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Filmakers Library, inc

Works: 1,989 works in 3,875 publications in 2 languages and 53,522 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Biography  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Case studies  Biographical films  Ethnographic films  Television programs 
Roles: prn, Distributor, fds, Publisher
Classifications: GN671.N5, 305.908162
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Most widely held works about Filmakers Library, inc
Most widely held works by Filmakers Library, inc
Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy( Visual )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American and an automotive engineer was mistaken for being Japanese and was murdered in a Detroit bar for it. He was killed by a disgruntled assembly line worker who blamed him for the Japanese auto makers threatening his job. A second travesty occurred when his murder was denied justice in the court system
T-shirt travels the story of secondhand clothes & Third World debt( Visual )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens to all those old clothes you bring to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries? This comprehensive program is about Third World debt and secondhand clothes. The filmmaker travelled to Zambia and was amazed to find almost everyone wearing Calvin Klein, MTV and James Dean t-shirts! Huge bales of American secondhand clothing are sold to African importers, putting the African manufacturers out of business
Electoral dysfunction( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The film opens as Mo makes an eye-opening discovery: The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. Mo sets out to learn why the Founding Fathers deliberately omitted the right to vote from the Constitution--and to understand the consequences of this decision. His quest leads him to Indiana, which has some of the strictest voting laws in the country. He meets two impassioned local activists--Republican Dee Dee Benkie of Versailles and Democrat Mike Marshall of North Vernon--who take him inside their efforts to turn out every vote. Dee Dee, a member of the Republican National Committee who worked in Karl Rove's office at the White House, has met her match in Mike, a veteran political consultant and former State Representative. Things heat up when the Republicans file a lawsuit challenging thousands of Democratic absentee ballots. As he progresses on his journey, Mo explores the heated debate over Voter ID and voter fraud; searches for the Electoral College; gets to know a former felon who mistakenly believed she was disenfranchised for life; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and encounters a range of activists, experts, and election administrators, along with some highly opinionated third graders, who offer commentary on how voting works--or doesn't work--in America. Woven throughout the film are sequences in which Mo meets reformers working to bring greater fairness and transparency to our election system. Among these reformers are proponents of the National Popular Vote Campaign, who have devised a plan to reform the Electoral College without a Constitutional amendment. Although this pragmatic measure--which would result in direct election of the President--has already passed in 31 state legislative chambers, it has received scant attention from the mainstream media. These stories carry the film into the future while giving viewers concrete steps they can take to help bring about change." -- Provided by producer
First contact filmmaker interviews by Bob Connolly( Visual )

15 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the discovery of a flourishing native population in the interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930 in what had been thought to be an uninhabited area. Inhabitants of the region and surviving members of the Leahy brothers' gold prospecting party recount their astonishment at this unforeseen meeting. Includes still photographs taken by a member of the expedition and contemporary footage of the island's terrain
Full of sound and fury living with schizophrenia( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the nature and impact of schizophrenia through the examples of two adults who suffer from the disorder and from the comments offered by the mother of a young schizophrenic whose emotional torment drove him to suicide. Includes additional insights from a psychiatrist
My American girls a Dominican story by Aaron Matthews( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dominicans are New York's largest and fastest growing immigrant group. This film chronicles the lives of immigrants from the Dominican Republic to New York City through one family with three daughters. Each daughter is traveling down a different road as their mother, Sandra, struggles to do right by each of them, as they grapple with being a bicultural family while negotiating the hurdles of their adopted city
Sholem Aleichem laughing in the darkness( Visual )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Yiddish and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Aleichem (1859-1916) was a rebellious wordsmith who created a new genre of literature and used his remarkable humor to encapsulate the realities of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late nineteenth century. Using a rich collection of archival footage, the film recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and frequent scapegoats in times of social and political unrest
Dax's case by Donald Pasquella( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the case of Donald (Dax) Cowart and his desire to die following severe burns over 65% of his body and the loss of his vision and hands. Considers a patient's right to refuse treatment and to die
The split horn the life of a Hmong Shaman in America( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the life and culture of the family of Paja Thao, Hmong Americans in Appleton, Wisconsin
Witchcraft among the Azande by Andr Singer( Visual )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the role of witchcraft among the Azande in spite of their acceptance of Christianity. Focuses on its usage in adjudicating disputes, curing illness, assuring success in the hunt, and purification of the newborn
Adventures in the gender trade by Kate Bornstein( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate Bornstein, writer and performer, was born a man. This documentary presents her frank account of her personal journey from unhappy boy child into liberated transsexual lesbian. Intercut with her satiric night club act called "Hidden: A Gender," are the stories of a wide range of people who refused to have their identity defined by whether they were born male or female. We are thus presented with a spectrum of colorful gender anomalies: drag queens, transsexuals, cross dressers, gays and lesbians ... and those who refuse to be categorized. They want the right to be not "male" or "female," but whatever they choose in between. Why, they ask, must we have a bipolar gender system, when some other cultures can accommodate diversity? Academics including Dr. Walter Williams, anthropologist, and David Halperin, of M.I.T. encourage a reevaluation of traditional thinking, and a distinction between gender orientation and sexual preference. Adventures in the Gender Trade is guaranteed to provoke discussion!
