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October Editor's Picks
Welcome Encyclopedia Britannica. Over 500 multidisciplinary titles now available. (worldwide rights) Highlighted subjects:
Welcome Chapulin Films adding over 35 Spanish language films (Worldwide rights)
- Religion | Neuroscience | Psychology | Counseling: Mission: JOY (FILM PLATFORM) Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. In what is likely their last time together, we trace the epic life stories of these Nobel Peace Prize winners as they faced oppression, exile, death threats, cancer, and more — unbowed and still laughing. The film includes cutting edge scientific research that reinforces that, just like for these Holy Men, joy is an inside job, that joy and pain are inseparable, and that deep connection is one of the secrets to joy. (worldwide rights)
- Psychology | Counseling:
- Over 70 new videos from the Milton H Erickson Foundation includes series’ on Fundamentals of Hypnosis, Neuroscience for Psychotherapists, and more. (worldwide rights)
- Mysteries of Mental Illness (PBS) This series examines ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry through today’s most cutting-edge treatments, based on the latest understanding of it. (North America)
- Frankl and the Search for Meaning (Psychological and Educational Films) Dr. Viktor Frankl discusses his development of logotherapy, which is based on the belief that a person's main motivation is to find a meaning in life. (worldwide rights)
- Music | Photography | Art: ICON: Music Through the Lens (PBS) Series providing insight into music photography (North America)
- Political Science: 16 for ’16: The Contenders (PBS) This series examines politicians, their strategies and the influences they had on our country. (North America)
- American History: American Battlefield Trust Pilot (Makematic) This series explores the people, events and details of the American Revolution. (worldwide rights)
September Editor's Picks
Welcome Vision Films. Highlights include:
- Health Policy | Anthropology | Women’s Studies: Birth in Pieces (El Jardin Birth & Family Resource Center) Begun in 2015, this labor of love project spanned multiple years and took various twists and turns as we interviewed more and more women. Patterns emerged, and we realized that these individual narratives, together, painted a picture of modern birth culture. What's wrong with birth in the USA? It's time to ask mothers. (worldwide rights)
- Anthropology | Environmental Studies | Indigenous Studies: Our Atoll Speaks = Ko Talatala Mai To Matou Wenua (Talcual Films) by Gemma Cubero del Barrio is an award winning communal film poem about the vast environmental knowledge of Pukapuka/Nassau, an atoll in the Northern Group of the Cook Islands. This communal poem developed from interviews with Pukapukans from 2015-2017, interweaves with stunning images of land, sky, and sea. Climate change and rising sea levels is the biggest threat to our island futures. Conservation practices developed over thousands of years have something to teach. This short documentary provides a visual metaphor for indigenous climate knowledge from the perspective of the atoll and her people. (worldwide rights)
- Anthropology | Immigration: Farmingville (Camino Bluff Productions): Farmingville is the award-winning documentary hailed by The New York Times as a "primer" on the explosive issue of illegal immigration. (worldwide rights)
American History | Politics & Current Affairs | DEICommon Ground: The Story of Bears Ears: (Collective Eye Films) On December 28th, 2016, former President Obama protected nearly 1.5 million acres of sprawling canyon lands and ancient cultural sites in southeast Utah by designating the area as Bears Ears National Monument. Politically, Native American groups and environmentalists applauded the designation. However, it infuriated some locals and state politicians who, declaring more… (worldwide)Women’s Studies | DEIBrave Girls: (Collective Eye Films) For Karishma, Apsana and Samira, going to school to complete their secondary education represented a seismic shift in worldview and a radical reappraisal of what their lives could become. Suddenly, a life trapped within four walls, fulfilling societal expectations came into question when the possibility of a life outside of the house became palpable. But as final exams approached, their families began preparations for their weddings. Immediately, they were forced to choose between their quickly evolving dreams and their obligations to their community. These stories combined show the complexity that emerges on the path to self-determination within a conservative, Muslim town - Dholka located in the western state of Gujarat, India. Filmed over 4 years, Brave Girls explores the urgent questions about the empowerment of women in the developing world from the perspective of the women living those questions and facing the consequences of answering them. (worldwide)Education |ImmigrationChildren of