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DVDs: Documentaries

DVDs can be found on our DVD shelves in numeric order.

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Traces the history of public education in the United States from the country’s origin to the present day. episode 1. The common school, 1770-1890 -- episode 2. As American as public school, 1900-1950 -- episode 3. A struggle for educational equality, 1950-1980 -- episode 4. The bottom line in education, 1980 to the present.

Higher education at risk. DVD 44

This inspiring film documents how one young man, Micah Fialka-Feldman, with cognitive disabilities went to college, demonstrating fully inclusive education by and his desire for a life without boundaries. DVD 132

A closer look at for-profit colleges and universities and how the way they use money affects the education they provide. DVD 557

This is a hilarious and insightful documentary that tells the story of the bizarre California recall election. Documentary filmmaker Alex Cooke followed the campaign from the moment Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy through to his victory. 135 candidates took part in this extraordinary gubernatorial race, personally paid for by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa to eliminate Democratic Governor, Gray Davis. DVD 13

A biography of Emmett Louis Till, an African-American teenager who was murdered for whistling at a white women in Mississippi in 1955. Chronicles director Beauchamp’s decade-long effort to determine the true identities of Till’s killers. DVD 342

A documentary on the life and work of George Seldes, America’s most important press critic. The film includes archival footage and photographs, and provides a fresh perspective on 20th century history, while raising profound questions about America’s news media. DVD 375

Examines the devastating conflict and Western political intrigue that laid the foundation for wars, coups, revolts, and military interventions in the Middle East. DVD 121

As a film maker living with a brain injury for the past twelve years, existing on both sides of the durra matter - often times simultaneously, I take the role as guide for the viewer into this foreign, often painful, and extraordinary land. DVD 277

Documentary about Simon Wiesenthal, a holocaust survivor who dedicated most of his life to helping the United States government prosecute Nazi war criminals. DVD 324

Tells the compelling stories of individuals who suffered from clinical depression, a medical illness, which affects more than 20 million Americans each year. Depression affects people of all backgrounds and walks of life, including many famous people throughout history. This film, broadcast on PBS stations nationally, profiles everyday people who experienced depression and tells their stories through their own words. DVD 266

Tells the story of a former Orthodox priest who decides to turn his country estate into a monastery and the conflict that arises when the church dispatches a team, headed by a nun, to inspect the premises. DVD 426

A documentary film that debunks the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stares bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource. DVD 274

The true stories of couples and singles, gay and straight, married or not, as they navigate the path to love, woven together in a humorous and poignant collective narrative that shows what everyone has in common. DVD 147

Kurt Schwitters is generally acknowledged as the twentieth century’s greatest master of collage. He found himself at the forefront of contemporary art and allied himself with the avant-garde, including various Dada groups. Throughout his turbulent life, Schwitters stood his ground with his non-elitist creation of Merz, which laid the groundwork for Pop Art and post-modernism. DVD 313

A frank and honest look at black identity in America. Uses incisive storytelling and commentary from prominent black intellectuals, including Angela Davis, Bell Hooks, and Cornel West. Meant to stir provocative debate and add reinforcement to a bold vision for a humanity that embraces all people. Explodes the myth that black America is monolithic. DVD 583

Global graffiti culture is where the love of art and ego clashes with law and order. This film explores the many manifestations of ’bombing’ - the act of committing artistic crime with spraypaint. DVD 500

"One Family" is a documentary that follows a Vermont couple as they travel to Ethiopia to adopt their daughter Meskerem, who was living at an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Layla House. DVD 328

An examination of secrecy in the United States government, exploring the tensions between freedom of information and national security. DVD 356

A transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before. These are the wonders of a world without words, viewed through man and nature’s own prisms of symmetry and more. DVD 351

In 1968, in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a third grade teacher, Ms. Jane Elliott, in all-white, all-Christian, Riceville, Iowa, involved her students in an exercise in discrimination based on eye-color. It was her attempt to help them to understand some of the reasons why Black people were taking to the streets and demanding equitable treatment with whites. DVD 758

This is the unusual story of the rise and fall of Chuck Connelly, in the 1980s a major upcoming talent in the New York art scene along with Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Connelly ended up alienating every collector and gallery owner he worked with. This documentary follows the life of this painter who now sees his career fading. DVD 431

Team 3D and Complexity are the top two professional counterstrike teams in the United States. They leave their girlfriends and travel the world to compete for thousands of dollars. Professional gaming has exploded in Europe and Asia, but the counterstrike community in the United States struggles to legitimize their "sport". DVD 349