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New Arrivals - Nonfiction on DVD for the week of July 22

Check out the nonfiction films on DVD recently added to the library's collection.


Amazon Says: 50 Million Americans - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain more...
Amazon Says: 50 Million Americans - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides - as they have in the past - that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all. less...
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Amazon Says: National Geographic goes inside the training of the special elite force of K-9s dedicated to serving the country. The Alpha Dogs have jumped out of helicopters to capture Osam more...
Amazon Says: National Geographic goes inside the training of the special elite force of K-9s dedicated to serving the country. The Alpha Dogs have jumped out of helicopters to capture Osama Bin Laden and have tracked Saddam Hussein. They're in police departments, the Secret Service and every branch of the military. less...
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Amazon Says: This documentary about Ginger Baker, drummer for Cream and Blind Faith, includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and more. Beware of Mr. Baker! Wit more...
Amazon Says: This documentary about Ginger Baker, drummer for Cream and Blind Faith, includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and more. Beware of Mr. Baker! With every smash of the drum is a man smashing through life, and smashing the filmmaker's nose on the last day of filming. less...
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Amazon Says: BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any more...
Amazon Says: BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school. BROOKLYN CASTLE shows how these kids' dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. After all, if they can master the world's most difficult game, what can't they do? less...
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Amazon Says: Ten trillion dollars in Americans' retirement savings are invested in large and small accounts managed by banks, brokerages, mutual funds, and insurance companies. But whether more...
Amazon Says: Ten trillion dollars in Americans' retirement savings are invested in large and small accounts managed by banks, brokerages, mutual funds, and insurance companies. But whether your IRA or 401K will assure a safe retirement is largely a gamble. Building off reporting from the groundbreaking special Money, Power and Wall Street, FRONTLINE raises troubling questions about how America's financial institutions protect our savings. The Retirement Gamble reveals how fees, self-dealing, and kickbacks bring great profits to Wall Street while imperiling the prospects of a secure future for individuals. The film questions who has the consumer's best interests in mind, and whether there is a better way to manage our retirements. less...
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Amazon Says: Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings tells the heartfelt story of a musical sensation whose virtuoso skills on the ukelele have transformed all previous notions of the instr more...
Amazon Says: Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings tells the heartfelt story of a musical sensation whose virtuoso skills on the ukelele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument's potential as he touches the lives of the young and old who inspire his brilliance. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame, and the loneliness of separation from home and family less...
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Amazon Says: Marian Marzynski was born in Poland and survived the Holocaust as a Jewish child hidden by Christians. He has been making documentary films for over 50 years, first in Poland, more...
Amazon Says: Marian Marzynski was born in Poland and survived the Holocaust as a Jewish child hidden by Christians. He has been making documentary films for over 50 years, first in Poland,- where- during the '60s he was one of the pioneers of cinema verite, then in Denmark, and for the last 30 years in the United States. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1982 and won two Emmy-® Awards for his documentaries.- He is a major contributor to such PBS series as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, NOVA, and FRONTLINE. Some of his films like- Return to Poland- (1982), and- Jewish Mother (1984), dealt with the subject of Holocaust. The three-hour- Shtetl- (1996), became the most important work of his career.- In 2005 he produced A Jew Among the Germans for FRONTLINE, the story of building a Berlin memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.- In Never Forget to Lie, the most recent of Marzynski's critically-lauded autobiographical films, the director explores, for the first time, his own wartime childhood and the experiences of other child survivors, teasing out their feelings about Poland, the Catholic Church, and the ramifications of identities forged under circumstances where survival began with the directive [never forget to lie]. less...
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Amazon Says: In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wo more...
Amazon Says: In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. By 1863, Buford was working for the Union. But Buford harbored a secret...he was really Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans. Velazquez scandalized America when she revealed her story in her 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. Attacked not only for her criticism of war, but her sexuality and social rule-breaking, Velazquez was dismissed as a hoax for 150 years. But evidence confirms she existed, one of over 1,000 women soldiers who served in the Civil War. What made her so dangerous she was erased from history? Actors and historians bring Velazquez' story to life in this documentary, weaving drama and animation with historical and archival material to unravel the mystery of this secret soldier. Rebel is a detective story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory. less...
