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American Documentary Films

Works: 32 works in 82 publications in 1 language and 2,411 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Internet videos  Trials, litigation, etc  Biographical films  History  Personal narratives  Educational films  War films 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 956.70443
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about American Documentary Films
Most widely held works by American Documentary Films
The oath( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary that follows the intertwined lives of a Yemini taxicab driver, Abu Jandal, once Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, and his brother-in-law Salim Hamdan, bin Laden's former driver, on trial at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba. Chronicles both men's stories in detail and offers a rare look into a hidden realm and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror. Filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Made in L.A. = Hecho en Los Angeles by Almudena Carracedo( Visual )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Made in L.A. traces the moving transformation of three Latina garment workers on the fault lines of global economic change who decide they must resist. Through a groundbreaking law suit and consumer boycott, they fight to establish an important legal and moral precedent holding an American retailer liable for the labor conditions under which its products are manufactured. But more than this, Made in LA provides an insider's view into both the struggles of recent immigrants and into the organizing process itself: the enthusiasm, discouragement, hard-won victories and ultimate self-empowerment."
The betrayal : Nerakhoon( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epic story of a family forced to emigrate from war-torn Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War, to the mean streets of New York City. Kuras has spent the last 23 years chronicling the family's extraordinary journey in this deeply personal, poetic, and emotional film
The City : building reputations by Ralph Steiner( Visual )

19 editions published between 1939 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally shown at the 1939 World's Fair, this classic show comments on four types of cities: New England town, the unplanned industrial community, a crowded metropolis and the decentralized community
Homegoings( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in Harlem and the rural South, [the film] takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history, and celebration. It reveals the special status of undertakers in the community; borne out of their permanence, their economic stability, and the necessities of the segregation period. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones 'home'"--Container
Seeing, searching, being : [3 films on William Segal]( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Segal -- a philosopher, publisher, writer and painter -- searched relentlessly and compassionately for meaning in the chaotic and distracted time we call the 20th century. Segal helped bring Eastern and Western traditions together, always stressing what connected humanity rather than what differentiated it. In the last decade of his life, Segal befriended the documentary film maker Ken Burns, and the two men collaborated on an interior trilogy
The story of sprawl( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series of historic films, ranging from 1939 until 1965, gives a unique look at the forces that created urban sprawl. Each film has an optional commentary track. An introduction gives an overview of the films
The city ; Power and the land( Visual )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The city" was made to be exhibited at the 1939 New York World's Fair. A classic both in the history of short film and in the concern for quality of life in our cities, it deals with four phases of town building: the New England town, the unplanned industrial community, the crowded metropolis and the designed suburban community
Tough love( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Offering a rare look at the inner workings of the American child welfare system, Tough love chronicles the lives of two parents - one in Seattle and one in New York City - as each fights to be reunited with their children. Through intimate, verité footage of both families, we witness first-hand the complexities within America's child welfare system. Moreover, we come to understand the powerful role of poverty and prejudice play in keeping families apart."--Container
Girl model by David Redmon( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how young girls are discovered in obscure corners of the globe and initiated into the high stakes modeling industry. This eye-opening film follows two protagonists: Ashley Arbaugh, a former model and now scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces; and one of her discoveries, Nadya Vall, a 13-year-old plucked from her rustic home in Russia and dropped into the center of bustling Tokyo with promises of a profitable career
As long as the rivers run( Visual )

3 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the struggle of the American Indians of the Northwest to maintain their fishing rights and way of life. Points out that this struggle is part of a larger movement for Indian self-determination in California and the Northwest, including the formation of fishing cooperatives to gain economic independence
Black panthers : Huey Newton, Black Panthers newsreel( Visual )

2 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two films showing actual footage of Black Panther Party activities during the trial of Huey Newton
The threat of American neo-fascism : a prudential inquiry by Carl Marzani( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Huey! ; Black Panthers newsreel( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black Panthers newsreel: Provides a chilling look at California's racial environment in 1968, including demonstration scenes outside the Alameda County Jail. Features a rare in-jail interview with Huey P. Newton, with Eldridge Cleaver and Bobby Seale also offering their perspectives on the Panthers and police brutality
American suburbia : Urban paradise( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witness the harsh realities of life in New York in the 1930's and how overcrowding and lack of housing drove people out of the cities to a vibrant lifestyle in the suburbs. Post-depression Americans decided they wanted a better life with the benefits of modernization. These six historic films provide insight into mid-century views of "modernization," shedding light on why city fathers sacrificed heritage structures to make way for more practical buildings and car parks in the 1950s
My Country, My Country by Laura Poitras( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary providing an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. The principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six, and Sunni political candidate who is an outspoken critic of the occupation but passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq. As his waiting room is filled daily with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence, Dr. Riyadh struggles to understand the tragic contradiction of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy through the Middle East
Huey! ; Black Panther news reel( Visual )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the "Free Huey Newton" rally held in California. Includes the following speakers: James Foreman, Eldridge Cleaver, Bob Avakian, Ron Dellums, Bobby Seale, H. Rap Brown, and Stokely Carmichael; interview with Huey Newton from the Alameda County Jail; the short film: Black Panther news reel, an official Panther newsreel featuring an interview with Newton, Eldridge cleaver, and the Black Panther 10-point program presented by Bobby Seale
You don't have to buy war, Mrs. Smith.( Visual )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a filmed address by Bess Myerson Grant before the World Mother's Day Assembly of Another Mother For Peace in San Francisco in 1970 on the topic of war profits, national security, U.S. Overseas involvement, safety of chemical and biological weapons stored in the U.S., and the need for consumers to demand ecologically sound, non-war products of American industries
Sons and daughters [videorecording] : classic cliffhangers by Jerry Stoll( Visual )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on the anti-Vietnam War protest movement, culminating in the march from the University of California, Berkeley to the Oakland Army Terminal in 1966
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