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You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Using the Library during COVID-19

Many of our services are now being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our Library services and resources during COVID-19 page. The information on that page supersedes all other information on the Library website at this time.

America the Beautiful

Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five year journey to examine America's new obsession: physical perfection. Seeking answers from celebrities, media, academia, as well as everyday Americans, Roberts delves into the origins and deadly risks of our nation's quest for physical perfection and shows how these increasingly unattainable images contribute greatly to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia, and eating disorders for young women and girls who also happen to be the beauty industry's largest consumers. Who actually benefits from this high-priced journey towards this ideal? What are the true costs of our obsession with youth, beauty, and a slender physique? Special features: Deleted scenes; Boris Kodjoe and Reggie Theus on being attractive; Interview with Eve Ensler; Cosmetic ingredients are mislabeled; Girls with eating disorders; Canaries in the coal mine; Meet the victims: guys on the couch; Physiognomy with Stuart Ewen; Interview with Ethie Ann Vare. 2007. 105 min.