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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
- 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 new 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. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court suing them for the “crime” of giving him life. CAPERNAUM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures. When the non-actors’ instincts diverged from the written script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them. 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.
February 2019 Editors PicksAmerican History | Environmental Studies | History | American Studies | Social SciencesLOSING ALASKA tells the story of a small community dealing with a slow-moving disaster. They have known for decades that their future was in peril; they have seen the land dropping away on all sides and the river growing stronger year after year. They will lose their first building some time in 2018. The school – the highest building in the town – could be taking in water by 2019. They are losing up to 50 ft of land per year, every year.Education | Social Sciences | Current EventsWE WILL RISE: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World
- Ready Set Adult – An inside look at the home school journey of four fourteen/fifteen year old high school graduates.
Around the world, more than 62 million girls are not in school, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As girls grow into adolescence, cultural and familial pressures often make it harder for them to stay in school, though educating women correlates to lower rates of infant mortality, increased GDP, and greater economic security for families. CNN Films has produced a new film about girls overcoming incredible challenges to achieve their educations and change their own lives, with contributions from First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay. December 2018/January 2019 Editors Picks
Over 3,900 titles were added to Academic Video Online in 2018. Here are some of the most recent additions showing the breadth and depth of this ever-growing multidisciplinary, comprehensive video collection. Log in here to see more: https://search.alexanderstreet.com/avonPERFORMING ARTS
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GLOBAL ISSUES | POLITICS & CURRENT AFFAIRS
STUDENT SUCCESS | PERSONAL FINANCEUnderstanding the Stock Market
- On Her Shoulders 23 year old, Nadia Murad, a once ordinary girl, is a survivor of the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq who was able to escape sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS, has become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. On Her Shoulders follows this strong-willed young woman as she fights to bring ISIS to justice and save her people from extinction.
- Undercover in the Alt Right shows one brave young man’s year trying to show the Alt-right for what they really are. Using a false online identity, and armed with a secret camera and a huge amount of courage, we follow Patrik Hermannson as he infiltrates Neo-Nazi and right-wing extremist groups exposing them as white supremacists for the digital age, organized, dangerous and determined to change western society.
- Wisconsin Rising Wisconsin was a testing ground for the nation in 2011 as big money attempted to undo basic workers' rights when newly-elected Republican Governor Scott Walker suddenly stripped collective bargaining power from the state's public employees. Wisconsin Rising catapults the viewer into the days, weeks, and months when Wisconsinites fought back against power, authority, and injustice.
The stock market – buying and selling stocks – has been creating wealth for Americans for over 200 years. For students in college, it is important to understand the role the stock market might play in their financial future. This video will review the history of the stock market, the Dow Jones and S&P 500, dividends vs. growth stocks, and investment strategies.
Part of an EXCLUSIVE series: A Students Guide to Personal Financial Success
. SOCIAL SCIENCESEDUCATION
(Part of the POV Series: PBS) 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.
PSYCHOLOGYExperimental Research Methods, Laboratory Experiments
- Adulting is a short documentary that follows the lives of three millennials and their unique journeys into adulthood in a society that questions their generation’s capacity to be responsible and mature.
- Living on One Dollar is an award-winning film following the experience of four friends as they live on less than $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites and the realization that there are no easy answers. Yet, the generosity and strength of Rosa, a 20-year-old woman with her husband Anthony, and Chino, a 12-year-old boy gives them hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.
This video uses some famous psychological studies to explain the experimental method and illustrate how laboratory experiments are done, their strengths and limitations and, often forgotten, how these limitations do not apply uniformly to all experimental studies.HEALTH POLICY | HEALTH SCIENCES | PUBLIC HEALTH
New Health Innovations
series includes 58 short video documentaries addressing topics such as Cervical Cancer, Helping Babies Survive, Beating Heart Failure, Developing a Universal Flu Vaccine and more. October Editors Picks2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
- Subject of ON HER SHOULDERS Coming December 2018!
