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Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

Works: 142 works in 277 publications in 2 languages and 6,066 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary films  Biography  Personal narratives‡vChinese  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Church history 
Classifications: PE1075, 420.9
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Publications about Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Publications by Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Most widely held works by Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Globalization at a crossroads ( visu )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 346 libraries worldwide
To some, the term "globalization" means ruthless exploitation by corporations; to others, it means bringing economic development to all the peoples of the world. This program explains key principles at the core of global economics and takes a historical look at their effects, focusing on market liberalization and the failed "East Asian miracle"; privatization of basic resources in Bolivia and the severe backlash against it; Russia's rapid transition to capitalism and the oligarchism and kleptocracy that came to characterize it; and China's incremental implementation of capitalism under communism. The video also takes stock of the seismic shift in the U.S. economy and its probable effect on the rest of the world
Birth of a language ( visu )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 231 libraries worldwide
"Melvyn Bragg begins the story of English in Holland, finding ancestral echoes in the Frisian dialect. What follows is a chapter on survival as the English language weathers Viking and Norman invasions, vying with and eventually absorbing rival tongues. Lively settings such as village pubs and markets bring home the lasting influence of Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Old French. The connection between Christianity, Latin, and an alphabet is explored, as well as the role of the language's first champion, King Alfred the Great. Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney reads from and discusses the first epic in English, Beowulf."--Container
The Native Americans ( visu )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 185 libraries worldwide
Explores the many similarities among tribal nations, including a profound respect for nature, myth, and tradition; matriarchal governance; a communal lifestyle; a belief in an afterlife; and the use of pictographs, symbols, and patterns rather than an alphabet-based language. Also features brief scenes of re-created warfare: the French and Iroquois vs. the British as a part of the Seven Years' War, and the Sioux and Cheyenne vs. the U.S. Cavalry at Little Big Horn. Discusses the Native Americans' near-extinction brought on by contact with non-indigenous peoples, and the renewal of Native American culture by present generations
Dying to leave ( visu )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
Explores the current worldwide boom in illicit migration and human trafficking, and looks at the dire circumstances that drive desperate people from their homes
English in America ( visu )
6 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 147 libraries worldwide
"When Massasoit hailed the Plymouth settlers in their own language, they might have taken it as a sign that English would dominate the New World. Packed with surprising etymologies and intriguing stories, this enhanced DVD traces the dynamic relationship between English and America, exploring the linguistic influence of westward expansion, cowboy culture, slave culture, and encounters with the French and Spanish languages. Key works examined include The New England Primer and Webster's The American Spelling Book."--Container
This earth, this realm, this England ( visu )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
"No single person has shaped English more than William Shakespeare. This menu-powered DVD uses unparalleled access to some of the greatest English texts, including the first English dictionary and a rare first folio of Shakespeare's plays, to illustrate the great Bard's influence. John Barton, honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, discusses the sound and accessibility of Shakespeare's words. His impact is also examined in the larger context of Elizabethan England and the Renaissance."--Videodisc container
The battle for the language of the Bible ( visu )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 139 libraries worldwide
"In late medieval England, English quietly ousted French in law and government, but the move to make it God's language meant bloodshed. ... the battle for a Bible in English, a struggle with huge impact on the language itself. Dramatic readings from successive English Bibles show the language's evolution. Location footage and original manuscripts illustrate key figures and events, such as John Wycliffe, the Lollards, and the first English Bible; William Langland's Piers Plowman; Henry V's official letters, the role of the Chancery or the English civil service; William Caxton's printing press; William Tyndale's translation; and the King James Bible."--Container
English goes underground ( visu )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 137 libraries worldwide
"With the Norman invasion, English became a third language in its own country, behind French and Latin. In this program, Melvyn Bragg examines the impact of Old French on the development of English. Manuscripts, tapestries, and dozens of curious etymologies help illustrate a tremendous influx of vocabulary pertaining to romance, chivalry, and, of course, food. The influence of Eleanor of Aquitaine's patronage is heard in works of poets and troubadours as the cult of courtly love flourished in England"--Website
Ancient Rome by Bob Carruthers( visu )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
"At its zenith, the Roman Empire included North Africa, Spain, France, and Britain. The wealth that these conquests generated allowed Roman citizens to live in a sumptuous world of beautifully decorated homes and opulent cities. In this program, scholars discuss Roman unification of Europe, Roman culture and institutions, and the family structure. The role of the army as a major force in Roman society and politics, along with its military structure and tactics, are discussed. The Christianization of Rome and the enduring legacy of Roman Law and institutions in Western government today are also analyzed. 3-D re-creations of the Coliseum and Pompeii allow students to see Rome as it was before the empire collapsed"--Website
