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SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes in the Rutgers Libraries

Politics and Politicians DVDs

1982, la decisión del presidente 2009?

Luciana Kaplan, Diego Delgado, Alejandro Saevich, Moisés Cosío, Regina Cinta, Fundación Espinosa Rugarcía, Detalle Films, and Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias

Apart from the revolution, Mexico experienced growth without precedents in the 1970's. The economy, industry, education, and social disparity that plagued the nation improved over the better part of 50 years. The problems that occurred at the end of the first years of Luis Echeverria's goverment were overcome when Jose Lopez Portilla took over the presidency, greatly affected by the discovery of oil reserves that rapidly placed the country in a epoch of accelerated growth. Despite such promising results, the government of Lopez Portillo unearthed a terrible economic crisis, culminating in one of the most impactful decisions for the economic and politic life of Modern Mexico: the nationalization of the bank. In 1982, the president's decision, the actors in that moment offer new light about the reasons, the facts, and the consequences of the end of revolutionary nationalism and the beginning of a new era. 1 videodisc (61 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2771


The 800 mile wall 2009

"This documentary highlights the construction of the new border walls along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into the U.S."--Container. 1 videodisc (88 min.)

MEDIA 10-5369


Actores secundarios c2005

Pachi Bustos, Jorge Leiva, René Varas, Enseńanza Media (Firm), and Alerce, La Otra Música (Firm)

Documentary on the history of the student movent of the 1980s which opposed the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. 1 videodisc (81 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2487


An African election 2011

Jarreth J Merz, Erika Tasini, Sheri Yantra Marcacci, Urban Republic (Firm), Cell Film Production (Firm), Amka Films Productions, and Cinema Guild

In 2008, director Jarreth Merz returns to his boyhood home of Ghana to find himself. That all changes when he discovers a country churning with political, social and economic turmoil. Ghana is on the cusp of its presidential election and Merz pulls us with him into the political machine. Following key candidates for three months, he provides an insider's view into the lives of the Ghanaian people and the larger-than-life politicians who will do anything to win. The film beautifully captures the enduring pride of the Ghanaian people, and presents a window into the range of challenges they face. An African election is a powerful and suspenseful documentary, offering a unique story about the struggles of a third world democracy in the global eye. 1 videodisc (87 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3386


African underground democracy in Dakar c2008

Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine, Christopher Moore, Nomadic Wax (Firm), Sol Productions, and Notable Productions (Firm)

"A ground-breaking documentary film about hip-hop, youth and politics in Dakar Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during, and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop's role on the political process. Originally shot as a seven-part documentary mini-series released via the internet, the documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process."--Container. 1 videodisc (ca. 69 min.)

MEDIA 10-2077


Anatomy of violence 2005?

The meeting in London of the Symposium on the Dialectics of Liberation and the Demystification of Violence, organized by R.D.Laing, with Allen Ginsberg, Paul Sweezey, Paul Goodman, Herbert Marcuse, Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X, etc. An important record of the spectrum of leftwing politics and personalities during the turbulent Sixties.  1 videodisc (31 min.)

MEDIA 10-4482


Ask not c2008

Johnny Symons, Leah Wolchok, Persistent Visions, Independent Television Service, and New Day Films

ASK NOT exposes the tangled political battles that led to DADT and examines the societal shifts that have occurred since its 1993 passage. Since the law's implementation, more than 12,000 personnel have been discharged including linguists and others whose skills are critical to military operations. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how the policy has affected them during their tours of duty as they struggle to maintain a double life, uncertain of whom they can trust. The film also explores how gay veterans and youth organizers are turning to activism to challenge DADT. More than 15 years after DADT was passed, scores of retired and active military officers support doing away with it. The film looks at the history of "don't ask, don't tell" and as attitudes change, examines its ramifications for gay and lesbian individuals and for the military itself. 1 videodisc (73 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3452


A Bigger bang for the buck 1989, c1988

For the first time in the nuclear age, Americans were forced to accept that their nuclear advantage was not perpetually assured. The successful Soviet launch of Sputnik led to U.S. fears of a "bomber gap" and later a "missile gap.". 1 videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-5123


The billionaires' tea party 2011

Taki Oldham, Larrikin Films, and Media Education Foundation

From the tea parties to healthcare and climate change, America's conservative citizens revolted against President Obama's reform agenda. But just how real were the roots of this supposedly grassroots uprising? Was it, in fact, an example of 'astroturfing', which is the practice of manufacturing citizens groups for the purpose of delivering corporate messages? Curious to find out, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham  went undercover to investigate. What he found was astroturfing on a scale greater than he could have imagined. This film offers a look at how corporate elites are exploiting the anxieties of ordinary Americans. 1 videodisc (56 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2969


Black Panther miscellany 2001?

