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SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes in the Rutgers Libraries

U.S. Foreign Relations DVDs

Afghan women a history of struggle c2008

Kathleen Foster and Cinema Guild

Captures the resilience and courage of women who risk their lives on a daily basis to stand up for their rights. The film examines the drafting of the Afghan Women's Bill of Rights by women from across Afghanistan at a 2003 conference in Kandahar. The women look at the pivotal role women's struggle for equality has played in the country's tumultuous political history and debunk the myth that current U.S. intervention in Afghanistan has liberated Afghan women from the tyranny of fundamentalism. The film exposes the "War on Terror" as mainly a euphemism for expanding U.S. control of the region's oil and gas. 1 videodisc (70 min.)

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The Atomic cafe 1993 and 2002 Anniversary edition

Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, and Pierce Rafferty

Artfully culled from newsreel footage and government archives of the 1940s and 50s, this film serves up the dark side of Cold War America in all its fear and paranoia about the atomic bomb, and manages to blend this with a deep black humor. 1 videocassette (85 min.)

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Beyond the frame alternative perspectives on the war on terrorism c2004

Loretta Alper, Kendra Olson, Kenyon King, and Media Education Foundation

In twenty-three interviews, using a question and answer format, experts from academia, the media, government, and non-governmental organizations, place the causes leading to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in historical context. Issues surrounding the War on Terrorism are also discussed. 1 videodisc (146 min.)

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The fog of war eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara 2004, c2003

Errol Morris, Michael Williams, Julie Bilson Ahlberg, Robert S McNamara, @Radical.media (Firm), Globe Department Store (Firm), SenArt Films (Firm), and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, ad the effects of the Vietnam War. 1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.)

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Giron Bay of Pigs 2013

This Cuban film blends actual footage, newsreel shots, interviews with participants and historical reenactments to tell the story of this military fiasco from the Cuban point of view. 1 videodisc (108 min.)

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Iran the most dangerous nation 2006?

Ted Koppel, Discovery Channel (Firm), and Discovery Communications, Inc

Ted Koppel goes inside Iran 27 years after American hostages were seized in Tehran. For decades, America and Iran have nursed suspicions and doubts, but now, issues over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's continuing nuclear program have brought it to a boiling point. Koppel examines the roots of American and Iranian mistrust while exploring Iran's perspectives on Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

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Iraq in fragments c2007

James Longley, John Sinno, Typecast Films (Firm), and Daylight Factory

Documentary in three parts.  Offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.  American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. 2 videodiscs (225 min.)

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An ordinary person's guide to empire  c2004

Ms. Roy talks about her book, An ordinary person's guide to empire. Topics include the recent elections in India, war in Iraq, neoliberalism and the role of non-governmental organizations. She criticizes President George Bush's foreign policy. Following her remarks, Ms. Roy answers questions from members of the audience. 1 videodisc (100 min.)

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Rush to war 2004

Robert Taicher, John Doman, and RTW Productions (Firm)

A historical documentary examining the issues surrounding September 11th and American foreign policy. Three weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the director and a small film crew drove from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. and New York interviewing a cross-section of Americans in the aftermath of the events. Among issues explored are the Cold War and CIA interventions around the world from the 1950s through the 1970s, America's involvement with the Afghan resistance against the Soviet Union in the 1980s, and the history of the United States' two wars with Iraq with particular emphasis on the current administration's policies and actions in the war on terror and its consequences for global security in the 21st century. 1 videodisc (ca. 76 min.)

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Savage acts 2006

Pennee Bender, Joshua Brown, Andrea Ades Vasquez, Stephen Brier, and American Social History Project

"U.S. overseas expansion at the turn of the century was not just the concern of government and business; it was the stuff of everday life. Savage Acts tells the story of how the Phillippine War and American domestic culture forged a new U.S. foregin policy. Soldiers' letters, world's fair exhibitions, early films, travel guides, and heroic monuments expressed the growing sense of national mission based on ideas of racial superiority. But the victory of imperialist policies was not inevitable; expansion and the way it was expressed in the daily life of the nation sparked opposition both at home and abroad"--Container. 1 videodisc (30 min.) :

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Truth, war and consequences c2003

Martin Smith, Marcela Gaviria, Will Lyman, Rain Media, Inc, and PBS Home Video

Traces the roots of the Iraqi war back to the days immediately following September 11, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered the creation of a special intelligence operation to quietly begin looking for evidence that would justify the war. Discusses why the U.S. went to war in Iraq, what went wrong in the planning for the postwar occupation, and what is at stake for both the U.S. and for Iraqis. Examines what some government officials say is the underlying cause of America's current problems in Iraq: the prewar political infighting among the Pentagon, State Department, and White House that hampered U.S. efforts to plan for an orderly postwar transition. 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.)

