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Media Log: World Culture and History

June 7, 2012 | By Public Programs Staff

World Culture and History


Abode of Illusion

Documentary

The film considers differences between Chinese and Western aesthetics through an examination of the work of Chang Ta-Ch'ien (1899–1983), one of China's foremost modern painters.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Long Bow Group, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992
PRODUCERS: Carma Hinton, Richard Gordon, Kathy Kline, Carl Nagin
DIRECTORS: Carma Hinton, Richard Gordon
WRITER: Carma Hinton
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Richard Gordon
EDITOR: David Carnochan

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


Afropop Worldwide

Documentary Radio

Afropop Worldwide, is a weekly program devoted to the contemporary music of Africa and the African Diaspora. Afropop Worldwide's series-within-a-series called Hip Deep features historical retrospectives that engage authors and scholars as program collaborators.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: World Music Productions, Brooklyn, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2004 and on
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Sean Barlow
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Sean Barlow, Banning Eyre
NARRATOR: Georges Collinet

PRINT MATERIAL: Afropop Worldwide's companion web site, http://www.afropop.org/, has fresh content published weekly.

FORMAT: One hour
DISTRIBUTORS: Public Radio International - Afropop Worldwide


All under Heaven: Life in a Chinese Village

Documentary

All under Heaven examines the effect of political change, particularly collectivization and decollectivization, on Long Bow, a village about 400 miles southwest of Beijing, China.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Long Bow Village Film Group, Philadelphia, PA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
PRODUCERS: Richard Gordon, Carma Hinton, Kathy Kline, Dan Sipe
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Tim Callahan, David Carnochan
DIRECTORS: Carma Hinton, Richard Gordon
WRITERS: Carma Hinton, with Laurie Block, John Crowley
EDITOR: David Carnochan
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Richard Gordon
SOUND RECORDIST: Yand Ifang

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Earthwatch Film Award; Margaret Mead Film Festival; Hawaii International Film Festival; San Francisco International Film Festival

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: New Day Films


The Arab World's Demographic Dilemma Series: Young, Unemployed and Searching for a Voice

Documentary Series Radio

Program 1: Young and Restless: Youth Identity in the Arab World
Program 2: Overlooked and Underpaid: Arab Youth in Today's Economy
Program 3: Words and Deeds: Freedom of Expression and Political Participation of Arab Youth

Arab youth confront daunting challenges, including a lack of economic opportunities, constraints on their freedom of expression, and the complex and shifting nature of their own Arab identity. How the Arab world meets these challenges will have significant ramifications both in the Middle East and throughout the globe. The series explores the identity, forms of expression, and economic hardships facing Arab youth. America Abroad Media travels to six different Arab countries and introduces listeners to young men and women whose challenges demonstrate the demographic, ideological, economic, and cultural shifts that define a generation of critical importance to the region and the world. We follow students seeking difficult-to-find jobs in Amman; single men and women navigating the challenges of dating in Cairo; and entrepreneurial journalists exploring the limits on free speech in Syria. Each hour-long program provides listeners with historical depth, scholarly analysis, and compelling illustrations of the key issues facing youth in the Arab world.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: America Abroad Media, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 2010
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Aaron Lobel
PRODUCERS: Monica Bushman, Sean Carberry, Jordana Gustafson, Matt Ozug, Chris Williams
HOSTS: Deborah Amos, Ray Suarez

PRINT MATERIALS: CDs of all radio programs from America Abroad Media

FORMAT: Video 3 hour-long public radio documentaries
DISTRIBUTOR: PRI - America Abroad Media and National Public Radio


BESA: The Promise

Documentary/ Film

BESA: The Promise is the never-before-told story of Albania – a small European country which opened its borders to shelter Jewish refugees, even as it endured a brutal Nazi occupation. It is witnessed through the prism of two men joined together in a remarkable and unexpected quest: Norman H. Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer determined to record the bravery and compassion of the Albanians; and Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian toy shop owner who sets out to return three precious books to the last surviving member of the Jewish family his father sheltered sixty years before. When these two men meet, an extraordinary and utterly unexpected personal drama is set in motion – one that bridges generations and religions...uniting fathers and sons...Muslims and Jews.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: JWM Productions, Takoma Park, MD

YEAR PRODUCED: 2012

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jason Williams, William Morgan

PRODUCERS: Christine Romero, Rachel Goslins

DIRECTOR: Rachel Goslins

WRITER: Christine Romero

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Neil Barrett

EDITOR: Christine Romero

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Special Jury Award – 13th Festival of Albanian Film; Best Documentary – 2013 Beaufort International Film Festival; Best Director – 2013 Beaufort International Film Festival; Best Documentary – Washington Jewish Film Festival 2013; Best Documentary – 2013 Seattle Jewish Film Festival; Best Documentary – 2013 Jewish Eye Film Festival

FORMAT:  DVD (86:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: JWM Productions


Biquefarre

Drama

This film is a sequel to director Georges Rouquier's landmark feature Farrebique, a portrait of rural French society in the Aveyron district of southern France.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Midas S.A., Paris; Mallia Films, Gentilly, France; and Community Animation, Inc., Ithaca, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
COPRODUCERS: Marie-Francoise Mascaro, Bertrand Van Effenterre, William Gilcher
DIRECTOR: Georges Rouquier
EDITOR: Genevieve Louveau
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Andre Villard, Pierre-Laurent Chenieux

AWARD: Venice International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize

FORMAT: 35mm, 16mm (90:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

New Yorker Films (U.S.)

Les Films Rene Malo (Canada)


Boswell for The Defence

Drama

This film explores the issues of quality of life and justice in eighteenth-century Scotland through the story of James Reid, a butcher accused of stealing nineteen sheep, who was sentenced to hang. It focuses on Reid's defense by Scottish lawyer and writer James Boswell.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Yale University Films, New Haven, CT, and BBC, Scotland
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Howard Sayre Weaver
PRODUCER: Roderick Graham
EDITOR: Robert Bathgate
WRITER: Mark Harris
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stuart Wyld
CAST: David McKail, Alec Heggie, Isobel Black, Andrew Keir

AWARD: Television and Radio Club of Scotland, Best Single Drama on Television

FORMAT: Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Films for the Humanities and Sciences


Boswell in London

Drama

Adapted from James Boswell's London Journal, this two-part dramatization portrays Boswell's attempts to seek acceptance in London society, his historic meeting and developing friendship with Samuel Johnson, and his departure for Holland to study law.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Yale University Films, New Haven, CT and BBC, Scotland
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: William Peters
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Roderick Graham
WRITER: Mark Harris
EDITOR: Brian Ashcroft
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stuart Wyld
CAST: Ian Sharp, Annette Lynton, Tony Steedman

FORMAT: Video (112:00) Part 1 (60:00), Part 2 (52:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Films for the Humanities and Sciences


Building Big

Documentary

Think big! Engineers have been doing just that for thousands of years, as renowned author-illustrator David Macaulay proves in this five-part miniseries on spectacular structures. The programs cover bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels—past and present. Along the way, Macaulay highlights the engineering principles and human stories behind some of the most remarkable achievements in the history of building.

Program 1
Bridges

How does a bridge withstand the forces of nature and traffic? David Macaulay takes viewers from the stone arch bridges of the Roman Empire to Japan's giant, all-steel Akashi Kaikyo suspension bridge, the longest in the world. Through the epic sagas of the Brooklyn, Golden Gate, and other great bridges, Macaulay shows how engineers have conquered ever-wider spans with better construction materials and innovative designs.

Program 2
Domes

How does a dome support itself? Ever since the Roman Emperor Hadrian topped his Pantheon with a dome, this roof-with-class has been the prestige building form. Big domes cover civilization's most revered structures, from great cathedrals to mosques to houses of government. David Macaulay uncovers the tricky technology of domes, from the Pantheon to the geodesic marvels of Buckminster Fuller and beyond.

Program 3
Skyscrapers

What does it take to erect a skyscraper 100 stories tall? From the medieval towers of Italy's San Gimignano to today's race to build the world's tallest skyscraper, David Macaulay chronicles our aptitude for altitude. On the way up, he highlights the remarkable achievements of the Gothic cathedral builders and the almost-disaster of New York's Citigroup (formerly Citicorp) Center.

Program 4
Dams

How does a dam resist the crush of millions of gallons of water? David Macaulay surveys the dam ¾ the biggest, costliest structure of all ¾ from Hoover's concrete arch confronting the Colorado River to the Aswan High Dam, a veritable underwater mountain sitting on the Nile riverbed, holding back a lake the size of England.

Program 5
Tunnels

What keeps a tunnel from collapsing? Tunnels have advanced from dangerous, claustrophobic passages to spacious, safe subterranean networks as roomy as shopping malls. David Macaulay takes viewers underground to explore the history and ingenuity behind some of the world's tunneling marvels.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH Educational Foundational, Boston, MA and Production Group, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 2000
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Paula S. Apsell, Larry Klein
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Larry Klein, Thomas Levenson, Joseph McMaster, Judith Dwan Hallet, Eugenie Vink
NARRATOR: David Macaulay

AWARDS: Peabody Award

PRINT MATERIALS: Sample print and video materials are available to press on request.

FORMAT: Video, 5 programs 60:00 each
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH/PBS


Castle

Documentary

Based on a book by David Macaulay, this film explains the architectural design, social organization, and military significance of a thirteenth-century Welsh castle through a blend of animated dramatic sequences and live action. (See also Cathedral and Pyramid.)

