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2016 Voting Guide

Check out the 2016 Voting Guide from the LRC. Get informed and VOTE!

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Library Closed for Fall Break

The Library will be closed from October 10, 2016  to August 12, 2016 for Fall Break. We will be reopening on Thursday, Ocotber 13, 2016. For detailed hours please visit http://libguides.rccc.edu/services/hoursandlocations.

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New Titles Added – October 2016

Check out the new titles that have been added to the library! 

Apprentice in death / J.D. Robb.

PS 3568 .O243 A87 2016



Curious minds : a Knight and Moon novel / Janet Evanovich and Phoef
PS 3555 .V2126 C87 2016

A great reckoning / Louise Penny.
PR 9199.4 .P464 G74 2016

Pirates of the Carolinas / Terrance Zepke.
F 262 .A84 Z46 2005

Razor girl / Carl Hiaasen.
PS 3558 .I217 R39 2016

Rushing waters : a novel / Danielle Steel.
PS 3569 .T33828 R87 2016


Sting / Sandra Brown.
PS 3552 .R718 S735 2016




Writer’s market 2017 / Robert Lee Brewer, editor.
PN 161 .W83 2017

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New Streaming Video Available in Kanopy – September 2016

A selection of Kanopy’s best new films available to watch now.

Academy Award Nominated Documentary

Chau, Beyond the Lines            Incident In New Baghdad                        Burma VJ     

World Cinema

The Best Intentions                           Girlhood                                   The Missing Picture

Festival Circuit Documentary 

Broken on All Sides                 Village at the End of the World                       Finding Face

Indie Cinema

A New World Somewhere              The Living End                              House of Manson

Exclusively on Kanopy

 Food Choices                                               Sister                             An Inconvenient Tax

Stories from Around the World

   I Shot My Love                         Beauty Factory                           Behind the Veil

The Great Courses

Big Questions of Philosophy         The Science of Energy            How Science Fiction Works

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New Titles Added – September 2016

The following titles were recently added to the library collection.


12 angry men / United Artists ; story and screenplay by Reginald Rose ;

produced by Henry Fonda and Reginald Rose ; directed by Sidney Lumet.



2001, a space odyssey / Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer ; directed and produced by

Stanley Kubrick ; screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke.

PN1997 .T96 2013 Swank Streaming Video


Babies  (electronic resource)

XX(1736537.2) Swank Streaming Video


The beast : a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood / J.R. Ward.

PS 3623 .A73227 B43 2016


The Black Widow / Daniel Silva.

PS 3619 .I5443 B53 2016


Bullseye / James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

PS 3566 .A822 B85 2016


A child called “It” : one child’s courage to survive / Dave Pelzer.

HV 883 .C2 P45 1995


Cinderella Man [videorecording] / Universal Pictures, Miramax Films [&]

Imagine Entertainment present ; directed by Ron Howard ; screenplay by

Cliff Hollingsworth and Akiva Goldsman ; story by Cliff Hollingsworth ;

produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Penny Marshall ; a Brian Grazer

production, in association with Parkway Productions.



Delayed justice : inside stories from America’s best cold case

investigators / Jack Branson and Mary Branson.

HV 8079 .H6 B73 2011


Gattaca [electronic resource].

XX(1709612.2) Swank Streaming Video


Grandma lives in a perfume village / Fang Suzhen, Sonja Danowski ;

translated by Huang Xiumin.

PZ 7 .F2215 Gr 2015


Grandma lives in a perfume village / Fang Suzhen, Sonja Danowski ;

translated by Huang Xiumin.

PZ 7 .F2215 Gr 2015


Hamlet [videorecording] / Warner Bros. and Nelson Entertainment present ;

an Icon production ; screenplay by Christopher De Vore, Franco Zeffirelli

; produced by Dyson Lovell ; directed by Franco Zeffirelli.






Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Manual (Answer Key)



Insidious / Catherine Coulter.

PS 3553 .O843 I57 2016








The lost boy : a foster child’s search for the love of a family / Dave


HV 881 .P45 1997


Othello [electronic resource].

XX(1709534.2) Swank Streaming Video


A raisin in the sun [electronic resource] : notes, including life of the

author, list of characters, … / by Rosetta James.






Sweet tomorrows : a Rose Harbor novel / Debbie Macomber.

PS 3563 .A2364 S94 2016


Truly madly guilty / Liane Moriarty.

PR 9619.4 .M67 T78 2016


The Underground Railroad : a novel / Colson Whitehead.

PS 3573 .H4768 U53 2016


The woman in cabin 10 / Ruth Ware.

PR 6123 .A745 W66 2016


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New Films on Demand Titles Added – September 2016

We just added 270 new films to our Films on Demand streaming video database! You can check them out here.

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NAVsync! Want to know about the Calender tool for Students

Check out this video about the NAVsync!


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LRC @ NCRC will close early on August 22, 2016

The NCRC LRC will close at 4:00 p.m. on August 22, 2016 to host the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College monthly Board meeting.

We appreciate your understanding for this early closure!


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New Kanopy Streaming Video Titles – July 2016

Check out these great new films in our Kanopy streaming video collection!

Criterion Collection
Le Samourai

The Official Story


First Run Features
Nuclear Nation II

The Altruism Revolution

When Justice Isn’t Just

Festival Circuit Documentaries

12 O’Clock Boys

Art and Craft

World Cinema
Women Without Men

The Hidden Blade


The Freedom Riders

Black in Latin America

Depression: Out of the Shadows

Documentary Educational Resources
American Mosque

The Tentmakers of Cairo

I am the People

Spotlight on Authors
Write Down, I am an Arab

J. Thurber: Life & Hard Times

Bird in the Room

Experimental Film
Abigail Child – Foreign Films

Infinite Animation

Unbound – Mary Shelley

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New Films on Demand Titles Added – July 2016

