New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

October 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Pelotero [videorecording] = Ballplayer

October 24, 2014
Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2012]
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, John Leguizamo.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Bonus features: Photo gallery; original theatrical trailer; other Strand Releasing trailers.
A compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo that is a gritty and rare look inside the recruitment of top talent baseball players from the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with baseball teams. As they turn sixteen years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of poverty.

Awakening in the now [videorecording]

October 24, 2014
Boulder, CO : Sounds True, c2009.
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Speaker, Eckart Tolle.
Title from disc surface.
"As seen on PBS"--Container.
Where is the off switch -- A primordial spiritual practice -- Space consciousness and object consciousness -- Becoming friendly with the Now -- From thinking to awareness.
Features a live talk by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.

Sholem Aleichem [videorecording] : laughing in the darkness

October 22, 2014
New York : Riverside Films : New Video, 2013.
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
With commentaries from Bella Kaufman (Aleichem's 100-year-old granddaughter), Aaron Lansky of the Yiddish Book Center, and Professor Ruth Wisse of Harvard University. Narrator, Alan Rosenberg ; with the voices of Peter Riegert, Rachel Dratch, Jason Kravits, Daniel Lerman.
Winner: Jerusalem International Film Festival.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011.
A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Aleichem (1859-1916) was a rebellious wordsmith who created a new genre of literature and used his remarkable humor to encapsulate the realities of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late nineteenth century. Using a rich collection of archival footage, the film recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and frequent scapegoats in times of social and political unrest.

America : imagine the world without her

October 22, 2014
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Based on the New York Times best -selling book "America: Imagine A World without her" by Dinesh D'Souza.
What would the world look like if America never existed? Dinesh D'Souza, bestselling author and creator of 2016: Obama's America, explores this fascinating question in this stirring, thought-provoking documentary. Through re-enactments of landmark events in America's history and insightful interviews with leading historians, D'Souza brings us face-to-face with the brave heroes who built a great nation, and offers a powerful defense against critics intent upon "the shaming of America."

Bukowski at Bellevue [videorecording].

October 21, 2014
Lytham St. Annes, England : Screen Edge ; [Oaks, Pa] : American distributor, Eclectic DVD, c2004.
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced as a documentary film in 1970.
This pioneer reading (only his fourth ever) was videotaped in black-and-white using a primitive portable video system with two cameras by students at Bellevue Community College and the film has lain forgotten for 18 years. The recording quality is poor.

Growing cities

October 20, 2014
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Malik Yakini, Scott Stokoe, Eugene Cook, Mike Mennono, Brooke Budner, Britta Riley, Caitlyn Galloway.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. Growing Cities goes coast to coast to tell the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, activists, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself. From those growing in backyards to make ends meet to educators teaching kids to eat healthier, viewers find that urban farming is about much more than simply good food.

Ice warriors : USA sled hockey.

October 15, 2014
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from web page.
This powerful, uplifting one-hour documentary, on PBS, follows the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey team as they prepare for the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi.

The possession of Michael King

October 15, 2014
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Shane Johnson, Julie McNiven, Jed Rees, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Michael doesn't believe in God or The Devil. The documentary filmmaker decides to make a film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment (allowing various practitioners of the occult to try the spells and rituals on him) in the hopes that when they fail, he'll once and for all have proof that it's all nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over him and it will not let go.

Cooper & Hemingway : the true gen

October 14, 2014
1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Sam Waterston.
Title from container.
Ernest Hemingway's extraordinary life and career has been exhaustively, but less thoroughly examined is his fascinating friendship with film icon Gary Cooper. The liberal, best-known writer of the 20th century and the tight-lipped, all-American 'common man' were complete opposites and yet the best of friends for over 20 years. An unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

Unstoppable [videorecording] : where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?

October 14, 2014
[United States] : CAMFAM Studios, LLC ; Franklin, Tenn. : Distributed in the USA by Provident Distribution, c2013.
1 videodisc (ca. 65 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Kirk Cameron.
Special features: behind-the-scenes featurette, Warren Barfield's "The Time is Now" music video.
The big question -- In the beginning -- Adam and Eve -- The fall -- Cain and Abel -- The pitch -- Sandgren family -- God's war bow -- Let's talk about Jesus -- The final word.
Following a record-breaking live one-night theatrical event and an incredibly successful second showing, Provident Films brings Kirk Cameron's newest film to DVD. Unstoppable is Kirk's personal and inspiring visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raiser in faith: Why? Kirk goes back to the beginning -- literally -- as he investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives and our eternities. Reminding us that there is great hope, Unstoppable creatively tackles the age-old question: Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering? "It's easy to get excited about your faith when things are going well in your life. But when your whole world comes crashing down on you, the questions start: 'Where is God when I need him most? Why do bad things happen to good people?' Unstoppable is a journey, based on a true story, that has become the most personal and transparent project I have ever made regarding my faith. Together, in hundreds of theaters across America, we will discover with our eyes wide open, that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt." - Publisher.

Explorer. Python wars [videorecording]

October 10, 2014
[Washington, DC?] : National Geographic Society, [2010]
1 videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Peter Coyote.
Title from container.
"As seen on National Geographic Channel."
"The Burmese python, one of the largest, most powerful snakes in the world, has established a breeding population in Florida's Everglades--and soon, the snakes will be poised to spread to other areas in the United States. How far will they get? Biologists are plotting a conteroffensive, even as they're still making discoveries about the basic biology of these massive serpents. The scientists waging this 'python war' have one objective: to preserve the ecological balance of the Everglades. Can they protect Florida's native species by stopping the pythons, or is it already to late?"--Container.

