Recommended viewing for the season at hand.
Nowhere but in Mexico has history been painted as superbly; nowhere else have outspokenly polemical painters, like Rivera and Siqueiros, produced such great art. The art of revolution and the revolution of art seem, in this time and place, to have nurtured one another. For in Latin America, art and literature are the shared possessions of all social and educational levels.
Stream Cinco de Mayo / 2004 45 min. color
Each May 5th, Cinco de Mayo celebrations are held in cities throughout the United States, but few people understand the holiday's meaning. This A&E Special recounts the events that centered on the sweltering May morning in 1862 when an ill-equipped Mexican army, along with Zacapoaxtla Indians and ordinary citizens, defeated an invading French army in a history-changing battle.
Mexico: Merida, Cancun, Belize (VIDEO VISITS) – DV-Disc F 1216.5 M55 2002 / 2002 78 min. color Languages: English
Hosted by Shari Belafonte. Explores Merida's architecture and pyramids, Cancun's Caribbean waters, Mayan ruins, and jungle, and Belize's underwater reef, Mayan antiquities, and entertainment of Belize City.
The Storm that Swept Mexico: The First Revolution Shot on Film... -- DV-Disc F 1234 S76 2011 / 2011 116 min. color Languages: English
Illuminates the complex historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and the struggle to establish a democratic, stable, and prosperous nation. Features extensive archival material and interviews with Zapatistas and historians
Ultimate Mexico (GLOBE TREKKER) – DV-Disc F 1216.5 U48 2006 / 2006 246 min. color Languages: English
Includes 4 Globe Trekker episodes: Mexico City; Southern Mexico; La Ruta Maya; and Baja California and the Copper Canyon. Special bonus disc contains 4 other short series on Mexico, also from the producers of Globe Trekker.
Manuela is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son. But when tragedy strikes and her son is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – DV-Disc PN 1997 D5834 2002 / 2002 116 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Like mother, like daughter. Neither a hard-as-nails New York playwright nor her flaky Louisiana mother will take the necessary steps to mend their long-time rift. No, this is a job for the Sisterhood, sworn life-long friends who stage an outlandish "intervention" to bring daughter and mother back together again.
Stream: The Mommy Mystique: The Anxiety of Modern Motherhood (NIGHTLINE) – DV-Disc HQ 759 M666 2006 / 2005 20 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
Featuring an interview with acclaimed author and cultural observer Judith Warner, this ABC News program conveys the perspective of an American mother who has done much of her parenting outside the United States. Warner discusses her book Perfect Madness and its observations about the hectic, competitive lifestyle embraced by many American moms - a lifestyle increasingly fraught with anger and depression. While the author and three other mothers provide insight on a personal, emotional level, Warner's analysis of women on the edge raises political and cultural questions that are worthy of every American's consideration.
Of Mothers and Daughters (REEL CHINA) – DV-Disc HQ 1064 C6 O4 2012 / 2012 52 min. color Languages: English, Chinese Subtitles: English
Examines the lives of two elderly Chinese women living in a retirement home in a suburb of Canton whose experiences with separation from their families and health concerns are shared by many older persons in a rapidly changing China
Steel Magnolias – DV-Disc PN 1997 S72275 2000 / 1989 119 min. color Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
A young diabetic's decision to have a baby may cost her life. This choice leaves her own mother torn between love and anger, while her loyal friends support her and try to deal with their own feelings.
Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars – DV-Disc HV 8884 T76 2005 / 2005 68 min. color Languages: English
Girl Scout Troop 1500 in Austin, Texas, arranged for daughters of women prisoners in Gatesville to interview their respective mothers to help strengthen their familial bonds, and to hopefully end the cycle of crime.
Chosin – DV-Disc DS 918.2 C35 C56 2010 / 2010 86 min. color Languages: English
In the winter of 1950, 15,000 U.S. Soldiers and Marines, trapped and outnumbrred 10-to-1, fought 78-miles to freedom and saved the lives of 98,000 refugees ... After 60 years of silence, the survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign take us on a heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage and most highly-decorated battles in American history.
Korean War Stories – DV-Disc DS 921.6 K67 2001 / 2001 60 min. color –b&w Langauges: English Subtitles: English
Veterans share their stories of the "Forgotten War", reminding the viewer of the human and social costs the Korean war had on America. Interviewees include Senators John Glenn and John S. Warner, baseball player Ted Williams, musician Willie Nelson, former Secretary of State James Baker, Rep. Charles Rangel, LtCol Charles B. "Brad" Smith, Gen. Raymond Davis, and others.
Lioness – DV-Disc DS 79.76 L56 2008 / 2008 82 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
A feature-length documentary film about 5 female U.S. Army soldiers who served in Iraq as support, but attached to all-male infantry units in the Army and Marines. Lioness recounts their experiences at war and what it is like to return home as part of America's first generation of female combat veterans.
Taking Chance – DV-Disc PN 1997.2 T35 2009 / 2009 78 min. color Languages: English, Spanish Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
The remarkable true story of one soldier's death in battle, another soldier's journey of discovery and a nation's reverence and gratitude toward its war dead. After hearing of the heroic death of a young Marine in Iraq, veteran officer Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl volunteers to escort the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming. As Strobl crosses America's heartland, he will find himself on an unexpectedly emotional journey into the soul of a country mourning not only Chance, but all of our country's fallen heroes.
What It's Like to Go to War (MOYERS & COMPANY) – DV-Disc U 22.3 W438 2012 / 2012 57 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
Vietnam War veteran and author Karl Marlantes in conversation with Bill Moyers.