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Religious Studies Video Library

The following VHS and DVD resources are available only for use by REL professors in their classes, and cannot be loaned to students. However, some of these titles can be viewed at the Music Library, on the 3rd floor of Gorgas Library.

 

Alphabetical Title Directory

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(9-11)
VHS
App. 122 minutes
2004-1
-Professor Chomsky talks about his book 9-11, published by Open Media. In the book, he examines the events of September 11th, what he believes are the historical precedents for it, and the long-term implications of the United States' "new war on terrorism." He and the other speakers also raise questions concerning media coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

 

4QMMT and Paul: New Light on Old Questions
VHS
App. 57 minutes
2004-2
-Scholars have typically interpreted a Dead Sea Scroll document called 4QMMT as contrary to the teachings of Paul. It seems to advocate justification by acts, whereas Paul teaches justification by faith alone. Wright demonstrates that while the arguments in 4QMMT seem to contradict Paul, that is not necessarily the case.

 

50th Anniversary, Nuremberg Trials (11/20/95)
VHS
App. 119 minutes
2009-1

Documents the first trial in history to try and punish crimes against humanity and the peace of the world. The trial leaves an ambiguous legacy—can war be criminalized? Can any trial bring justice to the horrors and suffering of the Holocaust? Law was chosen instead of swift action against the remaining Nazi leaders in order to embrace the idea of civilized law and order over war.

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About the Holocaust
VHS
App. 29 minutes

2004-234
A young American woman, daughter of a survivor of the Nazi death camps, tells about her search for knowledge of the Holocaust years and she explains why the study of the Holocaust is still important.

 

Adolf Hitler
VHS
App. 101 minutes

2004-209
This film offers never before seen glimpses into Hitler's private life and bloody legacy as the instigator of the Jewish holocaust, plus insight into World War II. Using newsreel footage and home movies, the viewer is shown the stages of Adolf Hitler's rise and fall in one of the darkest periods in human history.

 

Adolf Hitler: 1899-1945
VHS
App. 90 minutes

2004-272
Documentary. Portrays the life of Hitler, from his early days as an artist to his rise to power in the Third Reich. Details the outbreak of WWII resulting from Nazi Germany's invasion of her neighboring countries and Hitler's extermination of Jews in Europe.

 

African-American Religions: the Nation of Islam
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-5
This video discusses African-American sectarianism in the 20th century, tracing the emergence of the Nation of Islam. It considers the roles of Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and Louis Farrakhan in its development, and examines its conflict with other segments of American society.

 

After Mein Kampf?
VHS
App. 43 minutes
2004-271
This British propaganda film blends German cartoons and contemporary footage to illustrate the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich.

 

Agni Varsha
DVD
App. 169 minutes

2004-95
Agnivarsha is derived from the myth of Yavakri, which is a part of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata. The production of the film has retained the period aspect without losing the immediacy of contemporary insights that are so much a part of the script.

 

Altar of Fire
VHS
App. 45 minutes

2004-6
This film records a 12 day ancient Vedic ritual performed by Nambudiri Brahmins in Kerala, southwest of India, whose roots go back to antiquity. Their dedication to the culture of their spiritual ancestors, remains one of the miracles of history. Long considered extinct and never before witnessed by outsiders, the ceremonies require the participation of seventeen priests and are preceded by several months of preparation and rehearsals. The ritual requires the construction of a bird-shaped fire altar from a thousand bricks. The ceremony formerly included drinking Soma-a sacred hallucinogenic plant, the identity of which has been lost in time.

 

America and the Holocaust
VHS
App. 90 minutes

2004-239
Narrated by Hal Linden, this program investigates America's passive role in the holocaust. According to the makers of this film, the U.S. policy of suppressed immigration, coupled with anti-Semitic sentiment among the populace, prevented the rescue of thousands of European Jews.

 

Ancient India
DVD
App. 47 minutes
2005-43

The antecedents of modern Indian culture can be traced back to the Harappan civilization, which flourished between 2300 and 1500 BC in what are now Pakistan and Afghanistan. This era saw the birth of the Hindu religion. The Aryan tribes from the Russian steppes invaded the subcontinent in 1000 BC, bringing their language and culture. The resulting synthesis between the Aryan and Indian civilizations brought forth a unique society that included a caste system, which soon became entrenched. This program examines the religious tension between Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and the historical events that shaped the great Indian civilizations, from the Mauryan Empire through the Mogul Empire. Maps and scholars provide insight into a culture that remains vibrant and diverse today.

 

Andrei Rublev
DVD
App. 145 minutes
2004-7

This movie is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia's greatest icon painter. "The Passion according to Andrei".

 

Anne Frank Remembered
VHS
App. 120 minutes

2004-215
Combining personal testimony, never-before-seen photos, previously undiscovered family letters and rare archive footage (including the only known moving footage of Anne herself) with evocative contemporary film, "Anne Frank Remembered" documents the history of the Frank family focusing on the spiritual girl who's Diary of her two years in hiding in her father's office building during World War II in Amsterdam.

 

Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence
DVD
58 minutes + 45 minutes bonus material
2009-1
Although hatred of Judaic culture and the Jewish faith is often found at the margins of society, anti-Semitism appears to be approaching a groundswell in many parts of the world. This program examines the phenomenon at institutional and grassroots levels, focusing primarily on the Middle East and the complex history behind its conflicts.

 

Apocalypse: the Puzzle of Revelation
VHS
2004-8
Revelations is one of the most cryptic and powerfully written books of the Bible. It foretells that the world will end violently. Scholars, mystics, and laymen study this final book of the Bible and try to interpret the series of numbers, beasts, and warnings. A&E presents this documentary, filmed on-location in Jerusalem and other Middle East locations, to explore these mysteries, including who the true author is.

 

Apocalypse: The Story of the Book of Revelations
VHS
App. 120 minutes
2004-91

A PBS Home Video Frontline Series look at the evolution of apocalyptic ideology throughout the ages— from its origin in the Jewish experience after the Babylonian exile to its diverse and often tumultuous expression in modern times.

 

The Arab World - Arabs: Who They Are, Who They Are Not
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-147

Bill Moyers explores the region with noted scholars and writers, discussing the role of religions in Arab society and surveying its artistic and literary achievements. Part 1 of "The Arab World"

 

The Arab World - The Historic Memory
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-148

This five-part series clears away the misconceptions that distort our view of the Arab world and its peoples. Part 2 of "The Arab World"

 

The Arab World - Images of God
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-149

This five-part series clears away the misconceptions that distort our view of the Arab world and its peoples. Part 3 of "The Arab World"

 

The Arab World - The Bonds of Pride
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-150

This five-part series clears away the misconceptions that distort our view of the Arab world and its peoples. Part 4 of "The Arab World"

 

The Arab World - Arabs and the West
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-151

This five-part series clears away the misconceptions that distort our view of the Arab world and its peoples. Part 5 of "The Arab World"

 

The Armenian Genocide

DVD

App. 56 minutes

2009-8

During World War I, the Ottoman Empire exterminated more than one million members of its minority Armenian population. This program, narrated by Julianna Margulies, unflinchingly addresses the Armenian genocide, a dark and long-suppressed chapter in 20th-century history. Turkey's ongoing denial of the genocide, calling it instead an Armenian insurrection or a Turkish civil war between Muslims and Christians, is also explored - a hot-button issue as the country positions itself for entry into the European Union. Some images may be objectionable.

 

Art of Celebration
VHS
App. 20 minutes
2004-152

Judaism intertwines the cycle of holidays with nature. This program, produced by Yeshiva University, examines the interaction between nature and religion in the rituals and celebrations of the Jewish calendar.

 

Ascent of Man (#1 and #2)
VHS
2004-9
-Lower than the Angels:
The following video tapes examine intellectual, cultural, and scientific breakthroughs in man's four-million-year evolution. Shows importance of new ideas and how they transcend other historical events in their cumulative, irreversible effects.
-Harvest of the Seasons:
In the long spring following the Ice Ages man develops agriculture and domesticates animals, imposing his will on wild wheat and horses. With the Neolithic cultivators come the mounted Nomads, the predators, and the roots of human warfare. Shot largely in central Iran.

 

Ascent of Man (#3 and #4)
VHS
2004-9
-Grain in the Stone: Man splits a stone and reassembles the pieces to build a wall, a cathedral, a city. This program is about man, the architect, builder, and sculptor. Shots of Greek temples of Paestum, cathedrals of medieval France, Inca cities of Peru juxtaposed with shots of modern cities.
-Hidden Structure: From ancient Oriental metallurgy, through mystical alchemy this program traces the roots of chemistry. Shang bronze craftsmen and Samurai sword smiths are the starting point for a journey leading from medieval Europe to Dalton's atomic theory and our modern knowledge of the elements.

 

Ascent of Man (#5 and #6)
VHS
2004-9
-The Music of the Spheres:
Program covers the evolution of math. Pythagoras, father of Greek math, considered numbers the language of nature. Follows spread of Greek ideas through the Islamic Empire to Moorish Spain and Renaissance Europe. Explores the alliance of math to music, astronomy, and painting.
-Starry Messenger:
Studies man's attempts to map the forces which move the planets. The static nature of South American astronomy is contrasted with ideas of Renaissance Europe. Traces the origins of the scientific revolution in the conflict between truth and dogma, symbolized by the trial of Galileo.

 

Ascent of Man (#7 and #8)
VHS
2004-9
-Majestic Clockwork: In the evolution of physics, the contributions of Newton and Einstein occupy center stage. This film explores the revolution that ensued when Einstein's theory of relativity upset Newton's elegant description of the universe.
-Drive for Power: Industrial and political revolutions altered concepts of power during the 18th century. Dr. Bronowski shows why these developments were as significant as the Renaissance in our progress.

 

Ascent of Man (#9 and #10)
VHS
2004-9
-Ladder of Creation: Journeys from the valleys and waterfalls of Wales to the jungles of the Amazon to explore the controversy swirling around a startling new theory of evolution developed simultaneously by Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin.
-World Within World: Commencing with a visit to an ancient Polish salt mine, Dr. Bronowski looks at the world inside the atom, tracing the history of ideas that have made 20th century physics "the greatest achievement of the human imagination."

 

Ascent of Man (#11 and #12)
VHS
2004-9
-Knowledge or Certainty: Bronowski's statement on information and responsibility to scientists. Principle of certainty in physics applies to all knowledge. Examines implications of bombing Japan. Contrasts humanist tradition of Gottingen University with the inhumanities of Auschwitz. -Generation upon Generation: Math and physics brought revolution to man's ideas of life. From Mendel's work to discoveries of today, Bronowski unravels complex code of human inheritance. Sees sex as an instrument of evolution that makes every human unique yet breeds care between individuals.

 

Ascent of Man (#13)
VHS
2004-9
-The Long Childhood:
In this final program Bronowski - poet, playwright, mathematician, philosopher - draws together many threads of the series. He takes stock of man's complex, sometimes precarious, ascent. Argues that man's growth to self-knowledge is the longest childhood of all.
-World Within World: Commencing with a visit to an ancient Polish salt mine, Dr. Bronowski looks at the world inside the atom, tracing the history of ideas that have made 20th century physics "the greatest achievement of the human imagination."

 

Asoka
DVD
App. 155 minutes

2004-10
Prince Ashoke, heir to the Magadha Kingdom, bowing to his mother's demand forsakes his princely status and goes to live in the wild for awhile. There he meets and falls in love with Kaurwaki. He identifies himself as Pawan, not wanting to disclose his identity yet. Ashoke has to return to Magadha, but when he returns to find and wed Kaurwaki, he is told by Bheema that Kaurwaki and her brother Arya have been killed. Devastated Ashoke returns home. On the way home he is attacked and Devi of the Buddhist faith rescues him and tends to him till he gets well. As a result, Devi's marriage to her groom is cancelled. Ashoke weds her and brings her to Magadha, only to be told by his father that since Devi is not of the same race as he, she cannot be welcomed. Ashoke leaves with Devi and lives in Ujjaini. Soon Devi gets pregnant, and this arouses jealously and hatred amongst Ashoke's step-brothers. As a result they plot to kill Devi, however, their plans are foiled by Ashoke's mother, who is killed. Ashoke swears to avenge his mother's death by killing his step-brothers one by one, except for one, who has led to Kalinga. Ashoke asks the ruler of Kalings to turn over his step-brother to him, and they refuse. Ashoke swears to raze Kalinga to the ground. Ashoke is unstoppable. Ashoke proceeds to war, little knowing that the queen of Kalinga is none other than Kaurwaki, who is still alive.

 

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank
VHS
App. 95 minutes

2004-214
During the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, Otto Frank decides to hide his family, who are Jewish, after his daughter Margot is called to appear for transport to a Nazi labor camp. Miep Gies, Otto Frank's office assistant hides them in the attic above the office. The film tells the true story of Gies' struggle to keep the family hidden and safe, as the Nazis turn Amsterdam upside-down. Based upon Gies' memoirs and Anne Frank's famous diary.

 

Augustine: Late Have I Loved Thee
VHS
App. 35 minutes

2004-310
A compelling introduction to the life and works of St. Augustine, this program, written and narrated by James O'Donnell of the University of Pennsylvania, presents passages from Confessions and City of God to acquaint viewers with Augustine's philosophy.

 

Auschwitz: If You Cried, You Died
VHS
App. 28 minutes

2004-207
A documentary video chronicling the journey of two Holocaust survivors as they revisit the Auschwitz concentration camp.

 

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
DVD
App. 300 minutes
2005-47

This series takes a look at the events and history of Auschwitz in a six-part program. Exhaustive research was undertaken, with victims and perpetrators of the crimes. Reenactments help provide a gruesome visualization of the events, along with some shocking archive footage.

 

Auschwitz (1/19/05, PBS)
VHS
App. 125 minutes
2009-2

This film documents the site of the largest mass murder in history—Auschwitz. Nazi Germany leaders constructed the most infamous plan in history—"the Final Solution," which involved the mass extinction of the Jewish people—and decided to go about this plan through concentration camps such as Auschwitz. Auschwitz, which began as a work camp, evolved into a death camp, making it into the most infamous concentration camp because of this transformation.

 

Auschwitz: Silent Witness & War Crimes and Trials
VHS
Length unknown

2004-180
During the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, Otto Frank decides to hide his family, who are Jewish, after his daughter Margot is called to appear for transport to a Nazi labor camp. Miep Gies, Otto Frank's office assistant hides them in the attic above the office. The film tells the true story of Gies' struggle to keep the family hidden and safe, as the Nazis turn Amsterdam upside-down. Based upon Gies' memoirs and Anne Frank's famous diary.

 

Avalon
DVD
App. 128 minutes
2008-7
Avalon follows immigrant Sam Krichinsky and his extended family as they seek a dream called America in a place called Avalon. From poverty through prosperity, the Krichinsky family faces a changing world with enduring humor and abiding love. Whether squabbling over Thanksgiving turkey or commiserating over a failed business, director Barry Levinson never fails to find the comedy and immediacy of their immigrant experience.

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To Bear Witness
VHS
App. 42 minutes

2004-245
A powerful documentary about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by the Allied Armies in 1945 uses the first International Liberators Conference as a framework for a study of the liberation. This documentary captures the emotional reunions of survivors and liberators.

 

Becoming the Buddha in L.A.
VHS
App. 50 minutes

2004-11
Becoming the Buddha in L.A. chronicles and explores growing religious diversity in the United States with a focus on Buddhism. At the same time, the program offers an overview of the origins of Buddhist traditions, revealing the historical and cultural context from which it has risen. The program emphasizes the diversity and change within Buddhism and yet shows the rituals, values, and visions that have remained at the heart of its tradition for centuries.

 

Betrothed
Audiotape
App. 4 hours

2004-288
4 tapes. Betrothed is a mystical story of love and passion, set in the Holy Land in 1909. A brilliant scholar who studies the ocean once again finds the love of his youth, and is joined with her forever after a wild race on the beach. It is Agnon's only work to be recorded in English.

 

Beyond Baghdad
DVD
App. 60 minutes

2005-336
Frontline correspondent Martin Smith travels across the Iraqi-Turkish border to Kurdish Mosul and Kirkuk, across the rebellious Sunni lands of central Iraq to Baghdad and finally farther south to the sacred Shia cities of Karbala and Najaf, to take a long, hard look at the Iraq to which the president vows to bring democracy. In this diverse and fractured land can his experiment work?

 

Beyond Good and Evil
DVD
App. 35 minutes
2004-121

The belief that “good triumphs over evil” resonates deeply in our psyche through religious, cultural, and political discourses. It is also a common theme in the entertainment media where the struggle between good and evil is frequently resolved through violence. The potential negative impact of media violence on children has long been a public concern. It is even more troubling when U.S. military violence, both in the news and in the entertainment, is often glorified as heroic and patriotic. Children's worlds of fantasy and reality collided when our political leaders, in response to the September 11th tragedy, simplified the complex international relationships into a fight between good and evil. The Bush administration used the narrative strategically—and the news media perpetuated it with enthusiasm—pumping up patriotism and generating public support for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. This video examines how the "good and evil" rhetoric, in both the entertainment and the news media, has helped children to dehumanize the enemies, justify their killing and treat the suffering of innocent civilians as necessary sacrifice. The interviews include media scholars (Robert Jenson, Robin Andersen), child psychologists (Diane Levin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige), teachers (Merrie Najimy, Brian Wright), educators (Eli Newberger and Betty Burkes), and the children themselves.

 

Beyond the Frame: Alternative Perspectives on the War on Terrorism
DVD
App. 120 minutes

2004-122
Since the 9/11 attacks, and on through the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the mainstream media have presented a dangerously restricted range of views, mainly confined to the opinion of political elites and a commercial frame dependent on advertisers and ratings. Beyond the Frame-a series of interviews with some of the most prominent scholars, experts, and activists in politcal and social thought-critiques this coverage and offers alternative perspectives on the historical context and response strategies. This easy-to-navigate DVD version of Beyond the Frame, originally a web-only project, has been designed for efficient use in the classroom.

 

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon
DVD
2004-12
This fascinating video documentary delves deep into the rich history, cultural traditions and haunting beauty of the Kingdom of Bhutan as it struggles to join the 21st century while striving to retain its unique cultural identity and values.

 

The Bible and Western Culture, Part 1
Audiotape
App. 12 hours
2004-297
6 tapes. A series of lectures including: The Gilgamesh Epic, Genesis: Introduction to Biblical Study, Exodus: Toward the Law, Job and the Problem of Evil, Isaiah: Swords into Plowshares, Matthew: The New Law, Luke and Acts: From Jerusalem to Rome, John: The Unbroken Net of Scripture, The Pauline Tradition, Revelation and the Eschaton, Augustine and the Christian Self, and Meister Eckhart: From Whom God Hid Nothing.

 

The Bible and Western Culture, Part 2
Audiotape
App. 12 hours
2004-297
6 tapes. A series of lectures including: Justice and Poetry: Dante's Book of the Dead, Ugolino: Dante's Last "Sympathetic Sinner," Cantos I & II of Purgatorio: Typology and Poetry, Utopia: Between Heaven and Earth, Luther and the Reformation, Shakespeare: Measure for Measure, Milton: Paradise Lost, Hume, Swift, and the Collapse of Deism, Kierkegaard's Leap of Faith, Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and the Book of Revelation, Nietzsche and the Death of God, and Joyce: From Religion to Art.

 

Blood in the Face & Weapons of the Spirit
VHS
App. 75 minutes & 90 minutes
2004-142, 2014-1
This tape contains two videos: "Blood in the Face" and "Weapons of the Spirit." "Blood" is a compelling, darkly humorous look at the radical right in America. This feature documentary shows members of the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation, Posse Comitatus, American Nazi Party, and Euro-American Alliance (members as well as) several Canadian fascists whose avowed goal is to forge a cohesive political brotherhood which will create an Aryan Nation on the North American continent. "Weapons" tells the true story of a small French village which managed to save 5,000 Jews from the Holocaust. The village is Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in central France whose inhabitants are descendants of Protestants who were heavily persecuted in previous centuries. They decided to resist evil with the weapons of the spirit and managed to double the population of their community right under the Nazis noses.

 

Bound for Nowhere
VHS
App. 9 minutes
2004-131
Witness the dramatic voyage of over 900 Jews, among them 200 children, who fled Nazi Germany. Turned away from their expected Cuban refuge, they are forced back to European countries. This document stands as testimony to the indifference of other nations to assist the Jews.

