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1.

Anthony Shaffer's the Wicker Man

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When a young girl mysteriously disappears, Police Sergeant Howie travels to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But this pastoral community, led by the strange Lord Summerisle, is not what it seems.
DVDBlu-Ray
2014; 1974
Clemons (Stacks)
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They Are We

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They are we is the story of a remarkable reunion that takes place 170 or so years after a family was driven apart by the ravages of the transatlantic slave trade. In Central Cuba, proud members of the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, have kept their unique heritage alive. Incredibly, through decades of brutal enslavement, independence wars, and then the denying of all religions after the revolution, they have retained a collection of distinct songs and dances that one of their ancestors brought from Africa as a slave. Each December 17th they still perform them at the San Lazaro ceremony. After a chance discovery while working in West Africa, director Emma Christopher spent two years showing a film of the Gangá-Longobá songs and dances to several thousand people acros [...]
DVD
2015; 2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Samsara

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Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, it explores the wonders of the world from sacred grounds to industrial sites, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man's spirituality and the human experience. Photographed entirely in 70mm and transferred to 4K digital projection format, its mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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Into Great Silence: Le Grand Silence = Die Grosse Stille

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The Grande Chartreuse, considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries is based in the French Alps. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back with him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months - filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals, and rare outdoor excursions.
DVD
2007; 2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth With Bill Moyers

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Interview and documentary on myths and religions and how they have unified man through time.
DVD
2001; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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Legong: Dance of the Virgins

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"On the day of the temple feast of Tampaksiring, Poutou, a young maiden who performs the legong, the dance of the virgins at the sacred temple, meets Nyong, a carefree youth from Northern Bali."--Container.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ritual: Three Portraits of Jewish Life

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Explores Jewish rituals and ceremonies, focusing on daily prayer, circumcision, and building a sukkah.
VHS
1997; 1990
Ivy (By Request)
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The Eleven Powers (Bali)

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This film records the most spectacular sacred ceremony of the Balinese people. The Eka Dasa Rudra, or Festival of the 11 Powers, was held by order of the high priests to restore the balance between good and evil in the universe. The entire Balinese population of two million participated. In Bali, religion governs all aspects of life. A complex synthesis of Buddhism, animism, Sivaism and Hinduism, its rituals go back to the dawn of time. The film captures the sight and sound of this richly textured event.
Online
1980
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Female Circumcision [electronic resource]: Human Rites

This program documents the ritual of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, practiced among some African groups; explores its roots in myth; and discusses movements under way to ban the practice. Interviews with anti-circumcision activists, including medical personnel, describe the health ramifications, including hemorrhage, infection, and painful sex. Victims discuss both the physical and emotional pain of circumcision, and both males and females discuss why they support or reject circumcision as a valid cultural practice. Graphic scenes of an actual female circumcision are shown.
Online
2005; 1998
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Introduction and Sacred Space [electronic resource]

This program discusses the mixture of faiths that abound in Indianapolis, and the importance of sacred space to each denomination. Martin E. Marty, of the University of Chicago Divinity School, defines sacred space as a place where individuals experience a sense of the spiritual events relevant to their faith. Visiting several places of worship about the city, we learn how size, decoration (or lack of it), and location confirm the faith's place in history and express the cultural values of its members.
Online
2007; 1998
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Death and Dying in Varanasi [electronic resource]

Situated by the bank of the holy Ganges, Varanasi, also known as Kashi and Benares, is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Founded approximately 3,000 years ago, the city is the religious and cultural capital of India-considered by many to be the holiest place on earth. Every year Hindus in great number go there to die, believing that cremation in that place of renewal provides an immediate entry to heaven. Shot on location, this program celebrates life and death, examines the Hindu beliefs and rituals about life and death, and discusses how these forces have sustained Varanasi through history.
Online
2006; 2002
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A Living Goddess in Kathmandu [electronic resource]

The Kumari, a flesh-and-blood goddess, is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal as a protector of the land and defender of all living beings. This program traces the mythological underpinnings of the Kumari and presents the living tradition of Kumari worship, including the Kumari selection, the secret preparation rituals, and Kumari-related festivals and ceremonies. It also discusses the relationship between the Kumari and the king.
Online
2006; 2002
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Religions of the Book [electronic resource]: Women Serving Religion

