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Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

Works: 28,331 works in 83,303 publications in 2 languages and 4,520,647 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  History  Drama  Interviews  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Film adaptations  Science television programs 
Roles: Publisher, Distributor, fds, pre, prn, Producer, Actor
Classifications: PN1997, 612.82
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Most widely held works about Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Most widely held works by Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
The Big Picture : the Eyes and Ears of the Army( Visual )

296 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 22,446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television show spotlights the political, economic, and social background that brought about the creation of a military force for the free Bonn Republic of West Germany. The creation of this German Army was an important plank in the founding platform of the NATO nations as the addition of this force unified the stand of these nations against aggression. This video shows the American Army officers training the visiting leaders of "The New German Army," who then returned to Germany to teach these skills to their soldiers. The new army, which had no relation to the earlier "Wehrmacht," was established to serve as a home guard to protect free Germans from border violations from the East. Using vintage film from World War II with an appearance by West German Chancellor Dr. Konrad Adenauer, this video traces the German nation from the bitter depression days of the 1930s through the rise of the Nazi party to the infamous Blitzkrieg of September 31, 1939. The producers of this film from the National Archives and Records Administration pictorially summarize the forces that led to the ultimate downfall of Germany as a world power
Brazil : Urban Planning Challenges by Society for Visual Education( Visual )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 2,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A city shouldn't be a problem, says Jaime Lerner, the former mayor of Curitiba. "It should be a solution." This program explores innovative planning, engineering, and conservation at work in the Brazilian metropolis as it transcends many of the problems plaguing other South American cities. The film spotlights fully modernized public transportation and recycling systems, a "Citizenship Street" zoning pattern that reduces high-volume traffic, an oil collection program that transforms used cooking grease into biofuel, and other successful initiatives. But the need for a waste-for-food exchange program demonstrates that even Curitiba must still contend with poverty and other social challenges
Hinduism : an introduction by J. P Peach( Visual )

25 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 1,748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program provides insights into the practice of Hinduism through the architecture and art of India. Circling from Varanasi to Mamallapuram and Khajuraho and back again, it spotlights carved-stone shrines such as the Krishna Mandapam, the Panch Rathas, and the Dharmaraja Ratha; the ancient Shore Temple, recovered from the Bay of Bengal; and the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, with its exotic and erotic exterior panels. An aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges and the rarely filmed and highly symbolic cremation process are captured as well
Eating disorders : the hunger within by B. Timothy Walsh( Visual )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 1,743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa-two conditions rooted in the desire to be slim-are the focus of this program. While the first deprives the body of food, the other causes its victims to compulsively purge food through vomiting. Two women who suffer with these conditions tell poignant stories of how these compulsive behaviors have nearly destroyed their lives and the lives of their respective families. An expert explains the specialized approach used in treating both disorders
South Africa : the Great Change( Visual )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 1,581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like the crocodiles that carpet their country's riverbanks, some South Africans have never evolved beyond a primitive state that links survival with fear. Their homes are equipped with electric fences and hired security crews for the purpose of keeping out intruders - who would, of course, be black. This program explores the persistence of racist attitudes among white South Africans and also takes a heartening look at those who have overcome their prejudice. "How do you teach a child in South Africa not to be afraid?" asks Johannes, a retired white pastor who works closely with a black congregation. "It has been so emphasized in our history
Isabel Allende : the house of the spirits by Isabel Allende( Visual )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in Spanish and English and held by 1,558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Called "a novel of force and charm" by The Washington Post and "sharply observant" by The New York Times, The House of the Spirits earned Isabel Allende paeans of praise, making its author the most unexpected sensation from Latin America since the emergence of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In this classic interview, award-winning writer Isabel Allende discusses why she turned to writing novels, the impact of Chile's 1973 coup, her life as an emigre, and her recurring literary theme of exile. Although at peace with her life abroad, she also describes her longing for her homeland, which continues to take up space in her life
August Wilson by August Wilson( Visual )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 1,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2005, playwright August Wilson published the final installment of his ten-part magnum opus, Pittsburgh Cycle-ten separate but thematically-linked plays about African American life, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. "I think my plays offer white Americans a different way to look at black Americans," he told The Paris Review. The plays went on to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. In this program, filmed before Pittsburgh Cycle was complete, Wilson discusses his ongoing work on the project
Depression : not a normal part of aging by John Mernit( Visual )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the number one cause of disability in the U.S. today, with an economic cost exceeding $44 billion. What are the symptoms? How do biological, genetic, and psychosocial factors affect mood-regulating neurotransmitters? And are women at special risk? In this program, Martin Keller, of the Brown University School of Medicine, and other experts answer questions about the pathology of depressive disorders and current treatment options such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy
Islam : the five pillars of faith by Candace Corrigan( Visual )

28 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Residing to the north of India, the population of Kashmir is primarily Muslim. This program travels to the place known as "the Switzerland of the East" to study the beliefs and practices of Islam. Topics such as the Koran, the Pillars of Islam, the influence of Sharia, and traditional Muslim festivals and holy sites are addressed. Background on the arrival of Islam in Kashmir and its spread throughout India creates a historical context for the religion's predominance in many regions
Alice Walker by Alice Walker( Visual )