Four archival films from the late 1960s presenting the political leaders and activities of the Black Panther Party. 1 videodisc (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-4478


Body & soul Diana & Kathy c2007

Alice Elliott, Diana Braun, Kathy Conour, Simone Pero Audi, Independent Television Service, and New Day Films

The story of the remarkable friendship between Diana Braun, who has Down Syndrome, and Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy. The two met over three decades ago, and have been roommates, friends, and partners in political activism ever since. 1 videodisc (40 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3451


Bolivia partners not masters c2009

Swept to power in 2006 on a wave of social unrest, Bolivian President Evo Morales has vowed to shift the balance of power in favor of his poorest constituents. This program examines the wealth generated from Bolivia's natural resources--precious metals in particular--and highlights Morales' efforts to redirect revenues away from what he sees as neoliberal interests. Noting Morales' indigenous heritage, the film explores the meanings behind his motto "Partners not Masters" and his views on the influence of multinational corporations. It also reveals an ongoing struggle for equality among laborers at the Potosķ silver mine, where male workers often die young--leaving widows and children to subsist in refuse. 1 videodisc (25 min.)

MEDIA 10-4387


Brooklyn matters c2007

Isabel Hill, Marlo Marron, Building History Productions, and New Day Films

"Exposes how, in one community, powerful real estate interests and politicians collaborate to circumvent local laws, seize private property through eminent domain, manipulate public participation and racial politics to push forward what could become the densest development in the United States"--Container. 1 videodisc (50 min., 19 sec.)

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Capital sins 1993

Review of Brazilian economic conditions, politics and government. 1 videocassette (ca. 60 min.)

MEDIA 10-4778


Che rise and fall c2006

Eduardo Montes-Bradley, Barakacine (Firm), and EMB Entertainment (Firm)

The film chronicles the incomparable leader from the crib to the grave; from his early summers in Alta Gracia to his days in Mexico and Sierra Maestra; from his time as a bureaucrat in post-revolutionary Havana to his moments of greatness. 1 videodisc (52 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2774


The contender 2001

Rod Lurie, Marc Frydman, Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, William L Petersen, Philip Baker Hall, Saul Rubinek, Sam Elliott, Dreamworks Pictures, Cinerenta (Firm), Cinecontender (Firm), Battleground Productions, SE8 Group, and DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Firm)

As soon as a woman is nominated to replace the deceased vice president of the USA, her political enemies search in her private life for ways to bring her down. 1 videodisc (127 min.)

MEDIA 10-681


Dawn 1989, c1988

Development of the bomb is traced against the backdrop of World War II. The program concludes with the failure of the first attempts to control atomic weapons after the war. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA 10-5122


Earth days c2010

Robert Stone, Stewart L Udall, Denis Hayes , Stewart Brand, Rusty Schweickart, Michael Giacchino, Jennifer Scelia, WGBH Educational Foundation, Robert Stone Productions, WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.), and PBS Distribution (Firm)

Acclaimed director Robert Stone traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day, and to its status as a major political force in America. Features the pioneers that started it all, never-before-seen archival footage, and more. 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.)

MEDIA 10-2109


El General 2009

Natalia Almada, Daniela Alatorre, Altamura Films, Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting (Firm) , and Women Make Movies (Firm)

Filmmaker Natalia Almada's great-grandfather Plutarco Elias Calles served as a general in the Mexican Revolution and became the president of Mexico in 1924. Today, he is remembered as a dictator who ruled through puppet presidents until his exile in 1936. Inspired by audio recordings Almada inherited from her grandmother about her great-grandfather, the film presents a complex and visually arresting portrait of a family and country living under the shadows of the past. 1 videodisc (85 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3576


El grito de la selva Cry of the forest c2008

Bolivia's first indigenous feature film, Cry of the Forest, is based on true events that led to the indigenous demonstrations of 1990 and 1996, two events that changed the political history of Bolivia forever. 1 videodisc (95 min.)

MEDIA 10-5160


An empire of reason 2010?, c1988

Docudrama recreating the ratification debates on the U.S. Constitution as if they were being covered by today's television news, highlighting the New York convention in July, 1788.  "The premise of the show is simple. What if television had existed in 1788? How would it have covered New York State's debate about whether or not to ratify the U.S. Constitution? With historical figures wearing modern dress and using familiar language, the film allows today's audience to understand firsthand the forces that shaped this country two hundred years ago. The argument, characters, passions and debating points are historically accurate, but the language and the medium of the debate is modern in form. Present day newscasters and commentators play themselves, reporting on the events of the 1780s as though they were occurring now. Each segment of the program is in a format familiar to today's audience -- Walter Cronkite anchoring the nightly news, Al Roker giving the weather report, Forrest Sawyer reporting from the field, William F. Buckley querying his guests, plus a smattering of commercials, etc."--Website. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-5425


Ending welfare as we know it 1998

Roger Weisberg, Meredith Vieira, Public Policy Productions, Inc, WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), and Filmakers Library, inc

Follows six welfare mothers over the course of a year as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform. Concludes that though many welfare recipients are motivated to go to work, many are not landing on their feet and there are no easy answers to the problems of welfare dependency. 1 videodisc (86 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3677


Eugene Debs and the American movement 1978

A biographical sketch of Eugene V. Debs, labor leaders, industrial unionist, and American Socialist. 1 videocassette (44 min.)

