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Films Media Group

Works: 37,131 works in 50,462 publications in 2 languages and 1,385,539 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  History  Educational films  Internet videos  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Film adaptations  Biography  Music  Educational television programs 
Roles: Distributor, Producer, Publisher
Classifications: PS3573.I45677, 812.5
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India river of life ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 439 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
Islam ( )
11 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 420 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
Homeostasis ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In order to understand homeostasis in a natural setting, this program observes what happens to the body during a marathon race. By monitoring the various physiological responses of one of the runners, we show the many changes and adjustments being made in the body as the race progresses. The data obtained from the runner are used to explain in detail how the body regulates temperature, blood oxygen, blood glucose, water balance, heart rate, breathing rate, and hormone levels. The program provides a complete introduction to the following topics: Homeostatic mechanisms within the body; Regulation of temperature; Regulation of blood sugar; Feedback systems; Role of hormones; Water balance
August Wilson by August Wilson ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this incisive program, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson returns home to the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1990 to review his life and career. Archival footage and interviews with Wilson, former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich, fellow writers, and others provide insights into the African-American experience, from the Great Black Migration to more recent times. Scenes from Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and Two Trains Running reveal the impact of the oral tradition and the blues on Wilson's poetic prose, a skillful blend of art and authenticity
Birth ( )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Many women now give birth at home. Modern hospitals increasingly employ doulas and midwives. This video examines trends in birthing, including late-in-life motherhood and the treatment of postpartum depression
King Lear ( )
5 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare's King Lear is considered one of the playwright's most haunting and enduring works, and its title role is a formidable right of passage for any Shakespearean actor. This 2008 PBS telecast marks the return of the legendary Sir Ian McKellen to the Royal Shakespeare Company, a reunion that features his tour-de-force achievement as the abused and tormented monarch. After a world tour that included New York, Los Angeles, and Melbourne, the RSC production concluded with sell-out performances in London's West End, then went straight to Pinewood Studios for this special recording
Isabel Allende house of spirits ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 335 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
The Brain last enigma ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This program opens in the emergency room of a large hospital where head injuries are an all-too-common problem. The importance of the brain is evident from the skill and technology employed in ensuring that any damage to it is minimized. Using combinations of computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and advanced surgical techniques, the program shows why the brain is so important and explores what is known about how it works. The program provides a complete introduction to the following topics: Brain structure and function; Localization of brain activity; Motor and sensory neurons; Simple reflex arcs
The Latin American boom ( Visual )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
By the 1960s, with avant-garde movements firmly entrenched in the cultural landscape, there emerged a new and distinctive accent to Latin American literature. This program surveys the artistic phenomenon, manifested most notably in magical realism, that came to be known as the Latin American Boom. Viewers are guided through the work of Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez, Juan Rulfo, and several others
Hinduism ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Hinduism with Sadhvi Vrnda Chaitanya of Arsha Vijnana Mandiram. Topics of discussion include the history of Hinduism; the Vedas, which are typically committed to memory; the meaning of the words karma, samsara, and moksha and their relationship to one other; the concept that everything is God and that secular and sacred therefore are one; and the individual rather than congregational nature of Hindu prayer. In addition, Siva Subramanian tours viewers through Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland
Teaching tools for macroeconomics, government, and international trade by John Stossel ( )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Do the rich get a break at tax time-or do they pay more than their share? Who benefits and who suffers when sweatshops are allowed to operate? Are gas prices as outrageous as everyone thinks? This compilation of ABC News stories features 20/20 anchor John Stossel, who uses real-world situations to address provocative macroeconomic questions. In a straightforward style well-known to viewers of 20/20, Stossel covers a wide range of concepts and overturns many common assumptions
