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EDUCATIONAL DVDS – Culture & Social Justice

Fidel

Fidel

FIDEL provides a unique view of Cuba’s controversial and most polarizing leader. In 1968, Castro took filmmaker and activist Saul Landau on a weeklong jeep ride through the eastern mountains. There, he plays baseball with a group of peasants, visits... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 95 min
  • DVD Release: 2012
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The Forgotten Bomb

the forgotten bomb

When the Cold War ended, the generations that lived through it were relieved to finally vanquish the specter of a mushroom cloud from their minds. But today, thousands of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia remain on high-alert, still poised to destroy the planet. THE FORGOTTEN BOMB explores our pre-conceptions about nuclear weapons and their history... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 60 min
  • DVD Release: 2010
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FORWARD 13

FORWARD 13

Caught in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, Patrick Lovell, one of 10 million people who lost their homes, finds himself asking why he and so many Americans were blindsided by the economy's implosion. How could his pursuit of the American Dream - starting a business, providing for his new family, and owning a home - drive him to financial ruin?

Coinciding with the exponential growth of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Lovell embarks on a cross-country journey to discover what happened to the America originally founded to be free from tyranny. Conversations with a broad spectrum of energy and political academics, OWS protestors, professional developers, real estate agents, and attorneys all lead to the same conclusion: the system is broken... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 93 min
  • DVD Release: 2014
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Furious Beauty

Furious Beauty

The soulful journey of a professional street dance company, Versa-Style, as they create an inspired theatrical stage show in Los Angeles. Led by Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez, a single Latina mother, and her partner Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad, they pull together a dance company with young people from the street scene and the yards of Los Angeles’ public schools, infusing in them a sense of discipline and commitment. A community develops where people of all races and creeds are able to express themselves, turning their fears and desperation... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 88 min
  • DVD Release: 12/10/2013
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God Went Surfing With The Devil

god went surfing with the devil

In 2006, when Israel sealed off the borders into the region, that ended the free-flow of people and goods. Shortly thereafter, it emerged that a small group of young men were surfing in Gaza, sharing battered surfboards and used gear. From first-time director, Alexander Klein, comes an inspirational film that charts the difficulties and dangers encountered by surfers in Gaza and how a non-profit group would attempt to deliver... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 84 min
  • DVD Release: 2011
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GreasePaint

GreasePaint

When Joey Thurmond, a former professional wrestler and rodeo cowboy, quits the police force to realize his dream of performing as a clown full time, he recruits his family and puts his life’s savings into the show. However, pressures... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 84 min
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The Harvest

the harvest

Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas' onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 80 min
  • DVD Release: 10/11/2011
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Hempsters

hempsters

HEMPSTERS: PLANT THE SEED follows seven activists as they fight to legalize industrial hemp in the United States, which is used in over 30 countries and is widely known to have numerous environmental benefits such as: less reliance on oil, more efficient use of energy, forest conservation, soil redemption and landfill use reduction, just to name a few. Featured in the film is award-winning actor and well-known hemp... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 78 min
  • DVD Release: 6/28/2011
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I AM THE QUEEN

I AM THE QUEEN

In Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, the Vida/Sida Cacica Pageant brings together members of the Puerto Rican community to celebrate its transgender participants.

I Am The Queen follows Bianca, Julissa and Jolizza as they prepare for the pageant under the guidance of Ginger Valdez, an experienced transgender from the neighborhood. These trans women share stories... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 88 min
  • DVD Release: 2015
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IN BETWEEN SONGS

IN BETWEEN SONGS

In the remote Northwestern Territory of Australia, the Galpu clan, an Aboriginal family led by famed didjeridu craftsman and player, Djalu Gurruwiwi, struggles to maintain their ancestral traditions at the face of modern societal, economical, and environmental pressures. When Djalu's son displays limited interest in the clan's legacy and the effects of nearby billion dollar Rio Tinto bauxite mine begin to take its toll, he and the clan elders must devise a strategy to overcome their limited infrastructure and resources, lack of education for the next generation, and the increasing cost of living in order to preserve their cultural identity, while staying connected to the modern world.

Narrated by Emmy® award winner and Academy Award® nominated actor & activist, James Cromwell, IN BETWEEN SONGS captures the global imperative to preserve a priceless culture and its musical legacy. More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 86 min
  • DVD Release: 2014
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IT'S BETTER TO JUMP

IT'S BETTER TO JUMP

The ancient city of Akka, along the northern coast of Israel, is the home to a melting pot of Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Bahai. For centuries, its surrounding forty-foot sea wall has protected its citizens and repelled invaders. As the Old City endures harsh economic pressures and vast social changes, Palestinian families who have lived here for generations are being pressured to leave. Despite the daily challenges they face, the city's youth sons and daughters of fishermen, school teachers, and artists "continue a perilous inter-generational rite of passage expressing individuality and the right to control their destiny: jumping from the high wall into the tempestuous sea below. More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 73 min
  • DVD Release: 2013
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Kids' Rights

Kids' Rights

In KIDS’ RIGHTS, filmmakers Michael Dudko and Olga Rudnieva ask themselves if they are good enough for parenthood and whether they have the right after they personally witness Sir Elton John’s own failed attempt to adopt a child. Their investigation leads them through the Himalayas, the urban slums of Ukraine, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States where they learn about the corruption behind adoption practices and the cyclical problems caused by the welfare system. Through interviews with Dave Pelzer, author of “A Child Called It”, social workers, neuropsychologists, attorneys, parents, soon-to-be parents, victims of child abuse, and Sir Elton John himself, they learn that in today’s global society children in lack of basic human rights and privileges... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 94 min
  • DVD Release: 05/20/2014
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Lemon

lemon

A three-time felon and one-time Tony Award winner, Lemon Andersen’s deeply personal art reflects his rough upbringing on the streets of Brooklyn. After losing both parents to drugs and eventually AIDS, Lemon discovered poetry while serving time. Through raw talent and unstoppable drive, he found himself on Broadway, starring in Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. But when the show closed, he lost everything and moved his wife and two... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 83 min
  • DVD Release: 2012
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Living Things

Living Things

Rhona, a yoga instructor committed to a vegan lifestyle, must entertain Leo, her red meat-loving, blue collar father-in-law, as she waits for her husband to join them for dinner. When Leo attempts to apologize for a past insult... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 84 min
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London River

london river

Set against the backdrop of the July 7th terrorist attacks in 2005, LONDON RIVER follows Elizabeth (BAFTA winner, Academy Award® nominee Brenda Blethyn) from a small farming community in Guernsey as she travels to London in the immediate aftermath of the bombings after failing to hear from her daughter. Elizabeth is disturbed by the confusion of the metropolis and above all, by the predominantly Muslim neighborhood where her... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 88 min
  • DVD Release: 2012
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Looking for Fidel

Looking for Fidel

Academy-Award® winning director, Oliver Stone delivers a candid, in-depth conversation with one of the most controversial world leaders of our time, Fidel Castro. Stone challenges Castro to explain actions following the execution... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 84 min
  • DVD Release: 2011
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Lost Angels - Skid Row Is My Home

lost angels - skid row is my home

Director Thomas Napper's LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals--people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness. The film shows how their descent into society’s basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing... More .

  • Genre: Documentary
  • TRT: 75 min
  • DVD Release: 2012
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