Recommended viewing for the season at hand.
Aleida Guevara discusses Che Guevara, her father, and their family. She recounts anecdotes from her childhood and describes coming to terms with her father's decision to go to Bolivia as well as her own decision to follow in his footsteps as a doctor and social activist.
Chasing Churchill: In Search of My Grandfather – DV-Disc DA 566.9 C5 C42 2008 / 2007 180 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
In this intimate portrait of Winston Churchill, Celia Sandys follows in her grandfather's footsteps to understand his dreams and anxieties and share his innermost thoughts.
Dad – DV-Disc PN 1997 D33 2005 / 2005 118 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
A work-obsessed man returns home when his mother is hospitalized, and finds that his father, whom he hasn't seen for 2 years, has deteriorated. Through careful nurturing the young man revitalizes his father and reestablishes a close relationship with him.
Stream: Life with Dad / 44 min. color
In the U.S. and Canada, there are nearly 8 million single mothers. There are also more than 2 million single dads. And over the past decade, the number of men looking after children by themselves has grown at almost three times the rate for women. This program provides an intimate look at the challenges of daily life for three single fathers and their children. Societal acceptance of single dads is also addressed, and questions concerning the concepts of maleness, fatherhood, and family are touched upon.
Do the Right Thing (The Spike Lee Joint Collection) – DV-Disc PN 1997 A1 S6554 2006 / 1989 120 min. color Language: English
Tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford- Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24- hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.
The Endless Summer – DV-Disc GV 840 S8 E53 2001 / 1964 92 min. color Languages: English
A documentary on the search for the perfect wave, in which two Californians take off with their surfboards for Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii.
Stream: Siberia: Arctic, with Bruce Parry / 52 min. color
It's summer solstice in Siberia, a time of endless daylight and extraordinary festivals. Bruce Parry journeys to meet the Sakha horse people and a remote encampment of Eveny reindeer herders in the wild Verkhoyansk Mountains, where he finds out how they are embracing the challenges of a post-Soviet Arctic.
Stream: Summer: Season of Cedar and Cypress / 48 min. color
This program explores the glories of summer in Kyoto. The video starts with a tour of the Kurama-dera Temple, spotlighting its history as a shrine to the Sonten trinity, its fire festival and bamboo-cutting ceremony, and the locale's natural beauty. It continues with visits to the gardens of the Tendai Buddhist Manshu-in Temple and Zen Buddhist Ryoanji Temple, as well as to the Gion festival and some of the celebrations and ceremonies associated with the Bon festival. And it concludes with a number of eel-based dishes—a staple of summer cooking—and an introduction to Kawadoko cuisine at the renowned Hiroya restaurant.
Summertime – DV-Disc PN 1997 S837 1998 / 1955 100 min. color Languages: English
The story of a witty but lonely secretary who takes a vacation in Venice, hoping to fall in love. She does - with a very handsome but very married Italian man.
Stream: Alaskan Adventure / 25 min. color
Travel with Joel Greene and the Curiosity Quest crew to Alaska for this adventure. Watch as Joel learns about a massive glacier, gets up close to a real black bear, and spots humpback and killer whales off the shore.
Cameroon (GLOBE TREKKER) – DV-Disc DT 568 D48 2005 / 2005 60 min. color Languages: English
Located deep in the heart of Africa, Cameroon is one of the continent's best kept secrets. It's an adventure traveler's dream destination, with lush rainforests, arid savannas, towering volcanoes, fantastic wildlife, and a kaleidoscope of cultures.
Destination Brazil (GLOBE TREKKER) – DV-Disc F 2517 D47 2002 / 2002 104 min. color Languages: English
Due to its colonial history, Brazilians speak Portuguese, and with more than 150 million people, they form the largest Catholic nation on earth. Visit the historic Northeast, from Salvador following the coast to the mouth of the mighty Amazon, the world's largest river. Attend a Candomble Ceremony, one of the fastest growing and most popular cults in Brazil. Go down a mine near the colonial town of Lancois. Visit Rio de Janeiro and the famous temple to soccer, Maracana.
Discovering Australia (VIDEO VISITS TRAVEL COLLECTION) – DV-Disc DU 105.2 D58 2001 2001 120 min. color
Begin your trip "down under" in Sydney, with its famous Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Join in the raucous nightlife of King's Cross, then head to the Blue Mountains, home of the spectacular Wentworth Falls. Visit the national capital of Canberra, and the far-western urban oasis of Perth. Go to the Outback, where monolithic Ayers Rock is painted blood-red in the heart of Aborigine country. See the coral formations and sea life of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit Brisbane and its outlying coastal resorts.
Mystic Iran: The Unseen World – DV-Disc BL 2270 M9 2003 / 2002 52 min. color Languages: English
Aryana Farshad's quest in her native Iran to explore the religious rituals and traditions that have fascinated the Western world for centuries. Includes rare glimpses of the women's chamber at the Great Mosque, the fire rituals in Zarathustra, and the dance of the Dervishes in Kurdistan.
Rick Steves' Europe: Burgundy – Profoundly French / 25 min. color
Burgundy is a calm and cultivated corner of France where fine living is intimately tied to nature and traditions run strong. Take a special guided tour away from tourist-trampled routes with European travel expert, TV host, and best-selling author, Rick Steves. We'll slow down to enjoy the region's edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights. We'll travel on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospice and a modern monastery, build a barrel, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp escargot, and eat very, very well. If you're looking for quintessential French culture, you'll find it in Burgundy.
Ultimate Scandinavia (GLOBE TREKKER) – DV-Disc DL 11.5 U48 2007 / 2007 233 min. color Languages: English
Megan McCormick, Ian Wright and Neil Gibson explore Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Lapland, Finland and the Baltic States.
Stream: Vietnam (GLOBE TREKKER) – DV-Disc DS 556.39 V52 2004 / 2004 60 min. color Languages: English
Starting in Ho Chi Minh City, this tour of Vietnam takes you to the beaches of Lang Go, the city of Hue, the capital Hanoi, and the remote highlands near the Chinese boarder.