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Unicorn Projects, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ray Hubbard
COPRODUCERS: Larry Klein, Mark Olshaker
WRITER: Mark Olshaker
DIRECTOR OF ANIMATION: Jack Stokes
ANIMATION: The Animation Partnership in association with TV Cartoons, Ltd.
HOSTS: David Macaulay, Sarah Bullen
VOICES: Ronald Baddily, Brian Blessed, Ellis Jones, Freddie Jones, Roy Purcell, Marie Sutherland

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon; CINE Golden Eagle

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (two versions, 57:20 and 30:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video (video)

Unicorn Projects, Inc. (16mm)


Cathedral

Documentary

Drawn from the book by architect/illustrator David Macaulay, Cathedral combines animated dramatic episodes with location sequences to tell the story of the planning, construction, and dedication of a fictional cathedral in medieval France. (See also Castle and Pyramid.)

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Unicorn Projects, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ray Hubbard
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Larry Klein, Mark Olshaker
ANIMATION: The Animation Partnership
ANIMATION CREATED & DIRECTED BY: Tony White
HOSTS: David Macaulay, Caroline Berg
VOICES: Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Geoffrey Matthews, Paul Bacon, Sean Barrett, Paul Bacon, Peter Pacey, Ellis Jones

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; International Film and Television Festival of New York, Finalist; Chicago International Film Festival, Certificate of Merit; CINE Golden Eagle

FORMAT: Video (two versions, 58:00 and 29:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video (video)

Unicorn Projects, Inc. (16mm)


China's Cosmopolitan Age: The Tang

Documentary

This program examines the legacy of the Tang dynasty (A.D. 618–907) in government, art, religion, and philosophy, and its far-reaching contribution to the humanistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: George Washington University, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Joan Chung-wen Shih
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Christopher Li, Haining Wu, Shangyuan Zhao
EDITORS: Penny Trams, Mike Ritter
NARRATORS: Stanley Anderson, Theo Feng

PRINT MATERIAL: Viewer's Guide (55 pages), available through Annenberg/CPB Project (see distributor listing).

FORMAT: Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Annenberg/CPB Project


China in Revolution, 1911–1949

Documentary

China in Revolution, 1911–1949 explores the establishment of the Chinese communist state, from the fall of the boy emperor, Pu Yi, to the birth of the People's Republic of China.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Film News Now Foundation and Ambrica Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judith Vecchioni
PRODUCERS: Sue Williams, Kathryn Dietz
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sue Williams
CODIRECTOR: Kathryn Dietz
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Richard Gordon
EDITOR: Howard Sharp
NARRATOR: Will Lyman

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: National Educational Film and Video Festival, Bronze Apple; American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon; International Chinese Film Festival, Montreal

FORMAT: Video (135:00) Part I: Battle for Survival, 1911–36 (58:00); Part II: Fighting for the Future, 1936–49 (58:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

Coronet/MTI Film and Video, Inc.  (U.S.)

Jane Balfour Films, Ltd. (international)


Citizen Kurchatov: Stalin's Bomb Maker

Documentary

The enigmatic world-class physicist, Igor Kurchatov, feared the 1945 American atomic bomb monopoly, "They had used it on Japan, Russia could be next." In four years of intensive work he developed the bomb for Stalin. Was he a crusader for nuclear sanity, like his American counterpart Oppenheimer, or an apparatchik who outlived his bosses, Stalin and KGB director Beria, by being, "A consummate politician who, like a great actor, could play a role while hiding his true feelings?"

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Kaufman Vision Productions, Cambridge, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1999
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Brian Kaufman, Martin Shewin
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Brian Kaufman
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Valeri Shaptonov, Gary Henoch, Glen Percy, Vladimir Meralou
EDITOR: Brian Kaufman
NARRATOR: Ted O'Brien

FORMAT: Video 57 mins


DISTRIBUTOR: Oregon Public Broadcasting / PBS


Columbus and the Age of Discovery

Documentary Series

Columbus and the Age of Discovery is a seven-part series on Christopher Columbus, his era, and his legacy.

Program 1
Columbus' World
travels to China, the Spice Islands, Cairo, Genoa, Venice, and Istanbul to explore the world of the fifteenth century and set the stage for Columbus' great seagoing adventure.

PRODUCER/WRITER: Thomas Friedman DIRECTOR: Stephen Segaller

Program 2
An Idea Takes Shape
considers the advances in shipbuilding and navigation that made Columbus' voyages possible, examines his motivations, and chronicles his long and arduous search for patronage to fund his westward route to the Orient.

PRODUCER/WRITER: Thomas Friedman
DIRECTOR: Stephen Segaller

Program 3
The Crossing
recreates Columbus' first transatlantic route with working replicas of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria as well as with excerpts from his logs and journal.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Zvi Dor-Ner

Program 4
Worlds Found and Lost
follows a modern-day crew as they sail the route of Columbus' first voyage, from his landfall at San Salvador, through the Bahamas to Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, searching for the Caribbean that Columbus saw, and the changes left in his wake.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Zvi Dor-Ner

Program 5
The Sword and the Cross
shows how the Americas evolved from the new blend of peoples, diseases, motives, and attitudes brought by Columbus and those who followed him. In addition, the impact of the conquistadors and the Catholic church on the indigenous population is explored.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Graham Chedd

Program 6
The Columbian Exchange
examines the interchange of horses, cattle, corn, potatoes, and sugar cane between the Old World and the New, and the lasting impact on the people of both worlds.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Graham Chedd

Program 7
In Search of Columbus
follows the path of the Admiral's fourth and final voyage and explores perceptions of Columbus by different nations and cultures on the eve of the quincentenary.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Graham Chedd

SERIES PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH, Boston, MA
YEARS PRODUCED: 1985-1991
SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Zvi Dor-Ner
ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY: Sheldon Mirowitz
HOST: Mauricio Obregon
NARRATOR: Will Lyman

PRINT MATERIAL: Companion Volume: Columbus and the Age of Discovery by Zvi Dor-Ner with William Scheller; interactive videodisc; audiocassette; resource guides; Teachers' guides; student newspaper (printed in 1992)

FORMAT: Video 7 (58:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Films for the Humanities and Sciences


Corpus Duende: Echoes of the Spanish Civil War

Radio Documentary

Corpus Duende documents the Spanish Civil War and its international repercussions through the testimony of survivors as well as through period music, poetry, and news reports.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting, Inc. (WQED)
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Thomas B. Skinner
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Bill Howell
STORY: Based on a script by Robert E. Lee
NARRATOR: Karl Hardman
CAST: Eli Wallach, Denise Hunt, Pip Theodor, Wilson Hutton, Hugh A. Rose

FORMAT: Audiocassette (59:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: WQED (Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting)


The Crucible of the Millennium

Documentary

The years surrounding 1500 represent a pivotal time in human history, marking the birth of our Modern Age. During that period, the invention of the printing press in Europe, based on a Chinese invention, spurred an information revolution and changed the way people envisioned the world. Different peoples, cultures, and religions came into contact with another, often for the first time, and sometimes violently. The reverberations of these developments are still felt today in the interconnectedness of cultures and economics and in issues related to immigration, the environment, economic inequality, nationalism, and racism. The two-part special examines the technological advances, the wide-ranging exploration and the collision of cultures that characterized the midpoint of the last millennium, revealing why an understanding of that period is critical to an understanding of the world today.

Part I
Through the Looking Glass
tells the story of Calicut, a bustling port city on the coast of southwest India that was the crossroads of many cultures, a place that gave rise to the trade on a global scale. The program captures the experience and adventures of three 15th-century visitors to Calicut—the royal leader of a Chinese maritime expedition as auspicious as any that followed, an ambassador from the Ottoman court and a Portuguese explorer whose visit changed the course of history.

Part II
Echoes and Resonances
chronicles 15th- and 16th-century interactions between Europeans and the peoples of the Americas and Africa. The program follows the exploits of the early European explorers and shows how their explorations, conquests and trade in everything from sugar to human beings ultimately brought the entire world, often reluctantly, into permanent contact, and raised issues of colonial domination that remain unresolved to this day. The program concludes with prominent scholars offering their views on the issues raised by the program and exploring solutions.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Kroyt Brandt Productions, Inc., New York City, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Yanna Kroyt Brandt
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Yanna Kroyt Brandt, Cheryl Hill
WRITERS: Yanna Kroyt Brandt, Bernard Weisberger
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Juan Barrera
EDITOR: Gary Princz
HOST: Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
NARRATOR: Reuben Santiago-Hudson

PRINT MATERIALS: Educational guide available from the American Forum for Global Education, 120 Wall Street, New York City, NY 10005, call at 800-813-5060 or email at globed120@aol.com

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: US International Film and Video Festival; Axiem award for excellence; Aurora (Platinum Best of Show); 2 Chris honorable mention awards for Show 1 and the script for Show 1

FORMAT: Video 2 programs 90:00 each


DISTRIBUTORS: Monarch Films and KCTS-Seattle


De Gaulle and France

Documentary Series

De Gaulle and France is a three-part series on the life, impact, and legacy of the French general and statesman Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970).

Program l
A Vision of France
traces the rise of de Gaulle with the establishment of his French government-in-exile in London and the restructuring of post-war Europe.

PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR: Sue Williams
EDITOR: Sharon Sachs

Program 2
Return of the General
examines de Gaulle's re-entry into politics during the Algerian crisis, his efforts at revising the French constitution, and his abandonment of the notion of a French empire.

PRODUCER/WRITER: Tom Weidlinger
EDITOR: Constance Ryder

Program 3
Challenging the World
considers de Gaulle's policies and actions as he worked toward insuring France's place as a major international power during the 1960s.

PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR: Christina von Braun
EDITOR: Claire Painchault

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA, and LMK Images, Paris, France
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Judith Vecchione, Yves Eudes
PRODUCER/WRITERS: Sue Williams, Tom Wiedlinger, Christina von Braun
DIRECTORS: Sue Williams, Christina von Braun
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Georges Diane, Alain Thiollet, Michel Gau, Jean-Claude Barxell
EDITORS: Sharon Sachs, Constance Ryder, Claire Painchault
NARRATOR: Gene Galusha

FORMAT: Video 3 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTORS:

WGBH Educational Foundation (U.S.)

Jane Balfour Films, Ltd. (international)


Degenerate Art

Documentary

This film examines the Nazi attacks against avant garde art, music, film, and literature that culminated in the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition of 1937.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, and David Grubin Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1993
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Stephanie Barron, David Grubin
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: David Grubin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Allan Palmer
EDITOR: Bob Eisenhardt
NARRATOR: David McCullough
INTERVIEWS: Robert Hughes, Sander Gilman, Peter Guenther, Olda Kokoschka, Ursus Dix, Titus Felixmuller, Josephine Knapp, Bernard Schultze, Peter Setz, Gert Werneberg

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: American Association of Museums, Media and Technology Committee, MUSE Award; The New York Festival, Gold Medal; CINE Golden Eagle; Writers Guild of America Award

PRINT MATERIAL: Teacher's Guide available through L.A. County Museum of Art

FORMAT: Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: KCET


The Gate of Heavenly Peace

Documentary

This film revisits the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square in the context of the political habits and attitudes that have informed Chinese public life over the past century.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Long Bow Group, Inc., Brookline, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1995
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Richard Gordon, Carma Hinton
WRITERS: Geremie Barmé, John Crowley
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Richard Gordon
EDITORS: David Carnochan, Charles Phred Churchill
NARRATOR: Deborah Amos
INTERVIEWS: Dai Qing, Ding Zilin, Feng Congde, Ge Yang, Han Dongfang, Hou Dejian, Liang Xiaoyan, Liu Xiaobo, Lü Jinghua, Wang Dan, Wu Guoguang, Wuer Kaixi, Xiang Xiaoji, Zhao Hongliang

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: George F. Peabody Award for Television Journalism; New York Film Festival; Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema; Berlin International Film Festival

PRINT MATERIALS: Background information, biographies of filmmakers and of major characters appearing in the film, chronology of events, and press clippings, available from the Long Bow Group.

FORMAT: Video (188:30)

DISTRIBUTORS:

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

Jane Balfour Films, Ltd. (European TV only)


The Global Assembly Line

Documentary

The Global Assembly Line explores the impact of transnational expansion and relocation in the electronics and garment industries through the experience of women and men working in these industries in developing countries and in North America.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Educational Television and Film Center, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
COPRODUCERS: Lorraine Gray, Anne Bohlen, Maria Patricia, Fernandez Kelly
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Lorraine Gray
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Sandi Sissel, Baird Bryant, Lorraine Gray
EDITORS: Mary Lampson, Sarah Fishko

AWARDS: Emmy Award; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Gold Apple; Leipzig International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize; American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; Museum of Modern Art, New Directors/New Films

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: New Day Films


The Great Famine

Documentary

Exacerbated by misguided Soviet agricultural policies, the drought that descended on Soviet Russia in 1921 became not only a famine but also the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign championed by Herbert Hoover, who was both chairman of the American Relief Administration, known as the ARA, and the newly appointed Secretary of Commerce. The ARA’s 300 American relief workers, known as “Hoover’s boys,” would be tested by a railroad system in disarray, a forbidding climate, a ruthless government suspicious of their motives and the sheer scale of starvation and death. Among the first outsiders to break through Russia's isolation following the Bolshevik Revolution, by the summer of 1922, they were feeding nearly eleven million Soviet citizens a day in 19,000 kitchens. Tensions with the Bolshevik government foreshadowed the U.S.-Soviet rivalry that would dominate the second half of the twentieth century. Though Hoover had hoped to inspire a regime change, his efforts may have saved the Soviet regime. The Great Famine features two survivors who recall America’s generosity as well as Russian and American historians. It is told with archive film and stills and evocative re-enactments.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Austin Hoyt Productions, Cambridge, MA

YEAR PRODUCED: 2010

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels

PRODUCER/WRITER: Austin Hoyt

CO-PRODUCER: Melissa Martin

LINE PRODUCERS: Jennifer Lee Pearce, Lilya Risvanova

DIRECTORS: Austin Hoyt, Aisiyuak Yumagulov

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Riyas Ishhakov, Stephen McCarthy

EDITOR: Jon Neuburger

PRINT MATERIALS: Promotional material available from CaraMar Publicity 770-623-8190 cara white cara.white@mac.com Mary Lugo lugo@negia.net

FORMAT: Video/DVD (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Austin Hoyt Productions/PBS


Have You Heard From Johannesburg

Documentary Series

Have You Heard From Johannesburg is seven documentary stories chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War. Almost fifty years ago, South Africans began to realize that their freedom struggle had to be built in four arenas of action: mass action, underground organization, armed struggle, and international mobilization. These documentaries take viewers inside that last arena, the movement to mobilize worldwide citizen action to isolate the apartheid regime. Inspired by the courage and suffering of South Africa’s people as they fought back against the violence and oppression of racism, foreign solidarity groups, in cooperation with exiled South Africans, took up the anti-apartheid cause. Working against heavy odds, in a climate of apathy or even support for the governments of Verwoerd, Vorster and P.W. Botha, campaigners challenged their governments and powerful corporations in the West to face up to the immorality of their collaboration with apartheid. This was not just a political battle; it was economic, cultural, moral, and spiritual. The struggle came to many surprising venues: it was waged in sports arenas and cathedrals, in embassies and corporate boardrooms, at fruit stands and beaches, at rock concerts and gas stations. Thousands died, but in the end, nonviolent pressures played a major part in the collapse of apartheid and thus in the stunning victory of democracy in South Africa. The combined stories have a scope that is epic in both space and time, spanning most of the globe over half a century, beginning with the very first session of the United Nations, and ending in 1990 – when, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the best known leader of the African National Congress, toured the world a free man.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Clarity Educational Productions, Inc., DBA Clarity Films Saul Zaentz Media Center, Berkeley, CA

YEAR PRODUCED: 2010

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Connie Field

WRITERS: Jon Else, Connie Field, Gregory Scharpen, Ken Chowder                                

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tom Hurwitz, David Forbes, Ian Watts                                          

EDITORS: Series Editor: Gregory Scharpen, Editors: Ken Schneider, Dawn Logdson, Jeff Stevens, Gary Weimberg

NARRATORS: Alfre Woodard, Mmaboshadi M. Chauke

PRINT MATERIALS: Press Release, Post cards, Study Guide available through Clarity Films www.clairtyfilms.org

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Best Limited Series, International Documentary Association; Best Documentary Feature, Vancouver International Film Festival; Best Documentary Feature, Pan African Film Festival; Best Documentary Feature nomination, London Film Festival; Best Documentary of 2010, Village Voice; Best Documentary of 2010, Time Out New York; One of the 10 Best Films of 2010, Slant Magazine 

FORMAT: DVD 7 part series, each episode is one hour, 4 of the episodes in addition have feature length versions.

DISTRIBUTOR: Clarity Films, Saul Zaentz Media Center and Steps International


Heritage: Civilization and the Jews

Documentary Series

Heritage is a nine-part documentary series that chronicles the 3,000-year history of the Jewish people.

Program 1
A People Is Born (c. 3500 B.C.E. to sixth century B.C.E.)
recounts the origins of the Jewish people from their exodus out of Egypt to their Babylonian exile.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Eugene Marner
STORY: Marc Siegel
WRITER: John Sharnik

Program 2
The Power of the Word (sixth century B.C.E. to second century C.E.)
examines how the Jewish people formed an identity based on ideas as opposed to territory during the Babylonian exile.

DIRECTORS: Eugene Marner, Patricia Sides, Julian Krainin, Howard Enders
STORY: Marc Siegel
WRITER: John Lord
POST-PRODUCTION PRODUCER: Len Morris
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Petra Lent, Rivalyn Zweig

Program 3
The Shaping of Traditions (first to ninth centuries)
describes how different Jewish sects dispersed throughout the Mediterranean region and how this influenced the emergence of Christianity and Islam.

PRODUCERS: John G. Fox, Julian Krainin
DIRECTOR: Julian Krainin
WRITERS: John G. Fox, Marc Siegel

Program 4
The Crucible of Europe (ninth to fifteenth centuries)
explores Jewish life and religion throughout Western Europe during the Middle Ages.

