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HBO Documentary Films

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Most widely held works by HBO Documentary Films
When the Levees Broke : a Requiem in Four Acts by Spike Lee( Visual )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 2,021 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 )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2009, Delaware River Basin native Josh Fox was presented with an interesting proposal: lease his family lands to a natural gas company for a new method of drilling called hydraulic fracturing, and get a check for $100,000. He wouldn't have to do anything but sit back and collect the money. Curious about the process, Fox embarks on an exploration of other areas where natural gas drilling was already in progress, to observe firsthand any potential downsides. In Dimock, Pennsylvania, a town surrounded by fracking activity, he hears stories of wells exploding, black water, flammable drinking water, headaches, pains, long-term sickness. Fox goes on to tour 25 states, cataloging an endless string of frustrated and sick Americans whose land has become toxic and explaining the legislation pushed through by former vice president Dick Cheney, exempting energy companies from key environmental acts--exemptions that make fracking invisible to any regulation or monitoring. Fox becomes an advocate for the cause of the people whose complaints are ignored by the natural gas corporations and the American government. The film documents the pitfalls and perils--borne of avarice of the most bloodless, ruthless kind--of the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in American history, with the potential to poison millions
Citizenfour by Laura Poitras( Visual )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 1,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Citizenfour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalists Ewen MacAskill and 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)
4 Little Girls by Spike Lee( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,249 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 )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,203 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 )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,187 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 )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in Spanish and English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A feature documentary that follows unaccompanied child migrants on their journey through Mexico as they try to reach the United States. We follow children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year old Hondurans, who are trying to reach their parents in the U.S.; Jose, a 10-year old El Salvadoran, who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the U.S."--
Project Nim by James Marsh( Visual )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Novembre 1973. Nim, un bébé chimpanzé naît en captivité dans un centre de recherche sur les primates. Dix ans après la parution du livre "La Planète des Singes", un éminent professeur de l'Université de Colombia fait l'expérience de confier ce tout jeune chimpanzé à une famille humaine pour étudier sa capacité d'apprentissage au langage. Le Projet Nim est alors lancé : il s'agit de prouver qu'un chimpanzé est capable d'apprendre à communiquer par le langage s'il est élevé dans un environnement humain. Grâce à ce professeur de psychologie, le primate est censé être initié à la langue des signes, puis acquérir des rudiments de vocabulaire et de grammaire lui permettant de faire part de ses réflexions et de ses émotions. En cas de succès, il serait donc permis d'espérer franchir la barrière de l'espèce et par la même de repenser la question de la condition humaine."--[]
Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,070 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 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
Addiction : a 14-part series by James Franco( Visual )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,066 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary aimed at helping people understand addiction as a treatable brain disease. Includes personal stories from addicts and the loved ones who struggle to help them find treatment
Thin( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women who have spent their lives starving themselves-- often to the verge of death
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 1,005 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 993 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 by Peter Richardson( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plaidoyer en faveur de l'euthanasie. Le documentaire suit plusieurs malades en phase terminale ayant décidé de mettre fin à leurs jours dans l'Etat d'Oregon où la loi les y autorise."--[allociné.fr]
The Alzheimer's project( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 793 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 )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une évocation du drame de Nanking en 1937, durant lequel les soldats japonais tuèrent et violèrent plus de 200 000 Chinois
The weight of the nation( Visual )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 783 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
Marina Abramović : the artist is present by Matthew Akers( Visual )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining art for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits - and at times risking her life in the process - she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us
A small act by Jennifer Arnold( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 752 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 )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Iraqi prison. Probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit these atrocious acts
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Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives
White Light, Black Rain : the Destruction of Hiroshima and NagasakiThe Alzheimer's project
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Home Box Office (Firm). Documentary Films

English (142)

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