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5 Girls

Follows five young teenage girls going to schools in Chicago. Looks at their family life, their behavior at home and school, and their friendships and other relationships. 2001. 113 min.

500 Anos Descrubriendo a Venezuela.

Contents: Venezuela: 500 anos en el mapa (15 min.) -- Venezuela, Vale la pena probarla! (9 min.). The first film consists of a compilation of scenes from various motion pictures filmed in Venezuela. The second film follows filmmakers as they traverse rural and city areas of Venezuala to create a travelogue. 1998.

600 Millennia: China's History Unearthed.

Documents a 1974 touring exhibition of Chinese antiquities and archaeological finds of the People's Republic of China. 2 parts, 89 min.

731: Two Versions of Hell

Version 1: The doorway to hell (15 min.) -- Version 2: War is hell (12 min.) Documentary about Unit 731, Japan's secret World War II biological and chemical weapons facility in the Chinese town of Harbin where biological weapons were developed during the Japanese Occupation. The film uses the same footage as seen from two points of view. The first half gives the perspective of the Chinese government and describes the horrors and atrocities that occurred during World War II at the facility.

761st, The Story of the Black Panther Tank Battalion

The 761st Tank Battalion, the first unit to enlist African-American soldiers to operate armored vehicles was activated on April 1, 1942, at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and deployed to Europe, landing at Omaha Beach in France on October 10, 1944. Over the course of 183 days of continuous fighting (including action in the Battle of the Bulge) the "Black Panthers" became the first African-American armored unit to enter combat. With the motto "Come Out Fighting!" they faced racism at home and death overseas in a war for many freedoms they did not enjoy in America. Directed by Pete Chatmon. 200-?

9 Artists of Puerto Rico (Nueve artistas de Puerto Rico)

A visit to the studios of Puerto Rico's most prominent contemporary artists including Lorenzo Homar, Julio Rosado del Valle, Olga Albizu, Rafael Villamil, Rafael Ferrer, Julio Micheli, Luis Hernandez Cruz, Edgardo Franceshi, and Jose Alicea. 1970. 16 min.

9500 Liberty

Documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented--and the surprising grassroots position that led to its repeal. Racial tension and threats of violence erupt when Prince William County, Virginia adopts a law requiring the police to question people who appear to be undocumented immigrants. Despite fears of reprisal, a group of citizens launches a 'virtual resistance' using social media, setting up a final showdown with the law's advocates. Written and directed by Annabel Park & Eric Byler. 2009. 80 min.

A Better Manana.

Describes how Belisario Betancur, the president of Colombia, is making an effort to fight the classic problems of South America including illiteracy, inequality, and foreign exploitation, as the camera tours the scenic countryside presenting a portrait of Colombia and its people. Visits a cockfight, a coffee plantation, mafia-owned elephants, and jungle commandos. 1987. 60 min. Video/ MM717

A Bibo Reader.

A film by Peter Forgacs. Presents a found footage essay featuring home movies and photographs of the philosopher Istvan Bibo, who served time in prison for supplying Jews with fake documents during the Holocaust and was one of the leaders of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The sensitive rendering of Bibo's social and historical analysis, the meditative texts and images pace the piece from one contemplative state to the next. 2001. 69 min.

A Big Stink: City Sewer Systems

Using London as an example, this documentary looks at the history of the city and its sewage, the development and effect on cities of indoor bathrooms and toilets and the sewers built to cope with them. c1995. 29 min.

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