MEDIA 10-5302


Even the crows a divided Gujarat 2014

"At a time where the controversial Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, is running to be India's next Prime Minister, Even the crows explores the way in which his politics and Hindu nationalist ideology have polarised Gujarat along religious lines.  Since the anti-Muslim riots that exploded in 2002, the Muslim minority population have been denied justice and marginalised to the ghettos.". 1 videodisc (78 min.)

MEDIA 10-5438


Forbidden voices "Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani S©Lnchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are not frightened of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women stand for a new networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly - putting their lives at great risk. Barbara Miller's film Forbidden Voices accompanies these brave young rebels on their dangerous journey and traces their use of social media like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to denounce and combat the violations of human rights and freedom of speech in their countries - thereby triggering international resonance by building up enormous political pressure. Time Magazine counts them among the world's most influential voices. Based on their moving eyewitness reports and clandestine footage, Forbidden Voices pays homage to their courageous battle"--Container. 1 videodisc (approximately 96 min.)

MEDIA 10-5459


Fragments of a revolution c2011

Goes beyond the headlines and the tweets to tell the story of the protests that swept Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 presidential election. Directed by an anonymous Iranian living in exile, the film brings together clandestinely sent emails, online videos and footage shot by protesters in the midst of demonstrations. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-4272


Freedom summer  2014

In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over ten memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states,  even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death. 1 videodisc (115 min.)

MEDIA 10-5036


FTA c2008

Captures the entertaining magic and mayhem of the anti-war and pro-labor show as it rallies and rouses dissident GIs stationed along the Pacific Rim. A gritty mix of rollicking performances and GI interviews, FTA (i.e. Free the Army) juxtaposes lighthearted political satire with the somber realities of war, occupation, and the absurdities of military life. 1 videodisc (97 min.)

MEDIA 10-5050


Goodbye Mubarak! 2011

"On January 25, 2011, the world was captivated as thousands of protesters flooded Tahrir Square in Cairo, demanding an end to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. But the ground for the protests had been laid in the weeks and months preceding the mass outpouring of opposition. Goodbye Mubarak! takes us to Egypt during the fall of 2010, in the run-up to legislative elections. What we discover is a revolution-in-waiting already simmering under the surface of Egyptian society."--Container. 1 videodisc (72 min.)

MEDIA 10-4160


Hillary Rodham Clinton from Wellesley to the White House 1994

Filmakers Library, inc and Vriens International (Firm)

Using archival footage and photographs, the documentary reveals a little known side of young Hillary, the good-natured and idealistic college student, popular with peers and professors. Her coming of age in the sixties and her metamorphosis from Goldwater supporter to political liberal are discussed with her mentors and fellow students. The video also shows her days as a governor's wife and the transformations she was willing to undergo to appease conservative voters.  Interviews with Pat Buchanan, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, feminist poet and editor of The Nation Katha Pollitt, and others, round out this portrait. 1 videodisc (55 min.)

MEDIA 10-1692


How to start a revolution c2011

How to start a revolution profiles Gene Sharp through interviews with his ally, Retired U.S. Army Colonel Robert Helvey, and key leaders of nonviolent revolutions around the world--all of whom testify to the power of Gene's work in practice. This film shows how one man's thinking has contributed to the liberation of millions of oppressed people living under some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world, and how his work in direct action and civil disobedience continues to be used today to topple dictators using the sheer force of nonviolent people power. 1 videodisc (82 min.)

MEDIA 10-4283


Hoxie the first stand 2003

David Appleby, Julian Bond, Michael Bacon, University of Memphis, and California Newsreel (Firm)

"How many people know that the first battle to implement the Brown vs. Board of Education school desegregation decision was fought in the small, rural town of Hoxie, Arkansas? Or that it became a flashpoint because it offered a peaceful alternative to the bloody Massive Resistance campaigns of the next decade? Hoxie sparked the first deployment of federal agents in support of integration and the first court order overturning state segregation laws. But it also showed that unscrupulous politicians would fan unfounded fears into violent anti-government fury, all to reminiscent of similar movements today." -- Container. Includes interviews with civil rights figures, residents, and historians, and features archival footage and re-enactments of the events described in the film. 1 videodisc (56 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2281


The Hugo Chavez Show 2008

Ofra Bikel, Will Lyman, Hugo Chávez Frías, Teodoro Petkoff, John Lee Anderson, Phil Gunson, Ofra Bikel Productions , WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.), WGBH Educational Foundation, and PBS Home Video

"Frontline looks at Venezuela's controversial and outspoken president, Hugo Chavez, and the revolution he claims is turning his country into an anti-capitalist beacon for Latin America and the world. Through the lens of his unique weekly program "Aló Presidente" and the eyes of the Venezuelans who know him well, Frontline digs below the surface of his presidency and his personality to try to understand the mercurial leader."--Container. 1 videodisc (84 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2799


Image of an assassination a new look at the Zapruder film 1998

Chronicles the history of the Zapruder film that includes interviews with Zapruder's business associates, friends, as well as archivists at the National Archives and the photography experts who made the digital replicas of the original film and multiple versions of the original film. 1 videodisc (45 min.)

