New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

January 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Mile marker

January 21, 2019
[Warren, New Jersey?] : [Distributed by Passion River?], [2018]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Korey Rowe.
Subtitle on container: 7000 miles on the road to recovery.
A film that investigates new and controversial techniques and methods for treating PTSD but more than that, it is a look into the lives of veterans in America today. It is an authentic portrayal of veterans today in America and their bitter combat to overcome drug addiction, criminal issues, and their individual struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Through investigation and understanding veterans, only then can a solution be proposed to reduce that tragic number.

Last B-24

January 17, 2019
[Arlington, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Jay O. Sanders.
Dive to the bottom of the Adriatic Sea in search of the Tulsamerican, a B-24 bomber that crashed off the coast of Croatia during World War II. The Croatian Navy and some of the world's leading underwater archaeologists work to investigate the wreckage. Join the team of archaeologist and forensics experts as they search for the crew and identify their remains.

The wandering muse

January 17, 2019
[Los Angeles, CA : Seventh Art Releasing, 2014].
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"From ram's horn to beatbox, The wandering muse explores the kaleidoscope of Jewish identities through the ever-changing music of the diaspora. In constant motion, the film is a series of encounters with Jewish musicians from around the world. Taking their music beyond the concert hall, we join in the spontaneous magic of a creative process that transcends the struggles of the musicians' lives. In an alternative Argentinean bar, two friends play tango-infused klezmer. In rural Uganda, villagers chant Hebrew prayers in East African harmonies. At a Montreal party, an artist mixes hip-hop and jazz with cantorial singing in a multilingual tour de force. In a Berlin apartment, an American harmonizes with a Russian friend in a rendition of an anti-Zionist song from the 1920's. Shattering stereotypes and upending expectations, each scene brings us closer to the nomadic soul wandering in a borderless world of harmonies. With the traditional and the contemporary in continuous dialogue, The wandering muse attends to the birth of a new Jewish music."--Container.

Decoding Watson

January 17, 2019
[Arlington, Virignia] : PBS, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program American masters in 2018.
Discovering the secret of life at age 25 with Francis Crick, Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has thrived on making headlines ever since. His discovery of DNA's structure, the double helix, revolutionized human understanding of how life works. Uncover his signature achievements, complexities, and contradictions, including his penchant for expressing unfiltered points of view.

Letters from Baghdad

January 17, 2019
[Arlington, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2018].
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tilda Swinton (voice of Gertrude Bell).
Gertrude Bell is sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia. Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist, and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I. Advisor to Winston Churchill and critic of colonial policies in Iraq, Bell was considered the most powerful woman in the British Empire. The film takes viewers into a past that is eerily current.

Tea with the dames

January 14, 2019
New York, NY : IFC Films, [2019]
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dames: Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith.
Originally produced in 2018.
Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of the time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable awards between them. They are also longtime friends who invite viewers to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight.


January 14, 2019
1 videodisc (66 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Rachel Weisz.
Title from disc label.
Full screen (1.33:1) and wide screen (16x9).
Diana Groó's poetic documentary tells the story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), who made history by becoming the first officially ordained woman rabbi in the world. Through graceful use of archival footage, and sensitive voiceover from Rachel Weisz as Regina, scenes from Jewish life in Berlin during the early twentieth century come to life.

Secrets of Britain's great cathedrals

January 7, 2019
[Alexandria, Virginia] : PBS, [2019]
3 videodiscs (approximately 435 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (16x9).
Title from disc label.
Dominating the landscape for centuries, ancient cathedrals and abbeys reflect Britain's turbulent history through their architectural grandeur. The film explores cathedrals and abbeys found throughout England and Wales, featuring interviews with historians and experts and breathtaking footage filming their legendary facades and soaring interior spaces.


January 7, 2019
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures, [2019]
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Laila Ireland, Logan Ireland, Jennifer Peace, Sue Fulton.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2018.
At a time when transgender people are banned from serving in the U.S. military, four transgender troops risking discharge fight to attain the freedom they so fiercely protect.

Rolling stone : stories from the edge

January 3, 2019
[Los Angeles, California] : Shout! Factory, [2017]
2 videodiscs (approximately 272 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Jeff Daniels, Johnny Depp (as the voice of Hunter S. Thompson); featuring Cameron Crow, Annie Leibovitz, Jann Wenner.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Bonus features: deleted scenes; extended interviews.
A chronicle of the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture. This special documentary offers the unique perspective of a celebrated magazine that always understood that rock 'n' roll was more than just music; it was a cultural force that helped shape America and defined generations.

Eating animals

December 31, 2018
New York, NY : IFC Films, [2019]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Natalie Portman.
Wide screen.
Originally released as a film in 2017.
Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, this is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. It offers attainable, common-sense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but also one that affects every aspect of life.

Love, Gilda

December 31, 2018
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Appearances by Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader, Melissa McCarthy, Lorne Michaels.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2018.
Never-before-seen footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda Radner to tell her own story; through the laughter and sometimes the tears. Incredibly, she was able to find humor in even the darkest of times. Her spirit lives on in comedy as a female trailblazer who continues to inspire many present day comedic performers.


December 28, 2018
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures, [2018]
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Janae Marie Kroczaleski.
Title from disc label.
The award-winning documentary tells the transformative story of Matt, a bodybuilder, world-record powerlifter, cancer survivor, father of three teenage sons, and former U.S. Marine, as he transitions into a woman, now known as Janae.

