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200's: Religions
inside islam.jpg Inside Islam: A Sweeping Story of One of the World's Great Faiths.
  • Topic: History of Islam and treatment of Islamic belief.
  • Synopsis: The second largest and the fastest growing of the world's religions, Islam today is mired in controversy and shrouded in misconception. This illuminating and timely History Channel documentary traces the roots of a complex belief system back to the Hebrew Bible and explains the true position of the Qu'Ran on such topics as war, violence and suicide. Without oversimplifying or patronizing, the program provides a lucid portrait of a subject that demands our attention, understanding and tolerance now more than ever.
  • 100 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2002
  • Call #: VID 297 ISL

external image DVD%20-%20Islam%20Empire%20of%20Faith.jpg Islam: Empire of Faith.
  • Topic: History of Islam and treatment of Islamic belief.
  • Synopsis: What is Islam? Who is Muhammad? This is a documentary narrated by Ben Kingsley about Islam and attempts to answer these questions. The first part deals with the life of the Prophet Muhammad, his early life, his encounter with God Almighty and the birth of the Islam.
    1. Prophet Muhammad and the Rise of Islam. Islam would become the revitalizing force of a barbaric Arabia, returning people to God and bringing back the monotheistic message of Christianity and Judaism in its most powerful way. Islam Women were given rights over there husbands, racism was annihilated and the rich were made equal to the poor.
    2. The Awakening. This part relates the golden age of Islam. A time of great learning when Europe was steeped in the Dark Ages. The building of great works of architecture, reading, writing, mathematics, medicine, and astronomy. Even before the printing press Muslims would have hundreds of scribes writing all at once so they would learn and reproduce the writings.
    3. The Ottomans. This portion deals with the growing Ottoman Empire, which would control the bridge between 3 continents: Africa, Europe and Asia. This empire would begin at the close of the Crusades until World War I, from the 1300s to 1923. They would rule the entire Middle East and make there way into Europe. Before there was the state of Israel, there was great peace in the Holy Land regulated by the Ottomans.

  • 163 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2000
  • Call #: VID 297 ISL

external image 29780-104.jpgStruggle for the soul of Islam: Inside Indonesia
  • Topic: Struggle between fundamentalist and more secular factions of Islam.
  • Synopsis: Struggle for the Soul of Islam gives an inside look at how the fledgling democracy of Indonesia is struggling to control the rise of religious extremism.
  • 60 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2007
  • Call #: VID 297 STR

300's: Social Sciences
The garden.jpgThe Garden.
  • Topic: Economic, political, & class conflict in USA.
  • Synopsis: An Academy Award nominated documentary, THE GARDEN is an engaging and powerful look at the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the U.S (located in south central Los Angeles).
    A follow-up to Kennedy's award-winning documentary, OT: OUR TOWN, the film shows how the politics of power and greed (backroom deals, land developing, green politics, money) tragically intersect with working class families who rely on this communal garden for their livelihood. Equal parts THE WIRE and HARLAN COUNTY, USA, THE GARDEN, exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.
    Kenneth Turan of the LA Times said: "It's tempting to call "The Garden" a story of innocence and experience, of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and an excellent documentary that does them full justice."
  • 80 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2008
  • Call #: VID 305.56 GAR

dark days.jpgDark Days
  • Topic: Homeless community in the underground tunnels of New York City.
  • Synopsis: In the underground tunnels of NYC (near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks) homeless squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family." A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children, being coke-heads. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet. Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice.
  • 84 minutes.
  • 2000
  • Call #: VID 305.569 DAR

external image ontheline.jpg On the Line.
  • Topic: A bold new look at the movement to shut down the School of the Americas and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.
  • 55 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2008
  • Call #: VID 322.43 ONT

WHISPER TO A ROAR.jpgA whisper to a roar.
  • Topic: Pro-democracy advocates in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
  • Synopsis: A Whisper to a Roar tells the heroic stories of courageous democracy activists in five countries around the world – Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe – who risk it all to bring freedom to their people. From student leaders to prime ministers and heads of state, these activists share their compelling personal stories of struggle, past and present, with their countries’ oppressive regimes. Shot over three years and finalized in July 2012.
  • 94 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2013.
  • Call #: VID 322.44 WHI

half the sky.jpg Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
  • Topic: Examines the oppression of women and ways to end that oppression.
  • Synopsis: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.
  • 234 minutes on 2 DVD's.
  • English.
  • 2012.
  • Call #: VID 323.34 HAL