One of the most visible issues facing Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is the role of women serving religion. Because of religious and cultural conditioning in the past, women in all three religions have experienced limited roles. Today, though, their voices are being heard. This program traces women's roles in religious tradition and what it means to be a woman in these three religions today. The program also explores the cultural influences of feminism upon religious tradition and the beliefs regarding the ordination of women.
Online
2006; 1991
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Sacred Journey and Conclusion [electronic resource]

This program examines the ancient significance of sacred journeys, or pilgrimages, and why individuals undertake them. Pilgrimages are encouraged and even required by many religions. All able Muslims must go to Mecca at least once during their lifetime. Both Jews and Christians are drawn to Jerusalem. Catholics visit Rome and shrines where miracles have taken place. Mormons journey to Salt Lake City. In Indianapolis, members of the Church Federation Prayer Vigil Network "journey" to places in the community where a murder has taken place, to say prayers and bring healing to the community. A pilgrimage to Auschwitz provides a journey of unsurpassed impact for two Holocaust survivors from Indianapolis.
Online
2007; 1998
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Sacred Memory [electronic resource]

Sacred memory forms the infrastructure of most faiths. This program examines these memories in several major religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. The path of religious memory is traced to special holy days such as Ramadan in the Muslim religion, and Christmas and Easter for Christians. The celebration of the birth and teachings of Buddha and those of important gods in Hinduism are discussed as intrinsic to the religious memory of those faiths. The significance of the Christian liturgical calendar is explained by Martin E. Marty, and the significance of the Islamic calendar as a document that traces the important events in the life of the prophet Mohammed is explained by Sayyid M. Syeed, Ph.D., of the Islamic Society of North America.
Online
2007; 1998
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Sacred Rituals, Sacred Spaces [electronic resource]

This program discusses the significance of rituals, and the necessity for defined sacred space both traditional and nontraditional. Rituals discussed include the Eucharist, or Communion, meditation, and others. The practice of placing the mezuzah at the door of a Jewish home is presented within the context of the home as a sacred space; Buddhist meditation ceremonies are relegated to specific places in the home. And at a community center for East Indians, some space is set aside for religious ceremonies, while the rest is used for secular community activities. The outdoors as a stage for sacred rituals is examined at a Christian Easter sunrise service.
Online
2007; 1998
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Sacred Text and Stories [electronic resource]

This program examines and analyzes the significance of the religious documents of five major religions-the Christian Bible, the Hebrew Torah, the Islamic Koran, the Hindu Vedas, and the Buddhist sutras. Martin E. Marty and Sayyid M. Syeed discuss the similarities among the texts-how the documents keep traditions alive, connect the past to the present, and preserve their religion for future generations. Other stories, such as those that document the lives and teachings of the founding fathers of the Mormon religion, are shown to play important roles in unifying believers.
Online
2007; 1998
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Sacred Time [electronic resource]

In this program, Martin E. Marty, of the University of Chicago Divinity School, examines the difference between secular and spiritual concepts of time. Retreats are described as bodies of concentrated time reserved for spiritual reflection, as distinct from smaller time frames set aside for religious activities, such as meal blessings and morning and evening prayers. The Muslim tradition of designating a specific time of the day for worship is compared to the Judaic/Christian Sabbath tradition. At a Catholic monastery, the entire day is examined as one continuous spiritual time clock. Other time-centered rites such as bar mitzvahs, baptisms, and weddings are discussed.
Online
2007; 1998
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Eight Million Gods [electronic resource]: Japanese Matsuri Festival

This program examines the Japanese matsuri or "summer festival," perhaps the best elucidation of that country's ancient polytheism. Ceremony footage from Tokyo and surrounding areas illustrates various festival activities and explores the Japanese cultural emphasis on community, cooperation, and folk worship. Commentary by Japanese cultural scholar Yoshi Morikatsu, interviews with festival participants, and astonishing crowd scenes of matsuri processions make clear that Japan derives a strong sense of unity from these communal celebratory rituals.
Online
2006; 2002