New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

July 13, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

My letter to the world

July 12, 2018
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Catherine Bailey, Chris Bernardi, Jerome Charyn, Cynthia Nixon, Terence Davies.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Bonus feature: Emily Dickinson poems recited by Cynthia Nixon and Terence Davies.
An in-depth exploration of the life and work of the great American poet Emily Dickinson.

War dog : a soldier's best friend

July 5, 2018
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video
1 videodisc (approximately 69 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (16:9).
Title from disc label.
From executive producer Channing Tatum and director Deborah Scranton (The War Tapes) comes a deeply personal documentary that highlights the intimate relationship between veterans and their K9 companions, both during combat and as they readjust to civilian life. Focusing on three courageous dogs (Layka, Mika and Pepper) and the soldiers who served by their side in the most elite forces in the military.

Baltimore rising

June 28, 2018
[United States] : HBO Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
In the wake of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Baltimore was a city on the edge. Peaceful protests and destructive riots erupted in the immediate aftermath of Gray's death, reflecting the deep divisions between authorities and the community - and underscoring the urgent need for reconciliation.

Sentimental reflections [videorecording] : America's heritage in story, scenery and song.

June 25, 2018
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Heal : change your mind, change your body, change your life

June 22, 2018
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Dr. Deepak Chopra, Anita Moorjani, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Anthony William, Gregg Braden, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Dr. David Hamilton, Dr. Kelly Brogan, Rob Wergin, Dr. Kellly Turner, Peter Crone, Dr. Darren Weissman, and Dr. Jeffrey Thompson.
Wide screen (16:9).
A documentary film that takes viewers on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that, by changing one's perceptions, beliefs, and emotions, the human body can heal itself from any disease.


June 22, 2018
1 videodisc (32 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Anusha Ghosh Roy ; participant, Surayia Rahman.
Includes trailer.
Includes English version and Bengali version.
Torn from her beloved Calcutta after the partition of India, artist Surayia Rahman finds a new life in Bangladesh teaching impoverished women to embroider her story-telling designs.

Eric Clapton : life in 12 bars

June 1, 2018
[Wandsworth, London] : Eagle Rock Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 159 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Eric Clapton, B.B. King, George Harrison.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Told through his own words, the documentary reflects on his traumatic childhood, his difficult struggle with drugs and alcohol, the loss of his son, and how he always found his inner strength and healing in music. It features extensive interviews with Clapton himself, along with his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and heroes, including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.

Titanic : 20 years later with James Cameron.

June 1, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 47 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
James Cameron, commentator, interviewee.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Originally produced for television in 2017.
James Cameron looks back at the critical choices he made when creating the blockbuster film, Titanic, and with a team of experts, puts those ideas to the test against a wealth of new Titanic research underwater footage, computer-generated simulations, and scholarly discovery seeking to conclusively solve the mystery of this iconic historical event.


May 18, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Includes photography by Hugo van Lawick in the National Geographic archives.
Looks back at Jane Goodall's career as a primatologist, animal rights advocate, and environmental activist. Comprised of present-day interview segments with Goodall and archival footage of her work studying chimpanzees at Tanzania's Gombe National Park shot by Hugo van Lawick in the 1960s for National Geographic.

Still on the run : the Jeff Beck story

May 16, 2018
[United States] : Eagle Vision, [2018]
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jeff Beck.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Title from disc label.
Jeff Beck is one of the most pioneering and innovative guitar players of rock. This release charts his career from early days learning guitar solos with Jimmy Page, through his band, the Yardbirds, the Jeff Beck Group and his multidimensional solo albums. Beck's interest in both guitar music and hot rods is studied through interviews, and his musical voyage is demonstrated through contributions from many of his fellow musicians and contemporaries.

I am MLK Jr.

May 10, 2018
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
John Lewis, Carmelo Anthony, Andrew Young, Van Jones, Al Sharpton.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Title from disc label.
Following his journey across the mountaintops and valleys while capturing the Civil Rights Movement at large, the film provides intimate, firsthand insights on Dr. King, exploring moments of personal challenge and elation, and an ongoing movement that is as important today as when Dr. King first shone a light on the plight of his fellow African Americans.

Great escape at Dunkirk

May 4, 2018
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (16x9).
Title from disc label.
Join archaeologists and divers recovering remains of ships and planes lost during World War II's epic Dunkirk operation. Discover new evidence of the ingenious technology that helped save Allied forces from defeat by the encircling Germans.

Jimi Hendrix : hear my train a comin'

April 23, 2018
New York : Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment, 2013.
1 videodisc (approximately 190 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Footage of and interviews with: Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Linda Keith, Fayne Pridgon and Colette Mimram.
Title from disc surface.
Originally broadcast on television by PBS as an episode of the television program American Masters in 2013.
Miami Pop Festival: Foxey lady ; Tax free ; Fire ; interviews with festival promoter Michael Lang and engineer Eddie Kramer -- New York Pop Festival: Message to love ; Lover man ; All along the watchtower ; Purple haze ; Voodoo child (slight return) -- Love & Peace Festival: Killing floor ; Spanish castle magic ; All along the watchtower ; Foxey lady ; amateur soundtrack recording recorded by the festival promoters using stage microphones -- Top of the Pops: Purple haze.
Documentary about the life of Jimi Hendrix with previously unseen performance footage and home movies that provides new insight into the musician's personality and genius.

