New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

February 21, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


February 20, 2020
Lexington, KY :, [2019?]
1 videodisc (68 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Presenter, Edward Lee ; commentators, Sandor Katz, Soyoung Scanlan, Chad Robertson, Nick Floyd, Antonio Fiasche.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
"In the feature-length documentary Fermented, author and chef Edward Lee goes on a journey to understand how the ancient process of fermentation is used in modern cuisine both at home and abroad. The culinary world has labeled fermentation as the hottest food trend at the moment, and this film stands as point of entry into the deep dark world of beautiful rot, and what it means to humankind."--Website

Paris is burning

February 20, 2020
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2020]
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dorian Corey, Pepper Labeija, Willi Ninja, Venus Xtravaganza.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1990.
Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City₂s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, it offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion ₁houses,₂ from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty.

Betty Davis : they say I'm different

February 14, 2020
ideodisc (53 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Betty Davis ; featuring Oliver Wang, Vernon Gibbs, Greg Errico, Elnora B. Neal, Connie Portis, Winona Willians, Greg Tate, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, Militia Vox, Tamar-kali, Desmond Nakano, and others.
Title from disc label.
Special features: director interview on the making of the film; interview extract with Betty Davis; trailer.
Betty Davis, an aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the '70s scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion, and outrageous funk music. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles, startlingly turning him from jazz to funk on the album she named Bitches Brew.

The price of everything

February 13, 2020
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Larry Poons, Stefan Edlis, Amy Cappellazzo, Marilyn Minter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Jeff Koons, Paul Schimmel, Simon de Pury, Ed Dolman, Inga Rubenstein, Jerry Saltz, Gavin Brown, George Condo, Margaret Lee, Gael Neeson, Paula de Luccia Poons, Alexander Nemerov, Barbara Rose, Mary Boone, Jeffrey Deitch, Robert Manley, Gerhard Richter, Sabine Moritz-Richter, Holly Peterson, Dennis Yares, Connie Butler, Serge Tiroche.
Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, the film examines the role of art and artistic passion in today's money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, to one-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.

Tre Maison Dasan

February 12, 2020
[Warren, New Jersey] : Passion River, [2019]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tre Janson, Dasan Lopes, Maison Teixeira, on-screen participants.
Wide screen.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2018.
A documentary film focusing on viewing adults in prison through the eyes of their children. The film also spends time with them when they are elsewhere observing their coping mechanisms and behaviors, and determining how they are responding to the parent's incarceration.

Neil Young : the first decade, the ultimate review 1965-1975

February 10, 2020
Birmingham : Smokin', [2020]
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
As a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and a hugely successful solo-artist throughout the first half of the 1970s, Neil Young's reputation as a composer and performer of immense quality was established early on in his career. This documentary investigates and reviews this part of Young's career with the help of obscure archive footage, rare film of Neil Young in performance and in the studio, contributions from those he worked closely with during this era, and many more.

Fragments of truth

January 30, 2020
Worcester, PA : Vision Video, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Host, Craig A. Evans.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a documentary in 2018.
Our faith is based on the New Testament - but can we trust the Bible? Skeptics say no, arguing that the gospel manuscripts have been doctored to push a theological agenda. Join Dr. Craig Evans as he takes this claim head-on, traveling the globe to track down the most ancient New Testament manuscripts. Along the way, he highlights grounbreaking new evidence, demonstrating the case for the reliability of the New Testament is stronger than ever.

True justice : Bryan Stevenson's fight for equality

January 30, 2020
[United States] : HBO, [2020]
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Bryan Stevenson, Christy Stevenson, Howard Stevenson.
Wide screen (1.78:1, 16x9).
Originally produced in 2019.
For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney, founder, and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, this film follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved, and continues to threaten the country.

Midnight traveler

January 29, 2020
New York, NY : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2020]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Hassan Fazili, Nargis Fazili, Zahra Fazili, Fatima Hossaini.
Title from disc surface.
Special features: Inteview with Emelie Mahdavian and Su Kim; theatrical trailer.
When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili's head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

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

January 28, 2020
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Copies of Spring 2006 (Series 3) were reproduced in 2019.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

January 28, 2020
1 videodisc (68 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviews with Ursula K. Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
"Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin ... Produced with Le Guin's participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer's career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way"--Back of container.

LA woman rising

January 28, 2020
[United States] : Giant Interactive, [2019]
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
1.78:1 widescreen.
Presenting 50 Los Angeles women sharing what inspires them to wake up each morning. Artfully capturing the morning rituals and untold stories of struggle and success in this celebration of the many fearless women from the City of Angels.

Back to natural

January 28, 2020
1 videodisc (65 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees: Tai Applewhite, Hameen Barnes, Kelly Bois, Amanda Cooke, Diane Da Costa [and many others].
This disc is a burned DVD-R and may not play in some DVD players or drives.
Documentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City based clinical psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward, the film was inspired by the work she was doing in her clinical practice and her own drive to go natural. Back to Natural is a powerful call for healing that takes a grassroots approach to exploring the globalized policing of natural Black hair. Filmed in New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, And Cape Town, this documentary explores universal aspects of the Black experience and the "new" natural hair movement.

Where's my Roy Cohn?

January 28, 2020
[Culver City, CA] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ken Auletta, Roy M. Cohn, Anne Roiphe.
Wide screen.
Not all available languages are listed on the container.
Roy Cohn was a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker whose 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump.

