New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

July 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

In search of voodoo : roots to heaven

July 16, 2019
[United States] : filmbuff, [2018]
1 videodisc (65 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Djimon Hounsou.
Weaves together a personal, cultural, and spiritual journey, capturing the vibrant tales of Voodoo, West Africa, and Benin's favorite son, actor Djimon Hounsou.

Bisbee '17

July 15, 2019
[New York] : Grasshopper Film, [2019]
1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mike Anderson, Charles Bethea, Chris Dietz, Mary Ellen Dunlap Aaron Gain, Annie Graeme-Larkin, Doug Graeme.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2018.
"Bisbee '17 is a nonfiction feature film by award-winning filmmaker Robert Greene set in Bisbee, Arizona, an eccentric old mining town just miles away from both Tombstone and the Mexican border. Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements, the film follows several members of the close knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town's darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert and left there to die. This long-buried and largely forgotten event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation."--Film website:

Buried secrets of the bible

July 15, 2019
[Washington, DC] : National Geographic, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Albert Lin.
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Title from disc label.
Albert Lin seeks out the truth behind two great stories of the Bible. Could real events lie behind the parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? To solve these mysteries Albert will use satellites and space age technology to look beneath the earth's surface to reveal secrets that have been buried for thousands of years.

Science fair

July 15, 2019
Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Centry Fox Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
"This ... documentary follows nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe ... on their quests to compete at the international Science and Engineering Fair"--Container.

The river and the wall

July 12, 2019
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ben Masters, Jay Kleberg, Filipe Dendrade, Heather Mackey, Austin Alvarado.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Five friends travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes and canoes to explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment.

Hail Satan?

July 9, 2019
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2019.
1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jex Blackmore, Nicholas Crowe, Lucien Greaves.
Title from disc label.
When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. A timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

First to the moon : the journey of Apollo 8

July 9, 2019
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures, [2019]
1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
"n 1968, NASA sent three men farther and faster than anyone had gone before. This is the story of how Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders changed history on the flight of Apollo Eight."--Container.

Say her name : the life and death of Sandra Bland

July 9, 2019
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video
1 videodisc (approximately 103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2018.
An investigation into what happened to activist Sandra Bland, who died in police custody after a routine traffic stop.

Kusama : infinity

July 9, 2019
1 videodisc (approximately 76 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Yayoi Kusama.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, even as Kusama continues to create new work every day.

After Auschwitz

July 9, 2019
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Eva Beckmann, Rena Drexler, Renee Firestone, Erika Jacoby, Lili Majzner, Linda Sherman.
Bonus material (from disc menu): Questions and answers ; trailers; commercials.
"'You're free. Go home.' Most Holocaust films end with these words, the very words that survivors heard at liberation. But AFTER AUSCHWITZ is a "Post-Holocaust" documentary that follows six extraordinary women, capturing what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life. These women serve as our guides on an unbelievable journey, sometimes celebratory, sometimes heart breaking, but always inspiring."--Container.

Bad reputation

July 9, 2019
1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Billie Joe Armstrong, Rodney Bingenheimer, Carianne Brinkman, Joan Jett.
Special features: Theater performance-"Bad Reputation" & "Fresh start" ; sound check ; backstage: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony ; music videos.
It's true, Joan Jett became mega-famous from the number-one hit "I Love Rock n Roll," but that's only part of the story. This documentary gives a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning's 70s punk scene and the rocky road to rock stardom decades on. Their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage.

Far from the tree

July 9, 2019
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Andrew Solomon, Jason Kingsley
Program content: ©2017.
"Based on the book by Andrew Solomon"--Container.
Special features: Deleted scenes -- Trailer.
"FAR FROM THE TREE follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon's award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity."--Container.

Surviving Birkenau

July 9, 2019
1 videodisc (71 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dr. Susan Spatz.
"The Dr. Susan Spatz story"-- Container.
Dr. Susan Spatz recounts her experiences enduring three years trapped in Nazi concentration camps, from which she eventually escaped to liberation during a death march.

Inside the megafire

June 26, 2019
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Miles O'Brien.
Originally produced as an episode of the television program: Nova.
NOVA tells the stories of residents who had to flee for their lives during the 2018 California fire season. Scientists race to understand what's behind the rise of the record-breaking megafires and investigate how forestry practices, climate change, and the physics of fire itself play a role in the dramatic increase in wildfires in recent decades.

