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September 2020 Editor’s Picks
You’re invited to our exclusive online live discussion panel with the founders of Partners in Health – subjects of the award-winning documentary, Bending the Arc (FILM PLATFORM). To be moderated by Tabitha Jackson, Director, The Sundance Film Festival, you will come away from this conversation with a deeper awareness of how socio-economic inequality results in health and medical inequities, contributing to the spread of disease among the resource-poor populations and more. Learn more here.Black Studies | American History | BLM
Business | ArtMeow Wolf: Origin Story This documentary chronicles the jaw-dropping 10 year journey of an anarchic art collective into a multi-million dollar business. From having no access to blowing a new, profitable portal into the art world, this tumultuous journey has yielded new ways of participating in culture and entertainment for not only these artists, but for the people from all walks of life who engage in and are inspired by their work. With a mission to provide access to and inspire creativity in everyone, this company continues to experience growing pains, while continuing to reach for new impossibles.
- Mossville: When Great Trees Fall Mossville, LA is a shadow of its former self – a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by formerly enslaved people and free people of color – where neighbors lived in harmony. Today, surrounded by 14 petrochemical plants, Mossville is the future site of apartheid-born South African-based chemical company Sasol’s newest plant.. The community struggles to let go of their home - and at the center of it is Stacey Ryan, whorefuses to leave. Having promised his dying parents to fight the sprawling chemical companies, Stacey struggles to keep his word as his power, water, and sewage are all cut off.
- The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (PBS, Series) Accounts the African-American experience from the roots of slavery to the presidency of Barack Obama.
- Winnersville An exploration of the disparity of the races in a southern town in the 21st century. How far have we come since the beginning of the Civil Rights movement? "Winnersville" is a devastating expose of the consequences of structural racism in the educational system of a modern southern town.
- Black and Blue A powerful mix of archival material, news clips and documentary footage chronicles impassioned community response to decades of deadly force against people of color by members of the Philadelphia police force. Community leaders, politicians, police officers, survivors of police brutality and sympathizers unravel a pattern of biased violent police behavior from the tenure of Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo to the bombing of Osage Avenue. This documentary is a testimony to long-standing tensions between police and people of color in communities throughout the United States.
- Hate Crimes in the Heartland This an award-winning documentary and community outreach project explores our national epidemic of hate crimes through the lens of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Emmy-winning producer Rachel Lyon’spowerful documentary depicts how racial animosity has defined much of American culture for more than 90 years, and asks important questions about media, race, crime, and punishment.
- Blaxploitalian This diasporic, hybrid, critical, and cosmopolitan dimension documentary uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema starting from 1915 when the first black actor appeared in an Italian film. The fight for diversity and increased inclusion in the media, specifically film and television, is not limited to the U.S. or the U.K., but is a global concern.
BusinessWelcome Darden School of Business (University of Virginia). 80 business videos on:
Political Science | American History | Women’s Studies | Current Affairs | DiversityAnd She Could Be Next (PBS, Series) During the 2018 midterms, women of color run for political office in record numbers. Candidates and organizers mobilize to expand the electorate, inspire voters to turn out and make history in the process.Political Science | Music | Literature | American HistoryRenegade Dreamers At a time when political activism is more important than ever, the air in NYC is filled with the sounds of subversive poetry, radical songwriting and calls for social change. From poetry slams and open mics many hip young poets and songwriters are consciously following in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and other rebels.RENEGADE DREAMERS interweaves past and present as it provides a look into an artistic/political wave that is happening today.Watch high quality European film from Filmotor. Highlights include:
Education | Social Work | PsychologyBullied This work traces bullying and the effects of bullying, but also the methods and programs that have proven efficacious in reducing bullying in schools. From those people who live with the scars of having been bullied, to those families who now grieve the loss of their child to suicide in the wake of brutal acts of bullying, the film examines the reasons why people bully and the fallout that occurs from that bullying.August 2020 Editors Picks
July 2020 Editor Picks
- Anthropology | Animals and Other People An exploration of the relationship between humans and animals. The Vienna animal shelter houses 1,000 animal protégés, from abandoned pets, confiscated exotic animals to wild animals that have been displaced from their habitat.