Fernando Savater ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Spanish and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sifting through questions surrounding oppression and terrorism, Spanish essayist and philosopher Fernando Savater has often analyzed religious dogma-studying those who promote it and those who oppose it. This program documents Savater's views on the social and intellectual wellsprings of terrorism and militant fundamentalism, as well as the eternal conflict between science and religion. The author of Ethics for Amador and The Task of the Hero examines both age-old and current tensions between inflexible ideologies and objective truth, with an eye on what he calls "truth in history." He also focuses on the limits of science and philosophy and the weaknesses of postmodern relativism
Romanticism imagining freedom ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rebellious artist, the attraction to the dark side, love and death, and the primacy of nature--all of these are themes that suffused the artistic and ideological revolution known as Romanticism. This program vividly conveys how new ways of thinking and seeing reshaped the humanities in the 18th and 19th centuries. The writings of Hölderlin, Emerson, Poe, Whitman, Byron, Wordsworth and Keats, as well as the paintings of Turner and Goya and the music of Beethoven, are vibrantly presented
William Faulkner a concise biography ( )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This overview of the biography and fiction of William Faulkner from the Famous Authors series introduces the major themes of Faulkner's poems, plays, short stories, and novels. The film contextualizes life in the American south in the first half of the 20th century; Faulkner's southern upbringing, family history, and race relations in the wake of the Civil War were a major influence on his fiction. In 1924, Faulkner left his small town of Oxford and spent six months in New Orleans, where he was finally able to see the conditions of his upbringing from a distance and become acquainted with a literary circle with Sherwood Anderson at the center, jump-starting his serious fiction writing
Obsessive-compulsive disorder ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Intrusive, repetitive thoughts, often of a disturbing nature, are the symptoms of the anxiety-related condition, OCD. In this program, two people whose lives have been shattered by OCD tell their stories. An 18-year-old woman talks about how she feels compelled to perform detailed rituals every day of her life. A man tells how he is tormented by the obsessive belief that he has killed someone. A psychiatrist sheds light on this bewildering condition
Pre-Columbian Literature ( Visual )
10 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The history and social structures of Latin America's native peoples were neither simple nor peaceful before the arrival of Europeans. Wars were fought, empires were created and destroyed, and narrative tapestries of fact and fiction were woven in the process. Underscoring the linguistic sophistication that flourished for thousands of years in the region, the program addresses the proliferation of Nahuatl and Quechua literature, the codices and quipu of Mayan and Incan societies, and other ancient forms of written and oral communication. Although mythical accounts, including the Popol Vuh, the Chilam Balam, the Apu Ollantay, and the Runa yndio, are analyzed on several levels, they are most notably linked with the agendas of pre-Columbian social hierarchies
Let freedom ring moments from the civil rights movement, 1954-1965 ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As America began to confront the injustices of Jim Crow, a new generation of literary voices rose up from below the Mason-Dixon Line--voices that spoke not just to the soul of the South but to the nation's. This program examines Southern American literature from the early 1960s to today's literary landscape. It highlights the work of Walker Percy, Alice Walker, William Styron, Ernest Gaines, Reynolds Price, Alex Haley, Margaret Walker, Lee Smith, Larry Brown, Clyde Edgerton, Pat Conroy, and others. Interviews with many of these authors, including Alice Walker and William Styron, are also featured. Dramatized readings help to illuminate passages from Percy's The Moviegoer, Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner, and Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies
Eating disorders ( )
5 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eating disorders are not about the desire to be thin. Eating disorders are severe psychological illnesses that usually take years to overcome and can be accompanied by devastating and sometimes deadly physical side effects. In this powerful program, four young women and men from a variety of ethnic backgrounds share their stories of the physical pain and emotional torment caused by eating disorders. Medical, psychological, and nutritional experts explain the types of eating disorders, their causes, and who is most at risk, as well as treatment options
Inhalants ( )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Since chemicals in more than 1,400 products can be sniffed or huffed for their psychoactive and mind-altering effects, it's not surprising that inhalants are the most frequently abused substances in the U.S. This video explores the history of inhalant abuse; the effects of inhalants on the body and the short- and long-term health impacts; and teenage attitudes toward inhalants. The major classes of commonly abused inhalants and treatment and prevention measures are described in the video as well
Glaucoma ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Glaucoma is the development of increased pressure within the eye. If left untreated, glaucoma may damage the optic nerve, resulting in visual impairment and eventually blindness
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