our constitution a conversation..jpgOur Constitution: A Conversation.
  • Topic: Creation and implications of the US Constitution of 1789.
  • Synopsis: In this DVD, taped on June 5, 2005, at the Supreme Court, Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen G. Breyer answer questions on the Constitution from a group of high school students. They explain why we need a written Constitution, separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and more.
  • 29 minutes.
  • English
  • 2005.
  • Call #: VID 342.029 OUR

mandate the president and the people.jpgMandate: The President and the People.
  • Topic: Relationship between the presidency of the United States and public opinion.
  • Synopsis: The complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion is examined by leading historians, political scientists and public figures who also offer insight into the office and its occupants from George Washington to FDR. Narrated by CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl.
  • 35 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2006.
  • Call #: VID 342.06 MAN

CONSTITUTIONAL CONCEPTS.jpgKey Constitutional Concepts
  • Topic: Explanation of specific Constitutional rights thru examination of seminal Supreme Court Cases.
  • Synopsis: This documentary begins by introducing the Constitution and why it was created. These three 20-minute videos examine key constitutional concepts. The first explains why the nation's framers created the Constitution. The second describes the protection of individual rights by highlighting the Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, affirming the right to an attorney. The last explores the separation of powers by examining the Supreme Court case of Youngstown v. Sawyer, a challenge to President Truman's decision to take over steel mills during the Korean War.
  • 62 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2006.
  • Call #: VID 347 KEY

why we fight.jpgWhy We Fight.
  • Topic: Behavior of the US military industrial complex since 1961.
  • Synopsis: In 1961, as Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his final address to the nation before leaving the office of President of the United States, he warned that America must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence…by the military-industrial complex. Nearly 45 years later, as the United States finds itself waging a war in Iraq for reasons that seem increasingly unclear with the passage of time, Eisenhower’s statement becomes all the more pertinent, and the question becomes more apt: has the machinery the United States established to wage war helped prevent conflict, or has it done more to inspire it?
  • Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki offers an in-depth look at how the United States has readied itself for battle, and why and how the nation goes to war in the film Why We Fight. Named for Frank Capra’s famed series of Defense Department films (which explained the motives behind America’s entry into World War II), Why We Fight features interviews with foot soldiers, Army recruits, Pentagon personnel, decorated veterans, members of Congress, national security advisors, top military strategists, and many more as they talks about the core philosophies of American military strategy and how they have changed since the end of the Second World War. Why We Fight received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
  • 99 minutes.
  • English
  • 2006
  • Call #: VID 355.0213 WHY

Invisible war.jpgThe Invisible War
  • Topic: Rape in the US Military.
  • Synopsis: From Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes THE INVISIBLE WAR, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem—today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Twenty percent of all active-duty female servicewomen are sexually assaulted. Profoundly moving, the film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report. Both a rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who’ve been assaulted and a hopeful road map for change, THE INVISIBLE WAR is one of those rare films so powerful it has already helped change military policy.
  • 100 minutes.
  • English
  • 2012
  • Call #: VID 355.133 INV

external image grass252.jpg Grass: A film by Ron Mann.
  • Topic:The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.
  • Synopsis: Grass, narrated by actor/activist Woody Harrelson, takes a highly spirited and innovative look into one of America’s most deeply rooted cultural myths: the evils of “pot“, “cannabis”, “weed”, ”dubich”, “doobie”, “shrub”, or whatever man. From the story of America’s first drug czar, to the absurd scare tactics behind propaganda films like Reefer Madness, and Marijuana: Threat or Menace, director Ron Mann (Comic Book Confidential, Twist) poignantly and humorously exposes the social, political and economic facts behind this enduring weed, and the extent to which it has profoundly shaped our culture.
  • 80 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2000
  • Call #: VID 362.295

500's: Sciences.
amazing earth.jpgAmazing Earth.
  • Topic: The natural history of the planet Earth emphasizing its geological development..
  • Synopsis: The earth's history is filled with excitement: quakes, volcanoes, floods, valley-carving glaciers and lakes, and rising mountains. Fulcrum Productions and The Discovery Channel brings the explosive history of our planet to life in a a two hour special - AMAZING EARTH. From the heights of Mount Everest through the molten lava fields of Hawaii, we see a sweeping geological history of a planet whose tumultuous history continues just as violently today. Two years in the making, this ground-breaking documentary showcases the most catastrophic events and extinctions in our planet's 4.6 billion year history. Narrated by Patrick Stewart.
  • 98 minutes.
  • English.
  • 1998.
  • Call #: VID 508 AMA

