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American Library Association: Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

2012

A Film Unfinished
Written and directed by Yael Hersonski.
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film in an East German archive was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942, the film became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. The later discovery of a long-missing reel, including multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. Presented here is the raw footage in its entirety, falsely showing the 'good life' of Jewish urbanites. 90 minutes.
DVD X5412

Freedom Riders
Written and directed by Stanley Nelson.
This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds. 120 minutes.
DVD X6108

Mugabe and the White African
Directed by Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey
Family patriarch Mike Campbell is one of the few white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent land seizure program in 2000. Since then the country has descended into chaos, the economy brought to its knees by the reallocation of formerly white-owned farms to Mugabe cronies, who have no knowledge, experience or interest in farming. In 2008, after years of intimidation and threats to his family and farm, Campbell decides to take action. Unable to call upon the protection of any Zimbabwean authorities, he challenges Mugabe before an international court, [the Southern African Development Community Tribunal], charging him and his government with racial discrimination and human rights violations. 94 minutes.
DVD X5223

Battle for Brooklyn
Directed by Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey
Chronicles the fight against the Atlantic Yards Project which attempted to displace local residents for new development. 93 minutes.

Hot Coffee
Directed by Susan Saladoff
A notorious cup of spilt coffee is pivotal to tort reform laws. 86 minutes.
DVD X6757

A Small Act
Directed by Susan Saladoff
A small gift from a Swedish schoolteacher has a life-long impact on a young Kenyan boy. 88 minutes.

Catfish
Directed by Susan Saladoff
Online woman of your dreams may not be what she appears. 88 min.

Better This World.
Directed by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega
Follows the lives of two political protesters accused of domestic terrorism during the 2008 Republican National Convention. 89 min.

Neshoba: The Price of Freedom
Directed by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano
Chronicles the long-awaited trial of Edgar Ray Killen and the slow healing process in the 1964 murder of three Civil Rights activists. 87 min.

Bonecrusher
Directed by Michael F. Fountain
In the town of Dante, VA, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a young coal miner toils a mile underground. Despite the harsh working conditions, Lucas Chaffin takes fierce pride in doing the job once done by the man he loves more than anything, his father. Lucas' father [Luther Trenton Chaffin], nicknamed "Bonecrusher," was a strong, handsome man. Now he's withered and sick; coal dust has ravaged his lungs. As life slips away, his greatest concern isn't for himself; it is for Lucas' safety. Presents an intimate and moving account of the love between a father and son and the powerful bond they share, a bond that is put to the test. 72 min.
DVD X3810

The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kolodziej
Directed by Jason A. Schmidt
Nearly fifty years after his internment in Auschwitz, Mariam Kolodziej crafts a series of haunting art.

The Flaw
Directed by David Sington
Traces how a major "flaw" in Greenspan's economic philosophy lead to the 2008 economic meltdown. 82 min.
DVD X6433

Iraq: War, Love, God and Madness
Directed by Mohamed al-Daradji
While visiting Iraq in 2007 for the premiere of his first feature film, Ah.la-m (Dreams), director Mohamed al-Daradji summons the courage to look back over the turbulent past three years of his life and the making of his film in a volatile war zone. Ah.la-m became the first narrative feature film to come out of Iraq in over thirteen years. 83 min.
DVD X5645

Jaffa: the orange's clockwork
Directed by Jason A. Schmidt
Explores the history of Palestinians and Israelis using the symbol of the orange. 52 min.

The Price of Sex.
Directed by Mimi Chakarova
Eastern European women are drawn into sex trafficking and abused.73 min.
DVD X6375

2011

The Art of the Steal
Directed by Don Argott
The battle to keep the Barnes Foundation's one-of-a-kind art collection intact amid public and private bids for acquisition. 101 minutes.

Blacking Up: Hip-hop's Remix of Race and Identity
Directed by Robert A. Clift
This documentary examines the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth and asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation. Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history? Against the unique backdrop of american popular music, the film explores racial identity in the United States. The film draws parallels between the white hip-hop fan and previous incarnations of white appropriation from blackface performer Al Jolson to mainstream artists like Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and Eminem. It interweaves portraits of white hip-hop artists and fans with insightful commentary by African American cultural critics. 2010 57 min.
DVD X3194

Budrus
Directed by Julia Bacha
Triumphant chronicle of the citizens of Budrus, a village in the occupied Palestinian territories, and their nonviolent struggle to prevent the Israeli government from building a fence that would separate them from their ancestral homes and olive trees, their main source of income. 82 min.
DVD X6843

Food, Inc.
Directed by Robert Kenner
Lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Reveals surprising - and often shocking truths - about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation. Directed by Robert Kenner. Special features: Deleted scenes; celebrity public service announcements; resources; ABC News Nightline "you are what you eat": food with integrity; "the amazing food detective" and "snacktown smackdown": stay active and eat healthy, information on the companion book of the same title. 2009. 91 min.
DVD X2262

Garbage Dreams
Directed by Mai Iskander.
Follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for "garbage people" Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community. 2009. 79 min.
DVD X2691

Herb & Dorothy
Directed by Megumi Sasaki.
Tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. 2008. 87 min.
DVD X2922

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Directed by Nancy Porter
A lively biography of an independent woman with ideas ahead of her time who supported her impoverished family by writing romantic fiction and creating some of the most beloved characters in American literature. 84 min.

The Other Side of Immigration
Directed by Roy Germano
Individuals from the Mexican countryside tell their own stories about the reasons people leave Mexico, and the effects immigration has on the families who remain behind. 55 min.
DVD X5085

Marwencol
Directed by Jeff Malmberg
Following a near fatal beating, Mark Hogancamp rehabilitated himself by creating the incredibly detailed doll-sized World War II era town of Marwencol. 83 min.

Sin by Silence
Directed by Olivia Klaus
The battle to keep the Barnes Foundation's one-of-a-kind art collection intact amid public and private bids for acquisition. 49 minutes.

Two Spirits
Directed by Lydia Nibley.
Examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of a gay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a n?adleeh?i or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered in a hate crime at the age of sixteen. Discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine. 2009. 62 min.
DVD X3242

Under Our Skin
Directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson
A probing analysis of the controversial long term effects of Lyme disease, and the medical profession's response to it. 104 minutes.