MEDIA 10-4277


José Martķ Cuba's herald c2004

Biographical film of the life of José Martķ, 19th century Cuban author and political activist. 1 videodisc (28 min.)

MEDIA 10-3964


The kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt 2003

Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes, Home Box Office (Firm), Cinemax (Firm), and Women Make Movies (Firm)

February 2002, in the midst of her campaign for president, Senator Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. This film follows the candidate up to the moments before her disappearance and continues to tell the riveting story of her family's desperate and continuing quest to free her and keep her campaign alive. 1 videodisc (76 min.)

MEDIA 10-1175


Krik? Krak! tales of a nightmare 2010

A look at the lives of President Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier, who was his successor, and of the repression, poverty, violence, and religious devotion that is faced every day in Haiti. 1 videodisc (78 min.)

MEDIA 10-4559


Lost in detention c2011

Maria Hinojosa, Rick Young, Margaret Ebrahim, Catherine Rentz Pernot, American University (Washington, D.C.), School of Communication, WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.), and Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office. Deportations and detentions have reached record levels. The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment. Now viewers can investigate Obama's enforcement strategies and journey into the secretive world of immigrant detention, while getting a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to them. 1 videodisc (55 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3420


The Loving story c2011

Documentary about the case of Richard & Mildred Loving, a white man & a black woman who were convicted by the state of Virginia for the crime of marrying across racial lines in the late 1950s. 1 videodisc (77 min.)

MEDIA 10-4158


MacArthur 2005

No soldier in modern history has been more admired or more reviled than Douglas MacArthur. A thorough portrait of a complex, imposing and fascinating general. 1 videodisc (224 min.)

MEDIA 10-5093


Maria's story 2010

Catherine M Ryan, Pamela Cohen, Monona Wali, Camino Film Projects, Channel Four (Great Britain), and PM Press (Firm)

Documentary based on life and work of Maria Serrano, leader in the guerrilla movement in El Salvador. Shows Maria teaching guerrillas, and planning and carrying out military attacks on government positions. Contains live film footage of Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (F.M.L.N.) guerrilla forces in action in El Salvador. 1  videodisc (ca. 53 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2277


Millhouse a white comedy c1971

This is one of the most controversial films ever made concerning one who has served in our nation's highest office.  Utilizing filmed sequences from the career of Richard Millhouse Nixon, a comic yet terrifying portrait of the former President is drawn creating a biting political satire. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-3546


Mugabe and the white African 2010

David Pearson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, Andrew Thompson, Lucy Bailey, Jonny Pilcher, and First-Run Features (Firm)

"Family patriarch Mike Campbell is one of the few white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent land seizure program in 2000. Since then the country has descended into chaos, the economy brought to its knees by the reallocation of formerly white-owned farms to Mugabe cronies, who have no knowledge, experience or interest in farming. In 2008, after years of intimidation and threats to his family and farm, Campbell decides to take action. Unable to call upon the protection of any Zimbabwean authorities, he challenges Mugabe before an international court, [the Southern African Development Community Tribunal], charging him and his government with racial discrimination and human rights violations.."-- Publisher's website. 1 videodisc (94 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2443


The myth of the "clash of civilizations" c2002

Edward W Said, Sut Jhally, and Media Education Foundation

"In this important lecture delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Edward Said takes aim at one of the central tenets of recent foreign policy thinking - that conflicts between different and clashing "civilizations" (Western, Islamic, Confucian) characterize the contemporary world. Said argues that collapsing complex, diverse and contradictory groups of people into vast, simplistic abstractions has disastrous consequences. Presenting instead a vision of the "coexistence" of difference, Said concludes with the fundamental challenge that faces humanity at the turn of the millennium"--Container. 1 videodisc (55 min.)

MEDIA 10-1858


No more selections, we want elections!!! 2012

"An unfiltered account of the 2005 Liberian elections seen through the passionate, fearless eyes of the voters."--Container. 1 videodisc (59 min.)

