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Anne Frank Remembered — V-Cass DS 135 N6 F7342 1996 / 1995 117 min. color
Using vintage newsreels, photographs and a rare home movie, this documentary looks beyond the celebrated pages of Anne’s diary. In surprising, often emotional interviews with Anne’s family, friends, and her heroic protector Miep Gies, Anne’s life serves once more as an unforgettable symbol of and tribute to the many lives lost in the Holocaust.

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State – DV-Disc D 805.5 A96 A88 2005 / 2005 300 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
While never losing sight of the suffering of the victims, this documentary offers a unique and alarming look at the mindset of the perpetrators. Special features include an interview with the producer Laurence Rees, and a series of six follow-up discussions hosted by Linda Ellerbee.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – DV-Disc PN 1997.2 B6935 2009 / 2008 94 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English, Spanish
Set in Poland during World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno is bored and restless in his new home. Ignoring his mother, he sets off on an adventure in the woods. He comes across a high fence which separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops.

Breaking the Silence -- V-Cass D 810 J4 B7 1984 / 1984 58 min. color
The Holocaust created a legacy of trauma and pain, not only for those who experienced its horror, but for their children as well. This documentary tells a story of personal growth as the children of Holocaust survivors confront their inheritance of pain and overcome the silent barriers that separate them from their parents.

Kristallnacht: The Journey From 1938 to 1988 -- V-Cass DS 135 G33 K74 1988 / 1988 58 min. color
Living witnesses of the Crystal Night or, "night of breaking glass," recall the horrors of the destruction and violence which left hundreds of German and Austrian synagogues burned and wrecked, thousands of Jewish businesses vandalized and the glass of broken windows littering the streets.

Last Dance (Pilobolus & Maurice Sendak) – DV-Disc GV 1786 P54 L38 2002 / 2002 84 min. color Languages: English
A collaborative dance-theater work that honors a haunting holocaust legacy. This dance weaves together verite rehearsal footage, probing interviews, chilling Nazi propaganda footage and breathtaking performance.

Lest We Forget: A History of the Holocaust (WIN/MAC) — CD-ROM D 810 J4 L44 1996 / 1996
This CD-ROM includes documentary film footage including excerpts from Nazi propaganda films; over 500 photographs; interactive maps, charts, and timeline; original text written for this work; 65 biographies; subtitled audio documents including original Nazi speeches from German archives.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele – DV-Disc DS 135 H93 K67 2005 / 2005 80 min. color-b&w Languages: English
Forgiving Dr. Mengele tells the story of a shocking act of forgiveness by Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor and the firestorm of criticism it has provoked. Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, were victims of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele's cruel genetic experiments--an experience that would haunt them their entire lives. We follow Eva's metamorphosis from embittered survivor to tireless advocate for reconciliation. This unexpected transformation was sparked when Eva, in an attempt to get information about the experiments, met with another former Auschwitz doctor. Eva's ideas about justice, revenge and the possibility of healing through forgiveness--as well as the passionate opposition from other survivors--become a window to a larger discussion of the many ways people define forgiveness.

Stream: Landscapes of Memory: The Life of Ruth Kluger / 2011 83 min. color portions in German with English subtitles
Ruth Klüger grew up in fascist Vienna, survived three years in Nazi concentration camps, and went on to become a college professor and a recognized authority on German literature. She also wrote Landscapes of Memory: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, an award-winning best seller said to be “as important as The Diary of Anne Frank—and equally unforgettable” by The Independent (London). In this documentary, Klüger doesn’t mince words as she shares her thoughts on her childhood in anti-Jewish Vienna, her post–World War II life in America, her experiences as a mother of two American sons, and the culture of commemoration that has grown up around the Holocaust. Filmed in Vienna, California, Göttingen, and Israel.

The Memory Thief – DV-Disc PN 1997.2 M46 2010 / 2007 94 min. color Languages: English
Lukas is an aimless, haunted young man who is living in L.A. He buries painful thoughts of his own past in the humdrum routine of his job as a tollbooth clerk. A chance encounter with a holocaust survivor suddenly brings into focus a world and an identity he embraces with frightening intensity: the victimized Jews of World War II. As he begins to enthusiastically act out and explore his newfound obsession, Lukas discovers that survivor's guilt isn't just for the Jews anymore.

Partisans of Vilna — C-Disc M 1766 L4 P3 1989 / 1989
An album of songs that were created and sung by members of the Jewish underground of Vilna during World War II.