A Village Called Versailles
Directed by S. Leo Chiang.
A documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. 2009. 67 min.
DVD X3195

We Live in Public
Directed by S. Ondi Timoner.
Reveals the complicated effects the web is having on our society as seen through the eyes of futurist Josh Harris who became interested in controversial human experiments which tested the effects of media and technology on the development of personal identity. The director documented more than a decade of Harris' increasingly tumultuous life and experiments, including one that involved living under 24-hour electronic surveillance, which eventially led to his mental collapse. 2009. 90 min.
DVD X2850

Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives
Directed by Peter Adair, et al.
Interviews with 26 men and women of all ages and cultures who are members of America's gay communities. Executive producer, Peter Adair; producer, Nancy Adair; director, Andrew Brown. Camera, sound, interviewing, and editing by: Lucy Massie Phenix, Robert Epstein, Andrew Brown, Veronica Selver, Nancy Adair, Peter Adair. 1978. 132 min.
DVD X2867

2010

Malls R Us
Directed by Helene Klodawsky.
Documentary that examines the social significance of shopping malls. Looks at North America's most popular and profitable suburban destination-the enclosed shopping center-and how for consumers they function as a communal, even ceremonial experience and, for retailers, sites where their idealism, passion and greed merge. Written and directed by 2008. 78 min.
DVD X2319

American Outrage
Directed by George Gage and Beth Gage.
Two feisty Western Shoshone sisters put up a heroic fight for their land rights - and their human rights. Carrie and Mary Dann endure terrifying roundups by armed federal marshals in which thousands of their horses and cattle are confiscated, for the crime of grazing them on the open range outside their private ranch - even though that range is part of 60 million acres recognized as Western Shoshone land by the U.S. After the government sued them for trespassing, their dispute went to the Supreme Court, and eventually the United Nations. Why has the U.S. spent millions persecuting and prosecuting two elderly women grazing a few hundred horses and cows in a desolate desert? The Dann sisters say the real reason is the resources hidden beneath this seemingly barren land, their Mother Earth: it is the second largest gold producing area in the world. This eloquent testament to the courage of the Dann sisters is an important document for those who want to understand the ongoing resistance of Native peoples to U.S. colonialism in Indian country." [Eric Cheyfitz, Director of the American Indian Program, Cornell University]. 32 min.
DVD X2895

Trouble the Water
Directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal
Aspiring New Orleans-based rapper Kimberly Rivers Roberts ((a.k.a.: Black Kold Madina) films her experiences in the 9th Ward the day before, during & in the two years after Hurricane Katrina. As the hurricane began to rage and the floodwaters filled their world, Kim and her husband Scott continued to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors. The couple returned to the devastation of their neighborhood in New Orleans, only to be met by appalling repeated failures of the government. Special features: Deleted and extended scenes ; conversations with the directors, subjects, film critic Richard Roeper, and executive producer, Danny Glover ; theatrical trailer. 2008. 96 min.
DVD X2784

At the Death House Door
Directed by Steve James and Peter Gilbert
An intimate look at the death penalty in the state of Texas through the eyes of Pastor Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous 'Walls' prison unit in Huntsville. During Pickett's remarkable career he presided over 95 executions, including the world's first lethal injection. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of his trip to the death chamber. 2008. 98 min.
DVD X2784

I.O.U.S.A. Directed by Patrick Creadon
Two concerned citizens explore how the United States got itself into such staggering debt and how to stem the tide of mounting debt. 2008. 85 min.
DVD X4861

The World According to Monsanto.
Directed by Marie-Monique Robin
Monsanto Company is the world's leader in agricultural chemicals, seed and genetically modified crops, as well as being one of the most controversial companies in industrial history. This film uses hitherto unpublished documents and testimonies of victims, scientists and politicians to expose Monsanto's lack of care in protecting the environment and the health of those exposed to their products. Shows how the company promoted such products as Roundup (glyphosate), bovine growth hormone, and genetically modified plants. 2008. 109 min.
DVD X277

Waltz with Bashir
Directed by Ari Folman
After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War, Israeli film director Ari Folman attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal. A docu/drama fusing animation with live action sequences. 2008. 87 min.
DVD X1670

Walk to Beautiful
Directed by Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher
A look at the lives of three Ethiopian women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of seeking treatment for obstetric fistula. The program follows them walking for hours on their journey to transportation to a special hospital in Addis Ababa where they find solace for the first time in years, and stays with them as their lives begin to change. 2008. 56 min.
DVD X2647

Operation Filmmaker
Directed by Nina Davenport
In the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom, American actor Liev Schreiber had an idealistic notion: to rescue an Iraqi film student from the rubble of his country and bring him to the West to intern on a Hollywood movie ('Everything Is illuminated"). It promised to be a heartwarming tale, a small victory out of the troubled mission of the U.S. war in Iraq. But as in the war itself, good intentions yielded unintended consequences, and even this operation doesn't go according to plan. Director Nina Davenport becomes personally involved in Schreiber's charitable effort, and soon finds herself embroiled in a complex moral quagmire and all-consuming power struggle between filmmaker and subject. 2008. 92 min.
DVD X2304

Sita Sings the Blues
Directed by Nina Paley
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. 2008. 82 min.
DVD X2881

Unnatural Causes
Series creator & executive producer, Larry Adelman.
Seven-part series exploring the relationship between class, race, and health in the Unites States. 2008. 236 min.
DVD 9457

Lake of Fire
Directed by Tony Kaye.
A look at the subject of abortion where equal time is given to both sides, covering arguments from either extremes of the spectrum, as well as those at the center...a surprisingly even-handed film. Kaye's head-on confrontation of a problem most people simply wish to ignore is documentary cinema at its most raw and vital. 2006. 152 min.
DVD X826

In Search of Memory
Directed by Tony Kaye.
A co-biography of Nobel prizewinner Eric Kandel and his study of the science of memory. 2009. 95 min.

Who Does She Think She Is?
Directed by Pamela Boll
A telling portrait of 5 talented women artists who refuse to choose between creativity and family responsibility, self-expression and mothering. 2009. 82 min.

Flow: For the Love of Water. Directed by Irena Salina
Builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis... begging the question: Can anyone really own water? 2008. 83 min.
DVD X719

2009

The Business of Being Born
Directed by Abby Epstein
Follows both the filmmakers own pregnancy and actress/former talk show host Riki Lake's, white exploring the topic of birthing--specifically the alarming rise in the number of casarian births--in the US. 84 min.
DVD X834

Cats of Mirikitani
Directed by Abby Epstein
In order to move forward with his life, homeless Japanese-American artist Jimmy Mirikitani must revisit his painful past in a Japanese internment camp. 74 min.

Deep Water
Directed by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell
The engrossing story of amateur British yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, who risked everything in a tragic attempt to win the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world sailboat race. 93 min.

Fat Chance.
Directed by Yuka Sekiguchi
An honest, humorous self-portrait of an obese Japanese-Australian woman who sets out to lose weight but gains new perspectives on her past and personal identity. 52 min.

How I Am.
Directed by Ingrid Demetz, Caroline Leitner, and Daniel Mazza
Patrick painstakingly types the text that supplies the narrative for this profound and surprising view of the private world of an autistic teenager. 49 min.

Miss Navajo.
Directed by Ingrid Demetz, Caroline Leitner, and Daniel Mazza
Reveals the inner beauty of the young women who compete in the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant. Not only must contestants exhibit poise and grace as those in typical pageants, they must also answer tough questions in Navajo and demonstrate proficiency in skills essential to daily tribal life: fry-bread making, rug weaving and sheep butchering. The film follows the path of 21-year old Crystal Frazier, a not-so-fluent Navajo speaker and self-professed introvert, as she undertakes the challenges of the pageant. 53 min.
DVD X363

No End in Sight
Directed by Charles Ferguson.
An insider's look at the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the occupation. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officals, as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. Examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy--the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government and the disbanding of the Iraqi military--largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. 102 min.
DVD 9128

The Order of Myths
Directed by Margaret Brown
The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, it is still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city's two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic pageantry, diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks and enormous paper mache floats. Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence and power dynamics, elusive forces that keep this hallowed tradition organized along enduring color lines. 77 min.
DVD X356

The Price of Sugar
Directed by Bill Haney
Paul Newman narrates this documentary about Father Christopher Hartley, a Catholic Priest who works to improve the lives of Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic. 90 min.