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Amazon Says: Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace, embodying an indulgent and grandiose lifestyle built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and furthered by King Henry VIII. Its many more...
Amazon Says: Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace, embodying an indulgent and grandiose lifestyle built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and furthered by King Henry VIII. Its many rooms chart Henry VIII's decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer, and they tell the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens. Later, King William III and Queen Mary II commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to rebuild Hampton Court, demolishing half of the red brick Tudor palace and replacing it with an exquisite Baroque castle, making Hampton Court one of the most unique palaces in the world. Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace digs beneath the brick and stone to unveil an abundance of art and lore that bring Hampton Court to life. less...
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Amazon Says: Did a 19th-century British landowner really discover gold, jewels, and the charred bones of the Lord Buddha in an underground chamber on his estate? Is the site of this 'disco more...
Amazon Says: Did a 19th-century British landowner really discover gold, jewels, and the charred bones of the Lord Buddha in an underground chamber on his estate? Is the site of this 'discovery' the legendary lost city of Kapilavastu, where the real Buddha lived as Prince Siddhartha? less...
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Amazon Says: Ninety years ago in Egypt the greatest archaeological find in history was made: The discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb and its golden treasures. But the real story has become shr more...
Amazon Says: Ninety years ago in Egypt the greatest archaeological find in history was made: The discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb and its golden treasures. But the real story has become shrouded in myth, with many mysteries around the tomb unsolved to this day. This 2-hour special brings together the latest evidence from a team of archaeologists, anatomists, geologists, and Egyptologists, to build the ultimate picture of Tutankhamen. less...
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Amazon Says: What is life really like in the American mafia? How do you get in, get made and make money? And what happens when you get in too deep? THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE MOB answers more...
Amazon Says: What is life really like in the American mafia? How do you get in, get made and make money? And what happens when you get in too deep? THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE MOB answers all of these questions and more by turning to the ultimate authority: former Colombo family captain Michael Franzese. Michael grew up in this world, following in the footsteps of his father, Colombo family underboss Sonny Franzese, and he earned more money for the organization than anyone since Al Capone. Michael also did what no made man has ever done before or since: he publicly quit La Cosa Nostra - without going into witness protection - and lived to tell the tale. This fast- paced, two-hour special takes viewers on a step-by-step journey through the world's most famous criminal organization as lived by one of its most notorious members. You'll find out exactly how the mob works - and wonder how Michael Franzese is still alive. less...
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Amazon Says: During the Exodus, one of the most famous miracles of the Old Testament took place. More than 3000 years have passed since Moses led two million Israelites across the Red Sea more...
Amazon Says: During the Exodus, one of the most famous miracles of the Old Testament took place. More than 3000 years have passed since Moses led two million Israelites across the Red Sea and out of the bondage of Egypt. It is a topic that so fascinated Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille that he made The Ten Commandments, twice. Steven Spielberg also took on the story in The Prince Of Egypt. Now The Exodus Revealed follows the footsteps of the children of Israel on an unforgettable journey of discovery. A journey that reveals physical evidence for the Exodus, including: the remains of 3800 year old Hebrew settlements in Egypt's Nile Delta; Egyptian records of the Israelites' bondage under Pharaoh; the precise route they may have followed to freedom; their crossing site on shore of the Red Sea; and the location of Mt. Sinai. less...
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Amazon Says: Documents the wilderness and its exotic animals in various locations in Russia. *The Kamchatka Peninsula is a peninsula in the Russian Far East. The main attractions of Kamch more...