Title Description Copyright
Rip Van Winkle This early silent version of Rip Van Winkle is actually adapted from a 19th-century play by Joseph Jefferson and Dion Boucicault that was in turn adapted from Washington Irving’s classic short story. It describes the strange and comical experieinces of a man who wakes up from a nap of 20 years. 1921
The Conquering Power This famous silent film is a fine adaptation of one of Balzac’s most famous novels, Eugénie Grandet. It tells the story of a young man named Charles Grandet who is sent to live with his evil and miserly uncle Pere. Charles falls in love with Pere’s daugher Eugénie, but Pere is determined to keep them apart. Starring Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, and Ralph Lewis. Directed by Rex Ingram. 1921
The Headless Horseman This silent classic, starring the great Will Rogers, is an adaptation of Washington Irving’s famous short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A village’s new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, competes with a tough local named Brom Bones for the love of a beautiful heiress. The climax of the comical tale is Crane’s midnight encounter with a creature from local legend, the Headless Horseman. 1922
Juno and the Paycock The literary critic Harold Bloom called Sean O’Casey’s play Juno and the Paycock, about a family living in a Dublin slum during the Irish Civil War, “one of the permanent dramas of our time.” This fine 1930 adaptation was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest films. It stars Barry Fitzgerald, Maire O’Neill, Edward Chapman and Sara Allgood. 1930
Street Scene This 1931 adaption of Elmer Rice’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents a vivid, complex, and dramatic look at tenement life in New York. The New York Times described the play as “the finest wrought chiaroscuro of middle-class life that an American dramatist has drawn across the stage.” The film features a notable score by Alfred Newman. Directed by King Vidor. Starring Estelle Taylor, David Landau, Sylvia Sidney, William Collier, Jr., and Beulah Bondi. 1931
The Sign of Four This early adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s second Sherlock Holmes story stars Arthur Wotner, who played Holmes in five movies in the 1930s. This film is widely regarded as the most successful of the five. The story involves a young woman, threatened by criminals, who calls on Sherlock Holmes for protection. Also starring Ian Hunter and Isla Bevan. Directed by Graham Cutts. 1932
The Most Dangerous Game This film vividly retells Rochard Connell’s famous short story about a megalomaniac who hunts human beings on his remote island. Starring Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, and Robert Armstrong. Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel. 1932
Winterset This film adaptation of Maxwell Anderson’s famous play is a fictionalized version of the famous Sacco and Vanzetti case of 1921, in which two Italian anarchists were controversially convicted of murder. The play, perhaps Anderson’s finest, was written in blank verse. The film marked the debut of the actor Burgess Meredith. Also starring John Carradine, Margo Albert, and Eduardo Ciannelli. Directed by Alfred Santell. 1937
La Bête Humaine Jean Renoir’s melodramatic adaptation of Émile Zola’s famous novel (whose title translates to “The Beast in Man”) is marked by a grim but poetic view of life. Many critics see this movie as a precursor to the film noir genre. The action revolves around a murder that takes place on a train. Starring Jean Gabin and Simone Simon. 1938
The Little Princess This adaption of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel stars Shirley Temple as Sara Crewe, a kindhearted rich girl left penniless after her father is reported dead in battle. She is forced to work as a maid under the harshest of conditions but continues to search for the truth about her father’s disappearance. The New York Times critic Janet Maslin, in 1983, described the film as culminating in “a happy ending sure to make even grown-up viewers cry.” Directed by Walter Lang. 1939
Great Expectations This adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’s finest novels was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Many critics call it one of the greatest of all filmed versions of Dickens. It tells the story of the orphaned boy Pip, who is brought up as a gentlemen with the help of a mysterious benefactor and who falls in love with the beautiful Estella. Starring John Mills, Anthony Wager, Jean Simmons, Valerie Hobson, and Alec Guinness. Directed by David Lean. 1946
Julius Caesar This striking television adaptation of Shakespeare’s play about the murder of Julius Caesar stars Theodore Bikel as Caesar, Philip Bourneuf as Brutus, and Alfred Ryder as Marc Antony. Directed by Daniel Petrie. 1948
June Moon This episode of the famous early television series Studio One presents a star-studded adaptation of Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman’s famous play about a shipping clerk who comes to Manhattan with dreams of becoming a songwriter. Starring Jack Lemmon as Fred Stevens, Eva Marie Saint as Edna, Edward Andrews as Paul, and Jean Carson as Eileen. Directed by Walter Hart. 1949
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë’s famous gothic tale of passion on the moors of England is here given a lively adaptation, with a young Charlton Heston starring as Heathcliff. Directed by Paul Nickell. 1950
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court This adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale is the story of a modern-day Yankee named Hank Morgan who finds himself transported back to the medieval world of King Arthur. Morgan uses his wits and 19th-century know-how to find favor in Arthur’s court. Starring Thomas Mitchell and Boris Karloff. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. 1952
The Snows of Kilimanjaro This adaptation of one of Ernest Hemingway’s best-known short stories significantly expands on the original. As writer Harry Street lies gravely wounded from an African hunting accident he recalls his one true love, Cynthia Green, whom he lost because of his obsession for roaming the world. Meanwhile, Street’s current wife tends to his wounds and tries to restore in him the will to survive. Starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Susan Hayward. Directed by Henry King. 1952
1984 This early television adaptation of 1984 was the very first screen version of George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel. Starring Eddie Albert as Winston Smith and Lorne Greene as O’Brien. Directed by Paul Nickell. 1953
An Error in Chemistry In this comedy film, Red Skelton plays a hapless man who is tricked into being a boiler room hustler for con men selling phony uranium mine stock. They trick him into believing they are G-men and he is helping the government. He is caught and sent to prison, but without his catching on, the real FBI and the warden help him escape so he can lead them to the crooks and recover the stolen cash. 1954
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn This television adaptation of Mark Twain’s work combines elements of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The film takes many liberties with the original— most notably, the character Jim is entirely absent. Directed by Herbert B. Swope Jr. Starring Thomas Mitchell and John Carradine. 1955
Fury of Achilles This famous Italian epic is a surprisingly faithful adaptation of Homer’s The Iliad. It tells the story of the eventful tenth year in the war between the Greeks and Trojans. The Greek hero Achilles suffers the loss of his friend Patroclus and takes his revenge by killing the Trojan prince Hector. Starring Gordon Mitchell and Jacques Bergerac. Directed by Marino Girolami. 1962
David Copperfield This famous, star-studded adaptation of Charles Dickens’s beloved autobiographical novel was released as a television movie in the United States and in theaters in the United Kingdom. It uses a series of flashbacks to tell the story of David Copperfield’s rise from childhood poverty to success as a writer. Starring Robin Phillips as David Copperfield and Ralph Richardson as Micawber. Also featuring Richard Attenborough, Laurence Olivier (who won an Emmy for his role), Susan Hampshire, Cyril Cusack, Wendy Hiller, Edith Evans, and Michael Redgrave. Directed by Delbert Mann. 1969
F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Last Of The Belles” This television play combines a biopic of F. Scott Fitzgerald with an adaptation of his short story The Last of the Belles. The play alternates between descriptions of the difficult, dissipated life lead by Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, and the story he is writing about a young woman who becomes involved with soldiers in a training camp in the south. Starring Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner, and Susan Sarandon. Directed by George Schaefer. 1974
The River Niger This film adaptation of Joseph Walker’s popular Tony Award-winning play stars James Earl Jones as Johnny Williams, a house painter and poet struggling to provide for his family in the rundown Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr. also star in this film directed by Krishna Shah. 1976
Krapp’s Last Tape This 1990 adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s famous one-act, one-man play features original staging by Beckett himself. The play is the story of an elderly man who obsessively listens to a recordings he made of himself many years ago. The star of the play, Rick Cuchley, had earlier worked under Beckett’s direction. 1990
Lifestories 03: Bloodbrothers–The Joey Dipaolo Story “Bloodbrothers – The Joey Dipaolo Story” is the fact based story of Joey DiPaolo, a Brooklyn youngster infected with the AIDS virus during a blood transfusion.An HBO Production. 1992
Lifestories 04: Families In Crisis–No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story Families in Crisis – No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story tells the true story of a young college student assaulted in her dorm room after a date. Katie faced skepticism from the dean but maintained her story was true. She decides to publicly share her story of rape despite any possible repercussion. An HBO Production. 1992
Lifestories 01: Families In Crisis–Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story Families in Crisis – Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story tells the true story of a pregnant high school student who undergoes an illegal abortion, with tragic results. An HBO Production. 1992
Lifestories 02: Families In Crisis–Secret Life Of Mary-Margaret: Portrait Of A Bulimic In this video, a teenage girl develops an eating disorder after analyzing her mother’s unhealthy relationship with body image.Mary Margaret Carter’s anorexia develops into bulimia as she pursues a modeling career. When she attends college, she meets a fellow sufferer who starves herself to death. Eventually, Mary Margaret finds help. An HBO Production. 1992
Lifestores: Families In Crisis–Gunplay: The Last Day In The Life Of Brian Darling “Gunplay: The Last Day in the Life of Brian Darling,” tells the true story of one of the hundreds of children who die each year in the United States due to accidental shootings.An HBO Production. 1992
Lifestories 05: Families In Crisis–A Deadly Secret: The Robert Bierer Story “A Deadly Secret: The Robert Bierer Story” tells the true story of one of the thousands of teenagers who commit suicide each year in the United States.An HBO Production. 1992
Lifestories 06: Families In Crisis–Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story In this episode of Lifestories: Families in Crisis, viewers learn the true story of a minor who, believing nothing would ever happen to him, chose to drive after a night of drinking with friends. On his way home he crashed into an oncoming vehicle andkilled the young woman driver. He was convicted and given a unique sentence of writing a weekly $1 check to the victim’s parents to ensure he always remembered the life he took. This is the story of his struggle with the regret and guilt that comes with taking the life of another human being. An HBO Production. 1993
Lifestories:  Family Video Diaries–Someone Had To Be Benny Family Video Diaries – Someone Had To Be Benny tells the true story of Benny Agrelo, a thirteen-year-old liver transplant recipient, who is fighting to live his remaining days without the painful side effects of his medication. An HBO Production. 1994
Lifestories 10: Families In Crisis–A Child Betrayed: The Calvin Mire Story “A Child Betrayed: The Calvin Mire Story” tells the true story of a young boy who was sexually abused by the priest at his church.An HBO Production. 1994
Lifestories 12: Families In Crisis–A Deadly Secret: P.O.W.E.R: The Eddie Matos Story “Families in Crisis – A Deadly Secret: P.O.W.E.R: The Eddie Matos Story” tells of the true story of a young man who enters the drug dealing business in New Jersey, with fatal consequences. An HBO Production. 1994
Lifestories: Family Video Diaries–She’s Having A Baby…Brother “Family Video Diaries – She’s Having A Baby…Brother” is a documentary of the process of change the Reece family experiences as they prepare for the arrival of baby Malcolm. Big sister Angela grapples with the prospect of sharing attention with the new baby.An HBO Production. 1994
Lifestories 11: Family In Crisis–Confronting Brandon: The Intervention Of An Addict A teenager with a drinking and drug addiction problem is confronted by his friends, brother, and girlfriend who stage an intervention for him with the help of a guidance counselor. 1994
5 American Handguns – 5 American Kids A new handgun is manufactured in the United States every twenty seconds. Using on-location footage and photos, plus first-person interviews with the family and friends of victims, this profoundly disturbing documentary tells the stories of five handguns that killed five children–and how their deaths might have been prevented. Narrated by Beau Bridges, the film includes a number of jarring handgun statistics, found at the end of each segment, which punctuate the senselessness of these tragedies. 1995
Any Place But Here: The Promised Land After reconstruction, white Americans began to take political and civil rights from black citizens. The first episode sets the historical scene, examining the politics, poverty and aspirations that motivated millions to escape from near slavery and segregation in Mississippi for Chicago, which promised freedom and dignity. Chicago in 1942 was home to a large, respectable black middle class as well as the “New Negroes” emerging from the war. Now it would need to prepare for and accept its new black citizens.A BBC Production. 1996
4 Little Girls On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the nation-and a defining moment in the history of America’s civil-rights movement. Nearly 35 years later, acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee tells the full story of the bombing, through heart-wrenching testimonials from surviving members of the victims’ families, insights from Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Andrew Young, Coretta Scott King and many others, and a rare and revealing interview with former Alabama Governor George Wallace. 1997
Beating the Bottom Line Businesses on the verge of shutdown are rescued by creative partnerships enlisting management, labor, and communities in the common goal of providing for the long-term good of all. In this concluding episode of Surviving the Bottom Line, Smith finds companies that are generating new jobs and keeping work in America, while still achieving the New Economy’s competitive goals. Practical lessons in innovative power-sharing arrangements between labor and management are gleaned from powerful examples in the U.S., where companies like the Hathaway shirt factory and Northwest Airlines have recovered from the brink of collapse. Experience from countries such as Holland and Canada points to new ways America can support and protect its growing mass of temp workers and use workers’ pension funds to help both business and labor—with partnerships being the key to success. (61 minutes) 1998
King of the Jews: Episode 6—Corpus Christi The titulus, or act of accusation, placed on the cross was inscribed “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews”; is this inscription the oldest surviving text which refers to Jesus? Did “Nazarene” mean someone from Nazareth? How can the fact be explained that there are no archeological traces of Nazareth dating earlier than the 2nd century AD? In spite of the differences among the four Evangelists, they all agree that the inscription on the cross included the words “King of the Jews”, in reference to Jesus. Was he executed principally for political reasons? Did Jesus himself have royal pretensions, which would certainly have posed a threat to the Roman imperial government? 2000
The Crucifixion: Episode 1—Corpus Christi The image of Christ on the cross is known all over the world, but are we even certain how the torture was inflicted? Were convicts nailed or tied to the cross? What shape was the cross? Where did executions take place? Do the writings by historians of antiquity confirm those of the Evangelists? What can we learn from bone fragments of the sole crucifixion victim ever discovered (in Jerusalem), which are also dated 1st century AD? Who crucified Jesus: the Romans or the Jews, as the Gospel according to Saint John leads us to believe? 2000
John the Baptist: Episode 2—Corpus Christi Where was Jesus from? How can he be situated in the Judaism of his time among the reform movements cropping up around the first century? In the eyes of many Jews, the Roman presence in Palestine, i.e., the pagan domination of the Holy Land, is essentially a manifestation of the impurity of the chosen people before God. Just as the members of the Qumran sect withdrew into the desert to cleanse themselves of their impurity, John the Baptist offered an immersion ritual far from Jerusalem in substitution for temple sacrifices, rites which were carried out by the High Priests. The beginning of each of the gospels emphasizes the capital role played by the Baptist. Was Jesus one of his disciples? In what way did Jesus’ activity further or challenge the Baptist movement? Have Christians appropriated John the Baptist, and turned him into a “precursor” figure after the fact? 2000
Temple: Episode 3—Corpus Christi For Jesus, as for all Jews of his time, the Temple of Jerusalem was the holiest place in Israel: it was there that God manifested his presence. But the Roman occupation of Palestine forced the High Priests to agree to a trade-off: the Temple would remain a Jewish enclave where they were free to practice their religion, and the rest of the country would fall under imperial authority. Were Judeans and Galileans able to accept this? Who were the High Priests: religious Jews? collaborators? back-up ranks for the governor’s police force? Why were the Pharisees and the Sadduccees opposed to one other? How did Jesus situate himself in relation to these two religious groups? In the episode in which the merchants were chased from the Temple, did Jesus really or only symbolically aspire to the power of the High Priests? Was there really an “occurrence” or were the events edited to coincide with Biblical prophecies? Did Jesus want to overturn the Temple of Jerusalem? 2000
The Trial: Episode 4—Corpus Christi How, and by whom was Jesus judged? Was Jesus tried once or twice? Was there a Jewish trial and a Roman trial? Are there two different stories of Jesus: one told from the Jewish viewpoint, the other from the Roman viewpoint? In the Gospel according to Saint John, the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate seems to want to save Jesus from his torture. Can this attitude be reconciled with the fierce portrait of Pilate painted by Jewish historians of the time? Why did the Evangelists try to exonerate Pilate and accuse the Jews? Can this enable us to definitively date when the texts were written? Or to determine what their theological and ideological issues were? 2000
Barabbas: Episode 5—Corpus Christi Jesus the Nazarene or Jesus of Nazareth— this is how Jesus is referred to in the four gospels. And yet in several other archaic manuscripts we discover another Jesus, Jesus Barabbas. Barabbas was the rioter chosen by the crowd over Jesus, when Pontius Pilate offered to amnesty one prisoner. Who was Barabbas, whose name in Aramaic can be read “Son of the Father”? Was he one of the witnesses of the Jewish uprisings against the Roman occupation? Was he a Zealot? Was he a literary creation? Does he serve as a marker of the death of the historical Jesus? How can we explain that his full name was gradually erased from the texts that have been passed down to us? On a wider scope, should the gospels be viewed as documents on the life and death of Jesus, or as texts that bear witness to the schism taking place within Judaism after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem in 70? 2000
Christos: Episode 10—Corpus Christi In Christianity, Jesus is Jesus Christ. In the gospels Jesus is called “Christ”, the Greek translation of the Hebrew word for “messiah” or “anointed by God”. Was the biblical conception of the messiah political or religious? Was it possible to be a prophet without being king? During his lifetime did Jesus claim to be the messiah of Israel? Was it the royal aspect of this pretension which brought about his condemnation? Why and by whom? By the Jews who thought it was blasphemous and dangerous for their people? Or by the Romans who feared the arrival of a liberating king of Israel? Did Jesus become “Christos” or “Jesus Christ” only after his death? How many years or centuries separate Jesus the Nazarene from Jesus Christ? 2000
The Beloved Disciple: Episode 11—Corpus Christi How old are the most ancient papyruses of the gospel according to John? Why have they all been found in Egypt and none in Palestine? Why were there hundreds of variations before the version we know today was settled on? What is the relationship between the gospel of John with those of Mark, Matthew, and Luke? Was the former dependent upon the latter, or on an independent source? One of Jesus’ Apostles was called John, son of Zebedee. Did he write the fourth gospel known as “The Gospel According to John”? Was he the beloved disciple who appears in the text as the author of the gospel? Is there another figure hidden behind “the disciple beloved of Jesus”? Who was John, the “old” author of the epistles? And did the same hand that wrote the Apocalypse According to John write the gospel? Isn’t the very notion of authorship misleading when considering this literature? 2000
According to John: Episode 12—Corpus Christi How can one explain that the Gospel According to John is both a great piece of literature and a text fraught with anomalies and contradictions throughout? What is the meaning of the fact that it was written in different stages, as these oddities prove? Why is the fourth Evangelist sometimes perceived as the “father of anti-Semitism”? In the fourth gospel, is Jesus addressing the people of his century, or is it the Evangelist two or three generations later speaking to his people at the very moment when Christianity is born out of Judaism and branches off from it? What body was lowered from the cross after the death of Jesus? The tortured body of a martyred man, his blood let like the sacrificial Easter lamb? A mystical body, the embodiment of God in the flesh, who through his death and resurrection atoned for the sins of all mankind? Or the body of a text? 2000
Judas: Episode 7—Corpus Christi The gospels speak of a hateful individual named Judas. Although he was one of the twelve disciples, he betrayed Jesus and led him to his death. Is this betrayal based on historical fact? Who was Judas: a renegade, an extremist, or an ally? Is he called Iscariot because he came from a village in Judea near Jerusalem? Was Judas presented as the traitor because he was the only Judean among the group of Galileans? Was Jesus supposedly betrayed by all Judea, in the name of Judas? Is he not the quintessential Jew, the embodiment of Judaism after the Christians’ break with the Synagogue? How many Judases are there in the gospels? One? Two? Three? Judas, son of Simon, Judas Iscariot, Jude, the brother of Jesus, etc.? 2000