Sharkwater.
Directed by Rob Stewart
Join activist Rob Stewart in his dangerous quest to save the world's ecosystem by stopping the global slaughter of sharks for their fins. 90 minutes.

Steal a Pencil for Me..
Directed by Michèle Ohayon
An unusual and uplifting love story: enduring the Holocaust, Jaap and Ina nourished a forbidden courtship writing secret love letters that helped them survive. 94 min.

To See If I'm Smiling. .
Directed by Tamar Yarom
Explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the testimonies of female soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces serving in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 60 min.

War Dance.
Directed by Andrea Nix and Sean Fine
Children at a displacement camp in Uganda who have survived horrific civil war violence find renewed joy and achievement entering a national music competition. 107 min.

2008

Achieving the Unachievable
Directed by Jean Bergeron
In 1956, Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher challenged the laws of perspective with Print Gallery and found himself trapped behind an impossible barrier... This uncompleted masterpiece quickly became the most puzzling enigma of Modern Art, for both artist and scientists. Half a century later, mathematician Hendrik Lenstra took everyone by surprise by drawing a fantastic bridge between the intuition of the artist and his own, finally shattering the Infinity Barrier!

After Innocence.
Directed by Heather MacDonald.
This documentary tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated - innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. 95 min.
DVD 7279

Been Rich All My Life.
Directed by Heather Lyn MacDonald.
Been Rich All My Life follows the most unlikely troupe of tap dancers. They are the "Silver Belles," five women aged 84 to 96. In their heyday they worked at some of Harlem's most prestigious haunts, performing with legendary band leaders like Cab Calloway, Jimmie Lunceford and Duke Ellington. They met in the 1930's as chorus dancers at the Apollo and the Cotton Club. When the big band era ended, and with it the need for show dancers, they all went into other work. They regrouped in 1985, put their shoes back on and - sassy as they ever were - are still performing regularly. They may not kick as high, but they are hip-swaying and show-biz savvy. These women will disrupt any notions you have of old age. 80 min.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash.
Directed by Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack and others.
Tells the story of how our civilization's addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world's top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion - our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. 85 min.
DVD 9084

Favela Rising.
Directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary.
Documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sa is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro's most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police. At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson's grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever 82 min.
DVD 6532

Hacking Democracy.
Directed by Simon Ardizzone.
Electronic voting machines count about 87% of the votes cast in America today. But are they reliable? Are they safe from tampering? From a current congressional hearing to persistent media reports that suggest misuse of data and even outright fraud, concerns over the integrity of electronic voting are growing by the day. And if the voting process is not secure, neither is America's democracy. This timely, cautionary documentary exposes gaping holes in the security of America's electronic voting system. 81 min.
DVD 8055

The Heart of the Game.
Directed by Ward Serrill.
Captures the passion and energy of a Seattle high school girls' basketball team, the eccentricity of their unorthodox coach, and the incredible true story of one player's fight to play the game she loves. 97 min.

Iraq in Fragments.
Directed by James Longley.
Offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied. American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. 94 min.
DVD 8135

Jesus Camp.
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.
A first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future. Follow these children at summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota as they become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army," and learn to hone their prophetic gifts. 84 min.
DVD 6874

Maquilapolis: City of Factories.
Directed by Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre
Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. Carmen earns six dollars a day but she is not a victim. She is a dynamic young woman, busy making a life for herself and her children. In "Maquilapolis," Carmen and her friend Lourdes confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos, reaching beyond their daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. The women also use video cameras to document their lives, their city and their hopes for the future.
DVD 6874

Maxed Out.
Directed and written by James Scurlock.
Takes a journey deep inside the American style of debt, where things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Posits that most people are getting in trouble because the banks and credit card companies are setting their customers up to fail. Why? The more credit they give us, the more credit we need. When we inevitably fall behind, they can charge the huge late fees and the over-limit fees and the stratospheric interest rates that drive their profits. Shocking and incisive, the film paints a picture of a national nighmare, which is all too real for most. 87 min.
DVD 7797

Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety.
Directed by Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, John Wellington Ennis, Holly Mosher.
This 50-minute documentary was created to give an in-depth, academic perspective on the questionable marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry, and features the commentary of investigative journalists and medical professionals including Dr. John Abramson, author of Overdosed America, and Prescription Access Litigation Project Director, Alex Sugerman-Brozan. Other notable interviewees include Dr. Bob Goodman of Columbia University, founder of the 'No Free Lunch' program, and Dr. Jerome Hoffman of UCLA Medical School.
DVD 9106

The Prize of the Pole.
Directed by Staffan Julen.
Documentary of Inuit Hivshu a.k.a. Robert E. Peary II, on a quest to trace the story of his great grandfather while coming to terms with his own ethnic identity. Through archival footage, photos and audio recordings chronicles Peary's exploration of the Arctic over more than twenty years and his controversial 1909 claim to be the first man to reach the North Pole. Also explores the activities of Franz Boas, the "father" of American anthropology, who viewed the Eskimos as barbarians, as "living fossils" for scientific study, focusing on the fate of the six Eskimos who traveled to New York with Peary, including the sole survivor, Minik, a six-year-old boy. 78 min.
DVD 8637

Salud!
Directed by Connie Field.
A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, !Salud! looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls 'one of the world's best health systems.' From the shores of Africa to the Americas, !Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba -- now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone's birth right. 93 min.
DVD 9329

When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts.
Directed by Spike Lee.
An extensive documentary covering a wide variety of perspectives on the pivotal events that preceded and followed Katrina's passage through New Orleans, a catastrophe during which the divide between race and class lines has never been more pronounced. 255 min.
DVD 6725

2007

Country Boys
Directed by David Sutherland
Acclaimed producer, David Sutherland returns to rural America to tell an epic tale of two boys coming of age in Kentucky's Appalachian hills, documenting their struggles to overcome hardship and poverty and find meaning in their lives. For Cody, that sense of belonging is found through his heavy metal Christian band and his relationship with his girlfriend. Chris, however, is torn between providing support for his family and the desire for an education.
DVD 5121

The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig
Looks at the turbulent life of a genius musician battling manic depression who has spent the last three decades of his life in-and-out of mental institutions. A favorite with artists such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Beck, and many others, view the singer-songwriter-artist through his art and interviews, and in the eyes of his fans.
DVD 7273

The Devil's Miner
Directed by David Sutherland
The story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico (Potosi). Abandoning their Catholic beliefs, Cerro Rico miners believe that Satan, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the mines, determines whether they live or die there.
DVD 5345

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones.
Directed by Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia
Chronicles The Ramones from the band's CBGB and London heydays, the decade-long silence between Joey and Johnny caused by a dispute over a girl, through the deaths of Joey and Dee Dee Ramone and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2002. Includes unseen live and studio footage, along with extensive interviews with ex-band mates, family, friends and figures from New York City's punk scene.
DVD 7272

Grizzly Man.
Directed by Werner Herzog
Acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers. Features Treadwell's video footage.
DVD 4899

The Ground Truth.
Directed by Patricia Foulkrod
Documents the stories of patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq and Afghanistan - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflicts, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, are a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home - with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth.
DVD 6785