- Film | Environmental Studies Beautiful Things Work and alienation: Two things that have taken on a whole new meaning in the 21st century’s fundamentally changing and increasingly abstract networks of economics, ecology and (un)natural raw materials. Documentary science fiction from a future we already live in without knowing it.
Counseling & Therapy | Health Policy | Ethnic Studies/Race
- Bedlam Mental illness is not something most people are eager to talk about. Through intimate stories of patients, families, and medical providers, BEDLAM immerses us in America’s national crisis surrounding care of the severely mentally ill. Filmed over five years, it brings us inside one of the nation’s busiest psychiatric emergency rooms, into jails where psychiatric patients are warehoused, and to the homes – and homeless encampments – of mentally ill members of our communities. The story is told in part by director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD, a psychiatrist, filmmaker, and brother of a person with schizophrenia. The filmmakers also happened to film one character who is trying to get justice for the way police handle black men who are mentally ill (like her brother, another character in the film). With complete serendipity in the filmmaking process she, Patrisse Cullors, becomes the co-founder of Black Lives Matter because of her brother’s mental illness. (FILM PLATFORM/Worldwide rights)
American History | Black Studies
- What Dr. Fauci Wants You To Know About Face Masks And Staying Home As Virus Spreads As COVID-19 spreads across the country, there has been some debate over the need for government stay-at-home orders, whether Americans should be wearing masks in public and how the coronavirus spreads. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, one the key health officials on President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest data and recommendations. (Newshour Productions/Worldwide rights)
- Resilience The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. (FILM PLATFORM/Worldwide rights)
- Noble Sissle, Jr. The story of Noble Sissle Jr., a production company owner, community development expert, and veteran of the Vietnam War. Combining archival footage with interviews and family portraits, the film explores Sissle Jr.’s life to include carrying on the legacy of his father, Noble Sissle, the famous WWI Harlem Hell Fighter and leader of the Harlem Renaissance. Includes original music and footage of Noble Sissle. (El Dorado Films/Worldwide rights)
- The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a new revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at the vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again. (Firelight Media, Inc./North America only)
- Paper Tigers “Stressed brains can’t learn.” That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress. Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Using a combination of verite and revealing diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life. (FILM PLATFORM/North America only)
June 2020 Editors Picks
Angelo Unwritten (Alice Stone) Pulsing to the beats of Angelo's original raps, Angelo Unwritten is an intimate portrait of a troubled yet gifted young man's journey through foster care. He stumbles toward adulthood, drops out of school and into trouble with the law. But his foster parents never give up on him, even as he pushes them away
- Most Likely to Succeed (FILM PLATFORM) A provocative look at the future of education.
- Unlikely (Collective Eye Films) Investigate America’s college dropout crisis through the lives of 5 diverse students as they fight for a second chance at opportunity and gain insight into the innovators reimagining higher education for the 21st century.
What Walaa Wants (FILM PLATFORM) Raised in the largest refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of being a policewoman. Despite warnings that 'no women should be in the army' and that she'll bring shame on the family, she applies - and gets in. Follow Walaa from 15 to 21, in this first-ever look inside the Palestinian police academy bringing us the story about a young woman navigating formidable obstacles.
Asian Americans (PBS Series) This series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, and cultural innovation. It is a timely look at the role that Asian Americans have played in defining who we are as a nation.
Earth Science | Environmental Studies | Science
- Seven Worlds: One Planet (BBC Series)
- H2O: The Molecule that Made Us (PBS Series) Earth is alive because of liquid water and the human story is intimately connected to our relationship with it. But the growth of our civilizations has created a dangerous dependence on a precious resource that may be about to run out.
* U.S. Colleges and Universities Only
- Lady in the Van (Sony Pictures Classics*) Alan Bennett's story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
- Ruben Brandt, Collector (Sony Pictures Classics*) Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world's renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has as a result of subliminal messaging he received as a child. "The Collector" quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world.
April 2020 Editor's Picks*
- Welcome Eye Steel Film (a Montreal based documentary collective) 8 of their films have been added with a handful more to come. This Canadian content has a multidisciplinary reach to support classes in: Dance, Anthropology, Health Policy, Religion, Film, Counseling & Therapy.
- Welcome Third World Newsreel. TWN fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.