 

Brothers and Others
DVD
App. 50 minutes
2004-120

The atrocities witnessed by the world on September 11th were hateful acts by terrorists who chose to view their vicims not as people but as symbols of a perceived evil. By jailing thousands of Arabs, Muslims and South Asians without evidence or due process, is America perpetuating the cycle of hate and ignorance which claimed so many innocent lives? Featuring interviews with such experts as Noam Chomsky and James Zogby, Brothers and Others is a one-hour documentary on the impact of 9/11 on Muslims and Arabs in America. The film follows a number of immigrants and Americans as they struggle in the heightened climate of hate, FBI and INS investigations, and economic hardships that erupted following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Also features On Power, Dissent and Racism, a fifty-minute conversation with NOAM CHOMSKY. In this discussion with director Nicolas Rossier, professor Chomsky presents his reflections on the motivations behind 9/11 and its consequences on the international system. With rigorous analysis, he defines the notion of terrorism within its historical context and gives his thoughts on how we should fight it without exercising the politics of power. Also presented are Chomsky's personal perspectives on the role of the media in the war on terrorism, his views on racism against Arabs and Muslims and much more.

 

Buddha Realms
DVD/VHS
2004-13
Buddha Realms is a major two-part series that explores the origins of Buddhism, its major doctrines, and its relevance today. Crossing six countries, the first of the two episodes look at Buddhism in the East today, where every major tradition has had an impact across the Asian continent, with the second episode exploring Buddhism in the West, where spiritual seekers are making this one of the fastest and most influential religions in the world today.

 

Buddhism, Man, and Nature
VHS
App. 14 minutes
2004-153

This film captures the thought behind Buddhism rather than its historical manifestations. The visuals are lush nature shots, the narration solid Watts, stressing that man is part of nature, not its enemy, that emptiness has value, and that all life is change to be cooperated with rather than resisted.

 

Buddhism: The Path to Enlightenment
VHS
App. 35 minutes
2004-155

Traces the life of the Buddha from his birth as a prince through his time spent as a wandering mendicant in search of a solution to life's sorrow to his later years when he trudged the dusty paths of India preaching his ego-shattering, life-redeeming message.

 

The Burmese Harp
VHS
App. 116 minutes
2004-14
The film takes place at the end of WWII in the country of Burma where a group of Japanese soldiers learn of their nation's surrender and are sent to a POW camp in the town of Mudon. One of them, Mizushima, is sent on a mission to inform another unit of the surrender and to convince them to stop fighting. The unit refuses to give up, and they are killed by the British army; Mizushima is the only survivor. He takes the guise of a Buddhist monk and travels across the region in search of his unit. Along the way, Mizushima encounters many deceased Japanese soldiers and tries to bury some of them. He gradually becomes obsessed with burying and honoring the dead and cannot go back to Japan with his unit, choosing a more spiritual life in Burma.

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The California Reich
VHS
App. 55 minutes
2014-2

The film deals with a bizarre, complicated and frightening phenomenon, the rebirth of the Nazi movement in America. It took three months to get inside the door of a Nazi household, and another eight months before cameras were permitted to roll. The results are both poignant and chilling: the fear and hatred which motivates these individuals has its roots in very real and recognizable frustrations. The same frustration that inspired an expaperhanger named Adolf Hitler to try to conquer the world. Be prepared, the nazis portrayed in The California Reich are not heel-clicking Hollywood cartoon monsters. More frighteningly, they are the men and women who could live next door.

 

Camps of Death
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-258

Following Hitler's murderous career, the film traces his rise to power, his ultimate demise, and the subsequent Nuremberg Trials that publicized the horrors of Hitler's regime. Concentration camp footage combines with chilling POW interviews to graphically create the Nazi nightmare that few could hope to survive. A powerful look at the Third Reich and the horrifying fate of its enemies.

 

City Confidential:Scottsboro Foul Play in the Bible Belt
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2005-1

In 1991, Mrs. Glen Summerford lay dying on the floor of her home, poison coursing through her veins and a suicide note next to her. But it wasn't suicide, and she didn't die. And the investigation that followed turned the tiny town of Scottsboro, Alabama, deep in the heart of the Bible belt, upside down. Mrs. Summerford's husband was the head preacher at the Church of Jesus with Signs Following, but he was unable to cast out his own demons. A heavy drinker, he was prone to fits of passion over his wife's infidelities, real and imagined. He was also a snake handler. And on the fateful night, he went to his wife in a drunken stupor and demanded that she tell him the truth. When her answers did not satisfy him, he forced her at gunpoint to thrust her hand into a rattlesnake cage! But the drama was just beginning...

 

Civilization by Kenneth Clark
VHS
2004-98

Episode 5: The Hero as Artist-Papal Rome in the sixteenth century, where Christianity and antiquity begin to converge, provides the focus for this look at Michelangelo, Raphael, and da Vinci. Join Lord Clark as he explores the courtyards of the Vatican, the rooms decorated for the Pope by Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel.
Episode 9: The Pursuit of Happiness-
The harmonious flow and complex symmetry of eighteenth-century music—the compositions of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart—are reflected in the best rococo architecture of that period, as seen in the churches and palaces of Bavaria.

 

Civilization by Kenneth Clark
VHS
2004-98
Episode 7: Grandeur and Obedience-Visit the Rome of the Counter-Reformation—The Rome of Michelangelo and Bernini. The Catholic Church in its fight against the Protestant north developed a new splendor symbolized by the glory of St. Peter’s.
Episode 8: Light of Experience-
The telescope and microscope revealed new worlds in space and in a drop of water. The realism found in Dutch painting took the observation of human character to a new stage of development.

 

Civilization by Kenneth Clark
VHS
2004-98

Episode 10: The Smile of Reason-The polite chat in the elegant salons of eighteenth-century Paris became the precursor of revolutionary politics. This theme takes Lord Clark from the great European palaces like Blenheim and Versailles to Jefferson’s Monticello.
Episode 11: The Worship of Nature-
The belief in the divinity of nature usurped Christianity’s position as the chief creative force in Western civilization, ushering in the Romantic movement. Examining this force, Lord Clark takes us to Tintern Abbey, the Swiss Alps, and the landscapes of Turner and Constable.

 

Civilization by Kenneth Clark
VHS
2004-98

Episode 12: Fallacies of Hope-The French Revolution led to the dicatorship of Napolean and the dreary bureaucracies of the nineteenth century. The disillusionment of the Romantic artists is traced through the music of Beethoven, the poetry of Byron, the paintings of Delacroix, and the sculpture of Rodin.
Episode 13: Heroic Materialism
-Lord Clark’s thoughts on the materialism and humanitarianism of the past century take him from the English industrial landscape of the nineteenth century to the towering skyscrapers of New York City in the twentieth.

 

Constructing Public Opinion
DVD
App. 32 minutes
2004-123

The media regularly use public opinion polls in their reporting of important news stories. But how exactly do they report them and to what end? In this insightful and accessible interview, Professor Justin Lewis demonstrates the way in which polling data are themselves used by the media to not just reflect what Americans think but instead to construct public opinion itself. Addressing vital issues (e.g., the role the media play in "manufacturing consent" for political elites, what polls really tell us about public opinion, what Americans actually think about politics), Constructing Public Opinion provides a new way to think about the relationship between politics, media and the public. Exploding the myth that most Americans are moderate or conservative, Constructing Public Opinion demonstrates the way in which political elites help to promote the military industrial complex and how the media sustains belief in an electoral system with a built-in bias against the interests of ordinary people. Well illustrated with graphics and many examples of media coverage, it is the first film of its kind to present a critical analysis of media and public opinion.

 

Control Room
DVD
App. 86 minutes
2005-13

In the spring of 2003, just before President Bush declared that the United States would go to war with Iraq, documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and her crew set up their cameras inside Al Jazeera, the satellite news network for the Arab world. Though US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld accuses Al Jazeera of lying in its news reports, CONTROL ROOM tells a different story. Candid interviews with some of Al Jezeera's leaders--like Sudanese journalist Hassan Ibrahim who formerly headed the BBC Arab News service, and senior producer Samir Khader who talks openly about his respect for American values-- offer an Arab perspective on the US and the war. Meanwhile, Americans such as NBC correspondent David Shuster and Central Command press officer Lt. Josh Rushing, both working in Qatar, offer another point of view. Through various interviews, Al Jazeera is presented as a grass- roots organization devoted to being an independent news source. In addition, it is not afraid of showing the brutality of war. The station airs shocking footage of the devastation caused by US bombings, showing the resultant carnage of Iraqi civilians, Iraqi soldiers, as well as US soldiers. The Al Jazeera reporters dissect US news reports, which rarely contain coverage of this nature, pointing out how information is packaged to exclude certain truths. When asked her opinion of objectivity, Al Jazeera producer Deema Khatib calls it a mirage, which is a powerful statement about the foggy nature of truth as interpreted by the media. A fascinating look inside Al Jazeera, CONTROL ROOM will challenge viewers to question what to believe from the news they receive.

 

Courage to Care
VHS
App. 29 minutes
2004-235

A video about non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, is exceptional, both as an educational resource and for personal enlightenment.

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Dan and Aroer: Where Archaeology and the Bible Meet–Or Not
VHS
App. 80 minutes
2004-255

With detailed anecdotes about his experiences at numerous excavations, Biran demonstrates which archaeological finds correspond to biblical accounts and which do not. Citing specific examples from digs at Aroer, Tel Dan, and the Jordan River area, Biran contends that archaeology can neither prove nor disprove the Bible.

 

Das Leben von Adolf Hitler
VHS
App. 101 minutes

2004-205
Using archival footage from Europe, never seen elsewhere, this film contains startling portraits of the rise of the Nazi Party, the years after the first World War, the hyperinflation of currency, the first still and motion pictures of Hitler, young Goering, Himmler, Goebbels, the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler's year in jail and the re-building of the Party. Hitler's private life and his early years are shown, the Nazi movement, the 1936 Olympic Games, the invasion of Austria, Chamberlain's appeasement, Poland and the rest of Europe are invaded, the Blitz, the invasion of Russia and the terrible winter, the Warsaw ghetto and the death camps. It's all here, from the beginning to the end in one of the most valuable, spellbinding, horrible-but-true documents ever filmed.

 

Daughters of the Dust
DVD
App. 113 minutes
2005-40

Working with a theme and history that's obviously dear to her heart, first-time writer-director Julie Dash's exquisitely alive film chronicles the last days of the Gullah, an Americanized West African people in danger of losing their identity. Dash makes up for some overly schematic dialogue and an occasionally pokey pace with some strong performances (particularly Cora Lee Day as the sternly matriarchal Nana) and an absolutely wonderful visual sense (kudos should also go to her ace cinematographer Arthur Jafa, whose dazzlingly sumptuous imagery surely inspired Jonathan Demme's later Beloved). A rapturously textured, wholly mesmerizing glimpse into the Gullah culture.

 

The Day of the Dead
VHS
App. 30 minutes

2004-15
This fanciful film takes us to the village of Patzcuaro, where, like villages all over Mexico, on October 31 people return home from everywhere to celebrate their ancestors and communicate with their long dead loved ones. This impressionistic pilgrimage takes us to the cemetery where graves are decorated and turned into works of art, with flowers, personal objects, food, offerings and thousands upon thousands of candles. For a twenty-four hour period, we follow Death on a tongue-in-check guided tour through the soul of a people.

 

Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
VHS
App. 56 minutes
2004-16
VanderKam delivers a point-by-point comparison of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament. He asserts that while the scrolls should not be directly linked to the Bible, they reveal a community living before, during and after Jesus, and cast much light on the early relationship of Christianity to Judaism.

 

Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Christianity, and Judaism
VHS
App. 60 minutes each
2004-311
One of the most important Dead Sea Scrolls ever found, MMT spells out differences between the Scrolls sect and mainstream Judaism in ancient times. This 4 tape set discusses what current Scroll research reveals about early Judaism. It visits the caves of Qumran, and speculates on the nature and religious activities of the community at Qumran.

 

Death Camp Atrocities
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-277

 

The Decalogue
DVD
App. 55 minutes/movie

2004-17
Each of these ten short films uses one of the Ten Commandments as a thematic springboard. It explores the timeless moral issues of human existence through ten contemporary tales, each based on one of the Ten Commandments.

 

D-Day: The Color Footage
VHS
App. 55 minutes

2004-203
This film contains original color footage from D-Day, filmed by George Stevens.

 

The Demjanjuk Trial
VHS
App. 50 minutes

2004-130
This is the trial of the retired Cleveland auto mechanic accused of being "Ivan the Terrible": the man who supervised the gas chambers at Treblinka. Israel won extradition, but the case became entangled in legal issues larger than the man's guilt or innocence. In this video, the courtroom drama and surrounding issues are unveiled.

 

Derrida
VHS
App. 85 minutes

2005-12
Directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman present this documentary portrait of the intellectual and philosopher Jacques Derrida. Beginning with his theory of deconstruction--the notion of getting to the basics behind our thought processes and the way in which we view the world-- Derrida is portrayed "naturally" walking down the street or shuffling about his house. He frequently observes the camera, noting that its presence alone makes the situation unnatural, and not real. For instance, he says, on a normal day at home, he would stay in his pajamas and bathrobe rather than being (as we see him on film) dressed nicely and slightly primped. Derrida's interaction with the camera, the filmmakers, and others--his wife, his peers, his students--is in itself the embodiment of his theories. He talks about narcissism and being incapable of viewing himself--but rather being viewed by "the other"-- while watching tapes of himself, or looking at his own portrait. He travels to South Africa and visits Nelson Mandela's old prison cell, then conducts a discussion with a group of students about forgiveness. Bits of his essays are read in intervals, as are brief biographies explaining his origins and experiences as a Jewish Algerian. While DERRIDA seems to be more about the man and his quotidian life rather than his work and writings, one might guess that separating the two would seem, at least to the philosopher himself, "not possible."

 

Destiny
VHS
App. 135 minutes

2004-18
When a disciple of Averroes (a great 12th century philosopher) is burned at the stake for heresy, his young son Joseph journeys to Andalusia to study with his father's mentor. In Andalusia, Averroes and his students are clashing with an evil sheik that is guiding a group of brainwashed fundamentalists to power. Once protected by the rulding caliph, Averroes finds his life in jeopardy when the caliph concedes to the evil sheik's influence and orders all of Averroes' books to be burned. With Joseph's help, Averroes' disciples unite in a frantic race to ensure the enlightened impressions of their mentor endure.

 

Devil's Playground
DVD
App. 77 minutes
2004-104
Documentary looking at Amish youth who upon turning 16 are turned loose to experience the outside world until they can decide whether or not to commit to a lifetime within the community. With this freedom comes many conflicting emotions; full blown teenage mayhem coupled with deep religious roots- a brutal combination.

 

The Dhimmis: To be a Jew in Arab Lands
VHS
App. 29 minutes
2004-281
A comprehensive documentary detailing centuries of persecution endured by Jews living in Arab lands. With rare film footage, photographs, maps and interviews, this is a first-rate overview of Jewish life in the midst of ongoing conflict.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Hanged on a Twisted Cross
VHS
App. 120 minutes

2004-31
This gripping documentary captures the life, times, and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the Nazis just days before the Allies defeated Germany in World War II. Using rare archival footage, documents, and visits to original locations, we get an intimate portrait of a man whose life and writings grow in their influence and speak powerfully to issues of our own day some 50 years later. Bonhoeffer confronted issues with a searching Biblical faith and personal courage in a way that speaks to every generation.

 

Discovering Lost Gospels
VHS
App. 55 minutes
2004-19
-A trove of manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945 proved to be long-lost gospels. Though not considered canonical, these manuscripts showed that early Christianity did not have a uniform set of teachings that were accepted by all believers. Ehrman guides us through these little-known gospels to reconstruct the theologies of some of the earliest Christians.

 

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti
VHS
App. 52 minutes
2004-107

A journey into the fascinating world of the Voudoun religion of Haiti filmed by Maya Deren and posthumously edited by Teiji and Cherel Ito, a remarkable document of the Rada, Petro and Congo cults of Haiti whose devotees commune with cosmic powers through invocations, voodoo dances and ritual ceremonies.

 

Divining the Divine
VHS
Time unknown
2005-4

Divining the Divine gleans insight from practitioners of the world's five major religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism—as well as Jainism, and ancient religion of India, and Native American spirituality.

 

D'vekut: Hasidism & Jewish Mysticism (A Personal Journey)
VHS
App. 52 minutes
2004-20
-This colorful, lively documentary depicts the various sects of Hasidism which embody "D'vekut" in Israel. "D'vekut", the Hebrew term for the mystical union between man and God, is the essential element of Hasidism. This Jewish movement began in eighteenth century Eastern Europe and lives on in Israel, the only country where all fifty of the Hasidic groups are represented.

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The Eagle's Nest: The Early Years
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-254

1 of 4 in a series. Named for the secret Nazi headquarters, this series depicts the rise and fall of the Third Reich using rare footage and contemporary interviews.

 

The Eagle's Nest: Europe Falls before the Reich
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-255

2 of 4 in a series. Named for the secret Nazi headquarters, this series depicts the rise and fall of the Third Reich using rare footage and contemporary interviews.

 

The Eagle's Nest: A World War
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-256

3 of 4 in a series. Named for the secret Nazi headquarters, this series depicts the rise and fall of the Third Reich using rare footage and contemporary interviews.

 

The Eagle's Nest: End of the Reich
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-257

4 of 4 in a series. Named for the secret Nazi headquarters, this series depicts the rise and fall of the Third Reich using rare footage and contemporary interviews.

 

Earth
DVD
App. 101 minutes
2004-21

Earth, the second film in Deepa Mehta's controversial trilogy, is an emotionally devastating love story set within the sweeping social upheaval and violence of 1947 India. As her country teeters on the brink of self-rule and instability, 8-year-old Lenny, an innocent girl from an affluent family, is in danger of having her world turned upside down. As the simmering violence around them reaches a boiling point, Lenny's beautiful nanny Shanta falls in love with one of Lenny's heroes. Love, however, can be dangerous when religious differences are tearing the country apart, and friendships and loyalty are put to the test.

 

Echoes that Remain
DVD
App. 60 minutes
2005-17

A study of the pre-Holocaust shtetl in the former Jewish communities of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Narrated by Martin Landau.

 

The Educational Archives: Religion
DVD
App. 120 minutes
2004-118

Revive old memories of sleepy Sunday school mornings with this collection of vintage 16mm religious classroom films. The secret to getting into heaven, the wages of sin, and God's love of atomic energy are revealed in all of their cinematic glory. Highlights include Door to Heaven, Atomic Energy Can Be a Blessing (starring Fred MacMurrary), For Time or Eternity, and Youth Suicide Fantasy. Includes notes on each film by collection curator Skip Elsheimer of the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive.

 

Edward Asner and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
VHS
Length unknown
2004-187

 

Edward Said: On Orientalism
DVD
App. 40 minutes
2005-25

Edward Said's book Orientalism has been profoundly influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this engaging and lavishly illustrated interview he talks about the context within which the book was conceived, its main themes, and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of "the Orient" as represented in the mass media. "That's the power of the discourse of Orientalism. If you're thinking about people and Islam, and about that part of the wold, those are the words you constantly have to use. To think past it, to go beyond it, not to use it, is virtually impossible, because there is no knowledge that isn't codified in this way about that part of the world." -Edward Said

 

Edward Said: The Myth of "The Clash of Civilizations"
VHS
App. 55 minutes
DVD
App. 40 minutes
2004-125

In this important lecture delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Edward Said takes aim at one of the central tenets of recent foreign policy thinking-- that conflicts between different and "clashing civilizations" (Western, Islamic, Confucian) characterize the contemporary world.

 

Empires of Early Africa
DVD
App. 55 minutes
2008-5
Below the expanse of Africa's northern desert ties a land rich in resources and history. Tour sub-Saharan Africa for a look at the ancient civilizations that flourished in this fertile land and their influence on Islam. Includes one feature and three shorter segments. The Nile: Where Egypt Began, Nefertiti Resurrected, Sub-Saharan Survey, Islam comes to Timbuktu.

