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United States Politics, History & Social Issues

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Selma
Call Number: DVD 323.1 Selma
Publication Date: 2015
A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 (IMDb)

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Battle immigration : Inside Washington's fight over immigration
Call Number: DVD 325.73 Immigration
Publication Date: 2015
Why has it been so hard for Washington to fix our country's broken immigration system? The story of the push for bipartisan immigration reform after Obama's reelection and the comprehensive bill that Democrats and Republicans tried to create and pass between 2013 and 2014.

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30 Days: The Complete Series - Morgan Spurlock
Call Number: DVD 361.1 Days
Publication Date: 2010
An unscripted, documentary-style program where an individual is inserted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession for 30 days.

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Locked up in America : Solitary Nation - Prison State
Call Number: DVD 364.6 Locked
Publication Date: 2014
Solitary Nation - "Presents a visceral portrait of life in a solitary-confinement unit in Maine's maximum-security prison, told through the inmates living in isolation, the officers watching over them and the new warden who is desperately trying to reform the system." (Cover) Prison State - "Takes an intimate look at the cycle of mass incarceration in America and a statewide effort to reverse the trend, following four residents of a housing project in Louisville, Kentucky, as they cycle in and out of the state's jails and prisons." (Cover)

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Last Days in Vietnam
Call Number: DVD 959.704 Lasat
Publication Date: 2015
In April of 1975, during the final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in balance, those in control faced and impossible choice--who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment or even death. At the risk of their careers and possible courts-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible. (From DVD cover)

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Freedom & Unity, The Vermont Movie
Call Number: DVD 974.3 Vermont
Publication Date: 2014
The six-part film is a collaboration of over four dozen Vermont filmmakers. The film is thematic, not chronological and examines the rich history of the state of Vermont. Topics covered include: Abenaki Indians, early settlers, African-Americans, slavery, racism, poverty, abolitionists, Morgan Horses, marble, granite, eugenics, farming, prohibition, land use, politicians, Republicans, Democrats, hippies, French-Canadians, homesteaders, education, environmental movement, Act 250, gay rights, civil unions, town meeting, sustainability, nuclear power plant, renewable energy, Lowell Mountain Wind Project, ski industry, climate change and Hurricane Irene.

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Saving Private Ryan
Call Number: DVD Fic Saving
Publication Date: 1999
Following the WWII Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

 

World Politics, History & Social Issues

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Girl rising : One girl with courage is a revolution
Call Number: DVD 305.235 Girl
Publication Date: 2012
The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world (Cambodia, Haiti, Nepal, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Peru, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan) who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other social injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change.

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How We Got To Now : The History and Power of Great Ideas
Call Number: DVD 608 How
Publication Date: 2014
The history, people and innovators behind six ideas - clean, time, glass, light, cold, sound - and the impact that new ideas, technologies and innovations had on society

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Humanity from space
Call Number: DVD 608 Humanity
Publication Date: 2015
Trace humankind's long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this documentary uses data and computer generated imagery to disclose the extent of humanity's influence, revealing how we've transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity. A trip through 12,000 years of development, the documentary shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation have changed the course of civilization. As our global population soars, the program considers the challenges humanity will face in order to survive. Topics include the development of urban areas and cities, population growth, the development of innovative engineering, machinery and manufacturing, renewable energy and fossil fuels and sustainability.

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Putin's way
Call Number: DVD 947.086 Putin's
Publication Date: 2015
behind the scenes investigation of Vladimir Putin and his "...ascent from unemployed spy to modern-day czar, and the persistent accusations of criminality and corruption that have accompanied that rise. Trace Putin's career back two decades to his political start in St. Petersburg, where allegations of corruption began almost immediately. The film chronicles Putin's ascent as Boris Yeltsin's chosen successor, examines his controversial ties to former German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, and revisits the horrific 1999 Moscow apartment bombings." [From back cover]

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Escaping Isis : Gripping, firsthand stories of survival from women who were held captive
Call Number: DVD 956.04 Escaping
Publication Date: 2015
Using undercover footage, FRONTLINE presents the first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS and follows an underground network that's helping them escape." (From cover)

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The Rise of Isis
Call Number: DVD 956.04 Rise
Publication Date: 2014
How did Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) grow out of the remains of Al Qaeda? How are they funded? How do they operate?

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Children of Syria
Call Number: DVD 956.91 Children
Publication Date: 2016
The story of four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo, and their escape to a new life in Germany.

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Inside Assad's Syria
Call Number: DVD 956.91 Inside
Publication Date: 2016
In late 2015, all eyes are on Syria as the U.S. mulls next steps, Russia's involvement intensifies and tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee the war-torn country for Europe. Martin Smith makes a journey into government-controlled areas of Syria as the war escalates revealing what life is like for those who are left behind.

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Syria behind the lines : Life on both sides of a sectarian war
Call Number: DVD 956.91 Syria
Publication Date: 2013
Witness both sides of Syria's sectarian frontline. For generations, the many religions that live in Syria's Orontes River Valley have lived together peacefully. As the conflict spirals into a sectarian religious feud, friends and neighbors of different faiths are taking up arms against each other as Syrian society begins to collapse. Shells, mortars and air attacks only escalate the hatred and violence on both sides. Topics covered include President Bashar Al Assad, martyrs, regimes, militias, terrorists, extremism, Free Syrian Army, Muslim Sunni and Muslim Shiites.

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Netanyahu at War
Call Number: DVD 956.94 Netanyahu
Publication Date: 2016
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most polarizing political leaders on the world stage. The documentary traces Netanyahu's path to power, his combative relationships with multiple U.S. presidents and the implications in America and the Middle East.

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Isis in Afghanistan : Taliban Hunters
Call Number: DVD 958.1 Isis
Publication Date: 2015
Isis in Afghanistan: Reporter Najibullah Quraishi reveals the degree to which Isis is gaining a foothold in Afghanistan and how they're focusing their efforts on training children jihadists. Taliban Hunters: Reporter Mobeen Azhar rides along with a police counter-terrorism unit in Karachi, Pakistan, that's dedicated to tracking down Taliban suspects.

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