Hot Docs: Rachel now available in Media Services

“A startlingly rigorous, fascinating and deeply moving investigatory documentary that examines the death of peace activist and International Solidarity Movement member Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003”–Container. DVD 9237 Distributor description: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c787.shtml

“A startlingly rigorous, fascinating and deeply moving investigatory documentary that examines the death of peace activist and International Solidarity Movement member Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003”–Container.

DVD 9237

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Hot Docs: Pushing the elephant now available in Media Services

“Pushing the Elephant tells the extraordinary story of a mother and daughter reunited after a decade separated by civil war. In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost everything to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged from the suffering advocating peace and reconciliation. But after helping numerous victims to rebuild their … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Pushing the elephant now available in Media Services”


“Pushing the Elephant tells the extraordinary story of a mother and daughter reunited after a decade separated by civil war. In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost everything to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged from the suffering advocating peace and reconciliation. But after helping numerous victims to rebuild their lives, there is one person Rose must still teach to forgive – her daughter Nangabire.” – Description from Imdb.com.

DVD 9238

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Hot Docs: Priceless now available in Media Services

“This non-partisan film includes a look at two national policies — agriculture and energy — shaped by a variety of interests including industry groups, political parties, lobbyists, citizen groups, candidates, and officeholders.” – website. DVD 9239 Distributor description: http://bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/pless.html

“This non-partisan film includes a look at two national policies — agriculture and energy — shaped by a variety of interests including industry groups, political parties, lobbyists, citizen groups, candidates, and officeholders.” – website.

DVD 9239

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Hot Docs: Original Minds now available in Media Services

Five teenagers stigmatized by being in Special Ed. struggle to articulate how their brains work and discover they are smarter than they thought. In a one-size-fits-all educational system, kids with learning disabilities suffer from lack of self-esteem. They become alienated and drop out. But the protagonists of ORIGINAL MINDS buck the trend. They work intensively … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Original Minds now available in Media Services”

Five teenagers stigmatized by being in Special Ed. struggle to articulate how their brains work and discover they are smarter than they thought. In a one-size-fits-all educational system, kids with learning disabilities suffer from lack of self-esteem. They become alienated and drop out. But the protagonists of ORIGINAL MINDS buck the trend. They work intensively with the filmmaker to tell their own stories. Their narratives reveal the unique approach to learning that each must discern and claim as his or her own if they are to succeed in the world. -website.

DVD 9220

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Hot Docs: Let’s Make Money now available in Media Services

In Let’s Make Money, Wagenhofer hits even harder at the exploitation of Third World countries, at the global money market that corrupts the world monetary system, and at the crass side of neoliberalism that endorses political manipulation of free trade and free markets by transferring control of the economy from governments to private investors. DVD … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Let’s Make Money now available in Media Services”

In Let’s Make Money, Wagenhofer hits even harder at the exploitation of Third World countries, at the global money market that corrupts the world monetary system, and at the crass side of neoliberalism that endorses political manipulation of free trade and free markets by transferring control of the economy from governments to private investors.

DVD 9249

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Hot Docs: Burning in the sun now available in Media Services

“26-year-old Daniel Dembélé is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels, the first of its kind in the sun drenched nation. … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Burning in the sun now available in Media Services”

“26-year-old Daniel Dembélé is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels, the first of its kind in the sun drenched nation. Daniel’s goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99% of which live without power. [The film] tells the story of Daniel’s journey growing the budding idea into a viable company, and of the business’ impact on Daniel’s first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Addressing climate change, poverty, and self-sufficiency, the film demonstrates how a small-scale, local business model can improve jobs, appropriate products, and empower poor people everywhere.” — Container.

