[Videolib] New Releases from the Cinema Guild -Middle Eastern

Tatar, Becky (bltata@aurora.lib.il.us)
Sat, 28 Aug 2004 10:07:02 -0500

Hi, Jonathan!

Since I have stated the same thing as Fred, now is the time to put my money
where my mouth is, so to speak. I have sent your post to our AV ordering
person, and you should get it next week. Now, I don't anticipate a monster
circ for these titles, but I do think that given what's happening in the
world, we need to have films like this in the collection. But even though I
have a sizable film budget overall, my budget for World History is $1000.
And my budget for Social Issues is $600. Purchasing your 5 films at $350
each would put me over the top for those two areas!. Plus, and I know this
shouldn't be a factor, but I just can't face telling a patron that since
their tape player ate the tape, they have to pony up the $350 to replace it.
That's more than their player probably cost. I hope a lot of us public
librarians take you up on your offer!

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209
E-mail: bltata@aurora.lib.il.us

-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Miller [mailto:jmiller@frif.com]
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 12:26 PM
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu; fsandner@rcls.org
Subject: Re: [Videolib] New Releases from the Cinema Guild -Middle
Eastern Studies

Dear Fred,

Maybe. Let's test your theory!

I am prepared to make a special offer to every public library on this list:
You can set your own price - but it should be the best price you would be
prepared to pay normally, and let's see what the price (and demand for
these films) is that you are talking about!

As a test. (Ok - it has to be at least $10 for the tape, and $10 to cover
shipping and handling),

And everyone can have ONE WEEK (till the close of business next Friday) to
come thru.

And you can choose from these, the most popular of our recent Middle East
related films:

AL JAZEERA: http://frif.com/new2003/jaz.html
THE BOMBING: http://frif.com/new2000/bomb.html
GENERATION X SADDAM: http://frif.com/new2003/genx.html
THE JUNCTION: http://frif.com/new2004/jun.html
TWENTY YEARS OLD IN THE MIDDLE EAST: http://frif.com/new2003/twen.html

If you order one or more of them online make a note about this special test
offer and what you are prepared to pay in the "Special
Instructions/Comments" section of the order form, and we will adjust the
price when invoicing / charging you, to what the best price is you say you
are willing to pay for the title.

I will report back on what the results are!


Jonathan Miller
First Run/Icarus Films

PS sorry, public libraries only!

Mr At 07:34 PM 8/26/2004 -0400, you wrote:

