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September 2013

Hello Faculty,


Welcome back, I hope everyone's semester is off to a great start. The big news from Educational Films is that over the summer we moved, we are now in Room 302. We are still on the Level 3 of the Library but we are now right next to the elevators, come on by when you are in the library and see our new offices.


Remember if there are any films that you would like to show in class this semester to let me know so that I can book them and make sure they are available for the dates that you would like to use them. Also, if there are any films that you would like your students to watch to let me know and I can place them on reserve for the semester.


I am excited to be working with you again this semester and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your students to make this an enjoyable semester.



Streaming Video

Ethnographic Video Online

At the end of the Spring semester we were able to add three streaming video databases to our collection. Since it is the beginning of the semester I wanted to reintroduce them to you, if you have any questions please let me know. Films from these databases can be show in class and links can be placed in Blackboard. There are several films in both Black Studies in Video and Ethnographic Video Online that we already have in our collection so please think of using these databases as another way of making films that you show in class available to your students.


Black Studies in Video 


Counseling and Therapy in Video (Volumes I & II) 


Ethnographic Video Online, Volume I 

Newly Acquired Films

3 Silent Classics by Josef Von Sternberg 


Josef von Sternberg directed some of the most influential stylish dramas ever to come out of Hollywood.  Though best know for his star-making collaborations ... 

4 by Agnes4 By Agnes Varda- La Ponte Courte

A film about a fishing town and a couple who are evaluating their changing relationship. ...

The 11th Hour


Explores the indelible footprint that humans have left on this planet, and the catastrophic effects of environmental neglect and abuse, and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity.  

age of Innocence The Age of Innocence  


A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, the ironically-titled story chronicles the grandeur and hyposcrisy of high society in the 1870's.  


Ahimsa: Non-Violence   


Documentary on non-violence in Jain religion, and the traditions and practices of Jainism.

America & the Holocaust   America and the Holocaust  

Uses interviews, official photos, home movies, and archival footage to explore the factors that shaped America's response to the Holocaust and asks the question "Why didn't America do more?"  ... 

Beijing Besieged by Waste   

Photographer Wang Jiuliang fearlessly documents the illegal landfills encircling Beijing and the black market of trash that threatens to poison the city....   

Black Sea Files  

Black Sea Files is a territorial research on the Caspian oil geography: the world's oldest oil extraction zone.  A giant new subterranean pipeline traversing the Caucasus will ... 


A romance occurs between a south Indian Hindu man and a Muslim woman.  They marry against family wishes and move to Bombay.  The time period of the film is set in the ... 

Booker's Place Booker's Place  

In 1966 Frank De Felitta made a documentary for NBC News about life for Southerners in Mississippi.  The content of the film upset many white Southerners and led to the beating of a black man, Booker Wright, the loss of his job, and ... 

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy  

Examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical.  This entertaining documentary mingles cultural history with ...  
A historically accurate depiction of one of the most important collaboration in the history of art, that of legendary sculptor Rodin, and the creative prodigy Camille Claudel.


Client 9  

When he was NY's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America's largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. ...  
En Construccion

Documentary made during the July-December, 1998, construction of a new building in "El barrio chino," a working class and Bohemian district in Barcelona, Spain. ... 

Damned If You Don't    

This portrait of a lesbian nun combines narrative and experimental techniques, as well as footage from "Black Narcissus," the 1947 film with a similar theme.  

The Day I Became a Woman  

Three portraits of women at three stages of life in Iran: a nine-year-old girl is told she can no longer play with boys because she is now a "woman", a young wife who enters ...  


Set in India around the 1830s, the story involves the conflict between orthodox and progressive Hindu religions. A young wife in a wealthy Indian household is deified by her ...


The monotonous life of a Brahman priest is encroached upon by an abandoned infant.  Left with no choice, the priest grudgingly adopts the child, and his life is transformed ...  

The Dirty Picture  

The love story between an actress and a director with a picture set against the colorful and entertaining backdrop of the South film industry of the 80's.  The film was inspired by the life of the Indian actress Silk Smitha.  

Django Unchained  

Django, a former slave turned hired gun, heads back to the plantation to free his wife, Broomhilda, from the tyrannical plantation owner Calvin Candie, with the help of a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz.


Raju falls in love with the dancer wife of an archaeologist. The dancer and her husband break up and Raju becomes the dancer's manager. He is charged with theft and goes...

The Heiress 


A wealthy girl falls in love with a penniless man her father is sure only wants her for her money. When she plans to elope, her father threatens to disinherit her. Will she still go through with the marriage?  

Hide & Seek  


An exploration into lesbian adolescence in the 1960's as told through a dramatization, archival footage and interviews of adult lesbians.  

The Impossible   


A family on holiday in Thailand is caught in the monstrous tsunami of 2004. Based on a true story.  



Equal parts murder mystery, forensic investigation and political drama, Incendiary documents the haunted legacy of a prosecution built on "folklore."  

Inside Deep Throat Inside Deep Throat  


Looks at the social and political firestorm ignited by the sexually explicit film Deep throat as it was banned in twenty-three states, the government tried to prevent people from seeing it, and feminists and others protested it. Examines the politics ... 

Jews and Baseball Jews & Baseball  

Traces the Jewish involvement in the history of the sport from the game's earliest days, through the tumultuous war years to today's All-Star games. By analyzing various stages in this history, including how the legendary Sandy Koufax pioneered rights for players ... 