Global Issues | Environmental Justice | Environment & Social Issues | Politics & Current AffairsPrepare for Native American Heritage Month in November and Share
- Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life.
Counseling TheoryNew Counseling Theories in Action Series Available: Ideal for Counseling Theories Courses
- The Return of Navajo Boy & Epilogue: An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS, this film is an internationally acclaimed documentary that reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. This is a story of Elsie Mae Begay, whose history in pictures reveals an incredible and ongoing struggle for environmental justice.
Education | Criminal Justice | Politics & Current Affairs | Social Sciences
- Watch expert clinicians “bring counseling theory to life” in Alexander Street’s exclusive Counseling Theories in Action Video Series. This video series presents four clinicians working from Psychodynamic, Adlerian, Gestalt, and Multicultural Feminist theoretical frameworks with a variety of clients. The videos are an ideal complement to complex textbook reading, demonstrating popular theoretical approaches in video form that will help guide students toward successful outcomes with their clients.
American History | Black Studies | Education | Diversity | Social Sciences
- School Me! College for Prisoners: The University of Houston Clear Lake has a long-standing presence in a South Texas Prison, the Ramsey Unit. Inmates at this unit are able to finish both BA and MA degrees, granted by UHCL. This unique subject matter about university-level teaching in the U.S. prison system provides rare access with a camera in a prison unit. It is not only a film “about” the subject at hand, it gives inmates a rare opportunity to make their voices heard.
Environmental Studies | History | Politics & Current Affairs | Social Sciences
- Tell Them We are Rising: The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years – yet remains largely unknown. This powerful documentary, by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams, tells the uplifting, empowering story of these academic institutions. (PBS, 2017)
September Editors Picks: (New & Hot Documentaries)Global Issues | Social Sciences | Politics & Current Affairs | Human Rights Studies
- Saving the Great Swamp: The Battle to Defeat the Jetport: This documentary tells the story of the events, people, and politics behind the struggle to preserve a rural of New Jersey between 1959 and 1968. The fight began when the powerful Port of New York Authority announced plans to construct a huge 10,000 acre “jetport” 26 miles west of NYC. A grassroots movement started in a local high school and grew to epic proportions and continues to serve as a model for community action.
Global Issues | Social Sciences | Environmental Studies | Politics & Current Affairs
- Workers Cup: ‘The Workers Cup’ is set inside the labor camps of Qatar, where the World Cup is being built on the backs of 1.6 million migrant workers. The film follows a team of laborers living a real-life version of fantasy football. By day they sweat to build the World Cup and by night they compete in a “workers welfare” football tournament, playing in the same stadiums that will one day host the world’s greatest players. Each match offers them a momentary escape from the homesickness and isolation they endure as the lowest class in the world’s richest country.
Ethics | Business | Legal Studies | Human Rights Studies | History | Philosophy
- Anote’s Ark: What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet. Despite its small stature, it is confronting an existential dilemma: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. Kiribati’s President, Anote Tong, races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, at stake is the very survival of the Kiribati people and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture.
August Editors Picks:Business & Economics | Social Sciences | Political Science | Environmental Studies
- Playing God: Why is the life of a fire-fighter who died a hero in the Twin Towers on September 11 worth, on average, a million dollars less than that of a stockbroker who lost his life in the same disaster? How much money should oil giant BP pay the countless fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico who are fighting for their livelihoods in the wake of the largest oil spill in history? “Playing God” asks us to ponder difficult ethical questions around our moral compass and the intersection between economic interests and the value of human life.
Media Studies | Health Sciences | Allied Health | Social Studies | Chemistry | Biology
- Patrimonio: What are the rights of small, under-represented communities in the face of global business interests and unsustainable development? What can they do to stand up for those rights and their way of life? Meet Rosario Salvatierra, a fourth-generation fisherman from a small desert town on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur in this powerful, yet intimate, documentary, and follow the efforts of his family as they struggle to educate and organize their community against the developers.