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Uncovered the whole truth about the Iraq War c2004

Robert Greenwald, MoveOn.org, Center for American Progress, Disinformation Company , and Carolina Productions

Takes the viewer behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts speak out detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons for fighting a "preemptive" war against Iraq that wasn't necessary. Includes interviews with more than 20 experts in opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq. 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

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War made easy how presidents & pundits keep spinning us to death c2007

Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp, Norman Solomon , Sean Penn, Norman Solomon, and Media Education Foundation

"Analysis of how governments bent on war-making have relied on a vast arsenal of propaganda techniques to overcome resistance at home and disapproval abroad ... Moving from Vietnam to Iraq, the film examines how news reports have become nearly indistinguishable from White House and Pentagon talking points, a problem that has become exacerbated by journalists who have grown accustomed to being fed information by official sources"--Container. 1 videodisc (73 min.)

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The war on democracy 2008

Journalist John Pilger examines the role of the United States' government in Latin American government, arguing that the United States has covertly worked to stifle "true" Latin American democracies whose policies have run counter to the United States' best political and economic interests. 1 videodisc (94 min.)

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U.S. Foreign Relations

150 years of US-Japan relations past, present and future 2003

Japan Center for Intercultural Communications

The history and current state of Japanese-American social, political and economic relations. 1 videocassette (39 min.)

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1962 Cuban Missile Crisis the resolution and significance of the Cuban Missile Crisis 1987

Robert S McNamara, McGeorge Bundy, Fedor Mikhailovich Burlatskii, Joseph Nye, Graham T Allison, Sergei Mikoyan, Tom Cole, Maureen McNamara, and Brett Betsill

Panel discussion on the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis held at Harvard University JFK School of Government 10/22/87. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

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Ambush in Mogadishu 2001

William Cran and Will Lyman

Explores the peacekeeping mission gone wrong and the deadly ambush that still haunts the U.S. military and American foreign policy. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

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America held hostage the Iran crisis 1989

Michael Lattanzi and Peter Thomas

The story of 444 days that changed the course of history.  In November of 1979, fanatical supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking everyone they found captive, and holding 52 of them hostage for a year. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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America's relations with Eastern Europe 1990

Steven Kostant, John F Ross, Robert Siegel, and Penelope Lane Czarra

An impressionistic overview of America's historical relationship with Eastern Europe:  from a Hungarian film depicting the life of early immigrants to the U.S., to a "Cold War" documentary, to a satirical animation from Hungary on the Gorbachev-Reagan Summit. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

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America takes charge, 1965-1967 ; America's enemy, 1954-1967 1996

Will Lyman, Martin Smith, and Andrew Pearson

Episode 5. tells how the Viet Minh and FLN responded to the American buildup during the Vietnam war and presents an American soldier's view of the war with a most-often unseen enemy.  Episode 6.  is a view of the Vietnam War as described by the followers of Ho Chi Minh and their opponents, U.S. soldiers and POWs. 1 videocassette (120 min.)

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At the brink 1989, 1988

The events that led to the Cuban missile crisis and the tense cat-and-mouse confrontation between Kennedy and Khrushchev are explored. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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The Atomic cafe 1993 and 2002 Anniversary edition

Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, and Pierce Rafferty

Artfully culled from newsreel footage and government archives of the 1940s and 50s, this film serves up the dark side of Cold War America in all its fear and paranoia about the atomic bomb, and manages to blend this with a deep black humor. 1 videocassette (85 min.)

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Beyond the frame alternative perspectives on the war on terrorism c2004

Loretta Alper, Kendra Olson, Kenyon King, and Media Education Foundation

In twenty-three interviews, using a question and answ er format, experts from academia, the media, government, and non-governmental organizations, place the causes leading to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in historical context. Issues surrounding the War on Terrorism are also discussed. 1 videodisc (146 min.)

MEDIA 10-502

 

Boomtime, 1948 1999

David Espar, Peter Pagnamenta, Zvi Dor-Ner, John Forsythe, and Sally Doganis

After World War II, the USA enjoyed unparalleled prosperity while Europe and much of the rest of the world suffered from devastation, lack of food and other necessities, and unemployment.  The American Marshall Plan assisted Europe greatly in its recovery from the war and helped Europeans learn the 'American way' of doing things.  Europeans began changing their economy by themselves and becames consumers as well as producers.  This prosperity lasted until 1973, when the certainty of cheap oil and a world dominated by the West was over. It was the beginning of the end of the greatest boom of the century. 1 videocassette (56 min)

