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September 2012

Hello Faculty,


Welcome back, I hope you had an enjoyable summer. Over the summer we were able to replace more of the highly used VHS on DVD so look at the list below to see what was replaced. If there is a specific film you are looking for and don't see it on the list, e-mail me and I'll let you know if we have already replaced it or I can look into doing so now. I also created a LibGuide for Educational Films where there is the list of new films, tips on searching for films, and links for streaming video sites.


While you are putting your courses together for the fall remember Educational Films. If you have films that you would like to show let me know the titles and dates and I can send them over to your office. If there are films you would like your students to watch you can send me a list and I will place them on Reserve for your class. Always remember if there are films that you would like to use in your class but are not currently in our collection let me know and I can look into purchasing them.



Contact Us:
   Amy Trepal
Amy Trepal
Manager - Educational Films
Room 317
Thomas Cooper Library 803-777-2858 
Featured Film:



The inspiration for Darwin's theory of evolution, the Galápagos Islands are a living laboratory, a geological conveyor belt that has given birth to and seen the death of many species of plants and animals.

Film Suggestion?

If you know of a new film that you would like us to add to the collection please send me an e-mail  including the title, director, year, and any other information that will help in finding the film.

Educational Film Database:
Want to search what we already have? Visit the Educational Film Database and search our film collection in a variety of ways including title, language, or genre


  New films acquired during Summer 2012.

30 sports documentaries from ESPN


Recounts the strange twist of fate that took Juan Carlos Zaldivar, once a young loyalist of the Cuban Revolution, across one of the world's most treacherous stretches of water. it is a journey of a family in search for healing ...  


The Artist -In 1927, George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. However, the advent of the talkies will kill his career and he will sink into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky's the limit as major movie stardom awaits. Though their careers are taking different paths their destinies will become entwined.


Hidden deep below the ocean surface is one of the greatest mysteries of all time--the Lost City of Atlantis. Join the world's most highly qualified crew of experts led by "adventure capitalist" Commander Rourke and Milo Thatch, a linguist who knows the ancient Antlantean language, as they board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine, the Ulysses, and head ...

Bamboozled Bamboozled 


In a searing parody of American television, Bamboozled takes a humorous look at how race, ratings and the pursuit of power lead to a network executive's stunning rise and tragic downfall.

The Barnwell Ring


The zenith of the so-called Barnwell Ring was in 1941 when four men dominated all of state government: Edgar Brown, Solomon Blatt, Governor J. Emile Harley, and Winchester Smith, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. ...

Beaufort's Originals 

Documentary on the political history of Beaufort, South Carolina.

Bell Hooks 


Bell Hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative powers of cultural criticism. She demonstrates how learning to think critically was central to her own self-transformation and how it can play a role in the students' quest ...

Billy Collins


Author Billy Collins reads selections from his works and answers questions about his writing.

Early in the 20th century Black and Jewish Americans joined forces against bigotry and for civil rights but in the late 1960s each group turned inward and the coalition fell apart. This film examines the history of this collaboration and ...

Blood Tests


Investigates what constitutes Native American blood, then follows three individuals as they use DNA matching of a female gene in an attempt to confirm a genetic link between themselves and their Pequot ancestors.


Seas of Life is the definitive exploration of the marine world, chronicling the mysteries of the deep in ways never before imagined.


New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker gives an unprecedented look at the secrets and inner workings of the old-line Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras.


A journey down New York City streets where inner-city residents have transformed the rubble and rats of abandoned land into thriving vegetable and flower gardens.


Traces the life and career of South Carolina politician James Clyburn.

This documentary, shot in one of the most remote corners of the Brazilian Amazon, graphically depicts the devastating impact of contact with the outside world on an isolated indigenous tribe, the Yanomami Indians, who are considered to be the last major Stone Age people in the Amazon.

Traces the life and career of South Carolina governor Richard "Dick" Riley.

Eduardo the Healer


A documentary portrait of Eduardo Calderon, a fisherman, sculptor, and shaman who, like Casteneda's Don Juan, uses incantations, psychology, and hallucinogenic drugs to practice his art as a healer among the villagers of Peru.

Fahrenheit 451   Fahrenheit 451


Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.

Fast Food Women 


Examines the working conditions of women working in fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky.

Delivers fierce action in the clash of two worlds where dragons roam the Earth and past secrets are exposed. At the center of it all, teenager Duncan struggles to find his place as half-Kaiju and half-human.

Gaillard's Charleston  


A moving portrait of J. Palmer Gaillard, Jr., who ... was Charleston's second longest serving mayor (1959-1975). He is credited with tripling the size of Charleston through annexation, deftly handling civil rights protests  ....