PRODUCER: Michael Joseloff
DIRECTOR: Julian Krainin
WRITERS: John G. Fox, Marc Siegel, Michael Joseloff, Howard Enders

Program 5
The Search for Deliverance (1492–1789)
describes the Jewish-European experience, from the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 to the French Revolution.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Eugene Marner
WRITER: John G. Fox

Program 6
Roads from the Ghetto (1789-1917)
traces the impact on the Jewish experience of the Industrial and French Revolutions.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Eugene Marner
WRITERS: Eugene Marner, John G. Fox

Program 7
The Golden Land (1654–1932)
examines the stages of Jewish immigration to America and the convergence of the American ideal of democracy with the ancient Jewish heritage of freedom.

PRODUCER/DIRECTORS: Marc Siegel, Morton Silverstein
WRITER: Marc Montfrey

Program 8
Out of the Ashes (1917–45)
describes the Nazi ideology, Jewish "shetl" life, repression and persecution leading to "The Final Solution," and Jewish resistance.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Alan Rosenthal
WRITER: Brian Winston

Program 9
Into the Future (1945 to the present)
focuses on events leading up to the creation of Israel, its early history and relationship with Jews worldwide, and the long-range issues of identity and security.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Alan Rosenthal
WRITER: Aleck Jackson

SERIES PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WNET/13, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Arnold Labaton, Marc Siegel
SERIES PRODUCER: John G. Fox
SENIOR EDITORIAL CONSULTANT: Marc Siegel
HOST: Abba Eban

AWARDS: Emmy Award; Christopher Award; American Film Festival, Red Ribbon

FORMAT: Video 9 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Public Media Inc. / PBS


Homes Apart: Korea

Documentary

This film looks at the division of Korea through the eyes of the producer/narrator and a Korean-American who is reunited with his sister in North Korea.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Third World Newsreel, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Orinne J.T. Takagi
PRODUCER/NARRATOR: Christine Choy
DIRECTOR: J.T. Takagi
WRITER: David Henry Hwang
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Christine Choy, Nick Doob
EDITOR: Maro Chermayeff.
PRINT MATERIAL: Study guide available

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (55:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Third World Newsreel


I Came to Testify

Documentary

When the Balkans exploded into war in the 1990s, reports that tens of thousands of women were being systematically raped as a tactic of ethnic cleansing captured the international spotlight. I Came to Testify is the moving story of how a group of sixteen women who had been imprisoned by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. Now, as Bosnia is once again in the headlines with the capture of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic, the women agree to speak for the first time since then, on condition that we keep their identities hidden for their protection. “Witness 99,” who was held at gunpoint for a month with dozens of other women in a sports hall in the center of town remembers: “We were treated like animals. But that was the goal: to kill a woman’s dignity.” Their remarkable courage resulted in a triumphant verdict that led to new international laws about sexual violence in war. Returning to Bosnia sixteen years after the end of the conflict, I Came to Testify also explores the chasm between this seismic legal shift and the post-war justice experienced by most of Bosnia’s women war survivors.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Thirteen, New York, NY

YEAR PRODUCED: 2011

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker

SENIOR PRODUCER: Nina Chaudry

PRODUCER/WRITER: Pamela Hogan

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kirsten Johnson

EDITOR: Andrew Fredericks

NARRATOR: Matt Damon

FORMAT: Video/DVD (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Thirteen/PBS and Freemantle


India Speaks

Documentary

This program reveals India's cultural, linguistic, economic, and philosophical diversity through a look at the lives of several of its citizens.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Ganesha Productions, Los Angeles, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Paula Haller
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rickie Gauld
EDITOR: Jan Roblee

AWARDS: CINE Golden Eagle

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (23:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Not currently available


Kaddish

Documentary

Kaddish is a film about growing up as the American-born child of a Holocaust survivor in the Orthodox Jewish Community of Boro Park, New York.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Ways & Means Production, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Steve Brand
NARRATOR: Yossi Klein

FESTIVALS: U.S. Film Festival; Global Village Film Festival; FILMEX (Los Angeles); Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center, New Directors/New Films

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (92:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run/Icarus Films


Korea: The Unfinished War

Documentary Radio

While Koreans identify the war as the most important event in their recent history, for many Americans the fiftieth anniversary of the Korean War evoked only the vaguest notions of who fought and why U.S. soldiers were there. By the time it ended, inconclusively, on July 27, 1953, 54,000 Americans were dead and Korea was already on its way to becoming America's "Forgotten War." Korea: The Unfinished War features new interviews, woven together with archival tape, bringing to life a war that never received the attention it deserved. This American RadioWorks special report uses personal stories to illuminate the end of segregation in the armed forces; the policy of "limited war" and containment; and the American military build-up that lasted through the Cold War to the present day.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: American RadioWorks/Minnesota Public Radio
YEAR PRODUCED: 2003
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bill Buzenberg
PRODUCERS: John Biewen, Stephen Smith
EDITOR: Deborah George
HOST: Stephen Smith

PRINT MATERIALS: Text and audio of the radio documentary, as well as interview transcripts and other resources are available on the website www.americanradioworks.org/features/korea/index.html

FORMAT: One hour-long radio Special Report, one 13-minute newsmagazine report on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. Two ten-minute stories on PRI's The World and an extensive companion website.

DISTRIBUTOR: National Public Radio


Lodz Ghetto

Documentary

This film focuses on Poland's Lodz Ghetto (1941–44), the longest surviving community of Jews trapped in Hitler's Europe, and is drawn entirely from the secret daily journals and photographs which these people left behind.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Jewish Heritage Project, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1990
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Stephen Samuels
PRODUCER: Alan Adelson
DIRECTORS: Kathryn Taverna, Alan Adelson
SCRIPT COMPILED BY: Kathryn Taverna, Alan Adelson
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Jozef Piwkowski
EDITOR: Kathryn Taverna
MUSIC: Wendy Blackstone
VOICES: Jerzy Kosinski, Nicholas Kepros, Barbara Rosenblat, David Warrilow, Gregory Gordon

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Federation of European Film Critics Award; Leipzig International Film Festival, Best Film; U.S. (Sundance) Film and Video Festival; Montreal International Film Festival; San Francisco International Film Festival; Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy; Berlin International Film Festival; London International Film Festival: Valladolid International Film Festival; Dallas International Film Festival; Yamagata (Japan) International Film Festival

PRINT MATERIAL: The film is based on The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto, commissioned by the Eldest of the Jews and written for the purpose of historical illumination

FORMAT: 35mm, Video (103:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Jewish Heritage Project


Los Corridos

Radio Documentary

This program explores the history and significance of the Mexican ballads or story songs known as corridos and how they pass on traditions, oral history, and cultural values.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Voces Unidas Bilingual Broadcasting Foundation, Salinas, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: C. Beatriz Lopez-Flores
PRODUCER: Chris Strachwitz

FORMAT: Audiocassette (30:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Currently unavailable


Manos a la Obra: The Story Of Operation Bootstrap

Documentary

Manos a la Obra (Put Your Hands to Work) traces the historical background of Operation Bootstrap and the economic development of Puerto Rico from the 1930s to the 1960s.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos, Hunter College of the City University of New York
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Jaime Barrios
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Pedro Angel Rivera, Susan Zeig
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Susan Zeig, Alicia Weber
NARRATOR: Ilka Tania Payan

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: American Film and Video Festival, Finalist; First LASA Invitational Film Festival; Independent Focus;Choice, Outstanding Nonprint Material (American Library Association)

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (59:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Cinema Guild, Inc.


The Mao Years, 1949–1976

Documentary

This program examines the history of China from the Communist takeover in 1949 until the death of Mao Zedong and the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976. (See also China in Revolution.)

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Ambrica Productions, New York, NY, in association with WGBH, Boston, MA, and Channel 4, U.K.
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judith Vecchione
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sue Williams
COORDINATING PRODUCER: Kathryn Dietz
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Bestor Cram, Jean de Segonzac, Joe Vitagliano, Boyd Estus, Chris Burrill
EDITOR: Howard Sharp
NARRATOR: Will Lyman
MUSIC: Tan Dun

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: San Francisco International Film Festival, Best of Category in Television History; Writer's Guild of America, Outstanding Achievement Award nomination

PRINT MATERIALS: Posters with Teaching/Discussion Guide and Bibliography

FORMAT: Video (118:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

Zeitgeist Films, Ltd. (educational)

Jane Balfour Films, Ltd. (international)


Messengers From Moscow

Documentary Series

Filmed over a two-year period, this series explores the four crucial phases of Cold War confrontation from inside the former Soviet Union, through the eyes and memories of key Soviet and other communist participants. (NEH provided production support for Program 4.)

Program 1
The Struggle for Europe
examines Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's plan to extend communism not just into Eastern Europe but into Western Europe as well.

INTERVIEWS: General Mikhail Burtsev, General Sergei Kondrashev, Auguste Lecoeur, Wolfgang Leonhard, Hans Mahle, Daniel Melnikov, Vyacheslay Molotov, Dr. Klaus-Peter Schultz, Wilhemina Slavutskaya, Pavel Sudoplatov, Leonid Zamyatin

Program 2
The East is Red
tells the story of the alliance between the Soviet Union and China—the main hope of Soviet expansionists in the 1950s.

