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Western & Northern European History & Politics

Die Weimarer Klassik: Das Land der Griechen mit der Seele suchend.

The film seeks to introduce the literary history of Weimar, the city of Goethe and Schiller, through the medium of two contemporary young people, one a German student working as a guide, and a Brasilian student visitor, who wanders among the historic sites of this city. Excerpts from Goethe's 'Faust' and Schiller's 'Wallenstein' are shown as well. In German. 1995. 30 min.

Domestic Terrorism.

This program looks at what makes educated -- sometimes highly educated men and women take up arms in an ideological bid to overthrow their democratic governments; and it shows why some fail, while others are more successful in attaining their goals. It also shows why highly motivated and intelligent terrorists are so difficult for police to catch, and underscores the inevitable temptations for government to bend or break the law in order to bring the culprits to justice. Looks at terrorist activities in Italy, Northern Ireland and Spain.

Domestic Terrorism. (Terrorism, Aims and Objectives)

This program looks at what makes educated -- sometimes highly educated men and women take up arms in an ideological bid to overthrow their democratic governments; and it shows why some fail, while others are more successful in attaining their goals. It also shows why highly motivated and intelligent terrorists are so difficult for police to catch, and underscores the inevitable temptations for government to bend or break the law in order to bring the culprits to justice. Looks at terrorist activities in Italy, Northern Ireland and Spain. c1995. 52 min.

Drowning by Bullets.

On the evening of October 17, 1961 about 30,000 Algerians, ostensibly French citizens, descended upon the boulevards of central Paris to protest an 8:30 curfew. The curfew was in response to repeated terrorist attacks by Algerian nationalists in Paris and other French cities. They were met by a police force determined to break up the demonstration. Demonstrators were beaten, shot, even drowned in the Seine. This film exposes the massacre, and the cover-up. Directed and produced by Philip Brooks and Alan Hayling 1982. 52 min. ;

East Germany Opens Its Borders: Thursday, November 9, 1989 / ABC News.

The fight for freedom and democracy pays off for millions of East Germans, as the border between East and West Germany is finally opened. On this historic day when The Berlin Wall falls, Ted Koppel interviews journalists from East Germany, the Soviet Union and others concerning the ramifications of this historic event. 38 min.

Easter Rising: The Poets' Rebellion

On Easter Day in Dublin, 1916 a small band of Irish revolutionaries rebelled against British rule. Although the rebellion was immediately crushed by British forces the rebels became heroes and others joined their cause setting Ireland on the rocky road to independence. Includes archival footage and commentary by authors, academics and historians. Produced and written by Karena O'Riordan. Supplementary feature accompanying: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 26 min.

En el cuarto de Vanda

Directed by Pedro Costa. A documentary film about Vanda, a heroin user in Lisbon, and the people around her who live in the ancient ghetto occupied by addicts, hustlers and poor immigrant families. All the buildings in Vanda's district are being demolished, which produces a perpetually grating cacophony throughout the film. Accompanying book: Un mirlo dorado, un ramo de flores y una cuchara de Plata: conversacia³n con Pedro Costa, collage de Andy Rector, documentos (In Spanish, 2008). 2000. 170 min.

Environmentally Friendly Construction in Cities

Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 looks at several examples of organic architecture in German cities. Part 2 visits Dresden and one of the most famous late baroque buildings, the Zwinger Semper Gallery. 1997. 27 min.

Espaa±a en libertad (Spain in Freedom)

The coronation of Juan Carlos I marked the third restoration of Spanish Bourbon rule. This program tracks the mixed fortunes of post-Franco Spain as it transitioned into a parliamentary monarchy and moved forward into the 21st century. News footage of policy makers and events addresses free elections, economic restructuring, membership in the E.U., educational reforms, and social security as well as the failed 23-F coup, high unemployment, labor strikes, and terrorism. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 61 min.

Ethnic Terrorism.

Examines three major contemporary organizations which represent ethically-based opposition to state authority. The IRA and The Basques (ETA) represent two examples of European terrorism, while the PLO represents a distinct Middle Eastern phenomenon. Follow the factors which generate terrorism, the techniques used, and the "justification" of these deadly acts, the type of state response and the political, social, psychological and economic consequences of violence. 1996. Dist. Ambrose video 46 min.

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