Chance: (FILM PLATFORM) In the small local school of Cheratte, a former mining town, 11-year old students with an immigrant background are coming to the end of their primary school education with Brigitte, a dynamic teacher. Her pedagogical approach aims to integrate these pupils into a constantly changing world. Throughout the school year, the film follows these grandsons of miners, mainly Turks and Muslims. While some of their elders opt for identity closure, this film evokes the challenge awaiting these children to integrate into current society, in the face of terrorist attacks. (Excluding Belgium; Cambodia; China; France; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Swaziland)Art & Architecture | Psychology | Counseling & TherapyHeaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (Grasshopper Film) An extraordinary and innovative documentary, Heaven is a portrait of artist Mindy Alper, whose renowned and astonishing body of work reveals a lifetime of struggle with debilitating mental illness. (U.S. only)
- Performing Arts Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway: The story of the hit musical that changed Broadway forever and brought the genius of Lin Manuel Miranda to the attention of legions of fans across the world. Featuring interviews with Miranda, as well as the cast and crew of Hamilton. (worldwide)
- Business Elon Musk: The Real Iron Man: Discover the meteoric rise of Elon Musk, the man who is transforming the way we think about travel technology through electric cars, the Hyperloop, and revolutionary ideas on how we live through artificial intelligence and colonizing Mars. (worldwide)
- Environmental Studies Long Gone Wild: The killer whale is once again under siege, hunted for sale into the exploding marine theme park industry. An in-depth look at the case against captivity, the Whale Sanctuary Project, and covert missions in search of orcas held captive. (worldwide)
Classical Music | TheatreRiders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera (Quantum Leap Productions) America's cowboy culture and Opera’s hallowed traditions converge to celebrate the collaborative power of art. "Riders of the Purple Sage" follows a composer as he adapts a 1912 dime novel masterpiece into a modern American opera. Zane Grey’s tale features more…
Rehabilitation Therapy | Physical Therapy | Massage“The San Francisco School of Massage and bodywork has been a fan of Art Riggs' teaching for decades and have used his textbook for over 20 years for our deep tissue classes. We project individual segments…in our basic massage program and in more advanced classes to supplement the lectures and demonstrations. The students love the presentations for the material and also bodywork philosophy to escape from the rote "cookie cutter" strokes that many schools teach.…”
August 2021 Editor's PicksDance | Gender StudiesBallerina Boys (FILM PLATFORM) “The Trocks” are some of the world’s most beautiful dancers—male ballerinas who take great risks to present their dazzling ballet parody. Full of beauty and fun, “Ballerina Boys” seduces viewers into facing issues of gender, inclusion, and social justice. (worldwide)Counseling & TherapyNew from PESI, Inc. (worldwide):
HealthWitness to the Pandemic: Acts of Heroism (CNN) CNN correspondents report on the escalating public health crisis and meet the men and women who perform daily acts of heroism in an effort to save as many lives as possible. (worldwide)American History | Black Studies | Jewish StudiesOn Broadway (Finding Your Roots; PBS) Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates the family histories of Broadway stars Audra MacDonald and Mandy Patinkin, discovering ancestors whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success. (U.S./Canada Only)Theatre | Performing Arts | DEIWhitefire Theatre Contemporary theatre performances, with an emphasis on multicultural perspectives. The pieces are 1-person shows written, directed, and performed by minority voices. (worldwide)
- Covid-19: Managing Community Anxiety, Self-Care and Helping Our Clients Look at these issues from a medical and mental health perspective.
- Children with Adverse Childhood Experiences (Aces): Interventions for the Caregiver & Child Many children receiving rehabilitation and special education services have experienced multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that may not be recognized or addressed by service providers. In this session, you will learn: the biological/neurological effects of trauma; the effects of ACEs on children’s cognitive, language and social-emotional development; caregiver-child interventions to promote attunement and affect management; and child intervention strategies to promote resiliency and facilitate developmental skills for self-regulation. You will learn a framework that requires an integration of cognition/language and temperament/sensory/regulation factors. Interventions combine a mindfulness/mindsight approach for both caregivers and children.