INTERVIEWS: Alexei Aszubel, Ivan Baibakov, Lev Delyusin, Andrei Dobrovsky, Mikhail Kapitsa, Liu Keming, Colonel Gavril Korotkov, Colonel Aleksander Orlov, Zhu Rhuizhen, Sergei Tikhvinski, Valentin Vdovin, Shi Zhe

Program 3
Fires in the Third World
spotlights the two hot spots of international tension in the 1960s—Cuba and Vietnam—explaining Soviet strategy at the time and challenging many of the myths related to those events.

INTERVIEWS: General Vladimir Abramov, Alexei Adzubel, Aleksander Alekseyev, Yevgeni Bazhanov, Colonel Alexei Belov, Lev Deliusin, Oleg Daroussenkov, Carlos Franqui, Mikhail Kapitsa, Rada Khrushcheva,Yevgeni Kobalev, Nikolai Leonov, Felix Machulsky, Vladimir Semichastny

Program 4
The Center Collapses
relates how and why the ideology and mission that justified the existence of the Soviet Union—to lead the working class to communism all over the world—also destroyed it.

INTERVIEWS: Georgi Arbatov, Elena Bonner, General Makhmud Gareev, Andrei Grachev, KGB General Sergei Kondrashev, Georgi Kornienko, Mikhail Kosarev, Anatoli Kovalev, Marshal Viktor Kullkov, KGB General Nikolai Leonov, Gregory Lokshin, Nikolai Shishlin, Tair Tairov, Valentin Vdovin, General Dmitri Volkogonov, Aleksandr Yakovlev, Valentin Zorin

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Thirteen/WNET, New York, NY, in coproduction with Barraclough Carey Productions, Ltd. and Pacem Productions, Inc.,and in association with BBC, Bristol, UK
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Arnold Labaton (WNET), Daniel Wolf (Barraclough Carey), Eugene B. Shirley & Herbert Ellison (Pacem)
PRODUCTION/EXECUTIVE: William Murphy
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Daniel Wolf (Barraclough Carey)
CHIEF CONSULTANT; Herbert Ellison (Pacem)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Valentin Chernoval (Barraclough Carey)
EDITOR: Christin Pancott (Barraclough Carey)
EDITORIAL CONSULTANT: John Sharnick (WNET)
NARRATOR: E.G. Marshall

FORMAT: Video, 4 (58:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Pacem Distribution International


Morning Sun

Documentary

A two-hour documentary about China's Cultural Revolution (c.1964–76), the film provides a multi-perspective view of this tumultuous period as seen through the eyes—and reflected in the hearts and minds—of members of the generation that came of age in the 1960s. Others join them in creating the film's conversation about the Cultural Revolution and its enduring legacy. Morning Sun is also a film about the cultures and convictions that created the impetus, language, style, and content of the Cultural Revolution—the films and plays, the music and ideas, the rhetoric and ideologies, the education and the aspirations, and the frustrations and fantasies that are at the heart of a story about a new revolution that attempted to remake revolution itself.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Long Bow Group, Brookline, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2003
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Carma Hinton, Geremie R. Barmé, Richard Gordon
WRITERS: Geremie R. Barmé, Carma Hinton, John Crowley
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Richard Gordon
EDITOR: David Carnochan
NARRATOR: Margot Adler

AWARDS: American Historical Association, John E. O'Connor Film Award, 2004; National Film Board of Canada: Nominee, Best Documentary Feature 2003; International Documentary Association: Nominee, ABCNEWS VideoSource and Pare Lorentz Awards Banff Television Festival: Finalist; Best Documentary, Cinemasia Film Festival, Amsterdam

FESTIVALS: Berlin International Film Festival (Premiere), San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, É Tudo Verdade/It's All True: International Documentary Film Festival, São Paulo, Brazil, Banff Television Festival, SilverDocs, Seattle International Film Festival, Starz Denver International Film Festival, Cinemasia Film Festival, Amsterdam, Singapore International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festivals, Brisbane International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival, New England Film and Video Festival

FORMAT: Video 117 mins


DISTRIBUTOR: National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA)


The Mystery Play of Elche

Documentary and Drama

As the only play performed continually since the Middle Ages, the Mystery Play of Elche has been declared a National Cultural Monument in Spain, re-enacted every year by the townspeople of Elche.

Program 1
A documentary study of the town of Elche and its people precedes an edited presentation of the play sung in Valenciano.

Program 2
This program features an unedited version of the play, without interpretive material.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1979
PRODUCER: O.B. Hardison, Jr.
DIRECTOR: Gudie Lawaetz
CO-DIRECTOR: Michael Dodds

AWARDS: Chicago International Film Festival, Certificate of Merit; Hemisfilm '80 Festival, Special Jury Prize

FORMAT: 16mm, Video Program 1 (120:00); Program 2 (180:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Folger Shakespeare Library, Museum Shop


Napoleon

Documentary

Napoleon is a four-hour public television series about one of history’s most exciting, complex, and controversial characters. Framed by the grand sweep of world events, the series recalls some of history’s most dramatic moments through the story of one man, whose life mirrored the times in which he lived, and whose extraordinary impact continues to this day. The series presents Napoleon as a man of substance, as well as a man of unchecked ambitions. A chronological account of Napoleon’s life, the series charts his dramatic rise to power as Emperor of France and his bitter final years spent in exile on the tiny, remote island of St. Helena. In examining Napoleon’s intersection with the major events and issues of the age, the series shows how those influences shaped the man, and how, in turn, he shaped the course of world history.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: David Grubin Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2000
PRODUCERS: David Grubin, Allyson Luchak
DIRECTOR/WRITER: David Grubin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Callanan
EDITORS: Seth Bomse, Susan Fanshel
NARRATOR: David McCullough

AWARDS: George Foster Peabody Award

PRINT MATERIALS: Poster with lesson plan for high schools, available through Thirteen/WNET New York

FORMAT: Video (4 hours)

DISTRIBUTORS: Devillier Donegan Enterprises and PBS Video


Panama Canal

Documentary

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global superpower. American ingenuity and innovation had succeeded where, just a few years earlier, the French had failed disastrously.  But the U.S. paid a price for victory: more than a decade of ceaseless, grinding toil, an outlay of more than 350 million dollars—the largest single federal expenditure in history to that time – and the loss of more than 5,000 lives. Along the way, Central America witnessed the brazen overthrow of a sovereign government, a revolutionary public health campaign, the backbreaking removal of hundreds of millions of tons of earth, and construction on an unprecedented scale. The story of the canal features a delightful cast of colorful characters ranging from an indomitable President to visionary engineers to tens of thousands of workers from around the world, rigidly segregated by race. Using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, some remarkable interviews with canal workers and first hand accounts of life in the Canal zone, the film unravels the remarkable story of one of the world’s most significant technological achievements.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WGBH, Boston, MA

YEAR PRODUCED: 2010

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels

PRODUCER: Amanda Pollak

DIRECTOR: Stephen Ives

WRITER: Michelle Ferrari

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Andrew Young

EDITOR: George O’Donnell

NARRATOR: Michael Murphy

PRINT MATERIALS:  Program transcript and teachers guides available on the website.

FORMAT: Video/DVD (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


The Parching Winds of Somalia

Documentary

This film examines the history and contemporary concerns of the Islamic African nation of Somalia.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting Inc. (WQED)
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David Roland
PRODUCER: Charles Geshekter
WRITERS: Charles Geshekter, Mary Rawson
EDITORS: Gary Hines, Frank George
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Andre Gunn
NARRATOR: Mary Rawson

FORMAT: Video (27:48)

DISTRIBUTOR: Indiana University, Audio-Visual Center


Partisans of Vilna

Documentary

Through archival footage and interviews with former partisans, this film explores Jewish resistance in Vilna, Poland, during World War II.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Ciesla Foundation, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
PRODUCER: Aviva Kempner
DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Josh Waletzky
NARRATOR: Roberta Wallach
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Danny Shneuer

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Anthropos Film Festival, Los Angeles, First Prize Winner; American Film and Video Festival, Honorable Mention; CINE Golden Eagle; Berlin Film Festival; FILMEX (Los Angeles); INPUT Conference; Toronto Film Festival; London Film Festival; Troia-Haifa Film Festival; London Jewish Film Festival; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; Australian Jewish Film Festivals (Sydney and Melbourne)

PRINT MATERIAL: Viewer's guide and record, with or without booklet, available. Record booklet contains essays on the songs and lyrics in English and in transliterated Yiddish. For these materials contact: Aviva Kempner, Ciesla Foundation, 1707 Lanier Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Telephone: 202-462-7528

FORMAT: 35mm, 16mm, Video (133:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: National Center for Jewish Film


Passage to India

Documentary Radio Series

The series presents India on its own terms and in its own words by exploring ten "passages" or keys to understanding modern India. Interviews and other recorded materials were gathered throughout the country, from Punjab to Calcutta, the Himalayas to Kerala, and from all sections of Indian society: Brahmins and Untouchables, Muslims, Sikhs and Tribals, pavement dwellers and Maharajahs. The programs interweave readings of poems and short stories from Classical and Contemporary Indian culture into the documentary fabric.

Program 1
A Kaleidoscope of Cultures
Language, race, religion, geography and climate-India is so diverse that by rights it shouldn't really be a country at all: and yet it is this very diversity that contains within it the secret that somehow binds Indians together.

Program 2
The Presence of the Past
In the West we live almost entirely in the present and the future. But life in India is dominated and shaped by its past and by very different notions of time itself. The program uses the example of the political career of Mahatma Gandhi to show how Gandhi consciously blended past and present to deliberate political ends.