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Brave new world, 1945 1998

David Espar, Peter Pagnamenta, Zvi Dor-Ner, Angus Macqueen, and Alfre Woodard

Just over fifty years ago, Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe and rejoiced at the defeat of Nazi Germany but their optimism was short lived. This film tracks the building tensions between these two superpowers, from the post-war world of the late 1940s through the early 1960s, as the hope for peace swiftly disintegrated into a "cold" war. Here eyewitnesses recall the meeting on the Elbe, the impact of Stalin, Churchill and Khrushchev, propaganda wars between the two nations, the Berlin blockade, the Hungarian uprising and the installation of the Berlin Wall. 1 videocassette (56 min)

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Building bombs the legacy 1993,1989

Mark Mori, Susan Robinson, Philip Obrecht, William Suchy, and Susan Clark

Examines the devastating domestic consequences of the cold war, focusing on the Savannah River Plant, where weapons-grade plutonium and tritium are manufactured. 1 videocassette (43 min.)

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Carter's new world 1989, 1988

President Carter hoped to eliminate nuclear weapons, develop an arms control agreement, and improve relations with the Soviet Union. This program analyzes domestic and international events that contributed to the failure of Carter's vision. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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Cold War, 12 parts 1998

Jeremy Isaacs, Martin Smith, and Kenneth Branagh

Documentary series which examines the Cold War and its influence on history, culture, technology, economics, and the modern psyche. 12 videocassettes (93 min. each)

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Cold War, 8 parts 1998

Jeremy Isaacs, Martin Smith, and Kenneth Branagh

A series documenting the rise and fall of the Cold War, the actions of world leaders, and the wars and arms races occurring during this time. 8 videocassettes (140 min.)

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Coverup behind the Iran Contra Affair 1988

Barbara Trent

A shocking tangled tale of politics, corruption, drugs, hostages, weapons, assassinations, covert operations, and the ultimate plan to suspend the Constitution of the United States. This documentary starts where the Congressional Hearings left off! 1 videocassette (ca. 76 min.)

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Crossing the line 1999

Robert Richter, Avram Ludwig, and Susan Sarandon

Documentary video of nonviolent protest against the United States Army School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. On November 22, 1998, over 7,000 people gathered at the gates of Fort Benning to demand that the United States end its policy of training foreign soldiers. 1 videocassette (16 min.)

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Cuba, in the shadow of doubt 1986

Jim Burroughs, Carol Polakoff, Suzanne Bauman, Peter Winn, Carolyn Neipris, and Raul Julia

Describes U.S. and Cuban relations from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to the present day. Fidel Castro, American officials, and Cubans discuss everyday life in Cuba and the present government. 1 videocassette (ca. 58 min.)

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Death on a friendly border 2001

Rachel Antell

The border that runs between Tijuana and San Diego is the most heavily militarized border between "friendly" countries anywhere in the world. Since the U.S. instituted the "Operation Gatekeeper" policy, an average of one person a day has died crossing the border. This documentary puts a human face on this tragedy. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

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Did they buy it? Nicaragua's 1990 elections 1990

Bob Hercules

Provides a behind-the-scenes look at the American media's coverage of the 1990 elections in Nicaragua.  Through interviews with journalists and footage from the campaigns, the program explores how American journalists' preconceived notions about Nicaragua may have affected their coverage of its political process. 1 videocassette (45 min.)

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Dirty secrets Jennifer, Everardo & the CIA in Guatemala 1998

Patricia Goudvis and  Jane Alexander

Follows the efforts of Jennifer Harbury, a middle class American woman, to find the truth about her husband Everardo, a Guatemalan peasant revolutionary who "disappeared" after capture by Guatemalan government forces. Explores the web of cover-ups and lies that hide human rights violations in Guatemala and the involvement of the CIA and other American governmental bodies in this and related events. 1 videocassette (56 min.)

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Distorted morality a war on terrorism? 2002

Noam Chomsky

A talk given by Noam Chomsky at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Wednesday, February 6, 2002. He discusses the United States definition of terrorism and foreign policy in regard to nations and groups considered to be guilty of terrorism. There is also a question and answer session. Noam Chomsky's bibliography, biography and curriculum vitae are included. 1 videodisc

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Drug wars 2000

Martin Smith, Brooke Runnette, Oriana Zill , Lowell Bergman, and Will Lyman

Pt. 1. Reviews the origins of the War on Drugs in the Nixon administration, and the rise and fall of Colombian drug cartels. Pt. 2. Looks at Mexico's role in supplying illegal drugs to the United States. 2 videocassettes (240 min.)

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Drugs military interdiction 198-?

John Vogt and James Q Wilson

Shows how the Texas National Guard is working with U.S. Customs officials in border searches for drugs.  The featured guest panel debates military involvement in drug interdiction, some related legislation, and explore the different roles of the military in this situation.  Guests on this segment are Michael Wermuth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Policy ; and Peter Reuter, Senior Economist, the RAND Corporation. 1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.)