Business & Economics | Art & ArchitectureBuilt to Last? (Resilience Action Fund) Must-See Survival Training for Everyone In The Age of Disasters. Around the world, disasters are on the increase. In the past ten years earthquakes, heat waves, floods, hurricanes, fires and volcanoes have killed over a million people, affected another 2 billion and caused 4.5 trillion dollars in damage. Our homes are where we look for shelter, but when a disaster strikes, we’re on the front line. We’re going to reveal the hidden risks, and ask: Is your home ‘Built to Last’? Discover how you can make your home safer. (worldwide)Women’s Studies | Gender and Social Transformations | DEIShe Wants To Talk To You (Anita Chang Works) In October 1999 filmmaker Anita Chang befriended three 13-year-old girls while living in Kathmandu, Nepal. Honestly presenting themselves in an audio recording, these girls share with the filmmaker their ideas on marriage, friendship and spirituality. Their recordings provide a complex and poignant framework for three Nepali women living in the U.S. to reflect on their own struggle, exile and quest for liberation. Through portraiture and verite documentary, the film offers rare insight into the lives of girls and women from a society steeped in patriarchy, tradition and caste. She Wants to Talk to You speaks closely to young girls and women, as well as provokes universal introspection about the nature of happiness and oppression, and human relations and intimacy. (worldwide)Recently added from Collective Eye Films (worldwide)Anthropology
- EMBRACE/LOVE/FEAR: He publicly shared his cancer journey through vulnerable live videos and has translated that into a multi-media, multi-character, powerful one-man show. He tells his dramatic tale through music, comedy, poetry, and above all a lesson in overcoming obstacles.
- I Can’t Indian Good: A first-generation Indian American with zero ties to India, woefully cannot understand what makes him “Indian”. To get over feelings of isolation and alienation from his heritage, it takes a visit by a herd of (imaginary) ancestors to help him figure it out.
- Transit Zone: Transit Zone is an authentic insight into the life in the jungle of Calais from the perspective of 'Teefa', a refugee from Sudan. His dream is to make it one day onto one of the lorries leading to the UK - and hopefully a better life. But despite a remarkable sense of community, the conditions in the jungle are harsh and taking its toll. Teefa has spent almost half a year in the camp and is tired of trying to cross, as only a few are lucky enough to succeed. After all jungles are evicted by the police in order to move the refugees to a new camp, Teefa starts to question the greatness of Britain and considers other options instead. (worldwide)
Social Work | Black Studies | DEI
Highlights from FILM PLATFORMNursing | Education
- A Growing Thing: A Growing Thing is a feature length documentary about women living in a township near Johannesburg, South Africa and the women's empowerment project where they work. 25 years after the first free elections in South Africa, a dedicated black mother of six in a township near Johannesburg is determined to become a community leader and change her place in the world. A Growing Thing provides a glimpse of post-apartheid life from a woman's perspective. (worldwide)
- Each and Every Moment: Every year, thousands of students – mostly female – embark upon courses that will lead them to become nurses. Enrolled in Nursing Training Institutes, they will spend their time between lectures, practical exercises, and internships. It is a difficult process during which they will have to acquire a great deal of knowledge, master numerous technical procedures and prepare themselves for heavy responsibilities. This film follows the ups and downs of an apprenticeship that will confront them, often at a young age, with human fragility, suffering, illness, the flaws in souls and bodies. It therefore talks about us all, about our humanity (Australia; New Zealand; North America; United Kingdom only)
LGBT Studies | Olympics
Recently added from Grasshopper Film (U.S. only)Health Policy | Media Studies
- To Russia With Love: Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors” was passed in Russia. Gay Olympians were confronted with a tough decision: whether to protest in defense of their Russian comrades or compete in silence. Popular figure skater Johnny Weir was challenged to come out against the country he’d loved since childhood. Narrated by Jane Lynch, To Russia with Love takes viewers inside the Russian Open Games - a daring gay sports tournament held in Moscow three days after the Olympics - which was thwarted by authorities at every turn. Tennis champ Billie Jean King meets teen activist Vladislav Slavskiy who lives a besieged life in Sochi. (worldwide)
- Last Men in Aleppo: 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets; ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes in the hope of saving lives.
Black Studies | Criminal Justice
July 2021 Editor's Picks
- Milwaukee 53206: The U.S. has the most prisoners of any nation in the world both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population. These numbers are further compounded within Milwaukee’s mostly African-American 53206 zip code, where 62% of adult men have spent time in prison, making this America's most incarcerated ZIP code.
World HistoryShoah Twelve years in the making, SHOAH is Claude Lanzmann’s monumental epic on the Holocaust and features interviews with survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators in 14 countries. The film does not contain any historical footage but rather features interviews which seek to “reincarnate” the Jewish tragedy and also visits places where the crimes took place. It grew out of Lanzmann’s concern that the genocide perpetrated only 40 years earlier was already retreating into the mists of time, and that atrocity was becoming sanitized as History. His massive achievement – at once epic and intimate, immediate and definitive – is a triumph of form and content that reveals hidden truths while rewriting the rules of documentary filmmaking.