Program 3
Puja: Darsan Dena, Darsan Lena
Hinduism is a bewildering mosaic of mythologies, rituals and gods. This program looks at Hinduism as worship in the daily lives of Indians. Several of the best---known Hindu myths are retold by Indian actors. The programs also features recordings of religious festivals to the gods Siva, Vishnu, and Parvati.

Program 4
Biryani and Plum Pudding
India is the "black hole" of civilizations, with a unique ability to absorb, incorporate and synthesize other cultures into something new and typically Indian. The program focuses on the Muslim and British impact on India and the manner in which they, in their turn, have been Indianised.

Program 5
Vedas, Ragas, and Storytellers
In a country where only 35 percent of the population is formally literate, oral cultures are enormously important even today, although modern education, politics and mass media are rapidly modifying the face-to-face nature of ancient styles of performance and perception. The program looks at the oral tradition in classical, folk, and popular cultures and how these traditions are handed down through the generations.

Program 6
In Search of Filmwallahs
The Indian cinema is the largest in the world; over 800 new films every year and over eleven million film goers every day. It's the dominant cultural form in today's India, retelling the past, interpreting the present, and creating new myths and dreams for millions, many uneducated and uprooted from their past.

Program 7
Praneschacharya's Dilemma
Western individualism is, in many ways, alien to the Indian psyche. Indians operate within circles of dependence and interdependence of family, caste, language and religion. Indians define themselves on a multitude of levels and through a mosaic of identities, justifying behavior through right action or Dharma. The modernization of sections of Indian society therefore creates new tensions and contradictions between individual and community roles and identities.

Program 8
Sita Speak!
In Hindu mythology women are usually all powerful, creative, and endowed with shakti or all-pervading energy. In practice, Indian women have been submissive and self effacing, prisoners of their very virtues. Today, the situation is full of tensions and contradictions as legislation and self-assertiveness on the part of educated and illiterate, affluent and poor women clash with centuries of tradition and immobilism.

Program 9
Swadeshi: The Quest for Self-Reliance
India, more than any other country save China, has pursued a conscious and continuous policy of economic self-reliance and political non-alignment since Independence. The causes for this single-minded policy have roots deep within Indian culture. The results have allowed India to remain independent but at considerable economic and political cost. Recent liberalization, while opening up the economy and accelerating growth, also threatens to widen the gap between urban and rural India, between rich and poor, and to compromise national community.

Program 10
Ram Rajya: In Search of Indian Democracy
At first glance, India would not appear to be fertile soil for democracy. The rigidities and hierarchies inherent in caste, religion and India's multiple societies, combined with a history of despotic rule from several centers, appears to be totally at odds with the vibrancy of Indian democracy. Furthermore, democratic institutions have been under severe abuse in recent years. Communalism, caste warfare, pervasive corruption and the breakdown of democratic civility all threaten the health of Indian democracy. And yet Indian voters may be illiterate, but they are also shrewd and treasure the right to vote as the one safeguard against abuse and tyranny.

PPRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Independent Broadcasting Associates, Inc., Littleton, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1990
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Martine Crandall-Hollick PRODUCERS: Julian Crandall-Hollick, Dean Cappello
DIRECTOR/WRITER/ EDITOR/NARRATOR: Julian Crandall-Hollick
CAST: Jonathen Epstein, Dennis Krausnik, George Muellner, Normi Noel and Gless Huggil

PRINT MATERIALS: Independent Broadcasting Associates, Inc. To hear samples, go to http://www.neh.gov/www.baradio.org

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Series award: 1991 Ohio State Award. Individual Program Awards: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures; Gabriel Award 1990; Gold Cindy Award 1990; Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Medal 1991; Armstrong Award (Innovation) 1991; New York International Radio Festival 1991; Gold Award Best Sound; New York International Radio Festival 1991; Silver Award Best Scripting; New York International Radio Festival 1991; Gold Award Best Educational Program; New York International Radio Festival; 1991 Grand Award/Best of Festival; informational programs. Puja, Darsan Dena: Darsan Lena: Bronze Cindy Award 1990; International Radio Festival 1990 Finalist Award; Special Cindy Award for Music 1990

FORMAT: Audiocassette 10 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Independent Broadcasting Associates, Inc.


The Prince

Documentary

The Prince focuses on the evolution of a distinct social type—the princes and rulers who governed Europe from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. (See also The Warrior.)

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Medici Foundation, Princeton, NJ
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: William C. Jersey
WRITERS: Lee Bobker, Mark Page, Theodore K. Rabb
CINEMATOGRAPHY: William C. Jersey
EDITOR: Jeffrey Friedman
HOST/NARRATOR: Peter Donat

FORMAT: Video (88:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: New Dimensions Video


Pyramid

Documentary

Based on the book by architect/illustrator David Macaulay, this film combines animation with location photography to tell the story of the planning, construction, and cultural significance of the Great Pyramid at Giza. (See also Castle and Cathedral.)

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Unicorn Projects, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ray Hubbard
PRODUCERS: Larry Klein, Mark Olshaker
DIRECTOR: Larry Klein
WRITER: Mark Olshaker
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ron Van Nostrand
EDITORS: Michael Ritter, Elsie Hull
ANIMATION: The Animation Partnership
DIRECTORS OF ANIMATION: Tony White, Richard Burdett
HOST/NARRATOR: David Macaulay
VOICES: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Brian Blessed, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sian Phillips, Sarah Bullen, Geoffrey Matthews, Timothy Spall, Peter Pacey, Ysanne Churchman

AWARDS: National Educational Film and Video Festival, Gold Apple; CINE Golden Eagle

PRINT MATERIAL: Teacher and Student Guides available

FORMAT: Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video (video)

Unicorn Projects, Inc. (16mm)


The Restless Conscience

Documentary

The Restless Conscience explores the motivating principles and activities of a small group of individuals within wartime Germany who comprised the anti-Nazi underground.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Hava Kohav Theatre Foundation, Inc., Riverside, NY and New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Hava Kohav Beller
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Volker Rodde, Martin Schaer, Gabor Bagyoni, and others
EDITORS: Tonicka Janek, Juliette Weber, David Rogow
NARRATOR: John Dildine

AWARDS: Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (113:00)

DISTRIBUTORS: Direct Cinema Limited


Return from Silence: China's Revolutionary Writers

Documentary

This film profiles five leading Chinese writers whose work has had a great impact on the development of modern China: the poet Ai Qing; the dramatist Cao Yu; and writers Mao Dun, Ba Jin, and Ding Ling.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The George Washington University, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Joan Chung-wen Shih
EDITOR: Martha Conboy
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Sullivan
NARRATOR: Joan Chung-wen Shih

PRINT MATERIAL: Bilingual transcript available (103 pages with thirty photographs)

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: contact Dr. Chung-wen Shih


Roman City

Documentary

Based on the book by David Macaulay, this film combines animated dramatic episodes with location sequences to tell the story of life in and around the fictional but historically accurate Roman city of Verbonia, a well-planned town with such modern conveniences as marketplaces, public baths, running water, and indoor plumbing.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Unicorn Projects, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ray Hubbard
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Larry Klein
WRITER: Mark Olshaker
ANIMATION: Kurtz and Friends
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mike Fox
EDITOR: Milton Spencer
HOST/NARRATOR: David Macaulay
VOICES: Sir Ian Mckellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, John Sessions, Sophie Thompson

AWARD: National Emmy Award, Outstanding Animated Program

PRINT MATERIALS: School Kit with Teacher's Guide

FORMAT: Video (55:57)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The Roman Empire in the First Century

Documentary

Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the world was ruled by Rome. The Roman Empire struggled with problems which are surprisingly familiar: violent coups, assassination, overarching ambition, civil war, clashes between the classes as well as the sexes, and questions of personal freedom versus government control. But from the chaos, the Roman Empire would emerge stronger and more dazzling than ever before. Soon, it would stretch from Britain across Europe to the shores of North Africa and from Spain across Greece and the Middle East to the borders of Asia. It would embrace hundreds of languages and religions and till its many cultures into a rich soil from which Western civilization would grow. Rome would become the world's first and most enduring super power.

Episode I
Order from Chaos

Millions of people-both famous and uncelebrated-played parts in the astonishing rise of Rome, but above them all was Caesar Augustus. Raised amid civil war, Augustus came to personify the people he led. He was contradictory, at once capable of brutal violence and tender compassion. He was influential, forging the image of Roman grandeur that endures to this day. And he was enormously popular. But those that crossed Augustus often faced dire consequences: his rivals Marc Antony and Cleopatra; the poet, Ovid; even his own daughter, Julia. The story of Augustan Rome is the story of greatness at a price.

Episode II
Years of Trial

In the year 14 AD, Augustus died and the Empire stood at a crossroads. Would Rome continue on the course set by its first emperor...or return to chaos? A reluctant new emperor quickly inhabited the imperial palace and quickly confronted mutiny and intrigue. At first, Tiberius struggled to live up to his predecessor, but he soon abandoned the effort. Tiberius' ultimate decline from ascetic ruler to reclusive despot ushered in one of the most notorious rulers of the ancient world-Caligula. As fear and conspiracy descended on Rome, crisis roiled the provinces. In Judaea, a charismatic leader named Jesus challenged the religious and political establishment. The local furor barely touched Rome, but the legacy of Jesus would one day engulf the Empire itself.

