New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

July 23, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Watermark

July 22, 2014
©2013
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Following their success with Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.

United States of secrets

July 17, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (approximately 3 hrs.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Frontline investigates the secret history of the unprecedented surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11th and continues today. As big technology companies encouraged users to share more and more information about their lives, they created a trove of data that could be useful not simply to advertisers, but also to the government. The revelations of NSA contractor Edward Snowden would push Silicon Valley into the center of a debate over privacy and government surveillance.

Brazil.

July 17, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (220 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Host, Michael Palin.
Title from web page.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Out of Africa -- Into Amazonia -- The road to Rio -- The deep south.
Be astounded by the fifth largest country in the world, from the lost world of Amazonia, to the buzzing cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, a city of 30 million, where the super rich commute by helicopter. Meet remote tribes who pit their survival skills against gold diggers and loggers. In the entertaining company of good-natured host Michael Palin, delight in the spectacular landscape, food, music, beach life and unique cultural heritage of a rising global power.

Campaign of hate : Russia and gay propaganda

July 17, 2014
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures : QC Cinema
1 videodisc (approximately 78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Masha Gessen, Thor Halverssen, Wanja Kilber, Alexander Kargaltsev, Manny de Guerre, Gulya Sultanova, Elena Kostyuchenko, Mitya Aleshkovsky, Marina Melnik, Andrey Obolensky, Dmitry Potapov, Vitaly Milonov.
Title from container.
As most of the world moves forward toward gay equality, Russia is seemingly heading backward. In 2013, the Russian parliament passed a ban on so-called 'gay propaganda' that effectively makes nearly any public discussion of gay equality a crime. Violent attacks against Russian gays or suspected gays are more and more common. Videos of young LGBT people being taunted and tortured have been widely distributed on the internet.

Maidentrip

July 17, 2014
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2014]
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Laura Dekker.
Title from container.
DVD extras: behind the scenes; extended scenes; time lapse sequences; photo gallery.
Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker sets out, camera in hand, on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea.

Half the road : the passion, pitfalls & power of women's professional cycling

July 17, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from web page.
Special features: Bonus scenes; Photo gallery.
Modern society has long believed that women hold up half the sky in terms of equality and progression. So when it comes to the sport of professional cycling, why aren't women receiving half the road? Directed by pro-cyclist Kathryn Bertine, it explores the world of women's professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female athletes face in male dominated sports.

Breaking through

July 15, 2014
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kathy Webb, Kate Brown, Joel Burns, Alex Wan.
Title from web page.
Special features: exclusive music video; filmmakers' journey; theatrical trailer; special theatrical version (approximately 68 min.).
Openly elected officials, at all levels, including the first gay US Senator, Tammy Baldwin, share their stories of self doubt and triumph over multiple barriers ranging from race and poverty to gender and sexual orientation, revealing a deeply personal, rarely seen side of politicians and gay people.

Harry Dean Stanton: partly fiction

July 14, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, Debbie Harry.
Title from container.
"A mesmerizing, impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. Stunningly lensed in color and b/w by Seamus McGarvey, the film explores the actor's enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid scenes with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry. The fragile soul of an actor emerges from the poignant collage" -- Isotope Films.

Generation iron

July 10, 2014
Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2014]
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, Victor Martinez, Ben Pakulski, Hidetada Yamagishi, Roelly Winklaar, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jai White.
Title from container.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2013.
A documentary about seven rivals as they battle for the title of Mr. Olympia. But beyond the gym, the stage, and the misconceptions about the sport, how far will each of them go to achieve the ultimate in extreme physical perfection?

Fredrick Law Olmsted : designing America.

July 9, 2014
Arlington, VA : PBS, [2014]
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Stockard Channing.
Title from web page.
Special features: The 30 minute video, Olmsted's enduring legacy.
A biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life. He made enormous contributions to the American landscape, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted's efforts to preserve nature created an 'environmental ethic' decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.

The cool hot rod

July 7, 2014
©1953
1 videodisc (45 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
"Featuring '50s feature short films"--Container.
Uses narration by a teen-ager to show how a hot-rod club contributes to safe driving through its strict membership rules and restriction of speed runs to drag strips.

Eating with cannibals [videorecording]

June 25, 2014
[Washington, DC] : NGHT, Inc., 2011.
1 videodisc (ca. 45 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
"National Geographic joins author and explorer Piers Gibbon as he investigates one of mankind's ultimate taboos: cannibalism. Gibbon treks into the rain forest of Papua New Guinea to find tribe members who ate human flesh. And he meets members of the once feared Biami tribe to witness their ritual techniques"--Container.