A Portrait of Elie Wiesel -- V-Cass PQ 2683 I32 Z76 1989 / 1989 58 min. color
In an interview with this 1986 Nobel Prize winner, viewers share an intimate look into the life story of a man and a world that witnessed the Holocaust. Pictures from archives, family photo albums and original artwork by Samuel Bak are interspersed as illustrations.

Primo – DV-Disc D 805 P7 L4413 2004 / 2004 110 min. color Languages: English
Brings to life Primo Levi's great testament to his year in Auschwitz.

Shoah – DV-Disc D 810 J4 S47 2003 v.1-4   / 1985 4 discs-9 hrs, 26 min. color Languages: English, French, Polish, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Italian Subtitles: English, French
A direct confrontation with the people of the Holocaust, with those who were there. Victims, bystanders, and persecutors recount their side of the story in a completely candid and free manner, without any director's tricks.

Stream: Symbol: Should We Still Fear the Swastika? / 2010 28 min. color
Appropriated by the Nazis as a symbol of Fascist power, the swastika, or hooked cross, has been revered by various cultures and nations since pre-Christian times. In 2006, a Catholic church in St. Cloud, Minnesota, opted to remove five swastikas that had been part of its roofline façade since 1930. This program considers the factors that led to the decision, chronicles the removal itself, and examines the wide range of opinions it aroused in the surrounding community. Produced with support from St. Cloud State University’s Jewish Studies program and its Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, this is an excellent launch point for discussing intersections between architecture, history, religion, free expression, and other areas. Contains mature content.

Of Interest:

Web:    United States HolocaustMemorial Museum
            Cybrary of the Holocaust

Ben Hur (Collector’s Edition) – DV-Disc PN 1997 B39 2005 / 1959 222 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Ben Hur, a peace-loving prince of Judea, leads his nation against the wrath of the conquering romans. His self-imposed destiny brings tragedy to himself and his people.

An Easter Celebration (Harry Christophers & The Sixteen) – DV-Disc M 2086 E37 2010 / 2008 120 min. color Languages: English
Easter music.

It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (animated) -- V-Cass PN 1997.5 I866 2000 / 1974 24 min. color
Charlie, Sally, Lucy and the rest of the gang are getting ready for Easter, but Linus insists no preparation is necessary. The Easter Beagle will take care of everything!

Jesus Christ Superstar (Webber) – DV-Disc PN 1997 J39 2001 / 2000 102 min. color Languages: English, French Subtitles: English, French
Told entirely in song, images, and music, this story focuses on the last week of Christ's life, his betrayal and crucifixion, seen from the point of view of Judas.

Jesus the Son of Man (Oratorio in Dance) -- V-Cass GV 1790 J47 J47 1988 / 1988 72 min. color
This production does not follow the Biblical story from step to step but places an emphasis on some of the teachings of Jesus that are relevant today.

Stream: The Last and First Days of Jesus / 1998 26 min. color
This program investigates Jesus’ presence in and around Jerusalem during Passover: his allegedly seditious activities, his subsequent arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, his trial at the palace, and his execution by crucifixion. The remains of the shops of the money-changers and the great temple itself are also explored. With his death and burial, the "Jesus file" is closed, except for one loophole: his miraculous resurrection.

The Last Temptation of Christ – DV-Disc PN 1995.9 J4 L37 2000 / 1988 163 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
In this controversial movie Jesus, as both fully human and fully divine, is viewed in this film free of sin but subject to all temptations.

Lines of Eternity: Egg Writing and Easter Ritual in a Ukrainian Community -- V-Cass NK 4900 L55 1991 / 1991 20 min. color
Egg writing and Easter ritual in a Ukrainian community.

Stream: The Mystery of the Tomb of Jesus: The Quest for the Historical Christ / 2002 51 min. color

This program uses footage of the caverns beneath the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other sacred sites, artwork, and expert commentary to analyze the historicity of Jesus’ last days, the political context of 1st-century Jerusalem, and the emergence of Christianity as an institution. Jesus’ execution, burial of the dead in Jewish tradition, the significance of Jesus’ tomb, and two millennia of Jerusalem’s history are addressed by N. T. Wright, canon theologian of Westminster Abbey; archaeologist Ronny Reich, of the University of Haifa; Martin Biddle, of the University of Oxford; Jonathan Riley-Smith, of the University of Cambridge; author John Dominic Crossan; and others.

Processione: A Sicilian Easter -- V-Cass BV 55 P73 1989 / 28 min. color
Shows the highlights of the annual "Procession of the Mysteries" in Trapani, Sicily. Explores the psychology of ritual and the need for people to belong to a community, to have identity.