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action.
Directed by Roberta Grossman
Documents the stories of patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq and Afghanistan - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflicts, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, are a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home - with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth.
DVD 4604

In the Tall Grass: Inside the Citizen-Based Justice System Gacaca.
Directed by J. Coll Metcalfe
Focuses on the Hutu and Tutsi as they struggle through Rwanda's unique reconciliation process: Gacaca, a network of grassroots community courts. Shows the challenges faced by post-genocide countries as they transition from violence to peace.
DVD 7259

Life in the Undergrowth.
In five filmed segments, David Attenborough explores the world of invertebrates, detailing aspects of life-cycles of numerous species around the world.
DVD 7434

Murderball
Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro.
A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it smashes every stereotype about the disabled.
DVD 4851

One Bright Shining Moment:
The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

Directed by Stephen Vittoria.
Presidential candidate George McGovern ran against Richard Nixon in 1972 and lost, but his bold grassroots campaign energized young Americans to a degree never before seen. Using a wealth of archival materials, features interviews with provocative figures of the time and extensive interviews with McGovern himself.
DVD 5490

Sir! No Sir!
Directed by David Zeiger
Recalls the unprecedented movement by American GI's against the Vietnam War, staged through demonstrations, underground newspapers, combat refusals and more, rocking the foundations of the American military. Includes archival material and interviews with key participants. DVD 6183

Street Fight
Directed by Marshall Curry
Chronicle of the bare-knuckled 2002 race between incumbent Sharpe James and newcomer Cory Booker for mayor of Newark, New Jersey . Fought in Newark's neighborhoods and housing projects, the battle pits the young challenger against an old style political machine that uses any means necessary, including harassment and police intimidation to crush its opponents. Though both candidates are African-American, the election becomes racially charged when the mayor accuses Booker, a Yale Law School grad -- of not being "really black."
DVD 4857

We Are Dad
Directed by Michael Horvat

Why We Fight
Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as Dwight Eisenhower had warned in his 1961 Farewell Address, political and corporate interests have become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of a nation in transition--drifting dangerously far from her founding principles toward a more imperial and uncertain future.
DVD 5766

2006

Born Into Brothels
Directed by Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
While living in the red light district of Calcutta and documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives.
DVD 4383

Busting Out
Directed by Laurel Spellman, Francine Strickwerda
A disarmingly honest and intimate exploration of our society's fascination with women's breasts. Directors Strickwerda and Spellman Smith unflinchingly examine the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this American icon, delving into the history and politics of breast obsession in the US. From breast-crazy men shouting "Flash those racks!" to the fears of breast cancer and the disparate attitudes of cultures worldwide, the directors leave no stone unturned in their quest to demystify the American breast.
DVD 5917

Control Room
Directed by Jehane Noujaim.
A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian casualties as well as footage of American POW's, the station has revealed everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration does not want the public to see. A seminal documentary that explores how "Truth" is gathered, presented, and ultimately created by those who deliver it.
DVD 3101

The Corporation
Directed by Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar
This documentary examines the history, inner workings and controversial potential futures of the big business corporation. The prognosis is grim -- for human beings, the environment, democracy and the very survival of the planet. Is there a cure for the pathological pursuit of profit at any cost, or can we only hope to apply restraints? Six years in production, this critical analysis includes extensive interviews with CEOs, top executives and academics.
DVD 3058

Girlhood
Directed by Liz Garbus.
Shanae was ten when she was gang-raped; she responded by drinking and drugging, and by age 12 had graduated to murder. Megan ran way from ten different foster homes before being arrested on assault charges. Both came to the Waxter Juvenile Facility in Maryland. Follow these two girls for three years, as they try to make a life for themselves both inside and outside of Baltimore's juvenile justice system.
DVD 5282

Lost Boys of Sudan
Directed by Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk.
Focuses on the journey of two teenage Sudanese boys, orphaned by the war in Sudan, who travel to America looking for a safer environment where they find they must grapple with extreme cultural differences and learn to cope with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American society.
DVD 3110

My Architect: A Son's Journey
Directed by Nathaniel Kahn.
Nathaniel Kahn documents the life and works of his father, Louis Kahn. Louis Kahn had an "official" family, including his wife Esther and daughter Sue Ann. He had two other secret families: with fellow architect Anne Tyng he had a daughter, Alexandra, and with his colleague Harriet Pattison he had Nathaniel.
DVD 3670

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Traces Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Allan Ginzberg and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever. Contains never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and rare concert performances.
DVD 4394

Ryan
Directed by Chris Landreth.
A collection of seven groundbreaking animated films. Ryan: Creating a hand-animated three-dimensional world, Chris Landreth explores the life of Ryan Larkin, a pioneer in Canadian animation who now lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change. Alter egos: Incorporating the animated documentary Ryan, Laurence Green's film explores the paths of animators Ryan Larkin and Chris Landreth and the relationship that developed between the two men. Syrinx: Using animated charcoal sketches, the Greek legend of how Pan made his pipes is brought to life. Walking: The way people walk is observed. Street musique: A visual improvisation is created from the music performed by sidewalk entertainers. The end: An animator discovers he's a character in his own work. Bingo: Answers the question, What if a lie is told long enough and loud enough?
DVD 4572

Shipbreakers
Directed by Michael Kot.
For the past two decades more than 7,000 rusting hulks of the world's largest ships have been driven onto the remote beaches off the Arabian Sea to be dismantled for scrap by hand, piece by piece. Sold for scrap, the ship owners rarely bother to abide by the U.N. Basel Convention which bans shipments of transboundary waste. A sign reading "Safety Is Our Motto" may hang over the gateway, but the workers have another, more telling slogan: "A ship a day, a death a day." One worker a day, on average, dies on the job, evaporated in explosions, crushed by falling steel, cut in half by cables or broken up from falls. Of the remainder, one in four will contract cancers caused by asbestos, PCBs and other toxic substances. Shipbreakers vividly captures both the haunting beauty of the ships and the deplorable conditions of the workers --- in an unforgettable portrayal where Third World ingenuity meets 21st century global economics.
DVD 5647

This Black Soil
Directed by Teresa Konechne. This inspiring and provocative new film chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview, Virginia, a small and severely impoverished rural African-American community, to pursue a new vision of prosperity. Catalyzed by the defeat of a state plan to build a maximum-security prison in their backyard, the powerful women leaders and residents created the Bayview Citizens for Social Justice, a non-profit organization, secured $10 million in grants, purchased the proposed prison site land and are now building a new community from the ground up.
DVD 5718

Waging a Living
Directed by Roger Weisberg, Pamela Harris. More than 30 million Americans are stuck in jobs that pay less than the federal poverty level for a family of four. Shot over a 3 year period, this documentary chronicles the day-to-day struggles of four low-wageearners to support their families. Jean Reynolds (nursing assistant) and Mary Venittelli (waitress) of New Jersey, Jerry Longoria (security guard) of San Francisco, and Barbara Brooks (student and single mother) of Freeport, N.Y. relate their dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments.
DVD 3660

2005

Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story
Biography of Mardy Murie who dedicated her life to the protection and preservation of the unspoiled American wilderness and became known as the mother of the American conservation movement. 75 min.