CinemAbility : the art of inclusion

December 28, 2018
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
Jane Seymour, Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Marlee Matlin.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
A thoughtful and entertaining look at the history of disability portrayals in the media, and how these portrayals have impacted societal inclusion. Go behind-the-scenes with some of Hollywoods A-List Stars, Directors, Producers, and Studio Heads as we explore the history of disability portrayals in the media and the impact honest media characterizations have on real life inclusive opportunities for marginalized minority groups.

A taste of Passover : a celebration of the joys & music of the holiday

December 28, 2018
[United States] : PBS Home Video, 1999.
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dayenu -- Der bekher = The wine cup -- Mah nishtanah = The four questions ; and, The seder plate -- Pesach a la mano -- Dayenu = It would have been enough -- He sent a thick darkness -- Dona, dona, dona -- Eliyohu hanovi = Elijah, the prophet -- Zog nit keynmol -- Pitkhu li shaarei tzedek -- Adhir hu -- Khad gadyo.
This musical Passover feast is hosted by Broadway star Theodore Bikel, with New York cantor David Levine, Yiddishist Harriet Chasia Segal, and the New England Conservatory. Crafted by artistic director Hankus Netsky, the film includes sacred traditional music and favorite Passover drinking songs, silly seder songs in homespun and concert versions, with commentary by humorist Moshe Waldoks and a demonstration of the perfect matzo ball.--PBS website.

Rem Koolhaas : [a kind of architect]

December 19, 2018
[New York] : Distributed by New Video Group, [2010]
1 videodisc (approximately 97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrators: Crock Krumbiegel, Isabel Schosnig.
Subtitle from container.
Originally produced in 2007.
"Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library, the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto, and the Guggenheim Heritage Museum in Las Vegas are working examples of the Dutchman's visionary theories about architecture and urban society ... an engaging portrait of a visionary man which takes us to the heart of his ideas"--Container.

Billy Graham : an extraordinary journey

December 18, 2018
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Frank Graham.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: Billy Graham's funeral -- Classic sermon: "God loves you" -- A passion for God -- Reflections from a full life.
Rare historical footage and compelling interviews with family members, lifelong friends, former presidents, and prominent broadcasters tell the remarkable story of Billy Graham.

Saving Brinton

December 18, 2018
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Michael Zahs.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2017.
Chronicles retired Iowa middle-school history teacher Michael Zahs's quest to restore and preserve a fast-decaying collection of film footage from the earliest days of motion pictures. Purchased at a 1981 estate sale, the collection originally belonged to "barnstorming movie man" William Franklin Brinton, who toured small towns in the Midwest and Texas from about 1895 to 1910, showing movies he bought from production companies like Lumiere, Pathé, and Edison, to audiences who watched motion pictures for the first time.

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

December 17, 2018
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Fahrenheit 11/9

December 17, 2018
New YYork, NY : Midwestern Film, LLC, [2018]
1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Michael Moore, David Hogg, Donald J. Trump.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Title from disc label.
Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements. -- From IMDb.

Gamechangers : dreams of BlizzCon

December 17, 2018
[Pootstown, PA] : MVD Entertainment Group, [2018]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Players: Jang Min Chul, Mun Seong Won.
Wide screen.
Bonus features: theatrical trailer.
Follows two of the world's best StarCraft II video game players as they battle each other and all competitors in South Korean tournaments, working to rise in the ranks of professional esports.

A force of nature : Lucy Braun

December 17, 2018
Cincinnati, Ohio : Meg Hanrahan Media ; Voyageur Media Group, ©2018.
1 videodisc (58 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Explores the life and legacies of E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971), one of the foremost ecologists, botanists and preservationists in American history. In 1950, she published Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America, a landmark book that documented forests all the way from Florida to Canada. As a leader in the early conservation movement, she helped preserve natural sites throughout Ohio and Kentucky. The documentary includes stories from people who knew Braun, commentary from scholars, archival photographs and documents, and beautiful nature videography, bringing to light the story of this trailblazing woman of science.

New wave : dare to be different

December 17, 2018
Pottstown, PA : MVD Visual, [2018]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees: Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Debbie Harry and more.
Wide screen.
Bonus features: unseen interviews with the director, WLIR program director, and many 80's artists.
In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries knew they couldn't compete with the mega-stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. In this riveting and star studded documentary, Program Director Denis McNamara, the 'LIR crew and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, corporate-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.

The advocates

December 14, 2018
Los Angeles, CA : Cinema Libre Studio, [2018]
Motion picture
Celina Alvarez, Rudy Salinas, Mel Tillekeratne.
Title from disc.
Over half a million people are homeless in the United States; 25% of whom are in California. Amid public outcry over the ballooning homeless population in Los Angeles, nearly 54,000 people on any given night three advocates with three different organizations show what the lost ideal of 'care in the community' looks like amid a changing policy landscape. Intensely human and humanizing, the film provides a sweeping look at the historic and current causes of L. A's unprecedented crises.

I am Paul Walker

December 11, 2018
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Rob Cohen, Cody Walker, Caleb Walker.
Title from title frame.
Feature-length documentary film exploring the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker, the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster Fast and Furious movie franchise.

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