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2.

Who Owns Water

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"It's a conflict once unthinkable in the deep green South. Three states are locked in battle over the diminishing fresh water that saw Atlanta go from a small town to the largest growing city in the US. Who's in control? It depends on who you talk to. In this stunningly-shot, award-winning documentry film, brothers Michael and David Hanson return to the source of their childhood river and paddle it to the Gulf of Mexico to take you deep into the Water Wars. Everything comes down to one question. whoownswater.org" -- from website
DVD
2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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Running Water 1 [electronic resource]: Rivers, Erosion and Deposition

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Demonstrates that rivers are the most common land feature on Earth and play a vital role in the sculpting of land. Shows landscapes formed by rivers, the various types of rivers, the basic parts of a river, and how characteristics of rivers, their slope, channel, and discharge, erode and build the surrounding terrain. Aspects of flooding are also discussed
Online
1992
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Running Water 2 [electronic resource]: Landform Evolution

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Demonstrates the power of rivers in showing how the Colorado River is powerful enough to have carved the Grand Canyon. Focuses on how such carving takes place over time, looking at erosion and deposition processes as they relate to river characteristics and type of rock. The evolution of rivers is covered, along with efforts to prevent harmful consequences to humans.
Online
1992
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Emigrants [I.E. Immigrants] Landing at Ellis Island

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From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: EMIGRANTS LANDING AT ELLIS ISLAND. Shows a large open barge loaded with people of every nationality who have just arrived from Europe, disembarking at Ellis Island, N.Y.A most interesting and typical scene.; The film opens with a view of the steam ferryboat "William Myers," laden with passengers, approaching a dock at the Ellis Island Immigration Station. The vessel is docked, the gangway is placed, and the immigrant passengers are seen coming up the gangway and onto the dock, where they cross in front of the camera.
FilmOnline
1903
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New York City Dumping Wharf

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The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to the next barge, where four-wheeled carts are shown dumping excavation rubble. Probably filmed on the East River, this is one of several New York City Sanitation Department dumping wharves in operation at the time.
FilmOnline
1903
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Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y.

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This film was photographed from a boat heading south along the eastern shore of Blackwell's Island (known today as Roosevelt Island). The island lies in the East River, between Manhattan (which can be seen in the background) and Long Island City, Queens. It is approximately one and three-quarters of a mile long, extending from 51st Street to 88th, and at the time of the filming was the location for a number of New York City's charitable and penal institutions. The film opens showing the lighthouse at the north end of the island (Hallet's Cove). As the boat enters the east channel of the river, the stacks of a large brewery on Manhattan are visible in the distance. The camera pans along the island's granite seawall (built by inmates of the Penitentiary and Workhouse) and the following [...]
FilmOnline
1903
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Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y.

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The film was photographed from a boat going around Riker's Island. Located on the East River north of Hell Gate between the Bronx and Queens, Riker's Island was the site of a massive New York City landfill operation at the time of the filming (originally eighty-seven acres, by 1939 the size of the island had increased to four hundred acres). The film includes scenes of heavy equipment at work, including pile drivers constructing the seawall and steam shovels unloading rubbish from barges. On one of the steam shovels, a sign reading "Water Front Improvement Co., 220 Broadway, New York" can be distinguished. Near the end of the film, a narrow-gauge steam engine with five open cars loaded with landfill, comes into view. The island is currently the site of a New York City penitentiary.
FilmOnline
1903
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Panorama Water Front and Brooklyn Bridge From East River

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This film depicts the East River shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan starting at about Pier 5 (the New York Central Pier) opposite Broad Street, and extending to the Mallory Line steamship piers just south of Fulton Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. The film begins with shots of canal boats or barges (from the Erie Canal via the Hudson River) docked at and around Coenties Slip. As the film progresses, the New York Produce Exchange located at Bowling Green, Manhattan, with its distinct tower, comes into view in the background. Between here and the Wall Street ferry, there follows in order of appearance: steam tugs, a wooden hull barkentine with box barges alongside, a docked iron hull sailing ship, probably British, an ocean steamer with yards on the foremast, a derrick lighter l [...]
FilmOnline
1903
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Skyscrapers of New York City, From the North River

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Filmed from a moving boat, the film depicts the Hudson River (i.e., North River) shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan beginning around Fulton Street and extending to Castle Garden and Battery Park. It begins at one of the American Line piers (Pier 14 or 15, opposite Fulton Street) where an American Line steamer, either the "New York" or "Paris," is seen docked. The camera passes one of the Manhattan-to-New Jersey commuter ferries to Jersey City or Communipaw. Proceeding south, the distinct double towers of the Park Row, or Syndicate Building, erected in 1897-98, can be seen in the background . A coastal freighter is next, then Trinity Church appears, to the left of which can be seen the Surety Building, as a tug with a "C" on the stack passes in foreground. Several small steamb [...]
FilmOnline
1903
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Journey to Planet Earth: Rivers of Destiny