Visions of Germany & Austria

April 23, 2018
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
"As seen on public television" --Cover
Experience the fairy tale beauty, natural wonders, and rich history of southern Germany. Then, journey to Austria, and see the essence of what was called Central Europe's crown jewel. Shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera, each tour invites you to linger, for the total experience of a virtual vacation.

Visions of Israel

April 23, 2018
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Itzhak Perlman.
Title from disc label.
"As seen on public television" --Cover
Take an aerial pilgrimage to Israel, the world's only Jewish state and Holy Land to three major religions. Stunning footage showcases Israel in all its diverse glory. Witness the magnificence of the country's many holy sites, including the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, alongside exotic seaside resorts and the austere beauty of the Judean desert.

Bombshell : the Hedy Lamarr story

April 20, 2018
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees, Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Osborne.
Wide screen.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and '40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII.

The final year

April 20, 2018
[Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Barack Obama, John Kerry, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes.
Title from disc label.
Special interviews: Extended interviews; theatrical trailer.
A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

I am Evel Knievel [videorecording].

April 16, 2018
[New York, NY] : Virgil Films, [2015]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Evel Knievel, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Rodriguez, Kid Rock, Gui Fieri.
Title from disc.
Special features: Inspired by Evel; Evel Knievel lives on.
Evel. Not a name that will be forgotten. Not a man that will be forgotten. Hell, he wasn't a man, he was a daredevil. Evel was the original daredevil. He left behind a twisted wreck of a life and a story that can only be told at full speed, straight up, and with no flowery prose. Look back, and look inside. With a cast that includes those who were there, those who wanted to be Evel, and those who became who they are today because of one man.

Neat : the story of Bourbon

April 11, 2018
[Warren, New Jersey : Passion River], [2018]
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2017.
It is a documentary that dives into the rich and storied world of bourbon. Exploring its colorful history, charismatic characters, and uniquely American process, the film is a celebration of the time, artistry, and relationships that make America's only native spirit.

Last men in Aleppo

April 5, 2018
[New York, New York] : Grasshopper Film, [2018]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Khaled Omar Harrah.
Videodisc release of the motion picture produced in 2017.
Title from disc label.
Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad's breathtaking work, a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage, follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives.

Boston : the documentary

April 4, 2018
[New York, New York]: First Run Features, [2017]
1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Matt Damon.
Wide screen.
Bonus: WBZ world premiere show: interview with director and others at Boston's Wang Theatre.
The history of the Boston Marathon from its humble origins starting with only fifteen runners, to the first female runners, through the tragedy in 2013, and ultimately the triumph of 2014.

Where's daddy? : child support, injustice, and the African American man

April 4, 2018
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: deleted scenes; Kimmel Center Premier: Q&A session; Kimmel Center Premier: audience reactions; original song from the documentary; trailers.
Originally produced as a documentary in 2017.
Addresses perspectives on the child support system and its specific effects and consequences for black families, with an emphasis on the experience of fathers as participants in the system. Examines legal challenges, social implications, cultural issues, and the emotional impact of navigating the child support system as an African American father.

Godard + Gorin : five films 1968-1971.

March 28, 2018
[United States] : Arrow Academy, 2018.
3 videodiscs (ca. 414 min.) : sound, color, with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Vladimir et Rosa: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin.
Vladimir et Rosa originally released as a motion picture in 1971.
British sounds originally released as documentary in 1970.
disc 1. Un film comme les autres [A film like no other] (100 min.) ; British sounds (aka: See you at Mao) (54 min.) -- disc 2. Le vent d'est [Wind from the East] (95 min.) ; Lotte in Italia (62 min.) -- disc 3. Vladimir et Rosa [ Vladimir and Rosa] (103 min.).
Vladimir et Rosa [Vladimir and Rosa]: A searing and satirical comic-reportage on the trial of the Chicago Eight, featuring Juliet Berto and Godard and Gorin themselves.

Up above my head I hear music in the air : remembering Cincinnati's gospel legends, a documentary

March 28, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 65 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring: The Silvertone Gospel Singers, The Cincinnatians, Ray & Pete Shackleford & The Mighty Gospel Travelers, The Singing Mastermen, The Fabulous Christianaires, The Dynamic Golden Stars, The Dynamic Sons of God, Dr. Phil Brown with Gods Earth, Dec. Shep & Darlene Hilson, P. Ann Everson - Price & Friends, Sjiuana Byers & The Children of God, James McCray Ensemble.
"A Cincinnati legendary black gospel documentary from 1940's-2010, part #2"--Insert.
"A documentary on Cincinnati's legendary black gospel. As I see our gospel legends fade out, they are no longer in the minds of some of us and unknown to others. This music is far too important to just over look and let this era just disappear. Especially for those that have never heard this art to understand it's importance and how it helped shape the world in gospel. These Stella Award, Grammy Award winners and world travelers have represented Cincinnati throughout their journey and built Cincinnati's prominence in the world of gospel doing so. Therefore, I feel this era should be recorded, respected and recognized for all to see, enjoy and never be lost."--Container.

Strad style

March 27, 2018
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2018]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Danny Houck, Razvan Stoica.
Wide screen.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
An unlikely and highly entertaining documentary about a rural Ohio hillbilly with an obsession for 'Stradivari' and all things violin, who, through the magic of social-media, convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world. Fighting time, poverty, and most of all, himself, Danny Houck puts everything on the line for one shot at glory. But really, can he actually make a violin that will look and sound good?

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