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Casablanca — DV-Disc PN 1997 C352 1998 / 1943 103 min. b&w Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French.
Ilsa Lazlo and her fugitive husband, a leader of Europe's underground, must obtain visas to guarantee their transit to America. Richard Blaine, Ilsa's former lover becomes an accomplice in the endeavor to assure their safe departure.

(500) Days of Summer – DV-Disc PN 1997.2 F58 2009 / 2009 95 min. color Languages: English, French, Spanish Subtitles: English, Spanish
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

French Kiss – DV-Disc PN 1997 F7437 1999 / 1995 111 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, Spanish
When her fiance is smitten by a beautiful Frenchwoman, Kate flies to Paris determined to win him back. However, nothing prepares her for Luc, a cunning, sexy Frenchman with a gift for gab and a fondness for thievery. A self-proclaimed expert on affairs of the heart, Luc promises to help Kate win back her man.

It Happened One Night – DV-Disc PN 1997 I76 1999 / 1934 105 min. color Languages: English, Spanish Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
Spoiled Ellie Andrews escapes from her millionaire father, who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, she gets involved with an out-of-work newsman. When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition.

(Streamed) Love / 53 min.
Beginning with the Sumerians and other ancient civilizations, this program seeks to understand love's social rituals and its interrelated physiological imperatives. Topics under consideration by anthropologist Helen Fisher of Rutgers University, psychoanalyst Malek Chebel, biologist Robert Francoeur, and author Morton Hunt include pair bonding; platonic, courtly, and romantic models of love; homosexuality; inhibitions vs. promiscuity; and behaviors such as flirting. Some content may be objectionable.

Shrek (animated) – DV-Disc PN 1997.5 S474 2001 / 2001 93 min. color Languages: English, French, Spanish Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
This is Shrek's daring quest to rescue feisty Princess Fiona with the help of his lovable Donkey and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad.

 

(Streamed) George Washington (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC) / 50 min.
This program follows archaeologists and historians who have found fresh clues about the real George Washington. Their high-tech tools and techniques are peeling back layer after layer of misunderstanding and revealing the Founding Father we hardly knew.

Lincoln – DV-Disc PN 1997.2 L56 2013 / 2013 150 min. color Languages: English, French, Spanish Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

(Streamed) Lincoln / 140 min.
Burdened by a tragic family life, suicidal urges, and unsettled sexuality, Abraham Lincoln was able to employ his powerful wit and innate charm to transform his inner demons. Filmed as if through the president's own eyes, this episode of Biography captures the dark soul behind one of history's brightest lights. Interviews with leading Lincoln biographers such as Gore Vidal, Jan Morris, and Harold Holzer are also included.

(Streamed) Road to the Presidency / 45 min. color
After leading the country to a most unlikely victory in the War for Independence, George Washington is called into service again. This episode of The Revolution explores Washington's commitment to act as the first U.S. president and lead the nation he helped create.


 Civil Rights Postponed: Angela Davis (Keynote Address) – DV-Disc E 185.615 D38 2007 / 2007 75 min. color Languages: English
Angela Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years, she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era. She gives the keynote address as part of the 2007 MLK, Jr. Celebration at the University of Utah.

Jim Crow's Museum – DV-Disc E 185.61 J55 2004 / 2004 29 min. color Languages: English
The Jim Crow Museum of racist memorabilia is a 4000-piece collection of racist artifacts housed at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. The museum uses items of intolerance to teach tolerance. Jim Crow's museum is a fast paced tour through the continuum of anti-black material items produced in the past and present. Often disturbing, this flow of images and commentary is designed to remind the audience of the causes and effects of racism.

The Souls of Black Girls – DV-Disc E 185.86 S685 2008 / 2008 52 min. color Languages: English
A provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images--how they are instituted, established and controlled. The documentary also examines the relationship between the historical and existing media images of women of color and raises the question of whether they may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media image.

(Streamed) Struggles in Steel / 1996 58 min. color
Documents the history of discrimination against black workers and their struggle for equality on the job. A collaboration between black steelworker Ray Henderson and his high school buddy, independent filmmaker, Tony Buba. Together they interviewed more than 70 retired black steelworkers who tell of struggles with the company, the union and white co-workers to break out of the black "job ghetto" of the most dangerous, dirty and low paid jobs.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson – DV-Disc GV 1196 J64 U54 2005 / 2004 3 hrs. 40 min. b&w-color Languages: English Subtitles: English
This film tells the story of the first African-American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports and his struggle, in and out of the ring, to live his life as a free man.

(Streamed) Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad / 59 min.
Defiant, brave and free, the great abolitionists Thomas Garrett, William Still and Harriet Tubman, along with hundreds of lesser known and nameless opponents of slavery, formed a Corridor of Courage stretching from Maryland's eastern shore through the length of Delaware to Philadelphia and beyond - making the Underground Railroad a real route to freedom for enslaved Americans before the Civil War. Long-format interviews with prominent historians blend with dramatic reenactment to create a powerful story about the fight to end slavery.


 

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