Media Studies | Film Studies
- Target Zero is a hybrid series of animation and documentary style filmmaking that focuses on the importance of compassionate care of HIV-positive patients. It provides an understanding of diseases and medications at the molecular level and the rationale for patient compliance to HIV drug regimens through character-based stories.
- The series tells the stories of two HIV-positive pregnant women hoping to deliver HIV-negative babies, and two young men hoping to prevent contracting the HIV virus using PrEP.
- A collaboration among scientists with expertise in structural biology and documentary filmmaking their goal is to bring together science and art to educate and inspire.
Diversity Studies | Political Science | Current Affairs
- Anne Misawa – One in a series about female Hawai’ian filmmakers – learn about cinematographer and director, ANNE MISAWA. Here directorial credits include “Waking Mele” (Sundance Film Festival), “Eden’s Curve”, and the feature length documentary, “State Of Aloha”. Her work as cinematographer includes the stunning “Margarita with a Straw” and “Treeless Mountain”, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography.
July Editors Picks:Nutrition/Health
- Migrants Risk the Dangerous Trip to the U.S. Because It’s Safer Than Staying Home For migrants, many from Central America, the United States represents the opportunity for a better life, and sometimes the escape from mortal danger. Nick Schifrin revisits some NewsHour stories of those who made the difficult decision to risk the treacherous journey, then learns more from Jason Marczak of the Atlantic Council.
- Chronic Disease, Obesity, and Poor Nutrition Health: Educate your students on the history of chronic disease, its link to obesity and poor nutrition, and pave a path to better food choices to reduce this pattern in future generations.
- Food, Nutrition, and Good Health: Introduce the exciting and challenging discipline of nutrition, and trace the dramatic shift in people’s relationship with food and good health.
- No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D.): “No Evidence of Disease” are the words every patient dreams of hearing, but in this case, it’s a band, which makes it even more powerful. Follow an unconventional rock band made up of six GYN surgeons, each passionate about music and outraged by the wall of silence surrounding their field. Their hopes are to give a loud and clear voice to the full range of women’s health needs, not just those most popular in the media. As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, our surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, while their patients and loved ones jump on the train, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and rock ‘n’ roll.
- Indecent: Straight from the 2017 Broadway scene, Tony Award® winning ‘Indecent’ is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's ‘God of Vengeance’—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. The play charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.
June Editors Picks:Business and Economics
- Divided States of America: Part 1: FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president.
History, Black Studies
- Banking on Bitcoin: Bitcoin was created to disrupt the status quo. After years of underground development, Bitcoin grabbed the attention of a curious public and the ire of regulators.
- The Negro Leagues: Long before Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball, the Negro Leagues broke down segregation barriers. This short video provides the history and cultural significance of the Negro Leagues.
- Tomorrow: In 2012, Nature published a study predicting that humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100. Tomorrow presents concrete solutions implemented by hundreds of communities worldwide across food, energy, finance, and education.
- Fight for Space: The Space Race of the 1960s inspired a generation to pursue careers in STEM. Since then, interest in space exploration has diminished. This film is an urgent call to re-awaken our sense of wonder and discovery for the next generation.
May's Editors Picks:For Gender and Women’s Studies
For Education, Sociology, Asian Studies, Diversity Studies, Anthropology
- Leitis in Waiting: This is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, an intrepid group of transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their highly religious and conservative South Pacific Kingdom.
For Environmental Science
- Maineland: The past decade has seen an explosion of Chinese students attending U.S. colleges and universities. This documentary, shot over 3 years, follows two Chinese teens and their experiences attending American schools.
For Performing Arts
- White Waves: Litter, wastewater, industrial products and chemicals are polluting today’s oceans. Surfers are uniquely positioned to see and feel the effects of polluted waters. White Waves shows the dedicated efforts of surfers who think globally, and act locally to combat this growing problem.
- Butoh-Piercing the Mask: In the early 1960s, Butoh dance exploded onto the Japanese stage. This documentary pierces the mystery and mystique of a dance movement adored by the West.