Passover: Episode 8—Corpus Christi Do we know what day Jesus died? What year? In 30? In 33? Later? According to the Gospel of Saint John, Jesus died on Passover, whereas in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke,) the crucifixion took place the day before. The stories of the Passion are reputed to be the oldest texts in all the gospels. But how can the blatant differences among them be explained? Why are these stories so heavily infused with allusions to the Old Testament? What was their function? Was it to keep a historical record or to create a new liturgy which could compete with the traditional Jewish liturgy? Could the date of Jesus’ death have been chosen for primarily theological reasons, to appropriate Passover and make Jesus into the new Moses? 2000
Resurrection: Episode 9—Corpus Christi What happened after Jesus died on the cross? Why were his disciples not in turn persecuted by the Romans? Why did they stay in Jerusalem? Were they still waiting for the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel? Did they expect it to be imminent, i.e. would the end of time also coincide with the end of Roman rule? Did Jesus himself expect to rise from the dead? To what extent does the Christian concept of the resurrection spring from Jewish tradition? How much credence should one give to the accounts of the discovery of the empty tomb? Why does the earliest Christian writer never mention this scene but only speak of the apparitions of Jesus after he has risen from the dead? Why are these apparitions so different from one text to another, despite the fact that all the texts speak about the women and the disciples seeing Jesus and not recognizing him at first? Can one still speak of “resurrection”? How would the fact that neither the apocalypse nor the Messiah had come, set the stage for the birth of Christianity? 2000
Consejos: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel receives a letter from Arturo and consults with Lucía on the Castillo family. Viewers review vocabulary and grammar. 2001
iImposible!: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Lucía confronts Raquel about her motivations. Viewers review vocabulary and grammar. 2001
Pistas: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel recounts her travel in Puerto Rico and wonders who is influencing Angela. Viewers review vocabulary and grammar. 2001
Entre Hermanos: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel recounts the excavation site cave in in Mexico. Viewers review vocabulary and grammar. 2001
Asuntos de Familia: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel recounts to Lucía when Arturo met his niece and nephew. Veiwers review vocabulary and grammar. 2001
Medidas Drástícas: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Lucía discovers Gloria’s gambling problem and the Castillo family’s financial struggles. Viewers review grammar and vocabulary. 2001
Dos Abogadas: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela set in Spain. This episode focuses on reviewing the original storyline and introducing Lucía Hinojosa, the Castillo family lawyer and executor of both Don Fernando’s and Pedro Castillo’s wills. 2001
Más Datos: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel describes her trip to Argentina, converses with her mother, and receives a newspaper article about the government’s case against La Gavia. Viewers review vocabulary and verb tenses. 2001
La Búsqueda: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel describes the search for Angel in Buenos Aires and her relationship with Arturo. Viewers review vocabulary and verb tenses. 2001
Pasado, Presente, Futuro: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel recalls the final day she spent with the Castillo family, discovers the outcome of the government suit against La Gavia, and Arturo’s decision. Viewers review vocabulary and grammar. 2001
The Vagina Monologues “I realized there was no context in which women ever talk about their vaginas.” From this starting point, playwright Eve Ensler began what has become an ongoing odyssey into traditionally forbidden territory. This program captures all the intimacy, emotion, and laughter of Ensler’s performance of her award-winning, one-woman play. Between monologues, documentary-style footage is used to explore the creative impetus behind the play as Ensler conducts interviews with a widely divergent cross-section of women. These frank and often liberating discussions about a once-taboo topic complement the individual monologues. Contains explicit language. An HBO Production. (77 minutes) 2001
Encuentros: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela set in Spain. In this episode, Raquel meets Lucía Hinojosa, the Castillo family structure is reviewed, adjectives and demonstrative pronouns are applied. 2001
El Viaje Comienza: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel tells Lucía about her travels in Spain and viewers learn about time expressions, past tense and addresses. 2001
Datos Importantes: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Lucía discovers the Mexican Government wants to reclaim La Gavia and viewers learn reflexive verbs, irregular verbs in the past tense, and watch a flamenco performance. 2001
Malas Noticias: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel reads Arturo’s letter and Lucía decides to return to Los Angeles. Viewers review vocabulary and grammar. 2001
Voces del Pasado: Nuevos Destinos A sequel to the original Destinos, Nuevo Destinos introduces students to Spanish through an entertaining telenovela. In this episode, Raquel debates seeing Luis again and remembers how Don Fernando had doubts after she presented her case. Veiwers review vocabulary and grammar. 2001
The Iceman and the Psychiatrist By his mid-20s, Richard Kuklinski’s extreme penchant for murder drew the attention of organized crime and he was hired as a contract killer. Today, he is serving multiple life sentences for nearly 200 homicides. In this powerful program, Dr. Park Dietz, a world-renowned psychiatrist and consultant to the FBI, interviews this remorseless killer, providing important insights into the psychological factors that can lead to such an aberrant pathology. Complementing the one-on-one sessions, police photographs and film footage document Kuklinski’s troubled background and numerous victims. Viewer discretion is advised. An HBO Production. (51 minutes) 2002
The End: Families Facing Death This program examines terminal illness through the darkly fascinating lens of family dynamics. The loved ones of five different hospice patients document their experiences, creating video diaries that are part case study, part family album. With intermittent views into the heavy responsibilities of hospice social workers—who must juggle clinical procedure, unpredictable group psychology, and their own conflicting emotions—The End clearly illustrates that the slow process of dying is never just one individual’s journey, and that impending loss amplifies our deepest emotional connections. A provocative analysis of the end-of-life experience. An HBO Production. (85 minutes) 2003
A Kingdom That Doesn’t Come: Episode 3—Birth of Christianity Instead of hiding or escaping to Galilee, Jesus’ disciples gathered in Jerusalem. Why did they take such a risk?What did the disciples expect from Jesus while he was living? What was it that they hoped for after their Master’s Death? Was the kingdom he had announced to them a present kingdom or a future one? Was it the kingdom of Israel or a celestial kingdom? Will a resurrected Jesus return? And when? 2004
Days of Anger: Episode 7—Birth of Christianity In 50 or 51, Paul sent his instructions from Corinth to the Christian community in Thessalonki. This is the most ancient text in the New Testament. Why did Paul denounce Jews as “the enemy of all men?” Is he the instigator of Christian anti-Semitism? Could the apostle have been the author of these sentences? 2004
Back in the Hood: Gang War 2 A follow-up to 1993′s award-winning Gang War: Bangin’ In Little Rock, this film returns to Little Rock, Arkansas – the heartland of America – to reintroduce Leifel Jackson, one of the first film’s most notorious OGs (“Original Gangstas”). Just out of prison and struggling to stay “straight,” Jackson’s enemies are no longer rival gang members, but rather the poverty, isolation, lack of opportunity and senseless violence continuing to plague his city. 2004
Jesus After Jesus: Episode 1—Birth of Christianity Around the year 30, Jesus was crucified by the Romans in Jerusalem. Three and a half centuries later, Christianity became the official religion of the Empire. How long did it take for Jesus to become Jesus Christ, the Son of God, a God-made man? Did Jesus create the Church? After his death, was it Peter, the chief disciple, who replaced him as the head of the community? 2004
Paul, the Apostate: Episode 5—Birth of Christianity According to Acts, Paul participated in the death of Stephen, then in the persecution of the first Christian Jews. Did Paul convert on the road to Damascus? Who was the apostle Paul, the only character in the New Testament to both author a Gospel that carries his name and to figure as the hero of the Book of Acts? Why does he refer to himself as “the lowest of the low? 2004
Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops from the Battlefields of Iraq A soldier’s last words. A family’s lasting memories. HBO and The New York Times, in association with LIFE Books, present a poignant tribute to American soldiers who have died in the war in Iraq. From the soldiers’ hometowns, family members read the “last letters home” from eight men and two women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. An HBO Production. 2004
Jacques, Jesus’ Brother: Episode 2—Birth of Christianity In the first years, why did James, referred to as the “brother of the Lord,” appear to be the veritable successor to Jesus? Did Jesus have brothers? Why do some of the Gospels proclaim the virginity of Mary, Jesus’ mother? Why did his family believe that Jesus was “crazy?” Were his mother and his brother opposed to the group of twelve disciples?Did Jesus have brothers? Why do some of the Gospels proclaim the virginity of Mary, Jesus’ mother? Why did his family believe that Jesus was “crazy?” Were his mother and his brother opposed to the group of twelve disciples? 2004
Verus Israel: Episode 10—Birth of Christianity In 70, Jerusalem was captured by the Roman legions. The Temple was destroyed. In 135, the Jewish nation was crushed. What were the consequences of the failure of two Jewish revolts? Why did Judaism proclaim the exclusion of Christians? And why was it that Christians refused to create a separate religion? Why, in the year 150, did Christianity declare itself to be “verus Israel?”, “the real Israel” What were the consequences for the Jews? 2004
Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable A “what if” look at the possibly catastrophic consequences of an accident or terrorist attack at the Indian Point Energy Center in New York. Twenty million people live within a 50-mile radius of the site and its three nuclear reactors. A large radioactive release could have devastating health and economic consequences, potentially rendering much of the Hudson River Valley – including New York City – uninhabitable. Featuring advocates for shutting down the facility as well as those who contend that Indian Point is safe. 2004
Twist of Faith From acclaimed director Kirby Dick, this Academy Award-nominated and Sundance-selected feature documentary tells the deeply personal story of a man who confronts the trauma of past sexual abuse by a local priest, only to find his decision shatters his relationships with his family, community and faith. An HBO Production. 2004
When the Levees Broke: Part 2 Spike Lee’s portrait of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina tells the personal stories of members of a community that has survived devastation and is finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes, buoyed by a rich cultural legacy. Three months after the disaster, Lee, cameraman Cliff Charles, and a small crew made the first of eight trips to New Orleans to conduct interviews and shoot footage. They selected participants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, including Governor Kathleen Blanco; Mayor Ray Nagin; activists Al Sharpton and Harry Belafonte; CNN’s Soledad O’Brien; and musicians Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Kanye West. Part 2 focuses on the state and federal government’s slow response, botched evacuation attempts, and racial and socioeconomic discrimination during the rescue effort. An HBO Production. 2006
When the Levees Broke: Part 3 Spike Lee’s portrait of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina tells the personal stories of members of a community that has survived devastation and is finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes, buoyed by a rich cultural legacy. Three months after the disaster, Lee, cameraman Cliff Charles and a small crew made the first of eight trips to New Orleans to conduct interviews and shoot footage. Participants include Governor Kathleen Blanco; Mayor Ray Nagin; activists Al Sharpton and Harry Belafonte; CNN’s Soledad O’Brien; and musicians Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Kanye West. Part 3 covers failed search and rescue efforts, levee failure investigations, FEMA’s incompetence in providing temporary shelters, homeowner insurance battles, and the Army Corps of Engineers’ attempts to repair damage before the 2006 hurricane system. An HBO Production. 2006
When the Levees Broke: Part 4 Spike Lee’s portrait of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina tells the personal stories of members of a community that has survived devastation and is finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes. Three months after the disaster, Lee, cameraman Cliff Charles, and a small crew made the first of eight trips to New Orleans to conduct interviews and shoot footage. Participants include Governor Kathleen Blanco; Mayor Ray Nagin; activists Al Sharpton and Harry Belafonte; CNN’s Soledad O’Brien; and musicians Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Kanye West. Part 4 looks at the challenges New Orleans evacuees face upon returning home to utter destruction, including a lack of government support, heightened crime, a failing education system, and psychological trauma. At the same time, a deep rooted cultural identity helps communities to rebuild. An HBO Production. 2006
Baghdad ER Combat-zone medicine has inspired innovations in civilian trauma care for decades. A particularly compelling model can be found in Iraq, where injured troops have a 90 percent chance of survival. The success rate is due to the U.S. Army’s 86th Combat Support Hospital, formerly one of Saddam Hussein’s elite medical centers. This sobering and profoundly moving documentary shows viewers the facility’s daily tragedies and occasional triumphs, going inside operating rooms with doctors and nurses who display skill and dedication under agonizing pressure. Filmed over a two-month period, the program follows first-response medevac teams to crash and combat sites, depicts surgeries and amputations in close detail, and records the frustrations and reflections of men and women who touch and treat the effects of war every day. The perspectives of traumatized patients are also explored. Viewer discretion is advised. Includes nudity. An HBO Production. (65 minutes) 2006
What Is Addiction? To understand the nature of substance abuse and why an individual succumbs to addiction, a wide range of factors must be examined. This program follows Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as she conducts informal group therapy with addicts and their family members. Volkow points out the environmental, behavioral, and genetic influences that make people vulnerable to addiction and outlines ways in which addiction creates abnormal behavior. Additionally, Volkow uses brain imaging to illustrate the neurological impact of drugs and alcohol. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (23 minutes) 2006
Understanding Relapse What causes a recovering addict to use drugs or alcohol again? Is it a matter of weak willpower, or is substance abuse at its core a chronic condition? This program addresses those questions, showing that relapse is not the failure of treatment but part of the disorder. Viewers will learn how repeated drug use compromises the brain’s “stop” system, making it difficult to resist drug triggers, and how many successful treatments involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A case study features a crack cocaine addict who has entered a University of Pennsylvania study that investigates the brain’s response to drug cues. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (21 minutes) 2006
An Interview with Mark L. Willenbring, M.D. As the Director of Treatment and Recovery Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Dr. Mark Willenbring works to shed light on a range of substance abuse issues. In this program, Dr. Willenbring discusses various factors that can lead to alcoholism, including genetics and psychiatric disorders. Key points are the stigma associated with alcoholism, the importance of finding and starting treatment, and what constitutes effective therapy. Willenbring shares several resources that may help with treatment and identifies support groups for addicts and family members. Additionally, the film highlights new FDA-approved medications that may help reduce the risk of relapse. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (25 minutes) 2006
An Interview with Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Kathleen Brady is Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Division at the University of South Carolina Medical School and an expert on addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. In this program, Dr. Brady discusses how underlying disorders like anxiety, depression, or trauma can lead to addiction or relapse, stressing the need to treat these mental disorders and addiction simultaneously. Dr. Brady also sheds light on the production of dopamine in the brain and dispels two harmful misconceptions—one, that an individual must actively want help in order to get treatment, and two, that an addict needs to reach rock-bottom before recovering. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (22 minutes) 2006
Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy Justin and Amanda, a young couple addicted to opiates for several years, have entered a treatment facility at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. This program follows their progress and presents expert commentary from Acadia administrator Scott Farnum, who sheds light on the different types of opioids and how they affect the brain. He also focuses on replacement therapy, an effective way to recover from opioid addiction. While making clear that replacement therapy medications such as methadone and buprenorphine are not magic bullets, the film does show that, six months later, Justin and Amanda have both remained sober. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (22 minutes) 2006
When the Levees Broke: Part 1 Spike Lee’s portrait of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina tells the personal stories of members of a community that has survived devastation and is finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes, buoyed by a rich cultural legacy. Three months after the disaster, Lee, cameraman Cliff Charles, and a small crew made the first of eight trips to New Orleans to conduct interviews and shoot footage. They selected participants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, including Governor Kathleen Blanco; Mayor Ray Nagin; activists Al Sharpton and Harry Belafonte; CNN’s Soledad O’Brien; and musicians Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Kanye West. Part 1 focuses on the hurricane, the initial aftermath, and how the disaster could have been prevented. An HBO Production. 2006
The Search for Drug Treatment: A Challenging Journey More than one avenue is usually available in addiction treatment, but finding the appropriate one is a daunting task. How do doctors and counselors choose the right program or medication? What should an addict or family member in search of treatment ask a provider? In this program, leading experts address those topics and offer knowledge on evidence-based treatments— those that have been proven effective. Viewers will learn about the first steps to take to find the right program for an addict, which may involve therapy, medication, or both. The film emphasizes that finding treatment is complex, not a “one-stop shopping experience.” Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (22 minutes) 2006
An Interview with Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D. As a senior research psychologist and director of the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) Coordinating Center at Chestnut Health Systems, Dr. Michael L. Dennis is an expert on the treatment of adolescents with drug and alcohol problems. In this program, he discusses the vulnerability of the adolescent brain and the prevalence of co-occurring disorders in teen addiction. He also cites resources and organizations that can help parents find the treatment best suited to a child’s needs. Asserting that failure to receive help early on has a long-term impact on a child’s life, Dr. Dennis advocates proactive and immediate treatment for young people with substance abuse problems. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (25 minutes) 2006
Treating Stimulant Addiction: The CBT Approach A non-medical approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered the most effective treatment for stimulant addiction. This program goes inside the MATRIX Institute on Addictions, where methamphetamine and cocaine addicts attend evidence-based behavioral therapy groups as well as individual and family counseling, drug testing, and 12-step programs. Case studies include Sherri, who struggles with a serious meth addiction as well as anger at her mother; Cheryl, who used drugs to cope with the impact of childhood sexual abuse; and Eric, who says his life has gotten better and less complicated as a result of CBT. The condition known as anhedonia is an important topic. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (26 minutes) 2006
Cutting Edge This one-hour verité documentary shows a day in the life of a successful barbershop on Harlem’s 125th Street. The film shows the vital role community barbershops play as a forum for black men to discuss any topic, whether controversial or banal, sacred or profane, political or personal, in an environment of heated debate and/or male fellowship. Topics discussed in the film include HIV/AIDS, infidelity, gay marriage, greedy preachers, Bill Clinton, the world’s sexiest actresses, and more. Though in some ways this is a quintessential black barbershop, where macho attitudes often prevail, women do play a role in the shop’s conversations, and with the increasing gentrification of the area, a number of diverse clients (including a white gay man) occasionally enter the mix. An HBO Production. 2006
The Adolescent Addict Because the adolescent brain is not fully developed, young people are extremely vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction. This program combines informative case studies with analysis of two treatments found to be effective with child and teen patients. Viewers will learn about multi-systemic therapy—which engages not only the addict but his or her community, family, and environment—and structured, long-term residential therapy. The film follows a youthful addict through each approach. In addition, it explores co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression, which are typically present with adolescent addicts. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (30 minutes) 2006
An Interview with Nora D. Volkow, M.D. A renowned researcher before becoming director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow has been a tireless investigator into the causes of substance abuse and an advocate for the development of more effective addiction treatments. In this program, Dr. Volkow addresses a wide range of issues, including addiction as a brain disease, the stigma associated with addiction, the adolescent addict, relapse, and the effectiveness of combining behavioral therapies with medication. While Volkow argues that addiction is a chronic, recurring disease of the brain, she also stresses the brain’s enormous capacity to recover with the right comprehensive treatments. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (28 minutes) 2006
