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Filmakers Library, inc

Works: 1,913 works in 3,959 publications in 2 languages and 52,036 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Interviews  Biography  Case studies  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary television programs  History  Filmed interviews  Biographical films 
Roles: prn, Distributor, fds, Publisher
Classifications: GN671.N5, 305.908162
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Most widely held works about Filmakers Library, inc
Most widely held works by Filmakers Library, inc
Legacy project dramatists talk about their work( Visual )

19 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Legacy Project documents and preserves the creative process of America's most esteemed dramatists in a series of filmed conversations, each featuring an established stage author (or team of collaborators) and an emerging one. Lee Adams, a Tony Award-winning lyricist, is interviewed by Brian Yorkey
Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy( Visual )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American and an automotive engineer was mistaken for being Japanese and was murdered in a Detroit bar for it. He was killed by a disgruntled assembly line worker who blamed him for the Japanese auto makers threatening his job. A second travesty occurred when his murder was denied justice in the court system
T-shirt travels the story of secondhand clothes & Third World debt( Visual )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens to all those old clothes brought to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries? This comprehensive program is about Third World debt and secondhand clothes. The filmmaker traveled to Zambia and was amazed to find almost everyone wearing Calvin Klein, MTV and James Dean t-shirts! Huge bales of American secondhand clothing are sold to African importers, putting the African manufacturers out of business. Experts discuss the history of colonialism, slavery and the depletion of Africa's natural resources. They draw the connection between this shameful legacy and the current huge debt, African government debt service, and the IMF/World Bank policy known as "structural adjustment lending," wherein people's benefits are slashed drastically, resulting in terrible suffering from malnutrition, poor healthcare, inadequate schools, and a crumbling infra-structure
Electoral dysfunction( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The film opens as Mo makes an eye-opening discovery: The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. Mo sets out to learn why the Founding Fathers deliberately omitted the right to vote from the Constitution--and to understand the consequences of this decision. His quest leads him to Indiana, which has some of the strictest voting laws in the country. He meets two impassioned local activists--Republican Dee Dee Benkie of Versailles and Democrat Mike Marshall of North Vernon--who take him inside their efforts to turn out every vote. Dee Dee, a member of the Republican National Committee who worked in Karl Rove's office at the White House, has met her match in Mike, a veteran political consultant and former State Representative. Things heat up when the Republicans file a lawsuit challenging thousands of Democratic absentee ballots. As he progresses on his journey, Mo explores the heated debate over Voter ID and voter fraud; searches for the Electoral College; gets to know a former felon who mistakenly believed she was disenfranchised for life; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and encounters a range of activists, experts, and election administrators, along with some highly opinionated third graders, who offer commentary on how voting works--or doesn't work--in America. Woven throughout the film are sequences in which Mo meets reformers working to bring greater fairness and transparency to our election system. Among these reformers are proponents of the National Popular Vote Campaign, who have devised a plan to reform the Electoral College without a Constitutional amendment. Although this pragmatic measure--which would result in direct election of the President--has already passed in 31 state legislative chambers, it has received scant attention from the mainstream media. These stories carry the film into the future while giving viewers concrete steps they can take to help bring about change." -- Provided by producer
First contact filmmaker interviews by Bob Connolly( Visual )