 

Enlightenment Guaranteed
DVD
App. 105 minutes
2004-22

Uwe and Gustav are two middle-aged brothers whose lives are a mess: Uwe's wife just left him and Feng Shui consultant, Gustav, is feeling unfulfilled. This odd couple travel together to the Sojiji Monastery in Monzen, outside Tokyo. Enroute, their mid-life crisis turns into a midnight crisis when they get lost in Tokyo's neon jungle and can't find their way back to the hotel. It's down and out in Asia's brave new world. The brothers' eventual arrival at the monastery is an immersion of a more subtle kind. Still, the enigma of enlightenment keeps them going.

 

Enoch and Jesus: Parallel Paths to Heaven
VHS
App. 53 minutes
2004-23
-Pearson examines why there are many similarities between early Christian traditions about Jesus and early Jewish interpretations of the Biblical figure of Enoch. He explores these similarities and suggests that a common ancestry unites rabbinic Judaism-from which modern Judaism derives-and Christianity.

 

Escape from Sobibor
VHS
App. 149 minutes
2004-188
Sobibor was a Nazi death camp in Poland, where more than a quarter of a million Jews were annihilated. It was also the site of the largest prisoner escape of WWII.

 

Essential Alan Watts: Man in Nature, Work as Play
VHS
App. 58 minutes
2004-174

Man in Nature: What is the essential difference between the world of nature and the world of man? Watts, in his mountain retreat in North Carolina, speaks of our failure to feel at home in the inherent "wiggliness" of nature, the confusion of symbols with reality, and the oversimplification of language in an infinitely complex world. Work as Play: On his ferryboat in Sausalito, Watts speaks of the division we have in our culture between work and play, of how when you take the play out of work, life becomes a joyless drudge.

 

Essential Alan Watts: On Meditation, Nothingness
VHS
App. 58 minutes
2004-174

On Meditation: Watts speaks of the methods of meditation and explains how to sit, to listen, how to watch the breath and the thoughts as they arise in the mind. Nothingness: Watts contemplates emptiness and form, how positive and negative coexist and come into being together. The something and the nothing are inseparable. The nothing is the force by which the something can be manifested.

 

Essential Alan Watts: Time, The More It Changes
VHS
App. 58 minutes
2004-174

Time: Watts muses on how the whole idea of our being driven is connected with the idea of the causality of life moving under the power of the past. He turns this idea completely the other way, saying that the past is a result of the present. The More It Changes: Watts explores three fantasies: (1) Are we a reproduction which over the centuries of evolution has worked out to be a replica of something else that was going on? (2) Why does every living thing think it's human? (3) How do stars begin?

 

European Thought and Culture in the 19th Century
VHS
App. 24 30-minute segments
2004-312

Nineteenth-century Europe was the crucible for many of the ideas, institutions, and "isms" that shape contemporary global culture. This set examines the birth of nationalism, capitalism, socialism, liberalism, and feminism using examples from the work and writings of Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Germaine de Staël, and George Sand.

 

Eva Peron
DVD
App. 114 minutes
2005-19

The life of iconic Argentine leader Eva "Evita" Peron is chronicled in this engrossing biography filmed by fellow Argentine, Juan Carlos Desanzo. Peron's stormy life, which tragically ended at age 33, is brought to the screen with the same passion with which she lived it. In Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Evita: The Woman Behind the Myth
DVD
App. 50 minutes
2005-18

To some, she was a hero. To others, she was a symbol of naked ambition. To the world, she remains a legend. Eva Duarte de Peron Evita is one of the most controversial figures in history. A minor actress when she married Argentine president-to-be Juan Peron, her political power and prestige eventually equaled, and perhaps eclipsed, his. Was she a power-hungry Marie Antoinette, as detractors claim? Or was she really the savior of the working poor? In this remarkable program, rare photographs and films tell Evita's real story, from her humble birth to her tragic death of cancer at 33. Close aids and bitter enemies offer their firsthand accounts, and consider why she continues to fascinate us today.

 

Existentialism
VHS
App. 35 minutes
2004-306

This video surveys the views of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Sartre, and Camus, as well as the concept of the absurd. It also examines existentialist literature.

 

Existenz
DVD
App. 97 minutes
2005-27

Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee, Ted Pikul, who is suddenly assigned as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged. To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The events leading up to this, and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game's perspective.

 

Eyes from the Ashes
VHS
App. 12 minutes
2004-140

This film was created from the many family photographs housed at the Auschwitz death camp. This poignant video leads to the inevitable question: Which photographs would you choose to take into the unknown?

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Fahrenheit 451
DVD
App. 113 minutes

2004-24
Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. Truffaut's first English language production is an eerie fable where mankind becomes the ultimate evil.

 

Faith and Doubt in Ground Zero
DVD
App. 120 minutes

2005-341
Ground Zero in Manhattan has become a site of pilgrimage. Thousands of people visit the site, looking for consolation and questioning the events of September 11. There is a profound quiet to their meditations. Starting here, FRONTLINE sets out on a quest to find out how peoples' faith has been challenged, and how they are coping with difficult questions of good and evil, religion and apostasy, and the frailty of human life.

 

Father's Return to Auschwitz
VHS
App. 20 minutes

2004-217
In 1943, Jaroslav Drabek was sent to Auschwitz. Forty years later, he returned to remember and brought his son to learn. Archival film footage and old photographs augment the tale.

 

Faustina
DVD
App.75 minutes
2004-25

This movie is a drama on the life of Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska, a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, based upon her experiences recorded in her spiritual diary. She received from Our Lord the visions of Divine Mercy early this century, and was beatified by Pope John Paul II. This is a beautiful, artistic portrayal of her mystical life in high quality cinema.

 

Flowers for Guadalupe
VHS
App. 57 minutes
2004-26

This film explores the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a liberating symbol for Mexican women today. In the course of this richly textured treatment of an evolving symbol, twenty-three women speak out, in traditional testimonio format. This unusual "cantata" of women's voices representing urban, small-town, and rural communities, is intercut with scenes of daily women's work and celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe in various contexts, including festivities organized by the Comite Guadalupano in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. This documentary follows an all-women's pilgrimage from Queretaro state through several arduous but joyful days as it weaves its way through difficult terrain, harsh weather and congested streets to the Virgin shrine in Mexico City.

 

Flowers of St. Francis
VHS
App. 75 minutes

2004-27
This is one of the most beautiful and humbling pictures I have seen. I discovered it recently along with three other Rossellinis, "India Matre Bhumi", "Fear", and "L'Amore" - all masterworks. But so far based on the first viewing, "Francesco, giullare di Dio" ranks with my absolute favorite Rossellini pictures, "Europa '51" & "The Rise of Louis XIV". From the sublime opening long shot of Franciscans arriving in Assissi to the final unforgettable moment where they all spin and fall on the ground and Rossellini's circular camera connects the earth, sky, and water in perfect harmony, "Francesco" is an authentic, invigorating piece of art.

 

Forest of Bliss
DVD
App. 90 minutes
2004-106

Forest of Bliss is an unsparing yet redemptive account of the inevitable griefs, religious passions and frequent happinesses that punctuate daily life in Benares, India's most holy city. The film unfolds from one sunrise to the next without commentary, subtitles or dialogue. It is an attempt to give the viewer a wholly authentic though greatly magnified and concentrated sense of participation in the experiences examined by the film.

 

Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-309

Friedrich Nietzsche's 19th-century work prefigured the pivotal 20th-century concepts of existentialism and psychoanalysis. This video explores Nietzsche's life, elucidates his writings, and describes his sister's role in editing his works for use as Nazi propaganda. It features extracts of Nietzsche's aphoristic prose drawn from such works as the parable of the madman and Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

 

From Better Earth: Artists of the Holocaust
VHS
Length unknown
2004-200

 

From D-Day to Victory in Europe
VHS
App. 112 minutes
2004-261

This documentary contains war footage for the time period with great details concerning the Normandy breakout and the Battle of the Bulge. Also, good footage of the liberation of France.

 

Frontline / Courage to Care / Reunion
VHS
App. ___& 28 minutes & 21 minutes
2004-202

Three videos on one tape. Contrary to general knowledge, there were people who refused to march to the Nazi drummer, risking their lives to save Jews. "Courage to Care" portrays an unforgettable encounter with ordinary people who refuse to succumb to Nazi tyranny. "Reunion" documents the liberation of prisoners from Nazi Camps and describes the formidable logistics of returning Displaced Persons to their homes after the war.

 

Frontline: Beyond Baghdad
DVD
App. 60 minutes
2005-9

As Washington continues to celebrate the capture of Saddam Hussein, FRONTLINE takes viewers on a journey across Iraq to reveal just what it will take to stabilize the volatile nation and accelerate the transfer of power to the Iraqi people. In "Beyond Baghdad," FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith travels the length and breadth of Iraq for five weeks, interviewing everyone from tribal sheiks and ayatollahs to politicians and U.S. military commanders. Smith's reporting reveals a seriously fractured Iraq, where modest successes in nation-building have been offset by widespread inter-ethnic and sectarian rivalry, frustration, and violence.

 

Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero
DVD
App. 120 minutes
2005-21

Ground Zero in Manhattan has become a site of pilgrimage. Thousands of people visit the site, looking for consolation as they question the events of September 11. There is a profound quiet to their meditations. Starting here, FRONTLINE sets out on a quest to find out how peoples' beliefs-and unbelief-has been challenged, and how they are coping with difficult questions of good and evil, the face of God, and the potential for darkness within religion itself. From survivors who were pulled from the wreckage of the Twin Towers to the widow of a New York City firefighter; from priests and rabbis to security guards and opera divas; from lapsed Catholics and Jews to Buddhists, Muslims, and atheists.... FRONTLINE explores and illuminates the myriad of spiritual questions that have come out of the terror, pain, and destruction at Ground Zero.

 

Frontline: House of Saud
DVD
App. 120 minutes
2005-10

The House of Saud has controlled every aspect of Saudi life and politics since the kingdom was established in 1932. But outside the Desert Kingdom, little is known about Saudi Arabia's secretive royal family. In "House of Saud," FRONTLINE explores how the Al Saud family maintains its hold on power in the face of growing tensions between Islam and modernity. Through interviews with members of the royal family, government officials, and other experts from Saudi Arabia and the U.S., the two-hour documentary also traces America's relations with the Saudi royal family from their first alliance in the 1930s through September 11 and beyond to the present day.

 

Frontline: The Invasion of Iraq
DVD
App. 120 minutes
2005-6

FRONTLINE marks the first anniversary of the Iraqi War with a two-hour documentary investigation that recounts the key strategies, battles, and turning points of the war from both sides of the battlefield. Through firsthand accounts from many of the war's key participants--from strategists in Washington to the soldiers who actually fought the battles--"The Invasion of Iraq" promises to be a definitive television history of America's most recent war.

 

Frontline: Israel's Next War
DVD
App. 60 minutes
2005-7

As a new Palestinian leader signs a truce with the Israelis, there is hope that after four years of bloody fighting, Middle East peace talks might resume. This summer Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is planning to remove Jewish settlers and return the disputed Gaza Strip to Palestinian control. But Israel is bracing for a reaction from the settlers in both Gaza and the West Bank. Israeli security forces are warning that extremists among the settlers could, with one major act of violence, raise the prospect of civil war in Israel or trigger a conflict with the wider Muslim world. As the possibility of peace once again seems real, FRONTLINE takes a close look at the small group of Israelis who are vowing to derail it.

 

Frontline: The Jesus Factor
DVD
App. 60 minutes
2004-114

As an evangelical Christian, President Bush has something in common with the 46 percent of Americans who describe themselves as being "born again" or having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Often has the president recounted praying about major decisions facing the nation—but what do we actually know about the rudiments of George Bush's faith? To what extent do the president's spiritual beliefs impact or influence his political decision-making? And how closely do Bush's religious views mirror those of the burgeoning—and politically influential—evangelical movement?

 

Frontline: The Persuaders
DVD
App. 90 minutes
2005-16

FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar "persuasion industries" of advertising and public relations and how marketers have developed new ways of integrating their messages deeper into the fabric of our lives. Through sophisticated market research methods to better understand consumers and by turning to the little-understood techniques of public relations to make sure their messages come from sources we trust, marketers are crafting messages that resonate with an increasingly cynical public. In this documentary essay, correspondent Douglas Rushkoff (correspondent for FRONTLINE's "The Merchants of Cool") also explores how the culture of marketing has come to shape the way Americans understand the world and themselves and how the techniques of the persuasion industries have migrated to politics, shaping the way our leaders formulate policy, influence public opinion, make decisions, and stay in power.

 

Frontline: Sacred Ground
DVD
App. 60 minutes
2005-8

Within days of the September 11 attacks, the questions began: What should be built on the site of Ground Zero? Who should build it? And should anything be built there at all? FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the first stormy year in the plans to rebuild on the site of the World Trade Center. With exclusive access to architect Daniel Libeskind, the one-hour documentary follows the process to build Libeskind's proposed Freedom Tower and reveals how the desire to build the world's most meaningful architectural tribute descended into a billion-dollar battle for the soul of Ground Zero.

 

Frontline: Truth, War, and Consequences
DVD
App. 90 minutes
2005-5

FRONTLINE traces roots of the Iraqi war back to the days after 9/11, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld created a special intelligence operation to seek evidence justifying war. These intelligence reports soon fueled a struggle between Pentagon civilians and the CIA, State Department, and uniformed military. The struggle would cause inadequate planning for war's aftermath, continuing violence, and political problems for President Bush.

 

The Four Sons: A Guide to Passover
VHS
App. 37 minutes
2004-278

As Manny the delicatessen owner, Bikel relates the traditions of Passover to four brothers planning a seder, their first without Mom and Dad.

 

Fuhrer! Rise of a Madman
VHS
App. 108 minutes

2004-260
From Hitler's early days in Austria, through his writing of Mein Kampf, to the horror of World War II and final defeat inside his bunker, this film is a powerful examination of Hitler's evil and madness.

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Galilean Archaeology and the Historical Jesus Quest
VHS
App. 68 minutes
2004-28
-Edwards reviews the history of the Galilee and provides an overview of archaeological methods in order to understand the young Jesus in his historical and geographic context. In the process, Edwards uses archaeological discoveries in Galilee to better understand Jesus and his relationship to the world.

 

Gandhi
DVD
App. 190 minutes

2004-29
In stirring detail, Gandhi's life, principles and power explode on the screen with vivid scenes such as the horrific massacre at Amristar, where the British opened fire on 15,000 unarmed men, women and children, and the dramatic march to the sea where Gandhi led thousands of his fellow Indians to prove that sea salt belonged to all and was not just a British commodity.

 

Genocide
DVD/VHS
App. 90 minutes

2004-141
Produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this film using documentary film and photographs and a moving narration by Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor presents one of the best introductions to the subject. It is recommended for audiences who are not familiar with the subject matter as well as for a knowledgeable audience.

 

Ghosts of Rwanda
DVD
App. 120 minutes

2005-20
FRONTLINE marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key government officials and diplomats, the two-hour documentary offers eyewitness accounts of the genocide from those who experienced it firsthand. FRONTLINE illustrates the failures that enabled the slaughter of 800,000 people to occur unchallenged by the global community.

 

God Bless This Honorable Court: Religion and Civic Discourse
Lecture by Jonathan Z. Smith
DVD
App. 83 minutes
2005-2

In this talk he explores aspects of religion in civic discourse in terms of constitution and the court, through representation and interpretation of religion and public speech.

 

The Gospel According to the Papuans
VHS
App. 52 minutes
2004-30
-With gentle irony, this film records the overlay of Christianity on native beliefs that occurs in the Huli tribe, one of seven hundred tribes living in Papua New Guinea. In many areas of the world where Christian missionaries have brought their message, similar confusions and misconceptions abound. The film builds to a great baptismal ceremony, revealing the divisions among the tribe created by competing missionaries.

 

Go Tell It on the Mountain
DVD
App. 100 minutes
2005-38

A story of violence and desire, of tenderness and compassion, so gripping and moving, which lays bare the trials and sufferings, the yearnings and aspirations of an African-American family. The journey of a family from the rural South to "big city" Harlem, seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteaous and often unloving stepfather.

 

Grace and Law: MMT and Paul
VHS
App. 69 minutes
2004-256

Ahegg focuses on one of the most important Dead Sea Scrolls ever found, a document known as MMT. This text spells out the differences between the Scrolls set and mainstream Judaism at the time. Ahegg shows that MMT casts light not only on Judaism but also on the religious outlook on Paul.

 

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
DVD
App. 108 minutes
2005-35

Spencer Tracy's last performance was in this well-meaning, handsome film by Stanley Kramer about a pair of white parents (Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) trying to make sense of their daughter's impending marriage to an African American doctor (Sidney Poitier). The film has been knocked over the years for padding conflict and stoking easy liberalism by making Poitier's character in every socioeconomic sense a good catch: But what if Kramer had made this stranger a factory worker? Would the audience still find it as easy to accept a mixed-race relationship? But there's no denying the drawing power of this movie, which gets most of its integrity from the stirring performances of Tracy and Hepburn. When the former (who had been so ill that the production could not get completion insurance) gives a speech toward the end about race, love, and much else, it's impossible not to be affected by the last great moment in a great actor's life and career.

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Hidden in Silence
VHS
App. 93 minutes

2004-270
In Nazi-occupied Poland, the Jewish adoptive family of young Fusia (Kellie Martin) is taken into captivity. Fusia boldly helps some of her family escape and must protect them by keeping them hidden in her tiny attic. A realistic yet touching story of harsh wartime conditions.

 

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear, and the Selling of American Empire
DVD
App. 64 minutes
2004-124

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home. The documentary places the Bush Administration's false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force. At the same time, the documentary argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11.

 

Hinduism: Faith, Festivals, and Rituals
VHS
App. 51 minutes

2004-32
Examines the mulitfaceted majority religion of India. Devotional ceremonies and observances of Hinduism and sacred Hindu literature, such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, are explored, as are some of the religions ornate temples. From the series Ashes in the River: Four Religions of India.

 

Hinduism and the Song of God
VHS
App. 30 minutes

2004-157
The physical beauty of India is the background for the Hindu concepts of self-realization as expressed in the Bhagavad Gita, or Song of God…our purpose in life, the four yogas, the law of Karma, the four stages of life.

 

The History of the Biblical World in Recent Scholarship
VHS
App. 67 minutes
2004-257

Coogan, addressing the recent scholarly debate on the historical value of the Bible, challemges the biblical minimalists, scholars who reject the Bible as a valuable source of history. Demonstrating how archaeological evidence can inform the Biblical text, Coogan maintains that the Bible, in conjunction with archaeological evidence, should still be considered part of history, and that despite the ideological slant of the biblical authors, the Bible does contain verifiable historical data.

 

The History and Interpretation of the Bible
VHS
App. 40 minutes
2004-33

This warm and fascinating lecture, recorded in the meditation hall at Saccidananda Ashram in Southern India shortly before his death, captures Father Bede Griffiths at his best. This video explores the ways in which the Bible was recorded and looks at the changes in Christian thinking and it's effect on the interpretation of the Bible.

 

Hitler 1889-1936 Hubris (Ian Kershaw)
VHS
App. 40 minutes
2004-138

 

Hitler: A Career
VHS
App. 150 minutes
2004-218

Charting Hitler's improbable rise from provincial rabble-rouser to Germany's messianic Führer, Fest probes the reasons why, drawing upon an unprecedented array of film sources in showing Hitler's mastery of imagery and crowd psychology, and his consummate skill in exploiting others' weaknesses. Particularly valuable is Fest's account of the fateful years 1932 and 1933, when, playing off economic crisis, frustrated German nationalism, and the desperation of Germany's conservative elites, Hitler bluffed his way into office, then moved with ruthless efficiency to seize absolute power. Examining the public and private dynamics of Nazism's unhinged dictatorship, Fest uncovers the deeper logics for the devastation and horrors that followed.

 

Hitler: Black Fox
VHS
App. 89 minutes
2004-273

A disturbing look at the hate-filled life and horrible legacy of Adolf Hitler. Unlike other programs on Hitler, this one places his story in the context of German mythology and literature, particularly Goethe, and proves that fact can often be stranger than legend.