Amazon Says: Documents the wilderness and its exotic animals in various locations in Russia. *The Kamchatka Peninsula is a peninsula in the Russian Far East. The main attractions of Kamchatka are volcanic calderas, stone sculpture 'parks' and lakes in craters, geysers and mineral springs, all in pristine condition. *The Primorye - Home to some of the rarest animals on earth. Its greatly varying seasons also attract some migratory species, while great cats like the Siberian tiger cover huge territories and Asian Black Bears seek safety in the treetops. *The Caucasus - Dividing Europe and Asia, squeezed between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, mighty summits reach over 16,000 feet into the sky. Located on a continental divide, huge areas of the inaccessible mountains remain almost pristine wilderness. Siberia is vast and covers most of Northern Asia. Its name has become synonymous with the harsh environment, where bitter and relentless cold rules for much of the year. *The Arctic - an area of extreme temperatures and hardship and yet also a place of outstanding beauty. Creatures battle daily against the elements and have developed finely tuned survival skills in order to stay alive. Polar bears navigate the shifting ice floes; snowy owls rely on their exceptional sight and hearing to feed their young, and the resolve of nesting birds are tested in extreme conditions. It's a land where life or death can hang in the balance. less...
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Amazon Says: THE ROSS McELWEE DVD COLLECTION Six Films Including Four Never Before Released on DVD! Plus One Hour of Exclusive Bonus Material! TITLES INCLUDED: CHARLEEN, 59 minutes, 19 more...
Amazon Says: THE ROSS McELWEE DVD COLLECTION Six Films Including Four Never Before Released on DVD! Plus One Hour of Exclusive Bonus Material! TITLES INCLUDED: CHARLEEN, 59 minutes, 1978 One month in the life of Charleen Swansea, North Carolina poet, mother, beloved teacher, eccentric, romantic, and complex star of McElwee's Sherman's March. BACKYARD, 40 minutes, 1984 The result of McElwee turning his camera on his family and their neighbors, the film is a humorous and poignant look at odd moments in a genteel Southern town. SHERMAN'S MARCH, 155 minutes, 1986 Chosen by the Library of Congress as a "historically significant American motion picture," Sherman's March, one of the first high grossing documentaries ever, is "an autobiographic quest for true romance: filmmaker Ross McElwee, camera in hand and eros on his mind after an old girlfriend deserts him, trains his lens with phallic resolve on every accessible women he meets along the original route of General Sherman's Civil War March." (Pat Graham, Chicago Reader's Circle) TIME INDEFINITE, 117 minutes, 1993 McElwee, Charleen Swansea, and several other memorable characters you met in Sherman's March invite you to pick up their story in Time Indefinite, McElwee's hilariously profound sequel to his much-beloved, critically acclaimed hit. When McElwee announces at the family gathering in South Carolina that he's going to marry a nice Jewish girl from Boston, the results are memorable. A series of unexpected bumps along life's road add a poignant, wistful quality to McElwee's chronicle. SIX O'CLOCK NEWS, 103 minutes, 1997 McElwee pursues murder, mayhem and catastrophe the same way he pursued southern women in Sherman's March. Made after McElwee becomes a father and finds himself at home watching a lot more TV, he becomes obsessed with the nightly tales of calamity reported on by the local news. This fascination soon turns into another cross country journey to unearth the full stories of those affected. As McElwee pursues this project he also finds himself in Hollywood preparing to direct a feature based on a fictional character much like himself. BRIGHT LEAVES, 105 minutes, 2004 McElwee family legend has it that the Hollywood melodrama Bright Leaf starring Gary Cooper as a 19th century tobacco grower, is based on McElwee's great-grandfather who created the famous "Bull Durham" brand. Using this legacy as a jumping off point, McElwee reaches back to his roots in this wry, witty rumination on American History, the tobacco business, and the myth of cinema. less...
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Amazon Says: Product DescriptionA fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer: Halston, the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became more...
Amazon Says: Product DescriptionA fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer: Halston, the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of New York City nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the most beautiful and decadent era of recent memory.Special FeaturesAn Interview with Director Whitney Sudler-Smith and Producer Adam Bardach, presented by American ExpressDeleted Scene: GQ Interview less...
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Amazon Says: This DVD includes 8 live songs. more...
Amazon Says: This DVD includes 8 live songs. less...
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