Hot Docs: Where Soldiers Come From

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. Where Soldiers Come From (DVD 10604) examines the lives of two high school graduates who enroll in the National Guard with the promise of college tuition. After four years, they return home as soldiers, battered by the war and unsure of their place … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Where Soldiers Come From”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

Where Soldiers Come From (DVD 10604) examines the lives of two high school graduates who enroll in the National Guard with the promise of college tuition. After four years, they return home as soldiers, battered by the war and unsure of their place at home. Rather than discussing war as a political phenomenon, Where Soldiers Come From tells the personal story of two young adults whose worlds and lives are changed by a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Official description from the film’s website:

From a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, Where Soldiers Come From follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war. […] Where Soldiers Come From looks beyond the guns and policies of an ongoing war to tell a human story about family, friendship, and community and how they all change when young people go off to fight

Hot Docs: A Sentence Apart

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. A Sentence Apart (DVD 8956) is one of the shorter documentaries in our collection, but by all accounts, it packs a punch. The film examines the often tense, fractious relationships between inmates and their families by following the three stories of children whose … Continue reading “Hot Docs: A Sentence Apart”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

A Sentence Apart (DVD 8956) is one of the shorter documentaries in our collection, but by all accounts, it packs a punch. The film examines the often tense, fractious relationships between inmates and their families by following the three stories of children whose parents are incarcerated. The focus is not on why these people are in jail but on how prison has shaped their families.

Official description from the film’s website:

A Sentence Apart follows three stories of people coping with a family member in prison, attempting to bridge broken relationships, and diligently working to break the generational cycle of incarceration.

Hot Docs: Terra Blight

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. Terra Blight (DVD 10630) shines a light on the hazardous environmental impact made by discarded personal electronics. Terra Blight challenges the myth that computers are making the world “greener.” In fact, our constant consumption of new tech may be filling our planet with … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Terra Blight”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

Terra Blight (DVD 10630) shines a light on the hazardous environmental impact made by discarded personal electronics. Terra Blight challenges the myth that computers are making the world “greener.” In fact, our constant consumption of new tech may be filling our planet with toxic wastelands. Events like the computer game convention QuakeCon are shown in a dour perspective given the negative environmental impact its attendees will have once they eventually dispose their computers.

Official description from the film’s website:

Terra Blight traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet.

By the film’s end, the audience will never look at their computer the same way again.

Hot Docs: Facebook Follies

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. Facebook Follies (DVD 10640) tells the other side of the social media story. Whereas others focus on how social media rose to dominance, this documentary focuses on the consequences of our addiction to instantaneous sharing. The effects are felt everywhere, from the downfall … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Facebook Follies”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

Facebook Follies (DVD 10640) tells the other side of the social media story. Whereas others focus on how social media rose to dominance, this documentary focuses on the consequences of our addiction to instantaneous sharing. The effects are felt everywhere, from the downfall of politicians to people reconnecting with lost relatives.

Official description from promotional material:

An engaging journey — and cautionary tale — through one of today’s most pervasive forces of social communication. Facebook Follies looks at some of the unexpected results and impact, negative and positive, of people sharing their personal information on social media sites.

Hot Docs: Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (DVD 10616) challenges the political status quo with a look at Joseph Cao, a representative with an unconventional life story. Congressman Cao was Congress’s first Vietnamese-American, a non-white Republican elected by an African-American majority in New Orleans, and … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Mr. Cao Goes to Washington”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (DVD 10616) challenges the political status quo with a look at Joseph Cao, a representative with an unconventional life story. Congressman Cao was Congress’s first Vietnamese-American, a non-white Republican elected by an African-American majority in New Orleans, and the only member of his party to support the Affordable Care Act. This documentary about Cao’s brief career on Capitol Hill is a compelling story that exposes the infighting and partisan bickery that characterizes current-day Congress.

Official description from the film’s website:

What happens when the naiveté of a political rookie clashes with the realities of racial and partisan politics of the South?

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington is a fascinating character study of Congressman Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese American Republican elected by surprise in an African American Democratic district in New Orleans. Will Cao make it through his term with his idealism intact?

Hot Docs: Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement (DVD 10618) follows the story of Julian Bond, a civil right activist whose life story spans from the first marches on Washington and the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement (DVD 10618) follows the story of Julian Bond, a civil right activist whose life story spans from the first marches on Washington and the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to the classrooms at American University. In this documentary, Bond shares stories from his experience at the forefront of the most tumultuous decades in modern American history.