Getting an Addict into Treatment: The CRAFT Approach After growing up with an alcoholic father, psychology professor Dr. Robert Meyers developed an innovative treatment method called Community Reinforcement and Family Training. This program outlines the CRAFT approach, a gentle and effective method for helping families guide addicted loved ones into treatment. Dr. Meyers discusses the importance of changing family dynamics to help start addicts on their journey toward recovery. A case study features Jane, who had tried everything to get her grandson Doug into treatment and who finally turns to the CRAFT system. The film shows how Doug responds to therapy and frees himself from his family’s cycle of alcoholism. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (21 minutes) 2006
South Boston Drug Court Drug Courts are an alternative to incarcerating repeat, nonviolent drug felons. In lieu of jail, addicts are mandated to receive comprehensive treatment, which often reduces recidivism. This film goes inside a drug court in South Boston, showing how the court system supervises long-term treatment for drug cases. Defendants include Joe, a heroin addict who has stolen to support his habit. He enters the Drug Court program, then relapses and skips a court hearing. Brian is another case, having entered Drug Court in a sincere attempt to escape addiction. During this process, he is able to confront his disease and get sober. Judge Robert Ziemian provides extensive commentary. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (24 minutes) 2006
A Mother’s Desperation: Resorting to the Law An in-depth look inside a moving case study, this program illustrates a mother’s final attempt to rescue her daughter from heroin—by having a warrant issued for her arrest. After five weeks on the run, Aubrey gives up and goes to the police, enters court-mandated treatment, and moves back in with her mother. They take turns speaking to the camera about their experiences, their relationship, and how they view the future. The film also depicts a support group in which several mothers of addicts share their concerns, fears, and hopes for their children—as well as the toll addiction has taken on their own spirits. Some content may be objectionable. An HBO Production. (27 minutes) 2006
Addiction: A Comprehensive View Made up of several concise segments, this program deals with a wide range of drugs, addiction issues, and case studies. Viewers will enter a chaotic Dallas ER, where the majority of injuries are drug- and alcohol-related, and meet a desperate middle-aged woman who finally turns in her heroin-addicted daughter to police. Other segments focus on opiate addiction, drug abuse in adolescence, the reasons for relapse, the science of brain imaging, a potential treatment for alcoholism called topiramate, the disturbing lack of insurance coverage for drug and alcohol addiction, and other topics. Contains mature themes, occasional explicit language, and some graphic footage of injuries. An HBO Production. (87 minutes) 2006
Wide Awake: Portrait of an Insomniac According to the National Sleep Foundation, 40 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep problem. This documentary offers an intimate look at the insomniac’s world via the personal reflections of the filmmaker, lifelong night owl Alan Berliner. Conversations with leading sleep disorder specialists are also included. As Berliner explores his past and talks with loved ones, the factors behind his insomnia emerge, including genetics, family dynamics, obsession with work, and the imminent birth of his son. Experts include Dr. William C. Dement of Stanford University’s Sleep Disorders Clinic and Dr. Leonid Kayumov of the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. An HBO Production. (80 minutes) 2006
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq Three-time Emmy® winner James Gandolfini returns to HBO with this documentary special about wounded soldiers. It surveys the physical and emotional cost of war through memories of their “alive day,” the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. Soldiers share questions about their future, severe disabilities and devotion to their country. The film also looks at the advances in military medicine that allow soldiers to return home and celebrate what they call their “Alive Day”. Emmy® Nominated. An HBO Production. 2007
Friends of God: The Evangelical Movement in America A formidable force in American culture and politics, the evangelical movement is an extremely diverse group. In this program, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi embarks on a fast-paced cross-country journey to gain a better understanding of this increasingly influential community. Visiting with a broad cross-section of evangelical Christians—from icons of the movement to congregation members, creationist educators, religious activists, Liberty University students, a Christian comic, Bible theme park-goers, and professional wrestlers with a powerful gospel message—Pelosi respectfully assembles an objective composite portrait. Interviews with the Reverend Jerry Falwell, leader of The Moral Majority Coalition; Pastor Joel Osteen, the most-watched TV minister in America; Pastor Ron Luce, founder of the immensely popular Battle Cry concert ministry; and Pastor Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals who subsequently resigned under a cloud of scandal, are featured. An HBO Production. (58 minutes) 2007
White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki In an era of dirty bombs and nuke-hungry rogue nations, images of the horror visited upon Japanese cities at the end of World War II serve as reminders of humanity’s ongoing gamble. This program presents numerous eyewitness accounts from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks, creating an on-the-ground picture of the world’s first—and hopefully last—instance of nuclear warfare. Interviewees include Kiyoko Imori, the only survivor from her obliterated elementary school, and Sakue Shimohira, who recalls choosing at age ten between “the courage to die and the courage to live.” U.S. servicemen who carried out the bombing missions, such as Enola Gay navigator Theodore Van Kirk and weapons test officer Morris Jeppson, are also featured. An HBO Production. (87 minutes) 2007
Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later A watershed moment in the civil rights movement occurred when federal troops enforced Brown v. Board of Education at Little Rock Central High School. What is Little Rock’s legacy a half-century later? This program follows the lives of present-day Little Rock students, teachers, and administrators over the course of a year—going inside classrooms, observing assemblies, and visiting students’ homes. Exposing the widely varying concerns and academic goals of black and white students, the film presents an unflinching view of the de facto segregation—all too visible in the racial makeup of Little Rock’s Advanced Placement classes—that still plagues many American schools. As one educator observes, Little Rock is “two schools in one.” An HBO Production. (71 minutes) 2007
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib What mental and ethical lapses led average American soldiers to use torture at Abu Ghraib? What roles did “group think” and blind obedience play? How did the scandal impact America’s credibility as a global defender of freedom and human rights? This program investigates how and why the atrocities took place as well as their long-term implications. The program features the voices of Iraqi victims—interviewed in Turkey after arduous attempts to meet with them—and now-penitent guards directly involved in torture at the prison. In addition, the film traces the events and decisions that created the political and psychological climate in which torture occurred, beginning with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Contains explicit language and imagery. Viewer discretion is advised. An HBO Production. (79 minutes) 2007
Coma: Four Case Studies The vast majority of coma patients face a critical and very limited window of recovery time—after one year, the chance for improvement is slim to none. This documentary follows the progress of four individuals in comas or vegetative states over the course of a year, exploring the mysteries of the injured brain as each patient emerges, to varying degrees, from darkness. Interweaving commentary from renowned physicians and neurologists, the program goes inside a top U.S. medical facility for coma treatment—the Center for Head Injuries at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey. With unprecedented access to the center, the program also chronicles the emotional stories of the four patients’ families, who must deal with overwhelming medical complexities and frightening uncertainties about the fate of their loved ones. An HBO Production. (103 minutes) 2007
Portraits of a Lady In October 2006, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor sat for two 3-hour sessions, agreeing to have her portrait painted by not one, but 25 separate artists. In the end, these painters – some amateurs, some professionals – created vastly different images of this iconic figure, shedding light on both their subject, as well as the process and heritage of portraiture in American history and politics. 2008
Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery It has been called “the saddest acre in America.” It is also once of the most sacred. Situated in a quiet pocket of Arlington National Cemetery, Section 60 is a final resting place for young men and women who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. For families and friends, it is a place to grieve, to honor, to remember, and to find comfort and community with others who have shared the same profound loss. An HBO Production. 2008
Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House profiles the iconic journalist, a legend in political reporting, who has covered the White House and every president since John F. Kennedy. In this program Thomas, still as sharp as ever, sits down for a one-on-one interview in which she reflects on her storied career, the distinct personalities and foibles of the presidents she has covered, as well as some of the scandals that have rocked the White House over the years. Supplemented by clips of Thomas in action, plus archival photos and footage, the film offers a rare glimpse of a veteran member of the White House Press Corps, who was one of only a handful of female correspondents when she began covering the presidency in the 1960s. Idolized by many and despised by some, Thomas is without a doubt a determined and steadfast journalist, who maintains the utmost respect for the office of the presidency, while knowing it is her job to ask the tough questions. An HBO Production. 2008
When I Knew Inspired by the book of the same name, When I Knew—codirected by filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato—asks one simple question: when did you know that you’re gay? The film opens with Bailey and Barbato describing their own “aha!” moments and then brings together 16 interviewees for an intimate group discussion. Though some of the stories are told with a sense of loss, most are proud affirmations of sexual identity, supporting the conviction that recognizing and embracing one’s sexual orientation is essential to being true to oneself. Illuminating and moving. An HBO Production. (36 minutes) 2008
The New Covenant: Episode 5—Apocalypse Why, from the 2nd century on, do the Christians feel the need to constitute a specifically Christian body of literature? Why is there a New Testament? What are the criteria that make it possible to separate what is orthodox from what is heretical? What is the crucial role Marcion plays around 140? Why does he imagine there being a Christian God and a Jewish God? 2009
Studs Terkel: Listening to America This film by Academy Award winning director Eric Simonson is an exploration of the life of America’s greatest oral historian and his eccentric career as actor, musicologist, activist and best selling author. 2009
The Memory Loss Tapes This program puts a human face on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease as it profiles seven people, ages 63 to 87, at different stages of the illness. Cases range from a woman fiercely holding onto her independence even as memory lapses make it harder and harder to do so, to a man who can no longer remember his family yet can still perform beautifully with a vocal group, to a woman who must be fenced in, literally, to keep her from wandering off her daughter’s property. “We wanted to capture a sense of what it was to be inside the disease,” says filmmaker Shari Cookson. “You see…how everything you’ve learned and been in your life is stripped away—yet you still get these glimmers of the person.” A viewable/printable discussion guide is available online. An HBO Production. A part of the series The Alzheimer’s Project. An HBO Production. (84 minutes) 2009
Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? with Maria Shriver Based on the book What’s Happening to Grandpa? by Maria Shriver, this program tells the stories of five children, ages 6 through 15, who are confronted by the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on their grandparents. Commentary by Shriver, whose father had Alzheimer’s, offers grandchildren of patients compassionate advice on how to cope with a beloved family member’s gradual decline into dementia through these five case study “lessons.” Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? is a valuable resource both for young people and for counselors and healthcare professionals who provide guidance to children and their families. A viewable/printable discussion guide is available online. An HBO Production. A part of the series The Alzheimer’s Project. (31 minutes) 2009
Momentum in Science, Parts 1 and 2 Amidst the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s disease, there is real reason for hope. This program goes inside the labs and clinics of 25 leading scientists and physicians who are seeking to discover how to better detect and diagnose the disease, delay the onset of memory loss, affect the brain changes associated with the disease, and ultimately prevent the disease altogether. Alzheimer’s hallmark beta-amyloid plaques and tau tangles are investigated, as well as relationships between Alzheimer’s and vascular disease, diabetes, inflammation, genetics, exercise, and nutrition. Advanced imaging and diagnostic technologies and vaccine clinical trials are also discussed. A viewable/printable discussion guide is available online. An HBO Production. A part of the series The Alzheimer’s Project. (2 hours) 2009
The Conversion of Constantine: Episode 8—Apocalypse How and why did the emperor Constantine convert to Christianity during the Battle at the Milvian Bridge in 312? Was it a sincere personal decision or politically motivated? What were the advantages of converting? Though he chose Christianity, did Constantine continue to believe in the Sun God? Was the covenant between the Church and the Empire inevitable? 2009
The Council of Nicaea: Episode 9—Apocalypse Was Constantine truly a Christian? Why does he keep a close watch over internal Church affairs? Why does Constantine order the Council of Nicaea to be held? Who attends the Council? What issues are debated? Is there a divine hierarchy between the Father and the Son? How was this theological problem solved? Are echoes of Nicaea still perceptible today? 2009
Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech What political guarantees must a society possess in order to truly enjoy freedom of expression? Do Americans ever benefit by limiting the scope of the First Amendment? This program examines those questions, focusing on case studies that weigh free speech against other societal influences. These include the backlash against University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill’s musings on imperialism in U.S. policy; principal Debbie Almontaser’s forced resignation from New York’s first Arabic-English public school due to her alleged terrorist sympathies; inappropriate or excessive restraint against protesters at the 2004 Republican National Convention; and the suspension of a San Diego high schooler for wearing a “Homosexuality Is Shameful” T-shirt. An HBO Production. (74 minutes) 2009
Diagnosis Bipolar: Five Families Search for Answers Suicidal impulses, hypersexuality, recurring nightmares—these are only a few of the symptoms of bipolar disorder. But what is it like for families of bipolar children and teens? This documentary takes viewers inside five households ravaged by the illness, revealing painful dilemmas over medication, school, and family dynamics. Weary of her tantrums, Liv’s parents have twice hospitalized her. Siblings Annie and Casey were a high-risk adoption and, sadly, Annie’s sickness shows why. The mother of Jessica and Matt fears she’ll outlive them, while Andrew requires intensive private tutoring and siblings Levi, Dana, and Asher all take meds with disturbing side effects. Experts in bipolar disorder are also featured. An HBO Production. An HBO Production. (49 minutes) 2009
The Synagogue of Satan: Episode 1—Apocalypse What does the term “Apocalypse” mean? Who is the author of the Book of Revelation, said to be by John of Patmos? When was it written? In what historical context? What was the Christians’ relationship to the Empire at the time? How did the different Christian groups get along together? What is hidden behind the mysterious “synagogue of Satan”? 2009
The Great Fire of Rome: Episode 2—Apocalypse With Jesus crucified for being king of the Jews around the year 30 in Jerusalem, how was Christianity able to become the religion of the Roman Empire? Where does the name “Christians” come from? Why did Nero accuse the Christians of setting fire to Rome in 64? Were they the real culprits or wrongly accused? Why is Revelations the most anti-Roman text in the whole New Testament? 2009
The Inheritance Battle: Episode 4—Apocalypse How do the Pagans see the Christians? Why is there such a mutual lack of understanding? What purpose do the apologies sent to the emperors serve? Why does Justin engage in a dialogue with the Jew Trypho around 160? Does the Christian interpretation of the Bible render the Jewish interpretation obsolete? Are the Christians “the True Israel”? 2009
The Great Heresy: Episode 6—Apocalypse Why have certain forms of Christianity disappeared? How can gnosis be defined? Does it contain secret revelations on the order of the universe? Why is it so hard to find traces of this movement that was widespread throughout the Empire? Did gnosis pose a serious threat to the Church? 2009
Against the Christians: Episode 7—Apocalypse How does Christianity gain ground in the Empire? Why do Pagan intellectuals fight against Christianity? Where does monotheism stand in the 3rd century? Why do the emperors Decius and Valerian suddenly begin persecuting Christians? How can they avoid being put to death? What are Diocletian’s reasons for starting “the Great Persecution”? 2009
After the Apocalypse: Episode 12—Apocalypse How has a tiny Jewish sect that was turned toward Israel and living in the expectation of the End of Time become the religion of the West? Why does the phrase Alfred Loisy wrote a century ago, “Jesus announced the Kingdom and was the Church that came,” still create uproar? Why is it that the Jewish origin of Christianity is still unacceptable to many? 2009
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province A catastrophic earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province causes poorly constructed school buildings to collapse, killing 10,000 children. When grieving parents seek explanations, they are blocked by layers of corruption. An HBO Production. 2009
Caregivers Approximately 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home and are cared for by family and friends—and the physical and emotional tolls on those caregivers can be extreme. Through five intimate portraits, this program illustrates the stages of Alzheimer’s while documenting the sacrifices and successes, frustrations and triumphs, of caregivers experiencing a loved one’s gradual descent into dementia. Issues such as denial and guilt are addressed, as are care-related changes in communication and intimacy. Caregiving tips, coping skills, and insights into the hidden rewards of Alzheimer’s care are interwoven throughout. A viewable/printable discussion guide is available online. An HBO Production. A part of the series The Alzheimer’s Project. (49 minutes) 2009
The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant On December 23, 2008, the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio, shut its doors, leaving 2,500 men and women without jobs. This program follows the final months of the plant through the eyes of workers cast adrift. Interviews reveal the emotional toll of losing not just a job, but a sense of self—as Kathy, a body shop employee and mother of three, mourns the loss of her GM family; as Popeye, a toolmaker, views the plant’s demise as the end of American industrial power; as Kate, a forklift operator, conjures the metaphor of a “gentle dragon” taking its last breath; and as Kim, an electrician, echoes the communal farewell that unfolds as the last truck rolls off the line. An HBO Production. (41 minutes) 2009
Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County Produced and directed by Alexandra Pelosi, Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County follows children living in California motels as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest zip codes in America. The documentary chronicles a summer in the lives of a class of homeless kids who attend a year-round school serving the children of the working poor in Orange County California. 2010
No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D’oro Strike From Emmy award-winning documentarians Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill, this passionate documentary chronicles the struggle of a proud group of multi-cultural, and mostly immigrant, workers at the Stella D’oro cookie factory in the Bronx, NY. The group went on strike for 11 months in 2008-9 when the company’s new owners, Brynwood Partners, demanded pay cuts of up to 30%. Through interviews from the front lines, the documentary tells an emotional, underdog story about a courageous group of workers as they battle to protect their livelihoods. An HBO Production. 2010
Common Errors in Family Interviewing: How to Avoid and Correct How to avoid and correct errors in family interviewing is essential for relational practice and for healing to occur. Interviewing skills are demonstrated in actual clinical vignettes. Specifically shown is how to create a context for change and work collaboratively with all family members in the room without taking sides. Both physical and mental health issues are explored. 2010
Wartorn 1861–2010 Civil War doctors called it hysteria. During the First World War it was known as shell shock, and in World War II it became combat fatigue. Today it is clinically known as post-traumatic stress disorder, a crippling anxiety that results from exposure to life-threatening situations such as combat. This compelling program examines case studies of PTSD spanning 150 years and six American wars. Soldiers’ stories are told through letters and journals, battle footage, and interviews with affected veterans and their families. Also included are conversations between the film’s executive producer James Gandolfini and top military personnel, enlisted men, and medical experts about the emotional wounds that combat can inflict. An HBO Production. (67 minutes) 2010
How to Interview Families of the Elderly: Tips and Skills An interview with a clinician and two senior children at the time of their mother’s transition to a care facility demonstrates the microskills to assist families of the elderly with a potentially difficult life transition. Tips for how to quickly engage with family members, obtain a brief relevant history and discuss caregiver impact and burden are provided. Interviewing skills for how to collaborate with senior children and respond to suggestions about their mother’s care are also demonstrated in clinical vignettes. 2010
I Can’t Do This But, I Can Do That: A Film For Families About Learning Differences This documentary takes an enlightening look at young people with a wide spectrum of learning differences, offering a compelling portrait of the ways in which these children are able to compensate by using their strengths to overcome their challenges. Many say they are no different from other kids, and can accomplish the same things – just differently. We hear from their parents as well as their teachers, all of whom are committed to helping the children discover the ways they learn best.