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks
Directed by LisaGay Hamilton.
This documentary explores the extraordinary life of Beah Richards, poet, activist, and Oscar-nominated African American actress best known for her role in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. 90 min.

Be Good, Smile Pretty.
Directed by LisaGay Hamilton.
Film documents 32-year-old Tracy Droz Tragos' two and a half year search for information about her father, who died in Vietnam when she was three months old. 56 min.

Farmingville
Directed by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval
A provocative look into the ongoing nationwide controversy surrounding a suburban community and its ever-expanding population of illegal immigrants. In the late 1990s, some 1,500 Mexican workers moved to the middle-class town of Farmingville on Long Island, population 15,000. In some ways, it's a familiar American story: an influx of illegals crossing the border from Mexico to do work the locals won't; rising tensions with the Anglo population; charges and counter-charges of lawlessness and racism; protest marches, unity rallies and internet campaigns -- and then vicious hate crimes that tear the community apart. 78 min.
DVD 6599

No Secret Anymore
Directed by Joan E. Biren.
Chronicles the lives of two women who have been partners in love and political struggle for half a century. SanFrancisco icons, Del Martin and Phylllis Lyon areknown as the founders of the modern lesbian civilrights movement. This documentary follows them throughsix decades, tracing the emergence of lesbians fromthe fear of discovery to the expectation of equality. 57 min.
DVD 2431

Point of Attack
Directed by Kathleen Foster
Looks at the U.S. government's policy since September 11, 2001 towards immigrants from Middle Eastern and South Asian countries that are predominantly Muslim. Charges that the compulsory registration of men from these countries and the mass detention and deportation of Muslim immigrants are discriminatory actions based on religion. c2004. 46 min.
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A Place of Our Own
Directed by Kathleen Foster
Following the death of his mother, filmmaker Stanley Nelson documents the history of the African American middle class in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard and uncovers family secrets. Includes archival footage. 60 min.

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time
Directed by Kathleen Foster
Follows Andy Goldsworthy's bohemian free spirit all over the world as he demonstrates and opens up about his creative process. From his long-winding rock walls and icicle sculptures to his interlocking leaf chains and multi-colored pools of flowers, Goldsworthy's painstakingly intricate masterpieces are made entirely of materials found in Mother Nature - who threatens and often succeeds in destroying his art, sometimes before it is even finished. Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer 2000. 90 min.
DVD 3003

Shelter Dogs
Directed by Cynthia Wade
Red Hen Productions, VHS or DVD, $99 public and school libraries, $250 college, institutions, government; www.shelterdogs.org. Examines the ethical issues of no-kill animal shelters through a visit to the controversial Rondout Valley Kennel, where life and death decisions are made daily. 73 min.

Super Size Me!
Directed by Morgan Spurlock
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock embarks on a journey to find out if fast food is making Americans fat. For 30 days he can't eat or drink anything that isn't on McDonald's menu; he must eat three square meals a day, he must eat everything on the menu at least once and supersize his meal if asked. He treks across the country interviewing a host of experts on fast food and a number of regular folk while downing McDonald's to try and find out why 37% of Americans are now overweight. As entertaining as it is horrifying, the film dives into corporate responsibility, nutritional education, school lunch programs, gastric bypass operations, and how we as a nation are eating ourselves to death. 2004. 100 min.
DVD 3002

Trembling Before G-d.
Directed by Sandi Simcha Dubowski and Marc Smolowitz.
Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma -- how to reconcile their love of Judaism and the Divine with the Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. a film by 84 min. 2000
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Unchained Memories
When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record. Presented here are dramatic readings from these narratives, bringing to life the pride and Special features: original slave narrative audio recording of Fountain Hughes; biographies of the ex-slaves featured in the documentary. HBO Video, c2003. 75 min.
DVD 1565

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election
Directed by Richard Ray Pérez, Joan Sekler.
The riveting story about the battle for the presidency in Florida in the 2000 election and the undermining of democracy in America. What emerges is a disturbing picture of an election marred by suspicious irregularities, electoral injustices, and sinister voter purges in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother. Special features: The voter purge ; media malfeasance response to a stolen election ; critical perspectives ; rise of corporate dominance. c2002. 90 min.
DVD 2200

Weather Underground
Directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel
This remarkable documentary traces the rise and fall of the Weathermen, a group of radical students, who, outaged by the Vietnam War and racism, tried to overthrow the U.S. government in the 1970's, bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. Here former members speak candidly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the FBI's most wanted list. A documentary by Sam Green and Bill Siegel. A production of the Free History Project, produced in association with KQED Public Television/San Francisco and ITVS. Special features: Filmmaker commentary from Sam Green ; commentary from original Weathermen Bernadine Dohrn & Bill Ayers ; original Weathermen audio communiques; exclusive bonus film about former Weatherman "David Gilbert : a lifetime of struggle" ; excerpts from Emile de Antonio's "Underground filmmaker biographies", featuring members of "The Weather Underground" ; interactive menus ; scene selection.2004. 93 min.
DVD 3066; vhs Video/C MM1165
Winsor McCay
Contains the complete collection of the pioneering animator's existing films plus the documentary Remembering Winsor McCay by film historian John Canemaker as well as commentary by John Canemaker and a stills gallery from the Canemaker Collection.

2004

Ballad of Bering Strait. Cinema Guild. 99 min. 2003.

Bowling for Columbine.
Directed by Michael Moore
The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed and America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence. 119 min.
DVD 1827

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.
Produced and directed by Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer.
One of the first "freedom riders," an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King and A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the March on Washington, intelligent, gregarious and charismatic, Bayard Rustin was denied his place in the limelight for one reason -- he was also gay. This is a film biography of his life. 2002. 84 min.DVD X4571; Video/C 9386 California Newsreel. 83 min. 2002.
DVD X4571; Video/C 9386

Children Underground.
Produced and directed by Edet Belzberg.
Documentary on a year in the lives of five homeless Romanian children who make their home in a subway station in Bucharest. Begging on the streets, drug addicted, and painfully unaware of the cruel horrors of their soul-crushing existence, the story unfolds to reveal their harrowing day-to-day struggle for survival. Bonus features: Filmmaker statement, "Where are they now" updates, filmmaker and additional crew biographies, resource links. 2001. 104 min.
DVD X2640; vhs Video/C 9451

Justice for My People: The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Story.
This ninety-minute Public Television program chronicles the life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia - Mexican Revolution refugee, medical doctor of the slums, war veteran, civil rights activist and confidante of presidents. Through peaceful protest and legal recourse, he confronted the violators of the civil rights of his people. KEDT-TV. 90 min. 2002.

Little Sisters vs. Big Brother.
Directed by Aerlyn Weissman
This film documents one of the longest and most well-known legal fights in Canadian history, a landmark Supreme Court freedom of expression case... This film documents one of the longest and most well-known legal fights in Canadian history, a landmark Supreme Court freedom of expression case centered around Vancouver bookstore, Little Sister's, which faced harassment and seizure of materials from Canadian Customs and fought a 15-year battle for freedom of speech. With interviews from authors including Pierre Berton, Pat Califia, Jane Rule and Nino Ricci National Film Board of Canada. 47 min. 2002.