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The Education of Robert McNamara 1989, 1988

Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara implemented dramatic changes in force structures and nuclear strategy from 1961 to 1968. This program chronicles the evolution in strategy and the changes in McNamara's own views during these critical years. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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El Salvador the seeds of liberty 1981

Glenn Silber, Tete Vasconcellos, and Peggy Healy

"The conflict in this embattled land is explored through interviews with military, government and church leaders both in El Salvador and the U.S.  The film examines the martyrdom of four North American missionaries and the significance of this pivotal event.  It contains scenes of the funeral of asassinated Archbishop Romero and interviews with the poor, who relate their tragedies and hopes for a dignified life and a free society"--Container. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

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The Enterprise 1989, 1988

Bill Kurtis and Arthur Barron

The decision to curtail the use of secret agents by the CIA was a decision Carter's White House would come to regret as it suffered the consequences of a failed hostage rescue attempt in Iran. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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FDR and Churchill the human partnership 1978

Eric Sevareid, Anthony Ross Potter, and Herb Schmertz

Discusses the close personal friendship between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill and its effect on the relations between the United States and Great Britain during 1940-1941. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

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The fog of war eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara 2004, c2003

Errol Morris, Michael Williams, Julie Bilson Ahlberg, Robert S McNamara, @Radical.media (Firm), Globe Department Store (Firm), SenArt Films (Firm), and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, ad the effects of the Vietnam War. 1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.)

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Get up stand up problems of sovereignty 1993

Marc de Beaufort and Raul Julia

A small Caribbean nation, Jamaica, has difficulty being truly sovereign when facing the power of multinational companies and the United States. Criminal threats to Columbia's sovereignty are also examined. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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The Great Depression and foreign affairs 1978

Eric Sevareid, Anthony Ross Potter, Charles Musser, and Herb Schmertz

Presents America during the Depression and how the economic collapse changed America's outlook on the world. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

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The Greenham challenge bringing missiles to trial 1987

Peter Wiesner and Linda Wiesner

The Greenham challenge is about the women of Greenham Common and their unusual law suit demanding that the United States government stop the deployment of American nuclear missiles in Great Britain. 1 videocassette (44 min.)

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La Guerra de la CIA contra Cuba directed by Julio Pulido and Danyio Sirio 1987

Julio Pulido, Danyio Sirio, and Oscar De Los Reyes

Contains 71 programs exposing CIA activities in Cuba, including interviews with many of the Cuban double agents whose activities made possible the exposure. 2 videocassette (360 min.)

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The Hunt for Pancho Villa 1993

Hector Galán, Sandra Adair, David G McCullough, Linda Hunt, and Paul Espinosa

The story of the "Punitive Expedition" into Mexico that failed to capture Pancho Villa and brought the United States and Mexico to the brink of war. 1 videocassette (56 min.)

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In search of Al Qaeda 2002

Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria

Following the trail of Al Qaeda from the Afghan border areas into Pakistan's cities, and on to other Middle Eastern countries, Frontline examines the quest to bring the terrorist group to justice. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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In search of bin Laden 2001

Martin Smith, Lowell Bergman, Bill D Moyers, and Will Lyman

Investigates Osama bin Laden, his followers, and the bombings of two United States embassies in Africa in 1998. This special edition has been updated to cover the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, of which bin Laden is also accused. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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In whose interest?  2002

David Kaplowitz

Film focuses on US intervention in Guatemala, Vietnam, East Timor, El Salvador and Palestine/Israel. 1 videocassette (27 min.)

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Iran the most dangerous nation 2006?

Ted Koppel, Discovery Channel (Firm), and Discovery Communications, Inc

Ted Koppel goes inside Iran 27 years after American hostages were seized in Tehran. For decades, America and Iran have nursed suspicions and doubts, but now, issues over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's continuing nuclear program have brought it to a boiling point. Koppel examines the roots of American and Iranian mistrust while exploring Iran's perspectives on Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-1033

 

Iraq in fragments c2007

James Longley, John Sinno, Typecast Films (Firm), and Daylight Factory

Documentary in three parts.  Offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.  American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. 2 videodiscs (225 min.)

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Japan invades China crisis in the Far East 1978

Eric Sevareid, Anthony Ross Potter, Herb Schmertz, and Michael Ornstein

A documentary presentation on the Chinese-Japanese War, and on the relations between Japan and the United States highlighting events preceding America's involvement in World War II. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

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The Last empire intervention and nuclear war 1986?

Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich, and Cambridge Documentary Films

Examines the relationship between U.S. intervention in the Third World and the increasing danger of nuclear war arising from these military adventures and foreign policy strategies.  Features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Helen Caldicott, Admiral Gene La Rocque, Kosta Tsipis, Howard Zinn, and historical clips of Harry Truman, John Kennedy, LBJ, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. 1 videocassette (30 min.)