COLLECTIVE EYENew issues-based documentaries have been added such as:
See more Collective Eye films here.
- Return to Dak To Five army veterans journey back to contemporary Vietnam, intending to put their war experiences to rest. Disturbed by the new American wars, writer and Vietnam veteran Christopher Upham reconnects with his old battalion, the 299th Engineers. Upham's long lost comrades tell him an unsettling truth - they thought that he was dead - killed in the 1969 Dak To siege in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Upham and four engineer comrades confront ghosts, former enemies and the legacies of the Vietnam War. Questions raised by Return to Dak To - about the role of soldiers and the long term personal effects of war - take on a heightened poignancy in our current climate.
- We the People 2.0 We the People 2.0 is a documentary which highlights the struggle between communities and corporations in a battle for local rights. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling and mines in their communities. We learn with these citizens how powerless they feel, even in "the best democracy in the world."
New business videos from Berrett-Koehler include:
Watch more here.
- Getting More Women in Leadership: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be There has been endless discussion about getting more women into leadership positions. This talk is a level set about where we are and a broader discussion about where we need to be and how to get there. And spoiler alert: we need to include the white males. You will learn: * Top 10 things we can do for women today – all of us! * The board issue for women * How AI is going to impact women’s jobs and what to do about it (sponsorship and education). Tara O’Sullivan—in her role as chief marketing officer for Skillsoft, the global leader in e-learning—ensures that everything Skillsoft does, and especially its digital technology strategy, presents the company’s brand, voice, and vision consistently and authoritatively. Tara has extensive experience in using product marketing, branding, and driving strategic growth. Tara oversees the business and corporate marketing. Tara has over twenty-three years’ experience in B2B technology marketing including leadership positions at Oracle, IONA Technologies, SAS, and TES Global. She has a master’s in international marketing from University College Dublin.
- The Power of Introverted Women The most beloved brands and thriving businesses of our time will be led by women who bring 100% of themselves to work, including—and especially—their souls. This session reveals a spiritual self-care practice to cultivate the self-expression and strategic truth-telling superpowers of a truly transformational leader. You’ll learn: * The beginner’s guide to the human soul * Why soul-level creative power, unfettered self-expression, and strategic truth-telling will be the leadership superpowers in the next season of business * Actionable daily spiritual self-care practices you can start today to develop those powers and get into the flow state every day * How you can bring your whole team with you into the flow state. Tara-Nicholle Nelson is the author of The Transformational Consumer and the founder and CEO of SoulTour, a personal growth school that serves conscious leaders and creators with a focus on spiritual well-being, leadership, and creative self-expression. Tara has led over 12,000 people through her 10 and 30 Day Writing Challenges for Conscious Leaders and creators, teaching them how to care for their souls with insights, rituals, and practices that unlock well-being in every area of their lives. Tara is the former chief marketer for MyFitnessPal, the world’s largest health and fitness platform, where she led growth, engagement, and content transformation, taking the company from 45 to 120 million customers and through its acquisition by Under Armour. Tara has been featured in the New York Times, Essence, and VentureBeat, and Business Insider recently called her the “#1 woman Silicon Valley tech companies should be naming to their boards.”
SONY PICTURES CLASSICSSony Pictures Classics
BBC Learning Content:
now has 10 new feature films available, watch Call Me By Your Name
or The Seagull
(with Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss) and explore others at the link above.JUNO FILMS
We are so excited to have Juno Films as part of our Academic Video Online family. And now you can enjoy their amazing films on our new video interface
- Watch one of our favorites: Kati Kati When Kaleche wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she has no idea how or why she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma. As Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him, she discovers that the functional alcoholic is a very special guy at a mysterious place: Kati Kati is inhabited by the souls of dead people waiting for redemption.
Or enjoy our Juno Films channel
More documentaries and features from Cinema Guild
- Watch Puppetry: Worlds of Imagination: This documentary surveys the revolutionary new developments in American puppet theater, profiling many of puppetry’s most imaginative contemporary artists.