In October 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of the Russian oil company Yukos, was arrested on charges of tax evasion and fraud. This documentary uncovers the story ...  



This is the story about the resilience shown by the Indians when they were under the British Rule. They are already taxed to the bone by the British and their cronies, but ...

The Last of the Mohicans  


An epic film based on the classic novel by James Fenimore Cooper about the French & Indian War and a white frontiersman raised by Indians.  

Live Nude Girls Unite!  


Follows Julia Query--performance artist & comic, video producer & sometime peepshow stripper--on her journey to help organize the only strippers' union in the United States. ...

Lost & Found  

In November, 1974, Betsy Newman's sister disappeared in San Francisco. This documentary follows Newman's relationship with a homeless woman she suspects may be her sister.

Magic Mike  


Mike, an experienced stripper, takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.  



ManDove will take you into an ancient and mysterious brotherhood of singing dove competitors in Java, Indonesia. Ancient Javanese wisdom prescribes five things ...

Me & You & Everyone We Know   Me and You


A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.  


Men with Guns Men with Guns  


An elderly physician that trains young people to provide health care to the poor people of a agricultural country finds out that many of his former students are being killed. He goes there to find out why these men with guns are killing anyone they want.  

Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce  


Mildred Pierce is a woman who will do anything to satisfy the demands of her spoiled daughter Veda, including divorce, opening her own business, and possibly murder.  

Money & Medicine Money & Medicine 

Explore the promising ways to reduce health care expenditures while improving overall quality of medical care. Money and Medicine captures the difficult end-of-life treatment choices made by patients and their families, investigates ... 

My Feminism 


Interviews with feminist leaders including Bell Hooks, Gloria Steinem, and Urvsahi Vaid are intercut with documentary sequences to explore the past and present status of the ...

Naan Kadavul  


A man gives in to superstition and abandons his son Rudra after an astrologer tells him that it is bad luck to have him at home. He returns 15 years later, after his father finds him ...

New York Stories   

A trilogy about life in the big city. Life lessons is the tale of a passionate painter torn between his obsession for his art and his infatuation with his sultry assistant. ...

Now, Voyager Now voyager  


A young woman escapes the smothering influence of her wealthy and very conservative mother through the help of a psychiatrist and an ocean cruise, where she finds love, which helps her to become her own person.  

The Odds of Recovery  


The filmmaker documents her personal journey through illnesses, surgeries and problems she encounters with the medical establishment. She strongly feels that these ... 

OMG Oh My God  


Atheist Kanjilal Mehta takes 'God' to court after an earthquake destroys his shop. Suddenly, 'Krishna Vasudev Yadav' shows up - does divine intervention occur?  

Paris  Paris: The Luminous Years  


From 1905 to 1930, Paris was the magnetic center for radical innovation and experiment, the Mecca for creative talents. On-camera, dramatic and historic moments are recalled by participants in these legendary events, e.g. Marc Chagall, Igor Stravinsky, ...

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema  


A film about cinema itself, with close readings of some of the most intriguing and celebrated films in cinema history. Serving as guide is the charismatic Slovenian philosopher... 

La Piel Que Habito  


A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.  

Pink Ribbons, Inc.  


Pink ribbons, the symbol of the breast cancer prevention movement, are everywhere: T-shirts, hats, yogurt cups, KFC buckets, car ads, NFL stadiums - the list goes on and on. ...



A racially mixed woman working as a nurse in Boston finds she can pass as White, but leaves her fiancÚ afraid that her true heritage will be discovered. Back at home in ...

Recovering Bodies  


Focuses not simply on people's problems with food, but on the renewed hope for a healthy life that the process of recovery can provide. Presents the stories and testimonies...

Seeing Red 


Using three elements (monologue, montage and music), Friedrich takes a look back at her evolution, both as a woman and as an artist. The film oscillates between ...

Silver Linings Playbook  


The story of a man who has lost everything, his house, his job, his wife, and how he creates his own silver linings from the bonds he forms with his family and friends  

Sink or Swim  


A compelling account of the immutable, highly charged relationship between a father and daughter. A young girl narrates twenty-six short stories which recount memories...

Sita Sings the Blues  


An animated reinterpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana blends the stories of Sita, a goddess separated from her husband Rama, and Nina, an animator whose husband ...

Small Town Gay Bar  Small town gay bar  

"Deep in the heart of the "Bible Belt," homosexuals still face intolerance and adversity. Several spirited bar owners, however, have shown the courage to create places for people to call home. ... 

The Ties That Bind  


An experimental film which relates the experiences of the filmmaker's mother, who lived in Ulm, Germany during the Third Reich. Uses archival footage, interviews and ...

Umrao Jaan  


Based on a classic Urdu novel, this is a tale of Rekha, a courtesan who was abducted as a child and trained in music and dance. Her performance begins to attract a following ...

Wings of the Dove  


A young society woman's love for a common journalist presents her with an impossible decision: leave him or marry and face a life of poverty. Events take an unexpected ...

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip  


Three friends embark on a year-long journey across the United States in attempt to discover ways in which humanity can work to save the planet, encountering individuals ...

Amy Trepal
Amy Trepal

Manager - Educational Films
Room 302, TCL
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