- More content from FILM PLATFORM, including The Cleaners (media studies) and How to Survive a Plague (health policy).
- New videos from Sony Pictures Classics, including Aquarela (environmental science) and Maiden (women’s studies).
- David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds: One Planet, (earth science, environmental science) from BBC
- What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (film studies) from Juno Films
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March 2020 Editor's PicksFilm
Criminal Justice & Public Safety | Women's Studies
- Over 25 classic films are now available including performances by Jane Russell, Jimmy Stewart, Shirley Temple, Humphrey Bogart and more.
- 5 more titles have been added from Juno Films. Highlight: Supa Moda, Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a Superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill. This is an honest and inspiring story about the strength of young people in the face of adversity.
- Another addition from Sony Pictures Classics: Never Look Away Inspired by real events and spanning 3 eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of a young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.
February 2020 Editor's PicksMultidisciplinary
- Netizens After their lives are overturned by vicious online harassment, 'Netizens' follows three women as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. Directed by 'Bully' producer/writer Cynthia Lowen, the film bears witness as a courageous wave of individuals transform the web as we know it.
- PBS Crash Course 50 Multidisciplinary tutorial videos on topics such as economics, ancient Egypt, DNA structure and replication, and more.
American History | Politics & Current Affairs
- Over 60 Computer Science titles from Springer Nature such as: The Complete Beginners Guide to Search Optimization, Branding & Design, Beginning Data Merge with Adobe and more
January 2020 Editor's PicksAmerican History | MusicCountry Music: A Film by Ken Burns (PBS)This 8 episode PBS series features popular musicians such as Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Travis, Merle Haggard, Roy Acuff and more.
- American Dream, Since FDR implemented the New Deal, it has been eroded year after year by the power of increasingly ruthless corporate profiteering and competition. Labor Unions have been under attack, largely by Republican administrations and policies, and the attitude of big business is less and less caring and humanitarian. In the face of job loss or massive wage cuts, one union fought back.
American HistoryAmerican Experience: Chasing the Moon (PBS) This 3 episode series explores the U.S. space race from 1957-1970 with insight into Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 as well as considering what happens to scientific and engineering programs - and to a country - after national goals have been achieved.Veterinary ScienceBig Animal Surgery Series (BBC) This 3 episode series takes us inside the dramatic world of big animal surgery to learn about the chimpanzee, lion and elephant.EMT StudiesParamedics: On the Frontline (BBC) This 30 episode program focuses on days in the life of an EMT, dealing with many different emergencies from drug abuse, accidents, crisis baby deliveries and more. Environmental StudiesThe Plastic Cup: The Official Story of The Plastic Pirates (Windrose SAS) A huge amount of plastic bags & bottles is swept away by the flood of the river Tisza, flowing through Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Serbia. Hungarian idealists launched the "Plastic Cup", a long-distance race of a special kind on the river with boats made of the collected plastic garbage to pick up the trash and raise awareness on the issue…in a fun way!November 2019 Editor's PicksPsychology |Counseling & TherapyThe Gloria Films ONLY Available at ProQuest (3 Approaches to Psychotherapy: Client-Centered, Gestalt, and Rational-Emotive Therapies)
- The Rub (Beginnings –1933) After centuries of percolating in America’s immigrant and racial mix, particularly in the American South, what was first called “hillbilly music” begins reaching more people through the new technologies of phonographs and radio.
- Hard Times (1933 –1945) During the Great Depression and World War II, country music thrives and reaches bigger audiences. Gene Autry sets off a craze for singing cowboys, Bob Wills adapts jazz’s Big Band sound to create Texas Swing, and Roy Acuff becomes a star.
- The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 –1953) Country music adapts to the cultural changes of post-war society. Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs transform string band music into Bluegrass. Out of the bars comes a new sound and songs about drinking, cheating, and heartbreak: Honky Tonk.
- I Can’t Stop Loving You (1953 –1963) In Memphis, the confluence of blues and hillbilly music at Sun Studios gives birth to “rockabilly,” the precursor of rock and roll. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash are at the forefront. Nashville has become Music City USA.