The language of empire ( visu )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
"This enhanced DVD explores how the British Empire exported its language around the globe and how different forms of speech and vocabulary, as well as different attitudes to English, developed out of colonial expansion. Rich variations of dialect, accent, and slang are heard in many samples from India, the Caribbean, and Australia."--Videodisc container
Many tongues called English, one world language ( visu )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 132 libraries worldwide
"This menu-powered DVD explores how America's rise as an economic power made it the driving force behind the spread of English in the 20th century. A world tour illustrates how English has mixed with other languages - from "Franglais" in France to "Singlish" in Singapore - and how the dollar's power, coupled with the lure of consumerism, has made English the international trade language. Bringing it full circle, host Melvyn Bragg returns to the British Isles to survey English as it is spoken now, measuring the influence of American slang and vocabulary from other languages."--Container
Speaking proper ( visu )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 122 libraries worldwide
"This menu-driven DVD follows English through the 18th and 19th centuries, from attempts at reforming and standardizing the tongue in the Age of Reason to the soaring verse of Romanticism and the verbal prudishness of the Victorian era. Linguistic milestones are highlighted by original editions of critical texts, including Newton's Opticks, Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Thomas Sheridan's British Education, and George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Other key figures discussed include Jonathan Swift, Robert Burns, Jane Austen, And William Wordsworth."--Container
Cambodia's killing fields ( visu )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
This program scrutinizes U.S. violence against technically neutral Cambodia during the Vietnam War, attacks carried out in an effort to deny a haven for communist forces. The decade of upheaval that followed what has been called the low point in American diplomacy is also addressed, as an allegedly U.S.-backed coup drove Norodom Sihanouk into the arms of China and opened the door to the ruthless Khmer Rouge. Commentary by Emory "Coby" Swank and Noel Deschamps, former U.S. and Australian ambassadors to Cambodia; David Whipple, CIA station head in Cambodia; Lao Mong Hay, of the Khmer Institute of Democracy; and historian Stephen Heder is featured
The adventure of English, 500 A.D. to 2000 A.D by Melvyn Bragg( visu )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 116 libraries worldwide
"What started as a minor Germanic dialect spoken by the Saxons became perhaps England's greatest export ... [T]his eight-part enhanced DVD series tells the story of how English became a global language. Along the way, each episode uses location footage, rare manuscripts, linguistic experts, and fascinating etymologies to chart the growth of English, its encounters with other languages, its history, and its far-reaching influence."--Container
Early English aloud and alive ( visu )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 112 libraries worldwide
Old, Middle, and Early Modern English are difficult to understand but for a full comprehension of certain English classics, study of the mother tongue as originally spoken is required. Dr. Joseph Gallagher brings these languages to life, discussing the evolution of English syntax and morphology and reciting examples of each. A dramatization of a portion of Beowulf is also included, along with subtitles in Modern English where necessary
Global warming hype or hazard? ( visu )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 108 libraries worldwide
A skeptical ecologist questions the focus on global warming, arguing that time and money would be better spent tackling more concrete and rapidly spreading environmental issues
Málaga-in Spanish ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 103 libraries worldwide
Features monuments, religious buildings, cultural centers, and other important sites in Málaga, including the Alcabaza fortress and the adjacent Gibralfaro Castle, the cathedral and its mixed building styles, the central market, the Dockyards, the Botanical Garden, and the Museo Picasso
Pamplona--in Spanish ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 99 libraries worldwide
Features Pamplona's festival sites for Festival of San Fermín and the Running of the Bulls, monuments, and buildings
China: through Mao's eyes ( visu )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 97 libraries worldwide
"Part two of the series China: Through Mao's Eyes explores the formation of the People's Republic of China, its complicated relationship with the Soviet Union, and events that prefaced the Cultural Revolution. Footage documenting the turmoil of the Anti-Rightist movement, China's role in the Korean War, and the misnamed Great Leap Forward reveals Mao's uneven leadership as the young nation struggled to define itself. Interviews with close associates illuminate the Chairman's personal side, including his unusual eating habits, attire, and leisure activities."--Website
The unfortunate generation cultural revolution and beyond ( visu )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 96 libraries worldwide
Within two years of the Cultural Revolution, armed factions battled each other in Mao's name. To avoid civil war, Mao essentially banished his detractors to the countryside. This program chronicles the Cultural Revolution, its aftermath, and the role of Mao's wife, Jiang Qing. Scholars, diplomats, and survivors discuss the forced labor camps known as "Schools of May 7th"; the attacks on foreign consulates in Hong Kong and Beijing; China's support of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge; and the trial of the "Gang of Four." The program concludes with Deng Xiaoping opening China to the West
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