MEDIA 10-4965


La Noche de los bastones largos el futuro intervenido 2003

Tristán Bauer, Carolina Scaglione, Fernando Arca, Juan Palomino, and Universidad Nacional de General San Martín

This documentary is about the event, known as the Night of the Long Batons, that occured on July 29, 1966 when General Juan Carlos Ongania brutally intervened at the University of Buenos Aires. The night would come to signify the historic moment of the University's downfall. The science, architecture, and philosophy departments were particularly affected. Contains historic film footage and photographs of the times and events surrounding the Night of the Long Batons. 1 videodisc (47 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2766


Nostalgia de la luz Nostalgia for the light 2011

Director Patricio Guzman travels to the driest place on earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, where astronomers examine distant galaxies, archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations, and women dig for the remains of disappeared relatives. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-4978


Now let us praise American leftists c2000

Paul Chan, Art Institute of Chicago, and Video Data Bank

Now Let Us Praise American Leftists is an experimental video animation that seeks to eulogize and ridicule the American leftist movement of the past century. Foregrounding the exclusionary nature of American leftist politics, and its persistent refusal to allow more diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation to enter into the larger political daialogue, the video presents representations of American leftists as they are: men with mustaches. Over sixty leftist groups in the history of American leftist politics are represented with different types of mustaches, created using FACES, a computer application used by North American law enforcement agencies to create composite pictures of criminals and suspects for wanted posters. 1 videodisc (216 min.)

MEDIA 10-2065


The other Mexico the sub-commander Marcos is back 2008

Francesca Nava, Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (Mexico), Oyibo Productions (Firm), Telemaco (Firm), and Choices, Inc

Explores the growing popularity of the Zapatista movement and its leader known as "Subcomandante Marcos", who has given a voice to the nation's poor and indigenous people during the controversial 2006 Presidential election.  With gripping footage of police violence and in-depth interviews, this video explores the growing political and socioeconomic crisis which will have far reaching effects for both Latin America and beyond. 1 videodisc (52 min) :

MEDIA 10-2768


Our brand is crisis 2006

Rachel Boynton, James Carville, Jeremy D Rosner, Gonzalo Sįnchez de Lozada, Koch Lorber Films, Boynton Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Films Transit International Inc, Urban Empire (Firm), and Slough Pond Company

"Follows James Carville, Jeremy Rosner and a team of political consultants as they launch a media-savvy campaign for Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sįnchez de Lozada. With unprecedented access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, witness a shocking example of America 'spreading democracy' overseas and its earth-shattering aftermath"--Container. 1 videodisc (87 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3032


Our disappeared Nuestros desaparecidos c2008

Juan Mandelbaum, David Carnochan, Geovision (Firm), Independent Television Service, and Latino Public Broadcasting (Firm)

"Via a casual Google search, director Juan Mandelbaum discovered that Patricia, a long-lost ex-girlfriend from Argentina, was among the thousands kidnapped, tortured, and "disappeared" by Argentina's military dictatorship of 1976-83. Juan embarked on a journey to find out what happened to Patricia and others he knew that disappeared, re-examining his own choices along the way. Using rare archival footage, the film evokes the longing for a revolution that would transform Argentina. As he shares dramatic stories told by parents, siblings, friends, and children of the disappeared, Juan grieves their tragic losses"--Container. 1 videodisc  (100 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2770


Palante, siempre palante! the Young Lords 1996?

Documents the Young Lords' history with on camera interviews, archival footage, photographs and music. The documentary surveys Puerto Rican history, the Young Lords' activities and philosophy, the end of the organization and its legacy. 1 videodisc (50 min.)

MEDIA 10-3881


The paperback vigilante 2013?

"A biography of E. Howard Hunt, author of thrillers, CIA operative, and Watergate conspirator. He was an ardent anti-communist crusader, who assisted in the overthrow of a Guatamalan left-wing government and was deeply involved in planning the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. While working for the CIA, he developed a second career as a writer of spy fiction, with his novels giving a distorted mirror-image of the espionage underworld. The film depicts a man whose ideological convictions and training in subversion allowed him to engage in the undermining of the democratic process through the Watergate break-in, which eventually led to the downfall of President Nixon."--Container. 1 videodisc (72 min.)

MEDIA 10-4243


Patsy Mink ahead of the majority c2008

Kimberlee Bassford, Jody Mishan, Independent Television Service, Center for Asian American Media, PBS Hawaii, Making Waves Films (Firm), and Women Make Movies (Firm)

In 1965, Asian American Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the US presidency and was the driving force behind Title IX, the landmark legislation that transformed women's opportunities in higher education and athletics. Seldom spotlighted in history books, Mink fought racism and sexism, and dared to remain "ahead of the majority" as her beliefs enabled groundbreaking changes for the rights of the disenfranchised. A woman of the people as well as a pioneer, a patriot and an outcast, Patsy Mink's intriguing story embodies the history, ideals, and spirit of America. 1 videodisc (56 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3442


The peacekeepers c2009

Paul Cowan, Adam Symansky, Karen Feiertag, National Film Board of Canada, BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Ltd, 13 Production (Firm), and ARTE France

Provides an intimate and dramatic portrait of the struggle to save a failed state. Follows the determined and often desperate maneuvers to avert another Rwandan disaster, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC). We are with the peacekeepers in the "crisis room" as they balance the risk of loss of life on the ground with the enormous sums of money required from uncertain donor countries. And we are with UN troops as the northeast Congo erupts and the future of the DRC, if not all of central Africa, hangs in the balance. Home use only. 1 videodisc (ca. 83 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2302


Poletown lives! 2011?