- The Sons and Daughters Of America (1964 –1968) During a time of upheaval, country music reflects the changes in American society. Loretta Lynn performs songs that speak on behalf of women. Charley Pride becomes a country star. Merle Haggard becomes the “Poet of the Common Man.”
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1968-1972) With the Vietnam War intensifying, America is more divided than ever. Country music is not immune to the divisions. Kris Kristofferson abandons his military career, becomes a writer whose lyricism sets a new standard for country songs.
- Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983) Defining country music is debated as never before, and the argument sparks a vibrant era. Dolly Parton crosses over to mainstream success. Willie Nelson finds creative freedom in Texas. Emmylou Harris influences a new generation of artists.
- Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’ (1984 –1996) As country music’s popularity skyrockets, the genre confronts the question of whether it can also stay true to its roots. The success of the “New Traditionalists”—Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, the Judds, and Dwight Yoakam—suggests it can.
Art & ArchitectureJay Myself (Oscilloscope Laboratories)Filmmaker Stephen Wilkes turns his lens on his mentor, photographer Jay Maisel, as he prepares to move out of the six-story former bank building in Manhattan that he, his family and his random collection of objects have inhabited for 48 years.College AlgebraEasy Education Almost 90 instructional videos with explanations and examples to guide students through key College Algebra topics.Classical Music | Counseling & Therapy | PsychologyComposedThrough the lens of professional classical musicians, Composed explores the many ways we experience and can address performance anxiety. Faced with the judgment of peers, audience, conductors, and worst of all themselves, these musicians spend years trying to understand and overcome the physical and mental manifestations of their anxiety. Through their stories, we learn valuable lessons learned over a lifetime of professional performance; and we find that we are not alone in our quest to overcome the fear of failure and embarrassment. For anyone wanting to feel strength over fear and compassion over judgment, or simply seeking a closer look at anxiety and what makes us tick, Composed opens the door to a world of high stakes, high pressure, and peak performing.AnthropologyWayfinders: A Pacific OdysseyThis award-winning PBS documentary sweeps viewers into a seafaring adventure with a community of Polynesians, as they build traditional sailing canoes, learn how to follow the stars across the open ocean, and embark upon a 2,000-mile voyage in the wake of their ancestors. Wayfinders focuses on the revival of wayfinding — the art of guiding a canoe across long distances using only natural signs: the sun, the moon, the stars and the ocean swells. Nainoa Thompson is the first Hawaiian in hundreds of years to master celestial navigation. By passing on these ancient skills to a new generation of wayfinders, Nainoa begins the process of recovering connections with the past and preparing for the challenges of the future.Global IssuesMoloka’I SoloWindward Moloka’i, a rugged and stunningly beautiful coastline of Hawai’i, is explored in Moloka’i Solo. Legends, history, and archaeology are seen through the eyes of Audrey Sutherland who brings us along on her solo adventure as she kayaks this almost inaccessible wilderness. Providing a poetic narrative, she gives insights into the land, the sea, and her techniques for this unusual pastime.Disability Studies| Social Theory | Education | Social Work
- This film series, the famous “Gloria” films, was a pioneer in educational film-making in the field of psychology. A film series such as this, in which three therapists – distinguished by their different orientations – share their therapeutic endeavors, had never been made before. Gloria, an actual patient, was courageous enough to allow herself to be photographed while engaged in therapy. We are allowed the privilege of seeing and feeling what actually transpires.
- The contributions of Dr. Rogers, Dr. Perls, and Dr. Ellis to the field of psychology are monumental, and the popularity of this series remains a tribute to their achievements.