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Latin America intervention in our own backyard 1978

Eric Sevareid, Anthony Potter, William Kronick, Charles Musser, and Herb Schmertz

Explores early U.S. policy in the Caribbean and Central and South America as Pan-American relations deteriorated until, in 1933, President Roosevelt abolished the Monroe doctrine of intervention. 1 videocassette (25 min.)

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Letter to America c2004

Amir Amirani, Rana Kabbani, BBC Education & Training, BBC Worldwide Ltd, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

"Syrian born writer Rana Kabbani returns to the Middle East to find out how Muslims have come to view the United States."--BBC webpage. 1 videocassette (45 min.)

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Looking for answers 2001

Martin Smith, Lowell Bergman, and Will Lyman

Discusses  the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the roots of hatred found in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, radical Islam, and the failure of U.S. intelligence on September 11, 2001. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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The Marshall Plan against the odds 1997

Ira H Klugerman, Louis Barbash, Patrick Prentice, and Roger Mudd

This program celebrates the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan) which helped Europe regain a stable position in the world after World War II. The end of the war saw European crops and industry destroyed, buildings and infrastructure demolished, and millions of European citizens were out of work and going hungry. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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Miami Havana 1992

Estela Bravo, Sandy Balfour, Julio Alom, and Corinna Chute

This video discusses how the relationship between the United States and Cuba has affected Cuban families separated by the political conflict. It includes interviews of children from Cuban families and senior citizens in both the United States and Cuba. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

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Misunderstanding China 1972

Irv Drasnin and Charles Kuralt

Describes the history of American attitudes toward China and the Chinese people and shows how misguided attitudes rather than realistic appraisals have affected U.S. relations with China. Illustrates the manner in which new stereotypes could easily replace existing ones. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

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Nuremberg 1997

Stephen Trombley, Bruce Eadie, and James Faulkner

Entirely composed of historical footage, including some newly discovered archival films, this documentary covers the trials against war criminals which were convened in Nuremberg after World War II. 1 videocassette (50 min.)

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One step forward 1989, 1988

The Nixon-Kissinger era of detente unfolds in this program. It considers the factors that led the U.S. and Soviet Union to pursue arms control talks - SALT I - resulting in agreements on ceilings for offensive missiles and limiting development of antiballistic systems. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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Only the news that fits 1989

Harold Crooks, Peter Raymont, Jim Munro, and Elizabeth Gray

Describes press coverage following the Central American peace plan of 1987.  Criticizes efforts of the government in the United States to influence coverage against the Sandinistas.  Includes excerpts of press conferences and televised news reports. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

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An ordinary person's guide to empire  c2004

Ms. Roy talks about her book, An ordinary person's guide to empire. Topics include the recent elections in India, war in Iraq, neoliberalism and the role of non-governmental organizations. She criticizes President George Bush's foreign policy. Following her remarks, Ms. Roy answers questions from members of the audience. 1 videodisc (100 min.)

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The Panama deception 1993

Barbara Trent, David Kasper, and Elizabeth Montgomery

This provocative, opinionated film about the U.S. invasion of Panama in December, 1989 explores the political relationship between the two countries both before and after the military action. It criticizes the media for uncritically reporting the administration's version of the action. It claims that the American people were lied to about the action, the real purpose of which was to insure continued U.S. control of Panama and the canal. 1 videocassette (91 min.)

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A Peace Corps mosaic 1996

William LaCapra, Jennifer Boyd, Thurman Mattiesen, Laura Shapiro, and Carlos Saudoval

A visit to each destination includes interviews with Peace Corps volunteers and local people.  Promotes the study of geography and demonstrates the value of volunteer service to diverse cultures. 2 videocassettes (200 min.)

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Power and terror Noam Chomsky in our times 2002

Noam Chomsky, John Junkerman, and Tetsujiro Yamagami

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, this documentary presents the latest in Noam Chomsky's thinking, through a lengthy interview and a series of public talks that he gave in New York and California during the spring of 2002. 1 videocassette (74 min.)

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Powers of the President 1991

Examines the powers of the President as defined by the Constitution of the United States, and shows a specially recorded interview with President Jimmy Carter, providing first-hand knowledge about the President's role and responsibility to the nation, as well as the country's expectation of the President (Side 1). Reviews the duties of the President not specifically defined by the Constitution, as a world leader, manager of the nation's economy, leader of a national political party, and ultimately the voice of the people. Concludes with a special message by President Carter to students about how they can participate in the democratic institutions (Side 2). 1 laser videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

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The price of aid 2004

Jihan El-Tahri, Dominant 7 (Firm), ARTE France, and First Run/Icarus Films

Discusses U.S. donations of food for famine relief in foreign countries, through a case-study in Zambia, and the complex relationships between international aid, international media, American business and politics, and the impact on local agriculture, public health and international trade relations. Questions how America's well-intentioned foreign-aid program has spawned a self-serving relationship between humanitarian aid and American business and politics. 1 videocassette (55 min.)

