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14 Up [electronic resource]: Japan

Expanding on the Up series produced in Great Britain, which starts with a group of seven-year-olds and revisits them every seven years, the Up: Japan chronicle focuses on 13 youth living in different parts of Japan. In this program, which captures the subjects at age 14, they are asked to talk about their lives, families, and future with the same honesty and frankness displayed in the original British production. Counteracting the percieved homogeneity of Japanese society, the circumstances of these young people are vastly different from each other. Some, such as Eri and Maki, live in politically sensitive areas like Okinawa, near a U.S. military base. Sanae lives near the disputed Kuril Islands, while others like Yoshio and Mitsukatsu carry the heritage of two different ancestral cu [...]
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2000
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21 Up [electronic resource]: U.K.

Hardly the last or least of the Up episodes, this is nevertheless the final one to include all fourteen of the series' original subjects. Charles, ending his participation, has assumed a long-haired look standard for youthful whites of the 1970s, while Symon, impressive in his afro and mustache, idolizes Muhammad Ali. Jackie and Lynn are both married. Sue is single and employed at a travel agency, but a more stark contrast to working-class matrimony comes from Suzy, now an unconcealed enemy of marriage after her parents' divorce. Nick is studying nuclear physics at Oxford. John, for his part, has settled into a comfortable, affable conservatism, which his two upper-class cohorts echo or deflect from scene to scene. Unfortunately for Tony, his ambition to become a jockey did not pan o [...]
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1977
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14 Up in America [electronic resource]

The second installment of the U.S. version of the classic British documentary series, this film updates viewers on the children featured in Age 7 in America. It follows the young subjects seven years later as they come to terms with adolescence, facing new challenges relating to school, violence, financial status, and family and divorce. In Chicago, LeRoy and Kennisha still fear violence and gangs, although Kennisha's family has moved out of the housing project and is enjoying a precariously improved quality of life. In New York, Lucy, Alexis, and Kate still benefit from a privileged lifestyle but it is marked by its own brand of stress and tension. In Los Angeles, Julio is growing up fast - his scenes reveal a young man bent on self-determination and an awareness of the need to "str [...]
Online
1998
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14 Up [electronic resource]: South Africa

Spotlighting the age of 14, this program continues the South African version of the famed British documentary series Up, in which participants are featured every seven years speaking about the society around them. From Capetown to Durban to Soweto, viewers reenter the lives of each youthful subject to learn about his or her goals, dreams, fears, and frustrations. Dramatic political changes have taken place in South Africa since the last episode was filmed, and it is clear that many of these young people are undergoing a transformation as well. Some are rethinking what they believe is possible or impossible in the future. Others are coming to terms with the darkness of the nation's past and their own previous attitudes, as when Willem looks back on his racist comments of seven years a [...]
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1999
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7 Up [electronic resource]: South Africa

As you know, says Bonita, "whites are people too." The 7-year-old daughter of a Zulu chief in rural Natal, she beguiles the camera with quiet authority: "You see, there is only one difference between us. They speak English and we speak Zulu." Bonita is one of 19 children featured in this South African version of the famed British documentary 7 Up, in which young participants speak from their hearts about the society around them. Luyanda and Andiswa live in a hostel for migrant workers near Capetown. Lunga attends a "mixed" school in Durban and lionizes Nelson Mandela. With only a squatter camp in Soweto to call home, Thembasile and her grandmother subsist without electricity or running water. And what of the white children in the group? Their attitudes are often a far cry from Bonita [...]
Online
1992
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Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 7 Up

Shot two years prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, this program emulates the 7 Up documentary model in which a group of children reveal their thoughts and feelings on camera. The Russian participants introduced here include Anton, a Moscow boy who precociously foreshadows a coup in his nation's political future; twins Stas and Dennis who live in an industrial suburb of Leningrad, now St Petersburg; Asya, also a Leningrad citizen, who shares a small apartment with her mother and grandparents; Tanya, who laments the lack of retail choices in her country and whose mouth waters, almost literally, over a Western mail-order catalog; Almaz, who lives in a factory workers' hostel in the capital of Kyrgyzstan; Rita, who dwells on the shore of the largest freshwater lake in the world; a [...]
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1991
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Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 14 Up

Brokenhearted, twins Stas and Dennis have lost their father. Following a modest funeral, which their mother could only arrange by borrowing money, they allow their feelings to seep out tearfully for the camera. Rita's village has become a tourist attraction and her father runs a pleasure boat for out-of-town visitors. She is also hospitalized for an illness that no one seems willing to discuss. And Andrei has moved to the United States, having been adopted by an American family. Somewhat mischievously, he shows off his toy bird cage - a possible metaphor for his new situation, although his homesickness isn't immediately apparent. Such are the post-Soviet-era stories running through this installment in the Russian version of the Up chronicles. Thanks to interwoven archival footage, vi [...]
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1998
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21 Up [electronic resource]: Japan

Modeled on the Up series produced in the United Kingdom, which begins with a group of seven-year-olds and revisits them every seven years, the Up: Japan chronicle focuses on 13 youth living in different parts of Japan. In this program, which rejoins the participants at age 21, they are asked to talk about their lives, families, and future with the same honesty and frankness displayed in the original British production. Contradicting the perceived homogeneity of Japanese society, the circumstances of these young adults are vastly different from each other. Some, such as Eri and Maki, live in politically sensitive areas like Okinawa, near a U.S. military base. Sanae lives near the disputed Kuril Islands, while others like Yoshio and Mitsukatsu carry the heritage of two different ancest [...]
Online
2007
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28 Up Part 2 [electronic resource]: U.K.

