New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

March 31, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Sukkah City : an ancient structure gets a modern makeover

March 30, 2015
1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Joshua Foer, Roger Bennett, Paul Goldberger, Thom Mayne, Ron Arad, Maira Kalman, Michael Arad.
Originally produced by Oxbow Lake Films ©2013.
Bonus Shorts: (Yeshiva Boys; Importance of Competitions; Submission Board Strategy)
When best-selling author Joshua Foer began to build his first sukkah, a small hut that Jews build and dwell in every fall for the holiday of Sukkot, he wanted to move beyond the generic plywood boxes and canvas tents that have become the unimaginative status quo. He discovered that while the Bible outlines the basic parameters for what a sukkah should look like and how it should function, it leaves plenty of room for variation and interpretation. Foer thought what if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs? What would they come up with? And so was born the design competition known as Sukkah City in Union Square Park, in the heart of New York City. Chronicling the competition, the film goes behind the scenes during construction, exhibition, and judging to provide an entertaining and inspiring portrait of the project's visionary architects and structures, and an exciting, singular moment in the American Jewish experience.

Sentimental reflections [videorecording] : America's heritage in story, scenery and song.

March 26, 2015
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Conducting hope

March 23, 2015
1 videodisc (57 min.) : color, sound ; 4 3/4 in
Choir director, Kirk Carson.
Preparing for the concert -- Day of the concert -- 2 days after the concert.
Documentary about the East Hill Singers, which is the only men's prison choir in the United States to perform outside prison walls. The choir is composed in part by members of the community as well as former inmates.

Clean spirit : in the heart of the tour

March 23, 2015
[New York, New York] : First Run Features, [2015]
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb.
Title from container.
Based on an idea of Nando Boers.
The inside story of cycling team Argos-Shimano, whose members are keen to show that winning is possible without any use of doping.

Kabbalah me

March 23, 2015
[New York, New York] : First Run Features, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Steven E. Bram.
Originally produced as a documentary motion picture in 2014.
Bonus shorts: Oneness ; Good & evil in Kabbalah ; Women in Kabbalah ; Science & Kabbalah ; Kabbalah celebration : Meron ; Meditation : opening the heart.
A personal journey into the esoteric spiritual phenomenon known as Kabbalah, with discussions of its complex, mystical world by leading authorities.

Language matters with Bob Holman

March 23, 2015
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Bob Holman
A two hour documentary that asks: What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language? It is filmed around the world: on a remote island off the coast of Australia, where 400 Aboriginal people speak ten different languages, all at risk; in Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and in Hawaii, where a group of Hawaiian activists are fighting to save their native tongue.

Tales from the tower

March 12, 2015
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
"The history of the Tower of London ... from palace to prison"--Container.
The Tower of London is the United Kingdom's number one tourist attraction. This impressive castle has been part of London's royal heritage for more than 1000 years, changing roles from fortress to palace to prison. Tales from the Tower brings to life just a few of the more amazing episodes in history that involve the Tower of London. These stories about torture, murder and rare escapes date from the eleventh to the 20th century!

Putin's way

March 12, 2015
[United States] : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Frontline investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin's Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.

A path appears

March 12, 2015
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2015]
2 videodiscs (approximately 270 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc surface.
"Inspired by A path appears by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn"--Container.
A follow-up film to the critically acclaimed and critically discussed "Half the sky": turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide", and will focus on violence against women across the Americas.

Jodorowsky's Dune

March 6, 2015
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
With Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, Chris Foss, H.R. Giger, Jean-Paul Gibon, Brontis Jodorowsky.
Videodisc release of the 2013 documentary motion picture.
Special features: Deleted scenes, theatrical trailer.
A documentary film about Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel, Dune, starring Jodorowsky's own 12-year-old son, as well as Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali with music by Pink Floyd; film includes interviews with Jodorowsky and others.

Sinkholes : buried alive

March 5, 2015
[United States] : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as an episode of the PBS program, NOVA.
Sinkholes have swallowed highways, apartment buildings, horses, camels, and even golfers with monster-size holes cracking the earth from Siberia to Louisiana. Filled with compelling eyewitness video of dramatic collapses, and following scientists as they explore the underlying forces behind these natural disasters, Nova travels the globe to investigate what it's like to have your world vanish beneath your feet.

Sunken ship rescue : salvaging the Costa Concordia

March 5, 2015
[United States] : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Nova follows the epic operation to secure, raise, and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and tragically capsized off the coast of Italy on January 13th 2012, killing 32 people. Joining a team of more than 500 divers and engineers working around the clock, they will attempt the biggest ship recovery project in history.

Grave Halloween

March 5, 2015
Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle, Hiro Kanagawa.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
After they inadvertently unleash a decades-old curse, a documentary crew of American exchange students is hunted by angry spirits in Japan's infamous Suicide Forest.