Hale County this morning, this evening

June 24, 2019
[Brooklyn, NY] : Cinema Guild, 2018.
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Quincy Bryant, Daniel Collins, Mary B. Collins, Latrenda 'Boosie' Ash, Kyrie Bryant, Tomeko Elliott, Bert Williams, Nathaniel Davis, Karmyn Bryant, Korbyn Bryant Shadedra Collins.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Special features: theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by Patricia J. Williams.
"Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming - despite the odds"--Container.

The most dangerous year

June 24, 2019
[Warren, NJ] : Passion River, [2019]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Huddle Morris Blakefield, Joe Fain, Cyrus Habib, Kevin Hatfield.
Title from disc label.
As a dark wave of anti-transgender bathroom bills began sweeping across the nation, the Human Rights Campaign called 2016 the most dangerous year for transgender Americans. Filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a group of embattled parents, including herself and her husband, parents of a young trans girl, fighting to protect their children from discriminatory laws in their home state.

The Russian five

June 24, 2019
[Place of publication not identified] : Gold Star Sports Management, [2019]
1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Various participants.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
"For Detroit to win, they had to become one"--Container.
In the late 1980's, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet Union, and in the process, changed the way North American hockey is played.

Game girls : a Skid Row love story

June 19, 2019
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alina Skrzeszewska.
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Title from disc label.
Game Girls follows Teri and her girlfriend Tiahna as they navigate their relationship through the chaotic world of Los Angeles' Skid Row, aka the 'homeless capital of the U.S.' A dilemma fuels the tension between the two women, while Tiahna seems comfortable being a player in the underground economy of Skid Row, Teri is driven by a powerful desire to get out.

The brink

June 12, 2019
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2019.
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Stephen K. Bannon, Louis Aliot, Patrick Caddell.
Title from disc surface.
Follows Steve Bannon through the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

Afghan cycles

June 3, 2019
[United States] : FilmBuff, [2018]
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women's rights - human rights - and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society.

Every act of life

May 31, 2019
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees, Terrence McNally, F. Murray Abraham, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Rita Moreno.
Special feature: Trailer.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2018.
With six groundbreaking decades in the theatre, four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally is a living legend, on stage and off. He launched the careers of some of Broadway's biggest stars, has been a pioneer in the fight for LGBTQ rights, triumphed over addiction, found love and inspiration at every age, and continually shows the power of art to transform society.

In search of greatness

May 31, 2019
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures, [2019]
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, David Epstein, Pelé, Sir Ken Robinson, Ph. D.
Wide screen.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2018.
The film is a groundbreaking documentary that reveals the true nature and nurture of the greatest athletes of all time. Through a series of intimate conversations and captivating footage, award-winning filmmaker Gabe Polsky leads viewers on an entertaining, thrilling, and inspiring personal journey.


May 31, 2019
[United States] : FilmRise, [2019]
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Randy Bachman, Neil Young, Fred Turner, Buffy Sainte-marie, Alex Lifeson.
Title from disc.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
In 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive was one of the biggest bands in the world with classics like Takin Care of Business and You Aint Seen Nothing Yet. This is the story of its founder Randy Bachman, from his early days with The Guess Who with hits like American Woman to today. As one of the few legendary musical artists to reach #1 in two separate bands, Randy Bachmans singularly focused goal of creating music has taken on a spectacular journey.

Nicholas & Alexandra : the letters

May 21, 2019
[Arlington, VA] : PBS Home Video, [2019]
1 videodiscs (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Presented by Suzannah Lipscomb.
Widescreen (16x9)
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
Ever since their brutal murders one hundred years ago, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra, have fascinated the world. Through the couple's politically damning, sexually intimate, and personally revealing letters, this two-part docudrama, presented by historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, explores Nicholas and Alexandra's complex love story and the couple's role in the lead-up to the Russian Revolution of 1917, which led to their eventual brutal and tragic executions.

Lady you shot me : the life and death of Sam Cooke

May 21, 2019
Marina del Rey, Calif. : Vision Films, 2019.
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sam Cooke, John Antonelli, Denise Dowse, Bill Gardner, Zelda Sands, Al Schmitt, Eugene Jamison.
Title from container.
Originally produced for television in 2018.
Sam Cooke, the most influential black pop star of his time, was shot dead at the young age of 33 in a seedy motel in South Los Angeles at the height of his music career. Uncover the mystery surrounding the death of The King of Soul, civil rights activist, and writer of such songs as "(What a) Wonderful World," "Twistin' the Night Away," and "Chain Gang" and who contributed to the rise of the world's best-known soul icons.

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