Recommended viewing for the season at hand.
Eminent biologist E. O. Wilson has spent his life studying creatures great and small—from humans to insects—as well as the fragile and complex nature of the biosphere as a whole. Bill Moyers Journal profiles the two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient, his advocacy of environmental stewardship, and his latest project: the Encyclopedia of Life, an online digital catalog of every living species on the planet. Also on the program, an update on the Earth Conservation Corps—the nonprofit, youth-oriented environmental group which has reclaimed endangered neighborhoods in our nation's capital, even though some of its members have fallen victim to gun violence and other tragedies.
Dirt!: The Movie – DV-Disc S 591 D57 2010 / 2009 80 min. color Languages: English
Featuring live action and animation, this movie examines the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.
Earth Days (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE) – DV-Disc GE 195 A44 2010 / 2010 102 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
This program looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement -- from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's incendiary bestseller 'Silent Spring' to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action.
Stream: Industrial and Sustainable Farming / 22 min. color 2012
This video looks at ecological problems caused by farming which relies on pesticides, hormones, and heavy mechanization. The program also assesses the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable alternatives. Interviews with a vegetable farmer, an organic winemaker, and an environmental scientist explore issues at the core of agribusiness while touching on innovative ideas and ongoing technological changes in farming practices around the world.
Ingredients: The Local Food Movement Takes Root – DV-Disc HD 9005 I54 2011 / 2009 67 min. color Languages: English
American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline, and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. Explore a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected, and dangerous place to eat.
Stream: The Spirit of Kuna Yala / 60 min. color 1990
This award-winning film is a lively portrait of a native people determined to survive the encroachment of the Western world. It features the Kuna Indians of Panama's San Blas Islands as they unite to protect their rainforest homeland, Kuna Yala, and the tradition it inspires. Told entirely in the words of the Kunas, the film is a plea to care for the earth from a people who have a deep and intimate relationship with the land.
This Changes Everything – DV-Disc HC 79 E5 T48 2015 / 2015 90 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
Inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
Taking inspiration from science and technology as well as art history, Anna Campbell Bliss developed a style that synthesized many of the movements of early 20th-century modernism. This film traces the broad spectrum of Bliss's life and work, ranging from the influences of her early childhood and her groundbreaking career as a Harvard-trained architect to her emergence as a cutting-edge artist fusing a wide range of elements: mathematics, computers, printmaking, calligraphy, and more.
The Cats of Mirikitani – DV-Disc N 6537 M5658 C38 2008 / 2006 74 min. coolor Languages: English
Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of community and art ...
George Caleb Bingham – DV-Disc ND 237 B59 T46 2004 / 2004 24 min. color Languages: English
This program provides a portrait of one of America's foremost 19th-century painters, whose vivid work provides us with an unrivaled view of life along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The program also covers Bingham's role as the creator of political genre painting.
Stream: Jeff Koons: A Man of Trust / 2002 58 min. color
One of the most controversial artists working today, Jeff Koons follows in the footsteps of Andy Warhol's entrepreneurship, perfectionism, and appropriation of pop culture icons. This program provides an extensive look at Koons's background, professional accomplishments, and personal challenges, articulated through intimate conversations with the artist as well as with collectors and associates.
Korean Buddhist Painting: Koryo Bulwha – DV-Disc ND 1063.3 K673 2007 / 2007 37 min. color Languages: English (Dubbed)
An analysis of Koryo Buddhist paintings, featuring the painting The 15,000 Buddhas, and the painting of Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara.
Stream: Paul Cezanne: A Life in Provence / 27 min. color
The bucolic Provençal countryside provides the backdrop for this program which details the life of the French Impressionist deified posthumously as "nature's most sublime interpreter." Remembrances of family, friends, and Cézanne himself offer insights into his childhood in Aix, his lasting friendship with Emile Zola, and his association with numerous artists, including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Picasso, Braque, and Dufy. Paintings from various periods of his life, including his final days at Sainte Victoire, appear throughout the program.
Where the Earth Meets the Sky: the Glassworks of Josh Simpson – DV-Disc NK 5198 S44 W48 2001 / 2001 38 min. color Languages: English
Where the earth meets the sky explores the world and work of glass artist Josh Simpson. It is a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at one of America's leading glass artists.
Alaap is a story of Aloke Prasad, a highly sensitive boy, deeply involved in the study of music. It is about his life that takes him through trials and tribulations as he rejects the system and de-classes himself. It is a story of a conflict between two generations. But above all Alaap is the story of music.
Baazi – DV-Disc PN 1997.2 B319 2008 / 1951 261 min. b&w Languages: Hindi Subtitles: English
A poor man takes to gambling and opens a gambling den to earn money to care for his sick sister, meanwhile falling in love with the young female doctor who is taking care of the girl, to his downfall.
Stream: Cinema Asia: India / 2007 51 min. color
This program surveys the world of Bollywood filmmaking, examining the personalities as well as the commercial and thematic concerns that drive central Asia's answer to Tinseltown. Interviews with directors Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker, and Yash Chopra are included, along with commentary from choreographers, musical directors, and Cinemaya Magazine editor Aruna Vasudev. The industry's newfound attention to poverty, homelessness, and other social concerns is examined. Several film excerpts are included.
Dil Pe Mat le Yaar!! – DV-Disc PN 1997 D55 2001 / 2000 150 min. color Languages: Hindi Subtitles: English
Looks at the various layers of the city of Mumbai as seen through the eyes of a garage mechanic who comes from a small town.
Ghulam – DV-Disc PN 1997 G85 2000 / 1998 155 min. color Languages: Hindi Subtitles: English
Sidharth, orphaned in early boyhood, grows up to be wayward, irresponsible, and often in trouble with the law. But the local bully Raunak Singh who terrorizes one and all in their neighborhood provokes Sidharth's sense of fair play, and he comes to the defense of those who cannot fight back.
Stream: Larger Than Life: India's Bollywood Film Culture / 2004 57 min. color
This program travels extensively through the colorful landscape of Indian cinema, providing insightful contrasts and comparisons to the film industry most Westerners know. Interviews with Shah Rukh Khan, India's rugged action hero, and Manisha Koirala, a top female star, examine the unusual pressures of Indian film acting. Sensuality without sex, the brevity of female stardom, and the premium placed on fantasy and escape are some of the issues discussed. For an exploration of "the other Hollywood"—vastly different from, yet surprisingly similar to, America's
Mr. India – DV-Disc PN 1997 M764 2003 / 1987 173 min. color Languages: Hindi Subtitles: English
Mogambo hopes to be the emperor of India and is behind the riots and general mahem which is plaguing the country. Arun Veghem, who runs an orphanage, finds his father's secret formula for making himself invisible. Disguised as the invisible superhero "Mr. India", Arun takes on Mogambo. He is assisted in this adventure by Seema, the crime reporter, who is in love with him.
Reshma Aur Shera – DV-Disc PN 1997 R472 2000 / 1971 140 min. color Languages: Hindi Subtitles: English
It retells the Rajasthani legend about the love of Reshma and Shera amid violent feudal conflict between their clans.