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Triage [electronic resource]: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

Some call humanitarianism a waste of hope. But as a medical responder to the Rwanda Genocide and the 1992 Somali famine, Dr. James Orbinski has come to a different conclusion. In this program the former head of Doctors Without Borders returns to Africa to reunite with people he saved 15 years earlier, and to reflect on the challenges of his work. The video features powerful footage from Orbinski's aid missions and disturbing, ultimately inspiring stories of the brutality he witnessed while risking his own life to help others. Grappling with the questions of blame and futility at the core of any humanitarian crisis, Orbinski concludes that relief efforts should not be thought of as a panacea, but as a response to one other human being in need.

Sowing Seeds, Reaping Peace [electronic resource]: The World of "Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace is an innovative summer camp founded in the 1990s to teach reconciliation skills to groups of teens from regions in conflict. The camp allows the young people to confront their animosity towards each other through frank discussions about the difficult personal experiences that fuel their prejudice. In this classic program, Israeli and Palestinian teens at a Seeds of Peace camp in Maine find it's harder than they thought it would be to see another's point of view, yet ultimately, friendships are forged. The Seeds of Peace program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012 and has expanded to locations in 27 different countries since this video was filmed.

Worse Than War [electronic resource]: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

Genocide is many things - horrific, tragic, and immoral, among others. But one thing it is not, says political scientist Daniel Goldhagen, is inevitable. In this program, the author of Hitler's Willing Executioners explores the social and psychological factors that have repeatedly pushed stable societies into the insanity of mass killing. In Rwanda, Goldhagen speaks with participants in murder squads that rampaged in 1994 as well as witnesses of those atrocities. In Guatemala, he confronts former President Efraín Ríos Montt, considered by many to be responsible for genocide against indigenous peoples in the 1980s. Interviewees also include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Bosnian leader Haris Silajdzic, who called for intervention against ethnic cleansing in 1992; a [...]

The American Dream

Written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, “The Italian Americans” explores the evolution of the Italian community, from “outsiders” in the late nineteenth viewed with suspicion and mistrust to some of the most prominent leaders of business, politics and the arts today. This film begins in postwar America, when Italian Americans moved to the suburbs and entered the middle-class. But even as crooners such as Frank Sinatra defined cool, they were haunted by accusations of Mafia ties reinforced in the media by Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather.” Over the next decades, Governor Mario Cuomo achieved success; Antonin Scalia became the first Italian American on the Supreme Court, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House [...]
2015; 2014

Surviving Skokie

They survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came to America to put the past behind. For decades they kept their awful memories secret, even from their children. But their silence ended when an uprisingof Neo-Nazisthreatened to march in their quiet village of Skokie, Illinois, “because that is where the Jews are.” Surviving Skokie is an intensely personal documentary by former Skokie resident Eli Adler about the provocative events of the 1970s, their aftermath, his family's horrific experience of the Shoah, and a journey with his father to confront long-suppressed memories. Winner, Audience Award - Mill Valley Film Festival. Winner Best Documentary - Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 206. Winner, Best Documentary - Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, 2016.
2017; 2015

Bill Moyers Journal: Misleading the Public About Iraq / Race and Gender in the Primaries

In What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan charges that the Bush Administration, with the media's help, misled the American public into supporting the invasion of Iraq. In this program, Bill Moyers is joined by award-winning journalists Jonathan Landay and John Walcott and Editor & Publisher's Greg Mitchell to examine issues raised by McClellan's book. Also, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and Ron Walters, director of the African American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland, examine how race and gender have played out in the Democratic presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Broadcast dat [...]
2016; 2008

Black and White Together

This program studies Atlantic City's Project WILL in the larger context of secondary school education in America today. The project, backed by $100,000 in Title I funds, was set up for two six-week periods at the Hotel Traymore on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Here, some 80 students, black and white, engaged in a process of "living and learning." Each of the students checked in to the hotel daily after attending regular high school classes. The goals of the project: an "effort to remove students from totality of their environment;" to foster interracial understanding and learning skills in a relaxed, though structured, atmosphere.
2017; 1969

Out of the Shadows (Part 1)

The series begins at a turning point in American history: the Selma marches and Watts riots that marked a new phase in the black struggle. Gates explores the rising call for Black Power, redefining American culture, politics, and society.
2018; 2016

Move on Up (Part 2)

The second hour dramatizes the diverging paths for African Americans and outbursts of white backlash that emerged in the 1970s and early '80s. Gates explores how African Americans found a new source of hope from the creation of hip-hop.
2018; 2016

Keep Your Head Up (Part 3)

The third hour reveals profound fissures within the country-and within black America-that deepened through the 1980s and '90s, just as African Americans were becoming more visible than ever.
2018; 2016