October 2019 Editor's PicksWorld Music | World HistoryThe Resurrection of Victor Jara (Rise Up Filming)This award-winning, feature-length film (produced by John Summa and directed by John Travers) documents the extraordinary life and legacy of iconic Chilean singer-songwriter, Victor Jara, executed in 1973 following a right-wing military coup. Cast includes members of legendary music groups Quilapayún and Inti-Illimani, plus artists Angel Parra, Judy Collins, Bono, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bernardo Palombo, León Gieco, and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary). The first part of the film explores, through friends and family, Victor’s music, life and the social context in which he emerges as a leader of a vanguard cultural movement for social change in Chile, South America. The second, captures the coup and post-coup periods, and Victor’s profound impact on activists, artists and musicians of all ages inside and outside Chile, featuring moving footage of his reburial in 2009 in Chile.Environmental StudiesA Texas Myth (Collective Eye Films)The Glover family invites an indigenous activist group to start a protest camp on their land in West Texas. They call the camp Two Rivers and fight the same company that built the pipeline at Standing Rock. As several industrial projects threaten the region, their struggle reveals much about the colonial legacy of Texas, and how what happens in Texas has reverberations around the world.PsychologyPennhurst (Passion River Productions)The Pennhurst State School and Hospital was opened in 1908 as a new model of treating the mentally challenged. Its dual purpose was to segregate and sterilize those deemed “mental defectives” and “feebleminded” from society. Shockingly underfunded and at over twice its capacity of 1300 residents in 1974, a landmark lawsuit was brought against Pennhurst that resulted in the US court demanding its closure and declaring for the first time that “people with mental retardation have a right to live in the community.” While some former residents of the institution see it as a place where they could excel and realize dreams, many others have a radically different view - that of a hell on earth, a place where beatings and rapes and disease were rampant, and where they were denied even the most basic human rights and needs. Pennhurst tells the saga of the institution through the people who know it best - its employees, the lawyers that fought the court battles, the caseworkers who handled the aftermath, and more than any of these the people who called it home. Through its inception as a new treatment paradigm to the landmark court cases which shut it down, ”Pennhurst" draws parallels between the past and the present, examining the attitudes of society towards the mentally challenged from the early 1900’s to the present day.Global IssuesWe Who Remain (360/VR) https://video.alexanderstreet.com/watch/we-who-remain (Emblematic Group)The story of a region cut off from the world, "We Who Remain” ushers the viewer into the heart of a forgotten conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The first character-driven VR film shot in an active conflict zone, the story focuses on the students, mothers, journalists and rebels who struggle to improve their lives in the midst of a war that shows no signs of ending.FilmToni Erdmann Sony Pictures ClassicsWinfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It's an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn't help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What's worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy "Toni Erdmann" - Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' professional life, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.September 2019 Editor's PicksOver 130 360/VR Videos Added to AVONWelcome 13 new titles from RYOTWatch: Growing Up Girl (Anthropology | Global Issues)Made in partnership between Bono's ONE Campaign and RYOT, experience a day in the life of a young girl who lives on the border of Tanzania and Kenya. Narrated by the ten year old girl, the film is a visceral and sensory experience that takes the viewer with her - as she treks to collect water, as she walk miles to school, and as she embarks on her nightly pilgrimage to the nearest light source to study. The film uses a personal narrative as a window into the global issue of poverty's effect on women and girls.Welcome 123 new titles from the New York TimesWatch: Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel Open at the Met (Art & Architecture)Take a 360 tour with Carmen C. Bambach, who curated “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.DOCUMENTARIESGlobal Issues
- The Limits of My World follows a nonverbal young man's transition from the school system into adulthood. Brian has autism and faces the daily challenges of adjusting to his new life. Filmed from the intimate perspective of his older sister Heather, this documentary seeks to understand Brian's personality beneath his disability.
- Swim Team What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning
- Max Becoming Max This is a story about a special needs 12-year-old and some of the remarkable people who helped him get to a very good place in his life. Max Blackwin seems like any grade-sixer, but unlike the other kids, he has already faced more challenges, and won more personal victories, than most of them will see in a lifetime. Our film follows Max in and around his new school in New Hampshire, where just six months in, he was improving in every class, excelling at every sport. And along his way, bringing a smile to every face. This is an intimate family portrait, complete with twists and turns and a happy ending. It says a lot, too, about integrated learning, and what we all stand to lose if programs like this are reduced or eliminated. It is indeed a joy to behold but it's also a cautionary tale – and timelier than ever.