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Profits of punishment 2001

Catherine Scott and Pat Fiske

Dominated by a handful of American-based corporations including Wackenhut Corporation, the business of private prisons is now the most volatile and powerful industry in the U.S. This film contrasts the glitzy commercial arena of the private prison industry with the world of the inmates on the inside. In the process, it exposes a recession-proof industry where money is made out of the deprivation of liberty. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

MEDIA 2-5726

 

A question of rights the making of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1999

Victoria Schultz, Michael Winship, and Harrison Ford

Explains how the concept of universal human rights came about and how the international community overcame the barriers of language, culture, and Cold War politics to create a set of standards designed to protect the freedom, dignity, and quality of life of people everywhere. 1 videocassette (29 min.)

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Race for the superbomb 1999

Thomas Ott, David Ogden Stiers, and Richard Rhodes

Featuring newly discovered archival sources from Russia, civil defense films, and recently declassified military footage, "Race for the Superbomb" tells the story of a world at the brink of destruction. 2 videocassettes (113 min.)

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The Recognition of Russia a climate of mutual distrust 1978

Anthony Ross Potter, Michael Ornstein, Herb Schmertz, and Eric Sevareid

Reviews American relations with the Soviet Union from the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 to the Roosevelt Administration. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

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Return to isolationism 199-?

Eric Sevareid and Anthony Potter

Discusses the conflict between President Wilson and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee over the League of Nations, and examines isolationism, the prevailing U.S. policy for over 100 years. 1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.)

MEDIA 2-4127

 

Rivals 1998, 1995

Gerald McRaney, David Massar, and Maria Baltazzi

"They were the leaders of the world's greatest superpowere grappling at the center of the cold war. Politically they were diametrically opposed, privately they admired and respected each other. But when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev moved nuclear missles into Cuba in 1962, President John F. Kennedy confronted him in one of the most dramatic standoffs in history."--Container. 1 videocassette (46 min.)

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Rush to war 2004

Robert Taicher, John Doman, and RTW Productions (Firm)

A historical documentary examining the issues surrounding September 11th and American foreign policy. Three weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the director and a small film crew drove from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. and New York interviewing a cross-section of Americans in the aftermath of the events. Among issues explored are the Cold War and CIA interventions around the world from the 1950s through the 1970s, America's involvement with the Afghan resistance against the Soviet Union in the 1980s, and the history of the United States' two wars with Iraq with particular emphasis on the current administration's policies and actions in the war on terror and its consequences for global security in the 21st century. 1 videodisc (ca. 76 min.)

MEDIA 10-482

 

Sacrifice and bliss 1988

Joseph Campbell, Bill D Moyers, Catherine Tatge, David Grubin, and Alvin H Perlmutter

"Campbell discusses the role of sacrifice in myth, which symbolizes the necessity for rebirth. He also talks about the significance of sacrifice -- in particular, a mother's sacrifice for her child, and the sacrifice to the relationship in marriage -- and stresses the need for every one of us to find our sacred place in the midst of today's fast-paced, technological world"--Cassette container. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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Saudi Arabia and the US a balancing act c2002

Carmen Merrifield, CBC News, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Filmakers Library, inc

Explains the state of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Discusses the political opposition to the monarchy, and to the country's ties to the United States, by Saudis within and without Saudi Arabia, and the place of Osama bin Laden and Wahhabism in this opposition. 1 videocassette (17 min.)

MEDIA 2-6401

 

School of the Americas an insider speaks out 1998

Joseph A Blair and Linda Panetta

Major Joseph A. Blair, a former instructor at the U.S. School of Americas, speaks out on why the SOA should be shut down. The video reveals the hidden world of the School of the Americas and incorporates rarely-seen footage from Latin America. 1 videocassette (16 min.)

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School of the Americas school of assassins 1994

Robert Richter and Susan Sarandon

Describes the military assistance and training that the United States provides to Latin American countries at the U.S. Army School of the Americas. All too often the graduates of the school have used their training in attacks against their own people. Human rights advocates would like to see the school closed. 1 videocassette (18 min.)

MEDIA 2-5218

 

The Secret world of the C.I.A the "testimony" of John Stockwell 1988

John Stockwell and Paul Rocklin

John Stockwell tells of his activities and experiences during the twelve years in which he served as a CIA agent and officer.  Gives accounts of irrational and ideological policy assessment and planning by the Agency in Washington and of inept and morally repugnant CIA operations in Africa and Vietnam. 1 videocassette (28 min.)