NATURE'S FURY.jpgNature's Fury
  • Topic: Destructive natural phenomonan.
  • Synopsis: This National Geographic documentary explores the causes and effects of nature's more destructive forces; hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes. Through actual footage of storms and disasters, from both media and the National Geographic cameras, the viewer is shown how powerful and unpredictable nature can be. As with most National Geographic films, science and fact take precedence over sensationalism; thus, National Geographic: Nature's Fury also contains commentary and graphics that explain what causes an earthquake, a flood or other natural disasters, as well as what scientists are doing to help protect people from harm.
  • 55 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2000.
  • Call #: VID 508 FUR

700's: Arts & Recretion
against the odds.jpgAgaint the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Topic: Visual artists of the Hrlem Renaissance (1920s-1930s NYC).
  • Synopsis: Explore the lives of visual artists who made the Harlem Renaissance one of the 20th century's richest artistic moments. Archival footage, newsreels, and photographs recall the influential force of exhibitions, Harlem's vibrancy in the Roaring Twenties, and significant personalities such as William E. Harmon, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke. Watch African-American artists triumph over formidable odds to create lasting beauty
  • Interprets the Harlem Renaissance in the context of prevailing American racial attitudes in the 1920s.
  • 60 minutes.
  • English.
  • 1994.
  • Call #: VID 759.06 HARR

frida kahlo.jpgFrida Kahlo: La cinta que envuelve una bomba (The ribbon that ties the bomb).
  • Topic: Life and art of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
  • Synopsis: Using rare, never-before-seen footage, family interviews, and photographs, this documentary explores the intimate details of the life of Frida Kahlo. This includes her turbulent relationship with Diego Rivera, her scandalous lesbian affairs, and the mastering of the art about her anguished life that made her famous.
  • 60 minutes.
  • Spanish.
  • 2003.
  • Call #: VID 759.06092 KAH.

roy lichtenstein.jpgRoy Lichtenstein
  • Topic: Life and art of modern American artist Roy Lichtenstein.
  • Synopsis: A rare interview with the late, influential American artist Roy Lichtenstein, one of Pop Art's pioneers, highlight this fascinating profile. Some 30 years after his ground-breaking paintings first appeared--both shocking and delighting--the same works fetch record prices. But Lichtenstein's reputation did not depend on his past, as he painted steadily throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s until his death in 1997. The breadth and depth of his work has confirmed his position as one of the world's foremost artists and this program examines Lichtenstein's long and unique career.
  • 50 minutes.
  • English.
  • 1991/re-released 2000.
  • Call #: VID 759.06092 LIC

800's: Literature
Of mice and men.jpg Of Mice and Men adapted from novel by John Steinbeck.
  • Synopsis: Based on John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of two travelling companions, George and Lennie, who wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The film follows Steinbeck's novel closely, exploring questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing Steinbeck's California vividly to life.
  • 110 minutes
  • English
  • 1992
  • Call #: VID 813.5 STE

external image much-ado-about-nothing-dvdcover.jpg Much ado about nothing adapted from play by William Shakespeare.
  • Synopsis:Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.
  • 111minutes.
  • English.
  • 1993
  • Call #: VID 822.33 S527 muc

lord of the flies.jpgLord of the Flies adapted from the novel by William Golding.
  • Synopsis:With 'sharply expressive performances (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) by its young cast, this stunning adventure explores the deep dark corners of the human soul, as a group of adolescent castaways are thrust into an intense world where law and accountability are governed by the rules of survival. After a harrowing plane crash into the sea, a group of American military cadets finds itselfmarooned on a deserted island. Realizing the minimal chances of being rescued, the boys band together out of fear and desperation. But as the island paradise becomes their own, competition and power struggles split them into two packs. Ralph (Bathazar Getty) leads one group and preaches civilized ingenuity and togetherness, but Jack (Chris Furrh) wants nothing of it and builds a faction of barbaric hunters who ultimately go to war with Ralph. This powerful shift in conscience transforms ordinary kids into primal killers, setting off a devastating battle of good versus evil and presenting a haunting metaphor for the savage in us all.
  • 90 minutes.
  • English.
  • 1990
  • Call #: VID 823.5 GOL