- Colossus Jamil Sunsin is the only person in his family born in the U.S. His parents and sister came from Honduras and lived in the U.S. for a decade before Jamil’s father was arrested for being undocumented. The entire family was forced to return to Honduras, a country wracked with violence. After a knife attack, Jamil is traumatized, and becomes terrified to leave home. The family makes an excruciating choice to send him back to the U.S. Now 15, Jamil tries to survive without his family and fights against a broken immigration system. (First Run Features, 2018)
Environmental Studies | Anthropology
- Heartbound An epic drama on cross-cultural marriages between Thai women and Danish fishermen, co-directed by Janus Metz (Armadillo, True Detective, Borg Vs McEnroe). Over a decade the directors follow four couples as they struggle to find a way out of poverty and loneliness and see their children grow up to heap the seeds or pay the price of their mothers’ choices. A different kind of love story. (Magic Hour Films, 2018)
Criminal Justice & Public Safety | Global Issues | Women's Studies
- Shift is a documentary about a group of indigenous youth who have converted over 60 kilometres of historical trails around their community to a world-class mountain biking destination - and transformed themselves along the way. (Shot in the Dark Productions, 2016)
Politics & Current Affairs | Criminal Justice & Public Safety
- Blowin Up Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted. With intimate camerawork that lingers on details and brings the Queens criminal courtroom to life, BLOWIN’ UP celebrates acts of steadfast defiance, even as it reveals the hurdles these women must face. (Once in a Blue, 2019)
- 91%:A Film about Guns in America In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, a poll revealed that 91% of Americans support comprehensive background checks that could prevent thousands of similar gun violence tragedies nationwide. 91%: A Film about Guns in America allows for those permanently affected by the aftermath of gun violence to have a voice. (Cinema Guild, 2016)
Black Studies | Global Studies | Political Science
- Freedom Fields In post-revolution Libya, a group of women are brought together by one dream: playing football for their nation. As the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the “Arab Spring” begin to fade, can they realize their dream? And is there even a country left to play for? Freedom Fields is a film about hope and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury. Through the eyes of these accidental activists we see the reality of a country in transition, where the personal stories of love, struggle and aspirations collide with History. (Wide House, 2018)
NEW FROM SONY PICTURES CLASSICSFilm
- Uprize! explores the world that shaped the students of ’76 and how the students transformed that world. On the morning of June 16, 1976, students gathered to protest against the use of the Afrikaans language as a medium of instruction in schools. What started out as a planned peaceful march turned into a bloody confrontation by the police. The student protests spread to other parts of South Africa causing economic instability which rapidly plunged the country into crisis. The Soweto uprising also became inspiration for novels, songs, films and young activists around the world.
August 2019 Editor's Picks
- Capernaum Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”), a film by Nadine Labaki about the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, CAPERNAUM is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although it is set in the depths of a society’s systematic inhumanity, CAPERNAUM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action. (2018)
Politics & Current Affairs
Art & Architecture
- New from PBS: Dark Money examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana -a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide - to follow a local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
American Music | Blues
- In a documentary from Oscilloscope, The Proposal, a conceptual artist Jill Magid fights to make the archives of Mexico's most famous architect Luis Barragán available to the public.
American Music | Folk Music | Rock Music
- Mississippi Ramblin’: In their graphic novel Love in Vain published in 2014, Mezzo and Dupont, two French cartoon artists, tell the tale of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s chaotic life (1911-1938). Like other iconic musicians after him, Johnson met with a tragic death at the age of 27. Translated worldwide, the book became a best seller. Three years later, Mezzo and Dupont traveled to Mississippi on their character’s tracks, to the birthplace of the blues. Highlighted with music and drawings, Mississippi Ramblin’ recounts their trip, peppered with numerous encounters with genuine bluesmen of the Deep South.
Anthropology | Sports Medicine & Exercise Science
- May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers: An intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band The Avett Brothers this film depicts a lifelong bond and unique creative partnership, as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business.
Legal Studies | Paralegal
- Running the Sahara is a feature documentary narrated and executive produced by Academy Award winner Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll. This powerful and inspirational film chronicles an attempt by three ultra marathoners to run across the entire length of Africa's Sahara Desert, tackling not only the elements, but also unimaginable physical and emotional obstacles. Their goal is to run across six African countries, anticipating two marathons per day, for eighty days ... without a day off. This isn't a race. It's a grueling test of will and a chance to accomplish something that no known person has ever achieved. The films score was produced by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, composed by Heitor Pereira, with songs from U2, Pearl Jam and original songs performed by Wyclef Jean and the African Children's Choir.