After three previous installments, each one covering a particular stage of human growth and development, the Up series turned age 28 into an epochal study - one that required three separate parts in order to tell its ongoing stories. This film, the second portion of 28 Up, focuses on several participants as they reflect on their current situations in life. Career obstacles, financial challenges, and the complexities of personal relationships - those that thrive as well as those that have been neglected or broken apart - become, in each unflinching scene, the stuff of riveting documentary cinema. As with all Up episodes produced after the first one, the program includes plenty of footage taken from earlier years so that viewers can easily compare the different stages.
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1984; 2013
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28 Up Part 3 [electronic resource]: U.K.

After three previous installments, each one covering a particular stage of human growth and development, the Up series turned age 28 into an epochal study - one that required three separate parts in order to tell its ongoing stories. This film, the third portion of 28 Up, focuses on several participants as they reflect on their current situations in life. Career obstacles, financial challenges, and the complexities of personal relationships - those that thrive as well as those that have been neglected or broken apart - become, in each unflinching scene, the stuff of riveting documentary cinema. As with all Up episodes produced after the first one, the program includes plenty of footage taken from earlier years so that viewers can easily compare the different stages.
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1984; 2013
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35 Up [electronic resource]: U.K.

In this program, the longitudinal Up series offers an in-depth look at its participants at age 35. John appears with his wife alongside him, while touting a new promotional goal of bringing aid to Bulgaria, his mother's birthplace. Ostensibly a worthwhile and charitable cause, his project nevertheless raised questions about the purpose of his involvement in the film. Tony's segment, also filmed with his wife, features more down-to-earth topics; the former boisterous youngster is now in the early phase of middle age and speaks with astounding frankness about his infidelities and family life. Of the three working-class women, only Lynn is still married, while Sue and Jackie have both divorced and Jackie, now a bartender, has a son from an unmarried relationship. Andrew has two sons, Ne [...]
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1991; 2013
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42 Up [electronic resource]: U.K.

Now firmly in midlife territory, the Up series depicts the daily and long-term challenges its participants face at age 42. Do they even remotely resemble the youngsters of 7 Up, or are those wide-eyed children unrecognizable now? Did the Jesuit maxim on which the series was founded - Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man - prove baseless, too speculative, or does it have some merit? Viewers can judge for themselves as Symon talks about his mother's passing and how he regrets his lack of career ambition...as Tony's family leaves the East End for middle-class suburban environs...and as Jackie reflects on having more children out of wedlock and being dependent on her former mother-in-law. Nick has found success in America, although probably not to the extent th [...]
Online
1998
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Shawn Achor - the Happy Secret to Better Work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining TEDTalk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Susan Cain - the Power of Introverts

In a culture where being social and outgoing are highly prized, it can be difficult - even shameful - to be an introvert. But as Susan Cain argues in this passionate TEDTalk, the quiet and contemplative bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Amy Cuddy - Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Body language affects how others see us - and it may also change how we see ourselves. In this TEDTalk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" - standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident - can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Matt Killingsworth - Want to Be Happier? Stay in the Moment

When are humans most happy? To gather data on that question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, which he discusses in this TEDTalk. Among the surprising results: we're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: the more our minds wander, the less happy we may be.
Online
2012
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Face Value [electronic resource]

Dr. John Marsden examines how the way we look affects the way we think about ourselves and others. This episode begins with Sam, a woman in her late 20s who is obsessed with her wrinkles. She undertakes an experiment to find out whether antiaging creams really hold promise. Stand-up comedian Dan feels that life is too short to spend time grooming himself. He undergoes a total makeover and makes use of a full range of male products for a few weeks. Gary is in the sorry situation of being a hairdresser who is losing his hair. Dr. Marsden takes him to a leading trichologist to discover whether there is anything he can do to prevent it from falling out.
Online
2004
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Generation Exile [electronic resource]

When Rodrigo Dorfman was six years old, he was forced into exile because of the revolutionary activities of his father, Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. Now, 35 years later, Rodrigo Dorfman weaves his experience of exile through the eyes of four women: a Taiwanese pianist haunted by nightmares of her past; an Afro-Caribbean whirling dervish on a pilgrimage to Turkey; a Latina artist mourning the destruction of her community; and a young American woman caught in a web of spiritual abuse. Spanning four continents and a hundred years of personal history, Generation Exile is a meditation on our search for identity in a world full of pain and wonder.
Online
2010
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Generation Exile [electronic resource]

When Rodrigo Dorfman was six years old, he was forced into exile because of the revolutionary activities of his father, Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. Now, 35 years later, Rodrigo Dorfman weaves his experience of exile through the eyes of four women: a Taiwanese pianist haunted by nightmares of her past; an Afro-Caribbean whirling dervish on a pilgrimage to Turkey; a Latina artist mourning the destruction of her community; and a young American woman caught in a web of spiritual abuse. Spanning four continents and a hundred years of personal history, Generation Exile is a meditation on our search for identity in a world full of pain and wonder.
Online
2010
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Many Happy Returns [electronic resource]

This documentary focuses on extraordinary stories of reincarnation. Research has revealed that the strongest evidence for reincarnation comes from interviewing children from ages three to five. The program introduces two normal children-one in England, one in India-who can vividly remember aspects of their previous lives. Their accounts have been investigated, and the details have checked out. These remarkable findings are among many such cases of children living in different parts of the world who have astounded adults with their detailed accounts of previous lives.
Online
1990