Kids’ interview segments are intercut with scenes of the children engaged in the activities that reflect their talents: one is a gifted muralist, another shines as a poet. Another boy is so articulate no one would ever suspect that he has dyslexia and has trouble spelling words and recognizing them on sight. A group of students attending Denver Academy, a school for students with learning differences, find that being surrounded by others with similar challenges helps them to accept themselves, as well as succeed academically and in the arts. The documentary ends on an uplifting note, reassuring children of different abilities that they are no less capable of performing great feats in their lives.

Mann V. Ford This feature documentary follows members of the Ramapough Mountain Indian tribe in Ringwood, NJ, in their five-year search for justice through a mass-action, tort lawsuit. From the middle ‘50s to the late ‘70s, the Ford Motor Company operated an assembly plant in Mahwah, NJ that produced millions of classic American cars. The waste from this plant, including thousands of tons of toxic lead-based paint sludge, was trucked to Ringwood and dumped into abandoned mine shafts and throughout the woods surrounding the Ramapough’s homes. The working-class residents of the area have suffered from a range of ailments, including skin problems, bleeding disorders and increased rates of cancer and miscarriage, ever since. The EPA placed Ringwood on the Federal Superfund Priorities list in the 1970’s and the site was officially “cleaned-up” and taken off the list in the 1990’s. But the toxins remained.

After years of community effort, the EPA admitted it had “missed” nearly 80 percent of the toxins – and returned the Ramapough’s homeland to the Superfund list (the first time this has ever happened). This film charts the community’s epic battle to secure a healthy future for their children through a major lawsuit against one of the most powerful corporations in America, the Ford Motor Company, and our flawed environmental guardians at the EPA.