The heart broken in half( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenging stereotypes, this documentary gives voice to the street youths and reveals their underground culture. Here is an intricate web of symbols and passions, territory and brotherhood, honor and, all to often, death. Images of street bravado are counterpointed with scenes inside laundromats where gang members are folding clothes and playing with babies. The violent death and funeral of a Guatemalan street youth stir up the deepest feelings and most haunting questions about both the vulnerability and the heroic ethic of gang life
Sound and fury by Josh Aronson( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two related families with a history of deafness go through the process of deciding whether their children should have cochlear implant surgery. The surgery would allow the children to hear, but would weaken their connection to deaf culture."--Distributor's abstract
Asante market women( Visual )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the matrilineal and polygamous Ashanti society of Ghana through interviews with women who excerise complete authority in the wholesale produce market. The interviewees reveal the advantages and tribulations of their relationships, the practical problems they confront and the various solutions they embrace
Sudan the harsher face of Islam( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the suffering and cruelty of the civil war in Sudan, focusing on how Dinka woman and children are being abducted by militiamen in the south and sold as slaves to their Arabic enemies in northern Sudan
Bloody island by Thomas Gibson( Visual )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early part of the century, thousands of African Americans migrated from the rural South in search of a better life in the northern industrial cities. This black migration was an important event in U.S. history. It fueled the factories of the North, but hurt an already weakened southern economy. In East St. Louis, Ill., trouble was brewing as black workers were being hired to replace striking white workers. It all came to a head on the night of July 1, 1917 when two white men shot randomly into homes in a black neighborhood. As the riot escalated, the militia was called in. When the dust settled, thirty-nine people were officially reported dead and many more were injured. The black community was convinced that these numbers were low, but President Wilson refused to permit a federal inquiry. In the ensuing trials, black rioters were punished more severely than their white counterparts. Using testimonies of eye witnesses, commentary by academics and journalists, this powerful film brings alive a violent chapter of American history. "The personalization of the victims and the realistic tone of the work make this an excellent addition to public and school libraries." School Library Journal
Macumba trance and spirit healing by Madeleine Richeport-Haley( Visual )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses spiritism, the belief that man can communicate with the supernatural world through mediums who act as intermediaries. Focuses on the voodoo cult of Brazil, macumba, and shows schizophrenics, epileptics, and drug addicts being treated with spiritist techniques
Race to execution by Rachel V Lyon( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Race to Execution is a gripping documentary that offers a compelling investigation of America's death penalty, probing how race discrimination infects our capital punishment system. The film neither advocates nor repudiates the death penalty; instead, it enlarges the conversation regarding capital punishment, focusing attention on the race of the jury and victim. Research reveals that our justice system is far worse than arbitrary and capricious; it has deteriorated significantly in the past several decades. The film highlights a well-documented indicator of this trend -- a higher value placed on the lives of white victims. Once a victim's body is discovered, the race of the victim and the accused deeply influence the legal process, from how a crime scene is investigated and the deployment of police resources, to the interrogation and arrest of major suspects, to how media portrays the crime, and, ultimately, jury selection and sentencing. The film traces the fates of two death row inmates: Robert Tarver in Russell County, Alabama, and Madison Hobley in Chicago. Their compelling personal stories are enlarged and enriched by attorneys who fought for their lives, and by prosecutors, criminal justice scholars, and experts in the fields of law and the media. These varied voices contribute to a thoughtful examination of the factors that influence who lives and who dies at the hands of the state. While recent death penalty documentaries have focused on innocence and the wrongfully accused, Race to Execution tackles a more difficult, more complex issue: the prevalence and influence of racial bias in capital punishment cases
Brazil an inconvenient history by Phil Grabsky( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few realize that Brazil was actually the largest participant in the slave trade in the New World. Forty percent of all slaves that survived the Atlantic crossing were destined for Brazil and at one time half of the population of Brazil were slaves. It was the last country to officially abolish slavery in 1888. This production charts Brazil's history of slavery using original texts, letters, accounts and decrees, with commentary by historians, anthropologists and others who recount the effect of centuries of slavery on Brazil today
Ending welfare as we know it( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows six welfare mothers over the course of a year as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform. Concludes that though many welfare recipients are motivated to go to work, many are not landing on their feet and there are no easy answers to the problems of welfare dependency
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