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Women in Japan Introduces six women of diverse ages, backgrounds, occupations and regions of Japan. Each woman has spent a significant part of her life abroad, speaking new languages and adjusting to new places, and each discusses how her experience abroad has affected her identity and beliefs.
Buffet Thanksgiving weekend, Las Vegas: a camera journeys through Sin City's all-you can-eat buffets and finds a kaleidoscope of characters behind the food--from tireless chefs preparing gargantuan bowls of ambrosia, to servers who bus endless plates, to hungry diners in search of a culinary jackpot and a portion of the American dream. All You Can Eat Las Vegas brings the happiness and the sadness of the buffet to light, taking the audience on a wild gastronomic voyage behind the scenes of an all-American binge ritual. Buffet follows the food: from kitchen to cornucopia, table to mouth, waste bin to local farm where 6,000 eager pigs feast on buffet leftovers. All along the consumption chain, a diverse cast of characters share their desires, their weaknesses, their pleasures, and their shame [...]
Quiet rage The Stanford prison experiment was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The experiment was conducted at Stanford University from August 14-20, 1971, by a team of researchers led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo.
Call me Kuchu In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia. But one year into filming and just three weeks after a landmark legal victory, David is brutally murdered. This depicts the last year in the life of a courageous man whose wisdom, achievements and memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates.
Speciesism, the movie Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic "manure lagoons" and coming face-to-face with their owners.
A time for justice Depicts African-Americans' struggle for civil rights in the South, recalling the crises in Montgomery, Little Rock, Birmingham, and Selma and reveals the heroism of the individuals involved. A Time for Justice was directed by the late Charles Guggenheim, a four time Oscar winner. In the film, the voices of activists trace major events of the civil rights movement, from the death of Emmett Till in 1955 to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Grace Guggenheim, the director's daughter, oversaw the restoration of the film, which won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. It was the first Teaching Tolerance film to win an Oscar. - from publisher.
At Berkeley The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system, is also one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. The film, At Berkeley, shows the major aspects of university life, its intellectual and social mission, its obligation to the state and to larger ideas of higher education, as well as illustrates how decisions are made and implemented by the administration in collaboration with its various constituencies.
Muscle Shoals "Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the 'Muscle Shoals sound' and the Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound"--Container.
Feeding frenzy Looks at the food industry's practice of putting high calorie products of low nutritional value on the market, and the marketing campaigns it employs to promote these products.
TV DOCU Cosmos disc 1, 2, 3, 4
Anne Braden Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1963 letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was "eloquent and prophetic." Ostracized as a "red" in the 1950s, she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice advocates. Braden's story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman's life spent in commitment to social justice.
Harry Clarke Harry Clarke, one of Ireland's greatest and most neglected artists, created an often bizarre world in stained glass and book illustration. His work is a heady mix of the beautiful and the grotesque, the ethereal and the demonic. Born into the stained glass profession, Clarke displayed his talents at an early age, and in his short life, he created some dazzling works. As a result, he was in demand from churches all over Ireland, Scotland, and England, as well as Australia and the United States. But Clark s artwork took a dark turn and many of his images were deemed obscene. As his imagination progressively leaned to the grotesque, his decadent work met with resistance. In this revealing film, Clarke's tragic story represents a fascinating collision of Church, State and art and one man [...]
Winds of memory Documentary on the political situation in Guatemala, focused on the indigenous people of Santiago Atitlán. The conflict between the Guerrilla's movement of the Americas and the National Liberation Movement in Guatemala, from the massacre of the "pacification campaign" action of 1981 to the apparent peaceful situation of the present.
Brujo Documentary featuring brujos, or shamans, in curing ceremonies. The film is divided into three sequences. The first is filmed in Guatemala, and shows a shaman curing a woman on whom a spell has been cast. The second sequence is filmed in Mexico and focuses on a Mazatec shaman. The third section, also filmed in Mexico, shows a conversation with a shaman and his attempt to cure the filmmaker, Claudine Viallon, of a migraine.
Forest of bliss A film without voiceover commentary, involves the viewer in an intense encounter with daily life in Benares, India's most holy city, from one sunrise to the next. It looks at specifics, and but also opens itself to larger concerns such as the eternal cycles and metamorphoses of water, earth, flesh wood and fire, wind and the spirit.
DVD Baraka 2001
Baraka Shot in 24 countries on six continents, this film, without narration or dialogue, presents a visual spectacle emphasing religious ritual as well as addressing the human condition and the idea of humanity vis-à-vis nature., Shot in 24 countries on six continents, this film, without narration or dialogue, presents a world-wide odyssey to capture the images which would tell the story of the earth's evolution and of human diversity, interconnectedness and impact on the surrounding world.
Tim's Vermeer Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did seventeenth century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning ten years, his adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, to the north coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.