900's: History and Geography
powaqqatsi.jpgPowaqqatsi: A life in Transition
  • Topic: Impact of human progress on society and identity.
  • Synopsis: Reggio reuses techniques familiar from the previous film (slow motion, time-lapse, superposition) to dramatize the effects of the so-called First World on the Third: displacement, pollution, alienation. But he spends as much time beautifully depicting what various cultures have lost--cooperative living, a sense of joy in labor, and religious values--as he does confronting viewers with trains, airliners, coal cars, and loneliness. What had been a more or less peaceful, slow-moving, spiritually fulfilling rural existence for these "silent" people (all we hear is music and sound effects) becomes a crowded, suffocating, accelerating industrial urban hell, from Peru to Pakistan. Reggio frames Powaqqatsi with a telling image: the Serra Pelada gold mines, where thousands of men, their clothes and skin imbued with the earth they're moving, carry wet bags up steep slopes in a Sisyphean effort to provide wealth for their employers. While Glass juxtaposes his strangely joyful music, which includes the voices of South American children, a number of these men carry one of their exhausted comrades out of the pit, his head back and arms outstretched--one more sacrifice to Caesar. Nevertheless, Reggio, a former member of the Christian Brothers, seems to maintain hope for renewal.
  • 97 minutes.
  • English
  • 1988.
  • Call #: VID 909 POW

julius caesar.jpgJulius Caesar: Master of the Roman World
  • Topic: History Channel biography of Julius Caesar.
  • 50 minutes.
  • English
  • 1997
  • Call #: VID 937.06092 JUL

Martin Luther.jpg Empire: Martin Luther
  • Topic: Protestant Reformation in Germany.
  • Synopsis: Martin Luther's attack on the all-powerful Catholic Church was a knife to the heart of an empire that had endured for over a thousand years. Nailing his treatise to the doors of the Wittenberg Cathedral, this previously obscure German monk changed the world forever, unleashing forces that plunged Europe into war and chaos. But Luther would do more than revolutionize the church -- he offered the Christian world a new vision of man’s relationship with God and, in turn, redefined man's relationship with authority in general. Filmed across Europe -- from rustic rural Germany to the opulence of Vatican City -- Martin Luther is the dramatic story of the collapse of the medieval world and the birth of the modern age.
  • 110 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2002
  • Call #: VID 940.23092 LUT

World War II in color.jpg World WarII in Color
  • Synopsis: “World War Two: In Color” documents the horrors of World War II the way the soldier saw it-in color. This three-hour digitally mastered DVD presents a true picture of war that allows viewers to see the brutality GI’s experienced.Color footage includes Hitler and Eva Braun, D-Day, a B-17 bombing raid over Germany, the Allied advance into France and Italy, the liberation of Dachau, Midway, Saipan, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Hiroshima. Complimenting the extraordinary color images is a 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound audio mix that places you in the middle of the action.Additional bonus features include a timeline with vintage newsreels and photos that give an overview of WWII as well as a global map that separates the war into Pacific and European battles. Another bonus included is “Combat America”-an uncut 60 minute government film narrated by Clark Gable.
  • Approx. 180 minutes.
  • English.
  • 1999
  • Call #: VID 940.54 COL

pearl harbor leacy of the attack.jpgPearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack
  • Topic: Interpretive analysis of the Japaneese attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941.
  • Synopsis: Narrated by Tom Brokaw. December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy. President Roosevelt, addressing U.S. Congress the following day. By that evening the United States had entered the Second World War. What was the real chain of events and could the outcome have been different? What really happened on December 7th, 1941, at a sleepy little port in Hawaii called Pearl Harbor - a day when 2,409 U.S. Servicemen lost their lives; 21 U.S. warships were sunk, including eight battleships; 188 aircraft were destroyed and 159 were put out of commission? National Geographic uses its unique resources to bring untold stories of Pearl Harbor to television screens around the world in this relevant, balanced and sensitive treatment of one of WWII's most pivotal attacks. Utilizing cutting-edge underwater technology National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Dr. Robert Ballard searches for a missing Japanese mini-sub on the ocean floor just outside of Pearl Harbor, while fellow National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, historian and best-selling author Stephen Ambrose brings historical perspective to this gripping account.
  • 90 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2001.
  • Call #: VID 940.542673 PEA

born into brothels.jpgBorn into Brothels
  • Topic: Childhood in the red-light district of Calcutta, India.
  • Synopsis: Born into Brothels, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski is the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.
    The film, released by THINKFilm premiered theatrically at the Film Forum in New York City in December 2004. It has since opened in over one hundred theatres nationwide. It premiered on HBO/Cinemax on Tuesday, August 16th, 2005.
  • 83 minutes.
  • English naration and English subtitles.
  • 2004
  • Call #: VID 954.052 BOR

