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November  2012

Hello Faculty,


We are coming to the end of the Fall semester and I want to remind you that if you would like anything placed on reserve so that your students can watch it before finals please let me know. Also, looking forward to the Spring semester, if there are any films that you would like me to purchase for your classes please let me know now so that I can make sure they are here before the semester starts.




Contact Us:
   Amy Trepal
Amy Trepal
Manager - Educational Films
Room 317
Thomas Cooper Library 803-777-2858 
Featured Film:
The Weight of the Nation
The Weight of the Nation 

"CONSEQUENCES examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese.
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  New films acquired during October 2012.

1982, La Decision del Presidente 


Since the revolution, Mexico has experienced unprecedented growth. The economy, industry, education, and social disparities that plagued the country have improved over the last 50 years. The large devaluation that occurred ...

The American Super-8 Revolution 


Documents how a 5th grade class learns to plan and make a movie, using super-8 mm film, on the American Revolution.


Folklorist Saddler Taylor joins the filmmaker in a surprising search and discovery mission to find the last remaining 'true' folk heritage eateries in the farm communities along two-lane blacktops in four rural SC counties.

Battle for Brooklyn 


Battle for Brooklyn is the epic and universal tale of one man under pressure, and how far he will go to save his community and his home from the private developers who want to build a basketball arena on top of it. ...

The Battle of Algiers  The Battle of Algiers  


Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs ...

Brunswick Stew 


From 1992 to 1998, Southern folklife documentary producer Stan Woodward moved into and through the network of stewmasters and stew crews in Brunswick County, Virginia, to document the story of the origin and the continuation of the nearly 200 year-old tradition of cooking Brunswick stew stirred in huge black iron pots with wooden paddles.



From pioneer days on the western frontier came a stew prepared by farmers and hunters by the name of Burgoo. No one knows where the name comes from, but the folks in Western Kentucky around Owensboro declare ... 

Everest: The Death Zone Everest: The Death Zone  


In the wake of the 1996 disaster that took eight climbers in a single day, scientists follow a team of hikers to measure, for the first time ever, the toll high-altitude climbing takes on the heart, lungs, blood, and brain.

Half the Sky 


Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope.

Hallowed Ground 


One DVD contains the story of the Indian Field, Shady Grove, and St. Paul traditions. The other DVD contains the story of Cattle Creek and Cypress campmeetings. The campmeetings, which are located within a 20 mile radius from a geographic center in Upper Dorchester County, South Carolina, ...

It's Grits 


Documentary about grits. Filmed in Atlanta (GA), Camden (SC), and other southern locales. Includes Craig Claiborne demonstrating how he cooks up grits. Also includes an official "Georgia Grits Permit" which allowed one to carry five pounds of grits over the Mason-Dixon Line without having one's luggage searched.

The Licorice Train 


A film, set in New York City, about a Black child who lives and plays in a devastated neighborhood, all the while imagining that a grubby subway has become a sleek silver train that he commands. Contrasting shots show the "other" New York, the Central Park boat lake, the zoo, and children with cotton candy. Without dialog.

London   London


See a side of London that few tourists will ever see. Go to historic sites associated with authors such as Poe and Baudelaire, where pollution, urban blight and IRA bomb scares have changed the flavor of the beloved city forever.


Three documentaries on the social conditions of the Guatemalan Indians in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Guatemala and the United States.

Michael Collins Michael Collins 


Presents the life of an Irish man whose dreams inspired hope, whose words ignited passion, and whose courage forged a nation's destiny.

My Neighbor, My Killer 


A film of the Gacaca Tribunals, open-air hearings with citizen-judges meant to try their neighbors and rebuild the nation. As part of this experiment in reconciliation, confessed genocide killers were sent home from prison, ...

Nothing to Prove 


Mac Arnold, former bass player for the legendary Muddy Waters, is one of the last of the surviving links in the blues chain of "originals." Recording with John Lee Hooker, Otis Spann & Tyrone Davis, Mac left his footprints in the Chicago blues foundation, and with his return is making tracks again... and has nothin' to prove.

The People Who Take Up Serpents 


Pictures members of a branch of the Holiness churches who base their religious beliefs and practices on Bible verses, especially Mark 16:18. Shows them as they handle serpents, hold fire to their bodies, speak in tongues, lay hands on the sick, and cast out devils. Includes interviews with believers as they discuss their faith which has brought them into conflict with the law.

The Political Dr. Seuss 


This documentary on Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, traces the development of his art and political philosophy. Seuss's early work as a political cartoonist for PM newspaper and as a film propagandist with Frank Capra ultimately evolved into a career as a children's writer concerned with nurturing both literacy and social awareness.

Robinson in Space  Robinson in Space  


Architect-turned-filmmaker Patrick Keiller presents this unique travelogue of England. He goes to the country's familiar historic landmarks and grand estates, but also the suburban malls, industrial parks, landfills, factories, and phone booths choking the landscape.

The Sheep Stew of Dundas 


In a tiny area of Southside Virginia along the Brunswick and Lunenburg County line, this documentary tells about a most unusual and distinctive folk heritage stew, cooked by stewmasters using mutton, stale bread, onions and potatoes. The recipe is one of the closest, in its purest form, to the original Jimmy Matthews Brunswick stew cooked with squirrel.

Southern Routes 


"Documenting Southern folk heritage foodways and folk culture and their tradition bearers ... 

Southern Stews 


A sampler of some hearty Southern concoctions, from burgoo to South Carolina hash and from Brunswick stew to chicken bog, also explores how food helps Southerners retain their connections to the past and to one another. ...

Split Estate 


Imagine discovering that you don't own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine finding that you have little or no recourse to protect your ...  

The Tower of the Potomac 


The visitation by German post-modernist environmental scuptor, Mo Edoga, as he worked with the public schools in Prince William County, Virginia and constructed a "tower" from driftwood from the Potomac River bound together with shipping cord and made by the eye, strength and hand coordination of the artist

Virginia Brunswick Stew 


From 1992 to 1998, Southern folklife documentary producer Stan Woodward moved into and through the network of stewmasters and stew crews in Brunswick County, Virginia, to document the story of the origin and...

The Weight of the Nation The Weight of the Nation 


CONSEQUENCES examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. CHOICES offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. CHILDREN IN CRISIS documents the damage obesity ...

Woman Demon Human Woman Demon Human


A powerful opera film: Born into the world of the Beijing Opera Company and with her personal world marked by trauma, a young professional actress submerges herself into her stage roles. Yet she dreams of more: she wants to play the major 'male' roles.