Top hat & tales : Harold Ross and the making of the New Yorker

June 23, 2014
©2001
1 videodisc (47 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator: Stanley Tucci.
This documentary shows how Harold Ross, a high school dropout and miner's son from Colorado, started the sophisticated New Yorker magazine in 1925 by masterfully capturing the Jazz Age spirit, Broadway glamour and ultra-dry wit. Incorporating a rich array of film clips from the 20s and 30s -- speakeasies, jazz bands, rising skyscrapers -- this film reflects a dazzling Manhattan evoking an image of a metropolis that still glitters. Includes interviews with current and former New Yorker staffers.

Paul Bowles [videorecording] : the cage door is always open

June 23, 2014
[New York, N.Y.] : First Run Features [distributor], 2013.
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
A documentary based on a series of interviews with Paul Bowles shortly before his death and anecdotes provided by his friends and collaborators including Gore Vidal, Bernardo Bertolucci, John Walters, Ruth Fainlight, Edmund White, William Burroughs, Francis Bacon and many others --Container.

Transgender Tuesdays [videorecording] : a clinic in the Tenderloin

June 20, 2014
[San Francisco, Calif.] : Healing Tales Productions, [2012]
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced in 2012 ; copyright held by Healing Tales Productions.
"They came for the hormones and stayed for the healthcare"--Container.
Chronicles the lives of 12 courageous people who came to the first-ever public health clinic in the US to offer full primary care to transgender people in San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin District. The warm narratives of these pioneering patients turn the harrowing places they have been into a testament of victory and hope.

American pharaoh

June 18, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Go behind the scenes with the Egyptian national soccer team, the 'Pharaohs', and its American coach, Bob Bradley and follow the team's efforts to qualify for soccer's ultimate event for the first time in more than twenty years. Faced with ongoing violence and political strife within the country, the team must remain united and work together to reach their ambitious goal.

Escape from a Nazi death camp

June 18, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc surface.
"This program contains material that may not be appropriate for all viewers. Viewer discretion is advised"--Container.
The secret Nazi death camp at Sobibor was created solely for the mass extermination of Jews. But on October 14, 1943, in the biggest and most successful prison revolt of the Second World War, the inmates fought back. This is the story of their great escape.

Anita : speaking truth to power

June 18, 2014
[New York, NY] : First Run Features, [2014]
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Anita Hill.
Title from sell sheet.
The story of Anita Hill, who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice.

D-Day 360

June 18, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Demetri Goritsàs.
Title from disc label.
It D-Day back to its raw data to reveal how the odds of victory, in the greatest gamble of World War II, swung on what happened over a five-hour period on a five mile stretch of French coastline. Data gathered though forensic laser scanning, 3D computer modeling, and eye-witness accounts bring the battlefield to life as never before.

Day of days June 6, 1944 : [American soldiers remember D-Day]

June 18, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (approximately 52 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Subtitle from container.
It commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing by bringing together American D-Day veterans to share their experiences from that fateful day, with their testimony yielding long-buried and often painful, vivid memories. They recount their transformations from boys to men, reveal their uneasiness with the term 'hero,' and grapple with why they survived when so many others did not.

Locked up in America : Solitary nation and Prison state.

June 18, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (150 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
For decades, the United States has been fixated on incarceration, building prisons and locking up more and more people. But at what cost, and has it really made a difference? FRONTLINE goes to the epicenter of the raging debate about incarceration in America, focusing on the controversial practice of solitary confinement and on new efforts to reduce the prison population, as officials are rethinking what to do with criminals.

It's better to jump

June 18, 2014
©2014
1 videodisc (73 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from web page.
Bonus features: Bonus interviews; Interactive menus; Trailer.
The ancient city of Akka, along the northern coast of Israel, is the home to a melting pot of Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha'i. For centuries its surrounding forty-foot sea wall has protected its citizens and repelled invaders. As the Old City endures harsh economic pressures and vast social changes, Palestinian families who have lived here for generations are being pressured to leave. They continue an inter-generational rite of passage expressing their right to control their destiny: jumping from the high wall into the tempestuous sea below. This is the story of the spirit of Akka's Arab residents and the leap of faith they make.

Flying machines

June 17, 2014
©2013
1 videodisc (22 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Unravels the myths surrounding America's crowning achievement of 1969: the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The program also exposes the truth about the secret capabilities of Air Force One.

Presidential conspiracies

June 17, 2014
©2013
1 videodisc (21 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc.
"Social studies"--Container.
Unravels the truths behind presidential conspiracies that have developed over the past 100 years. The program discusses President Roosevelt's illness, the New Deal, the supposed connection between the deaths of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, and more.

The inventors

June 17, 2014
©2013
1 videodisc (21 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc.
"Social studies"--Container.
Analyzes the myths surrounding America's favorite inventors. The program tells the truth about the first light bulb, Thomas Edison's numerous patents, Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment, and more.

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