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HBO Documentary Films

Overview
Works: 254 works in 447 publications in 3 languages and 40,639 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives  Biography  Interviews  Case studies  Biography‡vAnecdotes  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Sources  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: HV636 2005.L8, 363.349220976090511
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Most widely held works by HBO Documentary Films
When the levees broke a requiem in four acts by Spike Lee ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Many were shocked, not only by the scale of the disaster, but the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery efforts. Structured into four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans. Tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale
Gasland Can you light your water on fire? ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 2009, Delaware River Basin native Josh Fox was presented with an interesting proposal: lease his family lands to a natural gas company for a new method of drilling called hydraulic fracturing, and get a check for $100,000. He wouldn't have to do anything but sit back and collect the money. Curious about the process, Fox embarks on an exploration of other areas where natural gas drilling was already in progress, to observe firsthand any potential downsides. In Dimock, Pennsylvania, a town surrounded by fracking activity, he hears stories of wells exploding, black water, flammable drinking water, headaches, pains, long-term sickness. Fox goes on to tour 25 states, cataloging an endless string of frustrated and sick Americans whose land has become toxic and explaining the legislation pushed through by former vice president Dick Cheney, exempting energy companies from key environmental acts--exemptions that make fracking invisible to any regulation or monitoring. Fox becomes an advocate for the cause of the people whose complaints are ignored by the natural gas corporations and the American government. The film documents the pitfalls and perils--borne of avarice of the most bloodless, ruthless kind--of the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in American history, with the potential to poison millions
Autism the musical ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Profiles five children with autism, their parents, and acting coach Elaine Hill as they take on the enterprise of a full-length stage production
Unchained memories readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record
4 little girls ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern
Addiction a 14-part series ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Strives to break through the myths and explain what addiction really is, what causes it, and how to get the best available treatments
Thin ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This film takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women who have spent their lives starving themselves-- often to the verge of death
Hot coffee ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analyzes and discusses so called "frivolous law suits" and the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Discusses several cases and relates each to tort reform in the U.S.: Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants (public relations campaign to instigate tort reform); Colin Gourley's malpractice lawsuit and caps on damages; the prosecution of Mississippi Justice Oliver Diaz and judicial elections; Jamie Leigh Jones v. Halliburton Co. and mandatory arbitration. Exposes how corporations spent millions on a propaganda campaign to distort Americans' view of lawsuits, forever changing the civil justice system. From the infamous case of the woman who sued McDonalds over spilled coffee to the saga of the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice deemed 'not corporate enough' by business interests, this program tears apart the conventional wisdom about 'frivolous lawsuits.'
White light, black rain the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In August 1945, the world was transformed in the blink of an eye when American forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. The destruction was unprecedented and the bombings precipitated the end of World War II. Contains archival footage and stunning photography. Interviews are from both Japanese survivors and the Americans who believed that their involvement would help end a brutal conflict
Which way home ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in Spanish and English and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A feature documentary that follows unaccompanied child migrants on their journey through Mexico as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year old Hondurans, who are trying to reach their parents in the US. Children like Jose, a 10-year old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and Kevin, a streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the US
The Alzheimer's project ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Alzheimer's project features a four-part documentary series (The memory loss tapes; Grandpa, will you remember me?, Caregivers, and Momentum in science), 15 short supplemental films, a website, and a nationwide community-based information and outreach campaign, to capture what it means to experience the disease, to be a child or grandchild of one who suffers, and to care for those who are affected
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Asks what mental and ethical lapses led average American soldiers to use torture at Abu Ghraib and what role might have been played by "group think" and blind obedience. Looks at how the scandal impacted America's credibility as a global defender of freedom and human rights. Traces the events and decisions that created the political and psychological climate in which torture occurred
Alive day memories home from Iraq ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A look at the physical and emotional cost of war through soldiers' memories of their "alive day," the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. Actor James Gandolfini interviews ten soldiers about their memories, their feelings on their future, and more
A small act by Jennifer E Arnold ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She never imagined her quarterly donation of $15 would pave the way for Chris Mburu's journey to Harvard Law School. Years later, Chris has become a United Nations human rights lawyer working to combat genocide and discrimination. He decides to seek out the stranger who dramatically transformed his life and is astonished to learn his benefactor, Hilde, is a Holocaust survivor."
How to die in Oregon ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether--and when--to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity
The weight of the nation by Kevin Kindle ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"CONSEQUENCES examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. CHOICES offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. CHILDREN IN CRISIS documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation's children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. CHALLENGES examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry."--Producers
Nanjing Nanking ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries
If God is willing and da creek don't rise ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This follow-up to director Spike Lee's documentary, When the levees broke: a requiem in four acts, focuses on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Bookending stories of individual heartache and perseverance are two momentous events: the historic 2010 Super Bowl victory by the New Orleans Saints and the disastrous British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
The weight of the nation : surprising lessons about diets, food, and fat from the extraordinary HBO documentary films by John Hoffman ( Book )
3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Readers know America is getting fatter but might not know that 75% of us may be overweight or obese by 2018, that children are at risk for obesity and diabetes as never before, or that obesity is the number one cause of the rise in our nation's health care costs. They might also believe, like many Americans, that obesity results from a lack of self-control. But people today work harder and take better care of their health than ever before. So how could three-quarters of us somehow suddenly lack willpower when it comes to eating right and exercising? HBO, together with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, has gathered the nation's foremost experts to explain how we got here and how we can overcome the forces that drive us to eat too much and move too little. --Is exercise enough to help most people maintain an ideal weight? --Could weighing too much during pregnancy set my child up for a lifetime of poor health? --Do "fat kids" ever grow out of it? --How do lack of sleep and too much stress contribute to weight gain? --Why can I eat the same amount as my friend, but I gain weight and she never does? HBO's four-part documentary series premieres in May 2012 and examines the serious health consequences of obesity, shows viewers how to help themselves and their children live healthier lives, looks at the obesity epidemic from every angle, and explores the growing epidemic of childhood obesity"--
Prom night in Mississippi ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1997, actor Morgan Freeman, a resident of the small town of Charleston, Miss., offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School under one condition: the prom must be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008 he offered again, and the offer was accepted, changing the tradition of two separate proms for blacks and whites that had endured since the high school was integrated in 1970. Shows the problems and lessons learned as the event was planned and held. With comments from Morgan Freeman, students, and others. Intended to explore attitudes of racial intolerance that still persist today. In 2008, Charleson High School had 415 students, 70% black and 30% white
 
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