 

Hitler: Portrait of a Tyrant
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-212

Even in his early days, the sadistic side of Adolf Hitler reigned unsuppressed. Shocking new revelations are brought to light. This exciting collection features rare footage with insights into the development and the experiences that led the featured man to fulfill his destiny as a World Warrior. This video examines Hitler's life from childhood when he was beaten and abused by a tyrannical father to his years of poverty and wandering as an unemployed artist, to his infamous reign.

 

Hitler's Henchmen
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-262

This powerful documentary of the hideous Nazi war machine contains captured film footage of the German death camps. Not recommended for young viewers.

 

Hitler: The Last 10 Days
VHS
App. 108 minutes
2004-210

This vivid portrait of Hitler in his waning days is nothing short of magnificent. This movie combines drama with documentary. Actual footage is cleverly interspaced during the movie to provide shocking reality checks to the bizarre events occurring in the bunker. In this movie, we can see how Hitler became the victim of his own doomsday prophecies. His cruelty remained with him to the last, and Alec Guiness provides an emotional look at the last few days of his life.

 

Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World
DVD
App. 57 minutes
2008-3
Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World is a compelling study of the Hopi that captures their deep spirituality and reveals their integration of art and daily life. Amidst beautiful images of Hopi land and life, a variety of Hopi - a farmer, a religious eler, grandmother, painter, potter and weaver - speak about the preservation of the Hopi way. Their philosophy of living in balance and harmony with nature is a model to the Western world of an environmental ethic in action.

 

Holocaust
VHS
App. 90 minutes
2004-196

 

Holocaust: America's Role
VHS
2004-253

 

The Holocaust as Seen Through the Eyes of a Survivor
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-233

This program reveals the determination, hope, and spirit that was needed to survive the Holocaust. David Bergman, survivor of Auschwitz, Dachau, and Gross- Rosen concentration camps, personalizes his experiences. Having immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager after World War II, he urges stringent protection of our democratic freedoms, and the freedom in other countries, so as not to allow a repetition of the atrocities he has personally experienced.

 

Holocaust Eyewitness Project Video Portraits
VHS
2004-128

 

The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-184

This overall history of the Holocaust, hosted by Walter Cronkite, introduces viewers to the Holocaust Memorial Museum by tracing the gradually escalating horror of being Jewish under the Nazis.

 

Holocaust World War II: The Nuremberg Trials
VHS
App. 54 minutes
2004-135

This documentary film highlights the evidence of Nazi war-crimes that was disclosed at the post-war trials at Nuremberg.

 

Holy Terror
VHS
App. 58 minutes
2004-99

Examines the political activism of the religious New Right, focusing on their anti-abortion efforts, and explores the nature of their impact on American political life. The film provides a revealing, inside look at the movement and its philosophy as expressed by its leaders as well as its rank and file activists. Interviews are combined with scenes filmed at anti-abortion conventions and demonstrations. "A must for any woman over the age of 16...a downright scary film" (NWSA Perspectives).

 

Honor and Shame: Core Values of the Biblical World
VHS
App. 55 minutes
2004-34
-Rohrbaugh elucidates the concepts of honor and shame, which he sees as core values in Mediterranean culture and thus of the Biblical world. Rohrbaugh draws on his experiences of living in both the Mediterranean world and in the West. He concentrates on passages in the New Testament that are influenced by the culture of the region and highlights the important role of honor and shame in those verses.

 

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
VHS
App. 267 minutes
2004-186
This documentary traces the life and 40-year manhunt for Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, a ruthless SS interrogator known as the Butcher of Lyons. It exposes the complex web of political intrigue, collaboration, and deceit that enabled Barbie to remain underground until 1983, when he was finally brought to trial.

 

House of Saud
DVD
App. 120 minutes
2005-337
The house of Saud has controlled every aspect of Saudi life and politics since the Kingdom was established in 1932. But little is known about Saudi Arabia's secretive royal family. Through interviews with members of the family, government officials, and other experts from Saudi Arabia and the U.S., the documentary also traces America's relations with the Saudi royal family from their first alliance in the 1930s through September 11 and today.

 

The House on Garibaldi Street
VHS
App. 99 minutes
2004-286
The dramatic story of a search by Israeli Intelligence agents for the Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann who, after escaping from an Allied prisoner of war camp, fled to South America. Had they tracked him down in a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1960?

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I Heart Huckabees
DVD
App. 106 minutes
2005-33

Billed as "an existential comedy," I Heart Huckabees is a flawed yet endearingly audacious screwball romp that dares to ponder life's biggest questions. Much of director David O. Russell's philosophical humor is dense, talky, and impenetrable, leading critic Roger Ebert to observe that "it leaves the viewer out of the loop," and suggesting that Russell's screenplay (written with his assistant, Jeff Baena) is admirably bold yet frustratingly undisciplined. Russell's ideas are big but his expression of them is frenetic, centering on the unlikely pairing of an environmentalist (Jason Schwartzman) and a firefighter (Mark Wahlberg) as they depend on existential detectives (Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman) and a French nihilist (Isabelle Huppert) to make sense of their existential crises, brought on (respectively) by a two-faced chain-store executive (Jude Law) and his spokesmodel girlfriend (Naomi Watts), and the aftermath of 9/11's terrorism. No brief description can do justice to Russell's comedic conceit; you'll either be annoyed and mystified or elated and delighted by this wacky primer for coping with 21st century lunacy. Deserving of its mixed reviews, I Heart Huckabees is an audacious mess, like life itself, and accepting that is the key to enjoying both.

 

Ilé Aiyé (The House of Life)
DVD
App. 51 minutes
2006-4
Directed by rock and roll legend David Byrne, ex-frontman of the Talking heads, this documentary provides an in-depth look at the dance and music rituals of the Yoruban religion in Brazil. Originally brought to Brazil by African slaves, the Yoruban tradition is kept alive in the rituals of this troupe of singers, drummers and dancers, who commemorate and celebrate the African diaspora in South America while furthering the causes of anti-racism and peace between all cultures.

 

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and The Holocaust (4/5/05, PBS)
VHS
App. 125 minutes
2009-3

For a half century Hollywood has dealt with the Holocaust in contradictions presenting it at times with outrage, indifference, compassion, ignorance, a need to understand, and a desire to forget. American movies have shaped how people understand and remember the Holocaust but always with a degree of manipulation. This documentary explores the complexity of portraying the Holocaust realistically even though no one could ever fully capture all the horrors felt by the victims on film.

 

Immigrant Experience & Looking Back: The Southern Jewish Experience
VHS
App. 12 minutes and 18 minutes

2004-276

 

In Search of Peace, Part One: 1948-1967
DVD
App. 112 minutes

2005-23
Michael Douglas narrates this documentary look at the first 20 years of Israel's existence, with a concentration on the origins of the Middle East Conflict. Through archival footage and photos, the film examines not only events in Israel, but their effect on other places as well--giving a truly global perspective on a monumental event, both in history and the history of the Jewish people.

 

India: Turmoils of the Century (Part I and Part II)
VHS
App. 52 minutes per video

2004-35
This epic film traces the history of the past hundred years of the Indian subcontinent with all of its religious, ethnic and political turbulence. It captures the India of the Maharajas during the time of British rule. The film chronicles Ghandi's independence movement, World War II with the subsequent British withdrawal, and the partitioning of India and Pakistan in 1947. it details the religious riots and pogroms that followed and continue to plague such areas as Kashmir, Punjab, Assam, and Sri Lanka. It follows the political fortunes and misfortunes of the Negru and Bhutto families. It brings to life in a coherent manner the history of the world's largest democracy and the leaders that shaped it.

 

Inside Mecca
DVD
App. 60 minutes
2005-15

Few non-Muslims have glimpsed its sacred glories. All Muslims are drawn by its holy summons. Now, travel to Islam's most revered city to experience a spiritual phenomenon that has endured for more than four centuries INSIDE MECCA.

 

Inside the Third Reich
VHS
App. 240 minutes per video

2004-213
The story of Albert Speer, the architect who became one of Hitler's closest confidants. His rise within the Third Reich is an intriguing documentation of one of mankind's vilest hours.

 

An Introduction to Scientology
DVD
App. 51 minutes
2006

An interview with Mr. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of a fast-growing religion—Scientology—to explain how he arrived at his discoveries on the mind, spirit and life. He answers the most commonly asked questions, such as: What is Scientology? Why is it a religion? And how do people benefit from it?

 

Invasion of Iraq
DVD
App. 120 minutes

2005-6
FRONTLINE marks the first anniversary of the Iraqi War with a two-hour documentary investigation that recounts the key strategies, battles, and turning points of the war from both sides of the battlefield. Through firsthand accounts from many of the war's key participants from strategists in Washington to the soldiers who actually fought the battles. The Invasion of Iraq promises to be a definitive television history of America's most recent war.

 

Isaiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls
VHS
App. 49 minutes
2004-175

Flint takes us on a journey from Jerusalem to the caves of Qumran, near where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. He reviews the various Scroll manuscripts and describes the main themes of the Book of Isiah, one of the most popular Biblical books among the Scrolls.

 

Islam and Christianity: A Comparative Analysis, 3-part series
DVD
App. 27-35 minutes each

2005-11
The invitation from the minaret may sound similar to the one from the church bell tower, but there is an inherent contrast between them. This scholarly three-part series unveils the wisdom and beauty of Islam, analyzing theological points of convergence and divergence between it and Christianity—and, inasmuch as it underpins these two faith traditions, Judaism. Based on the book Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?, Islam and Christianity raises the dialogue between Muslim and non-Muslim to a higher level of understanding.

 

Islam—Facing East, Facing West: John Esposito on the Struggles of Islam
DVD
App. 23 minutes
2006-2
In this program, Bill Moyers and Georgetown University's John Esposito— author of Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World—focus on Islam in Asia, where the vast majority of all Muslims live. The conflict within Islamic countries among religious fundamentalists, radical extremists, and the moderate mainstream is considered, along with American geopolitical concerns in the war on global terrorism. Human rights abuses in Indonesia and East Timor, the operation of al Qaeda, and a distinction between holy war and jihad are examined as well. "Can we fight terrorism without it becoming a worldwide clash of cultures?" asks Moyers.

 

Islam—Facing East, Facing West: Karen Armstrong on Religious Fundamentalism
DVD
App. 41 minutes
2006-3
"If you were God, would you do away with religion?" With that question, Bill Moyers launches into a discussion with Karen Armstrong, one of the world’s foremost commentators on religious affairs and author of Islam: A Short History. In this program they seek to understand the psychosocial impact of religious fundamentalism, which frequently elevates God at the expense of personal freedom. Over the course of their dialogue they also cover the concept of sacredness, the relationship between religion and psychology, and the profound connections among the three religions of the Book—all within the context of Ms. Armstrong's own spiritual journey from disenchantment to peace.

 

Islamic Fundamentalism and Democracy
VHS
App. 58 minutes
2004-36
This disturbing film captures the intensity of Islamic fundamentalists and the willingness of extremists to eliminate anyone with an opposing point of view. While not all fundamentalists call for violence, less militant groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood are intransigent in their ultimate aim of eliminating minorities, establishing theocracies in the Middle East, and overthrowing Israel. The filmmaker obtained a rare interview with Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman before the World Trade Center bombing. In it, the Sheik applauds the assassination of Farag Foda, a spokesman for Egyptian democracy, who was gunned down shortly after he was interviewed in this film.

 

Israel: Never a Dull Moment
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-285
The first forty years of the nation of Israel are surveyed in this video. The Six Day War, the trial of Adolf Eichmann, and Sadat's visit to Jerusalem are just a few of the historic events highlighted.

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Jacques Lacan
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2005-45

Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and heir to Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan wrote and lectured from 1953 to 1979, initiating a sweeping resurgence of psychoanalysis in France and throughout the world. In this program, Lacan's remarkable career is traced and his importance highlighted by references to the works of philosophers Jacques Derrida and Christian Jambet. Psychoanalysts Jean-Bertrand Pontalis, Juliet Mitchell, and Mario Belo comment on Lacan's exceptional analyses of such topics as the western family, the contradictions of love, and the illusions of the French Revolution.

 

The Jains
VHS
App. 25 minutes
2004-37

Observing life in the Jain community of Jaipur, India, this program outlines the main tenets of Jainism, explains its connections with Hinduism and local cults, and examines the tradition of spirit possession. It also explores ancient and modern Jain temples.

 

Jerusalem and the Garden of Eden
VHS
App. 63 minutes
2004-176

Stager discusses biblical descriptions of several gardens, including the Garden of Eden. A description in the Book of Ezekiel locates the Garden of Eden close to Jerusalem. Taking his cue from Ezekiel, Stager postulates that the garden in the valley of Kidron might be Eden. He tests this theory against passages in the Psalms, the Song of Songs and Genesis

 

A Jesus Hideout in Jordan? Mapping Ancient Textual Traditions
VHS
App. 59 minutes
2004-3
-Tabor combines clues from the Gospel of John, the story of Elijah, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other historical writings that point to the locations of a Jesus hideout east of Jordan, near Calim. He demonstrates how the combination of archaeology, historical documents such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Bible texts produces a unique picture of the Nazarene movement and the geography of Jesus' life.

 

Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography Part I and II
VHS
App. 120 minutes

2004-38
In Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, John Crossan draws on a full career of wide research and writing to present a picture of the historical Jesus. This is an impressive and eloquent summary of wide study in many evolving fields of scholarship, bringing the results of a variety of disciplines to the question of the historical Jesus. His statement of the case seems complete and persuasive, including reference to just about all currently available fields of inquiry.

 

The Jewish Brigade WWII
VHS
Length unknown

2004-185

 

The Jewish Customs
VHS
App. 50 minutes

2004-287
Presents the ancient and present day customs and practices of Judaism.

 

Jewish Documentary: Survivors of the Holocaust (Spielberg)
VHS
App. 70 minutes
2009-4

Survivors of the Holocaust provides just the briefest glimpse of the many stories the Survivors of the Shoah (Hebrew for Holocaust) Foundation has collected. The video is broken into thirds by year, so we learn of life before the holocaust, during internment in concentration camps, and after liberation. The testimonies are powerful, and at times overwhelming. The photos and film clips are frequently horrifying and may be too much for younger viewers.

 

The Jewish People: A Story of Survival

DVD

App. 59 min + 45 min bonus material

2009-9

Despite centuries of suffering and displacement, the fabric of Jewish culture has never broken. This program examines the theme of survival and its connection to Jewish achievements. Viewers will encounter a wide range of topics, including the origins of Judaism, the world's first major monotheistic religion; the flourishing of Jewish scholarship through Talmudic learning and Rabbinic Judaism; the golden age of Jewish creativity at the height of Islamic power; and the post-Holocaust continuity of the Jews as a people, a state, and a collective voice.

 

Jewish Reform Movements: Qumran and the Gospel of Matthew
VHS
App. 55 minutes
2004-39
-Saldarini characterizes the Qumran community, the Jesus movement and the followers of Matthew as contemporary reform groups within the broad categories of Jews and Christians. He theorizes that Matthew would have been aware of the Qumran community's beliefs (just as we are aware of various religious beliefs today) and notes similarities between the Matthean community, Qumran and Matthew's gospel.

 

Jews and Buddhism (Belief Amended, Faith Revealed)
VHS
App. 40 minutes

2004-40
-This documentary examines the dramatic surge of interest among American Jews in the spiritual teachings of Buddhism. Jews, who make of 2% of the population, account for some 30% of non-Asian American Buddhists. Many of them are among the leading expositors and scholars of Buddhism in America. In practice, traditional Jewish ritual and liturgy are being modified in synagogues and among individuals seeking to incorporate the teachings of Buddhism into their spiritual lives.

 

Jihad vs. McWorld
VHS
2004-41

Barber describes how the cultural differences between tribalism -- ethnic and religious fundamentalism -- and global capitalism are (or were) headed inevitably for an explosion of violence. Both are threats to democracy, he argues, and thus intertwine to create the conditions and the motive for combustion.

 

The Jolo Snake Handlers
DVD
App. 77 minutes
2005-34

Documentary. An in-depth portrait of a snake cult in Jolo, West Virginia. Depicts a snake hunt in the mountains, two serpent-handling services, and a prayer vigil for a victim of a snake bite. Includes discussions with church members who explain their reasons for handling serpents and the persecution they have suffered.

 

Josef Mengele: Medical Madman of Auschwitz
VHS
Length unknown
2004-195

A & E Biography examines the horrific legacy of the "Angel of Death," Josef Mengele, the notorious doctor who performed hideous experiments on the prisoners of Auschwitz. Through archival footage, interviews, and excerpts from his personal diary, the story of Mengele's evil, his escape to post-war South America, and curious death are told.

 

The Journey of the Butterfly
VHS
App. 62 minutes
2004-189

This documentary weaves together the music, art, poetry and history of the children imprisoned by the Nazis in the ghetto at Terezin in Czechoslovakia from 1941 to 1945.

 

Judaism
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-42

One of the world's oldest surviving religions, Judaism is both a theology and a way of life for over 12 million followers in the world today. The first religion to be founded upon the principle of monotheism, Judaism has survived despite persecution against its people throughout the ages. Trace the history of Jewish culture, from Abraham's covenant with God to the Exile of the Jews from the Holy Land by Roman conquerors. Examine the sacred texts and various holidays while exploring the two centers of Jewish life - the synagogue and the home.

 

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
DVD
App. 112 minutes
2011-1

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial captures the turmoil that tore apart the community of Dover, PA, in a landmark battle over the teaching of evolution in public schools. In 2004, the Dover school board ordered science teachers to read a statement to high school iology students about an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution called intelligent design—the idea that life is too complex to have evolved naturally and so must have been designed by an intelligent agent. The teachers refused to comply, and both parents and teachers filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the school board of violating the constitutional separation of church and state.

 

Judgment at Nuremberg
VHS
App. 187 minutes
2004-191

Two cassettes. This is the thought-provoking all-star film centered around the post World War II Nuremberg trials of German judges who upheld the Nazi laws involving horrendous abuses of basic human rights. The juxtaposition of the pressures the defendants claimed they were under, with that imposed on the American judge at the trials, form the basis of the conflict in this powerful film, which features Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland and Burt Lancaster.

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Karl Marx and Marxism
VHS
App. 52 minutes

2004-308
While Marxism catalyzed social reforms that have vastly improved the lives of millions of workers, it also inspired Communist movements and brutal wars that led to the loss of millions of lives. This video examines Marx, his philosophy, his philosophical development, and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.

 

Kataragama-An Ancient Hindu God Revived
VHS/DVD
App. 52 minutes

2004-43
-The strange story told in this documentary shows a revival of mystical belief in the ancient Hindu god, Kataragama. The camera follows one family's plight over their lost son. Eleven-year-old Ratnyaka disappeared into the jungle, leaving no trace. When local authorities failed to find him, his parents consulted an astrologer who forecast that Kataragama would have the boy back within 21 days. Unlike other gods, Kataragama does not expect sacrifice in advance. But once a favor is granted, he demands his due. The film shows the terrifying rituals of his thankful devotees. Some walk on hot coals, others hang themselves from hooks impaled in their backs. The documentary ends with the boy's return on the 21st day.

 

Kierkegaard
VHS
App. 60 min
2004-314
-This program explores the worldview, writings, and anguished life of the 19th-century existential philosopher and critic Søren Kierkegaard. Rejected by his contemporaries and society - a society that he himself repudiated in his writing - Kierkegaard spurned Hegelian philosophy in favor of a belief in the supremacy of personal authenticity and self- determination. This and his "leap of faith" had an undeniable influence on literature, psychoanalysis, and theology in the 20th century. The program, presented as a lecture by a noted Kierkegaard scholar, portrays both the man and his work within a historical context. With English narration and subtitles.

 

Kitty: Return to Auschwitz
VHS
App. 82 minutes
2004-190
Kitty Hart, a survivor who lived in the camp between the ages of 16 and 18 returns to tell others and to try to understand what happened there.

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Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina
VHS
App. 57 minutes

2004-45
-This is a fascinating, richly illustrated documentary that explores the Jewish experience in South Carolina from colonial days to modern times. It is a heartwarming story of religious tolerance, and economic and political opportunity. By 1800, Charleston was home to the largest and wealthiest Jewish community in North America. The settling of Jews in South Carolina mirrors the Jewish immigration to the United States with Sephardic Jews in the 17th century followed by German Jews, then Eastern European Jews and Russian Jews today.

