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April  2013

Hello Faculty,


I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for the end of the semester. With that in mind, if there is anything you would like to have placed on reserve for your students to use during finals please let me know.   


Also, I wanted to make you aware of some of the new links to streaming sites that I have added to the Educational Film Collections LibGuide. PBS's American Experience series, C-SPAN Video Library, WGBH Open Vault, and UbuWeb (experimental films) are just a few of the new links added. Please go take a look at the list, I think these sites could be very useful to both you and your students.




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

 Soundtrack for a Revolution 


The story of the American civil rights movement through its music, the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and more, as they fought for justice and equality. Includes new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and even from the black church.

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 March 2013.

5 Broken Cameras 


A deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 ... 

La Americana 


A documentary following a single mother from Bolivia who has come to work as an illegal immigrant in New York City, in order to support her daughter's medical needs. The daughter's life without her mother is also featured, as is the mother's relationship with her new boyfriend who also is an illegal immigrant. 



On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants storm the American embassy in Tehran and capture dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escape and a mid-level ... 

Better This World 


How did two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention? Better This World follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political ... 


A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader. Dutch dialog

Cedars in the Pines 


This film narrates the lives of those who have journeyed from Lebanon to North Carolina [over the past 120 years] and labored here to build new homes, raise families, and enrich the state with their culture and hard work. 

Encounters at the End of the World 


Filmmaker Werner Herzog examines life in Antarctica, focusing especially on the stories of the "professional dreamers" who reside there. 

The First Grader 


In Kenya in 1953 there was a violent uprising against British colonial rule led by the Mau Mau, who were mainly from the Kikuyu tribe. Thousands were killed, and thousands imprisoned, although the conflict did eventually lead ... 



A seasoned airline pilot miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on the plane. 



Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

Hebrew dialog  
The classic play, now set in the year 2000. The president of the Denmark  Corporation has been killed, and his wife has married the man suspected of the murder. Nobody is suffering more than her son Hamlet, who is determined to avenge his father's death.

Hell and Back Again


From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris. ...

How to Survive a Plague 


The story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked ... 

The Ides of March 


During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. 

If a Tree Falls 


The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat,' told through the transformation and radicalization of one ...

Leopold Socha is a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi-occupied city in Poland. One day he encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in ... Polish dialog

The Island President 


President Mohammed Nasheed of the Maldives is confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the survival of his country and everyone in it. Nasheed, who brought democracy to the Maldives after ... 

In post-World War II America, a naval veteran arrives home unsettled and  uncertain of his future, until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.  



The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. 

Monsieur Lezhar

At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealedFrench dialog

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 


A further investigation into the arrest of three teenagers convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas who spent nearly 20 years in prison before being released after new DNA evidence indicated they may be innocent. The final chapter in the documentary trilogy that, after 18 years, released three innocent men from prison and saved one of their lives. 

Poster Girl 


The story of Robynn Murray, an all-American high-school cheerleader turned "poster girl" for women in combat, distinguished by Army Magazine's cover shot. Now home from Iraq, her tough-as-nails exterior begins to crack, leaving ... 

Searching for Sugar Man 


In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there ... 

Shakespeare High 


Documentary that follows a diverse group of California high school students as they prepare for and compete in the 90th Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival. Through their passion and ... 


Despite being born to Afrikaner parents, Sandra faces prejudice from her  community due to her dark skin and African features. Torn between her family and the man she loves, Sandra must overcome the racial intolerance of her society in this uplifting true story.

Soldier of the Road 


How do you become Peter Brötzmann? How do you become what you are: a painter, a musician, an absolute artist? Europe was nothing but a ruin and shame possessed the heart of the young Germans. They needed to invent, scream, ... 

The story of the American civil rights movement through its music, the freedom  songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and more, as they fought for justice and equality. Includes new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and even from the black church.
StoryCorps Animated ShortsStoryCorps
Based on the StoryCorps series on NPR which was started by former  documentary filmmaker Dave Isay 2003. The shorts are based on 3-minute excerpts of interviews from the show.

The Tempest 


His modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical, and magical fantasy ... Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera ... conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 


At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, ... 

Tokyo Waka 


Tokyo is a digital metropolis and wellspring of spectacular pop culture, its commercial crossroads carpeted with people day and night. Above them, watching from perches on buildings and power lines, are more than 20,000 ... 



No hope. No future. Until a football season united a team and revealed the character that turned them into heroes. Undefeated is the inspiring and moving tale of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the ... 

War Horse 


Set in rural England and Europe during the First World War, the story begins with the friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the ... 

Wonder Women! 


A nuanced critique of gender and heroism in popular culture as well as a powerful dose of Vitamin F(eminism) for the undernourished. From the birth of the 1940s comic book heroine, Wonder Woman, to the blockbusters of today,...

Won't Back Down 


Frustrated by her dyslexic daughter's struggles at a failing inner-city school, Jamie Fitzpatrick tries to enroll her somewhere else. When this fails, Jamie recruits a disillusioned but caring teacher to try to fix the broken school. 

World War II Behind Closed Doors 


Joseph Stalin - the supreme leader of the Soviet Union - was a tyrant responsible for the death of millions. He also had some unlikely relationships during the Second World War. This ambitious series uses exclusive evidence ...