The Robe -- V-Cass PN 1997 R57526 1987 / 1953 133 min. color
A Roman tribune who is ordered by Pontius Pilate to carry out the crucifixion of Christ becomes obsessed with the power of the Saviour's robe, and as he journeys through the Holy Land seeking to find and destroy it, he becomes converted to Christianity.


Agribusiness: Problems and Solutions – DV-Disc HD 1761 A27 2005 v.1&2 / 2004 47 min. ea. color Languages: English (1. Corporate Agriculture: Cultivating Trouble 2. Alternative Agriculture: Food for Life) "Corporate agriculture" examines the cost to the environment and rural culture caused by a handful of multinational corporations involved in factory farming. "Alternative agriculture" assets that ecological, organic and ethical farming is a viable alternative to industrial agriculture.

Stream: Biologist E. O. Wilson / Earth Conservation Corps (Bill Moyers Journal) / 2007 58min. color
Eminent biologist E. O. Wilson has spent his life studying creatures great and small—from humans to insects—as well as the fragile and complex nature of the biosphere as a whole. Bill Moyers Journal profiles the two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient, his advocacy of environmental stewardship, and his latest project: the Encyclopedia of Life, an online digital catalog of every living species on the planet. Also on the program, an update on the Earth Conservation Corps—the nonprofit, youth-oriented environmental group which has reclaimed endangered neighborhoods in our nation’s capital, even though some of its members have fallen victim to gun violence and other tragedies.

Dirt!: The Movie – DV-Disc S 591 D57 2010 / 2009 80 min. color Languages: English
Featuring live action and animation, this movie examines the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.

Earth Collection – DV-Disc QB 631 E27 2011 / 2011 344 min. color Languges: English (1. Inside Planet Earth, What Lies Below, The Sun, Fearless Planet – Earth Story  2. Sunrise Earth – Edge of the Atlantic, If We Had No Moon, Faces of Earth – Building the Planet)
Pairing millions of years of history with cutting-edge technology, scientists and other leading experts explore the past, present, future, and even the "what-ifs" of our universe.

Earth Days (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE) – DV-Disc GE 195 A44 2010 / 2010 102 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English
This program looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement -- from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's incendiary bestseller 'Silent Spring' to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action.

Earth Keepers: A Survival Guide for a Planet in Peril – DV-Disc GE 195 E175 2009 / 2009 43 min. color Languages: English
This documentary traces the quest of Mikael Rioux, a young activist from Trois-Pistoles, Quebec. Eighty-year-old Christian de Laet, a pioneering Canadian environmentalist, Rioux's guide and mentor, urges him to go and meet visionary men and women implementing innovative projects for the future of society.

First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture – DV-Disc NA 2542.36 F57 2010 / 2010 87 min. color Languages: English Subtitles: English, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Portuguese, Hebrew, Slovak, Polish
Explores earthen buildings; how they could re-shape our world, homes and lives to be healthier. In the age of massive economic collapse and emergencies, maybe what we need is to get back to the earth.

From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brother's Warning -- V-Cass F 2270.2 K3 F76 1991 / 1991 87 min. color
Deep in the mountains of Colombia, the descendants of an ancient Tairona priesthood call themselves the Elder Brothers of the human race, and are convinced that we, the Younger Brothers, will soon destroy the balance of life on Earth. They believe that the only hope is for us to change our ways, and have set out to teach us what they know about the balance of mankind, nature and the spiritual world.

Ingredients: The Local Food Movement Takes Root – DV-Disc HD 9005 I54 2011 / 2009 67 min. color Languages: English
American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline, and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. Explore a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected, and dangerous place to eat.

Stream : The Spirit of Kuna Yala / 60 min. color 1990
This award-winning film is a lively portrait of a native people determined to survive the encroachment of the Western world. It features the Kuna Indians of Panama's San Blas Islands as they unite to protect their rainforest homeland, Kuna Yala, and the tradition it inspires. Told entirely in the words of the Kunas, the film is a plea to care for the earth from a people who have a deep and intimate relationship with the land.

Thrive: What On Earth Will it Take? – DV-Disc HB 3722 T475 2011 / 2011 132 min. color Languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese
Thrive is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's really going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, Thrive offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

Vanishing of the Bees – DV-Disc SF 539 V36 2011 / 2010 87 min. color Languages: English
Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Filmed across the U.S., in Europe, Australia, and Asia, examine the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss.
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