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Celebrating the Day of the Dead – V-Cass GT 4995 A3 A33 1992  /  20 min.  color
Presents Mexican customs relating to the care and remembrance of the dead. Discusses the imposition of Spanish Catholicism on traditional Indian beliefs and the purpose in celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Day of the Dead (Subtitled) – V-Cass GT 4995 A4 D39 1999  /  Spanish  1999  50 min.  color
Presents the annual commemoration of the Day of the Dead as it is celebrated on the island of La Picanda.

Day of the Dead: Janitzio – V-Cass GT 4995 A4 D395 1998 / 21 min.  color
Describes the festival as celebrated on the island of Janitzio, including the rituals, preparation of food, dancing and vigils which mark the day.

Felicidades: Mexican Family Celebration – V-Cass F 1210 M49 1994 / 20 min.  color
This program provides a look at some Mexican family celebrations such as baptisms, birthdays, weddings, and the Day of the Dead.

Stream: Fiesta (Suenos: World Spanish)  /  14 min.
The Day of the Dead is Mexico’s most important fiesta. In the city of Patzcuaro, Mexico, local residents await and discuss the festival with great anticipation. This program highlights their activities leading up to, during, and following Día de los Muertos



Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq – DV-Disc DS 79.76 A3924 2007  /  2007  57 min.  color  Languages: English  Subtitles: English
A new generation of veterans is returning from Iraq. For the first time in American history, 90% of the wounded survive their injuries. But a greater percentage of these men and women are coming home from Iraq with amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and severe post-traumatic stress. For the survivors, two days will forever memorialize their lives: their birthday, and their Alive Day--the day they narrowly escaped death. James Gandolfini sits down with a handful of wounded vets who share their heartbreaking experiences in a way that brings the war closer to home for the rest of us. These ten soldiers talk about their memories, their feelings on their future, and more.

The Best Years of Our Lives – DV-Disc PN 1997 B47 2000  /  1946  168 min.  b&w  Languages: English, Spanish  Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
This film recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans after WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives.

The Bridges at Toko-Ri -- V-Cass PN 1997 B7454 1988  /  1955  103 min.  color
The masterful story of a war-weary World War II veteran who must leave his family to fight again.

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 outnumbered 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

Coming Home: The Veteran Experience in America — V-Cass UB 357 C64 1998 / 1998  120 min.  color
Describes the experience of military veterans in the United States returning from all wars beginning with the Revolutionary War through the Persian Gulf War.

Disobeying Orders: GI Resistance to the Vietnam War -- V-Cass UB 342 U5 D57 1987  /  1990  29 min.  color
This documentary focuses on the GI and veteran anti-war movement.  Oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans - two black, two white, one female (a navy nurse) - are interwoven with archival photos, film footage, and popular music of the 1960's.

Stream: The Forgotten War: Korean War Veterans Remembered   /  23 min.
Overshadowed by the wars that came before and after it, the Korean War has received little of the attention it rightly deserves, yet its legacy endures: armies still face each other across the demilitarized zone—and nuclear saber-rattling, this time coming from North Korea, is still a factor. In this ABC News program, correspondent Phil Ittner embeds himself with a group of veterans making a pilgrimage to Korea for the first time since they saw action there more than 50 years ago.

Stream: From D-Day to the Rhine  /  87 min.
This program with Bill Moyers chronicles the return of World War II veterans to the battlefields of their youth.

I Would Never Do That Again -- V-Cass DS 559.62 U6 I2 1987  /  1987  25 min.  color
Vietnam veterans tell their story to their sons and daughters and other young men and women.

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.

Stream: Vietnam: Homecoming  /  45 min.
In June 2005, Branson, Missouri, held Operation Homecoming, a week-long celebration to provide Vietnam veterans with the welcome home they never received.

Vietnam Memorial (FRONTLINE) -- V-Cass UB 357 V52 1988  /  1983  60 min.  color
In November, 1982, a hundred and fifty thousand people celebrated the National Salute to Vietnam Veterans in Washington, D.C.  This program captures the emotion of this five-day tribute, which included a parade honoring the returning veterans and the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial.  Included are interviews with the veterans, those who stayed home and those who were too young to remember.

Warriors -- V-Cass DS 559.8 I53 W37 1987  /  58 min.  color
A discussion of the Native American as a soldier in Vietnam and as a Vietnam veteran in America.  This film features interviews and footage from the Vietnam Veteran's Inter-tribal Association Pow-wow, where Native American veterans from across the country gathered to share their combat experiences, carry on the tradition of "homecoming" dances, and help each other "heal the wounds."



The Best of the Simpsons v.5 Bart vs. Thanksgiving (animated) — V-Cass PN 1997.5 S545 1997 / 1990 25 min.  color
Bart runs away from home when he accidentally burns Lisa's masterpiece and refuses to apologize about it.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (animated) – V-Cass PN 1997.5 C55 1996  /  1973  24 min.  color
Charlie Brown is in a dilemma when Peppermint Pattie invites herself and several friends to his house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Colonial America (AMERICAN HISTORY 1500's-1600's) -- V-Cass E 188.5 C64 1980z  /  60 min.  color
Recalls America's earliest days, when France, Spain and Great Britain were fighting for the riches of the virgin continent.  Illustrates customs and traditions which set patterns for life as we live it in the U.S. today.

Stream: Desperate Crossing: Untold Story of the Mayflower  /  135 min.
From Scrooby to Leiden to Plymouth, this program tracks the incredible voyage that landed an unlikely band of pioneers on the inhospitable shores of what would come to be known as New England. The hardships of the ocean crossing, the fortuitous assistance of Squanto and Samoset, the first Thanksgiving feast, and the history of the colony in later years are chronicled.

Home for the Holidays: The History of Thanksgiving – DV-Disc GT 4975 H64 2002  /  2002  50 min.  color  Languages: English
This program provides an overview of the history of the celebration of Thanksgiving Day as an American tradition.

Pieces of April – DV-Disc PN 1997 P49796 2004  /  2003  80 min.  color  Languages: English, French  Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Family outcast April lives in a beat-up apartment in New York's Lower East Side with her boyfriend, Bobby. In order to spend some time with her dying mother, April invites her conservative suburban family to her place for a Thanksgiving feast. While she frantically tries to complete the meal, the family drives in from Pennsylvania sharing less-than-pleasant opinions about April's lifestyle. Her dad tries to think positively, while sister Beth flaunts her good-girl status and brother Timmy captures it all on film.

Where America Began: Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown -- V-Cass F 234 W7 W43 1988  /  60 min.  color
A fascinating tour of these three historic sites, exploring the dramatic events that occurred here, and re-living some of the most important and inspiring chapters in American history.

Williamsburg - The Story of a Patriot (COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG) -- V-Cass F 234 W7 W686 1980z  /  1957  36 min.  color
The story of John Fry, a Virginia plantation owner newly elected to the colony's governing House of Burgesses, through whose eyes the events leading up to the Revolutionary War are shown.




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