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Celebrating Agnès Varda

Today’s Google Doodle for December 13, 2023 is of Agnès Varda, a Belgian-born French filmmaker who is known as a pioneer of French New Wave Cinema. Her style was influenced by her experience with still photography and her method of “cinécriture” (“cinematic writing” or “writing on film”) filmmaking. If you’re interested in learning more about […]

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Spirit-Sparking Movies to Check Out this Holiday Season

From Rankin/Bass Christmas specials to Dickens adaptations and every sappy Hallmark flick in between, the seasonal movies we hold dear invoke the Holiday Spirit with festivity tantamount to only the jolliest of Bing Crosby jingles. Like the audiovisual equivalents of hot cocoa and a warm blanket, these films comfort the year-weary viewer with their familiarity, […]

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Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance

This year and every year, Transgender Awareness Week goes from November 13th to November 19th and culminates with Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. In 1999, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor the loss of a transgender woman named Rita Hester in 1998. Since then, November 20th has […]

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Poster for "Mama Bears" featuring a middle-aged woman hugging a young person holding pride flags

Mama Bears Review – Streaming Free Through November 20th

Mama Bears is a touching, family-focused documentary that examines the intersections of motherhood, faith, pride, politics, and community. Originally premiering at the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in 2022 and going on to win numerous awards, this film tells the stories of two conservative Christian mothers overcoming their own prejudices to become fierce advocates for […]

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Upcoming Media Services Workshops

There is a wide variety of equipment available for members of the AU community through the library, but some of it can be intimidating if you don’t have a lot of technical knowledge. That’s why the Media Services department is hosting a series of workshops designed to teach you the skills you need to realize […]

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What you can and cannot do on a Chromebook

Introduction  As you may know, the American University Library has a collection of Chromebooks for students whose personal laptops are temporarily out-of-order and have been sent for repairs. A student has to fill up the Chromebook Request Form with a proof of repair order, and the Media Services department can issue a Chromebook and charger to […]

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Poster for "Samira's Dream" showing a woman in a yellow hijab looking towards the sea

New Acquisition and Review!

Samira’s Dream / DVD 17357 Samira is a young Zanzibari woman living in Zanzibar, Tanzania. While balancing her responsibilities as caretaker of her younger siblings, working at a local resort, and doing everyday domestic chores, Samira prioritizes her education. “My dream is to raise my own family and have an education and be independent at […]

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