Charles Lloyd : arrows into infinity

October 8, 2014
München : ECM Records
1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Contains archival footage from several of Charles Lloyd's concerts.

Mermaids : the body found, the new evidence

October 3, 2014
1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc surface.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
A look into the urban legend of the existence of mermaids. What if there's a kernel of truth that lives beneath the legend of the mythic mermaid? Animal Planet brings viewers into the world where the legend is real. The film blends real-life events and phenomena with the story of two scientists who testify they found the remains of a never-before-identified sea creature.

How to survive the end of the world.

October 2, 2014
Washington, DC : National Geographic
2 videodiscs (270 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Examines terrifying and scientifically plausible doomsday scenarios by exploring distinct, world-threatening events and the methods by which humanity would fight to survive against grim odds. Episodes include Zombie Earth, Hell on Earth, Frozen Earth, Flooded Earth, Monster Storm, and episode six TBD.

Wagner's Jews

October 2, 2014
New York, NY : First Run Features
1 videodisc (55 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally released in 2013.
DVD extras: Extended interviews; Musical performance: Rubinstein's Parsifal; deleted scenes: Death in Venice; filmmaker interview.
German composer Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But there is another, lesser-known side to this story. For years, many of Wagner's closest associates were Jews, young musicians who became personally devoted to him, and provided crucial help to his work and career.

The Fidel Castro tapes : the story of the Cuban dictator's turbulent leadership

October 2, 2014
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Phil Crowley.
Title from container.
In 1959, Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba. He has been one of the most controversial figures in the world ever since. This chronicles the Cuban leader's ability to maintain control through ongoing tumult in his country, and in his dealings with the United States and the rest of the world.

Ivory tower : is college worth the cost?

October 2, 2014
[Los Angeles, CA] : Paramount Pictures, [2014]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Andrew Delbanco.
Title from container.
Is college worth the cost? Groundbreaking filmmaker Andrew Rossi asks the critical question about the value of higher education, revealing how colleges have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. With student-loan debt now over the one trillion dollar mark, the once-great American institution is at a breaking point. The film explores the current education crisis from the halls of Harvard, to community colleges, to online learning.

A people uncounted : the untold story of the Roma

October 1, 2014
[New York, NY] : First Run Features, [2014?]
1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from web page.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011.
Story of the Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies, a people who have been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture. The Roma have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution in Europe, most notably the Holocaust genocide where an estimated 500,000 were murdered. A People Uncounted documents their culturally rich yet often difficult lives, and demonstrates how their present state has been deeply shaped by the tragedies of the past. Filmed in 11 countries and featuring dozens of Roma, including Holocaust survivors, historians, activists and musicians, A People Uncounted brings the Romani history to life through the rich interplay of their poetry, music, and compelling first hand accounts. As ethnic intolerance flares up across Europe, A People Uncounted sheds light on this unique culture while presenting the Roma tale as emblematic of the world's legacy of racism and genocide.

The prosecution of an American president

October 1, 2014
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from web page.
Extra features: Deleted scenes; Vince Bugliosi's unique logic; Vince Bugliosi at UCLA; John Turner at UCLA; Alan Bean at home.
Bugliosi presents a meticulously researched legal case that proves George W. Bush took our nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses and is therefore responsible for the murder of 4,500 young American soldiers who fought and died there. Bush's unlawful war also caused the deaths of over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over a trillion dollars; alienated many of our allies; and pushed a previously tranquil nation into unending civil war.

The greatest miracles on earth [videorecording] : complete collection

October 1, 2014
[United States] : The Entertainment Group ; distributed by VCI Entertainment, 2006.
1 videodisc (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: scene selection, trailer, bios.
Probes into the unknown with countless findings that cannot be justified by modern day science.

Vaccines : calling the shots [videorecording]

September 26, 2014
[S.l.] : PBS Distribution, [2014]
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Diseases that were largely eradicated in the U.S. a generation ago - including whooping cough, measles, mumps - are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. This takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, and shed light on the risks of opting out. The vast majority of Americans - more than 90% - vaccinate their children. Yet many people have questions about the safety of vaccines.

American war generals

September 23, 2014
Washington, DC : National Geographic
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Reveals many never-before-heard stories and opinions from the legendary leaders of the modern U.S. Army. Their accounts reveal the big changes that have transformed the U.S. military from the first troops to enter Vietnam to the last combat troops to exit Afghanistan, explaining the critical personal experiences that shaped their lives and the way they approached modern warfare.

My hope America : with Billy Graham.

September 18, 2014
[United States] : Pure Flix
3 videodiscs (approximately 420 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Billy Graham.
Title from disc label.
disc 1. The cross ; Defining moments ; Lose to gain ; My hope America: how to get involved -- disc 2. Outreach & discipleship training -- disc 3. Bonus materials ; Crusade classics & other special features.
After decades of traveling around the world with Revivals with his father, Billy Graham wants to have his last words as he asks for this one last 'My Hope' message to everyone in the world to share with him.


September 18, 2014
[Pennington, New Jersey?] : [Hundred Year Films], [2012]
1 videodisc (approximately 78 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Adrian Perez.
Program content: ©2012.
Looks as a number of individuals engaged in sustainable lifestyles in the part of New Jersey known as the Sourlands.

Sand wars

September 17, 2014
[Corte Madera, CA] : [Green Planet Films], [2013]
1 videodisc (52 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Trevor Hayes.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2013.
Sand Wars is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Due to the high demand for sand, the planet's reserves are being threatened. Three-quarters of the world's beaches are in decline and bound to disappear as victims of erosion, or of sand smuggling. Triggered by building construction, smuggling bands, or "sand mafias," plunder beaches and rivers for this highly prized commodity. Sand Wars will take us around the world to witness this new gold rush firsthand.

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