George L Corsetti, Jeanie Wylie, Julie Beutel, and Information Factory, Inc

Documentary that tells, from the residents' point of view, the story of Poletown, an inner-city Detroit neighborhood that was destroyed in 1981 when the city used its power of eminent domain to turn the land over to General Motors for construction of a Cadillac plant. Shows the changes in attitudes as the people realized that the institutions they trusted -- the courts, the United Auto Workers, the church, the City Council, and the media -- were not going to help them. 1 videodisc (53 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3138


Politics, people, and pollution 2006

Bill D Moyers, Joseph Camp, Howard Weinstein, Kathleen Hughes, Public Affairs Television (Firm), WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.), and Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

Moyers queries writers, theologians, philosophers, activists (including Lois Gibbs formerly from Love Canal in Niagara Falls, N.Y.) and ordinary citizens around the country, focusing on the public and private concerns of the American people in an election year. Focuses on environmental hazards, including chemical hazards specifically in "chemical alley" in Louisiana, and the issues of jobs, tax breaks and the environment. 1 videodisc (59 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2590


Power 1999

David Himmelstein, Reene Schisgal, Mark Tarlov, Sidney Lumet, Richard Gere, Julie Christie, Gene Hackman, Kate Capshaw, Denzel Washington, E. G Marshall, Beatrice Straight,  Warner Bros, Polar Entertainment (Firm), Lorimar Pictures, and Warner Home Video (Firm)

This film depicts the political candidates tactics as they try to get elected and the media consultants hired to sell them to the public. 1 videodisc (111 min.)

MEDIA 10-678


Primary colors c1999

Mike Nichols, John Travolta, Emma Thompson , Billy Bob Thornton, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Paul Guilfoyle, Larry Hagman, Kathy Bates, Universal Pictures (Firm), Mutual Film Company, and Icarus Films

Follows a virtually unknown Southern governor on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife. 1 videodisc (144 min.)

MEDIA 10-680


The Progressive banner c2003

Describes political reforms introduced by Governor Woodrow Wilson to fight political corruption and "Boss" politics as practiced by Frank Hague of Jersey City and others. Shows how work of progressive political activists such as Alice Paul advanced the cause of civil rights. The failure of some progressives, such as Woodrow Wilson, to address the problems of Blacks and women is also covered. 1 videocassette (26 min., 46 sec.)

MEDIA 10-3861


Putin's kiss 2012

Lise Birk Pedersen, Helle Faber, Masha Drokova, Oleg Kashin, Danmarks radio, Independent Television Service, Kloos & Co. Medien (Firm), Monday Production (Firm), Made in Copenhagen (Firm), and Kino Lorber, Inc

Portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked. 1 videodisc (85 min.)

MEDIA 10-4358


Raging grannies the action league 2010

Pam Walton, Raging Grannies, Hope Street Pictures, and Pam Walton Productions

Raging Grannies is a lively and thought-provoking 30-minute documentary that tells the story of The Raging Grannies Action League of the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula. 1 videodisc (32 min) :

MEDIA 10-3280


Raising Ms. President 2013

"Studies show that when more women are at the political decision making table, their presence does make a difference, but the problem is, women just don't want to run. This documentary explores some of the reasons why women do not run for office and uncovers where political ambition starts."--Container. 1 videodisc (54 min.)

MEDIA 10-4927


The Red Chapel  2011

"Combining the muckraking spirit of Michael Moore with the confrontational comedy of Borat, The Red Chapel is a one-of-a-kind documentary that reveals the injustices of North Korea with a hilariously dark wit ... a trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves "The Red Chapel", pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in Pyongyang. This stunt is led by the acerbic director Mads Brügger, and assisted by Simon Jul and Jacob Nossell, two performers of South Korean descent. Constantly shadowed by their guide, Mrs. Pak, they fake allegiance to Kim Jong-il and hope for "One Korea." Only Jacob is allowed to speak his mind. Suffering from cerebral palsy, his halting speech is impossible to translate, so he insults his socialist hosts and receives smiles in return ... an unconventional, hilarious and damning peek into a totalitarian nightmare." -- Container. 1 videodisc (88 min.)

MEDIA 10-4530


#ReGeneration 2012

This film features three intersecting stories of students, parents and artists, each looking for their place in society. #ReGeneration explores the widespread cynicism in youth and young adults today, and the influences that cause our apathy towards social and political causes. 1 videodisc (79 min.)

MEDIA 10-3877


RFK c2004

Blair Brown, David Grubin, Sarah Colt, David Grubin Productions, British Broadcasting Corporation, WGBH Educational Foundation, and PBS Home Video

The life and times of Robert F. Kennedy. 1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.)

