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The Topdog diaries Looks behind the scenes at the development of the Tony-nominated play Topdog/Underdog about the sibling rivalry between two orphaned brothers who choose radically different lives. Includes behind the scenes footage of rehearsals and coverage of Topdog/Underdog in performance. Also examines the career of Suzan-Lori Parks, and provides an inside look at the creative process and the challenges, opportunities and personal milestones that Parks encounters over the two years leading up to the play's production.
India's daughter "The powerful story of the 2012, brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus of a 23 year old medical student, who later died from her injuries. BAFTA winning filmmaker Leslee Udwin, herself a victim of rape, went to India inspired by the protests against sexual assault. With an all Indian crew, Udwin got exclusive, first time on camera interviews with the rapists and defense attorney. An impassioned plea for change, India's daughter pays tribute to a remarkable and inspiring young woman and explores the compelling human stories behind the incident and the political ramifications throughout India"--Distributor website.
Finding Fela Fela Anikulapo-Kuti created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, a combination of jazz, funk, and Nigerian percussion styles. It was also a political force, a propulsive delivery system of Fela's revolutionary ideas, pitched against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a tilt towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan-Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela's music and message endure today.
Black, bold & beautiful Explores the importance of various hairstyles of African American women and how these styles define the personal identity of each woman., "Afros, braids or corn rows--hairstyles have always carried a social message, and few issues cause as many battles between black parents and their daughters. To 'relax' one's hair into straight tresses or to leave it 'natural' inevitably raises questions of conformity and rebellion, pride and identity. Today, trend-setting teens happily reinvent themselves on a daily basis, while career women strive for the right 'professional' image, and other women go 'natural' as a symbol of comfort in their Blackness. Filmmaker Nadine Valcin meets a diverse group of black women who reveal how their hairstyles relate to their lives and life choices"--Publisher's [...]
The day the Mesozoic died "The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. ... Representing a rare instance with which many different scientific disciplines--geology, physics, biology, chemistry, paleontology--contributed to a revolutionary theory, the film is intended for students in all science classes"--Container excerpt.
Amazing Earth collection Amazing Earth is a collection of four episodes that will take the viewer on a spectacular journey to places no one has ever seen, and offer experiences that can only be imagined. See the violent upheavals of the Earth's geography, and travel from the highest peaks to the red-hot center of the planet. Crawl into spectacular caves, including terrain on which no human has ever tread. Face the extremes the future could hold, from a vanishing rainforest to the eye of a hurricane.
In the path of a killer volcano Program waits with a group of geologists as they monitor the signs from Mount Pinatubo and examines the methods volcanologists use to make their predictions. Then, stick around with the scientists who remain behind when the Philippines' Mount Pinatubo erupts and see astonishing footage of the world's largest volcanic eruption in 80 years.
Franz Boas, 1858-1942 Profile of the German physicist who was responsible for shaping the course of American anthropology, by bringing discipline and order to a field that had previously dealt in subjective "race classification." Includes reflections and anecdotes by scholars and students, excerpts from journals and letters, and archival photographs. Discusses the Kwakiutl Indians, the principal subjects of Boas' field work.
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Gasland A sequel to the documentary Gasland, Gasland, Part II continues filmmaker Josh Fox's exploration of the dangers of the process of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking", chronicling the spread of the practice further in the U.S. as well as in 32 countries worldwide.
I never promised you a rose garden The filmmakers visited David Toop in his home in the northern part of London, and listened to music for several days. The film asks: Does music have any limits? What is music?
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.
Super trash "Martin returns his childhood place. He has now been buried by a huge open dump. Martin decides to settle and live in this world of garbage, punctuated by the forth back and forth dances of trucks and bulldozers leveling and discharging waste. For days and months, Martin will mark his place in an unbearable universe seemingly driving to madness. He feeds himself with the trash. He bathes into the river each daily, like a step back to the primitive world. He looks after animals trapped in the hellhole, and surfs on giant wave generated by the trash. Nothing looking for exposure such pointing fingers at one other, Martin simply tries, in this film, a desperate effort to make a metaphor for our world, minus the guilt. Martin won't accept this universe that has been imposed, he wants to [...]
The kingdom of dreams and madness A look inside the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli. Follows director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and director Isao Takahata for a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki's The Wind Rises and Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.