Reel Life Stories: Documentary Film and Video Collections
in the UC Berkeley Library's Media Resources Center
Best Short Documentaries (Short Subjects)
2002 - Twin Towers
Directed by: Michael Moore, Bill Guttentag and Robert David Port.
Two brothers, one a firefighter, one a police officer, are remembered for their bravery in New York City on September 11.
2001 - Thoth
Directed by Lynn Appelle, Sara Kernochan
2000 - Big Mama
irected by Tracy Seretean; produced by Tracy Seretean
1999 - King Gimp
Directed and produced by Susan Hadary, William Whiteford.
Chronicles the life of Dan Keplinger who has cerebral palsy, from his childhood through his early twenties.
MRC call number: 7283
1998 - The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Year
Produced by Keiko Ibi
1997 - A Story of Healing
Produced by Donna Dewey, Carol Pasternak
1996 - Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien
Directed, written, and produced by Jessica Yu.
Poet-journalist Mark O'Brien was stricken with polio in childhood and has spent most of his life in an iron lung. He describes how he has fought against illness and bureacracy for his right to lead an independent life and offers his reflections on college, work, sex, death, euthanasia, and God.
MRC call number: VIDEO/4841
1995 - One Survivor Remembers
Produced by Kary Antholis
Through a series of interviews, photographs and footage shot in the actual locations of her memories, Gerda Weissmann Klein takes us on a journey of survival through one of the most devastating events in the history of mankind.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 4918
1994 - A Time For Justice
Produced by: Charles Guggenheim
Uses first-hand testimony of participants and archival footage to present a compelling look at the battle for civil rights in the South, recalling the crises in Montgomery, Little Rock, Birmingham, and Selma. It depicts the struggle through the experiences of its "foot soldiers," who rode where they weren't supposed to ride, walked where they were forbidden to walk and sat where they weren't supposed to sit and stood their ground until they won their freedom.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 8987
1993 - Defending Our Lives
Directed and produced by Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich
Shows the magnitude and severity of domestic violence in this country. This video features four women imprisoned for killing their batterers and their terrifying personal testimonies. Each of these women tells her own horrific tale of beatings, rape and torture at the hands of her husband or boyfriend.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 3391
1992 - Educating Peter
Produced by Thomas Goodwin, Gerardine Wurzburg
1991 - Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment
Directed and produced by Debra Chasnoff
Expose of the human and environmental effects of General Electric Company's nuclear weapons facilities. Plant workers have been poisoned by radiation and asbestos; neighboring homes have experienced cancers and birth defects. Shows the activists who are working to inform the public and stop the company's dangerous activities.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 2461
1990 - Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo.
Directed and produced by Steven Okazaki
Documentary about artist Estelle Peck Ishigo, a Caucasian woman interned during World War II with her Japanese American husband at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyo. Vivid portrayal through her words and drawings and through photographs of the deprivations and humiliations of camp life, and the difficulties of readjustment at war's end.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 2177
1989 - The Johnstown Flood
Produced by Charles Guggenheim
1988 - You Don't Have To Die
Produced by Malcolm Clarke, William Guttentag
1987 - Young At Heart
Produced by Pamela Conn, Sue Marx
1986 - Women – For America, For the World
Directed and produced by Vivienne Verdon-Roe
Twenty-two prominent American women challenge the economic and political realities of the arms race.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 1550
1985 - Witness To War: Dr. Charlie Clements
Directed by Deborah Shaffer; produced by David Goodman.
Documents the career of Charlie Clements, an Air Force pilot whose Vietnamese War experiences convinced him that he had to build a new career as a physician, so that he could heal instead of kill. Focuses particularly on his work as a doctor in El Salvador during that country's conflict with Honduras in 1969.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 838
1984 - The Stone Carvers
Produced by Marjorie Hunt, Paul Wagner
1983 - Flamenco at 5:15
Directed by Cynthia Scott; produced by Cynthia Scott, Adam Symansky
Shows how, for a brief interim each year, senior students at the National Ballet School of Canada meet with Susana and Antonio Robledo, flamenco dancers, teachers and choreographers, to learn flamenco dancing. Includes views of the students and their flamenco dancing as well as views of the students.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 3445
1982 - If You Love This Planet
Produced by Edward Le Lorrain
1981 - Close Harmony
Produced by Nigel Noble
1980 - Karl Hess: Toward Liberty
Produced by Roland Hallé, Peter Ladue
1979 - Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
Directed and written by Saul J. Turell
Briefly details Paul Robeson's artistic triumphs and political work between the time of his first Broadway appearance in 1924 and his death in 1976.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 992
1978 - Flight of the Gossamer Condor
Produced by Jacqueline Shedd
1977 - Gravity is My Enemy
Produced by John Joseph, Jan Stussy
1976 - Number Our Days
Directed and produced by Lynne Littman, Barbara G. Myerhoff.
Interviews conducted by anthropologist Barbara G. Myerhoff to document lives of Jewish senior citizens of Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, Venice, Calif.
MRC call number: VIDEO/C 2150
1975 - The End of the Game
Produced by Robin Lehman, Claire Wilbur
1974 - Don't
Produced by Robin Lehman
1973 - Princeton: A Search for Answers
Produced by Julian Krainin, DeWitt Sage
1972 - This Tiny World
Produced by Martina Huguenot van der Linden, Charles Huguenot van der Linden
1971 - Sentinels of Silence
Produced by Robert Amram, Manuel Arango
1970 - Interviews with My Lai Veterans
Produced by Joseph Strick
1969 - Czechoslovakia 1968
Produced by Robert Fresco, Denis Sanders
1968 - Why Man Creates
Produced by Saul Bass
1967 - The Redwoods
Produced by Trevor Greenwood, Mark Harris
1966 - A Year Toward Tomorrow
Directed by Edmund Levy
1965 - To Be Alive!
Directed by Alexander Hammid, Francis Thompson
1964 - Nine from Little Rock
Directed by Charles Guggenheim
1963 - Chagall
Directed by Lauro Venturi
1962 - Dylan Thomas
Directed by Jack Howells
1961 - Project Hope
Directed by Frank Bibas
1960 - Giuseppina
Directed by James Hill
1959 - Glass
Directed by Bert Haanstra
1958 - AMA Girls
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
1956 - The True Story of the Civil War
Directed by Louis Stoumen
1955 - Men Against the Arctic
Directed by Winston Hibler; produced by Walt Disney
1954 - Thursday's Children
Directed by Lindsay Anderson, Guy Brenton
1953 - The Alaskan Eskimo
Produced by Walt Disney
1952 - Neighbors
Directed by Norman McLaren
1951 - Benjy
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
1950 - Why Korea?
Directed by Edmund Reek
1949 - A Chance to Live
Directed by Richard de Rochemont
So Much for So Little
Directed by Edward Selzer
1948 - Toward Independence
Produced by the U. S. Army
1947 - First Steps
Produced by United Nations Division of Films and Visual Education
1946 - Seeds of Destiny
Produced by United States War Department
1945 - Hitler Lives?
Produced by Warner Bros.
1944 - With the Marines At Tarawa
Produced by U. S. Marine Corp.
1943 - December 7th
Directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland for the Field Photographic Branch, Office of Strategic Services, U. S. Navy. A recreation combining actual footage A recreation combining actual footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
MRC call number: DVD 1090
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