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Solotaroff, Isaac

Works: 6 works in 23 publications in 1 language and 749 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Documentary television programs  History  Filmed performances  Filmed dance 
Roles: Author, Director, Author of screenplay, Editor
Classifications: GV875.M35, 796.35764
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Isaac Solotaroff
Pelotero = Ballplayer by Chip Lord( Visual )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo that is a gritty and rare look inside the recruitment of top talent baseball players from the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with baseball teams. As they turn sixteen years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of poverty
Jews and Buddhism by Bill Chayes( Visual )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary examines the dramatic surge of interest among American Jews in the spiritual teachings of Buddhism. Jews, who make of 2% of the population, account for some 30% of non-Asian American Buddhists. Many of them are among the leading expositors and scholars of Buddhism in America. In practice, traditional Jewish ritual and liturgy are being modified in synagogues and among individuals seeking to incorporate the teachings of Buddhism into their spiritual lives. The striking resonance between Buddhism and Judaism has been remarked upon by writers and scholars, and has generated many notable books and articles. Jews and Buddhism is the first film to interrogate in depth the reasons for this phenomenon, explore it in the context of 20th century Jewish-American life, and consider its impact on contemporary Jewish thought and practice. This award-winning documentary includes rare footage of the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, as well as David Ben Gurion, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Boorstein, and many others
Visioning Tibet by Isaac Solotaroff( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visioning Tibet chronicles the passion of ophthalmologist Marc Lieberman, founder of the Tibet Vision Project. His mission: to end preventable blindness in Tibet -- which has the highest rate of untreated cataract blindness in the world -- by 2020. Bringing light where there was once darkness, Lieberman's work in educating Tibetan doctors to perform cataract surgery has been carried out despite the many obstacles thrown up by the Chinese bureaucracy. The film tells the stories of two Tibetans with failing vision -- Karma and Lhasang -- who have one last chance at restored sight. Karma, 52, is a farmer from a small northern village who works the land that his family has worked for generations. For two years, he has been gradually losing his eyesight, preventing him from farming. Lhasang, 56, is patriarch of a nomadic family. Like his ancestors, he herds yak and goats on the plains of northern and central Tibet. His blindness has made him unable to provide for his family, darkening both his mood and outlook on life. The film follows the two men as they make the arduous journey to a remote clinic in the hopes of having their sight restored by the Tibetan doctors who have been trained by Dr. Lieberman and his colleagues. This inspiring film shows how one man s commitment can make a profound difference in the lives of people in a distant corner of the world
Frontline/World : stories from a small planet( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faroe Islands, message from the sea: For over 1,000 years, the people of the Faroe Islands have hunted pilot whales, and whale meat continues to be an important part of their diet. However, a 20-year study of Faroese children has found that it contains high levels of methyl mercury and other contaminants that may harm their neurological development
Wham! Bam! Islam! : the story of Naif Al-Mutawa & the 99( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 2003, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa -- Kuwaiti psychologist, graduate of Columbia Business School and father of four young boys -- had an idea: create a comic book series with roots in Islam and Islamic culture. Al-Mutawa came up with the concept of THE 99: a team of superheroes, each one exemplifying one of the 99 attributes of Allah. His motivations were both entrepreneurial and idealistic --THE 99 would exemplify the Islamic virtues of compassion, understanding, and tolerance -- qualities not often associated with Islam by the West. Within the Islamic world, Al-Mutawa hoped these new role models would counter the growing tide of political and religious extremism. As a business, it was a daunting task -- comics were relatively unknown in the Arab market and those that existed were all Western imports. Al-Mutawa managed to raise $7 million in initial capital from 54 investors across four continents and brought together a team of comic book veterans to create THE 99. The first issue was released during Ramadan 2006 and although it enjoyed widespread critical success, THE 99 immediately came under suspicion from religious leaders. The comic was banned in Saudi Arabia and there were threats of a fatwa forbidding THE 99. As Al-Mutawa battles the cultural gatekeepers (both anointed and self-anointed) to a draw Al-Mutawa becomes a forceful advocate for an Islam based on open-mindedness and individual thought. However, Al-Mutawa faces an even more vexing nemesis: the global marketplace. With the comic missing its projected sales numbers in the Middle East, Al-Mutawa turns to theme parks and animation with the hopes that through these more lucrative platforms he may save his fledgling superhero property. Realizing that THE 99 will not survive if focused solely on the Middle East, Al-Mutawa must now target an international and predominately non-Muslim market. However, in doing so, is Al-Mutawa abandoning the underlying social principles for creating THE 99 to make it financially viable?"--PBS website
1998 Cyril Awards : Anna and Lawrence Halprin( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Biographical film about Anna and Lawrence Halprin created for the Cyril Awards with excerpts from KQED-TV and ABC News
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