 

The Last Chapter
VHS
App. 85 minutes

2004-232
500 years of Jewish life in Poland. Actual records of Polish events on film.

 

The Last Train
VHS
App. 115 minutes
2009-5

Story about Julian and his family who flee from their home in Punois, France because of the Germans invading France during World War 2. The best way to escape from the Germans is to board a train going further north. Julian is separated from his wife, who is 9 months pregnant and his 6 year old daughter. For some reason, during the night while everyone is sleeping the train was separated in half and during this time Julian has a love affair with Hanna who is a German Jew.

 

Lena: 100 Children
VHS
App. 70 minutes

2004-133
Lena Kuchler, a lonely young woman who survived the war, arrives at the Jewish Committee Center in Krakow. There on the second floor she discovers dozens of orphan children who survived the war. The plight of these children touches Lena's heart, and she decides to create a home for them. Through a long rehabilitation process, Lena slowly brings the children back to life, and gives them back their childhood. A wave of violent anti-Semitism forces Lena to flee with the children to France, at great risk. In 1949 Lena and the children arrive in Israel. Here Lena completes her mission; she says good-bye to the children as they are accepted into the Schiller Kibbutz as equal members.

 

Liberation
DVD
App. 100 minutes

2005-22
Through newsreel footage, radio broadcasts and the stories of survivors, this docu-drama revisits the Allied campaign to liberate Europe from Hitler, showing how, even as the Allies advanced, the gas chambers of the National Socialist party continued to exterminate Jews and other "enemies of the Volk."

 

Liberation Day: Dachau and The Lost Gas Chamber
VHS
App. 120 minutes

2004-181
Predominantly a visual tour of Auschwitz with limited narration.

 

The Liberation of Auschwitz
VHS
App. 55 minutes

2004-274
Captain Alexander Vorontsov, is the only surviving cameraman from the Soviet film crew attached to the 1st Ukrainian Front, who in Jan/Feb 1945 filmed the liberation of the infamous death camp, Auschwitz. He describes the feelings that he and his comrades felt at the horrific scenes that confronted the brave liberators. A majority of the prisoners had been forced by the Germans to leave the camp as the Red Army approached Auschwitz, and many had perished on their "Death Marches". Vorontosov was able to record the plight of the remaining 6000 prisoners, the instruments of torture and death, the pitiful remains of the dead, the results of the Soviet investigations and the closing of Auschwitz, February 28, 1945.

 

A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
DVD
App. 95 minutes

2004-4
In this film, we are taken into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. From mystical tales to mesmerizing music, Rebbes to Holocaust survivors, this film reveals a strange, insular world few outsiders have seen, and few yet could imagine.

 

Life of Brian
DVD
App. 94 minutes

2004-46
Brian is born in a stable on Christmas, right next to You Know Who. The wise men appear and begin to distribute gifts. The star moves further, so they take it all back and move on. This is how Brian's life goes. The Jews are looking for a release from the Romans, Spiritual and political decay, keep looking for signs and a group decides Brian is the Messiah. He cannot convince them he is not. He joins the Judean People's Front, one of several dozen separatist groups who actually do nothing, but really hate the Romans. While not about Jesus, it is about those who hadn't time, or interest to listen to his message. Many Political and Social comments.

 

Life of Buddha
DVD
App. 90 minutes
2004-117

The story of Prince Siddhartha's spiritual transformation into the Buddha and the Buddhist faith's eventual influence on the world are both chronicled in this revealing documentary. Includes 50 minutes of additional interviews with Buddhist scholars and spiritual leaders.

 

The Life of the Buddha
VHS
App. 51 minutes
2004-47

-This remarkably accessible program dramatizes the life of the one who, beneath a tree at Bodh Gaya, transcended life's misfortunes and sufferings and became known, forevermore, as Buddha. Scholars, researchers, and monastics provide illuminating insights into Siddhartha/Buddha's experiences, his teachings, and the rapid spread of Buddhism after his death.

 

Little Buddha
DVD
App. 123 minutes
2004-116

Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda star in this sweeping tale of destiny and mysticism. A young American boy's life is transformed forever when he becomes involved with a prince searching for the reincarnation of his beloved teacher. As these different worlds collide, an extraordinary adventure unfolds.

 

Locating the Herodian Temple: Old and New Theories in Light of Ancient Literary Evidence
VHS
App. 51 minutes
2004-48
-Tabor attempts to fix the disputed location of the Jerusalem Temple with the help of ancient texts. He examines a wide array of intriguing theories put forth by leading scholars that question whether the Temple was located on what we today call the Temple Mount or if it was actually farther to the south.

 

Lodz Ghetto
VHS
App.118 minutes
2004-182

This innovative documentary about the Nazi occupation of a populous enclave of Jews in Eastern Europe weaves archival footage with material shot in the 1980s to evoke the spirit of the trapped inhabitants and their desperate struggle to survive. The Polish city of Lodz held the second largest Jewish community in Europe, and the invading Nazis ringed the Jewish neighborhood with barbed wire. All Jews in the area, nearly a quarter million people, were forced into what soon became known as the Lodz Ghetto. Here in their own words are the diaries and documents, woven into a chilling narrative, from the longest surviving concentration of Jews trapped in the Holocaust.

 

The Long Search (volume 1 and 2)
DVD
App. 104 minutes

2004-49
-Protestant Spirit USA: In the 1100 churches of Indianapolis, we see bewildering multiplicity of Protestantism. Churches with the seating and styling of deluxe first-run theaters.
-Hinduism: 330 Million Gods: Traces the Indian religious experience in two highly contrasting locations: the bustling city of Benares where millions come to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, and the small village of Bhith Bhagwanpur, unvisited except by professional story tellers and itinerant priests.

 

The Long Search (volume 3 and 4)
DVD
App. 104 minutes

2004-49
-Buddhism: Footprint of the Buddha-India: To Sri Lanka and India discover the type of Buddhism practiced throughout southeast Asia. Among those we meet are Buddhist monks- including one American, school children, novices and housewives. Each offers something from his own experience to help us come to grips with a religion that has high moral standards but does not believe in God.
-Catholicism: Rome, Leeds and the Desert: Catholicism, especially since Vatican II, has undergone many changes. In this episode filmed in Rome, Spain and England, we discover the diversity and the unity of the religious experience labeled the Holy Catholic Church.

 

The Long Search (volume 5, 6, and 7)
DVD
App. 156 minutes

2004-49
-Islam: There is no God but God: It is said in Islam that every child is born Muslim by nature: he has the belief in his heart of one God. Over 400 million people profess Islam, and its numbers are said to be growing. In this program we travel to Egypt to explor the Islamic experience in an oasis village 50 miles from Cairo at a wedding, in the market town of El Fayoum for dawn prayers, and in Cairo itself.
-Orthodox Christianity: The Rumanian Solution: The Orthodox churches in Eastern Europe seem to be bound to the Communist states in essentially loveless marriages, except in Rumania. The Rumanian Orthodox Church is still seen as an important aspect of Rumania's cultural heritage and ethnic identity.
-Judaism: The Chosen People: What is it that makes a Jew a Jew? In New York, Elie Wiesel, author and survivor of the concentration camps, tries to define it. Inevitably the search takes us to Jerusalem, where Dr. Pinchas Peli, tenth generation rabbi and fourth generation Jerusalemite, explains the meaning of prayer and acts as our guide through the religious schools, the synagogues, and a museum for the survivors of the Holocaust, we also see Western (Wailing) Wall, a place of prayer and pilgrimage sacred to the Jewish people.

 

The Long Search (volume 8, 9 and 10)
DVD
App. 156 minutes
2004-49

-Religion in Indonesia: The Way of the Ancestors: There are almost 200 million people scattered across the world who belong to tribal religions that are local, exclusive and frequently animist- i.e., they believe that inanimate objects and natural phenomena possess a soul. Though no since group can be chosen as typical, this episode is devoted to primal religion- that of the Torajas who live in a mountain fortress on an Indonesian island.
-Buddhism: The Land of the Disappearing Buddha-Japan: If the Buddha of India met the Buddha of Japan, would they recognize each other? To find out, this program talks to the staff in a Tokyo restaurant who keep regular Zen meditation schedules as part of their job, then on to the classical Zen calligraphy, swordfighting, archery and tea ceremony.
-African Religions: Zulu Zion: The Zulu Independent Churches in South Africa: When Christian missionaries took the Gospel to Africa they also tried to suppress African religion and subvert African culture with their own. But since World War I, and with increasing vigor in the last 20 years, Africans have been rediscovering their lost religions identity and have been forming independent churches with their own festivals, prophets and rituals and greater or lesser devotion to Christ.

 

The Long Search (volume 11, 12 and 13)
DVD
App. 156 minutes
2004-49

-Taoism: A Question of Balance-China: In our search for Chinese religious experience, we go to Taiwan. A whole pantheon of gods both local and imported from the mainland are worshipped in thousands of Buddhist and Taoist temples. Several strands make up the religious life of the village: a Confucian respect for past and the ancestors, the cosmic pattern of the Tao that permeates all levels of existence and manifests itself through oracles, the local gods who dispense justice and favors, and the hungry ghosts of the dead who have to be placated.
-Alternative Lifestyles in California: West Meets East: The spiritual impulse of the time steps beyond the boundaries of religious tradition- so wrote Theodore Roszak, spokesman for the counter-culture, who is Ronald Eyre's guide to the new religious concerns of people living in the San Francisco Bay area. Here religious ideas and life styles of East and West mingle and people brought up in a largely Christian cultural climate look East to Taoism and Hinduism for inspiration.
-Reflection on the Long Search: In this episode Ronald Eyre asks himself some questions. It is not a film in which he hands out diplomas to believers of the religion that pleased him best. The search, for him, began long before this series got off the ground and will continue long into the future. There are no winners and no losers. There is an element of personal stocktaking, however, and before doing so, Eyre reveals his own background, the mental furniture that he of necessity packs whenever he goes on search.

 

The Long Way Home
VHS/DVD
App. 116 minutes
2004-192

The video documents the challenges and problems Holocaust survivors faced from the time of their liberation to the creation of the State of Israel (1945-1948).

 

The Lost Children of Berlin
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-193

Documentary about the reunion of those students of the Grosse Hamburgerstrasse School in Berlin who had survived the Nazi Holocaust. The video weaves together the social and political events of the 1930s and 1940s detailing the Jewish life of prewar Berlin.

 

Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles Over Authentication
DVD
App. 24 30-minute segments
2004-307

This two-volume lecture series by Bart Ehrman of UNC-Chapel Hill highlights scholars' efforts to recover knowledge of early Christian groups that lost the struggle for converts, including the Ebionites, the Marcionites, and the Gnostics. Focusing on writings apart from those that appear in the New Testament, it looks at the process by which certain Christian beliefs gained legitimacy, while others became footnotes to history.

 

Loving Krishna
DVD
App. 57 minutes
2005-51

A film about the worship of Krishna and the meaning of devotion. It explores the rural and urban character of the town of Vishnapur in West Bengal by examining the royal past, everyday life, work in traditional arts and crafts, bazaar exchange, and sacred rituals and festivals. Public and private devotional life is represented by detailed visual narratives of the Chariot Journey of Krishna, celebrated by the whole town, and the Birthday Festival commemorated on a much smaller scale of intimate family worship.

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Maha Kumbh: A Mythic Confluence
DVD
App. 53 minutes
2005-46

This program captures the 2001 Maha Kumbh festival, a 43-day event that drew tens of millions of devotees to the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and mythic Saraswati Rivers to honor the creation story of Hinduism and to pray for release from the cycle of reincarnation.

 

Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace
DVD
App. 50 minutes
2005-48

BIOGRAPHY® profiles the small man who took a great nation on his shoulders and changed the world. Trace his rise to power and fearless campaign of truth, non-violence and non-cooperation with injustice that defeated the British Empire. Biographers offer insight into his surprising personal life, while historians explore his remarkable accomplishments. Hear from his grandson, Arun Gandhi, and, in a rare interview, the Dalai Lama reflects on Gandhi's incredible life and enduring legacy.

 

Malcolm X
DVD
App. 202 minutes
2005-39

Spike Lee directed this 1992 biographical film about controversial civil rights leader Malcolm X (Denzel Washington).

 

Manufacturing Consent
DVD
App. 167 minutes

2004-50
This movie explores the political life and ideas of world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. This award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky's probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the daily news.

 

Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei
DVD
App. 57 minutes
2004-51

The greatest athletes in the world today are neither the Olympic champions nor the stars of professional sports, but the "Marathon Monks" of Japan's sacred Mount Hiei. Over a seven year training period, these "running Buddha" figuratively circle the globe on foot. During one incredible 100-day stretch, he covers 52.5 miles daily- twice the length of an Olympic marathon. The prize they seek is not a pot of gold, but enlightenment in the here and now. This documentary program is about these amazing men- Tanno Kakudo and the magic mountain where he trains. It is the philosophy of Tendai Buddhism, which inspires him in his quest for the supreme. The training diet, his handmade straw running shoes, and other feats of endurance such as the mummifying fire ceremony. Illustrated with superb cinematography and music, this film contains the first full insight into Mount Hiei and Tendai Buddhism.

 

Marjoe
VHS
App. 88 minutes

2004-52
Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit, commenting on the showmanship of Evangelism and "the religion business", prior to the start of "televangelism".

 

Medea
DVD
App. 110 minutes

2004-53
Based on the Greek classic by Euripides, Pasolini's Medea tells the tale of Jason, the leader of the invincible army of Argonaut, and his quest for the Golden Fleece. Meeting the priestess of Fleece, Medea, Jason falls in love with her and takes her home as she sacrifices everything to be with him, including dismembering her own brother. Years later he spurns her for a new love, the young and beautiful Glauce. Medea, using her witch-craft powers, exacts a terrible revenge upon Jason leading to a terrifying climax where loyalty and betrayal are tried before the altar of human sacrifice.

 

Media On Trial: Story of the Storytellers
VHS
App. 56 minutes
2004-103

Coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing trials is analyzed in terms of media practices and ethics in this educational program that won First Prize at the 1999 Broadcast Education Association Documentary Competition.

 

Mein Kampf
VHS
App. 117 minutes
2004-194

The rise and fall of German fascism is examined in this documentary along with its impact on the world. Rare footage from German film archives is included.

 

Memorandum
VHS
App. 59 minutes
2004-269

Taking its title from the memo sent by Goering to finally settle the "Jewish question," this moving documentary follows a group of survivors as they journey, 20 years later, to their former "home" of Bergen-Belsen, now a beautiful landscape. A wrenching experience; includes Simon Wiesenthal.

 

Memories of the Camps
VHS
App. 58 minutes
2004-201

British and American film crews working for the Supreme Headquaters of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe entered Nazi concentration camps. Their film record includes scenes of the gas chambers, medical experimentation labs, crematoria, and the survivors of Dachau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald, as well as other camps. Some of the footage was filmed literally moments after the troops liberated the camps.

 

Merton
VHS
App. 57 minutes
2004-54

This film provides the first comprehensive look at this remarkable 20th-century religious philosopher who wrote over 60 books on some of the most pressing social issues of our time, some of which are excerpted here. This critically acclaimed film examines Merton's life and work through insightful interviews with those who knew him.

 

The Message
DVD
App.220 minutes
2005-44

Egyptian film directed by Moustapha Akkad and starring Anthony Quinn which chronicles the calling of Mohammed to the battle against Mecca to accept what will become known as Islam.

 

Miracle at Midnight: Rescue of Danish Jewry
VHS
App. 89 minutes
2004-249

Chronicles the efforts of the Danish people and in particular, the Koster family, to save thousands of their Jewish countrymen from the Nazis. They were instrumental in hiding and planning an escape route for their Jewish neighbors.

 

The Miracle of Interval Avenue
VHS
App. 65 minutes
2004-284

This sensitive exploration searches for the secrets of a once thriving Jewish community in the South Bronx that somehow continues despite the decay that surrounds it. The film provides a warm nostalgic sense of the vitality of what was the Jewish Bronx. What makes this film so moving is the cast of expressive, complex and moving characters.

 

Mircea Eliade: His Name, His Destiny
DVD
90 minutes
2007-1

Presenting Eliade's life, from his experiences in Europe, India, and the U.S., including being an Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, this profound documentary weaves visual images of his life while inviting viewers to contemplate the mysteries of life, to consider our spirituality and to remember the sacred.

 

Miss America, 1945
Audiotape
App. 5 hours 10 minutes
2004-290

4 tapes. An unforgettable memoir of the post war era, from the Jewish girl who toured our country as Miss America and found heroic veterans, wily promoters, adoring fans, bigoted rejection and the joys of political activism.

 

The Mission
DVD
App. 125 minutes

2004-55
This is a powerful action epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth who unite to shield a South American Indian tribe from brutal subjugation by 18th-century colonial empires.

 

Mohammed the Prophet
DVD
App. 273 minutes

2004-56
This multi-part sage follows the life of the Prophet from his birth in 571 in Mecca to his death, in 632. the story of Mahammed is brilliantly told by Imams, scholars from around the world, and individual believers against a backdrop of some of Islam's most famous historic places. The films feature sumptuous cinematography and follow the stages of the Prophet's life and legacy as it evolves into one of the world's three great monotheistic religions.

 

Memento
DVD
App. 113 minutes
2005-28

Leonard is an insurance investigator whose memory has been damaged following a head injury he sustained after intervening on his wife's murder. His quality of life has been severely hampered after this event, and he can now only live a comprehendable life by tattooing notes on himself and taking pictures of things with a Polaroid camera. The movie is told in forward flashes of events that are to come that compensate for his unreliable memory, during which he has liaisons with various complex characters. Leonard badly wants revenge for his wife's murder, but, as numerous characters explain, there may be little point if he won't remember it in order to provide closure for him. The movie veers between these future occurrences and a telephone conversation Leonard is having in his motel room in which he compares his current state to that of a client whose claim he once dealt with.

 

Monsieur Ibrahim
DVD
App. 95 minutes
2005-30

Some crowded Parisian atmosphere and the burnished presence of Omar Sharif make this coming-of-age tale a pleasure. It's the early 1960s, and an adolescent Jewish boy (Pierre Boulanger), mostly left to his own devices by an ineffectual father, makes friends with the worldly wise Persian man (Sharif) who runs a small neighborhood grocery. The kid's fumbling experiences with sexual curiosity are the reliable stuff of many a French movie, but the unlikely friendship of young Jew and old Muslim make for an offbeat through-line. Francois Dupeyron's film shifts gears in its final section, moving from its flavorful location and into the wide-open spaces, and it goes on too long with too many pieces of advice. But overall this is a warm and winning experience, with Omar Sharif holding an instructive class in the power of understated movie-star charisma.

 

Mounville: Journey Through Time
DVD
Appr. 17 minutes
2008-6
800 years ago a city stood on the banks of the Black Warrior River. It was a prehistoric metropolis, the cermonial heart of an advanced Mississippian culture. Today the city is called Moundville. They created earth works and mounds, but also refined works of art. Their influence spread acorss almost all of estern North America.

 

Movie Classics (2 Vintage Religious Films)
VHS
2004-57
-Through the Centuries: This film depicts the history of the Catholic Church through footage from early religious screen dramas and newsreel footage of the Vatican and church landmarks.
-Life in a Benedictine Monastery: This is a straightforward account of the spirituality and simple lifestyle of its subjects.

 

Mughal-E-Azam
DVD
App. 197 minutes
2005-32

Mughal-E-Azam brings to life the tale of the doomed love affair between the Mughal crown prince Saleem and the beautiful ill-fated court dancer, Anarkali. A love whose fervor and intensity perpetuates a war between the prince and his father, the great Mughal Emperor Akbar and threatens to bring an empire to its knees.

 

Mullholland Drive
DVD
App. 147 minutes
2005-26

A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio.

 

Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wisenthal Story
VHS
App. 160 minutes
2004-248
This is the 1988 film production featuring Ben Kingsley, based on the career of the Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal.

 

Muslims
DVD
App. 120 minutes

2004-58
This film explores the influence of culture and politics on religion, and provides a deeper understanding of the political forces at work among Muslims around the world. The film emphasizes Islam's kinship with Christianity and Judaism, and looks at diverse interpretations of Islam among the Muslim people.