MEDIA 2-641

 

Sentimental imperialists America and Asia 1992

Al Levin, Marc Levin, and Peter Coyote

Shows how U.S. missionairies, politics, culture and business attempted to dominate the Philippines and China in the 19th and 20th centuries. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA 2-2212

 

The shadow circus the CIA in Tibet 2000?

Tenzing Sonam, Ritu Sarin, Andrew Sachs, White Crane Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, University of California (System), and Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning

When Communist China marched into Tibet in 1949, Tibetans took up arms against the invading forces. From the mid-1950s to 1969 the CIA armed, financed, and trained Tibetan guerrillas in an effort to curtail the expansion of communism. This project was one of the CIA's longest-running covert operations. 1 videocassette (50 min.)

MEDIA 2-6881

 

Spy in the sky 1996

Linda Garmon and David G McCullough

In the spring of 1960, a CIA spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Overnight, the U-2 became the most famous aircraft in the world and Francis Gary Powers, who miraculously survived the crash, achieved instant notoriety that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Behind the scenes of this dramatic incident is the incredible tale of a team of engineers and courageous pilots who raced against the clock to design, perfect, and deploy the U-2. 1 videocassette (57 min.)

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Target America 2001

Michael Kirk, Martin Smith, Peter Taylor, Bill D Moyers, and  Jim Gilmore

Following Sept. 11, the nation's top leaders gathered to decide the U.S. response. This documentary examines the debate within the context of the history of terrorist attacks against the United States by Islamic fundamentalists, beginning with the American Embassy workers taken hostage in Iran during Jimmy Carter's presidency. Looks at other incidents--the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the killing of American soldiers in a Berlin nightclub, the downing of Pan Am 103, and the first attack on the World Trade Center. Discusses the American government's attempts to deal with these attacks, particularly focusing on the Reagan administration. Uncovers a long-standing division within the nation's security apparatus about how to deal with an enemy that has been targeting America and Americans for decades. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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Terror and Tehran 2002

Neil Docherty and Linden MacIntyre

Looks at the always uneasy relations between the United States and Iran since 1979. How the war on terror led to Tehran and where those nations go from here. DANA  1776

 

Terrorism the new world war 1989

Bill Lattanzi and Peter Thomas

Beirut, London, Paris--there is a new kind of battlefield in the world, a new kind of war.  Their goals may be political or religious, but the bloody reality of terrorist activities has quickly spread throughout the world in epidemic proportions. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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Thirteen days 2001

Armyan Bernstein, Peter O Almond, Kevin Costner, David Self,  Roger Donaldson, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp, Dylan Baker, Walter Adrian, Michael Fairman, Kevin Conway, Ernest R May, and Philip Zelikow

October 1962, for thirteen extraordinary days the world stood on the brink of destruction. Krushchev wouldn't back down, President Kennedy wouldn't give in. Inspired by the real-life events that took place in the Kennedy White House during the Cuban Missile crisis. 1 videocassette (147 min.)

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The thirties 1997

Franklin D Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover

This set contains a yearly chronicle of world and national events from 1930 through 1939 culled from original Universal  Newsreel Corp. footage of the period. 8 videocassettes (600 min.)

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This is what democracy looks like 2000

Jill Freidberg, Rick Rowley, Michael Franti, and Susan Sarandon

Composed of film segments shot by over 100 media activists during the 1999 World Trade Organization's Ministerial meeting in Seattle when human rights activists, environmentalists, indigenous people, labor activists, fair trade proponents, people of faith, union workers, farmers, students and teachers from more than 700 organizations took to the streets to protest against the meeting. 1 videocassette (67 min.)

MEDIA 2-671

 

To touch the world the Peace Corps experience 1996

William LaCapra, Thurman Mattiesen, Laura Shapiro, Carlos Sandoval Ambiado, and Jennifer Boyd

Program that introduces individuals to Peace Corps Voluntarism by presenting different locations and projects undertaken by current Peace Corp volunteers. 1 videocassette (10 min.)

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TR and his times 1988

Bill D Moyers, David G McCullough, Janet Roach, Mert Koplin, Charles Grinker, and Sanford H Fisher

Journalist Bill Moyers and biographer David McCullough examine Theodore Roosevelt, who helped shape America at the turn of the century. With his energy and optimism Roosevelt successfully ushered the country onto the world stage and championed reform legislation, setting a precedent for a strong chief executive. 69videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA 2-4091

 

The trials of Henry Kissinger 2002

Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki, and Brian Cox

Film explores how a boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful men in American foreign policy, and one of its most controversial figures. 1 videocassette (80 min.)

