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Filmakers Library, inc

Works: 1,924 works in 3,952 publications in 2 languages and 51,431 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Interviews  Nonfiction television programs  Case studies  Documentary television programs  Biography  Biographical films  Ethnographic films  Filmed interviews 
Roles: prn, Distributor, fds, Publisher
Classifications: HV2392.2,
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Publications about Filmakers Library, inc
Publications by Filmakers Library, inc
Most widely held works about Filmakers Library, inc
Most widely held works by Filmakers Library, inc
Legacy project dramatists talk about their work ( visu )
20 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 408 libraries worldwide
The Legacy Project documents and preserves the creative process of America's most esteemed dramatists in a series of filmed conversations, each featuring an established stage author (or team of collaborators) and an emerging one. Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Tony Award-winners, are interviewed by lyricist, David Zippel
Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy( visu )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 386 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 ( visu )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 354 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. We see a secondhand clothing dealer in Zambia carefully select a bale among dozens, bundled and shipped from abroad. He pays for the used clothing and then transports it by bus ten hours to a market. His meager profits support his entire extended family who subsist in shanty towns miles from the market. Their lives exemplify the poverty plaguing Africa today. They have virtually no possibility of advancing themselves and their children. Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Harvard University Center for International Studies and other experts discuss the history of colonialism, slavery and the depletion of Africa's natural resources. They draw the connection between this shameful legacy and the current huge debt. As the African governments service their debts according to an IMF/World Bank policy known as 'structural adjustment lending, ' people's benefits are slashed drastically, resulting in terrible suffering from malnutrition, poor healthcare, inadequate schools and a crumbling infra-structure. Our old t-shirts come with a high price-tag"--
Electoral dysfunction ( visu )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 290 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( visu )
15 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 282 libraries worldwide
Recounts the discovery of a flourishing native population in the interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930 in what has 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 ( visu )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 268 libraries worldwide
Explores the nature and impact of schizophrenia through the examples of two adults who suffer from the disorder and the comments offered by the mother of a young schizophrenic whose torment drove him to suicide. Includes additional insights from a psychiatrist
My American girls a Dominican story by Aaron Matthews( visu )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 265 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 ( visu )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Yiddish and held by 265 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( visu )
7 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 263 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
Sudan the harsher face of Islam ( visu )
5 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 226 libraries worldwide
This documentary shows how the Islamic government of Sudan is oppressing the Christian and tribal people, resulting in a civil war, starvation, torture and killings
The split horn the life of a Hmong Shaman in America ( visu )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 219 libraries worldwide
Shows the life and culture of the Thao family, Hmong Americans in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a shaman's struggle to maintain his ancient traditions
Guardians of the flutes ( visu )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 207 libraries worldwide
In the mountains of New Guinea live the Sambia people, a war-like tribe whose secret rituals of initiation are aimed at making their warriors courageous and bold. This is a society where roles of men and women are sharply delineated. The male children must undergo a severe initiation in order to become men including thrashing, food and sleep deprivation, and sexual rites
Adventures in the gender trade by Kate Bornstein( visu )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 202 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!
Contact the Yanomami Indians of Brazil ( visu )
3 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 198 libraries worldwide
This documentary, shot in one of the most remote corners of the Brazilian Amazon, graphically depicts the devastating impact of contact with the outside world on an isolated indigenous tribe, the Yanomami Indians, who are considered to be the last major Stone Age people in the Amazon
The heart broken in half ( visu )
4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 197 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( visu )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 196 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
Sound and fury 6 years later by Josh Aronson( visu )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 191 libraries worldwide
In this follow up film, Heather Artinian and her two brothers have received cochlear implants. Her speech is now understandable. She attends a mainstream school. She can function in the hearing world. Her father, who initially opposed the implant, now says that he sees how useful implants can be for deaf children, and how glad he is that his children have them
Race to execution by Rachel V Lyon( visu )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 190 libraries worldwide
Follows the cases of two death row inmates to examine the problem of race discrimination in the U.S. criminal justice system, particularly with regard to death penalty sentencing
Ending welfare as we know it by Roger Weisberg( visu )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 190 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
Witchcraft among the Azande by André Singer( visu )
7 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 189 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
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