50 years war.jpgThe 50 Yerars War: Israel and the Arabs.
  • Israeli-Arib Conflict 1947-1999.
  • Synopsis:The conflict in the Middle East between Israel and its neighbors is given comprehensive treatment in this two-video set produced by PBS. Using archival footage and extensive interviews with participants, the production begins by explaining conditions in Palestine at the end of World War II and the crisis created by the exodus of European Jews who went to the Middle East after the Holocaust. The withdrawal of the British, who had controlled Palestine for decades, is detailed, as is the creation of the state of Israel. Much of the region's history is complex, with the local struggles being conducted at times as a part of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union, but these videos do an admirable job of explaining the complexities of the situation. The segment on the Six Day War, for example, is masterful, with the scenes shifting from Israel to Egypt to Washington to Moscow, the story developing before the viewer's eyes. The 50 Years War is often a tale of mistrust and betrayal, but this production strives to present a balanced view of history, and is not only impressive for its command of the facts but for its skillful and often dramatic presentation of history.
  • 300 minutes (2 discs).
  • English.
  • 1999.
  • Call #: VID 956.04 FIF

WE ARE EGYPT.jpgWe are Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution.
  • Topic: Egyptian Revolution/Arab Spring (2011-2013).
  • Synopsis: This documentary goes beyond the headlines and follows democratic activists in Egypt -- in the year before their momentous revolution.Months before the momentous uprising in Egypt, many talked of a revolution – but no one knew when that day would come.
    What we see in the 82 minute film are the highs and lows of the passionate leaders who toiled for years before seeing success from their sacrifice. It is an account of their struggle against extraordinary odds to remove an uncompromising authoritarian regime determined to stay in power.
    "We Are Egypt" is the story behind the story of the Arab Spring.
    This documentary goes beyond the headlines and highlights years of mounting political resentment against the ruling regime. The film follows the efforts of democracy activists and the political opposition as they used Facebook and Twitter to organize and express themselves in increasingly outspoken ways, even at great personal risk.
  • 82 minutes.
  • English and Arabic with English subtitles.
  • 2013.(Before removal of President Morsi by Egyptian military).
  • Call #: VID 962.005 WEA.

God grew tired of us.jpgGod Grew Tired of Us
  • Topic: Sudanese Refugees in USA/The Lost Boys.
  • Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, GOD GREW TIRED OF US explores the indomitable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from the Sudan who leave their homeland, triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and move to America, where they build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping the friends and family they have left behind.

    Orphaned by a tumultuous civil war and traveling barefoot across the sub-Saharan desert, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach and Panther Blor were among the 25,000 “Lost Boys” (ages 3 to 13) who fled villages, formed surrogate families and sought refuge from famine, disease, wild animals and attacks from rebel soldiers. Named by a journalist after Peter Pan’s posse of orphans who protected and provided for each other, the “Lost Boys” traveled together for five years and against all odds crossed into the UN’s refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. A journey’s end for some, it was only the beginning for John, Daniel and Panther, who along with 3800 other young survivors, were selected to re-settle in the United States.
  • 90 minutes.
  • English.
  • 2007.
  • Call #: VID 962.404 GOD

los ultimos zapatistas.jpg Los Ultimos Zapatistas: Heroes Olvidados (The Last Zapatistas: The Forgotten Heroes).
  • Topic: Mexican Revolution (1910-1920).
  • Synopsis: Nearly 100 years after the Mexican Revolution, documentary filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone tracks down the last surviving members of the Liberation Army of the South to discover truths not written in any of the history books. From the failure of the Revolution to the agrarian and ecological disasters threatening their country and the civil war that may emerge should Zapatista ideals continue to be cast aside by the powers that be, these twelve veteran warriors speak openly and honestly about some of the biggest issues Mexico has ever faced.
  • 70 minutes.
  • Spanish language with option for English subtitles available.
  • 2005
  • Call #: VID 972.0816 ZAP