MEDIA 10-2073


The Robert Greenwald documentary collection bonus disc c2003-2005

Robert Greenwald, Carolina Productions, Public Interest Pictures (Firm), and Disinformation Company

Bonus disc includes exclusive interviews, outtakes, and shorts. 1 videodisc (94 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3365


Ruzigari ma Our times 2005

Documenting events surrounding the 2001 Iranian presidential election, director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad works with two groups of women, one old and one young, to contrast divergent political attitudes across the generation gap. At one end of this spectrum is the director's daughter and a group of her friends who form a committee to support the incumbent, President Khatami. On the other end is a group of forty-eight older women running for office on a reform party ticket, despite being thrown off the ballot by an all-male government. The two stories are linked by the story of Arezoo Bayat and her daughter who are simply trying to scratch out a living amid the headier issue of the elections. 1 videodisc (75 min.)

MEDIA 10-4040


Shattered sky the battle for energy, economy, and environment c2012

"Eerily reminiscent of today's energy and climate crisis, 'Shattered Sky' recounts the dramatic story of how America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen.   Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer 'the size of North America.'  The culprit was CFCs,  prevalent in billions of dollars worth of refrigeration, air conditioning and other products that had revolutionized the American way of life.  Doctors forecast skyrocketing rates of cancer.  The stakes were 'life as we know it.'   But business remained bitterly opposed and politicians were initially slow to act.  For the first time in film, 'Shattered Sky' goes inside the ozone crisis to explore how America led the world to a solution.  It inspires viewers toward the same can-do spirit on climate change today"--Container. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-4348


A snowmobile for George c2008

Todd Darling, Highway De Lux (Firm), and Bullfrog Films

A filmmaker takes a road trip with his used snowmobile engine in tow in order to gain answers and insight into environmental deregulation and the impact it has on people's lives. 1 videodisc (94 min.)

MEDIA 10-1994


South of the border 2010

Tariq Ali, Mark Weisbrot, Fernando Sulichin, José Ibáńez, Rob Wilson, Oliver Stone, Pentagrama Films (Firm), New Element (Firm), Good Apple (Firm), and Cinema Libre Studio

Director Oliver Stone visits seven presidents in five countries in South America to gain some understanding about the political and social ideas and the revolutions, and to clear up how people view them. Includes interviews with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Argentinean president Cristina Kirchner, Cuban president Raul Castro. 1 videodisc (78 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2814


Spin 1995

These excerpts from 500 hours of pirated "satellite TV feeds" taped by Springer during 1992 are a devastating critique of television's profound manipulativeness in the way it packages the news and politics. Includes pre-broadcast and post-broadcast footage from network sources (makeup sessions, off-camera discussions), broadcasts from various Presidential campaigns, Pat Robertson's televangelism, the influence of television talk shows such as Larry King Live, the presidential race of 1992 and the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King verdict. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 10-5125


Sunset story 2005

Laura Gabbert, Caroline Libresco, Eden H Wurmfeld, Irja Lloyd, Lucille Alpert, and Capitol Entertainment (Firm)

"Sunset Story is a funny and intimate documentary that will make you think differently about growing old. It tells the story of Irja (81) and Lucille (95), two friends at a rest home for retired radicals. As they attend demonstrations, register their fellow residents to vote and debate everything under the sun, Irja and Lucille's verve and humor delight us. Sunset Story doesn't shy away from the sadness of old age; it reveals two elderly women's lives in an unusually authentic and surprisingly moving way"--Container. 1 videodisc (73 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3378


Tavis Smiley reports One on one with Hillary Clinton c2010

Tavis Smiley, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jacoba Atlas, Sasheen Artis, Allan Palmer, Smiley Group, KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.), PBS Distribution (Firm), Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), and TS Media (Firm)

Tavis Smiley focuses on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she completes her first year as America's chief diplomat and looks ahead to the challenges of the next three years. 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

MEDIA 10-1719


The times of Harvey Milk 2011

Robert P Epstein, Richard Schmiechen, Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Black Sand Productions, WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), Television Laboratory, Criterion Collection (Firm), and Janus Films

"One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it's a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk's message of hope and equality to a wider audience."--Container. 2 videodiscs (ca. 370 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2342 2-1602


Trazando Aleida tracing Aleida 2008?

Christiane Burkhard,  Aleida Gallangos, Lucio Antonio Gallangos, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografaia, and Icarus Films

Traces the efforts of an adult orphan, Aleida Gallangos, whose parents were "disappeared" by the Mexican government in 1975, to track down and reunite with her long-lost brother, Lucio  antonio Gallangos (aka:. Juan Carlos Hernandez). 1 videodisc (87 min.)

MEDIA 10-1768


A trial in Prague 2002

Documentary about the 1952 trial of fourteen Czechoslovak communists, including Rudolf Slįnskż, former General Secretary of the Party, tried on charges of high treason and espionage. Profiles the defendants and explores the motives for the trial and its anti-Semitic nature. 1 videodisc (83 min.)

