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In the Light of Reverence

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Across the USA, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religions. This film discusses the struggles of three indigenous communities to protect their sacred sites from rock climbers, tourists, strip-mining, development and New Age religious practitioners.
Online
2002; 2001
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Foucault Contre Lui-Même

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Presents the energy and fierce intellect of the well-known 20th century philosopher, Michel Foucault, and introduces us to some of the key elements of his work, while also acknowledging--and even celebrating--its many contradictions.
Online
2014
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Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class

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Acclaimed journalist Bob Herbert details the harsh and often brutal discrimination that has made it extremely difficult for African-Americans to establish a middle-class standard of living. Dramatic historical footage and deeply-moving personal interviews explore the often heroic efforts of black families to pursue the American dream despite the obstacles and setbacks that have emerged nonstop from the Jim Crow era through the devastation of the Great Recession.
Online
2016
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Nostalgia de la Luz

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Director Patricio Guzman travels to the driest place on earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, where astronomers examine distant galaxies, archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and women dig for the remains of disappeared relatives.
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2016; 2010
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Detroit Unleaded

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A fresh take on boy-meets-girl comedy set in Detroit. Sami (E.J. Assi) runs his immigrant family's gas station with his cousin Mike (Mike Batayeh, "Breaking Bad"), a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. More than just a pit stop for late-night gas and rolling papers, their station is where a steady stream of unforgettable and often hilarious customers flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah (Nada Shouhayib) comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her from behind the bulletproof glass. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi (Steven Soro) will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami, making his shift anything but routine. ​​Made and cast in Detroit, the film stars first-time featu [...]
Online
2012
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How to Let Go of the World: And Love All the Things Climate Can't Change

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In How To Let Go Of The World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change, Oscar-Nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change-- the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can't destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?
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2017; 2016
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Guardians of the Flutes [electronic resource]

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In the mountains of New Guinea live the Sambia people, a war-like tribe whose secret rituals of initiation are aimed at making their warriors courageous and bold. This is a society where roles of men and women are sharply delineated. The male children must undergo a severe initiation in order to become men including thrashing, food and sleep deprivation, and sexual rites.
Online
1996
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Most Likely to Succeed

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"Most Likely To Succeed is a feature-length documentary examining the history of U.S. education, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that engage students, energize teachers, and lead to deep, retained learning. MLTS premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection of more than two dozen festivals. To date, Most Likely To Succeed has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change."--Publisher.
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2017; 2015
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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

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Chronicle of activist Jane Jacobs' battle with developers who threatened to demolish NYC's most historic neighborhoods and a lesson in the power of the average person to push back.
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2016
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Class of '27: A New Generation in Three Forgotten Places

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Three diverse filmmaking teams set out across rural America to explore the lives of our youngest citizens and tell their stories of daily struggles in low-income communities. The struggles and triumps of families as they guide their children to become the graduates of the Class of '27.
Visual MaterialsOnline
2017
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Place Without People

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A Place Without People: Tanzania tells the story of the eviction of the indigenous people from their lands in Tanzania, to make way for the creation of the world's most famous nature reserves. In Tanzania, one of the poorest nations in the world, the government, the tourist industry and conservation organizations have advanced the idea that Africans are intruders into what was once a pristine Garden of Eden. The film describes how before World War II the land of the Maasai was seized by British colonialists to set aside for their own sport -- hunting. But as game grew scarce, the British realized they should preserve it and the Serengeti was turned into a vast national park in the 1950's and '60's. This land, possibly the longest-inhabited place on earth, was labelled a 'primordial w [...]
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2009
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A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet

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Divided into five "acts" (Conservation -- Pollution -- Alternatives -- Going global -- Climate change), the film is an exploration of the environmental movement--grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.
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2012
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Chicago Boys

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In the middle of the Cold War, the University of Chicago gave scholarships to a group of Chilean students to study economics under the teachings of Milton Friedman. Twenty years later, during Pinochet's dictatorship, they changed the destiny of Chile. This insightful documentary, narrated by the Chicago Boys themselves, brings a retrospective look that helps to understand the present and questions the idea of 'the end justifies the means.'
Online
2017; 2015
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Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities

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As college tuition skyrockets and student debt explodes, a powerful new documentary reveals a nationwide fight for control of the heart, soul and finances of America's public universities. STARVING THE BEAST tells the story of a potent one-two punch roiling public higher education right now: 35 years of systematic defunding and a well financed market oriented reform effort. It's the story of a little known and misunderstood ideological fight, the outcome of which will change the future of public higher education. The film reveals an historic philosophical shift that reframes public higher education as a 'value proposition' to be borne by the student as a consumer, rather than an investment in citizens as a 'public good'. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to pro [...]
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2017; 2016
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The Kaiser's Lackey =: Der Untertan

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Satire about Diederich Hessling, a weakling of the lower middle class, who rises in the world by obsequiously deferring to those above him and brutally tyrannizing those of lower station.
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2016; 1951
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The Mask You Live in

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The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become "real" men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the "boy crisis" and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates h [...]
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2015
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Designing Healthy Communities: Searching for Shangri-la

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Dr. Jackson searches past and present America for healthy, sustainable communities of all sizes and shapes that can serve as models for the rest of the nation. His journey takes him to Roseto, PA, Prairie Crossing, IL, New York City, Charleston, SC, and the forgotten 1960s urban renewal project of Lafayette Park in Detroit, MI, the brainchild of 4 men, including visionary architect, Mies van der Rohe. Also included are walkability expert, Dan Burden, and the 1960s, humorous but insightful, candid camera- style studies of people in public spaces by William Holly White.
Online
2015; 2012
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S21: Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

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In 1975-79, almost two million Cambodians lost their lives to murder and famine when the Khmer Rouge forced the urban population into the countryside to fulfill their ideal of an agrarian utopia. The notorious detention center code-named 'S21' was the schoolhouse-turned prison where 17,000 men, women and children were tortured and killed, their "crimes" meticulously documented to justify their execution. In this award-winning documentary and astonishing historical document, survivor Vann Nath confronts his captors, some of whom were as young as 12 years old when they committed their atrocities.
Online
2014; 2003
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When China Met Africa

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Examines China's expanding footprint in Africa through the stories of three people in Zambia: a Chinese farmer, a Chinese multinational's road project manager and Zambia's trade minister.
Online
2017; 2010
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Spirit of Commedia

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In between performances of scenes, the actors discuss the roots of commedia dell'arte; the legacy of Goldoni; the importance of improvisation, rhythm and masked characterization to the success of commedia; and its place in contemporary theater.
Online
2017; 2015