15 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the discovery of a flourishing native population in the interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930 in what had been thought to be an uninhabited area. Inhabitants of the region and surviving members of the Leahy brothers' gold prospecting party recount their astonishment at this unforeseen meeting. Includes still photographs taken by a member of the expedition and contemporary footage of the island's terrain
Sholem Aleichem laughing in the darkness( Visual )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Yiddish and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Aleichem (1859-1916) was a rebellious wordsmith who created a new genre of literature and used his remarkable humor to encapsulate the realities of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late nineteenth century. Using a rich collection of archival footage, the film recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and frequent scapegoats in times of social and political unrest
My American girls a Dominican story by Aaron Matthews( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dominicans are New York's largest and fastest growing immigrant group. This film chronicles the lives of immigrants from the Dominican Republic to New York City through one family with three daughters. Each daughter is traveling down a different road as their mother, Sandra, struggles to do right by each of them, as they grapple with being a bicultural family while negotiating the hurdles of their adopted city
Full of sound and fury living with schizophrenia( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the nature and impact of schizophrenia through the examples of two adults who suffer from the disorder and from the comments offered by the mother of a young schizophrenic whose emotional torment drove him to suicide. Includes additional insights from a psychiatrist
Dax's case by Donald Pasquella( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the case of Donald (Dax) Cowart and his desire to die following severe burns over 65% of his body and the loss of his vision and hands. Considers a patient's right to refuse treatment and to die
Sudan slipping back in time( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary shows how the Islamic government of Sudan is oppressing the Christian and tribal people, resulting in a civil war, starvation, torture and killings
The split horn the life of a Hmong Shaman in America( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a Hmong shaman and his family living in Appleton, Wis. Documents the journey of Paja Thao and his family from the mountains of Laos to the heartland of America, showing a shaman's struggle to maintain his ancient traditions as his children embrace American culture. Captures the daily struggle of the Thao family, caught between two worlds
Guardians of the flutes( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mountains of New Guinea live the Sambia people, a war-like tribe whose secret rituals of initiation are aimed at making their warriors courageous and bold. This is a society where roles of men and women are sharply delineated. The male children must undergo a severe initiation in order to become men including thrashing, food and sleep deprivation, and sexual rites
Adventures in the gender trade by Kate Bornstein( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate Bornstein, writer and performer, was born a man. This documentary presents her frank account of her personal journey from unhappy boy child into liberated transsexual lesbian. Intercut with her satiric night club act called "Hidden: A Gender," are the stories of a wide range of people who refused to have their identity defined by whether they were born male or female. We are thus presented with a spectrum of colorful gender anomalies: drag queens, transsexuals, cross dressers, gays and lesbians ... and those who refuse to be categorized. They want the right to be not "male" or "female," but whatever they choose in between. Why, they ask, must we have a bipolar gender system, when some other cultures can accommodate diversity? Academics including Dr. Walter Williams, anthropologist, and David Halperin, of M.I.T. encourage a reevaluation of traditional thinking, and a distinction between gender orientation and sexual preference. Adventures in the Gender Trade is guaranteed to provoke discussion!
The heart broken in half( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenging stereotypes, this documentary gives voice to the street youths and reveals their underground culture. Here is an intricate web of symbols and passions, territory and brotherhood, honor and, all to often, death. Images of street bravado are counterpointed with scenes inside laundromats where gang members are folding clothes and playing with babies. The violent death and funeral of a Guatemalan street youth stir up the deepest feelings and most haunting questions about both the vulnerability and the heroic ethic of gang life
Contact the Yanomami Indians of Brazil( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Shot in one of the most remote corners of the Brazilian Amazon, [this film] graphically depicts the devastating impact of contact with the outside world on an isolated indigenous tribe, the Yanomami Indians, often considered the last major Stone Age people in the Amazon...Despite being labeled a national security zone and off limits to all unauthorized persons, producer Geoffrey O'Connor was smuggled into Yanomami territory to record the plight of these endangered peoples.' -- Container
Sound and fury by Josh Aronson( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two related families with a history of deafness go through the process of deciding whether their children should have cochlear implant surgery. The surgery would allow the children to hear, but would weaken their connection to deaf culture"--
Race to execution by Rachel V Lyon( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the cases of two death row inmates to examine the problem of race discrimination in the U.S. criminal justice system, particularly with regard to death penalty sentencing
Out of the mouths of babes the acquisition of language by Heather Cook( Visual )

12 editions published between 1973 and 2004 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter and Jill de Villiers of Harvard University, researchers in language acquisition, provide a clear and informative description of the child's linguistic development
Witchcraft among the Azande by André Singer( Visual )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the role of witchcraft among the Azande in spite of their acceptance of Christianity. Focuses on its usage in adjudicating disputes, curing illness, assuring success in the hunt, and purification of the newborn
Bloody island by Thomas Gibson( Visual )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early part of the century, thousands of African Americans migrated from the rural South in search of a better life in the northern industrial cities. This black migration was an important event in U.S. history. It fueled the factories of the North, but hurt an already weakened southern economy. In East St. Louis, Ill., trouble was brewing as black workers were being hired to replace striking white workers. It all came to a head on the night of July 1, 1917 when two white men shot randomly into homes in a black neighborhood. As the riot escalated, the militia was called in. When the dust settled, thirty-nine people were officially reported dead and many more were injured. The black community was convinced that these numbers were low, but President Wilson refused to permit a federal inquiry. In the ensuing trials, black rioters were punished more severely than their white counterparts. Using testimonies of eye witnesses, commentary by academics and journalists, this powerful film brings alive a violent chapter of American history. "The personalization of the victims and the realistic tone of the work make this an excellent addition to public and school libraries." School Library Journal
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