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Solotaroff, Isaac

Overview
Works: 8 works in 17 publications in 1 language and 559 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History 
Roles: Director, Editor
Classifications: GV875.M35, 796.35764
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Isaac Solotaroff
Publications by Isaac Solotaroff
Most widely held works by Isaac Solotaroff
Pelotero Ballplayer ( visu )
2 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 309 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
Visioning Tibet by Isaac Solotaroff( visu )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 98 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
Jews and Buddhism by Bill Chayes( visu )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 81 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
Jews and Buddhism belief amended, faith revealed ( visu )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 50 libraries worldwide
The effect of Eastern religion on Jewish life and religious practice is widespread in the United States, where 30% of non-Asian Buddhists are Jewish. This film includes interviews, historical film clips, and rare footage of the Dalai Lama meeting with Jewish religious leaders
Frontline/World stories from a small planet ( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Tanzania, hero rats: Visits the unique lab run by Bart Weetjens in Tanzania, where he trains rats to sniff out deadly unexploded land mines. Travels with Weetjens to Mozambique where he sets his trained rodents in action
Wham! Bam! Islam! the story of Naif Al-Mutawa & the 99 ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 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
Wham! Bam! Islam! ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
"Wham! Bam! Islam! tells the story of Naif Al-Mutawa and his venture to create the first team of superheroes from the Muslim world called THE 99. Following the tumultuous journey of THE 99 from concept to reality, from acclaim to censure by Islam's cultural gatekeepers, from the edge of bankruptcy to plans for theme parks and an animation series, Al-Mutawa dodges cultural minefields and tries to tackle the harsh realities of the global marketplace while doggedly pursuing his vision to bring new heroes to Muslim children while re-introducing Islam to the West."-- IMDb
1998 Cyril Awards Anna and Lawrence Halprin ( visu )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 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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English (17)
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