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Investigates the Mississippi, Amazon, Jordan, and Mekong River systems and how the environmental problems in each area impact the people living along the rivers.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kaveri River [electronic resource]: India

The Kaveri River is among the most sacred rivers of India and revered as Dakshina Ganga, or Ganges of the South. Rising from the hills at Talakaveri in Karnataka, it journeys down into Tamil Nadu through a magnificent series of temple towns, famed for philosophy, art, and music. This program highlights the religious festival of Aadi Perukku, which celebrates the Kaveri's constant rebirth.
Online
2010
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Tonle Sap River [electronic resource]: Cambodia

Cambodia's Tonle Sap River has been critical to the development of the ancient civilization of Angkor and is the floating home of "water-borne" Khmer who have celebrated its cyclical phases for generations in an important festival known as the Bon Om Tuk - a water festival that marks the end of the difficult rainy season and celebrates the coming of the fishing season. It coincides with the full moon of the Buddhist calendar month of Kadeuk.
Online
2010
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Bicol River [electronic resource]: Philippines

The Bicol River in the Philippines is a bastion of transportation, passing through the alluvial and coastal plains of the vast Bicol Valley and flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean. This program explores the eighth largest water basin of the country; 94 kilometers long and 6 meters above sea level, it is coastal flood plain heavily reliant on seasonal monsoon winds which determine the river's tides. Locals celebrate the annual Peñafrancia Festival, a Catholic display of colorful revelries celebrating the Virgin Mary and the many miracles she has granted them. It is a huge water procession, where a statue of the Virgin, or Ina, is transported along the river and witnessed by thousands of Filipinos.
Online
2010
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Lijiang River [electronic resource]: China

China's Li River, or Lijiang, is one of the world's most mystical rivers and certainly among the most picturesque - a perennial source of inspiration for Chinese poets and painters alike. This program highlights the ancient form of cormorant fishing, closely linked to the history of the river where fishermen fish with cormorant birds as their living tools and companions. Locals celebrate the Fishing Lantern Festival with a procession of Chinese lanterns on bamboo rafts driven by cormorant fishermen, culminating in an elaborate fireworks display.
Online
2010
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Mekong River [electronic resource]: Thailand

The Mekong River is deeply revered in Southeast Asia. This program takes a look at the river and the people who live along it. The Mekong has great religious significance for her people - for it is with the blessings of the Naga King, ruler of the Mekong, that their catch is in abundance and their lives are safe from the perils of the unknown when out in the uncertainty of the river. Locals celebrate their reverence for the Naga King through the Okk Pan Saa Festival which culminates in the appearance of the Naga fireballs that surface from the mythical river every year.
Online
2010
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The Red River [electronic resource]: Vietnam

Vietnam's famed water puppet performances originated from the Red River Delta. These performances recall the lifestyle of the Red River people, which is now threatened by the surging Vietnamese economy. This program examines the life of the sand miners who extract sand from the riverbed. For the sand miners, their seemingly simple routine ensures that the riverbed remains deep enough for the passage of bigger trade vessels - and keeps the cost of sand low for the development of their country.
Online
2010
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Mountains, Rivers, and Lakes [electronic resource]

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Scenes of mountains, rivers, and lakes, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1919
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The Mekong River With Sue Perkins: Part 1 [electronic resource]

In this documentary series, Sue Perkins uncovers a region undergoing unprecedented change. As well as tackling hard-hitting social and environmental issues, Sue explores the lighter side of life on South East Asia's largest river, flowing 3,000 miles from the high peaks of the Himalayas through the Tibetan plateau, the canyons of Chinese Yunnan, and Vietnam's vast Mekong Delta. In Part 1, she begins her journey by visiting Vietnam's Cai Rang floating market and learning how the transition to capitalism is affecting rice farmers. In Phnom Penh, she meets a Khmer Rouge regime survivor and learns about a dark chapter in the country's recent past. Finally, she discovers the river's importance to fishing villages on Tonlé Sap Lake, whose ecological balance is under threat by dams upstream.
Online
2015; 2014
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The Mekong River With Sue Perkins: Part 2 [electronic resource]

In this documentary series, Sue Perkins uncovers a region undergoing unprecedented change. As well as tackling hard-hitting social and environmental issues, Sue explores the lighter side of life on South East Asia's largest river, flowing 3,000 miles from the high peaks of the Himalayas through the Tibetan plateau, the canyons of Chinese Yunnan, and Vietnam's vast Mekong Delta. In Part 2, she uncovers animal welfare and conservation efforts in Cambodia, including the Bunong tribe's elephant sanctuary, a wildlife rescue team raiding businesses suspected of selling poached endangered species, and fishermen switching to tourism to save the Irrawaddy dolphin while preserving their own livelihoods. Biodiversity has increased in a forested area protected by a Buddhist hermit, while the Kre [...]
Online
2015; 2014