997. 70 min. Video/C 4967

Planet About to be Recycled: Your Only Chance to Survive - Leave With Us... This tape presents Do (Marshall Applewhite) in his final effort to relate to humans. Applewhite was the founder and leader of the Heaven's Gate religious cult who eventually committed mass suicide. He claimed to be a representative of the "level above human." 1996. 60 min. Video/C 4968

Mass Suicide in Rancho Santa Fe. Day 1. News coverage and analysis of the mass suicide of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult in Rancho Santa Fe, California in 1997. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on March 26, 1997. 23 min. Video/C 5949

Students of Heaven's Gate Expressing Their Thoughts Before Exit. This was videotaped just a week before the "Heaven's Gate" religious cult mass suicide in anticipation of going to "the next level" or heaven, by spaceship. The members of the cult each present a five minute exit statement. 1997. 117 min. Video/C 4966

Holy Ghost People.
A report on the religious fervor of a small Pentecostal congregation in West Virginia whose fundamentalist philosophy encourages the biblical teaching of speaking in tongues and handling serpents. A film by Peter Adair 1983. 52 min. DVD 4054 (preservation copy); also VHS Video/C 2122

How to Use Dianetics: A Visual Guidebook to the Human Mind
Presents the basic principles and techniques of Dianetics. Also includes background information on L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology. Based on the book Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard. 1992. 53 min. Video/C MM61

Scientology: An Overview
Films describing the basic beliefs and practices of the Scientology and a concise biographical documentary on the life of Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard. Contnets: A message from the Church of Scientology (0:45) -- Beliefs & practices. Creed of the Church of Scientology (2:30) -- What scientologists say about scientology (2:59) -- The basic principles of scientology (12:37) -- Love and hate--what is greatness? (3:48) -- Human rights. Making human rights a fact (6:27) -- Youth for Human Rights TV public service messages (28:07) -- United Music video (5:23) -- In support of human rights (5:40) -- Freedom magazine: a voice for human rights (4:20) -- Anti-drug. The Truth about Drugs Campaign (7:57) -- Anti-drug TV public service messages (2:42) -- In support of a drug-free world (7:15) -- The way to happiness. The way to happiness: a non-religious moral code (7:23) -- The way to happiness TV public service messages (20:37) -- The Way to Happiness Foundation grand opening (10:51) -- Narconon. Drug rehabilitation and prevention (7:00) -- What Narconon graduates say (4:35) -- Applied scholastics. Answers for better education and literacy (6:09) -- What students and parents say (4:10) -- Volunteer ministers. Providing effective help (6:40) -- Volunteer ministers in partnerships (9:09). 160 min. DVD 9999

The Scientology Handbook: Tools for Life.
"What if you had simple tools which you could use to improve your relationship with others? What if a step-by-step procedure could help you achieve your goals in life? What if you could learn the secret to mastering any subject you wanted to master? Scientology can help you do all that and much more. The Tools for Life films present an introduction to basic principles from The Scientology Handbook that you can apply to better your life and the lives of those around you."--Container notes. Contents: The technology of study -- The dynamics of existence -- The components of understanding -- The emotional tone scale -- Communication -- Assists for illnesses and injuries -- Answer to drugs -- How to resolve conflicts -- Integrity and honesty -- Ethics and the conditions -- The cause of suppression -- Solutions for a dangerous environment -- Marriage -- Children -- Tools for the workplace -- Basics of organizing -- Targets and goals -- Investigations -- fundamentals of public relations. 2011. 133 min. DVD X6923

The Hutterites: To Care and Not to Care
A documentary exploring many facets of life in North American Hutterite communities. The Hutterites immigrated from Russia in the 1870's and maintain a medieval village pattern living in collective agricultural communities. They live simply but do employ technological innovations that will benefit the community, whereas items that promote individual comfort or entertainment are considered subversive to communal life. Five years in the making, this film marks the first time a U.S. film producer has been allowed access to Hutterite colonies. 1993. 59 min. Video/C 5797