Episode III
Winds of Change

Claudius, the most unlikely member of the imperial family, becomes one of the greatest emperors of the Roman Empire-only to fall victim to a brutally ambitious wife. A principled philosopher named Seneca found himself compromised as a tutor to the erratic young Nero. In Britain, a warrior queen named Boudicca battled Roman legions, and in Judaea, the Jewish people revolted. Under Nero's disastrous rule, Rome nearly burned to the ground. The Empire was on the edge of disaster.

Episode IV
Years of Eruption

With Nero's death, the dynasty of Augustus came to an end. And once again, the Empire faced an uncertain future. Rival generals fought for supremacy in the streets of Rome. A new dynasty brought another tyrant to the throne. Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii and thousands of people beneath a torrent of ash and mud. But the Empire weathered the crisis. As the first century drew to a close, Rome's legacy was destined to reverberate across the ages.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Goldfarb and Koval Productions, Inc.
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Margaret Koval, Lyn Goldfarb
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Margaret Koval, Lyn Goldfarb
WRITER: Margaret Koval
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Chin
EDITOR: Douglas Cheek, Bill Haugse
NARRATOR: Sigourney Weaver

FORMAT: Video 4 programs 60:00 each


DISTRIBUTOR:PBS Video


Routes of Exile: A Moroccan Jewish Odyssey

Documentary

Routes of Exile examines the 2000-year history of the Moroccan Jews.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Cultural Research and Communication, Inc., Emeryville, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Eugene Rosow
COPRODUCERS: Howard Dratch, Vivian Kleiman
WRITERS: Eugene Rosow, Linda Post
EDITORS: Eugene Rosow, Anne Stein
NARRATOR: Paul Frees

FESTIVALS: FILMEX (Los Angeles); American Film Festival; Toronto Film Festival; Edinburgh Film Festival; Mill Valley (CA) Film Festival

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run/Icarus Films


Shoulder to Shoulder

Dramatic Series

Shoulder to Shoulder follows the lives of three members of the Pankhurst family and those of other pioneers of women's suffrage in England at the end of the nineteenth century. Originally aired on Masterpiece Theater, the Endowment provided funds to acquire the series for re-broadcast and to support the production of introductory material by actress Jane Alexander.

Program 1
The Pankhurst Family
Emmeline Pankhurst, who shares her recently deceased husband's passion for social reform, emerges as the force behind the new Manchester-based organization, the Women's Social and Political Union, and with daughters Christabel and Sylvia, mobilizes other women in efforts to change British attitudes and laws.

Program 2
Annie Kenney
By age 13, Annie Kenney was working full-time in the Lancaster mills. When the women's movement moves to London, Kenney becomes a suffrage organizer after a chance meeting with Christabel Pankhurst. Her efforts bring the working class into the women's movement.

Program 3
Lady Constance Lytton
A member of the aristocracy, Lady Constance Lytton becomes convinced of the need for confrontational tactics in the struggle for suffrage. She also strikes out against the class system.

Program 4
Christabel Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst's oldest daughter, Christabel, emerges as a youthful militant leader. This program explores her opinions and ideology.

Program 5
Outrage
On Derby Day, June 4, 1913, Emily Wilding Davidson throws herself under the hoofs of the King's horse at the Derby. Her death makes her the first of many martyrs for women's rights. This episode also tells the story of the critical break that develops between sisters Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst.

Program 6
Sylvia Pankhurst
Women in England win the vote as a direct result of suffragette support for World War I, but for some, like Sylvia Pankhurst, it is a shallow victory. Sylvia, a pacifist who has broken with her mother and sister because she opposes England's entry into the war, becomes a strong supporter of the Russian Revolution, writes a book on Russia, completes a biography of her mother, and campaigns for the greater freedom and independence of all people.

Premiere Presentation

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: BBC Television, England, in association with Warner Brothers Television, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1974 (first American broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, 1975)
PRODUCERS: Midge McKenzie, Georgia Brown, Verity Lambert
WRITERS: Ken Taylor, Douglas Livingstone, Hugh Whittemore, Alan Plater
DIRECTORS: Waris Hussein, Moira Armstrong
CAST: Sian Phillips, Angela Down, Patricia Quinn, Michael Gough, Georgia Brown, Judy Parfitt, Sheila Grant, Pat Beckett, Liz Ashley, Jenny Till, Martin Matthews, Antonia Pemberton

AWARD: British Television Critics, Best Dramatic Series

Encore Presentation

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WETA, Washington, DC, in association with The Institute for Research in History, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Midge McKenzie
COORDINATING PRODUCER: Barbara Abrash
EDITOR: Stephen Prockter
HOST: Jane Alexander

PRINT MATERIAL: Shoulder to Shoulder by Midge McKenzie (Alfred A. Knopf, 1975 and Vintage Paperback, 1988)

FORMAT: Video
6 (57:50) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


So Far from India

Documentary

This film examines the cultural transitions experienced by an Indian immigrant in New York.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Film News Now Foundation, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Mira Nair
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Alex Griswold
EDITOR: Ann Schaetzel

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: CINE Golden Eagle; American Anthropology Association; International Conference in Visual Communication; FILMEX (Los Angeles); New York Film Festival; American Film Festival; Cinemadu Reel; Margaret Mead Film Festival

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (52:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Filmakers Library


Sorceress

Drama

This film examines thirteenth-century French village life and beliefs through the story of the ascetic friar Etienne de Bourbon who condemns a compassionate herbalist to death for heresy.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Lara Classics, Inc., Cambridge, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1987
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Vincent Malle, Martine Marignac
PRODUCERS: Pamela Berger, Georges Reinhart, Annie Leibovici
DIRECTOR: Suzanne Schiffman
COWRITERS: Pamela Berger, Suzanne Schiffman
EDITOR: Martine Barraque
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Patrick Blossier
ART DIRECTION: Bernard Vezat
MUSIC: Michel Portal
CAST: Tcheky Karyo, Christine Boisson, Jean Carmet, Raoul Billery, Catherine Frot, Feodor Atkine, Maria de Medeiros

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Nominated for a Ceasar (French Academy Award), Best First Time Director (for Suzanne Schiffman); Toronto International Film Festival; Boston Film Festival

FORMAT: 35mm, Video (90:00) In French (with English subtitles) or in English

DISTRIBUTORS:

Lara Classics (35mm)

Mystic Fire Video (home video)


The Storm that Swept Mexico

Documentary/Drama

The Storm That Swept Mexico tells the gripping story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the twentieth-century. The revolution not only changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, but also profoundly impacted the relationships between Mexico, the U.S., and the rest of the world. Leading the initial wave of twentieth-century worldwide political and social upheavals, the Mexican revolution was the first major revolution to be filmed. The Storm That Swept Mexico incorporates photographs and motion pictures from the earliest days of cinema, much of which has never been seen before by North American and international audiences. Interviewing distinguished scholars from the disciplines of history, economics, literature, political science, women’s studies, and art history, The Storm That Swept Mexico explores the beliefs and conditions that led to the revolution, influenced the course of the conflict, and determined its consequences over the century that followed.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Independent Television Service, San Francisco, CA

YEAR PRODUCED: 2010

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Raymond Telles

PRODUCERS: Raymond Telles, Kenn Rabin

DIRECTOR: Raymond Telles

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Vicente Franco

EDITOR: Manuel Tsingaris

NARRATOR: Luis Valdez

CAST: Baldomero Blanquet, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Barry Carr, Romana Falcón, Adolfo Gilly, P. Edward Haley, Friedrich Katz, Maria de Jesus Lopez Davila, Laura Gonzalez Matute, Carlos, Pacheco Valle, Max Parra, Elena Poniatowska, Ramón Ruíz, Benjamín Sánchez, Alex Saragoza, Andrés Soto, Jesus Vargas, Jorge Zapata

PRINT MATERIALS: Classroom materials available at PBS.org.

FORMAT: Video/DVD (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


Television's Vietnam: Impact of the Media/The Real Story

Documentary

A response to the thirteen-part PBS series Vietnam: A Television History, this program features a critique of the original series and an examination of the role of the media in creating perceptions that influenced the course of the war. A two-hour version includes an introduction and a panel discussion focusing on the major issues raised in the critique.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Accuracy In Media, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Peter C. Rollins
EDITOR: Bill Crane
HOST/NARRATOR: Charlton Heston
MODERATOR/PANEL DISCUSSION: Arthur Miller

FORMAT: Video (two versions, 58:30 and 112:00)

DISTRIBUTOR:

·  SVS, Inc. (58:30 only)


Vietnam: A Television History

Documentary Series

With the history of French colonial Indochina as background, Vietnam: A Television History chronicles three decades of conflict in Southeast Asia.

Program 1
Roots of a War
covers a rebellion against the Chinese in the first century A.D., the development of the Vietnamese revolutionary movement during the Second World War, and Indochina's return to French rule after the war.

Program 2
The First Vietnam War (1946–54)
considers how, after eight years of fighting, the French lost their empire in Indochina.

Program 3 America's Mandarin (1954–63)
chronicles President Eisenhower's decision to support Ngo Dinh Diem as the leader of a separate, anti-Communist state in South Vietnam; it also considers President Kennedy's choice, nine years later, not to interfere in a plot to overthrow Diem.