Maggie Growls.
Directed by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater
A portrait of the amazing, canny, lusty, charming and unstoppable Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), who founded the Gray Panthers (the nation's leading progressive senior advocacy organization) in 1970 after being forced to retire from a job she loved at the age of 65. Her outrage and determination fueled a political chain reaction that forever changed the lives of older Americans, repealing mandatory retirement laws and proving that “old” is not a dirty word. Women Make Movies. 56 min. 2002.

Murder of Emmett Till.
Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson.
The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. Dist.: PBS. 2003. 60 min.
DVD 9526; vhs Video/C 9440

Murder on a Sunday Morning.
Directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
A documentary investigating a true tale of murder and injustice in Jacksonville, Florida. When a 15-year-old black male is arrested for the murder of Mary Ann Stephens, everyone involved in the case--from investigators to journalists--is ready to condemn him,except for his lawyer, Patrick McGuiness. McGuiness reopens the inquiry, and discovers a slew of shocking and troubling elements about the case. Most importantly, can the police be lying? 2003. 111 min.
DVD 1842

Pale Male.
Directed by Frederic Lilien.
Even in a city whose population serves as the textbook definition of "eclectic," no one could have foreseen the remarkable resident that chose New York City as a new home back in 1991. Never in recorded history had a red-tailed hawk chosen to settle in the Big Apple, and when the affectionately dubbed "Pale Male" opted to build his nest in a luxurious Fifth Avenue apartment complex, the unexpected new resident showed not only courage, but extravagant taste as well. In the years that followed, Pale Male became a celebrity to rival the city's brightest stars, and when he began to build a family in the city skyline, the population watched in amazement and breathless excitement. Now viewers can join Oscar-winning actress Joanne Woodward as she narrates this Emmy-winning installment of the popular PBS Nature series that will give nature lovers a newfound hope for the animal kingdom's ability to adapt and survive under even the most modern and inhospitable of circumstances. 54 min. 2003.

Promises.
Directed by Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg.
Follows the journey of one of the filmmakers, Israeli-American B. Z. Goldberg, as he travels to Palestinian communities and settlements in the West Bank where he has never ventured before, and to the familiar neighborhoods of Jerusalem. There he meets with seven Palestinian and Israeli children between the ages of nine and thirteen and explores the Middle East conflict through their eyes. 106 min.
Video/C 9517

Radical Harmonies.
"Woodstock Meets Women's Liberation in a film about a movement that explodes the gender barriers in music." A documentary on the history of the women's music movement. With festival and concert footage, interviews & archival material, the film delves into the rich history of women creating a cultural life based in a commitment to diversity, feminism and women loving women. Features foremothers of women's music (Cris, Holly, Margie, Meg and more) and today's "new women's music" artists Ani Difranco, Melissa Ferrick, Bitch and Animal and more. c2002. 88 min.
DVD 2371

Smith Family.
On her ninth wedding anniversary, Kim's perfect life is shattered when she learns that her husband Steve has been having affairs with men. Three years later, she discovers she is HIV-positive. Despite criticism from her family and the church, Kim makes an uncommon choice. SmallTown Productions. The Smith Family chronicles one family's struggle to endure the physical and emotional trauma surrounding the death of a husband, father and pillar of the Mormon community. Enduring the emotional strains of betrayal, condemnation of the Mormon Church and her own impending illness, Kim's tragic yet empowering odyssey forces her to redefine her own sense of family, faith and forgiveness. 79 min. 2002.

Strange Fruit.
Producer/Director: Joel Katz
A documentary exploring the history and legacy of the anti-lynching protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. The film examines the history of lynching, the courage of those who fought for racial justice, and the interplay of race, labor and the left and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement. It also presents the story of the composer Lewis Allan, a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx who wrote the poem and later set it to music. c2002. 58 min.
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Two Towns of Jasper.
In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death by three white men. The town was forever altered, and the nation woke up to the horror of a modern-day lynching. The filmmakers set out to document the aftermath of the murder by following the trials of the local men charged with the crime. The result is an explicit and troubling portrait of race in America, one that asks how and why a crime like this could have occurred. Originally produced in 2002 as a segment of the television series POV. 2003. 83 min.
Video/C 9470

2003

Calle 54.
Introduced to Latin jazz in the 1980s, when he was beginning his career as a director, Fernando Trueba has since become a devoted fan of the music. Noted jazz artists have scored for some of his films and he took his love of the music one step further in which he gathered together a number of his favorite Latin jazz artists for a series of interviews and performances. 2001 106 min.
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A Child's Century of War
From the perspective of children, takes the viewer on a journey through the past century, examining the way in which modern wars have increasingly threatened and targeted children. Three contemporary conflicts are at the heart of the film. Telling their stories in their own voices, we hear from orphans of the two recent Chechen wars, from children in Hebron on the West Bank and from the abducted, raped and amputated children of Sierra Leone. c2001. 90 min.
Video/C 9452

Confederacy Theory
Produced and directed by Ryan Deussing.
Presents an unflinching portrait of the cultural war that has erupted around the confederate flag, filmed primarily in South Carolina, the last state to fly the flag on its capitol. Using never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with politicians, activists, and scholars, Confederacy theory traces the history of this symbol and its impact on Southern culture, history, and identity -- from the Civil War to the front lines of a modern-day secession movement. c2001. 56 min.
Video/C 9739

Dogtown & Z-Boys
Produced and directed by Ryan Deussing.
Director, Stacy Peralta.
A documentary of a gang of discarded kids in L.A. who virtually revolutionized skateboarding with an aggressive style, awe-inspiring moves and street smarts, and in the process, transformed youth culture forever. Captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice's Dogtown, a tough "locals only" beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing, who used abandoned swimming pools to sharpen their skills. 2001. 91 min.
DVD 1710

Domestic Violence
Directed by Frederick Wiseman
An extensive documentary on domestic violence filmed in Tampa, Florida. The film shows the police responding to domestic violence calls and the work of The Spring, the principal shelter in Tampa for women and children. Sequences with the police include police response, intervention and attempted resolution. Sequences at the shelter include intake interviews, individual counseling sessions, anger management training, group therapy, staff meetings and conversations among clients and between clients and staff, therapy sessions for children where domestic violence is discussed and counseling for parents and children organized around children's issues and experiences with domestic violence. 2001. 196 min.
DVD 8739; vhs Video/C 8984

Grilled Rice (Gao Rang)
Directed by Claude Grunspan
A study on the North Vietnamese combat cameramen who filmed the Indo-Chinese and Vietnam Wars and founded Vietnamese cinema. Mai Loc and Khoung Me, two veterans from the French war, tell of acquiring their first cameras and instruction manuals. Mr. Xuong, a traveling projectionist during both wars, recalls projecting films along the 17th Parallel and public reaction to the films. Tran Van Thuy and Le Man Thich screen some of the material that they shot and describe the hardship and fear they faced in combat and during American bombings. For all of them, "to make propaganda was obvious." But they also discuss their regrets. Thuy says "If we had had a more critical historical awareness, we could have left much better images." They didn't film enough of the hard daily life, and regret the many "heroic deaths that were not filmed, "but it would have been "useless," as the footage would not have been used. 2001. 52 min.
Video/C 8806

The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse)
Directed by Agnès Varda
"Focuses on changes inthe character of gleaning which have occured within her lifetime. Protected bya centuries-old law and once a communal activity, gleaning has become primarilyan individual endeavor. Where rural gleaning once created a distributionmechanism for food, contemporary business emphasis on uniformity of sizecontributes toward wasteful dumping rather than redistribution. Varda alsofilms contemporary gleaners in the city food markets at closing time. Someglean to survive; others declare it to be a political statement against waste." 82 min.
DVD 1281

Independent Spirits
The remarkable partnership of John and Faith Hubley produced groundbreaking films in that quintessentially American art of animation. Coming from a background of traditional Disney and advertising animation, artist and activist John was transformed as a filmmaker when he married sound and music editor Faith. Together they changed the face of animation, producing films which explored serious, worldwide issues such as overpopulation and nuclear annihilation, always based on their personal beliefs. Pyramid Media. 56 min.