July 2019 Editors Picks: Newly Added DocumentariesLGBT Studies | Politics & Current Affairs
- New exclusive 6-part Legal Video Series that explores Legal Briefs, Legal Research, Legal Ethics, Legal Writing, Paralegals in the Cyberworld, and Paralegal Employment.
Politics & Current Affairs | Environmental Studies | Global Issues
- Transmilitary The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson, & Jamie Coughlin, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15, 500 transgender people serve in the U. S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U. S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance once again.
Politics & Current Affairs
- The River and the Wall Five friends embark on a 1,200-mile mountain bike, horse, and canoe expedition down the Rio Grande to document the borderlands before construction of a wall and to explore how it would impact wildlife, immigration, public lands, border security, and landowners. Told through stunning cinematography, the film will take you on an adventure down the US-Mexico border to see the 1,000 foot high canyons, vast mountains, vibrant cities, and lush forests in the path of Trump’s proposed border wall. During the three month journey, the team meets the team meets with Democrat Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Republican Congressman Will Hurd, Border Patrol agents, wildlife biologists, immigration experts, and landowners to better understand how a wall would work and where it would go. As the vast wilderness of the Big Bend gives way to the more populated Lower Rio Grande Valley, the team comes face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enters uncharted emotional waters.
- Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook America’s democracy is threatened. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged tells the story of how the principle of "one person, one vote" is being compromised, and how American citizens are fighting back.
Shout! Factory: We are excited to welcome Shout! Factory and 30+ of their films to Academic Video Online. These include an Oscar® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, an Academy Award® nominated actress and films from the acclaimed director, William Herzog and more. Grab some popcorn and enjoy some of these highlights:
Film | World History
- Aguirre, The Wrath of God In the mid-16th century, after annihilating the Incan empire, Gonzalo Pizarro (Allejandro Repullés) leads his army of conquistadors over the Andes into the heart of the most savage environment on earth in search of the fabled City of Gold, El Dorado. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature, and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), "The Wrath of God," is consumed with visions of conquering all of South America and revolts, leading his own army down a treacherous river on a doomed quest into oblivion. Featuring a seething, controlled performance from Klaus Kinski, this masterpiece from director Werner Herzog is an unforgettable portrait of madness and power.
- Whale Rider In The Ways Of The Ancients, She Found A Hope For The Future. A small Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership of the Ngati Konohi dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai (Academy Award® nominee* Keisha Castle-Hughes). Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the people of her village, twelve-year-old Pai remains certain of her calling and trains herself in the ways and customs of her people. With remarkable grace and courage, Pai summons the strength to both challenge and embrace a thousand years of tradition in order to fulfill her destiny.
Diginext FilmsHealth Policy | Social Work
- Downfall Called "dramatic, accurate and harrowing" by the San Francisco Chronicle and nominated for the 2004 Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film, Downfall takes you into Hitler's bunker during the brutal last days of the Third Reich. In the eyes of Hitler's infamous secretary, Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara, The Reader), optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Führer and his closest advisors. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Experiment) and featuring an indelible performance by Bruno Ganz (Nosferatu The Vampyre) as history's most notorious despot, Downfall gives a gripping insight into the madness and desperation of a tyrant's final hours.
60 new PBS titles including these highlights:American Government| Public Administration and Policy |Administration of Justice | Criminology
- The American Nurse This film explores some of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty, prisons - through the work and lives of five nurses. It is a documentary that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America. Jason Short drives up a creek to reach a home-bound cancer patient in Appalachia. Tonia Faust runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they're dying. Naomi Cross coaches patient Becky, an ovarian cancer survivor, through the Caesarean delivery of her son. Sister Stephen runs a nursing home filled with goats, sheep, llamas and chickens where the entire nursing staff comes together to sing to a dying resident. And Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitates wounded soldiers returning from war. The American Nurse is an important contribution to America's ongoing conversation about what it means to care.