12th & Delaware The seemingly sleepy intersection of Delaware Ave. and 12th St. in Fort Pierce, Fla. is ground zero for the ferocious abortion rights battle raging in America. On one corner stands an abortion clinic; across the street is the Pregnancy Care Center, a pro-life outpost dedicated to heading off abortion seekers at the pass. A Peabody winner, this film provides a compelling, fly-on-the-wall view of the ideological trench warfare that takes place daily at this crossroads, where women struggle to deal with unwanted pregnancy. Directed by Oscar® nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 12th & Delaware puts viewers in the middle of this intractable conflict. An HBO Production. 2010
Interviewing an Individual from a Family Perspective with Chronic Illness: A Clinical Demonstration A brief clinical interview honors the notion that illness is a family affair and demonstrates skills for how to assess the impact of chronic illness on one’s life and relationships (work, family, marriage, and children). Interventions of commendations and rituals are also illustrated. 2010
Habla Texas: Part 1 In this film, discover the challenges and advantages of being a part of the Mexican American community from the members themselves. Hear from men and women who each have a unique perspective to add to the story of Latin culture in America, from difficulties with name pronunciations to celebrations of soccer. Twelveindividuals share personal anecdotes and opinions that contribute to the culture as a whole. An HBO Production. 2011
Compositing: Digital Cinema Training In this video, David Smith instructs viewers how to light a chroma key, foreground, and how to composite two images together. Topics include: lighting, camera settings, green screen vs. blue screen, waveform monitors, vectroscopes, spot meters, flags, matching the foreground with the background plate, compositing software and composition. Learn how to shoot a green-screen like an industry professional in this episode of Digital Cinema Training. 2011
Intermedia Audio: Digital Cinema Training In this video, Steve Joachiminstructs viewers on sound equipment. Topics include: microphones, lavoliers, wind baffles, headphones, mixing boards, boompoles, A.D.R. and foley. Learn how to mix sound like an industry professional in this episode of Digital Cinema Training. 2011
Movie Production: Part 11—Digital Cinema Training The Movie Production volume of Digital Cinema Training applies numerous concepts of basic production in the real world, such as lighting, shots, sound, directing, mise-en-scéne and reflectors. Part 11 focuses on shooting in an exterior location and the 180 degree rule. 2011
Movie Production: Part 14—Digital Cinema Training The Movie Production volume of Digital Cinema Training applies numerous concepts of basic production in the real world, such as composition and jibs. Part 14 focuses on filming action sequences and axes of movement. 2011
Habla Texas: Part 2 In this film, hear from Mexican American residents of Texas, “The Friendship State.” Latin American individuals discuss the uniqueness of their culture and their individual experiences within that culture. Hear from politicians, a news anchor, a writer, and more. An HBO Production. 2011
Triangle: Remembering the Fire From Emmy® – winning filmmakers Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson, this 40-minute documentary recounts the horror of March 25, 1911, when young garment workers perished in the worst industrial accident in New York City history (up until 9/11), triggering widespread reforms and ushering in the birth of modern labor movement. In addition to riveting stories of heart break and courage told by descendents of several of the fire’s victims and survivors, the documentary explains how the tragedy occurred in the wake of an earlier strike (initiated by Triangle employees) that unified some 20,000 garment workers, but ended violence and few concessions by labor leaders. The Saturday afternoon fire, in which workers were literally locked inside their workspace by management apparently worried about theft, galvanized the public’s outrage against big business and its treatment of employees. It also forced Tammany Hall officials to work with the fledgling International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) to enact legislation improving safety, conditions and wages for garment workers – a trend that climaxed in New Deal reforms twenty years later, and is the foundation of today’s labor standards. An HBO Production. 2011
Movie Production: Part 13—Digital Cinema Training The Movie Production volume of Digital Cinema Training applies numerous concepts of basic production in the real world, such as lighting, composition, locations, dollys, time constraints and directing tips. Part 13 focuses on filming on location in functioning businesses. 2011
Movie Production: Part 15—Digital Cinema Training The Movie Production volume of Digital Cinema Training applies numerous concepts of basic production in the real world, such as lighting, sound, working on a location,acting and directing tips. Part 15 focuses on how to approach a potential location and how to inspire the best performance from the actors. 2011
Movie Production: Part 16—Digital Cinema Training The Movie Production volume of Digital Cinema Training applies numerous concepts of basic production in the real world, such as compostion, camera settings, and manipulating the camera. Part 16 focuses on cinematography principles such as the law of thirds and the 180 degree rule as it applies to outdoor settings. 2011
Gloria: In Her Own Words HBO Documentary Films presents a 60-minute biographical profile of Gloria Steinem, an icon of the feminist movement for over 40 years. Produced by Emmy®-winning documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt and HBO’s own Sheila Nevins, Gloria: In Her Own Words combines recent interviews that showcase Steinem’s sharp sense of humor and compassion with archival footage and photographs from the 1950s to today. What emerges is a portrait of a crusader whose singular focus has been to fight for equal rights for women, both in the U.S. and around the world. Beginning with her career as an undercover reporter writing an exposé on the working conditions of Playboy Bunnies, the film chronicles how Gloria was transformed by hearing women’s horrifying and humiliating experiences while covering a New York abortion hearing in 1969. Since then, she has been ubiquitous on the front lines of social activism, co-founding Ms. magazine in 1972, participating in countless women’s rights marches, and making numerous media appearances. Despite decades of attacks and criticism from the Right, and a number of personal setbacks in recent years, Gloria today remains one of the most outspoken and visible symbols of the women’s movement. 2011
The Strange History of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Suspenseful, deeply engaging and heart-wrenching, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell illustrates the tumultuous evolution of a controversial policy which fostered hate and intolerance within the military – and undermined the very freedoms American soldiers fight for – by forcing gay and lesbian soldiers to lie and live in secrecy. In 1993, President Bill Clinton, trying to deliver on his election promise of lifting the ban on gays in the military, encountered vehement opposition that resulted in the compromise legislation, known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” An HBO Production. 2011
Movie Production: Part 12—Digital Cinema Training The Movie Production volume of Digital Cinema Training applies numerous concepts of basic production in the real world, such as using a camera and tripod, choosing meaningful locations, and composition. Part 12 focuses on using shots and settings, without dialogue, that contribute to a deeper meaning in the film. 2011
Movie Production: Part 17—Digital Cinema Training The Movie Production volume of Digital Cinema Training applies numerous concepts of basic production in the real world. This final episode of the 17 part series focuses on filters, french flags, shooting sunrises and jibs. 2011
For Neda On June 20th, 2009, Neda Agha-Soltan became another tragic casualty in the Iranian protests following the recent presidential election results. Unlike many of the unknown victims, she instantly became an international symbol of the struggle. Within hours of her death, cell phone photographs of her blood-stained face were held aloft by crowds protesting in Tehran and across the world. This film tells the personal story of Neda and her tragic death. Peabody Winner. An HBO Production. 2012
Koran by Heart In this 80-minute documentary, three 10-year-old children leave their native countries to participate in one of the Islamic world’s most famous competitions, a test of memory and recitation known as The International Holy Koran Competition. Up against much older students, these youngsters have committed the 600 pages of the Koran to memory, and will put their skills to the test before the elite of the world’s Muslim community in Cairo, Egypt. In the midst of this intense international competition, the three young competitors—two boys from Senegal and Tajikistan, and one girl from the Maldives —face uncertain futures at home, as they are caught between fundamentalist and moderate visions of Islam. The children discuss their recitation techniques—with accompanying, completely improvised melodies—and talk about their nerves and excitement as they finally compete before a panel of judges. In addition to chronicling the excitement and pressure of the Koran Competition, award-winning filmmaker Greg Barker delicately captures touching moments with the children at home with their families, where they open up about life and religion, their academic dreams and career aspirations. As the competition reaches its climax, Koran By Heart offers a compelling and nuanced glimpse into some of the pressures faced by the next generation of Muslims. An HBO Production. 2012
Love Crimes of Kabul At Afghanistan’s Badam Bagh Women’s Prison, half the inmates are jailed for “moral crimes.” Though these would hardly be considered punishable crimes in the western world, behavior in Afghanistan is strictly controlled by an ideology of honor, and transgression can bring ruin to an entire family. Although both men and women can be arrested for moral crimes, women are seen as particular threats to the fabric of society, and must be punished if they stray off the moral path.

In this program we meet several of the women awaiting trial at Badam Bagh, including a 20-year-old who is pregnant after having pre-marital sex, and seeks to marry her lover; a 23-year-old who ran away from a violent home; and an 18-year-old who fell in love with her neighbor, and stands accused of sleeping with him. If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in jail – sentences that could be greatly reduced if both parties agree to marry, which is considered the only morally acceptable outcome. Director Tanaz Eshaghian was granted rare access inside Badam Bagh, where she follows each woman’s case to trial, giving a voice to women who are seen by their families, the courts, and Afghan society largely in terms of blame and embarrassment.

Witness: Rio In this video, war photographer Eros Hoagland ventures to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he explores the favelas and interviews people suffering from the violence and corruption in the city. The upcoming Olympic Games to be hosted in Rio are spurring changes inflicted by the city’s government. An HBO Production. 2012
Saving Face Every year in Pakistan, at least 100 people are victimized by acid attacks. The majority of these are women, and many cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred, while many reported assailants — typically a husband or someone close to the victim — are let go with minimal punishment from the state. Saving Face tells the stories of two acid-attack victims: Zakia, a 39-year old whose husband threw acid on her after she filed for divorce, and Rukhsana, a 25-year-old whose husband and in-laws threw acid and gasoline on her, then set her on fire. Charting the arduous attempts to bring their assailants to justice, the film also follows plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who put his London practice on hold to return to his home country to help Zakia, Rukhsana and other victims. Directed by Oscar® and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Daniel Junge and Emmy®-winning Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Saving Face is a powerful look inside Pakistani society, illuminating each woman’s personal journey while showing how reformers are tackling this vexing problem through the passage of a new law that punishes convicted acid attackers with life imprisonment. Winner of the 2012 Oscar® for Best Documentary Short. An HBO Production. 2012
Camp 14 Shin Dong-Huyk was born on November 19, 1983 in a North Korean death camp. Hear the story of how his parents met and how he was made to watch the execution of his mother and brother. Forced to work from age 7, he endured starvation, beatings, and torture that left him with deformed arms. His desire to risk death for attempting an escape came at the age of 24 when he learned about the outside world from a new inmate. He journeyed through North Korea and China before settling in South Korea, but dreams of a day when he can return home to the North. See secret footage of labor camp No. 22, an open market in North Korea, and candid interviews with a prison guard and an ex-member of the secret police. 2012
Mondays at Racine Oscar®-nominated documentary Mondays at Racine tells the uplifting story of two sisters who, inspired by their mother’s struggle, do their part in the fight against cancer by providing complimentary beauty treatments to women diagnosed with cancer at their salon every month. Directed by Oscar®-winner Cynthia Wade, this film follows the sisters and several of their clients as they navigate the emotional and physical changes of the disease. Together, they redefine their understanding of beauty, as well as their roles as mothers, wives and women. 2012
Witness: Juarez In this video, photojournalist Eros Hoagland travels to infamously dangerous city, Juarez, Mexico, where he spends time with the corrupt police and gathers information about drug cartels. Senseless killings happen around him as he photographs the state of the city. An HBO Production. 2012
Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip Every year, close to one million people from over 100 countries all over the world choose to become American citizens. These new Americans are not just coming to the big cities anymore, they are settling in communities all across America. Filmmaker Andrea Pelosi went to naturalization ceremonies in all 50 states to explore why so many people still want to become Americans. The documentary intersperses stories of newly naturalized citizens with interviews from notable first-generation Americans, including Madeleine Albright, Arianna Huffington, Henry Kissinger and Gene Simmons. An HBO Production. 2012
Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers Directed and produced by award-winning photographer/filmmaker Neil Leifer, this 31-minute documentary demonstrates, through an extreme example, how creative people with disabilities are transcending their limitations to create art. The subjects in Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers have been drawn to photography for different reasons, whether to create an image for the sighted world that they hold in their mind, or to capture an image experienced through nature (as is the case for one legally-blind scuba diver).

As we see, each artist displays a drive and passion to create, and views the medium of photography as an opportunity rather than impossibility. Several professional, sighted photographers are interviewed by Leifer in the film; though each is initially skeptical about the ability of a blind person to take effective photos, they are all eventually swayed by the zeal and brio with which these artists work.

In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution They took over a city square — and in 18 days, they brought down a regime. Shot in the center of Egypt’s Tahrir Square from the beginning of the battles to the climax of the celebration, In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution brings viewers into the streets of Cairo to share the sights, sounds and passion of a modern day revolution. On January 25, 2011, thousands of Egyptians began gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to peacefully demand the end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Bolstered by similar protests in other Arab countries and mobilized in part by social media, Egyptians from all walks of life and every social class took over Tahrir Square for 18 days — eventually leading to a jubilant celebration on February 11, when it was announced that Mubarak would finally step down. Emmy® Winner. An HBO Production. 2012
The Fence Acclaimed filmmaker Rory Kennedy examines the aim and effectiveness of the controversial Southern U.S. Border Barrier, a 700-mile fence erected along the more than 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. Kennedy follows her title subject through private ranches, protected wilderness, bustling border towns and scrub desert, offering a revealing and surprising look at the story behind its construction and its ultimate impact. This 35-minute documentary takes a humorous look at the absurd ideological contradictions and misinformation that have dogged the fence from its inception. Featuring candid interviews with border patrol guards, ranchers, environmentalists and voices from both sides of the immigration controversy, the film uses humor to highlight the sometimes stark contrast between fact and political opinion. Ultimately, The Fence is a far-reaching and moving analysis of the unanticipated financial, human and environmental costs that such a project brings, wherever it stands. An HBO Production. 2012
Witness: Libya Photojournalist Michael Christopher Brown revisits Libya after the Libyan Civil War, which he was injured in. He explores the remaining conflicts and interviews survivors of the war with gruesome stories. Brown also reflects on the death of his colleagues that were photographing the Libyan Civil War in April 2011. An HBO Production. 2012
Witness: South Sudan French photographer Veronique de Viguerie travels to South Sudan in Africa, where she continues to investigate and report on the conflict between the Arrow Boys and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Watch as she accompanies community guardians on expeditions to find the LRA, a rebel group that has been terrorizing the country and abducting children for 28 years. An HBO Production. 2012
Gasland Part II In Gasland Part II, Josh Fox employs his trademark humor to pick up where Gasland left off, and show how the stakes have been raised on all sides. Among other things, the film features the industry’s response to Gasland, the filmmakers rebuttal, and the ensuing publicity storm; Fox being branded a terrorist by the Pennsylvania office of homeland security; an update on characters from the first film as well as new people dealing with flammable groundwater, including owners of a multi-million dollar house in Dallas. 2013
Life According to Sam An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and winner of a Peabody Award, Life According to Sam follows one family’s courageous fight to save their only son from a rare and fatal aging disease. Directed by Oscar® winners Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine (Inocente), this highly personal and life-affirming journey is propelled by the captivating presence of Sam Berns. Funny, perceptive and fiercely intelligent, 16-year-old Sam is the catalyst for his physician parents’ relentless drive to discover a medical breakthrough that may one day shed light on unlocking the aging process in us all. 2013
Miss You Can Do It For children with a learning or physical disability, the focus is often on what’s wrong. Miss You Can Do It celebrates what’s right. This uplifting HBO Documentary Film chronicles the efforts of Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa USA and the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA Pageant®, and eight girls with various disabilities as they participate in the Miss You Can Do It pageant. Created in 2004 by Curran (who has cerebral palsy), Miss You Can Do It offers girls with special needs the opportunity to be celebrated and not defined by what the world sees on the outside. The girls and their families travel from all over the country to Kewanee, Illinois (Curran’s hometown) to participate in a weekend-long event where the girls’ inner beauty and abilities reign. Unlike traditional pageants, the contestants are not judged by the fit of their gown but on how brightly their hearts shine. No one leaves the pageant empty handed, with each girl receiving a special award, and as we see, the real winners of the pageant might just be the family and friends who proudly cheer them on from the audience. An HBO Production. 2013
Habla Women In this film, members of the Latina culture and community describe different characteristics of their personal life experiences and larger human issues. Topics discussed include Olympic athleticism, race, gender, sex, women in the workplace, domestic violence, and more. Hear from actresses, activists, mothers, and other Latinas. An HBO Production. 2013
Redemption Redemption follows a cast of characters from the five boroughs of NYC as they scrape together a living – five cents at a time. Emmy® – winning filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill follow several men and women over the course of a year, providing a poignant glimpse into the daily lives and struggles of those who scavenge the city’s garbage cans and recycling bins. This documentary highlights the sense of community among the canners, many of whom have spent a decade working beside each other on the sidwalks, shunned by  most New Yorkers and underserved by social services. Despite the numbing work and long hours, they maintain their pride, insisting “It’s honorable work, no matter what people say.” 2013
An Apology to Elephants Narrated by Lily Tomlin, An Apology to Elephants explores the beauty, majesty, and intelligence of elephants as well as threats to their survival. Focusing on the lives of elephants in captivity, the film tells the troubling story of the exploitation of elephants in the name of entertainment. A call for compassion and the better treatment of elephants, the film is also a plea to save what’s left of the wild in our world. An HBO Production. 2013
The Patent Wars This documentary uncovers who profits from intellectual property, and who bears the economic and social consequences. In 2012, giant technology companies like Apple and Google invested more money into patent infringement lawsuits than they spent on the development of new innovations. But it is not a virtual war being fought only over market shares and equity prices. Filmmaker Hannah Leonie Prinzler interviews British inventor James Dyson and American business gurus in Silicon Valley. She visits the world’s patent headquarters in Geneva and travels to India, the world’s largest manufacturer of generic medicines. She investigates India’s measures to protect genetic resources and meets Anil Gupta, the “Gandhi of Innovation.” Finally, she tours an Arizona warehouse where the first open-source car is being developed. 2013
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 Today, more soldiers are lost to suicide than on the battlefield. After serving their country overseas, many military veterans in their darkest moments turn to the unique services of the Veterans Crisis Line to help with traumas like post-traumatic stress, depression, homelessness and drug dependence. Premiering on Veterans Day 2013, this 40-minute documentary is an intimate look at the vital work of several responders who provide life-saving intervention and desperately needed referrals through the 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line, which provides support and hope to active and retired service members. Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Wartorn: 1861-2010, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq), and produced by Dana Perry (Boy Interrupted), the film focuses on the intense, and at times chilling, calls received by the crisis line and the dedicated work of the responders and rescue coordinators who help distraught veterans find reasons to live. 2013
Fall to Grace For Jim McGreevey, August 12, 2004 was, in his words, “a train wreck.” That was the day the New Jersey governor, after his affair with a man was exposed in the media, famously announced his resignation and declared himself “a gay American” on live TV. After his political downfall and the ugly divorce that followed, McGreevey found himself stripped of the trappings of his former life, and at an existential crossroads. In Act One of his life, as he calls it, he married twice, fathered two daughters, and reveled in the power and perks of political office. Fall to Grace chronicles Act Two, in which an older, grayer McGreevey is living a simpler life, and is in the midst of a spiritual quest that has led him to a deeply rewarding place. For Alexandra Pelosi’s camera, McGreevey opens up about how the political limelight fed his ego and addiction to adoration – an addiction that ultimately “brought no more permanent happiness than heroin provides a junkie,” he says from a large suburban home he shares with his partner and several dogs. People with this need, continues McGreevey, are often drawn to politics, Hollywood or the ministry, which is now where he aspires to be. An HBO Production. 2013
Manhunt The May 1, 2011 raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan that culminated in the killing of Osama bin Laden took 40 minutes. The CIA’s hunt for bin Laden took two decades. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Manhunt tells the remarkable true story of the nearly 20-year pursuit of the world’s most notorious terrorist. Directed by Emmy®-nominee Greg Barker, the film features testimony and recollections – some shared for the first time – from top CIA officers, many of them women, who labored to eliminate bin Laden’s terrorist organization and eventually the man himself. Based on the book Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – from 9/11 to Abbottabad by Peter Bergen, this documentary feature is a real-life spy thriller that reveals behind-the-scenes accounts from CIA analysts, targeters and operatives, who testify to the disagreements, frustrations, tragedies and triumphs that make up this fascinating yet painful chapter in American military and political history. How the pieces of this ever-changing puzzle come together – of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and their violent determination to strike the United States – is the backbone of the story. An HBO Production 2013
The Secret of the Apes – Narrowing the Gap This film explores a scientific debate on the culture, or lack thereof, of great apes. Internationally acclaimed primatologist Christophe Boesch and colleague Michael Tomasello investigate the behavior of chimpanzees in the wild and in captivity to assess their behaviors and begin to understand why certain groups develop skills differently than others. A conflict exists in the scientific community with some scientists believing that apes certainly have established cultures, while other scientists disagree and feel culture separates apes from humans. British primatologist Jane Goodall provides her own theories based on fifty years of research in the field. 2013
Six by Sondheim Directed by award-winning Broadway director and playwright James Lapine, Six by Sondheim is an intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who redefined musical theater through such groundbreaking works as Company and Sweeney Todd. Told primarily in Sondheim’s own words, the film is a profile of the great American artist as revealed through the creation and performance of six of his songs and features archival performance footage and original staged productions – created exclusively for this film – with stars including Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, America Ferrera, and more. Art and life are intertwined for Sondheim, and Six by Sondheim is a story of both. 2014
State of Play: Broken This intimate edition of State of Play follows two men who were paralyzed playing the sports that they love. Their struggle—and that of their family—to accept a new life of physical limitations is a raw humbling portrait of endurance and love.An HBO Production 2014
Doctors in the War Zone This compelling film follows the medical teams risking their lives to save others in Syria. The United Nations estimates almost 200,000 people have been killed since Syria’s civil war began, with many hundreds of thousands more injured. Millions have been forced from their homes, but the full human cost of the conflict is little known to the outside world because of the danger Western journalists face in trying to enter areas not controlled by the government. Most doctors have fled from those locations and many hospitals have been destroyed. The documentary follows British trauma surgeon David Nott as he makes the perilous journey across the border into Syria to work alongside medics who have stayed behind and shows him carrying out life-saving surgery in a facility forced underground by daily bombardment.A BBC Production. 2014
First Cousin Once Removed Distinguished poet, translator, critic, and teacher Edwin Honig received worldwide praise, as well as honorary knighthoods from Spain and Portugal. First Cousin Once Removed is acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner’s deeply personal portrait of Honig – his friend, cousin and mentor – and Honig’s journey through the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Shot over five years, the film documents his metamorphosis by weaving intimate conversations with Honig, his family and friends; home movies, poetry readings and a surprising array of visual metaphors to portray a wordsmith who may have lost his memory, but retains an enduring playfulness and the bearings of a deeply poetic soul. The result is an unflinching essay on the fragility of beinghuman, and a stark reminder of the profound role that memory plays in all of our lives. An HBO Production. 2014
Questioning Darwin Literal and creationist interpretation of the Bible is the fastest-growing branch of Christianity in the U.S. and around the world, with 46% of Americans believing the Genesis account of creation is the literal truth. Directed by award-winning British documentarian Antony Thomas, Questioning Darwin takes an in-depth look at the views of creationist Christians, who reject Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, while also examining how Darwin handled the question of God as he developed his theory of natural selection in the mid-1800s. Featuring interviews with Darwin historians and biographers, ministers and creationist Christians, and Darwin’s own words through his letters and writings, the film is a balanced examination of a 150-year debate, which has only increased in the last two decades with the rise of evangelical Christianity in the U.S. The film also illuminates little-known facts about Darwin’s life, placing one of the greatest scientific minds in historical context. By turns thought provoking and infuriating, Questioning Darwin will inspire debate among believers on both sides of the issue. An HBO Production. 2014
The Education of Mohammad Hussein There is an entire generation of American Muslim children who do not know a world before September 11, 2001. These children have never experienced a country which is largely unaware of, or neutral about, Islam. Instead, their faith is scrutinized and patriotism questioned, even before they can grasp these very adult concepts. This film, directed by Academy Award® nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), takes the viewer inside a tightly knit Muslim community in the economically depressed Detroit-Hamtramck neighborhood, focusing on the children who attend a traditional Islamic school, Al-Ikhlas. The film captures a year where the kids and their neighborhood have an unwelcome visitor, notorious Koran-burning Florida preacher Terry Jones, who arrives to provoke them with hateful rhetoric and anti-Muslim demonstrations. The community’s reaction to this challenge lies at the heart of the film, which gives a quietly searing view of a post-9/11 America that is struggling to live up to its promise of tolerance and civil justice for all. An HBO Production. 2014
Netwars – Out of Control The Red Hackers in China, Unit 8200 in Israel, NATO, and the NSA all gather information on civilians and enemies through cyber warfare.In this video, Marcel Kolvenbach delves into these organizations and other private institutions that hack into computer networks for economic and political gain. Watch how Felix “FX” Linder successfully shuts off the power in Germany. 2014
Can Criminals Say Sorry? Brooke Kinsella, former EastEnders star and anti-knife crime campaigner, explores the use of restorative justice in Britain today and finds out what happens when offenders and their victims are brought together face-to-face. With the government now making millions available for restorative justice – across offences ranging from anti-social behaviour to murder – Brooke considers whether it’s an effective way of dealing with offenders and whether it can meet the needs of victims. A BBC Production. 2014
Extreme Brat Camp Teen camps have become a staple of America’s youth rehabilitation system. The scale is vast: every year an estimated 5,000 children are sent to one of 1,000 or more centers dotted across the country. These camps are recommended by teen psychologists, or are sought out by parents, often at considerable expense. Not infrequently, children are forcibly removed, on the request of the parents, from their home and taken to a program, sometimes hundreds of miles away, by a professional transporter. This documentary explores the controversial issue of the aggressive behavioral modification and confrontational methods these camps employ, with exclusive access to several facilities across the U.S., the people who run them, and the families that send their children away. A BBC Production. 2014
South Africa: Symphony in Soweto The Buskaid music project has transformed the lives of young people in South Africa’s most famous black township. Acclaimed British musician Rosemary Nalden started this remarkable program by chance. One morning at home in 1991, she heard a radio story about a struggling string ensemble in South Africa. In response, she and her colleagues busked at train stations across the UK, raising thousands of dollars. That became the seed for a grass roots music project and saw Rosemary travel from Britain to South Africa to ultimately establish Buskaid. (28 minutes)




