New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

February 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

End times eyewitness : Israel, Islam and the unfolding signs of the messiah's return [videorecording]

February 13, 2015
Meford, OR : WND Films, c2014.
1 videodisc (70 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Is the return of Jesus closer than you think? What are the most powerful prophetic signs being fulfilled on the earth today? How is the new Middle East after the Arab Spring aligning with the testimony of the biblical prophets? What are the little-known prophetic signs that few are paying attention to? "End Times Eyewitness" takes you on a firsthand journey into the heart of the biblical world, to the front lines of the ongoing Middle Eastern revolutions, to discover the shocking answer to all of these questions.


February 13, 2015
New York, NY : First Run Features
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Special features: 4 bonus scenes; resources; biographies.
Modern day slavery is alive and well in the United States, as thousands of victims are trafficked throughout the country to satisfy America's three billion dollar annual sex trafficking industry. Meet the pimps, the johns, the police, the parents, and the victims of the thriving sex trade.

YERT [videorecording] : your environmental road trip

February 13, 2015
[New York] : First Run Features, c2012.
1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrators, Jay O. Sanders ... [et al.] ; participants, Ben Evans, Julie Evans, Mark Dixon.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Extra features: YERT shorts -- Deleted scenes -- Outtakes -- Team biographies -- Film gallery.
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 and communities engaged in a variety of environmentally beneficial activities.

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

February 12, 2015
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Life itself [videorecording]

February 12, 2015
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2015.
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert.
Title from disc label.
Originally released in 2014.
The legacy of Roger Ebert's life, recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

The master designer : the song

February 11, 2015
[Monument, CO] : Exploration Films, [2013]
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Brian Corsetti.
Title from disc label.
We live in a world that is inspired; filled with majestic order, unbelievable beauty, and brilliant design. The raging question of our time is: How did all of the come to be? Can it all be attributed to unintelligent random processes or is there another explanation? Does the scientific evidence now demonstrate clear design and reveal a Master Designer, and if it does, what does that mean to us? This is a glimpse into the blueprint of creation that reveals a dramatic story.

Tales from the royal bedchamber

February 11, 2015
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Lucy Worsley.
Originally broadcast in 2014.
Lucy Worsley gets into bed with the past monarchs to uncover the "Tales from the royal bedchamber". She reveals that the obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of their magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself.

Mammoth unearthed

February 5, 2015
[Washington, DC] : National Geographic
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Trevor Valle, Tim King.
Title from disc label.
Two unorthodox American scientists, Trevor Valle and Professor Tim King take on Russian ivory traders in the race to secure and research frozen mammoths, emerging from the melting permafrost of Siberia.

Klansville U.S.A.

February 5, 2015
[United States] : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Investigate the reasons North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country, with more members than all the other Southern states combined, during the 1960s.

Return to the wild [videorecording]

February 5, 2015
[S.l.] : PBS Distribution, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Corey Carthew
Title from disc label.
"The true and iconic story of Chris McCandless's solo trek to Alaska"--Container.
A journey in the footsteps of the enigmatic young American named Chris McCandless, who vanished and ultimately perished in the Alaskan wilderness. New interviews and never before released letters probe the mystery behind the best-selling book and movie 'Into the Wild.'

Through a lens darkly

February 5, 2015
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Inspired by Deborah Willis's book, Reflections in black : a history of black photographers 1840 to the present.
"Inspired by Deborah Willis's book, Reflections in black, Through a lens darkly casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris's family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens"--Container.

The Internet's own boy

February 5, 2015
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn.
Special features: Deleted scenes; Trailer.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy who helped shape the digital landscape of today. He helped develop the internet protocol RSS and was a co-founder of Reddit. Chronicling his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued, the documentary is a dynamic and moving portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire who renounced the values of Silicon Valley startup culture and used technology to tirelessly fight for social justice.

MoveOn [videorecording] : the movie

February 2, 2015
[Culver City, Calif.] : Brave New Films : Disinformaton Co., c2009.
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features include: Extended interviews with Senator John Kerry and Vice President Al Gore; also features interviews with Joe Lieberman, Henry Waxman, Thelma Drake, Byron York, Moby, Michael Stipe, Michael Cornfield, Mark Crispin Miller, Wes Boyd, Joan Blades, Eli Pariser and many more, and original trailer.
Feature-length documentary focusing on the revolutionary history of the biggest progressive grass-roots movement seen in the United States since the 1960s. This film stands as a vivid testimony to times of radical social change in our nation and to the power of people banding together for change.

Sex(ed) : the movie

January 30, 2015
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, black & white, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: Two archival sex ed films: A respectable neighborhood (1961), Masturbatory story, or coming of age (1976); 4 deleted scenes: Douche nozzle, Fallopian tubes, Graham crackers & masturbation, The war on sex.
Revealing, occasionally awkward, and often hilarious look at how Americans have learned about sex from the early 1900s to the present. Using clips from an astounding array of sex ed films, this captures what it was like for the kids - confusion, shock, embarrassment - and as well for those doing the educating.

Firestone and the warlord.

January 29, 2015
[United States] : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company's Liberia rubber plantation, and diplomatic cables and court documents, the investigation reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war.

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