DVD 9248

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Hot Docs: Barbershop Punk now available in Media Services

When Robb Topolski set out to share his collection of rare, turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet recordings over the internet, he found his uploads were blocked by his service provider, the nation’s largest cable company, Comcast. From this seemingly innocuous beginning, the surprising events of BARBERSHOP PUNK unfold as Topolski’s findings go public, casting him as a … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Barbershop Punk now available in Media Services”

When Robb Topolski set out to share his collection of rare, turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet recordings over the internet, he found his uploads were blocked by his service provider, the nation’s largest cable company, Comcast. From this seemingly innocuous beginning, the surprising events of BARBERSHOP PUNK unfold as Topolski’s findings go public, casting him as a wry David against a corporate Goliath in a battle over how the First Amendment should function in the internet age. Inter-woven with the struggles of the Topolski family are FCC hearings on net neutrality, and discussions with politicians, musicians, critics and open Internet advocates-from the Christian Coalition to NARAL-who are striving to keep the Internet accessible to everyone.
DVD 9245

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Hot Docs: Cities on Speed series now available in Media Services

Soon more than 550 cities worldwide will have a population of more than one million. In 2030 eighty percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Megacities have traditionally been economic and political power centers but today the fastest growing cities are in developing nations. The new challenge is that cities are growing helter … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Cities on Speed series now available in Media Services”

Soon more than 550 cities worldwide will have a population of more than one million. In 2030 eighty percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Megacities have traditionally been economic and political power centers but today the fastest growing cities are in developing nations. The new challenge is that cities are growing helter skelter rather than planned. There is an acute need for new models of city planning to prevent collapses under such huge social, economic and environmental pressure. If cities are to remain livable, the problems of population increase must be understood and dealt with. Cities on Speed includes Bogota: Improving Civic Behavior (DVD 9193); Cairo: Garbage (DVD 9192); Mumbai: Traffic (DVD 9194); and Shanghai: Space (DVD 9191).

DVD 9191-9194

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Hot Docs: West Africa Today: The Lebanese and Chinese in Ghana and Senegal now available in Media Services

The film traces the history of Lebanese settlement in Ghana and Senegal from the 1860’s, when the first families arrived in the “new world” thinking they had landed in America. They quickly assimilated, learned the language, established retail stores, and interacted closely with the local population.. The Lebanese prospered until the 1970’s when nationalistic governments … Continue reading “Hot Docs: West Africa Today: The Lebanese and Chinese in Ghana and Senegal now available in Media Services”


The film traces the history of Lebanese settlement in Ghana and Senegal from the 1860’s, when the first families arrived in the “new world” thinking they had landed in America. They quickly assimilated, learned the language, established retail stores, and interacted closely with the local population.. The Lebanese prospered until the 1970’s when nationalistic governments in Ghana and Senegal started pushing them out of retail business and into wholesale. The arrival of Chinese business owners and shopkeepers in the 1990’s further impacted a weakened Lebanese economic elite. The Chinese were very competitive and offered wares at far lower prices. The Chinese outlook was quite different from the Lebanese. They planned to make money and return to China, whereas the Lebanese, who often considered themselves as “Africans” remained fully tied to their lifestyle in Africa and often intermarried.

DVD 9190

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Hot Docs: This Land is Our Land: The Fight to Reclaim the Commons now available in Media Services

For more than three decades, transnational corporations have been busy buying up what used to be known as the commons — everything from our forests and our oceans to our broadcast airwaves and our most important intellectual and cultural works. In This Land is Our Land, acclaimed author David Bollier, a leading figure in the … Continue reading “Hot Docs: This Land is Our Land: The Fight to Reclaim the Commons now available in Media Services”

For more than three decades, transnational corporations have been busy buying up what used to be known as the commons — everything from our forests and our oceans to our broadcast airwaves and our most important intellectual and cultural works. In This Land is Our Land, acclaimed author David Bollier, a leading figure in the global movement to reclaim the commons, bucks the rising tide of anti-government extremism and free market ideology to show how commercial interests are undermining our collective interests. Placing the commons squarely within the American tradition of community engagement and the free exchange of ideas and information, Bollier shows how a bold new international movement steeped in democratic principles is trying to reclaim our common wealth by modeling practical alternatives to the restrictive monopoly powers of corporate elites.

DVD 9185



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