I am Ali

March 5, 2015
Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment
1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, George Foreman, Carl Fischer, Hana Ali, Maryum Ali, Muhammad Ali Jnr.
An intimate and heart-warming look at the man behind the legend as we've never seen Ali before. The documentary is told through exclusive, unprecedented access to Ali's personal archive of voice recordings combined with touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends, including his daughters, son, ex-wife and brother, plus legends of the boxing community including Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Gene Kilroy.

The last of the unjust = Le dernier des injustes

March 4, 2015
2 videodiscs (220 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Claude Lanzmann, Benjamin Murmelstein.
Originally broadcast in 2013.
DVD features: Gallery stills from set ; Interview with the director Claude Lanzmann by Colin Keveney ; Trailer.
In 1975 Rome, Claude Lanzmann filmed a series of interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, the only 'Elder of the Jews' not to have been killed during the war. From Nisko in Poland to Theresienstadt, and from Vienna to Rome, the film provides an unprecedented insight into the genesis of the Final Solution. It reveals the true face of Eichmann.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov : enter here

February 27, 2015
[Place of publication not identified] : First Run Films
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally released in 2013.
A double portrait in film of the lives and work of Russia's most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia.

Code black

February 27, 2015
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films Home Entertainment, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 81 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ryan McGarry, M. D., Jamie Eng, M. D., Andrew Eads, M. D., Luis Enriquez, R. N., Danny Cheng, M. D., Arash Kohanteb, M. D., William Mallon, M. D., Edward Newton, M. D., Dave Pomeranz, M. D..
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2013.
In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives an unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic young doctors-in-training as they wrestle with both their ideals and the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system.

Nas : time is illmatic

February 27, 2015
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, 2015.
1 videodisc (74 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Nas, Jabari "Jungle" Jones, Olu Dara, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams.
Title from disc label.
Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences - from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip hop scene in New York City - and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age twenty. Features interviews with his Illmatic producers, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier, and musical peers, including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys.

A life in dirty movies

February 27, 2015
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Joe Sarno.
Special features: Interview clips not included in the film; Featurette on Sarno's cult hit Fäbodjäntan; Featurette on Sarno's masterpiece Young playthings.
Originally released as a motion picture.
A love story about sexploitation director Joe Sarno and his wife and collaborator Peggy, as he struggles to get one last film on screen in an industry that's long denied his transcendent auteur style.


February 26, 2015
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
"In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Masters, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. Algorithms is a documentary on the thriving but little known world of Blind Chess in India. Filmed over three years, Algorithms travels with three talented boys and a totally blind player turned pioneer to competitive national and world championships and visits them in their home milieu where they reveal their struggles, anxieties and hopes. Going beyond sight and story, this observational sport doc with a difference moves through the algorithms of the blind chess world challenging the sighted of what it means to see. It allows for the tactile and thoughtful journey that explores foresight, sight and vision to continue long after the moving image ends."--Film website.

Corpus Christi : playing with redemption

February 25, 2015
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees, Terrence McNally, Larry Kramer, Norman Lear.
Special features: Play performance scenes; Interviews; Backstage footage; Home video travel scenes; News footage; Jesus & Judas song; Photo gallery; Corpus Christi trailer.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2010.
In this feature documentary, anti-gay religious groups meet the gay Jesus play. The film follows the troupe, playwright, and audiences across the U.S. and around the world on a five-year journey of Terrence McNally's passion play, where voices of protest and support collide on one of the central issues facing the LGBT community, religion-based bias related to issues of civil rights, marriage equality, and separation of church and state.

21 years : Richard Linklater.

February 23, 2015
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
A spirited look at the first 21 years of writer/director Richard Linklater's remarkable career, featuring interviews with collaborators Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Billy Bob Thornton, Keanu Reeves, Jack Black, and more.

The Italian Americans

February 19, 2015
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
2 videodiscs (approximately 240 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Stanley Tucci.
Title from disc label.
Through extensive archival materials and interviews with scholars and notable Italian-Americans, viewers will learn the story of those who played vital roles in helping to shape a unique Italian-American identity.

The queen's garden

February 19, 2015
[United States] : PBS Distribution, [2015]
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Daniel Stewart.
With permission from Queen Elizabeth, this program covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.

Hank [videorecording] : 5 years from the brink

February 16, 2015
New York, N.Y. : Virgil Films, [2013].
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Bonus feature: Charlie Rose interview.
The story of how Hank Paulson persuaded banks, Congress and presidential candidates to sign off on nearly $1 trillion dollars in bailouts, even though he personally found the behavior leading to the crisis and the bailouts themselves morally reprehensible.

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