The inspiration for Darwin's theory of evolution, the Galápagos Islands are a living laboratory, a geological conveyor belt that has given birth to and seen the death of many species of plants and animals.

Goin' to Chicago  


The film chronicles the great migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities in the North and West during and after World War II...[and] recounts the development of segregated urban northern neighborhoods through the ...  

At one end of Wall Street sits Trinity Church. Behind the church is a cemetery. A young man named Alexander Hamilton, whose ideas were fundamental in making Wall Street into what it is today, chose this cemetery as his final ...

Hercules Hercules   


Taken from the gods as a baby, adopted on earth, Hercules becomes an awkward teenager trying to fit in.

Through the voices of committed residents, activists and city officials, this award-winning documentary shows how a Boston community organized the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and was able to create and carry out its own agenda for change.

Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World    


A compelling study of the Hopi that captures their deep spirituality and reveals their integration of art and daily life. Amidst beautiful images of Hopi land and life, a variety of Hopi--a farmer, a religious elder, grandmother, painter, potter and ...

In this classic documentary, the Kalahari Bushmen of Africa wage a constant war for survival against the hot arid climate and unyielding soil. 'The Hunters' focuses on four men who undertake a hunt to obtain meat for their village....

A surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world.

Presents a narrated version of the discovery of Ishi, last member of the Yahi Indian tribe, and events in his life after coming into the white man's world.

A Montreal shrine seeks to inspire its congregants by modernizing its staging of the Passion play. A promising cast of vibrant young actors are signed on-- one fresh from perfume commercials, another from the pornographic film industry, and another who had an affair with the basilica's priest-- quickly drive the production on to become a smash hit. But as the play enjoys the success, the actors become ...

Witness a remarkable species in which the male becomes pregnant and gives birth. Tour the magical and complex world of the seahorse.

Kwame Dawes 


Author Kwame Dawes reads selections from his works and answers questions about his writing.  

Seven short digital videos of artist Leighton Pierce are presented.

Focusing on one of the earliest school desegregation cases, uses dramatizations, archival footage, and recollections of witnesses to examine the response of the Mexican-American community in Lemon Grove, Calif., to a 1930 school board attempt to create a segregated Mexican school in the district.

The result of an illegal experiment in genetic mutation, Experiment #626 is so horrifyingly hostile that it's been locked up by its inventors. It escapes to Earth where Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, mistakes it for a strange dog, adopts it, and renames it Stitch. As Stitch becomes part of Lilo's unusual family life, Lilo's innocence and the aloha spirit of the ...

Mad Hot Ballroom Mad Hot Ballroom 


Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing, and from their candid and hilarious perspectives, reveal pieces of themselves along the way. This school program started in 1994 and today has over 6,000 kids from 60 schools involved.

Marsha Hamilton

Author Masha Hamilton reads selections from her works and answers questions about her writing.
Moon  Moon  

Astronaut Sam Bell is completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon: Helium-3. His declining health is causing headaches and hallucinations that lead to a near-fatal accident, rendering him unconscious. After recuperating, an unexpected discovery leads him to doubt his sanity, his ...

Multiracial people are the fastest growing demographic in America, yet there is no official political recognition for mixed-race people. This film explores the social, political, and religious impact of the multiracial movement and the lived experience of being multiracial.

Set in the Pakistani community in south London, the film focuses on two youths--Johnny, a working-class white, and Omar, a Pakistani. Together they operate a laundrette, which Omar inherits from his uncle. While Johnny looks upon the laundrette as a life line on which to salvage his self-respect, Omar sees it as just the beginning step on the road to riches.

An angry mob kills a man after a popular rancher is murdered.

This program examines the issue of color consciousness within the Black community. This film explores a caste system based on how closely skin color, hair texture and facial features conform to a European ideal. A variety of African Americans give their experiences and attitudes towards the question of color.

Race to Nowhere is an award-winning documentary that highlights the unintended consequences of our pressure-cooker culture and education system. An eye-opening call to action, the film challenges our deepest-held assumptions about how we can best prepare young people for the future.

Chronicles the return of the remains of Sara Baartman, a Black woman who had been exhibited as a freak in early nineteenth-century Europe.

Inspired by the 1932 classic of the same title, Scarface follows the violent career of a smalltime Cuban refugee hoodlum who guns his way to the top of Miami's cocaine empire.

