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The Earth Is the Lord's [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This video examines the stories of immigrants who fled to America to escape religious persecution. Included are profiles of Tibetan Tsering, who escaped punishment from Chinese communists; D'vorah and Hirsch Spira, Hasidic Jews who hoped their religious traditions would be preserved in America; and the story of John Ruth, a Mennonite minister and historian, whose ancestor, Hans Landis, was the last of the Anabapist martyrs, and whose death was connected to the immigration of the Amish and Mennonite more than 300 years ago.
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60 min.
9 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 22, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Destination America
  • Introduction: The Earth Is the Lord's (1:26)
  • Tsering Flees Tibet (2:34)
  • Tsering's Life in Tibet (1:36)
  • Tibet's Isolation and Culture (2:55)
  • Chinese Invasion (1:26)
  • Flight (2:47)
  • American Hasidic Jews (2:16)
  • Hasidic Culture (1:23)
  • Development of Hasidism (2:26)
  • Coming to America (1:35)
  • Hasidic Fear of America (1:26)
  • A Rebbe Comes to America (1:22)
  • Rise of the Nazis (2:21)
  • Holocaust in Eastern Europe (2:19)
  • Postwar Hasidic Immigration (2:12)
  • Hasidism in America (1:56)
  • Tibetan Exile Children (1:52)
  • Dharamsala (1:16)
  • Tsering and Family (2:15)
  • Swiss Persecution and Repentance (2:03)
  • Amish, Mennonites and Anabaptists (2:11)
  • Anabaptists and the State (2:12)
  • Hans Landis's Defiance (1:46)
  • Anabaptists Come to Pennsylvania (2:03)
  • Landises in Lancaster (2:13)
  • Epilogue: Tsering's Story (3:32)
  • Credits: The Earth is the Lord's (0:45)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2005.
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  • 44222s Films Media Group
  • 44225 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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