Program 4
LBJ Goes to War (1964–65)
examines how, as a result of events in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964, the United States increased the number of American troops.

Program 5
America Takes Charge (1965–67)
tells the story of some of those sent as part of the military build-up.

Program 6
America's Enemy (1954–67)
presents the escalating conflict in Vietnam from the different perspectives of Communist leaders in Hanoi, Vietcong guerillas, North Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, and Americans held as prisoners of war.

Program 7
Tet, 1968
examines the Communist offensive and its political consequences for President Johnson.

Program 8
Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)
explores the impact of American withdrawal on American soldiers, Vietnamese civilians, the economy of Vietnam, and the conduct of the war

Program 9
No Neutral Ground: Cambodia and Laos
traces American activities in the two countries from 1961 when President Kennedy sent in special forces to aid guerilla troops against Communist forces.

Program 10
Peace Is at Hand (1968–73)
analyzes the course of the complex peace talks in Paris, from their inception in mid-1969 to the final cease-fire agreement nearly five years later.

Program 11
Homefront USA
traces the eroding public support for the war.

Program 12
The End of the Tunnel (1973–75)
considers the fall of Saigon and the capitulation of South Vietnam.

Program 13
Legacies
examines the results of the war in Asia and the United States, particularly its effects on Vietnam and on American foreign policy.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA; Central Independent Television/UK; and Antenne 2/France
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Richard Ellison
PRODUCERS: Elizabeth Deane, Austin Hoyt, Martin A. Smith, Judith Vecchione, Bruce Palling, Andrew Pearson
DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RESEARCH: Lawrence Lichty
CHIEF CORRESPONDENT: Stanley Karnow
MUSIC: Mickey Hart

AWARDS: For Series: Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Broadcast Journalism Award; 6 National Emmy awards; George Foster Peabody Award; International Film Festival of Nyon, Certificate of Merit; George Polk Award, Documentary Television Award; Organization of American Historians, Erik Barnouw Award; New England Historical Society, Certificate of Merit; San Francisco International Film Festival, Golden Gate Award for Network Documentary, Television Special Program Category; America Takes Charge: Global Village Film and Video Documentary Festival, Best Program Made for Television; Roots of a War American Film Festival, Red Ribbon; Tet 1968 American Film Festival, Honorable Mention

PRINT MATERIALS: Anthology, Textbook, and Instructor's Guide available (see below)

Study Guide and Anthology—Steven Cohen, Vietnam: Anthology and Guide to a Television History. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf), 1983. Nearly150 documents, along with photographs, maps, chronologies, and historical summaries. Desk copies of the study guide are available through McGraw-Hill, 1-800-338-3987.

Textbook—Stanley Karnow, Vietnam (New York: Viking Press) 1983. In the first full history of the war, chief correspondent for the television series Karnow combines scholarship with information from thirty years of reporting on the French and American wars in Indochina. Personal, desk, and examination copies of the textbook are available from Penguin USA, 1-800-331-4624.

Instructor's Guide to Vietnam, 1983. Interdisciplinary material and instructional suggestions for using the series as a television course or in existing courses in history, political science, or philosophy. Colleges, universities, and other organizations can license the use of Vietnam from the PBS Adult Learning Service as a credit or non-credit television course and receive one copy of the guide and the right to tape the programs off-air and to use them with enrolled telecourse students for the term of the license.

FORMAT: Video
13 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTORS:

Films for the Humanities and Sciences

Sony Video (homevideo)

Adult Learning Service, PBS (telecourse)


The Warrior

Documentary

Focusing on the changing role of the warrior, a distinct social figure common in the Renaissance, this film traces important themes and ideas of the period through drama, architecture, literature, philosophy, and art. (See also The Prince.)

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Medici Foundation, Princeton, NJ
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: William C. Jersey, Ian Martin
PRODUCERS: Paul Kafno, Alan Horrox
DIRECTOR: Paul Kafno
WRITERS: Paul Kafno, Theodore Rabb
EDITOR: Michael Chandler
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ray Siemens
NARRATOR/HOST: Theodore Rabb

FORMAT: Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: contact New Dimensions Video


Westward to China

Documentary

Through eye witness accounts, Westward to China examines the experiences of the diverse groups of Americans who lived and worked in China during the turbulent Nanking Decade, 1927–37: missionaries, entrepreneurs, soldiers, journalists, doctors, and diplomats.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Film Arts Foundation and James Culp Productions, San Francisco, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1990
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: James Culp
WRITERS: James Culp, Yasha Aginsky, Erica Marcus
CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Culp, Richard Gordon, Len McClure
EDITOR: Yasha Aginsky
HOST: Harrison Salisbury
NARRATOR: Peter Thomas
CAST: Ed Asner as the voice of Edgar Snow

FESTIVAL: Hawaii Film Festival

FORMAT: Video (57:40)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Film History Foundation


When Worlds Collide

Documentary

When Worlds Collide presents a vivid exploration of the first century after the Old World encountered the New World. The story begins on the streets of Los Angeles in 2010 and travels to Spain and Latin America, where contact first occurred between Spanish conquistadors and native peoples. By the time the Spanish arrived, indigenous civilization had developed a sophisticated society, including advanced architectural, agricultural, and textile practices that in many ways surpassed those of the invaders. This epic odyssey traces the impact that these and many other New World innovations had on the Old World during an era almost always described as "the conquest." In reality, the most important consequence of the era was the radical change that both worlds experienced, resulting in an entirely new "mestizo" or mixed culture, an important part of the heritage of more than 30 million Latinos in the U.S. today.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: KCET, Los Angeles, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2010
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Carl Byker
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Carl Byker
WRITERS: Rubén Martínez, Carl Byker
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mitch Wilson
EDITOR: John Warren
HOST/NARRATOR (both): Rubén Martínez
Original Music: Christopher Hedge

FORMAT: Video/DVD (90:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video (video)


Winnetou & Old Shatterhand

Documentary Radio

For more than five hundred years, European writers have invented an American West as a backdrop for stories that basically reflect Europe's quarrels and fantasies about itself, not about America. The series discusses Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels; Rousseau's "noble savage," free of laws and constraints on his behavior; Atala, written in 1800 by the French catholic writer Chateaubriand; nineteenth-century "boys own" stories by Mayne Reid, Friedrick Gerstaecker, Gabriel Ferry; the series of "Winnetou and Old Shatterhand" novels by the Saxon author Karl May first published in Dresden one hundred years ago, as well as the impact of such cultural icons as Buffalo Bill.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Independent Broadcasting Associates, Inc., Littleton, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Martine Crandall-Hollick
PRODUCERS: Julian Crandall-Hollick, Dean Cappello
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Julian Crandall-Hollick
EDITOR/NARRATOR: Julian Crandall-Hollick

FORMAT: Audio 1 - 90 minute radio documentary


DISTRIBUTOR: Independent Broadcasting Associates, Inc.


The World of Islam

Documentary Radio Series

Recorded on location in fifteen Muslim countries, The World of Islam is a thirteen-part series of radio documentaries exploring Islam as a faith, culture, and political ideology.

Program 1
Islam: A Complete Way of Life
introduces the basic elements of Islam.

Program 2
The Five Pillars of Islam
features individuals from several countries and walks of life discussing what it means personally to be a Muslim.

Program 3
Muhammed and His Heirs
examines the character and influence of Muhammed and the origins of the factional split between Sunni and Shiite Muslims through the observations of Muslim scholars.

Program 4
The Rise and Fall of the Caliphate
describes the ascent and decline of one of the world's most powerful empires.

Program 5
The Magnificent Heritage: The Golden Age of Islamic Civilization
presents Muslim historians and others describing the Islamic Golden Age (800 to 1500 A.D.) and its achievements in art and science—algebra, Arabic numerals, abstract design.

Program 6
Decay or Rebirth? The Plight of Islamic Art Today
features Muslim artists from several countries discussing the pressures on them to conform to Western styles and tastes and their efforts to revive Islamic art forms.

Program 7
Islam and the West
presents Muslims from several countries discussing the often strained relationships with Christians and offering opinions on how to improve them.

Program 8
Resurgent Islam Today
examines Islam's political and cultural revival and its implications for the West from the perspective of Muslim leaders and activists.

Program 9
Voices of the Resurgence
traces the efforts of members of Muslim revivalist groups as they attempt to make Islam relevant to the twenty-first century.

Program 10
Islam in America: The Immigrant Experience
presents Muslim immigrants to the United States speaking of both the problems and advantages of making new lives in this country.

Program 11
Black Islam
chronicles the growth of Islam among African-Americans and considers the two rival African-American Muslim groups, Nation of Islam and the American Muslim Mission.

Program 12
Women and Family in Muslim Societies
considers the views of Muslim women and men about the teaching of Islam concerning women and the influence of traditional patriarchal values on their lives.

Program 13
Whither Islam: The Future of Islam
explores the relevance of Islamic values and institutions for the twenty-first century.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Independent Broadcasting Associates, Inc., Littleton, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER/NARRATOR: Julian Crandall Hollick
HOST: Peter Jennings

AWARDS: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Best Public Affairs Documentary; National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc., Fellowship Award; National Mass Media Brotherhood Award

FORMAT: Audiocassettes 13 (29:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Independent Broadcasting Associates, Inc.