Shining a Light on Wall Street   


Justice and transparency of information is the most efficient way to realize trade but there was really only one rule on Wall Street, "buyer beware". For Wall Street bankers an important condition of their success was confidentiality ...

Shall We Dance Shall We Dance 


A male ballet dancer and a female singer enter into a phony romance to generate publicity for their careers.

Charlton Heston plays a cop in this science-fiction horror story. The setting is New York in the year 2022, teeming with 40 million citizens, most of whom are out of work. Environmental erosion is almost complete and voluntary death ...

The appropriation of Native American traditions by non-Natives comes under thoughtful scrutiny in this insightful documentary. As it follows the New Age activities of a group of Californian women learning to construct a sweat lodge ...

A young hustler's aimless pleasure-seeking turns to radicalism after witnessing the beating of a Black revolutionary by two white cops.

In 2029, the ruling giant super-computer, Skynet, sends an indestructible cyborg, a Terminator, back in time to 1984 to kill a woman, Sarah Connor, whose unborn son will become mankind's only hope.

Thelma & Louise  Thelma & Louise

Thelma is an abused and neglected wife, while her friend Louise is a bitter, hard-edged waitress. The two decide to take a brief vacation to escape the drudgery of their everyday lives. Immediately, they run into trouble, as Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma in the parking lot of a country bar.

True Lies 


Harry Tasker is a top spy for the ultra-secret Omega Sector, but his wife thinks he's just a boring computer salesman. Then his two lives collide when he and his wife find themselves kidnapped by international terrorists.

This film tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little-known strike by hundreds of thousands of southern textile workers. After three weeks the strike was stopped, the strikers denied jobs. Sixty years later this strike is virtually unknown and union representation in the South still suspect.

This intimate and inspiring portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker explores the compassion, insight and strength that have made her one of the most admired women in the United States. Filmed at Walker's California home,...

An ethnographic documentary on the practice of Santeria in Havana, Cuba, and its roots in Yoruba cultural and religious heritage. Records a religious ceremony that features dancing, singing, and drum beating invoking the Orishas, and also separate dances representing the interaction of the Orishas.

The name Wall Street evolved from the earliest history of North America. Back then, a wall stood as a protective boundary between the wealth of the Dutch Settlement of New Amsterdam and the Native Americans. It's a difficult ...

Wall Street & Main Street   

Early Wall Street bankers could never have imagined the many different investment vehicles now connecting Main Street and Wall Street. People of varied age and backgrounds all come to Wall Street with the same dream. ...  

NASDAQ founded in 1971 made it possible for young, high risk companies to go public creating a role for venture capitalists. Early venture capitalists included Queen Isabella of Spain who funded Christopher Columbus' voyage ...

Wall Street & Subprime Mortgages    


Getting from the early availability of credit to subprime mortgages is an interesting journey. It involves a fascinating look at the emergence of credit starting with immigrant banks and moving forward to various financial ...  

Had history repeated itself? Lehman Brothers, a company with more than a 100 year history was gone. It's portfolio of subprime mortgages worthless. 2400 miles away California was beginning to feel the effect. Within months the entire banking system of Iceland would collapse. The global impact catastrophic. What did "too big to fail" really mean?

The center of the capital markets is shifting from America to Asia, that's what the future is going to be. China's economy has been on a fast track of growth, rising in stature. The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China is the world's largest ...

In the 19th century, America was divided by the Appalachian Mountains allowing the East and West to develop independent of each other, NY Governor DeWitt Clinton proposed building the Erie Canal helping to connect the country while ...

Wall Street Never Sleeps   


Movie director Oliver Stone hoped to reveal the inside of Wall Street; exposing the greed and questionable risks that seem to cast a curse on the street. With the advent of computers and electronic trading, trading on stocks and other ...  

Known as 'Go' in English, Weiqi is a board game that has cultural associations ranging from Confucian nobility to military strategies. In talking about this game people reveal themselves, their society, and their views of other cultures. ...

Wisdom of the Dream 


Comprehensive documentary on the legendary psychologist and philosopher, Carl Jung.

A mother and her two daughters discuss their feelings about circumcision (excision) and its meaning in their lives. The three women discuss their experiences from the perspective of three different stages of the life cycle: ...  

The first documentary to show original color footage of World War II in immersive HD, the world premiere History series WWII in HD uses the journals and accounts of those who served in the war's biggest battles to create a personal, introspective and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. Follow 12 unforgettable Americans and experience the war ...

The untold story of the American 8th Air Force's bloody battle to defeat the German Luftwaffe in the months leading up to D-Day. Told through the gripping, first person accounts of three American airmen and Stars & Stripes reporter ...