MEDIA 10-4012


Videogramme einer Revolution 2006

An analysis of the revolution in Romania in 1989, covering events in the first five days, from December 21 when Ceaucescu made his last speech to December 26, the day the dictator was executed. Material from Romanian television broadcasts and footage taken by amateur videographers provide multiple perspectives of events. 1 videodisc (107 min.)

MEDIA 10-5043


La violencia del poder c2003

René Fortunato, Felipe Gil, and Videocine Palau (Firm)

The documentary examines Joaquin Balaguer's presidency through commentary, newsreels and newspaper headlines. 1 videodisc (126 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2765


War on whistleblowers free press and the national security state Highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrongdoing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse. It exposes the surprisingly worsening and threatening reality for whistleblowers and the press. Includes interviews with whistleblowers Michael DeKort, Thomas Drake, Franz Gayland Thomas Tamm and award-winning journalists like David Carr, Lucy Dalglish, Glenn Greenwald, Seymour Hersh, Michael Isikoff, Bill Keller, Eric Lipton, Jane Mayer, & more. 1 videodisc (66 min.)

MEDIA 10-4928


Wetback the undocumented documentary  2007

"Filmmaker Arturo P© rez Torres follows in the footsteps of two friends traveling on an extraordinary and extremely dangerous journey from Central America to North America. On their journey they encounter gangs and vigilantes, as well as border patrol. But these immigrants navigate real-life nightmares with uncanny calm, grace and even humor in their pursuit of a better life."--Container. 1 videodisc (91 min.)

MEDIA 10-5371


Who killed the electric car? c2006

Investigates the development and demise of the fuel-efficient, environment-friendly electric car. Examines the Bush administration's role in the car's being peremptory pulled from production, the influence of the automobile industry and oil interests, and implications for the future of sustainable energy in the United States. 1 videodisc (93 min.)

MEDIA 10-5556


Women in American politics c2004

Gail Pellett, Joseph Camp, Bill D Moyers, Howard Weinstein, Public Affairs Television (Firm), Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm), WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), and WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)

This program with Bill Moyers looks at the rising number of women on the political scene and their impressions of politics. Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, former Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin, Senator Carol Moseley Braun, and other female politicians talk about the challenges women candidates face, describe their experiences in male bastions of power, why it's important for women to participate in politics, and what women bring to governing our nation. 1 videdisc :

MEDIA 10-2589


Words of witness 2012

Mai Iskander, Kelcey Edwards, Heba Afify, Barbara Cohen, Iskander Films, Birthmark Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures (Firm), and Cinema Guild

"Words of Witness follows a 22-year old female reporter for the independent newspaper Egypt Independent, as she covers Egypt's transition to democracy, from the heyday of Tahir Square to Egypt's first free and fair presidential election. Defying cultural and gender norms as well as family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report--using Facebook posts, tweets, and test messages--on an Egypt in turmoil ... Words of Witness offers a fascinating account of Egypt post-revolution as the nation faces the challenges that lay ahead, as well as a moving portrait of an incredible, fearless young woman who is now a contributor to the New York Times"--Container. 1 videodisc (71 min.)

MEDIA 10-4167


The Yes Men fix the world c2009

Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Doro Bachrach, Ruth Charny, Laura Nix, Reggie Watts, Yes Men (Activist group), ARTE France, Common Decency, LLC, and Bullfrog Films

The Yes Men again pull off one bold prank after another in an effort to raise political consciousness. Posing as top executives of giant corporations, they lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. 1 videodisc (87 min.)

MEDIA 10-1995


Zapatista 2011

Benjamin Eichert, Rick Rowley, Ståle Sandberg, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Elmer Geronimo Pratt, Jacqueline Soohen, Rebel Works (Firm), Media Boutique, PM Press (Firm), and Big Noise Films

Zapatista looks at the uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. It is the story of how a few thousand Mayan peasants have transformed the political culture of Mexico forever. 1 videodisc (55 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3382


żPuedo hablar? retrato de un movimiento = May I speak? : portrait of a movement c2007

Mo Masterson, Magee McIlvaine, Christopher Moore, Bruce Zimmerman, and Sol Productions

An examination of Venezuelan politics and society in the mid-2000s, looking at how a variety of Venezuelans feel about President Hugo Chávez Frías and the "Bolivarian Revolution" led by his Fifth Republic Movement.  Set during the 2006 presidential election, in which Chávez ultimately defeated Manuel Rosales. A team of four Americans traveled to six different regions of Venzuela, filming everwhere from the notorios barrios of Carcas to the oil-rich Lake Maracaibo, from a city of million to an Amazonia pueblo of twenty-three, traveling in everything from Chavista moocicletas to dug-out canoes to a private jet. It offers a unique and intriguing insight to the role of pluralism and dialogue not just in the realm of Venzuelan politics but also that of global reactions. 1 videodisc (73 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2772


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