Maria's story.jpgMaria's Story
  • Topic: Civil War in El Salvador (1979-1992).
  • Synopsis: It is El Salvador, 1989, three years before the end of a brutal civil war that took 75,000 lives. Maria Serrano, wife, mother, and guerrilla leader is on the frontlines of the battle for her people and her country. With unprecedented access to FMLN guerrilla camps, the filmmakers dramatically chronicle Maria's daily life in the war as she travels from village to village organizing the peasant population, and helps plan a major nationwide offensive that led the FMLN into the historic peace pact of 1992. Skirting bullets and mortar attacks, recounting a childhood of poverty and abuse by government troops, suffering the tragic loss of her daughter to enemy fire, and spending precious moments with her husband and surviving daughters, Maria brings viewers to the heart of the fight for a more just society.
  • Traveling with only backpacks and solar powered batteries and living on the run with the guerrillas for two months, the filmmakers were able to capture otherwise unattainable footage. The resulting intimate portrait of Maria and her compatriots reveals a universal tale of love and survival in times of war.
  • Revolutionary in its making, Maria’s Story broke ground as one of the first documentaries to use small format video. This award winning film first aired on PBS’s P.O.V. in 1992. Traveling with only backpacks and solar powered batteries and living on the run with the guerrillas for two months, the filmmakers were able to capture otherwise unattainable footage. The resulting intimate portrait of Maria and her compatriots reveals a universal tale of love and survival in times of war.
  • 60 minutes.
  • English & Spanish versions.
  • 1990 (re-released 2010).
  • Call #: VID 972.84053 MAR

Eyes on the prize.jpg Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965)--3 DVDs
  • Topic: African Americans' struggle for Civil Rights (Brown v. Board of Education through the Voting Rights Act)..
  • Synopsis:Produced by Blackside, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.
  • Eyes on the Prize recounts the fight to end decades of discrimination and segregation. It is the story of the people -- young and old, male and female, northern and southern -- who, compelled by a meeting of conscience and circumstance, worked to eradicate a world where whites and blacks could not go to the same school. ride the same bus, vote in the same election or participate equally in society. It was a world in which peaceful demonstrators were met with resistance and brutality -- in short, a reality that is now nearly incomprehensible to many young Americans.
  • Through contemporary interviews and historical footage Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist, narrates.
  • 360 minutes.
  • English.
  • 1986.
  • Call #: VID 973.0496 CRM

PULLMAN.jpgRising from the rails: The story of the Pullman porter.
  • Topic: African American labor and the coming of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book by Larry Tye, Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter chronicles the relatively unheralded Pullman Porters, generations of African American men who served as caretakers to wealthy white passengers on luxury trains that traversed the nation in the golden age of rail travel. Unbeknownst to most of their white passengers, porters played critical political and cultural roles; bringing elements of white culture to black communities, helping spread jazz and the blues from cities to rural communities, and bringing news, organizing skills, and seditious ideas about freedom from the urban North to the segregated South. Pullman Porters became trailblazers in the struggle for African American dignity and self-sufficiency, became patriarchs of black labor unions, and helped give birth to the Civil Rights Movement. Ultimately, however, their greatest legacy is that which they left to future generations—strong ethics, self-respect, and a deep value for education, embodied in their children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who now number among the most successful black political and business leaders, athletes, entertainers, civic leaders, jurists, doctors, and other members of the black middle and professional classes in America. Rising from the Rails pays tribute to these men who rose—with dignity—from the rails. LOTS OF INTERVIEWS.
  • 47 minutes.
  • English.
  • Call #: VID 973.0496 PUL

LEWIS and clark.jpg Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.
    • Topic: US History (1800-1808). Exploration and Expansion West.
    • Synopsis: In 1804, two American military officers, Merriweather Lewis and William Clark, were given an assignment by President Thomas Jefferson -- to explore the uncharted areas of the land known as "the Louisiana Purchase," a massive stretch of 8,000 miles from St. Louis to the Western Coastline. Lewis and Clark hoped to find a Northwest Passage, which would link the Atlantic and Pacific ocean, but along the way they discovered the sources of some of America's greatest beauty and wealth. They also found hardship, but survived thanks to the compassion of trapper Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife Sacagawea, a Native American. Lewis and Clark were presumed dead until they made their way back to civilization in 1806, with details of one the greatest adventures in American history. Lewis & Clark is a documentary produced by National Geographic Video which follows the incredible journey of these pioneering explorers. Jeff Bridges narrates.
    • 40 minutes.
    • English.
    • 2002.
    • Call #: VID 973.46 LEW