We’re so happy we could DANCE! Welcome Marquee Arts to Academic Video Online. Their videos bring the best of dance from critically acclaimed performances and highly regarded performers and choreographers touring the world’s most prestigious venues. Over 25 performances
now available Exclusive to Academic Video Online.MULTIDISCIPLINARYPBS
– 43 new titles have been added this month, providing over 1000 PBS titles for your patrons to enjoy. Highlighted new content includes:
BUSINESS | POLITICAL SCIENCE
– Over 450 titles are being added to Academic Video Online in the coming months. Over 150 are now live including Leading Women
, Business Traveller
, Culinary Journeys
and more. Check back often
to see new videos. Upcoming highlights include:
- Series like “Future Finance”, “Passion to Portfolio”, “Eco Solutions”, and more.
- Specials on human trafficking, global poverty, and other human rights issues around the world
- Features on global cities, travel, world cultures, religion, food, and lifestyles outside the western hemisphere
- And More!
– Exclusive to Academic Video Online, enjoy Dow Jones’ first availability in the education market with business oriented videos such as When #MeToo Hits Home
, The Social Implications of Machine Learning
, Shifting Workplace Expectations
provides videos on entrepreneurship
sure to be of interest to business professors and students everywhere.EDUCATIONASCD
(Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) – 14 new education titles were added to Academic Video Online on curriculum development, lesson planning, and assessment.
More than 1,500 highly sought-after BBC Studios educational titles coming to Academic Video Online in 2019. Learn more.Academic Video Online PR Kit
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While in high school, students, their parents, teachers, and guidance counselors all tend to focus on the process of getting students into college. While SAT prep and the college search process are important, what’s equally important is helping students prepare for the choices and decisions they will make once they are in college.
New and Exclusive to Alexander Street, the Student Success video series
offers research-based, yet practical, advice to help students develop the essential life and learning skills needed to support a happy, healthy, and productive higher education experience. Perfect for first-year students as well as anyone who works with students - residential life/orientation staff, counseling centers, librarians, and faculty. The series includes 20-min videos on the following topics:
Preview the series here.
- A Student’s Guide to Stress Management
- A Student's Guide to College Life and Changing Relationships
- A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career
- A Student’s Guide to College Transition
- A Student’s Guide to Communication and Self-Presentation
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- A Student’s Guide to Math Success
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Annenberg Learner Annenberg Learner
Video-only experience: Help your patrons find what they want – fast. Our platform, optimized for video, will do the work for you, and provide institutional recommendations.
Intuitive search and content recommendations: Your patrons may not always know what they want. Our intuitive interface will help the user quickly identify content well-suited to his or her area of study.
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understands that everyone is a lifelong learner, from teachers to professors to students. With that, they provide content to help instructors of all levels teach their courses and stay up-to-date in their areas of expertise as well as support students in the learning process. With 300 videos recently added to Academic Video Online, below are some highlights. Explore
our whole Annenberg Learner offering.
Microtraining AssociatesMicrotraining Associates
produces mental health training videos for students and faculty. Their videos provide access to experts working on the most important research in the field, cover the most current topics in the profession, and demonstrate the empathy and skills needed to work with frequently underserved populations. 5 new videos
have been produced and added this summer in counseling and social work.Contemporary Arts MediaContemporary Arts Media
was founded in 2000 and their mission is to promote art and culture in education. Their films represent a range of art forms: performance, music, visual arts, photography, theatre, dance, and more. Highlights:
CandidCareer provides over 100 videos that deliver career advice and industry insight. Videos include interviews with working professionals in careers like Architecture
, Commercial Banking
, and Environmental Science
, tips on making an industry change
, advice on deciding about grad school
, and how to work a career fair
. Designed to help students learn about the professional world and make informed decisions about their career paths.