 

The Myth of the Liberal Media
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-100

Authors Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture: the idea of the "liberal media." Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on massive empirical research, they reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as that of "elite propaganda." Professor Justin Lewis of Cardiff University provides background and contextual information for Chomsky and Herman's original research. Part 1: The Filters of News - The propaganda model and agenda setting/The ownership filter/The advertising filter/The sourcing filter/The flak filter; Part 2: Domestic Issues - The healthcare debate/The attack on social programs/The coverage of labor and business; Part 3: International Issues - Anti-Communisim and Market Celebration/Dictators and Democracy.

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Narrative Conventions in Myth: The Cave of the Magic Ring
DVD
App. 58 minutes

2005-37
Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. Professor Doniger is widely regarded as one of the most important interpreters of myth. Over the course of her career she has published more than 30 books on myth, including The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was: Myths of Self-Imitation (2004), Other People's Myths: The Cave of Echoes (1995) and others. She has also translated anew central documents of classical Hindu traditions including her Laws of Manu (1991) and The Kamasutra (2002). This is the fourth Ninian Smart Memorial Lecture and is entitled "Narrative Conventions in Myth: The Cave of the Magic Ring."

 

Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy
VHS
App. 90 minutes

2004-237
Documentary about how the Hitler and the Nazis made use of occultism to win the war, and to remind the Germans that they were the best humans on the planet, the master-race. There are many rare pictures from Nazi-Germany to be seen here, and one can learn more about the religious beliefs of Nazi-leaders like: Hitler, Goebbles, Göring, Hess and Himmler.

 

Nazis…Lest We Forget!
VHS
App. 35 minutes

2004-247
This post-World War II, German-produced 1949 documentary as well as an original Nazi newsreel, "Nuremberg and Its Lesson," was made to show the German people the full extent of Nazi brutality. It documents the 1945 Nuremberg trials and graphically illustrates the mass destruction of Jews and other Europeans.

 

Nazi War Crimes: Babi Yar and the Russian Front
VHS
App. 50 minutes

2004-219
Babi-Yar was occupied by the Nazis in 1941 and used for extermination. Graphic film and testimonies of escaped victims are incorporated.

 

Nazi War Crimes: Babi Yar and the Russian Front
VHS
App. 50 minutes

2004-219
Babi-Yar was occupied by the Nazis in 1941 and used for extermination. Graphic film and testimonies of escaped victims are incorporated.

 

Nazi War Crimes Trial
VHS
App. 67 minutes

2004-246
Five newsreels, a theatrical trailer and a documentary from the Soviet Union, dealing with the Nuremberg Trials. Goering, von Papen, Hess, Schacht, Streicher, Keitel and other high ranking Nazis and German military officers are seen. These films contain scenes of hangings and executions by firing squads that are not for the squeamish.

 

The Nazis: Witness to Genocide
VHS
App. 60 minutes

2004-145
Witness to Genocide is an emotionally devastating chronicle of Hitler's depraved plan to liquidate an entire race. Witness the vile and disgusting film footage the Nazis took of the death camps they built, and of the bloody carnage they created; as over six million Jews and other "undesirables" were effectively tortured, starved to death and murdered. "Witness to Genocide" is pieced together from the footage the Nazis attempted to destroy before the war ended. It reveals the brutal reality of that twisted ideology better than any other film before. Warning! This film should not be viewed by children.

 

Nepal: Land of the Gods
VHS
App. 59 minutes

2004-159
Journey to Nepal and explore the ancient civilizations still thriving in this Himalayan kingdom. The narrative explains how llamas have taken over the shaman's role as psychic healer and guide of souls, and how Tantra is an integral part of daily life, harmonizing the relationships between man, woman, nature, and a higher spiritual reality.

 

Never Forget
VHS
App. 95 min

2004-136
More than 30 years after World War II, the Institute for Historical Review, which says the Holocaust was a concoction of the Jewish imagination, challenges Mel Mermelstein, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, to prove in a court of law that anyone was gassed at Auschwitz. This powerful dramatization of the court case stars Leonard Nimoy, Blythe Danner, and Dabney Coleman.

 

The New Testament, Part 1
Audiotape
App. 12 hours
2004-291

6 tapes.
12 lectures by Bart D. Ehrman including: The Early Christians and Their Literature, The Greco-Roman Context, Ancient Judaism, The Earliest Traditions about Jesus, Mark-Jesus, the Suffering Son of God, Matthew-Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, Luke-Jesus, the Savior of the World, John-Jesus, the Man from Heaven, Noncanonical Gospels, The Historical Jesus-Sources and Problems, The Historical Jesus-Solutions and Methods, and Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet.

 

The New Testament, Part 2
Audiotape
App. 12 hours
2004-291

6 tapes.
12 lectures by Bart D. Ehrman including: The Acts of the Apostles, Paul-The Man, the Mission, and the Modus Operandi, Paul and the Crises of His Churches-First Corinthians, Pauline Ethics, Paul's Letter to the Romans, Paul, Jesus, and James, The Deutero-Pauline Epistles, The Pastoral Epistles, The Book of Hebrews and the Rise of Christian Anti-Semitism, First Peter and the Persecution of the Early Christians, The Book of Revelation, and Do We Have the Original New Testament?

 

Night and Fog
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-132

This film is Alain Resnais's brilliant and disturbing documentary of the Nazi concentration camps. Actual footage of Nazi atrocities is edited into a surreal journey of horror. Resnais juxtaposes the quiet countryside with hell and death and creates the feeling of history's worst nightmare.

 

Nightline: Dalai Lama
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004
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Nightline: The Heaven's Gate Cult
VHS/DVD
App. 30 minutes
2004-94

 

Nightline: Mass Suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, Day 1
VHS/DVD
App. 30 minutes
2004-108

 

Nightline: Mass Suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, Day 2
VHS/DVD
App. 30 minutes
2004-109

 

Nightline: Negotiations at Waco, Parts 1&2
VHS/DVD
App. 30 minutes
2004-110

 

Nightline: The Thin Line Between Faith and Fantasies
VHS/DVD
2004-80

This video explores the different between religion and a cult.

 

Nightline: Waco Fires of April 1993
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-111

 

Nuremberg
VHS
App. 76 minutes
2004-204

This film documents the 1946 Nuremberg Trials, the International War Tribunal before which the four victorious powers, led by the American chief prosecutor, Robert Jackson, on leave from his position as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, brought a four-count indictment (conspiracy, crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity) against some of the main perpetrators of the Nazi atrocities. It provides evidence for the four counts by chronicling the history of the events leading to the Holocaust, weaving familiar archival footage used at the trial with footage of the trial that traces the efforts of the prosecution and defense and concludes with verdict and sentence.

 

Nuremberg Trials
VHS
App. 70 minutes
2004-242

A documentary investigation of the 1945 Nazi war crimes hearings, featuring commentary by Walter Cronkite and an introduction by Steven Spielberg. From the Court TV series.

 

Nuremberg War Crimes Trial
VHS
2004-243

 

Nuremberg Trials
VHS
App. 76 minutes
2004-244

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The Occult History of the Third Reich: The Enigma of the Swastika
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-264

1 of 4 in a series. This first episode in the series explores, using newly discovered archival footage, the roots of the symbol of the Nazi ideology- from its connection to mysterious cults of India and Tibet to its transformation into a worldwide emblem of evil.

 

The Occult History of the Third Reich: The SS Blood and Soul
VHS
App. 55 minutes
2004-264

2 of 4 in a series. This documentary looks at the ritualistic and possibly supernatural aspects of the Nazi party, focusing particularly on the creation of the SS, Heinrich Himmler's religious military order.

 

The Occult History of the Third Reich: Adolf Hitler
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-264

3 of 4 in a series. The third episode in the series explores the often astounding beliefs of the leader of the Nazi party. From his boyhood in Vienna to his death in Berlin, the way in which Adolf Hitler's belief in mysticism guided him is explored.

 

The Occult History of the Third Reich: Himmler the Mystic
VHS
App. 55 minutes
2004-264

4 of 4 in a series. An in-depth look at the strange world of Heinrich Himmler, the most enigmatic of Hitler's high command. From his obsession with astrology to his plan to create a city ruled by SS nobility and inhabited by racially pure peasant warriors, you will see into the dark world of this devious man.

 

Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires
DVD
App. 59 minutes
2008-4
For six-hundred years we have lived under the misconception that Columbus discovered America. What he did was stumble on a land already occupied by many people and many nations. In the center of that land were a people who call themselves Oyate: "the People." This is their story, in their words.

 

The Old Testament Part 1&2
Audio CD
App. 30 min. each
2005-
Professor Levine's lively and learned commentary thoughtfully explores selected passages from the texts called the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh. She provides clear examples of how various approaches to biblical research and interpretation can enrich your understanding of this inexhaustibly fruitful and powerful text.

 

Of Pure Blood
VHS
App. 100 minutes
2004-263

Engrossing tale of a mother investigating her son's mysterious death, and finding much more than she bargains for. While casting director Alicia Browning takes leave of her job in NYC to probe Mark's death in Germany, her persistence uncovers perplexing details that lead to the discovery of some very unsettling, and dark personal memories!

 

One Survivor Remembers
VHS
App. 39 minutes
2004-146

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Home Box Office present this special tribute in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the Second World War. Through a series of interviews, photographs and footage shot in the actual locations of her memories, Gerda Weissmann Klein takes us on a journey of survival through one of the most devastating events in the history of mankind.

 

Once Upon A Time...When We Were Colored
DVD
App. 113 minutes
2005-42

Al Freeman Jr., Phylicia Rashad and Leon star in this screen adaptation of Clifton L. Taubert's memoir. It depicts the land of cotton after slavery, but before the civil rights movement. Told through the eyes of a young boy, this story tells how people nurtured themselves through tough times with a spirit that cannot be forgotten.

 

Onward Christian Soldiers
VHS
App. 55 minutes
2004-59

-Freke Vuijst traces the phenomenal growth and influence of the Christian Right, not only on American politics and diplomacy, but also on American culture. The report is rounded out by interviews with Skipp Porteous, an expert of First Amendment issues; Jim Wallis, who first exposed the fundamentalists' political ambitions. Without resorting to sensationalism, Onward Christian Soldiers presents a convincing picture of how the Religious Right threatens democracy in America.

 

The Origin of Satan
App. 120 minutes
2004-60

In The Origin of Satan, Elaine Pagels argues that, during that first 100 years, one of the oldest Christian traditions had been born. Dominant factions within Christianity had begun to claim for themselves sole access to divine favor and revelation, and to denounce all detractors--pagans, atheists, Jews, even other Christians--as agents of the Evil One himself. Every difference of opinion had become a skirmish in the cosmic war raging between God's loyal army and the Satanic legions. In The Origin of Satan, Elaine Pagels outlines how our Christian ancestors set for us a course of damning those who disagree with us. She describes with exceptional fairness the basic human impulse to do just that out of a need to grasp at assurance in the face of opposition. But, as an alternative to defining all detractors, in the style of St. Paul, as "servants of Satan," Pagels commends to today's Christians the challenge posed by a tradition of the faithful from the first century through St. Francis of Assisi to Martin Luther King. She presents a strain of Christians who "have believed they stood on God's side without demonizing their opponents."

 

Oskar Schindler, Adolf Hitler, and the Holocaust
VHS
App. 90 minutes
2004-268

Shocking glimpses inside actual death camps that depict the brutal horror these people endured, and how Oskar Schindler was determined to make somewhat of a difference in helping them survive.

 

Our Century: The King and the Jews
VHS
App. 90 minutes
2004-224

This video provides historical background on the Middle East beginning with the establishment of Israel in 1948. History of the conflict is shown from the perspective of Jordan and its king at the time, Abdullah. The video includes past footage along with several interviews with both Arabs and Jews. The video follows the story of Britain's presence in Palestine up to their eventual abandonment of the mandate. King Abdullah's secret dealings and bargaining with the Jews, which was unheard of in the Arab world at the time, is also discussed. Footage of the violence following the end of British occupation is shown, including that of the Deir Yassin massacre. The story of the Arab-Israeli conflict is followed in this video up to the assassination of King Abdullah in July 1951.

 

Over My Dead Body
VHS
App. 45 minutes
2004-61

-This film takes a wry look at the funeral business, an ever more lucrative industry, where despite the declining death rate, the money spent on funerals has escalated drastically. Although the film has a hilarious quality, it points up genuine social ills that need to be addressed. In any cross cultural study of burial practices, this film with its images of silver plated caskets and supermarkets of funeral ware will afford a dramatic contrast to non-Western ways.

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Partisans of Vilna
VHS
App. 130 minutes
2004-225

A feature length documentary film that explores Jewish resistance during World War II. The film features 40 interviews in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English with former Partisans in Israel, New York, and Montreal, interspersed with rare footage from 1939 to 1944.

 

The Path of the Just Vol. 1
VHS
2004-293

Part one of a translation of the Mesillat Yesharim.

 

The Path of the Just Vol. 2
VHS
2004-293

Part two of a translation of the Mesillat Yesharim.

 

The Perfect Gift
VHS
App. 29 minutes
2004-279

Bikel is a dealer in religious items and books who explains the usefulness of his wares to the Jewish family.

 

Philosophy and Religion in the West, Part 1
Audiotape
App. 12 hours
2004-301

6 tapes. A series of lectures including: Introduction-Philosophy and Religion as Traditions, Plato's Inquiries-The Gods and the Good, Plato's Spirituality-The Immortal Soul and the Other World, Aristotle and Plato-Cosmos, Contemplation, and Happiness, Plotinus-Neoplatonism and the Ultimate Unity of All, The Jewish Scriptures-Life with the God of Israel, Platonist Philosophy and Scriptural Religion, The New Testament-Life in Christ, Rabbinic Judaism-Israel and the Torah, Church Fathers-The Logos Made Flesh, The Development of Christian Platonism, and Jewish Rationalism and Mysticism-Maimonides and Kabbalah.

 

Philosophy and Religion in the West, Part 2
Audiotape
App. 10 hours
2004-301

5 tapes. A series of lectures including: Classical Theism-Proofs and Attributes of God, Medieval Christian Theology-Nature and Grace, Late-Medieval Nominalism and Christian Mysticism, Protestantism-Problems of Grace, Descartes, Locke, and the Crisis of Modernity, Leibniz and Theodicy, Hume's Critique of Religion, Kant-Reason Limited to Experience, Kant-Morality as the Basis of Religion, and Schleiermacher-Feeling as the Basis of Religion.

 

Philosophy and Religion in the West, Part 3
Audiotape
App. 10 hours
2004-301

5 tapes. A series of lectures including: Hegel-A Philosophical History of Religion, Marx and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion, Kierkegaard-Existentialism and the Leap of Faith, Nietzsche-Critic of Christian Morality, Neo-orthodoxy-The Subject and Object of Faith, Encountering the Biblical Other-Buber and Levinas, Process Philosophy-God in Time, Logical Empiricism and the Meaning of Religion, Reformed Epistemology and the Rationality of Belief, and Conclusion-Philosophy and Religion Today.

 

Pilgrims and Puritans
VHS
App. 22 minutes
2004-62

This video examines the origin and history of the Puritans and their offshoot group, the Separatist Pilgrims. Much of the filming for this program was done in Europe in the places that the events actually occurred. This program shows how a link formed between Europe and America because of a search for religious freedom.

 

PLO: Munich Olympics
VHS, 2005
App. 128 minutes
2009-6

This film documents the horrific attacks on the Israeli athletes orchestrated by Black September on September 5, 1972. The terrorists used the flaws in security at the Olympic Village in order to sneak into the athletes' rooms and conduct their acts of terrorism, which they contend were a public outcry against their plight living in refugee camps and their lack of a global identity.

 

Pluralism in America (Diana Eck)
DVD
App. 59 minutes
2005-41

Pluralism in America allows the viewer to see the United States through Dr. Diana Eck's prism, in which she views the U.S. as a new religious landscape. She delights in America as the most religiously diverse nation in the world, and has a profound understanding of the complex challenges such diversity presents. Dr. Eck considers the essential question facing American society to be how Americans of all faiths and beliefs can engage with one another to shape a country of positive pluralism.

 

The Power of Myth
VHS
2004-64
DVD
2005-14
An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers in the acclaimed PBS series. Includes The Hero's Adventure, The Message of the Myth, The First Storytellers, Sacrifice and Bliss, Love and the Goddess, Masks of Eternity.

 

Power and Terror
DVD
App. 72 minutes
2004-65

Power and Terror presents the latest in Chomsky's thinking, through interviews and public talks given in the spring of 2002. Chomsky places the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in the context of American foreign intervention throughout the postwar decades- in Vietnam, Central America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Beginning with the fundamental principle that the exercise of violence against civilian populations is terror, Chomsky- in stark and uncompromising terms- challenges the United States to apply to its own actions the moral standards it demands of others.

 

The Pre-Easter Jesus: Part One and Two
VHS
App. 120 minutes
2004-96

Marcus Borg's sketch of Jesus is drawn with five broad strokes, each of which identifies a central characteristic of Jesus which corresponds to a type of religious figure known in many cultures: the ecstatic, the healer, the wisdom teacher, the prophet, and the movement initiator. The most foundational of these, he says, are Jesus' ecstatic religious experiences.

 

Primal Religions: Part One and Two
VHS
60 minutes each
2007-2

Explaining the characteristic features and rituals of primal religions, this set examines primal religions in a range of cultures. It shows how myth, magic, ritual, and experience are all parts of the contemporary recovery of primal religion and spirituality that is earth-centered as opposed to heaven-centered. The set discusses such contemporary avatars of primal religion as ritual magic, wicca, and neo-paganism.

 

Puja: Expressions of Hindu Devotion
DVD
App. 29 minutes
2008-2
Puja: Expressions of Hindu Devotion introduces viewers to one of the basic elements of Hinduism, the world's third-largest religion. In puja, Hindus honor gods and goddesses through rituals focused on objects - whether an elaborate sculpture of the deity or a simple stone - that are believed to be filled with the devine being's spirit. Viewers will hear American Hindus discussing puja and what it means to them and will watch as devotees worship deities and offer food, water, and flowers, seeking to make a spiritual connection with the gods.

 

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Ras Tafari
VHS
App. 50 minutes

2004-66
Filmed in Jamaica, this program explains the evolution of the Rastafarian religion from a group of admirers of Marcus Garvey's Back to Africa movement; discusses the Rastafarian conviction that Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (born Ras Tafari Markonnen) was the black messiah; and addresses the disillusionment of many believers after Selassie's death.

 

Raul Wallenberg
VHS
App. 37 minutes
2004-197

Part two of a translation of the Mesillat Yesharim.

 

The Razor's Edge
VHS
App. 129 minutes
2004-67
When Larry returns from World War I disillusioned with Jazz Age values, he undertakes a quest which leads him to reject his rich fiancée and his superficial lifestyle to go search for truth in the Himalayas. But Larry learns that the path to enlightenment is as difficult as treading "the sharp edge of a razor" and returns to civilization, where he tastes life's dark side when he tries to save a hometown girl turned prostitute.

 

The Relevance of Archaeology to Biblical Theology
VHS
App. 41 minutes
2004-292

Lecturing from the perspective of a biblical theologian, Anderson stresses the interrelationship of theology and history. He maintains that archaeology is essential to properly understand the historical context of the Bible. The Bible relates a literary, elitist version of the religion of Israel, whereas archaeology reveals the social context of Israelite religion, including folk religion and counterculture.

 

Religion in America
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-160
This video explores the secularization of American society: adaptation of religious values and practices to cultural norm, decline of religious influence and membership. Uses "on the street" and scholarly interviews.

 

The Riddle of Midnight
VHS & DVD
App. 80 minutes
2004-305

Controversial author Salman Rushdie sets out to "unravel the riddle" of India. This powerful and compelling look at the "state of the nation" introduces a wide variety of people in different lifestyles.

 

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
VHS
App. 120 minutes
2004-241
A painstakingly compiled pictorial record of Adolf Hitler's twelve-year reign of terror. Included are interviews with many of Hitler's closest associates.

 

Ritual Dimension: Christianity
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-161
Part of a series of beliefs and believers. Uses lecture, class discussion, interviews, and live ceremonies to explore healing rituals in Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.