Jim Jones: Descent into Jonestown[Sound recording]
An audio excursion through the madness of the man responsible for the world's worst mass suicide. Cornered -- Freedom from harrassment -- Got lotsa plans -- Kill your relatives -- Lives on the line -- Love ain't the only weapon -- Mental health of intellectuals -- Such a good example -- You may die tonight -- Through the barrel of a submachine gun -- You can float home -- Very emotionally disturbed - The end. 67 min. Sound/D 213

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
A startling look at preacher Jim Jones, his life prior to the mass-suicides in Guyana, and the events that took place leading up to that fateful day in 1978. Goes beyond the headlines to provide a revealing portrait of Jones, his followers, and the times that produced the calamity in the Guyanese jungle, creating a compelling narrative told primarily by the people who know the story firsthand -- Jonestown survivors, former People's Temple members, relatives of those who died and journalists. Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. 2007. 90 min. DVD 7372

Jonestown in Retrospect.
Tim Reiterman and John Jacobs present recollections and answers concerning the Jonestown mass suicide in 1978. The two reporters spoke at a colloquium sponsored by the School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley. 1982. 3/4 in. Video/C 678

Knocking.
Opens the door on Jehovah's Witnesses, a religious organization that has won a record number of U.S. Supreme Court cases expanding freedoms for all Americans. In Nazi Germany, they chose the concentration camps over fighting for Hitler. They refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds and embrace the science behind bloodless surgery. They are moral conservatives who stay out of politics and the Culture War. KNOCKING follows two families who stand firm for their often controversial and misunderstood Christian faith. Their stories reveal how one unlikely religion helped to shape history beyond the doorstep. Produced and directed by Joel. P. Engardio and Tom Shepard. Dist.: New Day Films. 2006. 55 min. DVD 6657

The Love Prophet and the Children of God
A riveting inside look at one of the world's most enigmatic religious movements and its infamous founder, David Berg. Bringing together a band of hippies and drop-outs in 1968 Berg preached the notorious practice of sleeping with potential converts to win over souls. Branded the "sex for salvation cult" by the media, this bizarre sexual approach enticed a new flock of converts swelling membership to well over 50,000 by the late seventies. c1998. 57 min. Video/C 8971

Marjoe
A documentary on Marjoe Gortner, who was trained by his holy roller parents to hustle for Jesus and began preaching on the evangelical circuit when he was three years old. Follows Marjoe during his last months of rock-style preaching before his retirement at 28, and includes his comments on life as a con-man and the ethics of his colleagues in the religion business. Produced and directed by Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan. 1972. 88 min. DVD 2439; also DVD 5298

Mass Suicide in Rancho Santa Fe. Day I.
Continuing news coverage and analysis of the mass suicide of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult in Rancho Santa Fe, California in 1997. The day after their suicide this program investigates the philosophy of the Heaven's Gate cult members through interviews with cult experts and members of the cult taken from a video they created before their deaths. Commentary: Louis West (psychiatrist), James Walker (cult scholar), Alan Fulmer (Sheriff's Dept), Chris Bury, Brian Blackbourne (San Diego Medical examiner), Bill Kolendar (San Diego sheriff) Tom Foreman (ABC), Bob Waldrep (Watchman Fellowship), Robert McKown. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on March 27, 1997. 30 min. Video/C 6079

Moonchild.
Shows a young man, Chris Carlson, who became a member of Rev. Moon's Unification Church, and how his parents were able to extricate him from that group through a legal deprogramming. Also includes recollections of other ex-Moonies. 1982. U-Matic 3/4" tape format. Video/C 543

The People of Peoples Temple.
NBC film footage is used to attempt to describe and explain the Peoples Temple phenomenon and the Jonestown mass suicides. Emotional climate of the 1970's is blamed. 1979. Producer, writer, and director, David Gottlieb and James Ruxin. DVD 3980 (preservation copy); also VHS Video/C 285

A People's Temple Meeting with Jim Jones.
Features Jim Jones presiding over a meeting, presumably in Berkeley. Members offer testimony and songs in praise of Jim Jones and the Lord. Rare black and white footage of unknown origin and date. 30 min. DVD 3979 (preservation copy); also VHS Video/C 2328

