New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

August 11, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Half the picture

August 10, 2018
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees, Ava DuVernay, Lena Dunham, Jill Soloway.
Wide screen.
Special feature: Trailer.
Women and men attend film schools in equal numbers, but women direct only four percent of top grossing feature films in the US. Why are women largely shut out of this prestigious, lucrative and culturally influential profession? High profile women directors including Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle In Time), Lena Dunham (Girls), Jill Soloway (Transparent), offer candid, unfiltered and often humorous tales of their careers in Hollywood.

My generation

August 9, 2018
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2018]
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Bailey, Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Roger Daltrey.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2017.
The cultural revolution that occurred in 1960s England is explored in this documentary

Shadow nation

August 9, 2018
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2018]
1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
George Lynch, Noam Chomsky, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Ted Nugent; music from, Shadow Train, KXM, Mother Earth Blues Band, Mark Slaughter, Finbar O'Hanlon.
The journey of a group of renowned rock musicians, led by George Lynch, on a journey of discovery through music, exposing the injustices done to Native Americans.

Strange Victory

August 9, 2018
1 videodisc (64 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrators: Alfred Drake, Muriel Smith, Gary Merrill, and others.
Originally produced in 1948.
"'Strange Victory' was the first solo film by Leo Hurwitz, a central character in the radical Frontier Film movement. It is both an exposé and inside view of the facts of the Cold War as experienced at the very moment of its birth. The director's vision amounts to an almost surrealist network of images and sounds about the perverse consequences of the "strange victory"--How high hopes are destroyed, and the flowers of evil grow instead, with aggressive Capitalism and anti-Semitism taking over, vampire-like, all aspects of everyday life, probably including personalities who had natural goodness in them. It's not just a Cold War, it is also a civil war. The chilling existence of American fascism is revealed through a puzzle of collage materials."--Container.

Gus : an American icon

August 6, 2018
[United States] : Fox Hollow Features, [2018]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Colleen Zenk, narrator.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2009.
An honest look at the life of Gus Giordano, the founding father of jazz dance and master of choreography. From his early years as the son of immigrants in New York to his most successful moments as the founder of the Jazz Dance World Congress, Gus Giordano's love for dance took him to places he never imagined, where he was to touch the lives of many talented dancers and artists.

No room in paradise

July 27, 2018
Honolulu, HI : Green Island Films, ©2016.
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"A journey through the worst homeless crisis in America."--Cover.
Presents a portrait of life on the streets of Honolulu. Follows two homeless families as they struggle from sidewalk tents to subsidized housing, allowing them to tell their own stories of how and why they became homeless. Along the way, the viewer learns the impact of addiction and mental illness, the huge cost of maintaining the status quo and what can be done to fix it.

Urban roots : when everything collapses plant your field of dreams

July 25, 2018
Santa Monica, CA : Tree Media Group, ©2011.
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: Protecting the right to grow food (7 min.) -- Insights and tips on urban farming (18 min.).
This film follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.

Dream big : engineering our world

July 19, 2018
Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 42 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jeff Bridges, narrator.
Includes special features.
Could engineering secretly be an exciting, creative, heroic realm where the optimists of today are creating the life-saving, world-altering marvels that will make for a safer, more connected, more equal and even more awe-inspiring tomorrow.

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.

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