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East la Interchange

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"East LA Interchange tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and California planners, this quintessential immigrant neighborhood survived racially restrictive housing covenants, Japanese-American Internment, Federal redlining policies, lack of political representation, and the building of the largest and busiest freeway interchange system in the nation, the East L.A. Interchange. The documentary explores how the freeways -- a symbol of Los Angeles ingrained in America's popular imagination -- impact Boyle Heights' residents: literally, as an environmental hazard and structural blockade and figuratively, as a conversational interchange about why the future of their belove [...]
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Performing the Border

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"Set in Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble equipment across the border from El Paso, Texas, this work investigates the growing impact of the global economy on Mexican women who live and work in the area. The video explores the sexualization of the border through labor division, prostitution, the expression of female desires in the entertainment industry, and sexual violence in the public sphere..."--Container.
DVD
1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Deserts [electronic resource]: Global Environments

Global warming is bad news - unless, of course, you're accustomed to life in the desert. Arid environments, which already cover one third of the Earth's land mass, are growing at an alarming rate, which means that they could conceivably become the new normal. In the next few decades, up to 35 percent of the world's terrain faces desertification with the lives and livelihoods of millions, if not billions, in jeopardy. Examining the dramatic changes in store for our planet, this program looks at what the global community should be doing to prepare, what actions are currently being taken, and how cultures which have thrived for centuries in extremely dry locations are passing on a range of skills and traditions designed to help cope with the "arid" life. Can this undervalued knowledge e [...]
Online
2007
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Jonas Eliasson - How to Solve Traffic Jams

It's an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city: road congestion, especially during rush hours. In this TEDTalk, transportation specialist Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Paul Gilding - the Earth Is Full

Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Writer/activist Paul Gilding suggests that we have - and the possibility of devastating consequences - in a TEDTalk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Eduardo Paes - the 4 Commandments of Cities

Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million. In this TEDTalk, he shares four big ideas about leading Rio - and all cities - into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city "smarter." Paes's mission? To ensure that Rio's renaissance creates a positive legacy for all its citizens.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Tristram Stuary - the Global Food Waste Scandal

Western countries throw out nearly half of their food - not because it's inedible, but because it doesn't look appealing. In this TEDTalk, author and activist Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Daphne Bavelier - Your Brain on Video Games

How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Watch this TEDTalk featuring cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games-even action-packed shooter games-can help us learn, focus, and, fascinatingly, multitask.
Online
2012
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This Space Available [electronic resource]: Outdoor Advertising and the Fight Against Visual Pollution

With billboards choking cityscapes around the world, a global grassroots movement has sprouted that is uniting concerned citizens with visionary politicians, enlightened business leaders, and outraged street artists in a fight against visual pollution. This Space Available explores efforts to reclaim commercially usurped public spaces as it takes an incisive look at the differences between the Baby Boomer generation, which spawned the excess in advertising, and today's young adults-the most marketed-to generation in history. Complex issues of economics, urban development, public space, aesthetics, and more are confronted as the documentary grapples with the question of who public space is for.
Online
2011
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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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Istanbul [electronic resource]

Every week, over one million people around the world move from the country to the city in search of better jobs, education, infrastructure and resources. But can all those dreams come true? "Urban Future" is a voyage of discovery through the mega-cities of our new millennium, showing how people take initiatives to improve their lives and launch projects to shape their homes and neighborhoods.
Online
2013
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Cape Town [electronic resource]

Every week, over one million people around the world move from the country to the city in search of better jobs, education, infrastructure and resources. But can all those dreams come true? "Urban Future" is a voyage of discovery through the megacities of our new millennium, showing how people take initiatives to improve their lives and launch projects to shape their homes and neighborhoods. In this episode, learn how grassroots community projects are helping overcome racial and economic barriers in Cape Town.
Online
2013
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The Open Frame: Two Stories and a City

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Two related short films by students of A.J. Kidwai Mass Communication Research Center, for Jamia Milia Islamia. Road less travelled, by Salma Siddique and Danish Siddique, focuses on the ridge area in North Delhi, and examines the many areas enveloped in it. On the verge, by Shruti Nagpal and Sonali Sharma, looks at the threat to the delicate balance between the different bio-diversities that exist in the city of Delhi, against the backdrop of its metamorphosis into a concrete jungle.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Suburban America [electronic resource]: Problems & Promise

Filmed in a wide range of suburban and metropolitan areas around the United States, this program presents a dynamic and thought-provoking exploration of American suburbia, including its genesis and history, its dramatic political and social evolution, and its developmental challenges. Viewers are guided through specific issues facing the nation's suburban landscape, including problems in infrastructure, transportation, housing, economic development, environmental sustainability, and community revitalization. Interviews with leading policy experts offer remarkable insight into the grey areas that separate - or connect, depending on one's point of view - America's cities and rural regions.
Online
2011
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Aging Populations [electronic resource]: East Devon

Like many economically developed countries the U. K. is home to a rapidly growing number of people over the age of 50. What are the social changes behind this trend, and what are its implications? The issues surrounding an aging population are examined in this program, using East Devon in the U. K. as a case study. The video addresses the strain on health care, special housing, and transportation services from a segment of the population that contributes little in tax revenue-but it also shows how East Devon is meeting the challenge of supporting its seniors, and some unexpected ways in which elderly retirees are contributing to the local economy.
Online
2005
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Sumatra [electronic resource]: Paper Tiger-a Deforestation Crisis

Having witnessed land-clearing firsthand in Africa and South America, tropical biologist Bill Laurance thought he had seen everything-the worst that deforestation has to offer. But, as he explains in this eye-opening program, what has been allowed to happen on the Indonesian island of Sumatra amounts to "ecological Armageddon." In addition to Laurance's testimonial on the size and scale of forest removal, viewers also learn about aggressive land-acquisition tactics used by palm oil and paper-producing corporations and the impact on local communities dependent on small-scale agriculture. The fate of endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger is also discussed in the context of extreme, and potentially irreversible, habitat destruction.
Online
2011
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Berlin [electronic resource]: Metropolis of Vice-Legendary Sin Cities

During the Weimar Republic, Berlin was a cauldron of hedonism; uncensored and untiring, the city indulged in every form of sex. And just as Berlin was open-minded toward all things erotic, it was also tolerant toward avant-garde artistic expression, liberal political dialogue, and wide-ranging scientific inquiry. In tracing the sociopolitical history of the era, this program spotlights key figures of those heady times, including Claire Waldoff, Marlene Dietrich, Anita Berber, Magnus Hirschfeld, Christopher Isherwood, Rudolf and Speedy Schlichter, George Grosz, Bertolt Brecht, and Kurt Weill. In addition, insightful commentary is provided by authors Anton Gill (A Dance Between Flames: Berlin Between the Wars), Alexandra Richie (Faust's Metropolis: A History of Berlin), Mel Gordon (Vol [...]
Online
2005