Thirty-five years after its original release, SHOAH remains nothing less than essential. (FILM PLATFORM) (Canada, United States Only)
Classical MusicOne Voice: The Story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir One Voice illuminates a group of people from diverse faiths, races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and lifestyles, all with a common goal: to bring joy and inspiration to the stage through black gospel music. By coming from a place of inclusion and acceptance, choir members are able to bridge their differences, embracing the celebrations and challenges that arise along the way. (Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir) (worldwide)Political Science | Comparative Government | Current EventsLouis Theroux: The Ultra Zionists The West Bank has been the white-hot center of global religious and political unrest for decades. Now, a subculture of Jewish ultra-nationalists are considering it their obligation to populate some of its most sensitive areas. In this film, the British filmmaker gets close to the people most involved with driving this extreme movement, finding them warm, humorous - and deeply troubling. (BBC) (worldwide)LGBT Studies
Health PolicyCOVER/AGE The Affordable Care Act explicitly denies undocumented immigrants access to healthcare. While laws in California have now made healthcare available for undocumented young people, undocumented adults continue to be excluded. COVER/AGE follows an elderly caregiver and a policy advocate in the campaign to expand healthcare to include all people, regardless of immigration status or age. (Pawikan Films) (worldwide)Health | Global IssuesWitness to the Pandemic: Acts of Heroism CNN correspondents report on the escalating public health crisis and meet the men and women who perform daily acts of heroism in an effort to save as many lives as possible. (CNN) (Worldwide)
- The Trans List The Trans List, directed by portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and with interviews by trans author and advocate Janet Mock, explores the range of experiences lived by Americans who identify as transgender (an umbrella term for people whose gender identity does not conform to that typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth). No two experiences of trans people are exactly alike. (Perfect Day Films) (worldwide)
- The Lodge This is a story about the first-of-its kind LGBTQ retirement community. The Lodge looks inside this unique experiment in gay/straight living to show us the daily lives, hopes, and fears of people in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. What you discover will surprise you. (Pam Walton Productions) (worldwide)
|Relevant to 2020 Academic Video Online customers: The annual Build by Choice selection process is now open!|
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______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________June 2021 Editor's PicksEnvironmental Studies | Politics and Current AffairsClimate Change Babies An inspiring film for trailblazing mothers and parents around the world takes a hopeful approach to the climate crisis by focusing on people taking action to secure a better future for their children. (Monde Films) (worldwide)Anthropology | Women’s Studies"Gray Is The New Blonde" is an award-winning documentary about the outdated views and attitudes towards women with gray hair. This empowering film will explore how the world has negatively viewed women with gray hair and more importantly how this is changing. (2020) (worldwide)Disabilities StudiesWHEN I STUTTER reveals the humanity that exists within people who stutter. Over the course of nearly 5 years, this documentary shares the stories of nineteen people who stutter that run the range of human emotion from despair to hopefulness to ultimately, triumph. (Collective Eye) (worldwide)Performing Arts | TheatreFree Theatre: The 37-Year Experiment The inside story of Free Theatre: the colourful and controversial theatre company in Christchurch, New Zealand, which has been creating extraordinary productions for 37 years. The group has specialised in physical theatre, innovative forms of European drama, and collaborations with music and the visual arts. Since the Christchurch earthquakes it has developed new styles of performance to involve the community and interact with the city’s devastated landscapes. (Point of View Productions) (worldwide)Art | PhotographyPeter Peryer: The Art of Seeing For four decades Peryer pioneered and championed the art of photography and created a major body of work. The film has been described as 'a masterclass in photography' and a great testament to this artist's life. (Point of View Productions) (worldwide)Allied Health | Health Policy | NursingLife Interrupted is a candid and intimate portrayal of life after a breast cancer diagnosis. Three unique survivors–including the filmmaker herself–journey from diagnosis through treatment, and life beyond. (Paula Mozen) (worldwide)Black Studies | Media StudiesMr. Soul An engrossing and emotional look into the life and times of Elias Haizlip, the visionary tv producer and host, whose groundbreaking show “Shout!” brought the many voices of African American culture to the forefront of mainstream media. (Film Platform) (worldwide)Spotlight: Pride Month