>Great films! I would probably order "Different Drummer" for our
>Jewish/Israel/Palestinian collection, but even though we're a medium-sized
>public library, we just casn't afford $275 for one title. Public libraries
>are not just interested in pop movie fare - they often have special
>collections or concentrations - but the prices of documentaries are
>prohibitive. My theory has been: cut the price significantly and the
>difference will be made up in sales.
>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>From: "Handeh Kemmer" <hkemmer@cinemaguild.com>
>Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 12:52:13 -0400
> >
> >
> >"Media collections seeking an unbiased and balanced portrayal of one of
> >our world's most fractious situations should consider purchasing this
> well-crafted title."
> >
> >School Library Journal
> >
> >
> >
> >Examining the efforts of Israeli and Palestinian organizations and
> individuals to overcome the legacy of bitterness between them and to find
> ways to end the ongoing conflict. It features interviews with a variety
> of Israeli human rights and peace activists who, out of political and
> religious commitment, are confronting the controversial issues of the
> Occupation, the Jewish settlements, the checkpoints, and the Palestinian
> refugee problem.
> >
> >Directed by John Michalczyk
> >2003, color, 50 mins, VHS
> >
> >
> >
> >************************************************************************
> >
> >
> >
> >"...turns out to be rather prescient...offers viewers a lot of food for
> thought, while also presenting a seldom-seen glimpse of everyday Iraqi
> life...a valuable contemporary document. Sure to be a popular addition,
> this is highly recommended for both public and academic library
> collections."-Video Librarian
> >
> >
> >
> >The filmaker joins a U.S. congressional delegation, led by Congressman
> Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia) and former South Dakota Senator James
> Abourezk, that traveled to Iraq in September 2002 to meet with Sa'doun
> Hammadi, Speaker of the Iraqi National Assembly, and Tariq Aziz, Iraqi
> Deputy Prime Minister, to discuss the readmission of UN arms inspectors
> in the hope of averting war. The video also features numerous
> 'man-in-the-street' interviews with Iraqi citizens, commentary from
> international politicians and peace activists, shocking views of the
> impact of UN sanctions and U.S. bombing on the Iraqi economy and
> population, and the restrictions of the 'oil for food' program. Whatever
> one's attitude about the U.S. war with Iraq, this short video offers a
> rare chance to hear the views of ordinary Iraqi citizens about the U.S.
> >
> >Directed by Sonia Angulo and Saul Landau
> >2002, color, 22 mins., VHS
> >
> >
> >
> > *********************************************************************
> >
> >"Poignant, timely...important...a riveting documentary with the feel of
> an undercover expose." - School Library Journal
> >
> >
> >
> >Revealing the plight of young Palestinian children in the West Bank city
> of Hebron who regularly risk being attacked by Israeli soldiers as they
> try to go to school each morning. While the presence of international
> observers sometimes helps the children get safely to school, Israeli
> soldiers also regularly use percussion grenades, tear gas and rubber
> bullets against them. Thus, in direct contravention of UN resolutions and
> the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Israeli government continues to deny a
> generation of Palestinian children in the Occupied Territories their
> right to an education.
> >
> >Directed by Donna Baillie
> >2003, color, 28 mins., VHS
> >
> >
> >
> >*********************************************************************
> >
> >"...Judgment Day is more interested in finding solutions than becoming
> mired in recriminations...What gives the film poignancy is that the
> filmmaker seems as genuinely interested in the long-term effects the
> Occupation has on Israeli culture as in the physical damage it inflicts
> on Palestinians."-Cineaste Magazine
> >
> >
> >
> >By comparing the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict with the previous
> struggle for liberation and democracy in South Africa, this film makes a
> universal statement about war and the effects of war on young people on
> both sides of the conflicts. Focusing on the experiences of two young
> South Africans who discuss how they were brutalized in the South African
> conflict and who explain their current search for healing. After tracing
> the 1967 occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territories and
> examining the viewpoint of the Israeli settler communities.
> >
> >Directed by Kevin Harris
> >2001, color, 59 mins., VHS
> >
> >
> >
> >***********************************************************************
> >
> >"...captivating...this timely program presents the rich and diverse
> society of Syria as one which could be emblematic of much of the Middle
> East, and is certainly worthy of purchase consideration for media
> collections needing well-timed and contemporary information in an
> effective presentation."-School Library Journal
> >
> >
> >
> >Imagine a nation located between Israel, with its ongoing Palestinian
> tensions, and Iraq occupied by US forces. High U.S. officials threaten
> Syria, accusing it of accumulating weapons of mass destruction and having
> links to terrorists. Inside the country, we see a delicate balance of
> modern-clad men and women maintaining centuries-old traditions amidst
> satellite dishes on roofs and other symbols of globalization.
> >
> >Directed by Saul Landau
> >2004, color, 30 mins., VHS
> >
> >
> >
> >********************************************************************
> >
> >"This important film is a damning indictment of how the government
> over-reacted after 9/11, singling out and targeting people who had
> nothing to do with terrorism. It should have the widest possible
> distribution and viewing by the American public." - Abdeen Jabara, Civil
> Rights Attorney and Former President of the American-Arab
> Anti-Discrimination Committee
> >
> >
> >
> >In the aftermath of 9/11this documentary chronicles the racial
> profiling, large scale round-ups, detentions and mass deportations of
> Arab, Muslim and South Asian men as part of the government's "War on
> Terrorism." Interviews with detainees who tell about their arrest and
> detention, a mandatory special registration program that is imposed on
> Muslims, flights across the Canadian Border, and mass deportations
> overseas give a chilling view of their ordeal. The documentary frames the
> plight of these immigrant communities within the context of the US
> government's "other war" against civil liberties that is being waged via
> the USA Patriot Act. Although the "point of attack" of such legislation
> may be specific immigrant groups, the broader implications, detailing the
> undermining of basic freedoms for everyone, are explored.
> >
> >Directed by: Kathleen Foster
> >2004,color, 46 mins, VHS
> >
> >
> >
> >*********************************************************************
> >
> >"...effectively conveys reasons for Palestinian outrage, with stark
> evidence of the destruction wrought by the Israeli armed forces...For
> strong Middle East collections."-Library Journal
> >
> >
> >
> >Documenting the activities of Women in Black, a multinational
> organization that holds vigils for peace around the world, focusing on
> their efforts to promote a peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian
> conflict. The video also features interviews with members of the Israeli
> Women in Black, Jewish Israeli women who in 1988 founded the organization
> to protest their government's Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, as
> well as Palestinians struggling to maintain normal family life while
> surrounded by tanks and snipers, a Jewish settler woman who voices fears
> for her family, and documents the impact of the recent siege on life in
> Bethlehem, and the harsh realities of everyday life in the Jenin refugee
> >
> >Directed by Donna Baillie
> >2002, color, 53 mins., VHS
> >
> >
> >
> >***********************************************************************
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >In 1996, basketball star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson)
> caused a national stir when the NBA suspended him for refusing to stand
> during the national anthem because of his "Muslim conscience." The
> documentary reexamines this controversy, the media misrepresentations and
> the reactions of the Muslim immigrants who responded with an embarrassed
> disavowal. Although Abdul Rauf's stance was consistent with the political
> orientation of many African American Muslims, his dissent perplexed many
> immigrant Muslims unfamiliar with the long history of American dissent.
> The film documents multiple and competing perspectives creating a complex
> montage of voices, including the analyses of four Muslim jurists,
> addresses issues of Islam in the US which take on a special urgency after
> 9-11and yet the film remains a simple story of one man's spiritual
> >
> >Directed by Zareena Grewal
> >2004, 52 mins, VHS
> >
> >
> >
> >To request a preview tape, please call or email Handeh Kemmer
> >
> >at (212) 685-6242 or hkemmer@cinemaguild.com
> >
> >
> >
> >The Cinema Guild
> >130 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
> >New York, NY 10016
> >Tel: (212) 685-6242
> >Fax: (212) 685-4717
> >Web: www.cinemaguild.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
>Fred Sandner
>Head, Circulation/Media Services
>Finkelstein Memorial Library
>You see, I don't believe that libraries should
>be drab places where people sit in silence,
>and that's been the main reason for our policy
>of employing wild animals as librarians.
>-Monty Python, "Gorilla Librarian" sketch
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First Run/Icarus Films, Inc.
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