Sony Pictures Classics*
With the best of world cinema from the 1990s to today and a strong documentary emphasis, we are excited to announce that Academic Video Online has added over 270 Sony Pictures Classics titles. Available to the educational market only from Alexander Street, these videos contain the most studied and important films of the last 25 years. Since 1993, the Sony Pictures Classics catalog has been known for receiving over 100 Academy Award® nominations and has won 33 Oscars®, including 5 Best Documentary winners and 13 Best Foreign Language Films.* Highlights include:
*U.S. colleges and universities only
Milestone partners with archives around the world to restore and remaster important and overlooked films, winning numerous industry awards in the process. Perhaps America’s leading independent curator of vital film restorations, Milestone features eighteen films on the National Film Registry – a rare combination of canonical films with overlooked gems worthy of rediscovery.*
*Territory restrictions apply.
The mission of dummies™ is to create learning experiences that effectively present a range of relevant topics in an approachable and simple way where even the most complex subjects can be readily understood by anyone who wants to learn. Through expert content, engaging experiences and an approachable style, learners at every level can confidently use their knowledge to fuel their pursuit of professional advancement and personal betterment. Academic Video Online is happy to add the dummies™ video series (1,100 titles) to our content offering expanding our range of educational videos further than ever. Highlights include:
Bloomberg Media Distribution
Over 150 Bloomberg Media Distribution video titles have been added to Academic Video Online, spanning business and finance, politics, technology, entertainment, music, sports and health and science discoveries. This new content shows our continued commitment to providing you the best, most up-to-date resources for your patrons. Highlights include:
From science to history, art to Shakespeare, diversity to business and economics and more, give your patrons access to documentaries and series from PBS, including:
- Wolf Hall – a historic drama for a modern audience, and 2016 Peabody Award and Golden Globe winner, Wolf Hall follows the complex machinations and back-room dealings of accomplished power broker Thomas Cromwell, who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue.
- New episodes of Frontline, such as Raising Adam Lanza, Putin’s Way and The Meth Epidemic
- New episodes of NOVA and Nature, like What Plants Talk About and Saving Hubble
*North America Only
Whether someone wants to make a living from their creative passion or simply create for fun, it’s CreativeLive’s mission to champion their eﬀorts and see them through to success. CreativeLive offers a holistic approach to learning with access to hundreds of curated classes taught by the world’s top experts, inspiring interviews and tips from creative influencers, and hands-on projects to motivate and put the learning into practice. Over 60 new videos are now available, including:
It's curtains up in the classroom when students find a front-row seat to some of the best live theatre straight from the New York theatre scene! Award-winning writers, directors and actors become partners in theatre, drama, dance, music, and even literature studies. Highlights include:
- Sam Shepard’s highly studied Pulitzer Prize™-winning play Buried Child stars Ed Harris (2016)
- Tony™ Award winning musical She Loves Me with its original revival cast: Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi (2016)
- Based on a book by Tony winner John Caird, Daddy Long Legs has music from Tony nominee Paul Gordon and is performed by Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin (2015)
- Tony™ Lifetime Achievement award winner James Earl Jones tackles one of theatre’s most iconic roles in Shakespeare’s King Lear (1974)
- Verbal wordplay and dashing swordplay abound as Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline portrays the long-nosed poet in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Jennifer Garner (2008)
- Learn how the Tin Man lost his heart in The Woodsman, a touching exploration of a piece of Oz told through music and puppetry (2008)
- Watch two of the greatest clowns of our generation at the top of their game as Tony winners David Shiner and Bill Irwin enchant audiences in Old Hats (2016)
Dallas Learning Solutions (DLS)
30 new Earth Science titles have been added from Dallas Learning Solutions (DLS). With nearly 2,000 titles, this content addresses introductory history, economics, communications, biology, sociology, health, and government courses. Here are some highlights from the new additions in Geology and Earth Science to share with your science faculty and students:
The George Balanchine Foundation
Several new videos have been added from The George Balanchine Foundation, which helps to advance the development of dance by giving students insight into the dance world with these insightful videos. Highlights include:
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