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New DVD: “The Green Wave”

May 28, 2014

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We recently added “The Green Wave” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 91% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Green is the color of hope. Green was the color of Islam and the symbol of respect among the supporters of presidential runner Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who became the figure of the Green Revolution. The election in 2009 was about change, but contrary to all expectations, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was set in office. A collage illustrating the events and the stance of the people behind the rebellion: their initial hope and curiosity, fear, and the courage to continue to fight.

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Docs Around Town: May 23 – May 29

May 22, 2014

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May 23: The Unknown Known” starts at Ragtag. (via)

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“Particle Fever” on June 18th

May 21, 2014

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

A hit at the 2014 True/False Film Festival, the film “Particle Fever” (99 min.) explores a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Imagine if you could have watched footage of Thomas Edison turn on the first light bulb. This film directed by Mark Levinson follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. 

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Questions from “The World Before Her”

May 21, 2014

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Thanks to everyone who came to the “The World Before Her” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:

  1. What do you see in each young woman’s experience that gives her confidence? What experiences undermine that confidence?
  2. What’s the difference between modernization and Westernization? What might India look like if it modernized, but not in a way that emulated Western nations? Is that possible?
  3. In Prachi and Ruhi we see what pageant advocate Sabira Merchant describes as “the two Indias.” How would you describe the way each of those “Indias” defines success for women?
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New DVD: “Winter Soldier”

May 19, 2014

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We recently added “Winter Soldier” to the DBRL collection. The film was originally released in 1972 and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Vietnam veterans speak about atrocities committed upon Vietnamese soldiers and civilians during their time in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. Through testimony given at the Winter Soldier Investigation held by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971, press conferences, and interviews with individual participants, the film graphically portrays the effect of U.S. government policy and practice, which turned soldiers into animals bent on destruction and Vietnamese into “gooks”–Non-human “targets” for murder, rape, and mutilation. The veterans struggle to come to terms with the devastation they caused so that others will not make the same mistake again.

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Docs Around Town: May 16 – May 22

May 15, 2014

worldbeforeherMay 16: Finding Vivian Maier” starts at Ragtag. (via)
May 21: “The World Before Her” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)

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New DVD: “Disco & Atomic War”

May 14, 2014

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We recently added “Disco & Atomic War” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 90% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Hijacking broadcasts from Finland with makeshift yet powerful TV antennas, the people of Estonia, while still under the rule of the Soviet Union and its propaganda, found new heroes in JR Ewing and David Hasselhoff, and quickly became obsessed with the forbidden fruit that was western pop culture.

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New DVD: “A Brief History of Time”

May 12, 2014

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We recently added “A Brief History of Time” to the DBRL collection. This film by Errol Morris was originally released in 1991, but has been re-released by the Criterion Collection with new material. The film currently has a rating of 93% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Errol Morris (The Fog of War) turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking’s body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination.

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Docs Around Town: May 9 – May 15

May 8, 2014

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May 9: Particle Fever” starts at Ragtag. (via)

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New DVD: “These Birds Walk”

May 7, 2014

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We recently added “These Birds Walk” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013, and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy’s life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, the film documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the Samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience. 

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New DVD: “Girl Rising”

May 5, 2014

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We recently added “Girl Rising” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 88% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

View a groundbreaking film, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actors. Viewers will see a showcase of strength from the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

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Docs Around Town: May 2 – May 8

May 1, 2014

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May 2: We Always Lie to Strangers” starts at Ragtag. (via)
May 5: Spiral Jetty” 5:30 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)
May 6: The Sound of Mumbai” 5:30 at Ragtag, free/donation. (via)

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New DVD: “Reportero”

April 30, 2014

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We recently added “Reportero” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown last year on the PBS series POV. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced?

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