Most widely held works by Participant Productions
An inconvenient truth ( Visual )
17 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 3,689 libraries worldwide
Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.
Good night, and good luck ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,426 libraries worldwide
Takes place in the 1950's America, during the early days of broadcast journalism. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.
The kite runner ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 2,390 libraries worldwide
In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It's a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day's victory, one boy's fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after twenty years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban's iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right.
Charlie Wilson's war ( Visual )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,021 libraries worldwide
In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson was best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he was a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of a maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Charlie learns that while military victory can be obtained, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. Based on a true story.
The visitor ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,714 libraries worldwide
Walter Vale is a widower who teaches economics at a Connecticut university. He lives alone and is no longer motivated by his work. In New York to present a paper at a conference, he goes to the apartment that he has not visited in some time, but has kept since his wife was alive, only to discover a young couple living there. Despite their great cultural differences, Walter befriends Tarek, a Syrian citizen and drummer, and gradually builds a friendship with Esi, his girlfriend from Senegal. One day, when returning from Central Park with Walter, Tarek is arrested for jumping a stuck subway turnstile, despite the fact that he had paid. The police discover he does not have legal papers and transfer him to an immigrant detention center in Queens. Feeling responsible for and connected to Tarek, Walter decides to stay in New York to help and support him. Not hearing from her son, Tarek's mother arrives from Michigan to find out why, and she and Walter support one another while they attempt to free Tarek.
Syriana ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,621 libraries worldwide
There is less oil than the world requires, and that will make some people rich and others dead. Career CIA field operative Bob Barnes is sorting out his midcareer issues--his bosses want him quietly confined to a desk job. Bryan Woodman, an expatriate in Geneva, becomes the financial adviser to idealistic Gulf Prince Nasir. Corporate lawyer Bennett Holiday is finessing the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies. In Prince Nasir's country, meanwhile, young Pakistani laborer Wasim succumbs to the lure of radical Islam, seeking refuge from the dusty oil fields and crowded hostels in the tranquility of a madrasa. In the labyrinthine, interconnected worlds of espionage and politics, international finance and law, oil and radical Islam, motives and convictions can shape lives, or destroy them.
North country ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,375 libraries worldwide
Josey Aimes needs a job and goes to work at a Minnesota steel mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage. The male miners are resentful of women taking their jobs, so the men verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case, fearing that things will only get worse. A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S. - Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Fast food nation ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,316 libraries worldwide
An ensemble drama examining the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food.
Standard operating procedure ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide
First revealed to the world through impromptu photographs taken by U.S. soldiers stationed within the facility, this documentary investigates the story and causes behind the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Involving apparent wide-scale abuse and torture of prisoners, the photos forced attention on the decisions and actions that turned the once-notorious Iraqi prison into an even more notorious U.S.-run detainment center. One of the most dramatic moments in recent U.S. military history is examined through interviews with participants and dramatic reenactments.
Darfur now six stories, one hope ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 649 libraries worldwide
Follows the story of six people who are determined to end the sufferings in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur. The six - an American activist, an international prosecutor, a Sudanese rebel, a sheikh, a leader of the World Food Program and an internationally known actor - demonstrate the power of how one individual can create extraordinary changes.
Syriana ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 621 libraries worldwide
As a career CIA operative, Bob Barnes begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to. An up-and-coming oil broker, Bryan Woodman faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with idealistic Gulf Prince Nasir al-Subaai. Corporate lawyer, Bennett Holiday faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies Across the globe, a disenfranchised Wasim Khan, a Pakistani teenager, falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
Man from Plains ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 487 libraries worldwide
Jimmy Carter, a champion for human rights around the world, was elected the 39th President of the United States in 1976 and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. As ex-president, Jimmy Carter ignites a firestorm of controversy when he tours the country to promote "Palestine: peace not apartheid," a new book that questions Israel's policies towards the Occupied Territories.
Chicago 10 ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 463 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the anti-war protest of the 1968 Democratic National Convention held in Chicago and the protest organizers brought to trial by the city. Told with animation, archival footage and music.
Angels in the dust ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
Presents the story of Marion Cloete, who left a life of privilege in Johannesburg, South Africa, to open an orphanage that has provided for more than 550 children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The world according to Sesame Street ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 281 libraries worldwide
"Explores the behind-the-scenes drama, challenges, and rewarding outcome of producing local versions of the world's most watched children's television program. The film follows dedicated Sesame producers around the globe as they team with local producers to bring to life the shows in Bangladesh, Kosovo and South Africa." -- Container.
American gun ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 214 libraries worldwide
Seemingly disparate portraits of people. Among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student. Distinctly American, all are affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Arna's children ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2003 in Arabic and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Arna Mer Khamis spent her life campaigning for human rights. In the Jenin refugee camp, Arna opened a theatre where she taught children to express themselves through art. When Arna died of cancer in 1995, the theater ultimately did not survive. Five years later her son, Juliano, returns to discover what happened to "Arna's children."
Fast food nation do you want lies with that ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
When a marketing executive for a huge burger chain finds a nasty secret ingredient in their burger recipe, he goes to the ranches and slaughterhouses of Colorado to investigate and finds that the truth is sometimes difficult to swallow.
The kite runner ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It's a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day's victory, one boy's fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption.
An inconvenient truth Une vérité qui dérange ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in French and held by 4 libraries worldwide
"Depuis plusieurs années, Al Gore donne dans les universités du monde entier des conférences passionnées sur le développement durable. Avec force images et graphiques, le candidat démocrate à l'élection présidentielle américaine de 2000 y démontre les conséquences de la pollution et de la surconsommation de combustibles fossiles sur le climat et le réchauffement des glaciers, et conséquemment sur la faune et la flore mondiale. Cinq ans après avoir été débouté par la Cour suprême des États-Unis, qui a concédé la victoire contestée de l'élection au républicain George W. Bush, Gore tente de faire prendre conscience au monde de l'état de santé de la planète et se demande tout haut: "Le temps n'est-il pas venu de se préoccuper d'autres menaces que celle du terrorisme?". [(c) Médiafilm]. Les SUPPLÉMENTS contiennent, entre autres, une mise à jour d'Al Gore, un documentaire sur le tournage, les commentaires audio du réalisateur et de ses principaux assistants et un guide d'accompagnement éducatif gratuit offert à l'adresse www.climatecrisis.net"--[SDM].
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