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The Problems of Work: Scientology Applied to the Workaday World
Outlines the principles of Scientology that apply to problems in the work environment. Contents: On what does success depend? -- Confusion -- The anatomy of control -- Affinity, reality and communication -- A-R-C and the tone scale -- The eight dynamics -- Exhaustion -- The one who succeeds. 66 min. c2010. DVD X6701

[Promise Keepers] The Making of a Godly Man. Pt. 1, Heart of a Godly Man: Captured by Christ
Highlights of the music and messages of the 1997 Washington D.C. Christian conference for men. Pt. 1 provides opening commentary on what it means to be a Christian man in today's society. Concludes with a promotional film presenting the objectives of the Promise Keepers Movement. Promise Keepers Conference. (1997, June 13-14: Washington, DC). 52 min. Video/C 5642

[Promise Keepers] The Making of a Godly Man. Pt. 2, Purity of Heart: Living Clean Before God
Highlights of the music and messages of the 1997 Washington D.C. Christian conference for men. In Pt. 2 the founder of Promise Keepers, football coach Bill McCartney, expounds upon the necessity of purity of heart and body as the mark of a Christian man in today's society.(1997, June 13-14: Washington, DC). 50 min. Video/C 5643

[Promise Keepers] The Making of a Godly Man. Pt. 3, The Disciplines of a Godly Man: Motivated by Grace
Highlights of the music and messages of the 1997 Washington D.C. Christian conference for men. In Pt. 2 the founder of Promise Keepers, football coach Bill McCartney, expounds upon the necessity of purity of heart and body as the mark of a Christian man in today's society. (1997, June 13-14: Washington, DC). 50 min. Video/C 5644

[Promise Keepers] The Making of a Godly Man. Pt. 4, Out of isolation: Why a Small Men's Group
Highlights of the music and messages of the 1997 Washington D.C. Christian conference for men. Pt. 4 focuses on the need to form small men's groups to encourage and foster Christian commitments. (1997, June 13-14: Washington, DC). 47 min. Video/C 5645

[Promise Keepers] The Making of a Godly Man. Pt. 5, Embracing Reconciliation: Living out the Great Commandment
Highlights of the music and messages of the 1997 Washington D.C. Christian conference for men. Pt. 5 expounds upon the need to promote and practice racial harmony and sensitivity towards others in personal and professional relationships. (1997, June 13-14: Washington, DC). 57 min. Video/C 5646

[Promise Keepers] The Making of a Godly Man. Pt. 6, The Influence of a Godly Man: The Servant Who Leads
Highlights of the music and messages of the 1997 Washington D.C. Christian conference for men. Pt. 6 examines the influence of a Christian man on his family and on American society. (1997, June 13-14: Washington, DC). 44 min. Video/C 5647

[Promise Keepers] The Making of a Godly Man. Pt. 7, A Godly Man: Hope for Our Times
Highlights of the music and messages of the 1997 Washington D.C. Christian conference for men. Pt. 6 concludes the conference with four presentations. The first film contains closing motivational remarks by each of the keynote speakers at the conference. The second film addresses the issues of debt, its negative impact on the family and the need to include God in personal financial decisions. The third film addresses the application of Christian values and personal integrity in the workplace. The final film is a promotional presentation of the objectives of the Promise Keepers Movement. (1997, June 13-14: Washington, DC). 72 min. Video/C 5648

Promise Keepers, Equality Bashers.
A critical look at the evangelical Christian men's group, Promise Keepers, their ties to the Religious Right and their stance on issues of women's rights. Produced by the National Organization for Women, Inc.,1997. 10 min. Video/C 5685

Raise the Dead.
A documentary journey into the Pentecostal tents and storefronts of Appalachia. This film explores the land, people and milieu of a misunderstood and largely undocumented religious tradition, poignantly capturing the spiritual depth and social compassion that has often been glibly caricatured by outsiders. c1998. 54 min. Video/C 7199