 

Robert Clary A5714: A Memoir of Liberation
VHS
App. 57 minutes

2004-231
Best known for his portrayal of Lebeau in the long-running American TV series Hogan's Heroes, French actor Robert Clary is a real-life Holocaust survivor whose own World War II years were far more harrowing than the light-hearted sitcom. In this documentary, Clary returns to Europe and revisits his childhood in Paris, his incarceration at Drancy, and the horror he faced at Buchenwald. English and French with English subtitles.

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Sacred Ground
VHS
App. 60 minutes

2004-162
For generations the American Indians have drawn their legendary strength from their sacred ancestral lands. Learn about the fascinating myths and legends behind such geological marvels as Devil's Tower and Bear Butte. Visit sacred spirits from New York to Oregon which are said to be the ancient homes of mystical spirits and religious temples.

 

Sacred Ground
DVD
App. 60 minutes

2004-162
Within days of September 11th, questions began: What should be built on the site? This program tells the story of the first stormy year in the plans to rebuild on the site of the World Trade Center. With exclusive access to architect Daniel Libeskind, the film follows the process to build the "Freedom Tower" and reveals how the desire to build the world's most meaningful architectural tribute descended into a battle for the soul of Ground Zero.

 

The Sacrifice
DVD
App. 145 minutes

2004-68
As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of their patriarch, Alexander, their mood of celebration turns horrific when news of the outbreak of World War III reaches their remote Baltic island. With his arresting palette of luminous greys washing over the bleak landscape-captured on film by Ingmar Bergman's longtime collaborator Sven Nykvist-Tarkovsky conveys the family's psychological devastation as they enter into a waking nightmare.

 

Salaam Shalom: The Jews of India
VHS
App. 50 minutes

2004-69
-This colorful film about the Jews of India brings to life a remarkable history dating back two millennia. A tiny minority living within a vast, varied and densely populated nation, they co-existed for all those years in an environment of tolerance and pluralism. But a watershed was reached in 1947 with the declaration of Indian independence and in 1948 with the creation of Israel. Many of the Jews of India decided to "leave their home to find their home": their religious loyalty stronger than their national loyalty to India.

 

Salesman
DVD
App. 91 minutes
2004-70

This movie captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses-then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.

 

Salman Rushdie-Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
VHS
App. 45 minutes
2004-71

-This eloquent film on Salman Rushdie brings into sharp focus the conflict between freedom of expression and religious conservatism. The film opens with a short reading by Rushdie in his richly modulated voice from Haroun and the Sea, a book he wrote for his son a year after he went into hiding. The film goes on to show the bookburnings and protests that Satanic Verses provoked throughout Moslem communities all over the world, but most shockingly in Bradford, England.

 

The Saltmen of Tibet
DVD
App. 109 minutes

2004-72
Documenting the ancient traditions and day-to-day rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community, filmmaker Ulrike Koch transports us into a realm untainted by the tides of foreign invasion or encroaching modernity. Observing age-old taboos and steadfast homage to the deities of nature, four men meticulously plan their grueling three-month yak caravan to fetch "the tears of Tara," the precious salt from the holy lakes of northern Tibet.

 

Saved
DVD
App. 92 minutes
2005-29

Mary is a good Christian girl who goes to a good Christian high school in Baltimore where she has good Christian friends, mainly Hilary Faye, and a perfect Christian boyfriend, Dean. Her life seems perfect, until the day that she finds out that Dean may be gay. After "seeing" a vision of Jesus in her pool, she does everything in her power to help him turn straight, including offering up her virginity. But none of it helps because Dean's caught and sent to a "degayification" center and Mary ends up pregnant. It's during her time of need that she becomes real friends with the school's set of "misfits," including Cassandra, the school's only Jewish girl; Roland, Hilary Faye's wheelchair bound brother, and Patrick, the skateboarder son of the school's principal, Pastor Skip; whilst Hilary Faye turns her into a social outcast.

 

Schindler's List
VHS
App. 197 minutes

2004-228
Adapted from the best-selling book by Thomas Keneally and filmed in Poland with an emphasis on absolute authenticity, Spielberg's masterpiece ranks among the greatest films ever made about the Holocaust during World War II. It's a film about heroism with an unlikely hero at its center--Catholic war profiteer Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who risked his life and went bankrupt to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps.

 

Scholars, Scrolls, and Scandals : Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism and Christianity
VHS
App. 88 minutes
2004-265
A specialist in the relationship between Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Schiffman asks whether Qumran was the home of the scrolls which were discovered in caves nearby. He reviews the archaeological excavations at Qumran and concludes that it was home to a sect that conducted many rituals and may have included the Scrolls in its library.

 

Seal Upon Thy Heart: Marriage
VHS
App. 30 minutes

2004-295
This video documents a modern orthodox wedding, placing special emphasis on the Biblical and Talmudic sources of the wedding ceremony. Also explored is the couple's engagement, preparations for marriage and wedding, as well as the couple's reflection several months after.

 

Second Interdisciplinary Conference on the Holocaust
VHS
2004-236
Conference held at the University of Alabama on 3/30-31/87

 

Secret Files of The Inquisition
DVD
App. 240 Minutes
2008
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For centuries the historical records of the Inquisition have been locked away to become the subject of legend. In 1998 the Vatican opened these archives for the first time ever. Secret Files of the Inquisition unveils the incredible true story of the western world's most potent religion and its determination to maintain power at any cost.

 

The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler
VHS
App. 53 minutes
2004-183

The rise and fall of the Third Reich told with actual footage, interviews with Hitler's sister, a fellow prisoner with Hitler (before he came to power), and others. Unusual and seldom seen scenes of Hitler and the Nazis including Eva Braun's home movies.

 

A Secret Space
VHS
App. 80 minutes
2004-283

The 12-year-old son of liberal, non-religious parents becomes awakened to his Jewish roots when he is welcomed into a "havurah," a collection of persons from various backgrounds worshipping together at a reclaimed Lower East Side synagogue. Robert Klein, Phyllis Newman and Jon Matthews star.

 

Secrets of the Dead Battle for the Bible
DVD
App. 60 minutes
2008-001

Battle for the Bible explores the dramatic, violent and world-shaking story of the most famous and widely-read book in history—the bible in English. It's the tale of how, in the 15th and 16th centuries, a group of men set out on a new crusade: to bring the Scriptures to people in their own language for the very first time. In so doing, they would help launch a religiuos revolution that would ultimately chnage the course of history in England, America and beyond.

 

Seeking God: The Way of the Monk
VHS
App. 58 minutes
2004-73
This film presents the on-going process of the monastic way through the words and activities of Benedictine monks as they move through the day and through the seasons in their search for God through prayer, work, study, and song.

 

Serpent Mother
DVD
App. 28 minutes
2005-50

A film about devotion to the Hindu Goddess of Snakes and the importance of divine female power in West Bengal Indian life. The film’s focus is the Jhapan Festival, the great celebration of snakes.

 

Setting Jesus Free
VHS
App. 60 minutes

2004-74
In the view of Robert Funk, Jesus has been bound up in scriptural and creedal chains. The renewed quest for the historical Jesus-as carried forward by the Jesus Seminar-has helped to set Jesus free and to explode prevailing notions of Christianity. Robert Funk discusses the shift in our views of the gospels and Christian origins, the issues raised by the renewed quest, and the possibilities for Christianity recovering its roots.

 

Shalom Y'all
DVD
App. 59 minutes
2004-75

This is a documentary feature film about the Jewish experience in the American South as told through the eyes of a native son and the cultural cousins he encounters. At the center of the story is filmmaker, Brian Bain, a third generation southern Jew from New Orleans, in search of his cultural roots. Traveling in an old Cadillac like the kind his one-hundred-year-old grandfather drove as a hate and tie salesman on the same roads, Brian travels 4200 miles through the South, searching for a balance between modern life and ancient traditions. Shalom Y'all delivers a southern story with Jewish flavor. It is a rite of passage, as homage to family, a youthful adventure, and a spiritual journey.

 

Shinto
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-76
Explore the rituals and ceremonies of Japan's Shinto, and discover its richly complex and subtle traditions. Students will examine the history and culture of Shinto through interviews and archival and on-location footage. Similar to other ancient traditions, Shinto is rooted in mythology and folk rituals that are passed through the generations, yet it is unique in having no congressional worship, founder or organizing doctrine. Viewers will learn about the social codes, daily life and other distinguishing features of Shinto or, "the way of the Kami" - which, loosely translated, means "god" or "the sacred." See how over the centuries these traditions have served to unify Japan nationally and, at different times, mobilized the country politically.

 

Short Cut to Nirvana
DVD
App. 85 minutes
2005-49

Documentary about the Kumbh Mela spiritual festival that takes place near Allahabad, India, every 12 years. The Kumbh Mela is the biggest gathering in history, attracting 70 million people. From this incredible event comes a powerful and uplifting message of harmony, unity and peace for all humanity.

 

Siddhartha
DVD
2004-77

Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, a Hindu Priest, and his best friend, Govinda, have grown up learning the ways of the Brahmins. Everyone in their village loves Siddhartha. But although he brings joy to everyone's life, Siddhartha feels little joy himself. He is troubled by restless dreams and begins to suspect that he has learned all that his father and the other Brahmins can teach him. Siddhartha's search for a new path leads him to seek out and join the ascetic Samanas. As a faithful friend and kindred spirit, Govinda accompanies him.

 

The Silk Road (volume 1-4)
VHS
App. 220 minutes

2004-78
-Glories of Ancient Chang-An: See the incredible Clay Army of the emperor that built the Great Wall. Visit the world's largest tomb, China's most hallowed Buddhist temple, and examine hidden underground murals.
-A Thousand Kilometers Beyond the Yellow River: Cross the Yellow River and gaze at the giant Buddha before entering secret caves. You will pass the battlegrounds of the Huns and stroll the streets of an ancient citadel town.
-The Art Gallery in the Desert: Tour the world-famous Ma-gao Caves-over 500 caves containing 3,000 murals and statues dating from 366 AD-in the middle of the Gobi Desert.
-The Dark Castle: In the Gobi Desert, encounter the famous ghost castle that was obliterated by Genghis Khan, and is believed by the Chinese to be cursed.

 

The Silk Road (volume 5-8)
VHS
App. 210 minutes
2004-78

-In Search of the Kingdom of Lou-Lan: In a military zone normally forbidden to visitors, you will uncover a lost kingdom buried over a millennium ago, and uncover an ancient mummy.
-Across the Taklamakan Desert: Cross the Taklamakan Desert, "The place from which nothing living returns." After losing your way in the 120 degree heat, you will stumble into an ancient ruin, and then risk a night escape.
-Khotan-Oasis of Silk and Jade: Search the Kun-Lun Mountains for one of the most prized substances in the world: jade. Witness master rug weavers working with techniques mastered thousands of years ago.
-A Heat Wave Called Turfan: Witness the balance of nature. Above are the Fire Mountains, where the average summer temperature is well above 100 degrees. Below, cool water flows.

 

The Silk Road (volume 9-12)
VHS
App. 200 minutes
2004-78

-Through the Tian Shan Mountains by Rail: A 300 mile journey in less than an hour…this episode documents the trip between Korla and the oasis city of Turfan.
-Journey into Music-South through the Tian Shan Mountains: Travel through Tienmenquan, the most treacherous mountain range in the world, and venture into the famous Kysil Caves.
-Where Horses Fly Like the Wind: Here at last are the famous Cossacks. These Kazakhs are the descendants of the Mongols and uphold traditions and routines that are centuries old.
-Two Roads to the Pamirs: Enter the oasis town of Kashgar as the Muslim citizens mark Ramadan, visit the Buddhist caves at San-xian-dong, and join a Tajik wedding party as two young lovers conduct their traditions marriage ceremony.

 

Simon Wiesenthal
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-134

The world's most famous Nazi hunter reveals for the first time on camera his life story. Wiesenthal tells us of his youth in the Ukraine, his experiences during the war in various concentration camps, and of his liberation by American soldiers in 1945. Produced on his 85th birthday, this intense documentary brings us up to date on Mr. Wiesenthal and his most recent activities. Dutch with English sub-titles.

 

Sociology is a Martial Art
VHS/DVD
App.146 minutes
2004-304

Pierre's Bourdieu's forty books and countless articles represent probably the most brilliant and fruitful renovation and application of social science in our era. The highly influential, at times controversial intellectual - a longtime Professor of Sociology at the College de France - passed away in January 2002. "Sociology is a Martial Art," a new documentary about Bourdieu's life, became an unexpected hit in France just prior to his death. Filmed over three years, director Pierre Carles' camera follows Bourdieu as he lectures, attends political rallies, travels, meets with his students, staff, and research team in Paris.

 

Soul of the Ancients, The: In The Beginning & Where People Lived
VHS
App. 59 minutes each
2004-163

Parts one and two of a series. Program one-birth, growing up, rites of passage. The myths of early peoples dealt with the inevitable aspects of being human, and they still speak to us today. Joseph Campbell delves into our evolutionary development and how we confront the existence of forces greater than ourselves. Program two-Campbell has pointed out that "when mythology is alive, you don't have to tell anyone what it means." A myth that is alive works like a picture. In telling an archetypal Navaho Indian myth, Campbell brings to life the landscape in which all aspects of the land and the life force are infused with sacred meaning.

 

Soul of the Ancients, The: And We Washed Our Weapons in the Sea & Pharoah's Rule: Egypt
VHS
App. 59 minutes each
2004-163

Parts three and four of a series. Program three-A cornerstone of modern life was the establishment of god-centered religions. Campbell traces this phenomenon from the Neolithic period, when the goddess was the primary mythic figure, to the emergence of wards of conquest and differing social roles, which heralded the dominance of god-centered religions. Program four-This episode presents the myths of Isis and Osiris and explores the mythological and historical roots of the Exodus. Through these myths, Campbell unveils the base of Western civilization.

 

Soul of the Ancients, The: From Darkness to Light: The Mystery Religions of Ancient Greece
VHS
App. 59 minutes each
2004-163

Parts five and six of a series. The Eleusinian mysteries encapsulate ancient Greek religion. Mystical elements of Christianity contrast with the historical flow of the Bible. This mystical way reemerges as the foundation for the lustrous Renaissance.

 

The Spirit Possession of Alejandro Mamani
VHS
App. 27 minutes
2004-179

During the summer of 1973 a group of North American ethnographers lived in a valley on the eastern slope of the Bolivian Andes. Early in their stay they met an elderly Aymara Indian who was a respected village leader, enjoying a vigorous and useful old age. But he was also a man relinquishing his hold on life through a process of withdrawing from his society. He was spirit possessed, a common condition among the Aymara. In their culture, the boundary between the natural and the supernatural is easily trespassed by humans and spirits alike. Alejandro's battle with the spirits is a fascinating study of the Aymara and their unique methods of coping with universal human dilemmas.

 

Stand Firm
VHS
App. 56 minutes
2004-216

This documentary video tells the little-known story of a group of ordinary people who opposed the cruelty and hatred of the Nazi regime. Because of their religious convictions, Jehovah's Witnesses suffered brutal persecution and were among the first to be thrown into Nazi concentration camps. Despite torture and threat of death, the Witnesses stood firm and spoke out. Their courageous actions in the face of tyranny raise important moral questions about peer pressure, intolerance, and the law of conscience.

 

The Story of Carl Gustav Jung: Mystery that Heals
VHS
App. 31 minutes
2004-171

Part one of three in the series. In this program, a psychiatrist reveals how Jung's theories are used to treat the mentally ill. Jung's secretary discusses his spirituality within the context of new interpretations of old Christian dogmas. In a discussion focusing on the psyche, Jung casts doubt on the finality of death. And in a final tribute to Jung, Laurens van der Post analyzes his mentor's rallying cry: humans must live their individual goals and dreams; this is the end to which they were born and what keeps their minds healthy.

 

The Story of Carl Gustav Jung: 67,000 Dreams
VHS
App. 31 minutes
2004-171

Part two of three in the series. Jung worked through 67,000 dreams with his own patients before solidifying his theory of dreams as the mirror of the collective unconscious. In this program, Jung moves forward in his search for the roots of his conflict with Freud, and in the process formulates major theories: psychological types (extroversion/inversion), and the concept of the individual psyche as a self-regulating system. We follow Jung through the jungles of Africa and deserts of Egypt as he reaffirms the concept of the collective unconscious through myths and legends of primitive people. A discussion of archetypes stresses the necessity for female values and virtues in a male-dominated society.

 

The Story of Carl Gustav Jung: In Search of the Soul
VHS
App. 31 minutes
2004-171

Part three of three in the series. This program explores how Jung, the son of a minister, developed his pagan view of reality and how he attempted to reconcile science and religion. Topics discussed include the collective unconsciousness, the dual personality, and the detachment of humans from their individual "stories" as a cause of mental illness. In a candid interview, Jung disputes Freud's theory that sexuality is at the root of all mental illness, and explains how Freud's intransigent attitude toward new theories ultimately ended their personal and professional relationship.

 

Stuart Hall: Representation and the Media
VHS
App. 55 minutes
2004-102

In this accessible introductory lecture, Hall focuses on the concept of "representation"-- one of the key ideas of cultural studies--and shows how reality is never experienced directly, but always through the symbolic categories made available by society.

 

Survivors of the Holocaust
VHS
App. 70 minutes
2004-275

Steven Spielberg, who directed the Academy-Award winning "Schindler's List," presents and appears in this documentary about the Holocaust and its survivors. Those who lived through the horrors perpetrated by Hitler and the Third Reich discuss their haunting, terrifying memories. Photographs and archival footage provide direct images of this past, and chronicle the historical events that led to the deaths of 6 million Jews and others considered "undesirable" by the Nazis. In addition, actor Ben Kingsley goes behind the scenes at Survivors of the SHOAH Visual History Foundation -- an organization dedicated to making sure that this act of genocide is never forgotten.

 

Survivor Stories: Finding Hope from an Unlikely Source
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-199

Holocaust survivors and children of survivors give their amazing true life accounts, telling how they clung to life amidst unimaginable horror and loss. Most amazing of all, these "survivors" did more than survive. Despite the darkness they endured, they found light and hope - from a most unlikely source.

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Tantra of Gyuto: Sacred Rituals of Tibet
VHS/DVD
App. 52 minutes
2004-166

The focused vocal droning of massed monks takes on an archetypal force that is both physically and psychically transformative. "Tantra of Gyuto" captures both the form and the essence of this extraordinary music.

 

Taoism
VHS
App. 25 minutes
2004-167

John Blofeld, a highly respected writer on Eastern religion and culture and an authority on Taoism, words are used against a backdrop of contemporary China giving a penetrating insight into the thought of one of the world's greatest philosophies.

 

Television Under the Swastika
VHS
App. 54 minutes
2004-139

Recently uncovered footage, long buried in East German archives, confirms that television's first revolution occurred under the Third Reich. From 1935 to 1944, Berlin studios churned out the world's first regular TV programming, replete with the evening news, street interviews, sports coverage, racial programs, and interviews with Nazi officials. In its stated mission - to imprint the image of the Führer onto every German heart - Nazi television proved a major disappointment. But its surviving footage - 285 rolls have been found so far - offers an intriguing new window onto Hitler's Germany.

 

T.G.I.S. (Thank Goodness It's Shabbat!)
VHS
App. 28 minutes
2004-280

When a young couple on a train express their excitement over the end of the work week, fellow passenger Bikel explains to them the practices of the Jewish Sabbath.

 

Therese
DVD
App. 90 minutes
2004-79

This monumental film depicts the true story of St. Therese de Lisieux, a young woman who found personal joy and spiritual liberation within the restrictive traditions of an austere religious order. Wishing to dedicate her life to Christ, Therese enters a cloistered convent of Carmelite nuns at the age of 15. But shortly after joining the order, she finds her devotion to the Lord tested by a grim battle against the debilitating effects of tuberculosis, for which she refuses any treatment. The strength of her faith eventually becomes an inspiration to both her fellow sisters and the millions of admirers who remember her as "The Little Flower of Jesus."

 

The Third Reich: Hitler's Master Plan
VHS
App. 52 minutes
2004-250

2 of 3 in a series. See Volume 1 for series details. Volume 2 covers the start of Hitler's mobilization against Europe and the growing fear among the German people of what lay ahead.