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Hawick Knitwear: The Factory Controller Lord Digby Jones meets with Hawick Knitwear’s Benny Hartop and Arthur Rennie to help them form a plan to compete in the global market. Hawick, Scotland is known for quality knitwear dating back to the 1700s. Jones counsels Hartop and Rennie on growing the Hawick brand and expanding to the Asian market. They begin slowly with factory improvements, and with some hesitation Hartop and Rennie get a small collection of sweaters together for promotion in the Japanese market. A BBC Production. 2014
Youth Speak of The Forces That Create Stress In Their Lives: American Academy of Pediatrics—Reaching Teens In this video, adolescent medicine specialist Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, interviews teenagers about stress in their daily lives and how parents contribute to it. Topics include: stress at home and pressure at school, and real world issues. From The American Academy of Pediatrics publication Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development. 2014
Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words From 1971-73, Richard Nixon secretly recorded his private conversations in the White House. When the existence of the tapes was exposed during the Watergate scandal, Nixon refused to allow their release, explaining they contained “blunt and candid remarks on many different subjects” that could sully the presidency forever. Only certain conversations pertaining to Watergate ended up being heard at the time, but after Nixon’s death in 1994, the government began releasing the tapes. In 2010, hundreds more hours of recordings were released by the Nixon Library. Using excerpts from the tapes, original press reports, and Nixon’s reflections a decade after the tapes were exposed, Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words chronicles Nixon’s conversations about historic events including the war in Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers leak, his Supreme Court appointments, and more. The tapes expose many of the “blunt and candid” statements made by the President about women, people of color, Jews, and – perhaps his favorite target – the media. Directed by Peter Kunhardt and edited by Phillip Schopper, the team behind HBO’s In Their Own Words films, Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words offers a more complete picture of the only U.S. president to resign from office. An HBO Production. 2014
Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert Filmed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this documentary is a personal journey that follows a year in the life of Katrina Gilbert, a 30-year-old woman earning just above the minimum wage as a certified nursing assistant. Katrina never expected to be a single mother of three young children, living paycheck to paycheck and barely scraping by. But after leaving her husband Jeremy – whose addiction to painkillers destroyed their marriage and gutted their finances – Katrina finds herself living in a trailer and providing sole support to her children. Overworked, underpaid, and uninsured, Katrina’s saving graces are a budding relationship with a single father facing similar circumstances and the Chambliss Center, a subsidized day-care center that provides affordable daycare. A microcosm of the ordeal faced by some 70 million women and children in the U.S. today. This film is one component of the recently released, multi-platform project, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. An HBO Production. 2014
Big Business in Little Seeds – The Propaganda of Food The genetic engineering lobby boasts their modified plants require fewer pesticides and result in higher yields, increasingly pressures politicians and governments, and wants to extend its network worldwide. This program provides an insight into the controversial campaigns of the genetic engineering lobby and shows the role that the goal of profit maximization across the entire value added chain is having. 2014
How Safe Are My Drugs? More and more of us are taking illicit drugs each month; we’ve never had more choice when it comes to drugs, or had easier access to them. But how many people have any idea what they’re taking? And is the gamble worth it? The emergence of new drugs and untested legal highs has resulted in a rising death toll, raising questions about current legislation. Using the UK as a case study, DJ B. Traits investigates drug culture, and asks whether it’s time for a rethink on this complex issue. Talking to paramedics, police, drug users, and the experts exploring new approaches to testing, she asks whether the law and education are doing enough to protect young people. Hard-hitting and balanced, this film offers a fresh perspective on a problematic, emotive subject. A BBC Production. 2014
The Enchanters of Montparnasse: Episode 4—The Adventurers Of Modern Art The war has ended, and the streets erupt in celebration. Montparnasse swings to the rhythms of jazz and hops to the buzz of lively cafés. Paris is a movable feast. Conceived as reactions against the absurdity of war, the Dadaist and Surrealist revolutions are underway. Leading the charge are “the three musketeers”: Breton, Aragon, and Soupault, backed by Man Ray, Desnos, Tzara, and many others. In 1919, one of the major works of the Surrealist movement is unveiled: Les Champs magnétiques. The model Kiki, revered by every painter of the day and poised to be crowned queen of Montparnasse, has a tumultuous love affair with Man Ray before he takes off with Lee Miller. 2015
The Exile of the Prophet: Episode 4—Jesus and Islam What do we know about the historical Muhammad?Do his calls for monotheism, his announcements of the End Times and of divine judgment explain his exile from Mecca to Medina? Why is this event – the Hegira – the foundation of the Muslim era? Does it make it possible to distinguish between the Meccan Surahs and the Medinian Surahs? Can the chronology of the Qur’an be established? 2015
Muhammad and the Bible: Episode 5—Jesus and Islam The Qur’an makes numerous references to the Hebrew Bible and Christian texts, especially the apocryphal gospels. Where did Muhammad glean this knowledge?Did he have one or several informers, as the Qur’an suggests? While the Islamic tradition insists that Islam came to be within a pagan context, is Jesus’ presence in the Qur’an the trace of Judeo-Christian influences? 2015
The Religion of Abraham: Episode 6—Jesus and Islam Did Muhammad want to create a new religion?Why does Islam purport to be the religion of Abraham? Why does Muhammad situate himself in the long line of prophets, just after Jesus? Is this the reason the names of Muhammad and Jesus appear together on the inscription on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem? Why has Islam been considered a heresy of Christianity? 2015
Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop In 2012, Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old NYC police officer, was labeled “The Cannibal Cop” in the tabloid media after he was charged with conspiracy to kidnap, cook and eat a number of female victims, whose information he had gathered through NYPD databases. At trial, Valle’s defense team argued that his admittedly intricate and disturbing plans, posted on a fetish website and uncovered by his wife, were nothing more than fantasy, while the prosecution countered that Valle was a disturbed, potentially dangerous predator who had been stopped before committing heinous crimes. The question facing jurors: could Valle be convicted for something he had never acted upon? Making her feature documentary debut, director Erin Lee Carr probes into the perverse corners of the human psyche, challenging our fundamental beliefs about the criminal justice system, and the line between right and wrong, as it applies to the ever-evolving digital world. With exclusive access to Valle,Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Copexplores our darkest thoughts – and the Internet’s ability to render those thoughts visible. An HBO Production. 2015
From Heaven to Hell (Tropical)—Atlantic: Wildest Ocean On Earth The warm, tropical Atlantic Ocean is home to dolphin, manatees, coral reefs filled with algae, fishermen, and many more species. As the temperature rises in the summer and is cooled by torrential downpours caused by hurricanes, the life cycles of the flora and fauna are affected in their oceanic habitats. This film features the Atlantic spotted dolphins, the lush sanctuary of the mangrove forest, and the violent storms off the coast of Africa. A BBC Production. 2015
Brett: A Life with No Arms This incredibly moving film sees BAFTA-award winning filmmaker Roger Graef travel to Australia to reconnect with Brett Nielsen who, 50 years ago, was the subject of Roger’s first ever documentary, One of them is Brett. This original documentary told the story of a then four year old Brett who had been born without arms due to Thalidomide. It proved to be a landmark in broadcasting on the subject of disability, was shown around the world and went on to win numerous awards. Brett inspired viewers then, and this new film will inspire viewers today also. As he says himself, ‘it doesn’t matter what happens to you in your life, it matters how you deal with it.’ Brett is now an accomplished motivational speaker, successful recording and concert artist – playing the piano with his toes – and an accomplished music producer. He is father now to three children and we see in this incredibly inspiring film, how Brett is now swapping roles with his own father who, in ailing health, needs his support.A BBC Production. 2015
Secret Life of Twins (2015) Identical twins are fascinating. Born with the same DNA, they go on to develop both astounding similarities and staggering differences. This groundbreaking film meets some of these amazing human pairs. Millie and Daisy like the same subjects at school and get near identical exam results. Anais and Samantha discovered uncanny similarities in their looks as well as tastes and personalities when they met in their early 20s, despite being brought up by different families in different countries. The film also discovers how twins can be identical but grow up to become very different people—like twins Brenda and Aidan. Born Brenda and Bonnie in the 1960s, Bonnie told her sister she was a lesbian when she was in her 20s and later went on to have a sex change to become Aidan. These remarkable stories shed light not only on what it means to be a twin, but also on what it means to be human. A BBC Production. 2015
Trust Me…I’m a Doctor, Series 3: Episode 2 Medical journalist Michael Mosley and his team of doctors go behind the health myths and headlines in another episode. This time, Michael volunteers for a study to discover if changing your diet can lower cholesterol as much as medication. Dr. Saleyha Ahsan reveals new research that could cure snoring. Surgeon Gabriel Weston sees the incredible results of an unusual treatment for a hospital superbug, and Dr. Chris van Tulleken investigates the truth behind skincare products—do they do more harm than good? A BBC Production. 2015
College Students Should Be Allowed to Take Smart Drugs: A Debate If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you? By helping to stay focused and alert for longer periods of time, college students are increasingly using off-label medication known as “smart drugs”—pharmaceuticals designed to treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and Alzheimer’s. Is taking smart drugs appropriate, or is it a form of cheating? Should college students be allowed to take smart drugs? 2015
U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power: A Debate Is the criminal justice system in the United States fair? Does it serve the ends of justice and public safety, and does it treat all people equally? Prosecutors, endowed with both autonomy and immunity, hold immense power within the criminal justice system. They control secret grand jury proceedings, choose who gets prosecuted, and determine the specific charges against people who are arrested. Moreover, these charges are often based on complex laws that carry long, mandatory minimum prison sentences, which create strong incentives for defendants to plead guilty to lesser crimes—perhaps even to some they did not commit. Indeed, more than 90 percent of both federal and state court cases never go trial but are instead resolved through plea bargaining. The combination of autonomy and secrecy, complicated criminal codes, and mandatory minimum sentences gives prosecutors enormous leverage, and, some critics claim, the opportunity to wield it selectively, relentlessly, and excessively. The results, they charge, are the violation of each citizen’s right to a trial by jury, mass incarceration, and public skepticism regarding equal justice. Yet defenders argue that such power is essential to the proper functioning of the criminal justice system and that prosecutorial abuse is rare and exaggerated. As evidence, they point to the declining national crime rate, which has generally been dropping for the past 20 years. Reducing the leverage of prosecutors, they assert, would weaken law and order, make communities less safe, and undermine justice. Do prosecutors have too much power? 2015
Achieving Global Sustainability and Real Prosperity: Ethical Markets 7 In this program, Hazel Henderson discusses with Frank Dixon, MBA, author of Global System Change, the massive transition now underway to innovate and build societies powered by renewable energy and resources. All are based on more cooperative sharing models. This transition management is driven by paradigms beyond traditional economics, based on new understanding of human behavior and the integrated science of Earth systems. This new knowledge is seeping into financial models, steering investments to more sustainable production, and promoting ecosystem regeneration. Transition management methods require redefining growth and prosperity and reshaping our political systems, mass media and lifestyles. These changes are underway at every level—from individuals and communities to nations, corporations and international organizations. 2015
Midnight in Paris: Episode 6—The Adventurers of Modern Art World War Two erupts, and France mobilizes its war effort. After the debacle of June 1940 and the Occupation of Nazi Germany, Europe is in tatters, and artists and intellectuals flee in droves. Old friends among those who stay behind are eventually torn apart. Some collaborate, some resist – many make do as they can, and others pay for their commitment with their lives. When the war at last is over, Paris reawakens to find that an astonishing work has been created from within its war-torn midst: the film Les Enfants du paradis, a homage to freedom written by Jacques Prévert and masterfully directed by Marcel Carné. 2015
Son of Mary: Episode 3—Jesus and Islam The Qur’an accords a place of great prominence to Mary, the only woman it mentions by name. Why is Jesus always presented as the “son of Mary”?What are the implications of this expression, which seems to further convey the “terrible calumny” Mary is accused of? Why is she said to be the sister of Aaron and Moses, though they are separated by a thousand years? An HBO Production. 2015
The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings In The Wedding at Cana, Paulo Veronese transposes the biblical tale of Christ’s first miracle to the scene of a sumptuous Venetian banquet. This documentary explores the historical context of 16th century Venice, a wealthy and politically stable city in which artists such as Veronese, Titian, and Jacobo Tintoretto were granted freedom from religious censorship. It looks at Palladio’s architectural influences, presents a theory that The Wedding at Cana”may represent the crowning ceremony of a Doge’s wife, and examines how Veronese combines the sacred and profane in his works. Finally, it looks at the painter’s use of perspective, colors, and composition. 2015
Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine-Habsbourg, Queen of France and Her Children by Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings As the French Revolution approached, Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun painted the queen’s portrait in an attempt to win back public opinion. This documentary examines the historical and social context in which Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine-Habsbourg, Queen of France and Her Children was painted. It analyzes the work’s composition and symbolism in terms of motherhood and political legitimacy, and attempts to counter the queen’s reputation for debauchery. It also includes a discussion of Le Brun’s background, Italian and Flemish influences, and her unique position as court portraitist in a male dominated field. Finally, we learn how the work was received by the Paris Salon and by the French people. 2015
The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia by Jean Fouquet: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings With a tiny and delicate paintbrush, Jean Fouquet adds the golden threads of a tentative humanism to “The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia” (circa 1450) and unveils a glimmer of the modern era, crouching behind the horizon of the Middle Ages.This film analyzes the illumination for clues of what Fouquet sought to convey to viewers. Completed for a book of hours commissioned by one of Charles VIII’s financial advisors, it portrays Apollonia’s martyrdom as a mystery play— theatrical performances of Biblical stories popular in medieval towns— to distance viewers from the act of violence. The film also discusses Fouquet’s journey to Italy, where he learned about perspective from Renaissance artists, and talks about his propaganda work as the Hundred Years’ War drew to a close. 2015
Colorful Life by Wassily Kandinsky: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings The roots of A Colorful Life, just like those of Wassily Kandinsky himself, were firmly anchored in age-old Russian soil. And yet the painting contains all the elements that were to accompany the painter in the greatest revolution in the history of art: the leap into abstraction. This documentary examines Kandinsky’s rejection of Western thought and efforts to preserve Russian culture during modernization. He contracted typhus during a trip to study peasant life; his feverish hallucinations inspired the work that evokes a forgotten golden age sought after by Russian Symbolist painters and poets. Finally, viewers learn about the philosophies on color and light that led him to compose his famous Yellow-Red-Blue. 2015
Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Eugène Delacroix: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings As the war of colonization raged in Algeria, Eugène Delacroix was the first French artist to cross the Mediterranean. The naturalism of “Women of Algiers in Their Apartment,” painted in 1834, takes us into the calm and simplicity of a harem as Delacroix saw it with his own eyes. This documentary looks at his attempts to counter Orientalist fantasies of Middle Eastern women held by European society and discusses his admiration of Lord Byron. It also details his journey through Morocco and Algeria as part of a French diplomatic mission, during which he witnessed the realities of North African culture that inspired him to document and recreate the scene of three sisters in their private quarters. 2015
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness Nominated for a 2016 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short, this 40-minute documentary follows the story of Saba, a young woman from the Punjab region of Pakistan, who was shot and left for dead by her father and uncle after marrying Qaiser, a man once promised to her by her family. Told through the lens of a true love story, the film is a scathing examination of the contradictions between modernism and tradition within Pakistani society, as Saba struggles with pressures to “forgive” the relatives who tried to kill her—a pronouncement that would set them free. In this masterful work of high-risk journalistic storytelling, award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face) uncovers the complex and violent forces faced by women in Pakistan, particularly as it relates to human rights and family honor. 2015
Larry Kramer in Love & Anger Author, playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer takes center stage in this candid portrait that examines the monumental effect of one of the most important – and controversial – figures in contemporary gay America, a political firebrand who gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired gay men and women to fight for their lives. The film utilizes personal photos, archival footage of GMHC and ACT UP, scenes from the semi-autobiographical plays The Destiny of Me and The Normal Heart, and three decades of interviews in which Kramer opens up about his past, as do those who know him best. Filmmaker and friend Jean Carlomusto also takes viewers inside Kramer’s 2013 stay in the ICU, as he recuperates from complications of a liver transplant brought on by years of living with HIV. Juxtaposing footage of Kramer angrily protesting with scenes of him being lovingly cared for in the hospital by his partner David, Larry Kramer In Love & Anger celebrates a multifaceted figure, known for his quick temper as much as for his endless passion. 2015
Living with Lincoln This feature documentary chronicles how five generations of one American family have shared the “glorious burden” of collecting, preserving and documenting a treasure trove of photographs, rare books and artifacts relating to Abraham Lincoln.  In the years following the Civil War, Peter Kunhardt’s ancestors – in particular, his great- grandfather, Frederick Hill Meserve – collected photographs that might have been lost forever, including now-iconic portraits used on the penny, the 5 dollar bill, and even the image of Lincoln used to create his likeness on Mount Rushmore.  Through photos, home movies and the words of Peter’s ancestors (voiced by several of his living relatives), the film profiles several key family members whose stewardship of the Lincoln collection became an obsession, including Peter’s grandmother, Dorothy Kunhardt, author of the classic children’s book Pat the Bunny, and his father, Philip Kunhardt, Jr., a former managing editor of Life magazine. Juxtaposing the challenges and humanity of the Lincoln revealed in the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection with those of his ancestors, Kunhardt sheds light on the rewards and, in some cases, pitfalls involved in helping to preserve an important part of America’s past. 2015
Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 Every spring in America more than 8,000 people are shot and killed. Directed and produced by the Emmy®-winning filmmaking team of Shari Cookson and Nick Doob, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 tells some of these stories. Made entirely from existing, found media – news accounts, police investigations, and social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blog posting of those involved – this moving film shows that gun violence in America has become tragically commonplace, sparing no one in its pervasiveness. Whether by homicide, accident or suicide, a wide cross-section of Americans – men and women, very young and old, and people from every racial background – end up being the victims or perpetrators of gun violence. Focusing on eight cases from around the country, this film pays tribute to those who lost their lives to guns, and shines a light on some of the little-known stories of the 32,000 people who die from guns each year in this country. An HBO Production. 2015
San Francisco 2.0 San Francisco has long enjoyed a reputation as the counterculture capital of America, attracting bohemians, mavericks, progressives and activists. With the onset of the digital gold rush, young members of the tech elite are flocking to the West Coast to make their fortunes, and this new wealth is forcing San Francisco to reinvent itself. But as tech innovations lead America into the golden age of digital supremacy, is it changing the heart and soul of their adopted city? In San Francisco 2.0, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi returns to her hometown to document what the tech boom has in store for this historically progressive city, talking to various industry representatives, politicians and longtime residents hoping to maintain their place and not be left behind. Directed, produced and filmed by Pelosi, this insightful film looks at the price of progress, and the challenges of holding onto a collective past. An HBO Production. 2015
Life Stream (North)—Atlantic: Wildest Ocean On Earth The Atlantic Ocean stretches 10,000 miles, including a 90 kilometer stretch of a warm current called the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream propels the migration of many different animal species, creating unique feeding frenzies for the predatory whales of the Atlantic Ocean. Jellyfish, sea turtles, fish, plankton, and people are also affected by the Gulf Stream that warms Northern Europe and keeps the Arctic Ocean from freezing. Learn about the symbiotic essence of the Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Ocean. A BBC Production. 2015
Epilepsy and Me What happens when people can’t see your disability? It only becomes apparent on occasions, catching you unaware when you’re walking down the street, in a classroom, at a party or on a date. Epilepsy and Me is a character-driven observational documentary following a small group of young people that live with epilepsy and deal with the daily challenges it throws up. From starting a new relationship and work experience to making a life-changing decision about their treatment, these are ordinary young people that deal with the typical issues of teenage and young adult life, and where small steps become extraordinary achievements. Including exclusive access to a unique boarding school for young people with epilepsy, this is a film about what it means to grow up with a hidden disability. A BBC Production. 2015
Israel & Gaza: Children of the Conflict A poignant and powerful film that tells the heartbreaking story of lost youth as it follows the lives of children trapped in a seemingly endless war. International headlines about tit-for-tat murders of Israeli and Palestinian youngsters have only served to highlight how the war in Gaza has become a war about children. They have become the main victims, dying in unprecedented numbers, and caught in the political crossfire in this long-running dispute. With unique access to the devastation of young lives on both sides of the conflict, this documentary follows children in Gaza and in Israel over a six month period, filming them as they struggle to rebuild their lives and attempt to understand the scars left by another bloody war. A BBC Production. 2015
KKK – The Fight for White Supremacy With race relations stretched to breaking point in some American cities, the supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan says it’s seeing a surge in membership. They claim that white Americans – angry at what they perceive as attacks on their heritage – are joining in large numbers, convinced they must prepare for a race war. With access to the leaders of the Loyal White Knights chapter in North Carolina, this film follows their secretive rituals. The Klan travels to the South Carolina Statehouse in Charleston to protest against the removal of the confederate flag. But when Black Power groups turn out to demonstrate the two opposing visions of America violently come face to face. A BBC production. 2015
Kolkata – City of Joy Comedian Sue Perkins explores the story of India through the life of its most beguiling and exuberant city – Kolkata. From its grand history as the seat of British Imperial power to its modern reincarnation as a center of commerce, the past, present and future of India co-exist here like nowhere else. The last rich kids of the Raj, the new property entrepreneurs, the 8,000 rickshaw men and an estimated 250,000 homeless street children all live, work and sleep in the same beautiful, crazy and colorful place. Through encounters with people from every strata of society, from the richest to the poorest, Sue unravels the strands that make this modern-day megacity work. Full of powerful and emotional human stories, this stunning film captures the complexity and vivacity of Kolkata offering a fascinating insight into a place still tied to its dark past but looking forward to a bright future. A BBC Production. 2015
