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Films Media Group

Works: 35,864 works in 56,933 publications in 3 languages and 3,054,731 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  History  Interviews  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary television programs  Filmed interviews  Nonfiction films  Short films  Television interviews 
Roles: Distributor, fds, Producer, prn, Publisher
Classifications: PN1997, 812.5
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Films Media Group
Prelinger Archives A Strand of Silk( Visual )

31 editions published between 1922 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film about the production of silk by silkworms
Revolution( Visual )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first sparks of rebellion against the British Crown, the Declaration of Independence, and the unfolding drama of the American Revolution are examined in this program. Taking on the might of the Empire is no small task, and on numerous occasions the Continental army hovers near defeat. But new allies and battlefield tactics turn the tide, and Washington's eventual triumph paves the way for a new nation
The Brain( Visual )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using simple analogies, real-life case studies, and computer-generated images, this program shows how the brain works, explains the frequent battle between instinct and reason, and unravels the mysteries of memory and decision-making. It takes viewers inside the mind of a soldier under fire to see how decisions are made in extreme situations, examines how a person with autism develops remarkable skills, and takes on the age-old question of what makes one person good and another evil. Segments include Fear and Panic, Nerves and Stress, Sex on the Brain, Risk Response, Moral Decision, The Evil Mind, Memory Capacity, Amnesia, Sports Psychology, Extrasensory Perception, and The Next Leap
Journeys into Islamic Africa( Visual )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geographically, Muslim countries cover approximately 50 percent of Africa. This program travels around the continent to inquire into Islamic history and the Muslim way of life, making stops in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Africa, Senegal, Algeria, Sudan, and many other destinations. The experiences of two particular groups-those sent by Muhammad himself to Ethiopia, during the Muslim-Quraish War, and slaves and prisoners of the Dutch who were forcibly relocated to South Africa-are given special attention
India river of life( Visual )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 695 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
Homeostasis( Visual )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program investigates how the body controls its internal environment. The steady state of the Earth's biosphere is compared to that of the human body. An automated greenhouse and a computerized inventory system demonstrate how negative feedback loops use detection and response to maintain their own balanced states. The regulation of body temperature in response to extreme heat and cold is explored both in a sauna and on a mountain slope. The roles of the pancreas and liver in controlling blood glucose levels are described. And the control of water concentration at the cellular level and waste filtration via the kidneys are explained. The impact of alcohol consumption on temperature regulation and water management is also considered
The WPA Film Library Watergate Hearings - Jim McCord about John Mitchell, 1973( Visual )

12 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Watergate hearings: John Mitchell tells Sen. Herman Talmadge that he thought the Re-Election of Richard Nixon in 1972 was more important than getting to the bottom of the illegal activities of the campaign
Hinduism( Visual )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 560 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. (27 minutes)
Islam( Visual )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five times a day, one fifth of the world's population faces Mecca and falls to its knees in prayer. This program illustrates how, through architecture and art, Muslims have articulated their faith. Architectural sites include the Great Mosque of Djenne, in Mali; the Jama Masjid Mosque, in Delhi, which took 5,000 workers more than six years to build during the time of Shah Jahan; the Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul; the Great Mosque of Cordoba; and the ultramodern New York Mosque
Let Freedom Ring( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Civil Rights movement becomes the most effective social movement in U.S. history. During this era, Martin Luther King, Jr. marches on Washington, and Little Rock's high school is integrated. John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States
Toni Morrison by Toni Morrison( Visual )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of numerous awards, most notably the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison made it possible for a new generation of African-American writers to have a voice in the mainstream literary dialogue. Her evocative, multi-layered tales illuminate the black experience and have the power to change how readers look at American history. In this program, Morrison explains her statement that "American literature is incoherent without the contribution of African American writers
August Wilson by August Wilson( Visual )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 498 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
Superpower( Visual )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's efforts invigorated the struggle against the Nazi stranglehold in Europe. In the Pacific, the ultimate piece of technology ended the war, and a new superpower took the global stage. In this program, many of America's most prominent leaders and personalities reflect on defining moments in the evolution of post-war America-including the Cold War, the space race, the Civil Rights movement, and more
Fernando Savater( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Spanish and held by 477 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
William Faulkner a concise biography( Visual )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 476 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
The WPA Film Library Hungarian Revolution, 1956( Visual )

6 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hungarian uprising Warning: contains graphic imagery
Touch( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why are humans so responsive to touch? This program calculates the different sensitivities of the body's most receptive parts. The density of touch sensors in the skin explains why some parts of the body seem to have a much lower pain threshold-a microscopic splinter in a finger can be extremely painful, while a cut on your leg may not hurt as much. University College London professor Tony Dickinson and Stanford University professor David Spiegel conduct experiments with electric shocks, painkillers, and hypnosis to demonstrate the brain's role in the experience of physical pain. A BBCW Production. (30 minutes)
The WPA Film Library Westinghouse Foundry, 1904( Visual )

3 editions published in 1904 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tapping a furnace at Westinghouse foundries
The WPA Film Library Russian Revolution in Petrograd, ca. 1917( Visual )

3 editions published in 1917 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russian Revolution: Fighting near Petrograd after Bolshevik seizure of power
War and Peace( Visual )

3 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today, much of the planet's population lives in a British-shaped world. How did this clutch of islands off the coast of Europe come to dominate the globe? The British presents the history of the British Isles from Stonehenge to World War Two using gripping drama reconstruction, the latest CG, time-lapse and aerial footage. War and Peace covers World War I, women's suffrage, the discovery of penicillin, defending London during the Battle of Britain, post-war democratic reforms, and Queen Elizabeth's coronation
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