MEDIA 2-6165

 

Truth, war and consequences c2003

Martin Smith, Marcela Gaviria, Will Lyman, Rain Media, Inc, and PBS Home Video

Traces the roots of the Iraqi war back to the days immediately following September 11, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered the creation of a special intelligence operation to quietly begin looking for evidence that would justify the war. Discusses why the U.S. went to war in Iraq, what went wrong in the planning for the postwar occupation, and what is at stake for both the U.S. and for Iraqis. Examines what some government officials say is the underlying cause of America's current problems in Iraq: the prewar political infighting among the Pentagon, State Department, and White House that hampered U.S. efforts to plan for an orderly postwar transition. 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.)

MEDIA 10-443

 

The Two coasts of China 1992

Peter Coyote, Alex Gibney, and Christopher Ralling

Traces the history of China's external contacts and trade showing the difference of outlook between its interior and coast. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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Uncovered the whole truth about the Iraq War c2004

Robert Greenwald, MoveOn.org, Center for American Progress, Disinformation Company , and Carolina Productions

Takes the viewer behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts speak out detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons for fighting a "preemptive" war against Iraq that wasn't necessary. Includes interviews with more than 20 experts in opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq. 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

MEDIA 10-404

 

United States, 1902-1914 tomorrow the world 1989

Noël Burch

Examines early filmmaking in the United States. Shows how America's immigrant masses were the earliest audience for films but also the ridiculed and stereotyped subjects of these films. Illustrates how American filmmakers discovered narrative but avoided social content and criticism as the middle class came to dominate the film audience. Includes excerpts from numerous erly films. 1 videocassette (26 min.)

MEDIA 2-673

 

Vieques un pueblo forjando futuros = An island forging futures : un documental 2000

Johanna Bermúdez Ruiz, Nellisabel R Rosario, and Aureo Rivera

"This documentary demostrates part of the peaceful resistance movement against the bombing practices of the U.S. Navy in Vieques...after two bombs negligently killed David Sanes, a Viequense civilian employee, on the 19th of April 1999. This works documents the story of a people's struggle against the world's most powerful armed forces."--Container. 1 videocassette (16 min.)

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Waging war against the new terrorism 2002

Ted Koppel

Examines today's terrorism, in which negotiation plays no part and mass destruction is the goal. 1 videocassette (23 min.)

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The war abroad the U.S. perspective 2002

Robert Batscha

One of the essential issues in covering the war in Afghanistan is the role of the free press during wartime. Panelists discuss the ongoing debate concerning the public's right to know versus the security interests of the government. Among the topics that are explored are the decision by the networks to not run unedited pronouncements by Osama bin Laden, the implications of depicting military or civilian casualties,and the differences in covering this war and other recent U.S. military engagements. 1 videocassette (90 min.)

MEDIA 2-5590

 

The war at home the media responds 2002

Robert Batscha

The national tragedy that began on September 11, 2001 has developed into a domestic war on terrorism--and television has played and continues to play an important part in making this unfolding story a reality for Americans. Panelists discuss television's role in reporting the attacks, the anthrax scare, and the nation's heightened state of awareness on the home front. 1 videocassette (ca. 90 min.) ;

MEDIA 2-5591

 

War made easy how presidents & pundits keep spinning us to death c2007

Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp, Norman Solomon , Sean Penn, Norman Solomon, and Media Education Foundation

"Analysis of how governments bent on war-making have relied on a vast arsenal of propaganda techniques to overcome resistance at home and disapproval abroad ... Moving from Vietnam to Iraq, the film examines how news reports have become nearly indistinguishable from White House and Pentagon talking points, a problem that has become exacerbated by journalists who have grown accustomed to being fed information by official sources"--Container. 1 videodisc (73 min.)

MEDIA 10-879

 

The Weapon of choice 1989, 1988

Against the backdrop of the Cold War and the development of the hydrogen bomb, the growing reliance of superpowers on nuclear weapons is explored. The Korean War and its impact on U.S. nuclear weapons decisions is also examined. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

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What's a heaven for? 1992

Patrick Stewart, Ted Bogosian, and Peter Argentine

From Sputnik and Gagarin to Challenger and "Star Wars," space exploration has contributed to international political change, including helping to bring about the end of the Cold War. Today, the Space Age has entered an era of new motivations and challenges. Satellites might even be used to help developing countries. So what is space really for? Delve into this fascinating question and learn where the space age is taking us. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-2168

 

The Wobblies 1979

Stewart Bird, Deborah Shaffer, and Roger G Baldwin

Former members of the Industrial Workers of the World reveal their feelings, motivations, beliefs, and actions.  Uses union songs, posters, paintings, archival stills, and rare newsreel footage to trace the causes and effects of the one big industrial union that welcomed unskilled, Black, and female workers into its ranks during the early part of this century.  Includes words of famous industrialists, financiers, and other Wobbly opponents as well. 1 videocassette (89 min.)

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