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Filmakers Library, inc

Works: 1,978 works in 3,855 publications in 2 languages and 53,713 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Documentary films  Case studies  Interviews  Nonfiction films  Personal narratives  Biographical films  Folklore  Educational films 
Roles: prn, Distributor, Publisher
Classifications: HV2392.2, 305.908162
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Most widely held works about Filmakers Library, inc
Most widely held works by Filmakers Library, inc
Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy( Visual )

6 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 )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 294 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
First contact filmmaker interviews by Bob Connolly( Visual )

17 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in English and held by 291 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
Electoral dysfunction( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 281 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
Full of sound and fury living with schizophrenia( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 277 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
My American girls a Dominican story by Aaron Matthews( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 265 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
Sholem Aleichem laughing in the darkness( Visual )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Yiddish and held by 265 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
Dax's case by Donald Pasquella( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 248 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
Sound and fury by Josh Aronson( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 202 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."--Distributor's abstract
Asante market women( Visual )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the life-style of the Asante women of Ghana in the Kumani
Witchcraft among the Azande by Andr Singer( Visual )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 200 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
The split horn the life of a Hmong Shaman in America( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the life and culture of the Thao family, Hmong Americans in Appleton, Wisconsin
Adventures in the gender trade by Kate Bornstein( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 197 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!
Brazil an inconvenient history by Phil Grabsky( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While everyone knows of the history of slavery in the USA, few people realize that Brazil was actually the largest participant in the slave trade. Forty percent of all slaves that survived the Atlantic crossing were destined for Brazil, while only 4 % were sent to the U.S. At one time half of the population of Brazil were slaves. It was the last country to officially abolish slavery (1888) and one of the ex-slaves is still alive today. This well- researched BBC production charts Brazil s history using original texts, letters, accounts and decrees. From these original sources, we learn firsthand about the brutality of the slave traders and slave owners, and the hardship of plantation life. With the Portugese colony of Angola acting as a "factory" supplying Africans to Brazil, it was cheaper to replace any slave starved and worked to death than to extend his life by treating him humanely. Few plantation owners sent for their wives to live in this hot climate, so the softening effect of family life was absent among the rough white settlers. Historians Joao Jose Reis, Cya Teixeira, Marilene Rosa Da Silva, anthropologist Peter Fry, and others recount the effect of centuries of slavery on Brazil today. This is an important documentary for Black history, African history and Latin American studies
The heart broken in half( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 192 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
Bloody island by Thomas Gibson( Visual )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 192 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
Ending welfare as we know it( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows six welfare mothers over the course of a year as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform. Concludes that though many welfare recipients are motivated to go to work, many are not landing on their feet and there are no easy answers to the problems of welfare dependency
Call of the jitterbug by Tana Ross( Visual )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swing musicians from the 1930s argue the derivation of the Jitterbug from the Lindy Hop
Sound and fury 6 years later by Josh Aronson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this follow up film, Heather Artinian and her two brothers have received cochlear implants. Her speech is now understandable. She attends a mainstream school. She can function in the hearing world. Her father, who initially opposed the implant, now says that he sees how useful implants can be for deaf children, and how glad he is that his children have them
Sudan the harsher face of Islam( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the suffering and cruelty of the civil war in Sudan, focusing on how Dinka woman and children are being abducted by militiamen in the south and sold as slaves to their Arabic enemies in northern Sudan
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