Black mother

January 27, 2020
New York, NY : Grasshopper Film, [2019]
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
Part film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica's turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.

In the age of AI

January 27, 2020
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2020]
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2019.
The promise and perils of AI; from fears about work and privacy to rivalry between the US and China. A new industrial revolution that will reshape and disrupt our lives, our jobs and our world, and allow the emergence of the surveillance society.

Equal means equal

January 27, 2020
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees: Gloria Steinem, Patricia Arquette.
Wide screen (16x9,1.78:1).
Not rated.
An unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system.

Memory : the origins of Alien

January 27, 2020
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ridley Scott, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Roger Corman, Diane O'Bannon, Ben Mankiewicz, Clarke Wolfe.
Title from disc label.
Take an in-depth voyage into the sci-fi masterpiece with the visionary filmmakers who created it. See how one of the most terrifying movies of all time burst to life 40 years ago, inspired by ancient mythology and our universal fears.

Mama Africa

January 24, 2020
New York, NY : ArtMattan Productions, [2011]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Miriam Makeba.
Title from disc label.
Biography of the South African singer, Miriam Makeba, who was the first black, African musician to win international stardom. Her music influenced artists across the globe, although her style stayed anchored in her South African roots. Makeba was also a vocal campaigner against apartheid. After her involvement with the 1959 documentary "Come back Africa" she was forced into a life in exile from her homeland. This documentary traces her life and music through more than fifty years of performing.

Anthropocene : the human epoch

January 23, 2020
New York, N.Y. : Kino Lorber, [2019]
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Alicia Vikander.
Title from title frames.
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2018.
"The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth."--Container.

Playing with FIRE

January 23, 2020
[Place of publication not identified] : 99 Bravo, [2019?]
1 videodisc (approximately 76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Mr. Money Mustache, ChooseFI, Vicki Robin, MadFIentist, J.L. Collins, Ryan Holiday, The Minimalists, Paula Pant, Millennial Revolution, rich & Regular, J.D. Roth.
Title and credits from title frames.
Drawn from his book, follow Scott and his family as they make different lifestyle choices to maximize wealth and happiness.

The Armor of light

January 21, 2020
1 videodisc (approximately 87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Lucy McBath, Rob Schenck.
DVD extras: Would Jesus wear a sidearm?; A short originally produced for The New York Times; Excerpt from Reverend Rob Schenk's "Armor of Light" sermon; History of the NRA; The Wild West.
"The Armor of Light, follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life? In a gripping portrait of courage, director Abigail E. Disney follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the moral strength to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The Armor of Light tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story has cast a spotlight on "Stand Your Ground" laws. Also an Evangelical Christian, McBath's personal testimony compels Rev. Schenck to reach out to pastors around the country to discuss the moral and ethical response to gun violence"--Container.

A tuba to Cuba

January 21, 2020
[Los Angeles, California] : Blue Fox Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel, Clint Maedgen, Ronell Johnson, Walter Harris, Rickie Monie, Mark Braud, Greg Lucas ; with special guests Win Butler and Regine Chassagne.
Wide screen.
Special features: exclusive never-before-seen footage.
The leader of New Orleans famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band seeks to fulfill his late father's dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz.

Biochemistry and molecular biology : how life works

January 9, 2020
6 videodiscs (18 hr.) : sound, color + 1 course guidebook (iv, 408 pages : illustrations)
Lecturer: Professor Kevin Ahern, Oregon State University.
Title from disc label.
"Course no. 9572."
Disc 1. Biochemistry is the science of us -- Why water is essential for life -- Amino acids : 20 building blocks of life -- From peptide bonds to protein structure -- Protein folding, misfolding, and disorder -- Hemoglobin function follows structure -- Disc 2. Enzymes' amazing speed and specificity -- Enzyme regulation in cells -- Fatty acids, fats, and other lipids -- Sugars : glucose and the carbohydrates -- ATP and energy transformations in cells -- Breaking down sugars and fatty acids -- Disc 3. Metabolism meets at the citric acid cycle -- Energy harvesting in animals and plants -- How animals make carbs and fats -- Cholesterol, membranes, lipoproteins -- Metabolic control during exercise and rest -- How plants make carbs and other metabolites -- Disc 4. Recycling nitrogen : amino acids, nucleotides -- Eating, antioxidants, and the microbiome -- Hormones, stress, and cell division -- Neurotransmitters, the brain, and addiction -- The biochemistry of our senses -- From biochemistry to molecular biology -- Disc 5. DNA and RNA : information in structure -- DNA replication in bacteria ; PCR in the lab -- Chromosome replication, telomeres, aging -- DNA mismatch and excision repair -- DNA recombination, gene editing, CRISPR -- Transcribing DNA to RNA -- Disc 6. Translating RNA into proteins -- Protein-synthesis controls and epigenetics -- Human genetic disease and gene therapy -- Cancer mechanisms and treatments -- Biotechnology, stem cells, synthetic biology -- Omics : genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics.
"Explore the building blocks of life: biochemistry and molecular biology"--container.

Raise hell : the life and times of Molly Ivins

January 8, 2020
1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Bonus materials: additional clips of Molly Ivins (23 min.).
Tthe story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor-sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril and said 'Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country.' Molly's words have proved prescient.

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