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HBO Documentary Films

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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 2,009 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 )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,740 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 1,450 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 )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Film documentaire, 4 little girls revient sur l'attentat à la bombe dans une église afro-américaine qui, en 1963, tua quatre fillettes âgées de 11 à 14 ans."--[allocine.fr]
Autism : the musical( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,190 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 1,190 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

"As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, Which way home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the U.S. The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call "The Beast". Director/producer Rebecca Cammisa tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the ones you never hear about - the invisible ones."--Publisher's website
Project Nim by James Marsh( Visual )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,090 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 1,059 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
Thin( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,025 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 )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,009 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 994 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
Addiction : a 14-part series( Visual )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 929 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
How to die in Oregon by Peter Richardson( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 842 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]
Nanjing = Nanking by William Guttentag( Visual )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 786 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
The Alzheimer's project( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 781 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
Marina Abramović : the artist is present by Matthew Akers( Visual )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marina Abramović se prépare pour une rétrospective majeure de son travail au Musée d'Art Moderne de New York à travers laquelle elle compte faire taire les plus sceptiques qui se posent encore la question: qu'est-ce que l'art?
A small act by Jennifer Arnold( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 749 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. -- container
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib by Rory Kennedy( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 738 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
Gasland by Josh Fox( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sequel to the documentary Gasland, Gasland, Part II continues filmmaker Josh Fox's exploration of the dangers of the process of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking", chronicling the spread of the practice further in the U.S. as well as in 32 countries worldwide
 
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