Official description from Filmakers Library:

This enlightening portrait joins African American social activist Julian Bond as he traces his roots back to slavery. A leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Julian Bond was among the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leader of the 1963 March on Washington, and a Georgia legislator for twenty years. Now in his seventies, Bond recalls the experience of growing up in the segregated south, where his parents’ belief in hard work and education lifted the family out of what he describes as an apartheid system. An erudite, well-spoken man, audiences visit his classroom at the University of Virginia where he shares with a new generation the turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement.

Julian Bond’s recollections chronicle several turbulent decades of American history, as society was evolving to allow more opportunity to African Americans. An essential documentary for African American Studies, American History, and Sociology courses.

Julian Bond. Filmakers Library Trailer from Heritage Film Project on Vimeo.

Hot Docs: The First Amendment in the 21st Century

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. The First Amendment in the 21st Century (DVD 10620-10627) is an eight-part series that highlights landmark free speech cases from the Supreme Court. Each lasts roughly half an hour and includes digital supplemental material, including briefs and case summaries. Subject matter ranges from … Continue reading “Hot Docs: The First Amendment in the 21st Century”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

The First Amendment in the 21st Century (DVD 10620-10627) is an eight-part series that highlights landmark free speech cases from the Supreme Court. Each lasts roughly half an hour and includes digital supplemental material, including briefs and case summaries. Subject matter ranges from exclusionary memberships to speech protections for government employees.

Official description from Ambrose Video:

Guided by the nation’s top First Amendment scholars, this series brings into focus critical First Amendment issues in the technological world of the 21st century

This series examines eight First Amendment cases decided by the United States Supreme Court, cases that will guide in the understanding of how the First Amendment is still securing our liberties in the technologically rich and rapidly changing world we live in. 

Hot Docs: Granito now available in Media Services

GRANITO is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In GRANITO our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Granito now available in Media Services”


GRANITO is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In GRANITO our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in GRANITO are connected by the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where a genocidal “scorched earth” campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people. Now, as if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale.–summary from website

DVD 9688

“Granito: How To Nail A Dictator” theatrical trailer from Skylight Pictures on Vimeo.

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Hot Docs: The Siege now available in Media Services

This documentary follows the story of the day of the Siege of Colombia’s Palace of Justice, where close to 100 people were killed including most of the Colombia’s supreme court justices, and tracks the courtroom drama of Colonel Plazas Vega’s trial 25 years later. In the course of the highly charged trial the lawyers, prosecutors, … Continue reading “Hot Docs: The Siege now available in Media Services”


This documentary follows the story of the day of the Siege of Colombia’s Palace of Justice, where close to 100 people were killed including most of the Colombia’s supreme court justices, and tracks the courtroom drama of Colonel Plazas Vega’s trial 25 years later. In the course of the highly charged trial the lawyers, prosecutors, and the judge all wear bulletproof vests, and start traveling with armed guards, in fear for their lives. The case has captured the attention of the Colombian public, and both practically and symbolically it has become a touchstone for the integrity of justice in Colombia.

DVD 9594

La Toma (The Siege) from Pivot Pictures on Vimeo.

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Hot Docs: Fruit of Our Labor now available in Media Services

As the international community reflects on the impact of years of war in Afghanistan, Community Supported Film provides an opportunity to also reflect on the situation from an Afghan perspective through 10 Afghan-made documentaries. Story 1: L is for Light, D is for Darkness, Hasibullah AsmatyStory 2: Searching for a Path, Reza SahelStory 3: Hands … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Fruit of Our Labor now available in Media Services”


As the international community reflects on the impact of years of war in Afghanistan, Community Supported Film provides an opportunity to also reflect on the situation from an Afghan perspective through 10 Afghan-made documentaries.

Story 1: L is for Light, D is for Darkness, Hasibullah Asmaty
Story 2: Searching for a Path, Reza Sahel
Story 3: Hands of Health, Zarah Sadat
Story 4: The Road Above, Aqeela Rezai
Story 5: Knocking on Time’s Door, Ahmad Wahid Zaman
Story 6: Bearing the Weight, Mona Haidari
Story 7: Water Ways, Majid Zarand
Story 8: Beyond Fatigue, Baqir Tawakoli
Story 9: Treasure Trove, Fakhria Ibrahimi
Story 10: Death to the Camera, Sayed Qasem Hossaini

DVD 9504

Excerpt from “‘L’ is for Light, ‘D’ is for Darkness” by Hasibullah Asmaty from Michael Sheridan on Vimeo.

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