- The United States of Football could become the most controversial and watched exposé in sports. All who care about football and every parent with a kid in school simply must see this film. It’s a heartbreaking story assembled over three years by the Emmy and Peabody-winning filmmaker who rocked the sports world and made public the infamous Bountygate tapes. Sean Pamphilon’s recordings turned up the volume on an industry and revealed that some players were offered bounties to injure and specifically target opponents with a history of concussions, possibly fatally. But that was only a piece of a bigger scandal. He investigates the dirty secret too-long-kept from players – an increasing incidence of brain damage, dementia, and slow death from repetitive head trauma. The United States of Football digs into the lives of fallen heroes – as once vigorous men with everything to live for, lose their minds, their functions and their lives. MRIs, autopsies and research leave little doubt that what was once called dementia pugilistica in the 1920’s was happening to today’s players, now called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – CTE. The United States of Football ends in pain and hope. Some of our heroes wither away leaving angry and grieving families. One shoots himself in despair but protects his brain so that others can understand. And some bravely continue fighting to reform football. This is an in-depth examination of the football coaching ranks from pee wee through the pros that asks “Who is coaching your kids?” Father, fan and filmmaker, Sean Pamphilon made the documentary the NFL doesn’t want you to see.
Women and Rights | Women and Social Reform
May/June 2019 Editors PicksMonument Releasing
- Second Chance Kids The film examines the impact of the order to re-evaluate thousands of juvenile murder cases and follows two of the first convicts to be released.
8 new documentaries and international feature films from Monument Releasing
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PBS: 65 new titles added, highlights include:
- Flesh And Blood: Mixing fiction and reality, filmmaker Mark Webber captures the story of a man who returns home from prison and attempts to rebuild his life in his impoverished neighborhood in Philadelphia.
- Look, Stranger: On a dangerous journey home from a refugee camp, a woman must forge a bond with an angry, disillusioned human trafficker when her guide is killed.
- Cold November: On the cusp of womanhood, 12-year-old Florence goes on her first deer hunt, a traditional rite-of-passage in her matriarchal family.
Communication | Media Studies
- The Mueller Investigation chronicles the dramatic events that led the White House and the nation to this historic moment in American politics.
- Weinstein: How the Hollywood mogul allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades.
- Native American Boomtown: The Bakken Oil Boom is bringing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to North Dakota. But most people don’t know that a substantial part of the state’s oil production is concentrated on an Indian reservation. Fort Berthold Reservation’s 1,000-plus oil wells have brought in money and jobs for some. But the oil has also brought danger—organized crime, hard drugs, traffic fatalities—and other problems. We speak to tribal members about the benefits—and consequences—of the boom.
Great SpeechesGreat Speeches Volume 31
(2018) includes the following:
- Emma Gonzalez - March for Our Lives
- Kristen Mink - Confronts Scott Pruitt
- John McCain - Return to the Senate
- Meghan McCain - Eulogy of John McCain
- Fred Rogers - Address to Congress
- Rev Curry - Royal Wedding
- Ted Kennedy - Chappaquiddick
Media Studies | Film
- Eating Up Easter: The iconic statues and sensationalized "mysteries" of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) have drawn the interest of the world for centuries, attracting curious visitors to its shores. Today, this tiny, barren island is experiencing an economic boon as tourism skyrockets. Yet the indigenous culture and the island’s fragile environment are suffering. EATING UP EASTER, directed by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, explores the dilemma his people are facing. Crafted as a story passed down to his newborn son, Sergio intertwines the authentic history of the island with the stories of four islanders. In their own voices, these Rapanui reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amidst rapid development. EATING UP EASTER reveals and suggests ways forward in tackling the universal complexities of balancing growth and sustainability faced by local communities worldwide.
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- A series called Movie Talk interviews with famous actors/actresses/filmmakers such as George Clooney, Kenneth Branagh, John Cusack, Richard Gere, Danny Devito, Michelle Williams, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viggo Mortensen, Helena Bonham Carter, and more.
Enjoy some of our best videos. Content is added weekly!March 2019 Editors PicksMillennials & Behavioral & Mental Health
- Quarter Life Crisis Plagued with anxiety, depression, and suicide, Millennials are growing up in a constantly changing world that's becoming increasingly unadaptable. Quarter Life Crisis searches to discover the causes and dispel the myths of modern society's hardships, including misguided parenting, endless comparisons to lives over social media, and established institutions no longer guaranteeing happiness and prosperity.
- Ready Set Adult – An inside look at the home school journey of four fourteen/fifteen year old high school graduates.
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