Millennium Goals In 2000 the world’s leaders came together and established eight goals aimed at making the developing world a better place for future generations. These time-bound targets addressed extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and promoted gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. In 2015, 15 years on the United Nations is reassessing the goals and laying out its future ambitions. This film travels across the world, from kids hustling to get by on the streets of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo to 11 year olds working on rubbish tips in Cambodia and teenagers affected by drought in California. We hear directly from the children living and working in the some of the toughest places in the world. Have their lives changed and what does the future hold? Both a celebration of the achievements of the past 15 years and a call to arms, this film offers a compelling and dramatic snapshot of what life is like for young people around the world now. 2015
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder An emotional insight into a debilitating disorder. Horizon meets Richard and Sophie, two people battling obsessive compulsive disorder. Sophie’s overwhelming fear is that she might have murdered people. Richard is scared that he will contract fatal diseases from more or less everything he touches. For both of them, their condition is so bad that it is limiting their ability to live normal lives. This film finds out what OCD really is, what triggers it and asks how it can be stopped and it meets the scientists whose cutting edge research is promising sufferers hope. A BBC Production. 2015
Trust Me…I’m a Doctor, Series 3: Episode 3 Another journey into the confusing world of health claims and headline-grabbing stories with Michael Mosley and his team of doctors. This time, they recruit over 200 volunteers to test a surprising way to cure food cravings. Michael tries a new technique to beat the habits that people find hardest to kick. Dr. Chris van Tulleken looks at whether organic food is better for your health, while surgeon Gabriel Weston investigates a potentially groundbreaking new treatment for cancer and Dr. Saleyha Ahsan shows to spot a stroke before it happens. A BBC Production. 2015
The Truth About Fat Fat has a reputation as public health enemy number one. We’ve spent decades trying to eat less of it— yet today we’re unhealthier than ever. This engaging film sees a group of health service workers undergo a series of eating trials— including a bold experiment to investigate the effects of giving up fat altogether. Monitoring the effects of their drastic diet, the program demonstrates how, for healthy people, low-fat diets are bad news. Discover how a portion of steamed salmon has more fat than a pizza, learn how the fat from a greasy meal turns up in your blood within a matter of hours, and find out why fat may even help with weight loss. Stuffed full to bursting with more astonishing facts and surprising experiments, this BBC Horizon program reveals how a little bit of what we like can be good for us. A BBC Production. 2015
Wonderful World of Blood This fascinating film sees Michael Mosley put himself through some extreme challenges to discover how our blood protects us from infection, heals us when we’re wounded, and powers our lives. He undergoes experiments including entering a low-oxygen environment to supercharge his blood and boost his physical fitness; poisoning his blood with a vial of viper venom in order to see it clot; doing a state-of-the-art body scan to chart every artery and vein in his body; and going white-water rafting to discover how his blood’s defenses combat stress. The program explores the dark mythology around blood, and meets the scientists on the cusp of discovering whether there’s any truth in the “Dracula myth” – that young blood can reverse the ageing process. Packed with absorbing stories, In the Blood is a comprehensive take on a subject that’s central to our survival. A BBC Production. 2015
Rising Sea Levels Worldwide, Part 2: Ethical Markets 7 In this program, Hazel Henderson and geologist/oceans expert and author of Rising Tide on Main Street John Englander discuss the ways that humans can practice transition management: by mitigating and adapting to rising sea levels. The long-term processes set in motion by rising global temperatures, melting glaciers, and polar ice sheets are altering risk-analyses models in finance, insurance and business. Henderson and Englander consider how investments will be affected and where new opportunities lie in shifting beyond fossil fuels to low-carbon, cleaner green economies. Transition management strategies include: changing real estate values; building codes; reinforcing urban infrastructure; and citing essential transport and communications networks. 2015
Global System Change: Ethical Markets 7 In this program, Hazel Henderson discusses a range of global challenges and transition management strategies with Frank Dixon (Harvard MBA), former head of global research with social auditing firm Innovest. They consider the ways in which global geopolitics is evolving in response to the systemic changes to our planet’s ecosystems due to human activities. Frank Dixon’s book, Global System Change, maps these global issues and connects the dots. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed upon by 190 member countries, show evidence that humans are accepting responsibility for the changes created by unsustainable industrial development and moving toward integrated policies. These realistic approaches to transition management can lead to cleaner, healthier, more equitable societies on which our survival may depend. 2015
Paris Capital of the World: Episode 3—The Adventurers of Modern Art On being released from the hospital, Apollinaire discovers what life is like in Paris during the war. In Montparnasse, foreign artists—most of whom are Jewish, having fled the anti-Semitism of Eastern Europe—aredying of hunger. They form the School of Paris. Soutine, the poorest of the Russian artists, strikes up a friendship with Modigliani, the handsomest of the Italians. In 1917, Apollinaire stages a performance of his play Les Mamelles de Tirésias using the subheading “surrealist drama.” The word “surrealist” is born. It catches on, becoming common currency in art circles around the globe. One year later, Apollinaire succumbs to the Spanish flu. Modigliani passes away on January 24, 1920. His funeral, attended by all the artists of Montparnasse, brings the age of bohemianism to a definitive end. 2015
Libertad! Episode 5—The Adventurers of Modern Art The interwar period is significant for its tumults of enthusiasm and illusion. Communism is a tempting alternative, and the desire for social, moral, artistic, and political revolution hangs in the air… In 1936, war erupts in Spain. Malraux and Hemingway are covering the Republicans’ struggle as journalists, and photos by Capa and Gerda Taro get published in the international press, fostering a broader awareness of the conflict. In April 1937, the Guernica massacre inspires Picasso to create a monumental canvas symbolizing the violence perpetrated by Franco’s supporters and by fascism more generally. The Spanish Republic is lost, and one war ends as another begins. 2015
The Book of Islam: Episode 7—Jesus and Islam In the Qur’an, Muhammad is depicted as being illiterate, as a pure messenger of the divine word revealed by the angel Gabriel. How then did the text take form?How was it transmitted orally, then fixed in writing? How can Muhammad be considered the author of the Qur’an, this first monumental work of Arab literature? 2015
The Bitcoin Gospel What if we could create money ourselves, without the need for banks? Money that can’t be forged, that will appreciate rather than depreciate, and that can be used worldwide without transaction costs. It exists, and some people consider it to be the digital version of gold: bitcoin. This program examines where the bottom line lies, now that this globally disruptive currency has grown to maturity. Is bitcoin the blueprint for fair money, separated from banks or states, or the largest pyramid scheme ever? 2015
Animal Mummies – Egypt’s Dark Secret Ancient Egyptians practiced mummification on people and animals to ensure the body’s use in the next life. Modern advances in imaging technology allow Dr. Lidija McKnight and her team to create accurate 3D images of ancient Egyptian animal mummies. This film aims to discover the truth about the strange role animals played in ancient Egyptian beliefs. A BBC Production. 2015
Dancing in the Dark: the End of Physics? A quarter of the stuff in our universe is unaccounted for. We see its effects written across the heavens, but it has never been seen and cannot be explained. This mysterious substance is known as dark matter. Scientists hope that, by discovering the identity of dark matter, they will discover an essential piece in the cosmic jigsaw, as well as answer some problems with the standard model of particle physics. From CERN in Switzerland to a telescope in Chile, Horizon meets the scientists trying to solve one of the biggest mysteries in the universe and asks what success or failure will mean for the future of physics. A BBC Production. 2015
Faith and Gay Fear In 2014, Cold Fear: Gay Life in Russiarevealed shocking footage of a man hunted, trapped, then beaten and humiliated by a group of 30 anti-gay activists in Russia. It was just the tip of an iceberg. Across the world, there is a growing movement to halt the advance of gay rights by direct persecution and support for anti-homosexual laws. The movement has created some unlikely international allies. Now, the team behind Cold Fear – Gay Life in Russia investigates the groups and individuals coordinating the campaign. The investigation team crosses continents as it tracks the money, political campaigns and secret meetings to piece together the network. From the antigay agenda spreading across Europe from Russia to the extreme homophobia in Africa sponsored by western evangelists and right-wing Christians – this film reveals that far from the hatred originating from rogue extremists, it is an organised movement with a shared source of funding. The trail ends in the United States. A BBC Production. 2015
Filming My Father in Life and Death Four and half years in the making, this powerful and emotional film charts the story of one remarkable man – Steve Isaac, who had everything to live for when he received the heartbreaking news that he had the terminal condition, motor neurone disease. He was just 51, when he was told that he had only a couple of years to live. From the very beginning of Steve’s illness, his son, Fraser, decided to film every stage of his father’s decline. The result is an unique filmic record revealing the devastating reality of motor neurone disease, as it has never been seen before. A BBC Production. 2015
Muslim Beauty Pageant and Me Miss World is a competition known for glamorous girls and bikini modelling. But today there is an alternative version aimed at finding positive role models for women in the Muslim world – World Muslimah. This global pageant aims to promote modesty and Islamic values and attracts competitors from Iran, USA, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Nigeria. Britain’s first entrant, Dina Torkia, is a 25-year-old fashion blogger and stylist from Cardiff with thousands of followers on her YouTube channel. This film follows her journey as she aspires to make it through from her online audition to the selection stages, and into the final in Jakarta in November 2014. With unique backstage access to the competition and the finalists from all over the world, Dina gets to the heart of what being young, Muslim, and female means in Britain and the rest of the world. A BBC Production. 2015
Mexico: Stephen Fry in Central America In this video, Stephen Fry travels through Mexico participating in local customs, learning the culture, and exploring historic sites. Places visited include: Chihuahua, Barranca, Real de Catorce, Teotihuacan, Mexico City, and Acapulco. A BBC Production. 2015
Belize to Guatemala: Stephen Fry in Central America In this video, Stephen Fry travels through Belize and Guatemalaparticipating in local customs, learning the culture, and exploring historic sites. Places visited include: Belize City, Wildtracks Refuge, the Cays, Tikal, Chajul, Lake Atitlan, and Guatemala City. A BBC production. 2015
Teenage And Gay Young gay people in the UK are increasingly discovering the self-awareness and confidence to come out while still in school. In recent years there has been a revolution in social acceptance, but coming out while still a teen is always fraught with difficulties and potential danger. This documentary follows five British teenagers as they come out, capturing intimate first-hand experiences, empathising with them as they seek acceptance for their sexuality. From the 14-year-old footballer who describes herself as a ‘butch lesbian’ to the transgender boy forced out of home and school, the programme features a cross-section of characters. Intimate, confessional and raw, Teenage and Gay celebrates their bravery, and exposes the ostracism and bullying they can suffer. NB. The UK TX version is called Underage and Gay. A BBC Production. 2015
Trust Me…I’m a Doctor, Series 3: Episode 1 Doctors bring you the definitive answers to health questions including how to avoid losing your marbles and how to cure cramp. Dr. Saleyha Ahsan shows you how to spot the signs of a deep vein thrombosis; Dr. Chris van Tulleken reveals the shocking truth about what is actually in herbal supplements sold in the UK; and surgeon Gabriel Weston travels to witness an astonishing new treatment that could cure crippling back pain for millions of people. A BBC Production. 2015
A Question of Humanity After surviving 20 years of civil war and being forced to live in the deplorable conditions of Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, Northern Ugandans return home to discover thousands of their children—who were healthy at birth—developing a bizarre illness called Nodding Syndrome. Children are described by the locals as ‘alive in dead bodies’ because they become mentally impaired, lose the ability to talk, and their growth is stunted. Children appear to be sleepy and ‘nod off’. During these episodes they cannot control their bodies and are prone to wander off and drown in rivers or burn in fires. “A Question of Humanity” follows a young Ugandan woman who operates a small care center for children with Nodding Syndrome as she journeys out to some of her country’s most isolated villages where these mentally ill children are treated like outcasts. Feared to be possessed by demons, many children with Nodding Syndrome are tied to trees like animals, neglected by their families, and sexually abused. During this journey, the woman discovers the true strength of the human spirit in the midst of tremendous obstacles and realizes the children she set out to help are actually providing her the strength to carry on. 2015
Rising Sea Levels Worldwide, Part 1: Ethical Markets 7 In this video, watch founder and president of Ethical Markets Hazel Henderson discuss climate change, rising sea levels, greenhouse gas emissions, and more with author and consultant John Englander. Englander is a geologist, an ocean expert, and the author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis. Topics include the geology of varying coastal cities, the Earth’s rising temperature, and the disruption of natural ice age periods. 2015
Beyond Blood Stained Gems—New Science & Standards: Ethical Markets 7 In this video, Hazel Henderson explains the controversy and problems surrounding mining gems from the earth and her own solution to the issue. By creating a standard for scientifically crafted diamonds called Ethic Mark Gems, Henderson hopes to shift the trend from favoring Earth-mined diamonds for fine jewelry to the crafted gems. Meet author and consultant Frank Dixon, who shares information and perspective with Henderson regarding her goals for the success of Ethic Mark Gems. 2015
Property and Casualty Insurance Agents and Brokers—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight What is it like to be a property and casualty insurance agent? In this Career Q&A video interview, Paul Terrell talks about his career path, what he does on the job, and the keys to success in the field. He also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years. 2016
Breaking Point: Heroin in America In this 20/20 special report, David Muir takes us to New Hampshire and inside the lives of recovering heroin addicts, their families, the health professionals working to help them, and those who do not survive. Aaron Smith struggles to find a treatment center where he can get help and when he does they do not have the drugs to get him through withdrawals. Follow Savanah and Matt as they do their best to remain drug free so they can give their baby girl a good life. See babies born dependent on opiates and children learning how to administer drugs to save someone from a heroin overdose. Hear about the uphill battle facing New Hampshire in the fight against heroin; no community should feel immune. ABC New: An ABC News Production. 2016
Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma A timely exploration of one of today’s most divisive and pressing issues—the threat posed by homegrown Islamic extremism and the challenges of detecting and countering it. Directed by Emmy® award-winner Greg Barker (HBO’s Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden), Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma is a gripping, insider’s account of the homegrown terrorist threat in America, told from the perspectives of those who helped construct America’s counterterrorism machine—as well as those who are its targets. 2016
Racial Facial Racial Facial is a short, 8 minute film about race in America. It provides a blur of fascinating images and video—historical and contemporary—depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country. Beginning with this country’s history of slavery and discrimination against African Americans, eradication and colonization of Native Americans, exclusion of Asian Americans and exploitation of Mexican and Latin Americans, Racial Facial depicts a visual panorama which encompasses the history of oppression and discrimination that has led to continuation of tension, unrest and anger among all Americans. The film contains certain central themes—that of protest and the consequence of protest, police brutality, killings, incarceration and the failed and successful attempts at reconciling the contradictions and inequities created by racial division. The film aims not to place blame, but to identify the causes of ignorance and individual and institutional racism, and then provide a degree of self-realization in the viewer that sparks new solutions. 2016
Dark Night of the Soul: Episode 1—Art of Scandinavia The art of Scandinavia shares many characteristics of the Scandinavian landscape: hardness, sharpness, clarity. In the first of three episodes, Andrew Graham -Dixon explores works to come out of the dark Norwegian soul, most famous for producing The Scream by Edvard Munch. He explores the history of Norway through its most influential artworks, and the story that these pieces tell about Norwegian society and attitudes: from Norse mythology, to early Christianity and Lutheranism, to the Romantic Nationalists. Dramatic landscapes and extreme hardship have provided inspiration for artists and philosophers, including Peder Balke, Lars Hertervig, Søren Kierkegaard, Henrik Ibsen, and Munch. A BBC Production. 2016
Once Upon a Time in Denmark: Episode 2—Art of Scandinavia In episode two of Andrew Graham-Dixon’s epic journey through Scandinavian art and landscape, Denmark emerges from modest beginnings to become a great power and arbiter of taste in northern Europe, a story of transformation befitting the homeland of the greatest fairytale spinner of them all, Hans Christian Andersen. In this film, Graham-Dixon traces Denmark’s failed imperial experiment, beginning with Christian IV’s reign. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Andersen, Bertel Thorvaldsen and Christoffer Eckersberg represented a golden age in Danish art. After defeat by Prussia in 1864, Denmark turned inward and focused on building a stable, democratic nation, illustrated in Vilhelm Hammershoi’s introverted paintings. The “small is beautiful” mentality is further seen in Danish modern furniture design, inspired by the “hygge” concept, and in Legoland. A BBC Production. 2016
Democratic by Design: Episode 3—Art of Scandinavia In the final installment of Andrew Graham-Dixon’s journey through Scandinavian art, we arrive in Sweden—home of IKEA and a tradition of brilliant furniture design stretching back to the early years of the 20th century. Sweden has made its modern democratic mission one of comfort and civilized living for the masses, but many would argue that the dream of equality has fallen short. Graham-Dixon examines early 20th century artistic innovations, including Prince Eugen’s salons and August Strindberg’s works expressing anxiety about modernization. The acceptera manifesto outlined the principles of Functionalism, incorporated into Swedish social housing, and Carl Larsson’s water colors nostalgic for rural Scandinavian traditions inspired IKEA’s mass produced household items. The Nordic Noir movement revealed cracks in social democracy— echoed by current graffiti, performance, and conceptual artists. A BBC Production. 2016
Therapeutic Conversations with Families: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Did you know that most nurses have never observed a therapeutic conversation with a family? This program demonstrates an actual therapeutic conversation with a family where love is a powerful healer. Defined is the kind of love that opens space in therapeutic conversation. Specific skills of how to create a context of love and bring forth curious compassion that is devoid of judgment is also offered. Other interventions in the family interview illustrate offering commendations, prescribing a ritual, and encouraging the power of love to heal. The purpose of every therapeutic conversation is to soften suffering and promote healing. This program will assist nurses in doing so by enhancing their confidence and competence when working with families in a context of love. 2016
Key Issues in Psychological Research This film uses real studies to explore some of the major issues surrounding psychological research in three key areas: ethics, socially sensitive research, and ethnocentrism. It covers ethical guidelines for research and reasons for breaching those guidelines; how to address research justification, use of knowledge, and interpretation of findings in a socially sensitive research proposal; and how to be aware of social construction and possible ethnocentric biases. 2016
Extreme Weather: Coastal Flooding With climate change, extreme storms are becoming ever more frequent. In December 2013, a giant storm surge hit the East Coast of England, the like of which hadn’t been seen for 60 years. It caused millions of dollars worth of damage to people, homes and wildlife. This program looks at the causes and impacts and assesses how best to protect this vulnerable stretch of coastline against extreme weather hazards in the future. 2016
Tracking Weather Near the Ground A new app lets people report weather conditions to help meteorologists. 2016
How Color Influences What You Buy Research suggests that color or no color can be used strategically to change how consumers feel about a product. 2016
The Most Dangerous Town On The Internet: Where Cybercrime Goes to Hide What if there were “countries” the size of the average suburban household? What if they had their own rules, laws, and currencies? What if one of them almost brought the entire Internet to its knees? They’re called data havens, and they are the Switzerlands of the Internet: bunkers, caves, and sea fortresses, offering cybercriminals and freedom fighters alike the privacy to conduct unregulated information exchanges, malware attacks, spam dumps, ransomware breaches, and more. Nearly every cybercriminal alive walks these halls, virtually or literally. Here today, gone tomorrow, disappearing and re-emerging, these independent micro-nations are the sole provider of true online privacy, offering 100% anonymity without any government restrictions. Welcome to The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet. 2016
Oceans of the Solar System Water defines the Earth, and is crucial to life. Once we thought oceans were unique to our planet, but astronomers are now discovering them all over the solar system, raising the possibility of life in places we never thought possible. This BBC Horizon program sets sail on an epic journey; from the icy wastes of Enceladus to the prehistoric oceans of Mars, and to the methane lakes of Saturn’s biggest moon Titan—where NASA plans to send a submarine to dive into the murky depths. Are we on the verge of discovering that—far from being unique—life in the solar system is ubiquitous? A BBC Production. 2016
Extreme Weather: Somerset Flooding In the winter of 2013/2014 the UK was hit by a succession of 13 low-pressure weather systems causing extreme flooding across the South West. This program looks at the human and physical causes of the floods and explores the impacts on property and lives through the first hand accounts of local residents and businesses. It also assesses examples of both hard and soft engineering and shows how they are being used to improve resilience to future flood events. Dredging, pumping, tidal barriers and catchment sensitive farming are all considered. 2016
Virtual Reality for Pain Virtual reality is helping change the way we treat and ease pain for some patients. Researchers are using virtual reality to help distract patients from painful procedures. They’ve found that virtual reality can help patients through any number of painful procedures. Doctors are using it to focus on burn care patients. It’s an elaborate distraction, a way to pull people’s attention away from the procedure itself and the pain the procedure causes. 2016
Trends Toward Sustainability in Brazil: Ethical Markets 7 In this program, Ethical Markets Media founder Hazel Henderson discusses with award-winning civic leader Thais Corral, co-author of Leadership Is Global, the transitions occurring in her country Brazil. Brazil has all the resources and capital assets it needs to make the transition to sustainability. However, the obsolete fossil-fueled industrial model is still imposed by foreign investors and traditional financial models. Thais Corral points to Brazil’s rich civic society traditions, participatory politics, its optimistic people, and their open flexibility in embracing change as valuable resources in transition management. This civic genius is the “software” that may prove to be Brazil’s unique export to the world and its struggle for domestic reforms offer lessons for other countries. 2016
Music Producers—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight What is it like to be a music producer? In this Career Q&A video interview, Robert Parr talks about his career path, what he does on the job, and the keys to success in the field. He also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years. 2016
Glaciation in the UK The UK provides fabulous examples of glaciated landscapes. This program provides illustrations and explanations for the different landforms and features associated with glaciation in the UK. The key processes of erosion, transportation and deposition area all explored, using examples filmed in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and Snowdonia. 2016
The UK’s Changing Landscapes This program provides a fantastic overview of the formation, distribution, geology and key features of the UK’s areas of upland and lowland landscapes. Through the use of diverse case studies from Malham Cove to the Jurassic Coast, the Lakes to the South Downs, this program contextualizes how tectonics, climate, geology and human activity work together in combination with geomorphic processes over millions of years, to create the UK’s diverse and distinct landscapes. 2016
Earlier Severe Weather Warnings Meteorologists using a group of mobile instruments to improve storm warnings. 2016
Camera Sees What Your Eyes Can’t Peering into a grocery store bin, it’s hard to tell if a peach or tomato or avocado is starting to go bad underneath its skin. But an affordable camera technology being developed by the University of Washington and Microsoft Research might enable consumers of the future to tell which piece of fruit is perfectly ripe or what’s rotting in the fridge. 2016
The Personal Journey of Brazilian Leader Thais Corral: Ethical Markets 7 In this program, Hazel Henderson explores the personal story of award-winning civic leader and Leadership Is Global co-author Thais Corral. Thais and her family came to Brazil from Spain, bringing their entrepreneurial skills and creativity. She studied in Italy and in the U.S. at the University of Chicago and Harvard. She created 400 radio programs broadcasted to empower women across Brazil and became a co-founder of the global Women’s Environment Development Organization (WEDO) with U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug. Thais founded the learning and leadership programs at Sinal do Vale, where participants learn the tools of transition management first hand. 2016
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