Rapture.
Film is about crossing the line between physical pain and spiritual ecstasy. Urban dancers hang beautiful weighted balls from temporary piercings in their skin and dance to ecstasy. A contemporary version of an ancient rite of passage, Rapture explores the link between medieval Christian mystics and modern acolytes who seek knowledge beyond the bounds of the physical. 1992. 8 min. Video/C 4907

The Shakers.
Discusses the growth and decline of Shaker communal living. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 889

The Shakers--Hands to Work, Hearts to God.
A historical documentary on an American religious sect which, at its height in 1840, included six thousand believers. Touches first on the Shaker's superficial identity as celibate chairmakers, then pursues their historical and social significance through the use of archival photos, paintings, live shots of landscapes and architecture, and on-camera interviews. A film by Ken Burns, Amy Stechler Burns. 1996. 58 min. DVD X1129; vhs Video/C 802

Sister Aimee
A portrait of the controversial, charismatic, wildly popular evangelist that includes original film and sound recordings, re-creations, commentary by historians and other experts, and personal accounts. Based on Aimee Semple McPherson and the resurrection of Christian America by Matthew Avery Sutton. Written, produced, and directed by Linda Garmon. 2007. DVD X3315

Sons of Perdition
Follows three teenagers who escape from the chokehold of the FLDS, a secretive polygamist sect located on the remote Utah/Arizon border. Joining more than a thousand other exiles, the boys must survive in the alien landscape of mainstream America without parents, money, or education. Directed by Tyler Measom and Jennilyn Merten. c2010. 85 min. DVD X6856

Waco Fire Storm
Two years after the events of 1993, this is a news analysis of the government's response to the Branch Dividian standoff at Waco, Texas. Examines the question: Did agents of the U.S. government start the fire in which 75 people died?. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on May 5, 1995. 23 min. Video/C 5950

Waco: The Inside Story.
Chronicles the siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993, and the hostile interplay of FBI tactics teams and hostage negotiators. 199? 57 min. Video/C 4850

Waco: The Rules of Engagement.
A documentary film about the tragic series of events that occurred outside Waco, Texas in April 1993 in which 4 federal agents were killed along with 86 men, women and children of the Branch Davidian compound. This critical analysis of federal law enforcement gone tragically wrong, examines the need to reinforce the basic precepts of tolerance and freedom upon which American society is built. 1997. 136 min. Video/C 5339

Bowman, James. "Waco: the Documentary." American Spectator v30, n8 (August, 1997):68 (2 pages).
Elvin, John. "Waco: The Rules of Engagement." (movie reviews) Insight on the News v14, n9 (March 9, 1998):34.
Holden, Stephen. "WACO: The Rules of Engagement." (movie reviews) New York Times v146 (Fri, June 13, 1997):B13(N), C13(L), col 1, 17 col in.
Kauffmann, Stanley. "Waco: The Rules of Engagement." (movie reviews) New Republic v217, n2-3 (July 14, 1997):28 (3 pages).
Klawans, Stuart. "Waco: The Rules of Engagement." (movie reviews) Nation v265, n4 (July 28, 1997):36.
Verhovek, Sam Howe. "Four years after Waco raid, a documentary stokes slow-burning doubts; a hunger to know how and why Federal agents stormed a sect." (reaction to documentary film 'Waco: The Rules of Engagement') (Living Arts Pages) New York Times v146 (Tue, August 19, 1997):B1(N), C9(L), col 1, 32 col in.

The Waco Tapes. Parts 1-2
Part 1 is an examination of unfolding events using audio tapes of negotiations between the FBI and members of the Branch Davidians inside the compound at Waco. Part 2 contains transcripts from FBI microphones hidden inside the compound that contain dialogue between Davidian cult members as the fire began in the compound after the FBI began their final assault on April 19, 1993. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on July 5, 1995. with host Ted Koppel, and commentary by Jim Cavanaugh, David Koresh, Dick Reavis (author), Joe Turner (defense attorney), Steve Schneider, Kathy Schroeder, Jeffrey Jamar (FBI), Byron Sagee (FBI), Paul Gray (chief arson investigator). 43 min. Video/C 5951

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