Education | Social Work:
- “Who’s on Top?” (narrated by George Takei) is the emotional story of members of the LGBTQ community who challenge stereotypes about gender and sexuality and demonstrate their diverse journeys in overcoming physical and figurative mountains. (Collective Eye) (worldwide)
- Ahead of the Curve Playing now in theatres is the inspiring real-life tale of Franco Stevens: revolutionary publisher and LGBTQ+ icon. Ahead of the Curve is a timely look into the courage, initiative and unbreakable hope behind the ground-breaking publication "Curve". This pre-internet magazine, dedicated to lesbian lifestyle, helped to pave the way to a more tolerant media landscape and its profound effects are felt to this day. (FILM PLATFORM) (worldwide)
- TransMilitary TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals 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. (worldwide)
- Tove Set from 1944 to 1956, the Swedish-language film shows how painter Tove Jansson finds worldwide success from an unexpected side project, in the midst of artistic struggles and an unconventional personal life. (Juno Films) (U.S. only)
Spotlight! In time for AAPI Heritage Month: 50+ additional films from the Center of Asian American Media (worldwide rights) including:
Spotlight! Mental Health Awareness Month: #MAHM. Highlights include:
April 2021 Editor's PicksNewly added from PBS (North America only)Education | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
- 9 additional films from California Newsreel including The Raising of America Series By the producers of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and RACE - The Power of an Illusion, is the ground-breaking documentary series, online learning hub and public engagement campaign which reframes the way Americans look at early child health and development. It illustrates how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better learning, earning, and physical and mental health but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous nation. (worldwide rights)
Dropout Nation A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner city high school, Dropout Nation investigates the causes, challenges, and potential solutions of a national emergency.
Astronomy | STEM: Mars 2020 Black Studies | Business & Economics
Biology | Human Development: Human: The World Within (Season 1) includes episodes on Birth, Defend, Fuel, Pulse, React and Sense.New from BBC (worldwide rights)
Celebrate Earth Month
April DEI Spotlight: Black Studies Black Studies is at the core of the DEI conversation, and Academic Video Online includes 1600+ videos on this topic alone. Highlights include:
Magnolia Pictures now available in CanadaMagnolia Pictures is a leading independent film distributor with high-profile films like Freakonomics, Good Night and Good Luck, and Limelight. These and more are now being added in Academic Video Online to watch in Canada.March 2021 Editor's PicksNew from Sony Pictures Classics (U.S. colleges/universities only)We’ve added 21 titles this month including 3 Pedro Almodovar films.
Other Sony Pictures Classics favorites now available.
New from FILM PLATFORM
American History | Black Studies | Religion & ThoughtThe Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (PBS) (North America Only)
New from CNN
February 2021 Editor's PicksNEW! Media Hosting Feature Enhancement
Winnie (Worldwide excluding South Africa)
WOMEN & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS | DIVERSITY
- Free for Academic Video Online subscribers, we now support the ability for you to upload a caption file (.SRT file) alongside a video file, in the Admin Portal! We know this is a vital accessibility need, and we are thankful to all the libraries who requested this enhancement. Please email Sarah Brennan with questions.
BLACK STUDIES | DIVERSITY | LITERATURE
ART | FILM | LIBRARIES
- Nasrin (Collective Eye) (worldwide)
January 2021 Editor's PicksASIAN STUDIES | ANTHROPOLOGY | GLOBAL ISSUES
WOMEN’S STUDIES | SCIENCE
BUSINESS | POLITICAL SCIENCE | HEALTH POLICY
- Herb and Dorothy (Grasshopper Film) Herb and Dorothy tells the amazing story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. (North America)
- Discovery in a Painting A marvelous exploration of Cezanne's "Still Life with Apples". (Grasshopper Film) (North America only)
December 2020 Editor's PicksComputer Science | Technology | SociologyiHUMAN (FILM PLATFORM) (Not available in Norway, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom) Black Studies| Social WorkPolicing the Police 2020 (PBS) (North America)PBS Great Performances (North America)World Music | Classical Music
Social WorkCHUT…! = SHUSH…! This is a charming documentary about a public library in France and the heroes who work there. (aaa production) (Worldwide rights)Politics & Current AffairsIn the Face of Terror (series) (BBC) (Worldwide rights)November 2020 Editor's PicksNew & Exclusive from FILM PLATFORM
Welcome Grasshopper Film to Academic Video Online (U.S. and North America Only) – Their independent, foreign and documentary films include highlights such as:
- Animal Impossible Incredible facts and myths about the animal kingdom are put to the test. (BBC, series) (worldwide rights)
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