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HBO Documentary Films

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When the Levees Broke : a Requiem in Four Acts by Spike Lee( Visual )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Many were shocked, not only by the scale of the disaster, but the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery efforts. Structured into four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans. Tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale
Gasland : Can you light your water on fire? by Josh Fox( Visual )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his land was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a giant reservoir of natural gas, and that he would be paid to lease his land for natural gas extraction. Fox documented his cross-country trek to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracking is actually safe. What he unearthed was a shocking discovery about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, and he raced to find answers about fracking before it was too late
Citizenfour by Laura Poitras( Visual )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A real life thriller unfolds by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). CITIZENFOUR not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance - it makes you feel them. The film has won over 60 awards and nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature."--Container
4 Little Girls by Spike Lee( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern
Autism : the musical( Visual )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles five children with autism, their parents, and acting coach Elaine Hill as they take on the enterprise of a full-length stage production
Hot coffee( Visual )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes and discusses so called "frivolous law suits" and the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Discusses several cases and relates each to tort reform in the U.S
Which way home( Visual )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in Spanish and English and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each year, thousands of Latin American migrants travel hundreds of miles to the United States, with many making their way on the tops of freight trains. Roughly five percent of those traveling alone are children. Which Way Home follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train called "The Beast."--Publisher Web site
Addiction : a 14-part series by Abel Ferrara( Visual )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strives to break through the myths and explain what addiction really is, what causes it, and how to get the best available treatments
Project Nim by James Marsh( Visual )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim's natural instincts take over and the humans trusted with his well-being fail to protect him, Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society
Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country as part of the Federal Writers' Project to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record
Thin( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living for six months at the Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, director Lauren Greenfield and director of photography Amanda Micheli earned the patients' trust, receiving unprecedented access to the meetings, therapy sessions and meals that make up daily life for those undergoing treatment. Through interviews, still photographs and behind-the-scenes footage, the film tells the stories of four women between ages 15 and 30 whose pasts may be different, but who are now joined by a common illness
White Light, Black Rain : The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Steven Okazaki( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In August 1945, the world was transformed in the blink of an eye when American forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. The destruction was unprecedented and the bombings precipitated the end of World War II. Contains archival footage and stunning photography. Interviews are from both Japanese survivors and the Americans who believed that their involvement would help end a brutal conflict
The Loving story( Visual )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and his fiancee Mildred Jeter traveled from Caroline County, VA, to Washington, D.C. to be married. Later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried and convicted of the felony crime of miscegenation. Two young ACLU lawyers took on the Lovings case, fully aware of the challenges posed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in their favor on June 12, 1967 and resulted in sixteen states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage
How to die in Oregon( Visual )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether--and when--to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity--Container
The weight of the nation( Visual )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"CONSEQUENCES examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. CHOICES offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain."--Producers
The Alzheimer's project( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Alzheimer's project features a four-part documentary series (The memory loss tapes; Grandpa, will you remember me?, Caregivers, and Momentum in science), 15 short supplemental films, a website, and a nationwide community-based information and outreach campaign, to capture what it means to experience the disease, to be a child or grandchild of one who suffers, and to care for those who are affected
Nanjing = Nanking by William Guttentag( Visual )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries
A small act by Jennifer Arnold( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor. The top students in Mukubu primary school are in the exact same situation as Chris once was. They are bright, but can't afford to pay school fees. With the creation of Chris' fund, these students have new hope. But the program is small; how many will qualify for a scholarship? Using a strong narrative, the film interweaves seemingly separate lives into a cohesive whole. With clarity and grace, "A small act", bears witness to the ripple effect a single action can create
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib by Rory Kennedy( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Asks what mental and ethical lapses led average American soldiers to use torture at Abu Ghraib and what role might have been played by "group think" and blind obedience. Looks at how the scandal impacted America's credibility as a global defender of freedom and human rights. Traces the events and decisions that created the political and psychological climate in which torture occurred
Marina Abramović : the artist is present by Matthew Akers( Visual )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits -- and at times risking her life in the process -- she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time
 
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Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives
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