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Which Way Home

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A feature documentary that follows unaccompanied child migrants on their journey through Mexico as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year old Hondurans, who are trying to reach their parents in the US. Children like Jose, a 10-year old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and Kevin, a streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the US. As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, this documentary shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States.
Online
2018; 2010
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Beyond Standing Rock

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"Takes a close-up look at the controversy on the front lines of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The film investigates the collision of energy development and tribal rights/sovereignty. BEYOND STANDING ROCK explores these issues through three different tribal stories: The Dakota Access Pipeline (Standing Rock Sioux), the Southern Ute Tribe energy development, and a coalition of tribes in the Four Corners region, fighting for control over the Bears Ears National Monument.."-- www.tugg.com
Online
2017
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Life, Animated

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"A documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ron Suskind. Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? Life, Animated is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. "--From website.
Online
2016
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The Out List [electronic resource]

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The OUT List features a diverse cross-section of accomplished leaders from entertainment, business, sports and public service sharing intimate stories on childhood, understanding gender and sexuality, building careers while out and reflecting on the challenges still facing the LGBT community. Against the backdrop of historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage and financial equality, subjects recall joyous moments of acceptance and romance, along with painful instances of intolerance and discrimination, offering unique modern perspectives on being out in America.
Online
2013
UVA Library (Item is on order)
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Worlds Apart

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This four part series shows how cross-cultural conflicts arise and how they can affect health decisions and outcomes. Discusses language barriers, cultural and religious beliefs, racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and reasons for non-adherence to medications.
Online
2018; 2003
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A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream

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Examines the history of the US eugenics movement and its recent resurrection, which uses false scientific claims and holds that an all-powerful 'gene' determines who is worthy and who is not.
Online
2018; 2017
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The Hunting Ground

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An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice--despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.
DVDOnline
2015
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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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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.
Online
2017; 2015
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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
UVA Library (Item is on order)
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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.
Online
2012
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Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities

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 [...]
Online
2017; 2016
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The Mask You Live in

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 [...]
Online
2015
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Designing Healthy Communities: Searching for Shangri-la

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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Rain in a Dry Land

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Tale of two remarkable families, refugees from the 1991civil war in Somalia, who find new homes in urban America. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace captures the poetry, the humor, and the astonishing resilience of these new Americans as they show us our world through new eyes.
Online
2017; 2006
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Hot Coffee

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Analyzes and discusses so called "frivolous law suits" and the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Discusses several cases and relates each to tort reform in the U.S.
Online
2017; 2011
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Big River: A King Corn Companion

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Following up on their Peabody Award-winning documentary King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis have returned to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has had on the people and places downstream.
Online
2017; 2009
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Affluenza

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A fascinating look at one of the greatest social maladies of our time: overconsumption and materialism. Hosted by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the program explores both the comical and sobering aspects of our consumerism and its enormous impact on families, communities and the environment. With the help of historians and archival film, Affluenza reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prizes thriftiness--with strong beliefs in 'plain living and high thinking'--into the ultimate consumer society.
Online
2017; 1997
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King Corn

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Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney are best friends and ecological activists who met at Yale and learned that their great-grandfathers were from the same small town, Greene, Iowa. Their existential shock at learning that their " ... generation was at risk of having a shorter life span than our parents, and it was because of what we ate" prompts a return to their ancestral home--a farming town of just over 1000 people--to spend a year planting and harvesting an acre of corn. In the course of playing their minuscule part in the burgeoning corn industry, they learn about government subsidies, ammonia fertilizer, massively increased yields, and how the system favors mass production over small family farms. There is also the ubiquity of corn in food, from corn-fed beef to high-fructose syrup that [...]
Online
2017; 2007
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Bell Hooks: Cultural Criticism and Transformation

bell hooks is one of America's most engaging public intellectuals. In this richly illustrated two-part interview, hooks argues that we can acknowledge the impact of media without denying our own agency or the pleasure we derive from popular culture. Rather than ignoring or denying the power of representation, hooks advocates for critically confronting the influence of media in our lives.
Online
2018; 1997