Mai's America
A film by Mario Poras.
The remarkable partnership of John and Faith Hubley produced groundbreaking films in that quintessentially American art of animation. Coming from a background of traditional Disney anA spunky Vietnamese teenager named Mai gets the chance of a lifetime, to study in the United States. Expecting Hollywood, she instead lands in rural Mississippi, a crazy quilt of self-proclaimed rednecks, cliquish teenagers, South Vietnamese exiles and transvestite soulmates. As she tries to fit in and to make ends meet, Mai discovers that "America" is both less and far more than she bargained for. From cosmopolitan Hanoi to the heart of the Deep South, Mai's unforgettable journey offers an outsider's glimpse inside America. 72 min.
Video/C 9044

Paragraph 175
Produced and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman.
Historian Klaus Muller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, many of whom were interred in concentration camps during World War II because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175, which states: An unnatural sex act committed between persons of the male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights may also be imposed. 2000. 81 min.
Video/C 8549

Porraimos: Europe's Gypsies in the Holocaust.
Chronicles the Roma (Gypsy) Holocaust--Porraimos, or "the devouring" which shows how the pseudo-science of eugenics was used to persecute not only Jews, but also Gypsies. Using interviews with Austrian, Czech and German Gypsy survivors, as well as photographs and films from the Reich Department of Racial Hygiene, this film reveals the oppression of the gypsies -- their registration and segregation, their sterilization, the medical experiments and eventual murder. 2002. 57 min.
Video/C 9742

Postville: When Cultures Collide.
Written and produced by Nikki Tundel.
Tells the story of how a small Iowa town is dealing with multiculturalism and social change. In Postville, Iowa more than 300 Hasidic Jews, plus hundreds of Mexicans, Guatelmalans, Ukrainians and Russians have taken up residence in the last decade. This program explores the struggles and rewards of the social and economic changes in the town. 2001.
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Refrigerator Mothers
From the 1950s through the early 1970s, the American medical establishment thought it had found the cause of autism: poor mothering. Doctors presumed that the bizarre behaviors of autistic children - rigid rituals, difficulty with speech, extreme self-isolation - stemmed from their mothers' emotional frigidity. We now know that autism is a brain disorder, not the result of poor parenting. But for a whole generation of women branded as cold "refrigerator mothers," the damage had already been done. 2002.. 54 min.
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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
In 1931, two white women stepped from a boxcar in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on a train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trials of the falsely accused nine young men would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions and give birth to the civil rights movement. Dist.: PBS. 2001. 90 min.
Video/C 6907

Sex: Unknown
Explores gender identity and gender reassignment with contributions of psychologists and researchers, and through personal insights from the Reimer family, including candid, heartrending interviews with JanetReimer and her son, who ultimately rejected his female identity and is now living as a man. Also includes the work of early sex researcher John Money who persuaded the Reimer parents to surgically alter their child after an accident destroyed his genitalia. 2001. 60 min.
Video/C 8922

2002

30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle
A film by Rustin Thompson.
Former news cameraman Rustin Thompson pursues the story of the protests that surrounded the World Trade Organization meeting in 1999, offering his evolving view of the week-long chaos.
Video/C 7631

Book Wars.
Written, directed, edited and narrated by Jason Rosette.
A highly original portrait of the quirky and competitive world of New York City street booksellers, as documented by Jason Rosette, one of their own.
Video/C 8757

Chinatown Files
Director, Amy Chen.
Amy Chen's documentary is the first to explore Chinese-American experience during the "climate of fear" that McCarthyism produced, reminding viewers of the tenuous nature of civil rights.
Video/C 8426

Dark Days
Directed by Marc Singer
Marc Singer's film explores the lives of dwellers in a shantytown community within an Amtrak tunnel under New York city.
DVD 854

Genghis Blues
Directed by Roko Belic.
Roko Belic's documentary chronicles the remarkable journey of Paul "Earthquake" Pena, a blind San Francisco blues singer who traveled to Tuva (Upper Mongolia) in 1995 to participate in a throat-singing competition.
DVD 414

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Produced and directed by Daniel McCabe and Paul Stekler.
Daniel McCabe and Paul Stekler's film paints a complex portrait of the late four-time governor of Alabama, whose virulent segregationist stance ironically helped force civil rights to the forefront of American politics.
Video/C 7056

Into the Arms of Strangers
Written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris.
Mark Jonathan Harris's film interviews Holocaust survivors rescued by the Kindertransport, a pre-World War II operation in which 10,000 Jewish children from German-held lands were sent to foster homes and hostels in Great Britain.
DVD 1042

Merchants of Cool
Director, Neil Docherty.
This Frontline documentary exposes the tactics used by corporate media giants to package "cool" and sell it to America's lucrative teenage market.
DVD 1633; Video/C 8130

Napoleon
Writer, Director, David Grubin.
David Grubin's absorbing biography of France's 18th century soldier-cum-emperor provides an entertaining and instructive reminder of the ephemeral nature of power and empires.
DVD 1127

The Old Man and the Sea
Directed by Alexander Petrov
Alexander Petrov's elegant adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's classic is a masterwork of hand-painted animation.
Video/C 999:3257

One Day in September
Director, Kevin MacDonald.
Presents the shocking true story of the brutal massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by a team of extreme Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.
DVD 1040

Return of Navajo Boy
Director, Jeff Spitz.
When filmmaker Jeff Spitz returns a 1950's silent film to a Navajo family, he triggers their search for identity.
Video/C 8913

School: The Story of American Public Education.
Director, Sarah Mondale. Distributor: Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
Sarah Mondale's history of American education intertwines personal rememberances, archival footage, and expert interviews to explore school's impact on individuals and society.
Video/C 8328- 8331

Sound and Fury
Director, Josh Aronson.
Josh Aronson's documentary about deaf culture follows the divisive story of two brother's families, one for and the other against a new cochlear implant treatment that would restore partial hearing to their children.
Video/C 7541

Strange Invaders
Distributor: National Film Board of Canada
Parenthood meets science fiction in Cordell Barker's whimsical animated short about a couple whose dream turns into a nightmare when a "child" invades their home.