 

The Third Reich: The New Regime
VHS
App. 52 minutes
2004-250

2 of 3 in a series. This 3-part series takes an in-depth look at Hitler's tyrannical leadership over the German people, and how their lives were affected by the on-going war around them. Part 1 shows how Hitler was able to gain the confidence of the German people in post World War I, economically depressed Germany.

 

The Third Reich: A Nation Falls
VHS
App. 52 minutes
2004-250

3 of 3 in a series. See Volume 1 for series details. In this final volume, the defeat of the Reich is at hand as the Allied forces surround Hitler's contingent and death and destruction engulf the German regime, ending Hitler's reign of terror.

 

Three Paths: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism
VHS
App. 20 minutes
2004-168

3 of 3 in a series. Three religions…three paths…all with a similar purpose. From the banks of the Ganges to a city street in Peking, this film beautifully illustrates the subtle nuances of each path, whether it be manifested in a Hatha yoga posture, a monk in meditation, or a Chinese man in a slow motion dance called Tai Chi.

 

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Part One: A Way of Life)
VHS
App. 46 minutes

2004-81
Part one is a path-breaking documentary containing remarkable footage of the rites and liturgies surrounding and following the death of a Ladakhi elder. The Dalai Lama explains his own feelings about death, while other scenes within a palliative care hospice in San Francisco depict the use of the texts to counsel dying patients.

 

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Part Two: The Great Liberation)
VHS
App. 46 minutes

2004-81
Part two is a docudrama which, in the company of an old Buddhist lama and a 13-year-old novice monk, leads us into the very foundations of Buddhist philosophy-the search for compassion and truth. Pema Choden, the lama, and Tubten, the young monk, read from the texts of The Tibetan Book of the Dead as they conduct the 49 days of final rites for a deceased Himalayan villager.

 

Tibetan Medicine: A Buddhist Approach to Healing
VHS
App. 29 minutes
2004-82

The film explores the relationship of physical health to magnetic and other forces in the environment, showing how Tibetan Medicine heals both the physical and the psychic being by treating the patient rather than the disease.

 

Time Bandits
DVD
App. 116 minutes

2004-83
A young boy's wardrobe contains a time hole. Through this hole an assortment of short people (i.e. dwarfs) come while escaping from their master, the supreme being. They take Kevin with them on their adventures through time from Napoleonic times to the Middle Ages to the early 1900s, to the time of Legends and the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness where they confront Evil.

 

To Know Where They Are
VHS
App. 30 minutes

2004-223
This video explores the moral complexities of rescue during the Holocaust years. Max Randall reflects, "It is very difficult to know what you would have done under the same set of circumstances . . . I can only say I would hope to have the courage to help." Suitable for high school and college courses and adult programs in Christian-Jewish relations.

 

To the Land of Bliss
VHS/DVD
App. 47 minutes
2004-44

This film is an intimate portrayal of the Chinese Pure Land Buddhist way of dying and living. In 1998, the filmmaker/anthropologist Wen-jie Qin returned to her home region in Sichuan Province in southwest China to study the post-Mao revival of Buddhism. During her fieldwork on the sacred mountain Emei, an eminent monk named Jue Cheng passes away. People in the community laugh and cry at the departure of their beloved teacher. They gather to escort his body through a rite of fire and his consciousness on a journey to a paradise known as the Land of Bliss of Amita Buddha.

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Triumph of the Will
VHS
App. 114 minutes
2004-126

Riefenstahl's masterpiece--and it is a masterpiece, politics aside--combines the strengths of documentary and propaganda into a single, overwhelmingly powerful visual force. Riefenstahl was hired by the Reich to create an eternal record of the 1934 rally at Nuremberg, and that is exactly what she does. You might not become a Nazi after watching her film, but you will understand all too clearly how Germany fell under Hitler's spell.

 

Triumph of the Will
DVD
App. 90 minutes
2004-338

FRONTLINE traces the roots of the Iraqi war back to the days immediately following September 11, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered the creation of a special intelligence operation to quietly begin looking for evidence that would justify the war.

 

Turning Point, 1995: Auschwitz, Poland
VHS
2004-137

Riefenstahl's masterpiece--and it is a masterpiece, politics aside--combines the strengths of documentary and propaganda into a single, overwhelmingly powerful visual force. Riefenstahl was hired by the Reich to create an eternal record of the 1934 rally at Nuremberg, and that is exactly what she does. You might not become a Nazi after watching her film, but you will understand all too clearly how Germany fell under Hitler's spell.

 

The Twisted Cross
VHS
App. 53 minutes
2004-259

Traces the development of the German Christian movement in the Third Reich. While the history of this pro-Nazi Protestant sect is interesting in and of itself, the greatest value of The Twisted Cross lies in documenting how changes in theological ideas and language can be used to promote a sociopolitical agenda.

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The Unafraid
VHS
App. 35 minutes
2004-282

Writer Meyer Levin captured on film the journey of Jews trying to reach Palestine under the watchful British. Levin returned to Israel 30 years later to find out what had become of the courageous travelers.

 

The Un-Americans
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-84

In this film both the anti-Communists and the victims of the notorious McCarthy witchhunts talk candidly about the era of anti-Communist hysteria and blacklists. We meet men and women who had joined the Communist Party out of idealism and in reaction to injustices in American society, such as poverty, and racism. They had no thoughts of violently overthrowing the government.

 

Understanding Hindu Traditions
VHS
App. 25 minutes
2004-170

For hundreds of millions of Indians, the idea of more than one god is commonplace. But other Hindus view everything as filled with the cosmic spirit. Explore the rich culture of India.

 

Unlikely Heroes
DVD
App. 114 minutes
2005-24

The story of 5 individuals who each, without any fanfare and in very different ways, took it upon themselves to take action and in doing so made a huge impact on the lives of many people in the eye of the Nazi storm. This documentary presents previously unknown stories of extraordinary men and women who exemplified the highest level of courage and human dignity during the most desperate days of the Holocaust. But other Hindus view everything as filled with the cosmic spirit. Explore the rich culture of India.

 

Upon This Rock
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-169

Historically, the Black Church has functioned as a place of worship, a guiding influence in the lives of its members, and an instrument of social change. Featuring church choirs and solo performers, this program probes the origins, roles, and activities of the Black Church, looking specifically at its role in the struggle for civil rights.

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Vaastu Marabu
VHS/DVD
App. 52 minutes
2004-119

This film documents the theory and practice of the Vaastu tradition of Indian art, architecture, craft and design; a tradition that is in danger of being lost. The making of stone idols at Mammallapuram, the casting of bronzes in Kumbakonam, and the building of stone temples at Kamudhi are shown.

 

Valley of the God (Worship in Katmandu)
VHS
App. 48 minutes
2004-85

-This colorful film captures the religious traditions that are celebrated in elaborate ceremonies. Most of the population participates, including the king and queen. The festivals stem from Hindu, Buddhist and Moslem faiths and are sometimes intertwined. A deeply spiritual people, the Nepalese celebrate their gods frequently with great devotion. Only a Nepalese crew could have brought to Western audiences the intricacies of their pageants and ceremonies.

 

Verdict for Tomorrow
VHS
App. 28 minutes
2004-222

Adolf Eichmann, who implemented the "Final Solution", is on trial. Lowell Thomas narrates the trial. Actual trial footage is used and is testimony to Nazi barbarism in their attempt to annihilate the Jewish people.

A View from the Underside
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-226

In this one-person stage play by Al Staggs as Bonhoeffer, he addresses the problems of the Church in Germany during the context of horrifying injustice. Bonhoeffer was executed at Flosenburg Concentration Camp on April 9, 1945.

 

A Voice from Heaven: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
DVD
App. 75 minutes
2004-92

Tribute to one of the most beautiful voices in this century: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the king of Qawwali. The story interweaves excellent performance footage and a rare behind the scene glimpse into Nusrat's life.

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Waco: The Rules of Engagement
DVD
App. 136 minutes
2004-115
A powerful examination of the tragic series of events outside of Waco, Texas, that led up to the fire at the Branch Davidian compound that took the lives of 70 men, women and children in 1993. Through meticulous research and interviews with both survivors and government authorities, this Academy Award-nominated film attempts to reveal how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the FBI and the Department of Justice waged an unjustified war against Koresh and his sect and intentionally misled the public about what happened. "It presents testimony from both sides, and shies away from cheap shots. We feel we are seeing a fair attempt to deal with facts" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).

 

Waldheim: A Commission of Inquiry
VHS
App. 155 minutes
2004-227
This unique program examines the wide- spread allegations that Kurt Waldheim, the current President of Austria and former U.N. Secretary-General, committed war crimes during World War II. The evidence is presented before a panel of five eminent judges who render a decision at the end of the program.

 

The Wall
VHS
App. 150 minutes
2004-240
This dramatic and emotional historical drama recounts the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943, when Jewish detainees fought valiantly against overwhelming numbers of German soldiers in an attempt to stave off extermination. Filmed on location in Poland, the film stars Tom Conti, Lisa Eichhorn, Rachel Roberts, Eli Wallach, Rosanna Arquette and Dianne Wiest.

 

War Atrocities-The Horror of War
VHS
App. 57 minutes
2004-230
This videotape is comprised of U.S. newsreel footage and captured German and Japanese film which describe concentration camps and prisoner of war camps, the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and scenes of Hitler and Mussolini.

 

The Warsaw Ghetto
VHS
App. 51 minutes
2004-238
This film reconstructs the 10-day resistance of half a million Jews cut off in a half mile city area by Nazi forces.

 

The War that Shocked the World! Holocaust
VHS
App. 7.5 hours
2004-208
This story spans a decade, 1935 to 1945, in the lives of two families living in Nazi Germany. We follow the tragedy, and triumph, of the Weiss family: Dr. Joseph Weiss, a skilled physician; his refined, proud wife, Berta; their three grown children, Rudi, Karl and Anna. Paralleling their saga is the story of Erik Dorf, an impoverished lawyer who, prodded on by his ambitious wife, Marta, joins the SS and swiftly rises to become an aide to Heydrich, chief strategist for devising plans for "the final solution" of Europe's Jews.

 

The Wave & The Children's Story
VHS
App. 42 minutes & 23 minutes
2004-206
Two films on one tape. "The Wave" is a thought-provoking dramatization of an actual classroom experiment on individualism vs. conformity in which a high school teacher formed his own "Reich" (called "The Wave") to show why the German people could so willingly embrace Nazism. This unflinching yet sensitive 1984 Emmy Award-winner raises critical questions: When does dedication to a group cross the line from loyalty to fanaticism? Does power corrupt? What is the nature of propaganda and mass persuasion? Can something like the Nazi Holocaust happen again? "The Children's Story" forces us to look at all that we, as Americans, hold precious, and how vulnerable we are without truly understanding the meaning of that which we espouse. A simple reiiteration of the Pledge of Allegiance, taught to first graders across the country, goes deeper than teaching just the words. Set in "small town anywhere", the story of children in a classroom taken over after a military invasion, this powerful piece takes us to the core of our beliefs, and makes us aware, more than ever, of the true meaning of "allegiance".

 

We Were There: Jewish Liberators of the Nazi Concentration Camps
VHS
App. 35 minutes
2004-143
This story is about the special relationship that developed between Jewish-American G.I.s and the survivors of the Nazi Concentration Camps. This video documents the experiences of Jewish soldiers on the front line of battle and how they came face to face with the horror of the Holocaust.

 

What Does It Mean to be Human? Religion and Bioethics
VHS
App. 240 minutes
2004-177
Sessions one and two. Two day conference held at Princeton University in November of 2001. It discusses such issues as embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, genetic engineering, and abortion.

 

What Does It Mean to be Human? Religion and Bioethics
VHS
App. 240 minutes
2004-178
Sessions three and four. Two day conference held at Princeton University in November of 2001. It discusses such issues as embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, genetic engineering, and abortion.

 

What is Challenging and New About the Dead Sea Scrolls
VHS
App. 62 minutes
2004-266

Charlesworth, a leading figure in Dead Sea Scrolls studies, describes the latest discoveries and what they tell us about early Judaism and the site of Qumran, near where the scrolls were found. He explains why he believes many scrolls remain hidden and reads from one of the most recent and fascinating finds, a fragment of Joshua.

 

What is Religion?
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2004-93

This program explores the cultural and societal functions of religion and discusses how religion answers questions about the meaning and origin of life and what happens after death. It also considers religious pluralism in the United States.

 

Who Am I? Why Am I Here?
VHS
App. 60 minutes
2005-3

In this enlightening public television special, best selling author Thomas Moore shows how the great religious traditions of the world strive to solve the mysteries of "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?"

 

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die
VHS
App. 90 minutes
2004-129

This film examines the unwillingness of Americans and Jewish Americans to rescue persecuted European Jews during World War II. It uses archival and newsreel footage with interviews of Holocaust survivors, Jewish leaders, and American senators, congressmen, and government officials to chronicle the decisions made by the United States during the war concerning the plight of the Jews. It also argues that American Jews did not pressure the Roosevelt administration hard enough to help the Jews of Europe.

 

Why We Fight: The Nazi Strike
VHS
App. 41 minutes
2004-220

Blitzkrieg, or "lightning war," was the method of war adopted by Hitler and his generals. Behind the iron will of their Fuhrer, German forces occupied and conquered Austria and Czechoslovakia in a matter of weeks. This film documents Germany's preparations for war and demonstrates how Hitler maneuvered politically while militarily preparing for the conquest of Europe. The eventual attack on Poland is accurately documented in this historical film which formed the basis of many later documentaries on this subject.

 

Wings of Desire
DVD
App. 128 minutes
2004-127

This Wim Wenders film centers around the story of two angels wandering post-war Berlin. Invisible to humans, they nevertheless give their help and comfort to all the lonely and depressed souls they meet. Finally, after many centuries, one of the angels becomes unhappy with his immortal state and wishes to become human in order to experience the joys of everyday life. He meets a circus acrobat and finds in her the fufillment of all his mortal desires. He also discovers that he is not alone in making this cross over, and that a purely spiritual experience is not enough to satisfy anyone.

 

The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith
VHS
2004-86
DVD
2005-36


- Christianity and Judaism: Because we are removed from spirituality today, Smith believes we find it difficult to understand the true meaning of Christianity. Smith explains that Christianity wouldn’t have existed if its "spirit had not been real and dense and palpable and evident to everyone around." Smith finds the intimate relationship between the Jews and their God "a living conversation between the human and the divine that goes on generation after generation." Through his son-in-law, Smith came to admire the beauty of the weekly Jewish shabbat, and when his daughter died, he found solace in Jewish mourning rituals. (57 minutes, color)

-Confucianism: Born in China of missionary parents, Smith learned about Chinese language, culture, and religion while growing up near Shanghai. Smith explains how the intertwining of opposites is key to understanding the great religions of China—Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Smith shows that Eastern religions provide "an emphasis on direct experience and a method for attaining that." He introduces yoga, which he has been practicing for 50 years, as one such method. (56 minutes, color)

-Hinduism and Buddhism: This program explores the two great religions to come from India. "The historian of religion can find almost anything he wants in India, enacted with intensity. What remains is to carry its insight into everyday life." Smith uncovered the mysteries of multiphonic chanting among Tibetan lamas, previously unknown in the West. Characterizing these chants as "the holiest sound I have ever heard," Smith reveals the chanting to be a form of meditation. Smith spent ten weeks with a Zen master silently meditating 8 hours a day, where he derived insights that help the viewer understand the way of Zen Buddhism. (56 minutes, color)

-Islam: Smith discovered Islam as an adult, and became enamored with Islamic conceptions of order, justice, mercy, and compassion. He still prays five times a day as Muslims do. The Sufis opened the doors of Islam to Smith. Through their trance-inducing dances, these mystics bring God into the immediate moment. Smith and Moyers discuss misconceptions about Islam held in the West today. (56 minutes, color)

-A Personal Philosophy:
This program summarizes and distills what we have learned about the great religions in this series. Smith’s lifetime of experience and study helps him to go beyond the differences between each tradition. He shows how the cultivation of virtues valued by all religions—intelligence, compassion, creativity, truth, beauty, and goodness—can lead to transcendence. In the many faces of God he has contemplated, Huston Smith sees no conflict. He believes them all to be windows on the same transcendent truths. All wisdom traditions ultimately make the same claim, that everything emanates from an absolute perfection. (56 minutes, color)

 

Witches
VHS
App. 50 minutes
2004-87
Ancient Mysteries with Leonard Nimoy travels the world to explore the hidden secrets of our ancient past-a past that has much to tell us about the present and future. From the timeless legend of Atlantis to the secrets of ancient healing that are just being rediscovered today, this fascinating series uncovers an astonishing wealth of drama and wisdom buried in time. -subject: Witches

 

Witnesses to the Holocaust: Trial of Adolf Eichmann
VHS
App. 90 minutes
2004-144
SS Lieutenant-Colonel Adolf Eichmann was head of the Reich Security Head Office Section IV B4, the department which administered the annihilation of European Jewry. He was tried in Jerusalem, charged with crimes against the Jewish people, crimes against humanity, war crimes and membership in a criminal organization. Eichmann was found guilty and executed on May 31, 1962. This film is a resource and testament for commemorating the millions who died.

 

Witness: Voices from the Holocaust
VHS
App. 90 minutes
2004-229
Survivors of the Holocaust are presented in this documentary featuring archival footage of the Nazi era. A Hitler Youth, a Jesuit Priest, resistance fighters, death camp survivors, American POW's, and liberators speak of their time during the Holocaust.

 

Witness and Legacy: Contemporary Art about the Holocaust
VHS
App. 23 minutes
2004-221
Exhibition of works by survivors who are professional artists, children of survivors, empathizers, and artists who have decided to take up the subject of the Holocaust.

 

Women of the Cloth
VHS
App. 30 minutes
2004-97

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Women Resisters from Nazi Germany (9/25/00, PBS)
VHS
App. 125 minutes
2009-7

A documentary focused around three young women's resistance against the Nazis. Each has a different story and background to tell, yet, each share their struggle for survival and freedom.

 

The World After September 11th
VHS
App. 56 minutes
2004-88
Mr. Chomsky talked about U.S. and world responses to terrorism, military action in Afghanistan, humanitarian issues, and alternatives to current U.S. policy. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience.

 

The World of Byzantium, Part 1
Audiotape
App. 12 hours
2004-299
6 tapes. A series of lectures including: Imperial Crisis and Reform, Constantine, State & Society Under the Dominate, Imperial Rome and the Barbarians, The Rise of Christianity, Imperial Church & Christian Dogma, The Friends of God-Aesthetics and Monks, The Fall of the Western Empire, The Age of Justinian, The Reconquest of the West, The Search for Religious Unity, and The Birth of Christian Aesthetics & Letters.

 

The World of Byzantium, Part 2
Audiotape
App. 12 hours
2004-300
6 tapes. A series of lectures including: The Emperor Heraclius, The Christian Citadel, Life in the Byzantine Dark Age, The Iconoclastic Controversy, Recovery Under the Macedonian Empire, Imperial Zenith-Basil II, Imperial Collapse, Alexius I & The First Crusade, Comnenian Emperors & Crusaders, Imperial Exile & Restoration, Byzantine Letters & Aesthetics, and The Fall of Constantinople.

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Zen: In Search of Enlightenment
VHS
App. 120 minutes

2004-89
Zen-the Japanese form of Buddhism-is the determining element in the Japanese character. It is not a matter of belief in a deity, a conviction that certain acts incur divine punishment and others divine reward; rather, it is a mind-set and a way of life that stresses the most rigorous kinds of discipline and self-abnegation and fosters a single-minded devotion to one's goal and unquestioning obedience to one's superior. To watch a postulate monk sit without making any visible response to being whacked on the shoulder with a two-by-four-and to know that Japanese business men commonly go on retreat to such monasteries-is bound to give American businessmen and women pause.

Zizek!
DVD
App. 71 minutes
2006-1
The author works on subjects as wide-ranging as Alfred Hitchcock, 9/11, opera, Christianity, Lenin and David Lynch, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who is one of the most important -- and outrageous -- cultural theorists working today. This captivating, erudite documentary explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of this incomparable academic and writer, who has been called everything from "the Elvis of cultural theory" to "a one-person culture mulcher."

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For future cataloguers, these numbers from 2004 do not exist: 255, 256, 257, 175, 176, 292, 265, 266, 267, 294, 302, 303, 164, 165, 172, 173, 251, 252, 178, 313