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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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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Bobby Ghosh - Why Global Jihad Is Losing

Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one internal - a personal struggle to be better - and the other external. A small minority (most recently, Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." In this TEDTalk, Ghosh suggests that now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word.
Online
2012
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Lost Cannibals of Europe [electronic resource]

Cannibalism has long been considered a dark, if isolated occurrence in human history. Now science uncovers an ancient Germanic culture known for systematically consuming its fellow man. Witness the first of the Earth's Neolithic farmers and the burial pit they left behind, found filled with expertly butchered human remains. Archaeologists have never seen anything like it. Is it possible that cannibals are hidden in Europe's ancestral closet? An ongoing investigation into Stone Age farming communities in Germany prompts an excavation 15 miles from the border of France, where fertile topsoil conceals the remains of a culture's gruesome relationship to the human body. A history of mass graves, surgical procedure, human sacrifice, and faith, this film explores the possibility of cannibal [...]
Online
2010
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Nazca Decoded [electronic resource]

The arid desert of southern Peru houses one of mankind's greatest unsolved mysteries. The Nasca Lines comprise at least 15,000 geoglyphs etched into the desert sands: human and animal figures, geometric shapes, and radial lines crisscrossed over wide expanses of desert. The Nasca people flourished here between 200 BC and 700 AD. But the harsh environment led them to take extreme measures in order to survive. In this program, an international team of modern archaeologists led by Markus Reindel and Johnny Isla engages in an unprecedented effort to build a comprehensive, three-dimensional digital model of the lines to answer questions about their construction, chronology, and significance. Excavations in the surrounding mountains led by archaeologist Christina Conlee uncover extraordina [...]
Online
2009
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Voices From the Desert [electronic resource]

Since their discovery, the Dead Sea Scrolls have proven to be among the most important archeological finds ever. Holding a two thousand-year-old incarnation of the Bible and charting the religious and sociological history, the scrolls contain text that supports both Judaism and Christianity. This film examines the events surrounding the find and how the entire world reacted to their discovery.
Online
1998
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Archeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls [electronic resource]

The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in 1947 but the archeological work continues to this day. Consisting of religious text and sectarian manuscripts in several different ancient languages, the question of who wrote the scrolls has yet to be definitively answered. This film explores that question as well as the story told by the scrolls, including the contents of one of the scrolls, the Rules for the Congregation, which gives the rules for living in the Messianic age.
Online
1998
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The Dalai Lama and the Rituals of Reincarnation [electronic resource]

From supreme religious authority, to god-king, to Manchu pawn, to icon in exile, the role of the Dalai Lama has been in continual flux. In this program, Dr. Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University; the authors of The Last Dalai Lama and Tibetan Nation; His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso; and others investigate the intricate procedure of identifying a reincarnated Dalai Lama against the backdrop of Tibetan power politics and Chinese expansion, carrying the history of the Dalai Lama forward from the birth of Sonam Gyatso's successor to the life in exile of Tibet's 14th spiritual leader.
Online
1999
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Sorcerers of Zaire [electronic resource]

For the rural Chokwe tribe of southwestern Zaire, hardship and starvation are a way of life. The mood in their villages is one of austerity and mystery. To assure that their modest food supply is distributed fairly, the Chokwe use a complex system of reprisals in which sorcerers are hired to resurrect ancestral ghosts to haunt those who hoard goods, causing them illness and death. This program, from the award-winning producers of Healers of Ghana, focuses on four patients and two healers, following them through their traditional medical treatments. The program also observes the rigorous initiation ritual in which masked dancers help prepare boys for manhood.
Online
1993
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Faith Healing [electronic resource]

In an ordinary building in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, something extraordinary is happening. Men and women begin dropping to the floor, writhing, and speaking in tongues. Christian believers all, they have come here in search of healing. Welcome to the headquarters of Global Awakening Ministries, where pastor Randy Clark claims that secular society and mainline churches have denied North Americans the power of the supernatural. Clark is part of a Christian Evangelical healing movement that urges followers to trust in God's power to cure disease and enact everyday miracles.
Online
2009
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Land of the Dogon [electronic resource]: World Heritage in Peril

With its traditional peak-roofed huts nestled along the Cliff of Bandiagara, the Dogon people's homeland looks idyllic, like something from a child's storybook. But the Dogons are facing real-world problems. Fear of al Qaeda keeps tourists away, the younger generation is bored and restless, and precious artifacts are disappearing, though UNESCO has made this part of Mali a World Heritage Site. This extraordinary program immerses viewers in Dogon village life as farmers, tour guides, and elders discuss the challenges of modernization. The film captures Dogon efforts to protect their famed wooden sculptures, with the help of a local museum; in addition, villagers open up about myths and rituals in a land where ancient indigenous beliefs, Islam, and Christianity continue to coexist.
Online
2012
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Lost Mummies of New Guinea [electronic resource]

Embark on an expedition to Papua New Guinea to understand human mummification. Our goal is to find a well-preserved mummy to gain clues into this incredible form of mummification in the tropics. Preserving bodies so their spirits can act as protection for the living, the practice all but died out as missionaries spread Christianity to remote communities in the 1950s. Now, we'll travel to Koke, a native village with an ancient mummy tradition, to learn about their process of mummification and assist with the restoration of an aging mummy. Led by photographer Ulla Lohmann, this film takes an in-depth look at the macabre art of mummification. Plus, discover how bodies can be preserved for decades in the hot and humid climate of the island, and witness the restoration of existing mummies [...]
Online
2010
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The Sacred Groves [electronic resource]

According to Greco-Roman accounts, the Druids performed human sacrifice, believed in reincarnation, and held a high position in Gaulish society. This film investigates the ancient pagan religion that Julius Caesar described as one of the two most important social groups in the region. Since the Druids left no written accounts of themselves, very little is known beyond the stories created by medieval Irish writers?
Online
2000
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From Camelot to Christ [electronic resource]

The slow collapse of the Roman Empire and the departure of Roman troops from Britain in about 410 AD led to the arrival of new cultures which threatened the Celts. This program claims that British king Vortigern invited the Anglo-Saxons into Britain to help defeat the Picts. Whether due to armed conflict or successful migration, Britain was soon under Saxon domination, which continued until the legendary King Arthur defeats them at the Battle of Mount Badon. The Celts are further devastated by the first pandemic of bubonic plague in 541 AD?
Online
2000
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Planet Yoga [electronic resource]

Yoga is the fastest-growing spiritual practice around the world. This documentary explores the dynamic encounter between Western seekers and the Eastern philosophy born centuries ago, transforming both yoga and practitioners. Traveling across three continents, the film examines a collective inward journey during a materialistic era.
Online
2011