2001

42 Up
Producer/director Michael Apted.
Filmmaker Michael Apted revisits 11 of the 14 Britons he's interviewed every seven years since 1964 when they were children in this remarkable sociological project.
DVD 3074; Video/C 7378

American Movie: The Making of Northwestern
Director Chris Smith.
Chris Smith's portrait of filmmaker Mark Borchardt's attempts to make a movie offers a humorous, insightful and oddly moving behind-the-scenes look at fringe independent filmmaking.
DVD 288

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
Producer, writer, director Michael Paxton.
In this Oscar-nominated feature-length biopic, Michael Paxton presents an altogether fascinating portrait of the controversial philosopher/novelist.
DVD 630

The Brandon Teena Story.
Producers, directors, editors Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir
The life and tragic murder of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, illustrates one community's response to issues of gender and identity. <
Video/C 6125

Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment.
Director Peter Wintonick. Producer Adam Symansky.
Filmmaker Peter Wintonick explores the influential cinema verite film movement of the 50's and 60's through interviews with masters of the genre and clips from key films.
DVD 4365; Video/C 7004

Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians.
Writer, producer, director Anne Makepeace.
Anne Makepeace's moving biography of Edward S. Curtis, the pioneer photographer of American Indians, also visits descendants of Curtis's subjects who today use his images to revive the past.
DVD 3194; vhs 7339

Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way.
Director Grant Greschuk.
Grant Greschuk's luminous biography travels from Chicago to Hollywood, London, and Vancouver, as African-American dancer Jeni LeGon, students, friends, and historians review her extraordinary life and career in a segregated society.
Video/C 7464

The Legacy: Murder and Media Politics and Prison.
Writer, producer, director Michael J. Moore.
Michael J. Moore's thought-provoking film traces the genesis of California's "three strikes" law, and examines the haunting "legacy" of an expensive system heavily populated by non-violent offenders.
Video/C 6370

On Our Own Terms (Moyers on Dying)
Producer/director Gail Pellett.
Bill Moyers explores the agonizing decisions made by terminally ill patients and their families in this informative and touching four-part series.
Video/C 8422-8423

One Day Longer: Story of the Frontier Strike.
Producer/director Amie S. Williams. Distributor: CineVegas
For seven years Las Vegas hospitality workers fought their for jobs, wages, and benefits at the Frontier Hotel, in the longest strike in labor history.
Video/C 7867

Rabbit in the Moon.
Producers Emiko Omori and Chizuko Omori.
Filmmaker Emiko Omori's memoir examines the effects of World War II internment on Japanese-Americans, focusing upon the lasting divisions within their minority community. Distributor: Transit Media.
Video/C 6310

Sing Faster: The Stagehand's Ring Cycle.
Producer/director/writer, Jon Else.
The feats and follies of the San Francisco Opera Company's technical crew are profiled in this funny, irreverent, behind-the-scenes view of Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle.
DVD 2776; vhs 5925

Stranger with a Camera.
Producer/director Elizabeth Barret.
Elizabeth Barret revisits the murder of Canadian filmmaker Hugh O'Connor in poverty-stricken Jeremiah, Kentucky, circa 1967, while also questioning the media's ethics in publicly shaming a poor community.
Video/C 7192

Walking with Dinosaurs.
Producer Jasper James.
Jurassic Park meets National Geographic in this realistic, animated view of 155 million years of dinosaur history. The DVD version shows how animators and paleontologists worked together to answer scientific questions.

Well-Founded Fear.
A film by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini.
Told from the perspective of political asylum applicants and asylum officers, this real-life drama examines the utterly human mix of humanity, bureaucracy and serendipity in deciding the course of people's lives.
DVD 7564; vhs Video/C 7297

2000

An American Love Story. 5 parts (10 programs)
Producer and Director, Jennifer Fox.
In a film as complex and unpredictable as the family it chronicles, Jennifer Fox brings viewers into the lives of a multi-racial couple and their daughters.
Video/C 6503

Dear Jesse
A film by Tim Kirkman.
Tim Kirkman's video letter to North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms uses their parallel lives to explore homophobia, racial discrimination, and self-affirmation.
Video/C 7185

The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison
Producers and Directors, Jonathan Stack and Liz Garbus.
This Oscar-nominated documentary offers a disturbing portrait of five inmates condemned to life sentences inside Louisiana's maximum security prison.
Video/C 6147

The Farmer's Wife
Producer and Director, David Sutherland. Co-producer, Nancy Sutherland.
David Sutherland's beautifully filmed Frontline documentary presents a deeply involving look at the tribulations and triumphs of a struggling Nebraska farm family.
Video/C 6115

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
Producer and Director, Errol Morris.
Errol Morris creates a thought-provoking exploration of four eccentric individuals and how they make sense of their world.
DVD X64; Video/C 6107

Forgotten Fire
Director, Michael Chandler.
Michael Chandler's documentary probes church burnings in a small South Carolina town, revealing the complex historical and social dimensions of racial violence.
Video/C 7456

Future Remembrance: Photography and Image Arts in Ghana.
A film by Tobias Wendl and Nancy du Plessis.
In this entertaining exploration of photography and image making, viewers gain insight into the role of art in everyday life.

I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Art
6 parts. Directors, Sam Pollard and Tracy Heather Strain.
This historical survey of artists, musicians, dancers and authors chronicles the evolution of African American culture and consciousness in American arts.
Video/C 6262- 6267

Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
2 parts. A film by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes.
Ken Burns and Paul Barnes eloquently tell the story of pioneer feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony against the backdrop of the early women's movement and the struggle for women's suffrage.
Video/C 6600-6601

Pop.
Producer and Director, Joel Meyerowitz.
Celebrated photographer Joel Meyerowitz's "home video" takes viewers on a compassionate and often humorous road trip with his father, who suffers from Alzheimer's.

When the Day Breaks.
Direction, Animation, and Lyrics, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Producer, David Verrall.
In 9 ˝ minutes, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis offer an animated meditation on chance, death, and life.

1999

The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords.
Produced by Half Nelson Productions. Director, Stanley Nelson. Distributed by California Newsreel. This moving documentary masterfully traces the birth, evolution and impact of African American journalism since Reconstruction.
DVD X5463; Video/C 5445

Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien
Director, Jessica Yu.
Poet/journalist Mark O'Brien offers profound reflections on life from inside an iron lung.
DVD X334; Video/C 4841

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary
Director, Laura Angelica Simon.
Filmmaker/teacher Laura Angelica Simon explores the conflict surrounding the public education of illegal immigrants.
DVD 9929 [preservation copy]; vhs 5246

Henry: One Man's Way
Director, John Swindells.
This tribute to animal rights activist Henry Spira demonstrates the power of one person to effect social and political change.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Director, Ken Burns.
A beautifully realized account of the Lewis & Clark expedition that expands our knowledge of both American history and the American spirit.
Video/C 5996

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
Produced and directed by Ada Gray Griffin and Michelle Parkerson.
This rich social and personal history explores the life of black feminist poet Audre Lorde.
Video/C 5667

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
Director, Monte Bramer.
This inspiring film chronicles gay activist and writer Paul Monette's choice to live life to its fullest in the age of AIDS.
Video/C 6042

Silence.
Director, Orly Yadin. Distributed by Filmaker's Library.
In a unique blend of animation and archival footage, a Holocaust survivor finally tells her story.

Stomp Out Loud.
Directors, Luke Crasswell and Steve McNicholas.
A stunning musical odyssey that rolls through the Manhattan cityscape, transforming everyday life into percussive poetry.
DVD 686; vhs Video/C 9378

You Don't Know Dick.
Director, Candace Schermerhorn.
These interviews with six female-to-male transsexuals reveal lives notable for their profound emotional complexity and bravery.
DVD X3276; Video/C 5085


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