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Design as a social act "This trilogy of films shows how the social upheavals of the 1960s led to the development of social approaches for designing the built environment. This documentary draws on ten oral history interviews with designers and researchers of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning"--Publisher's website.
KLAUS DVD #1650
Watchers of the sky With his provocative question, 'why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?' Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history. An extraordinary testament to one man's perseverance, this examines the life and legacy of the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide.
I learn America "In America, nearly one in four students is a child of immigration. At the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn public high school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world, five teenagers strive to master English, adapt to families they haven't seen in years, and create a future of their own while coming of age in a new land"--Container.
How to die in Oregon In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether--and when--to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
Treyf "Treyf" means "unkosher" in Yiddish and is sometimes used to label people with nontraditional ways of life, such as lesbians. This documentary is by and about two Jewish lesbians in New York who met and fell in love at a Passover seder. The filmmakers examine the impact of their Jewish identities on their lives through personal narration, real and imagined educational films, and imagery. Over the course of the film, they weave their way from New York to Jerusalem in pursuit of a progressive, secular Jewish identity that draws from their childhood reminiscences as much as from their contemporary queer lives.
After Tiller "AFTER TILLER intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have created a moving and unique exploration of one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they've done so in an informative, thought-provoking, and compassionate way." - from Oscilloscope Laboratories website.
KLAUS DVD #1626
Portrait of Jason This portrait of Jason Holliday, a black gay prostitute who dreams of a career as a nightclub performer, is drawn from twelve consecutive hours of filming in a New York City apartment., As he reminisces about his life, Holliday discusses his homosexuality and the gay subcultures in San Francisco and New York. He jokes with the off-screen filmmaker and crew and maintains a sense of humor even as he recalls hustling, heroin addiction, and jail time. Holliday also performs for the camera, impersonating female entertainers and movie personalities such as Mae West, Butterfly McQueen, and Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the wind.
KLAUS DVD #1621
Through a lens darkly Inspired by Deborah Willis's book, Reflections in Black, Through a Lens Darkly, casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris's family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while [...]
KLAUS DVD #1613
Terms and conditions may apply Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies are connected to every website. This film explores the intent hidden within these unread and ignored agreements, and reveals what corporations and governments are legally taking from people and the outrageous consequences that result from clicking "I accept."
KLAUS DVD #1608
Life itself The legacy of Roger Ebert's life, recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
In the land of the totem poles This program explains the reasons why totem poles were carved by the Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest and shows examples of early and contemporary totem poles. It features interviews with numerous Native American artists, illustrations of their art works as seen in public sites, museums, and art galleries, and archival footage and photos of the regions' Native American history. Scenes of potlatch feasts and ceremonial dances reveal how art is seen in Native American culture as an integral part of everyday life.
Ralph Erskine Chronicles the life and work of British born architect Ralph Erskine, with particular emphasis on development of his unique brand of socially oriented architecture. This tape visits many of the projects, including a student center/library in Sweden, designed by Erskine during his forty year career. Filmed in Sweden, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Maggie growls Portrait of Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995) who founded the Gray Panthers in 1970 after being forced to retire from a job she loved at age 65. Her outrage and determination fueled a political chain reaction that forever changed the lives of older Americans, repealing mandatory retirement laws and proving that "old" is not a dirty word.
The last angel of history Last angel of history: explores the relationships between Pan-African culture, science fiction, space exploration, and computer technology. Examines science fiction elements in literature and music as metaphors for the Pan-African experience of forced displacement and cultural alienation., Seven songs for Malcolm X: a collection of testimonies, eyewitness accounts, and dramatic reenactments which tell of the life, legacy, loves and losses of Malcolm X.
The new black Documentary that examines how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar -- the black church -- and reveals the Christian right wing's strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
Mrs. Judo "Documents the inspiring life journey of Keiko Fukuda who would defy thousands of years of tradition, choose her own path, and become judo history's only woman to attain the pinnacle 10th degree black belt. Accepting an invitation by judo's founder Jigoro Kano, Fukuda joins the newly formed women's division of the Kodokan in 1934. Over thirty years later, she embarks on a journey to teach judo in the United States. Captured on film, Fukuda returns to her homeland to pay homage to her past and acknowledges her hunble solitary life devoted to the art of judo. Fukuda continued teaching in her San Francisco dojo, until just before her death at 99 years of age."--Container.
Pride of lions Pride of lions presents Sierra Leone in a new light -- the story of what it means for a country and its people brutalized by an 11-year civil war to move beyond their scars. Through personal stories of human suffering, loss, and recovery, woven within a 50-year historical framework, the Sierra Leoneans reveal universal truths about the strength of the human spirit and the power of forgiveness to move us forward. The amputee, boy soldier, doctor, high school principal, student, and agricultural entrepreneur -- each has a unique perspective and a powerful story to tell. Witnessing their ability to overcome inconceivable human atrocities and reclaim their legacy is inspirational for most, but for the two Americans in our story, it has been life changing.
Apocalypse This captivating documentary series takes an in-depth look at the Second World War through the eyes of those who lived through it: the soldiers, the victims, and the political and military leaders. Using archival footage, most of it previously unseen and now colorized, this series provides an intimate and breath-taking examination of history's most devastating war.
Russia & the West Vladimir Putin, after eight years as President of Russia and four more as Prime Minister, is stubbornly holding onto power. He has announced his intention to return as President and declared his party the winner in parliamentary elections that are widely seen as fraudulent. In December, tens of thousands took to the streets in Moscow in the largest protests since Putin came to power. Putin began his career as a KGB officer, but when he became President, he made himself a valued ally of the West. How did he do it? And where did things go wrong with Washington and London? For the first time Putin's top colleagues--and the Western statesmen who eventually clashed with him--tell the inside story of one of the world's most powerful men. -- container.