14 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What were Alice Walker's motivations in writing "Everyday Use"? In this program, the author discusses her short story with her official biographer, Evelyn C. White. Over the course of the interview, Walker talks about the autobiographical aspects of the story, the significance of quilting to African-American women, the perception of class differences, and the important life lessons she wished to explore
The brain by Stephen Waller( Visual )

26 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining in-depth studio discussion with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain's Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from unexpected angles. In the fifth episode, Dara traces the brain's journey from a useless organ once ditched by Egyptian embalmers to the center of everything that makes us human. Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether smart drugs really make you brainier; oceanographer Helen Czerski explores cutting edge therapies allowing the brain to control limbs remotely; and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a smart phone
Buddhism by Malcolm David Eckel( Visual )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 1,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using architecture and art, this program studies the birth of Buddhism in India and its spread to other lands, where it has flourished. The Mahabodhi Temple, in Bodh Gaya; the Great Stupa at Sanchi, India; the Borobudur Temple-the largest Buddhist shrine in the world-in Indonesia; and the Chuang Yen Monastery in New York State, with its 37-foot-tall marble statue of The Enlightened One surrounded by 10,000 smaller statues, are featured
Water by Peter F Shepheard( Visual )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed in magnificent locations in Iceland, India, and the Middle East, this program looks at how control over water has been a central factor in human existence. Viewers take a precarious flight in a motorized paraglider to experience the water cycle up close; discover how villagers in the Himalayan foothills have built a living bridge to cope with the monsoon; and visit Egypt to study the connection between water and the regimes of the ancient Pharaohs. The result: an excellent launch point for discussing not only the undeniable role of water in any society, but also the fate of a culture that no longer has sustainable access to water sources
Playing god by Allen Verhey( Visual )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is the new genetics running ahead of society's ability to supervise it, or does genetic science bring huge benefits that humanity should willingly embrace? In this thought-provoking program, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams asserts the need for religious belief in the modern world to Sir John Sulston, Nobel Prize winner and the guiding spirit behind the Human Genome Project, and to Shahana Hashmi, who recently won a legal battle to create a genetically enhanced child. An ideal resource for understanding the ongoing debate on the Anglican church's view of progressive science. Filmed at Lambeth Palace
Climate change : hot times in the city( Visual )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientific alarm about the risks of climate change is rising as quickly as the greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels. In this video segment, meet scientist Ian Goodwin, who works in Australia's Hunter Valley, where much of the world's black coal comes from. He started out as a junior scientist working on an environmental impact assessment of what was then going to be the largest open cut coalmine in the world. Little did he know that thirty years later the impacts of what then seemed like a local endeavor would be affecting the whole planet
Thailand : king, combat, and Ad Karabao( Visual )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlike its neighbors, Thailand has never been colonized or annexed-but keeping it that way has been a stern challenge. This program examines Thailand's political independence, which is based on democratic and generally peaceful rule by a culturally supported monarchy. However, growing dissatisfaction has caused grass-roots dissent, as demonstrated by the lyrics of pop music idol d Karabao, who protests against imported consumer goods, and the agitation of "Ubon Without a Border," a group lobbying for open access with Laos and Cambodia. The powerful yet incongruous influences of Thai boxing and Buddhism are also assessed
Revolution by Eugenio Lucas( Visual )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By definition, a revolution is an abrupt and usually violent change in the political and social structure of a country, occurring when people are pressed to the very limits of tolerance. In this program, historian Michel Guay and sociologists Alain Touraine and Jack Goldstone discuss the preconditions necessary to ignite a rebellion and present possible outcomes, drawing on historic examples such as the American, French, Russian, and Chinese Revolutions. Nonmilitary revolutions are considered as well, including the industrial, feminist, and information revolutions
Oedipus the King by Sophocles( Visual )

19 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 1,135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play recounts the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, a man, who out of stubborn pride, must know the truth at all costs. It is the first in the trilogy of tragedies know as the Theban plays
India : the river of life( Visual )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Containing nearly a sixth of the world's population, India is home to almost a billion people, more than half of whom live in rural villages. This program provides an overview of topics such as the caste system as it exists in the holy Hindu town of Varanasi and the massive pilgrimages to Allahabad, where millions of Hindus come to ritually bathe at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers. Also discussed are arranged marriages; local trades in Agra, site of the matchless Taj Mahal; Sikhism in the city of Amritsar; the Indian/Pakistani tug-of-war for Kashmir; and the plight of small farmers, driven from their holdings by powerful landowners
The Taming of the Shrew : Live from Shakespeare's Globe( Visual )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who will take the wild, ungovernable, shrewish Katherina? Only the gold-digging Petruchio, a man as strong-willed as Katherina herself, is equal to the task of bullying and brainwashing her to the altar. Possibly Shakespeare's most outrageous work, The Taming of the Shrew introduces the screwball comedy with a sparring couple hell-bent on outwitting each other right up to the play's controversial conclusion. Samantha Spiro (Katherina) and Simon Paisley Day (Petruchio) were hailed by The Daily Mail as "a perfect match" in this production, filmed at Shakespeare's Globe
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