The forgotten war  korea 1950-1953..jpg The Forgotten War: BKorea 1950-1953.
    • Topic: History of the Korean War.
    • Synopsis: In June of 1950, the North Korean Army initiated a massive attack on its neighbor to the south, beginning a see-saw war that would engulf the entire Korean Peninsula. For the next three years, the United Nations and the communists would wage a bloody and brutal war. Though the Korean conflict is often referred to as the "Forgotten War", those who fought will never foirget.
    • 180 minutes.
    • English.
    • 2000
    • Call #: VID 973.921 WARK

external image MV5BMjEwNTI4MjEzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjU5ODgxMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_.jpg Berkeley in the Sixties.
  • Topic: Student movement and anti-Vietnam War protests at U-California Berkeley.
  • Synopsis: Six years in the making and with a cast of thousands, Berkeley in the Sixties recaptures the exhilaration and turmoil of the unprecedented student protests that shaped a generation and changed the course of America. Many consider it to be the best filmic treatment of the 1960s yet made.

    This Academy Award-nominated documentary interweaves the memories of 15 former student leaders, who grapple with the meaning of their actions. Their recollections are interwoven with footage culled from thousands of historical clips and hundreds of interviews. Ronald Reagan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mario Savio, Huey Newton, Allen Ginsburg, and the music of Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez and the Grateful Dead all bring that tumultuous decade back to life.

    Its reflective and insightful analysis of the era - from the HUAC hearings and civil rights sit-ins at the beginning of the decade through the Free Speech Movement, the anti-war protests, the growth of the counter-culture, the founding of the Black Panther Party and the stirrings of the Women's Movement - confronts every viewer with the questions the 1960s raised, which remain largely unanswered.
  • 117 minutes.
  • English.
  • 1990 (DVD released 2000).
  • Call #: VID 973.923 BER

vietnam.jpgVietnam War: America's Conflict (4 discs).
  • Topic: Comprehansive overview of US involevement in the Vietnam War (1961-1975). Includes social, political, and military footage.
  • Synopsis: Be an eyewitness to the conflict that divided our nation and changed the very fabric of society. This collection of harrowing and compelling footage traces the evolution of this conflict from a regional military engagement to an ever-expanding war that ultimately spanned three U.S. Presidents. From strategic political move to the immediacy of jungle warfare and the weapons with which the war was waged, Vietnam: America''s Conflict captures the sweep of history and the agony of a generation.
  • 23 hrs 26 minutes (4 disc total).
  • English.
  • 2009.
  • Call #: VID 973.923 VIE

restrepo.jpgRESTREPO: One platoon, one valley, one year. More info,
    • Topic: US War in Afghanistan/Soldiers Experience.
    • Synopsis: RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of US soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15 man outost, RESTREPO, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the US military. This is an entirely experiential film: the camera never leaves the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel like they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
    • 93 minutes.
    • English.
    • 2010.
    • Call #: VID 973.932 RES

when the levees broke.jpgWhen the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.
      • Topic: Hurrican Katrina (New Orleans, LA), 2005. Investigates the event, government responses in the aftermath of the hurricane, and its impact on the city of New Orleans.
      • Synopsis: Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke is a television milestone that ranks with Edward R. Murrow’s Harvest of Shame as an unflinching document of a national disgrace. Over the course of four hour-long acts (plus, for this DVD, a newly filmed fifth act), Lee chronicles the devastation wrought not just by 2005′s Hurricane Katrina but also by ill-prepared, inefficient, and seemingly indifferent federal, state, and local officials, who fiddled while New Orleans drowned.As Lee rightly surmised, when trying to wrap one’s mind around the enormity of the Katrina disaster and its aftermath, sound bites on the evening news and partisan sniping on talk shows just wouldn’t hold water. He meticulously compiled news footage and conducted interviews with residents, politicians, and volunteers; the raw footage of citizens railing at the heavens for someone, anyone, to hear them and help them is especially affecting.
      • 256 minutes (3 discs).
      • English.
      • 2006.
      • Call #: VID 976.3063 LEV
external image MV5BMjA5MDgxOTI1NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwOTkxNjk5._V1_SY317_CR7,0,214,317_.jpgThe Mission .(feature length movie).
  • Topic: Spanish colonization of Paraguay.
  • Synopsis: Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert DeNiro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins Irons in his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portugese aggressors.
  • 130 minutes.
  • English.
  • 1986.
  • Call #: VID 989.203 MIS