New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

January 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Why are we fat?

January 18, 2018
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2016]
1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Simon Gault.
Title from disc label.
Obesity is the biggest health crisis on the planet. This documentary explains the reasons for rapid weight gain and looks at what people can do about it.

Earth : one amazing day

January 18, 2018
London : BBC Earth, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Robert Redford ; Mandarin language narrator, Jackie Chan.
Title from disc label.
Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told with humor, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendor.


January 18, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 85 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Jeremy Seifert
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2013.
Special features: Bonus interviews -- trailer -- short film: "The scarecrow".
"Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can't gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family's table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?--Film's website.


January 18, 2018
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Beniamino DiGirolamo, Tatuso Kawamoto, Yves Schutz, Pauline Gagnon, Christophe Grojean.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2013.
Nikolaus Geyrhalter delivers stunning images from inside the immense large hadron collider, the world's largest laboratory for particle physics, operated by world-renowned research organization CERN. Featuring interviews with the leading experts who operate this gigantic machine, the film provides fascinating insights into this complex experimental research institution.

City of trees

January 15, 2018
[Warren, NJ : Passion River Films], [2015]
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring: Charles Holcomb, Michael Samuels, Steve Coleman, James Magruder, Brian Rodgers, Karen Loeschner.
Title from disc label.
During the Great Recession, joblessness exceeds twenty percent East of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. This documentary follows the intimate stories of Charles, Michael, and James, three long-term unemployed residents struggling to gain employment through 'shovel ready' green projects. When stimulus dollars run out, short term idealism clashes with day-to-day survival in the struggle to find a sense of purpose and place in a recovering economy.

VA : the human cost of war

January 11, 2018
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution, [2018]
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ric Burns.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2017.
A broad look at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, examining the organization's history, leadership, structure, funding and relationship to veterans. The film chronicles, in depth and often in wrenching detail, the workings of this crucial but at times beleaguered American institution.

Architects of denial

December 20, 2017
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
Bonus feature: interviews with Montel Williams and Dean Cain.
Though both the historical and modern-day persecution of Armenians and other Christians is relatively uncovered in the mainstream media and not on the radar of many average Americans, it is a subject that has gotten far more attention in recent years. It was during and after World War I that the Ottoman Empire carried out the systematic mass murder of what is estimated by many to be 1.5 million Christian citizens, most of them Armenian, but also Greek and Assyrian Christians.

Walk with me

December 20, 2017
New York : Kino Lorber ©2017.
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nick Francis, Himesh Kar, Chade-Meng Tan, William G.A. Moore, Anna Bertmark, and Germaine Franco.
Filmed in 2016 by Speakit Productions Ltd.
With unprecedented access, 'Walk With Me' takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, and captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose - to practice the art of mindfulness. Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of presence, not just for themselves but for all those they love. As the seasons come and go, the monastics' inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. -- from Kino Lorber website.

Karl Marx City

December 20, 2017
[New York, NY] : Film Movement, [2017]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator: Petra Epperlein.
Full screen 1.33:1.
Filmmaker Petra Epperlein journeys through what was the East German town of Karl Marx City to find clues about her father's alleged connection to the Stasi and why he committed suicide.

1804 : the hidden history of Haiti

December 20, 2017
1 videodisc (approximately 110 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequence ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced as motion picture in 2017.
1804: the hidden history of Haiti is a documentary film about the untold history of the Haitian Revolution. Produced by the creator of the best-selling Hidden Colors film series, 1804 goes in-depth about the four principal players who were instrumental in Haiti's independence: Makandal, Dutty Boukman, Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines. This documentary gives a compelling look into the strategies, the motivation and the mindset that led to Haiti being the only slave population who successfully overthrew their oppressors.

Into the Amazon

December 19, 2017
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Oliver Platt.
Widescreen (16x9)
Title from disc label.
It tells the remarkable story of the journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon.

The Somali project

December 19, 2017
Holland, Ohio : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2018]
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2013.
An Emmy and Peabody-winning film team risked life and limb to document one of the most audacious military missions imagined: a ground-up anti-piracy force in Somalia.

In our hands : the battle for Jerusalem

December 19, 2017
Virginia Beach, VA : Christian Broadcasting Network, [2017].
1 videodisc : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Sharon Friedman, Idan Barkai, Yishay Ben Moshe, Yehoyachin Friedlander.
Bonus feature: Operation Focus--the story of the surprise attack that destroyed three Arab air forces in one day and gave Israel air superiority throughout the war.
"Shot entirely on location in Israel, In Our Hands tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem through the eyes of Israel's 55th Paratrooper Brigade. This docudrama combines dramatic renactments with archival footage, interviews with veterans of the Six-Day War, and commentary from former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, the author of Six Days of War."--container

Mark Twain's Journey to Jerusalem : dreamland

December 13, 2017
[California, United States] : Indigo Films Entertainment Group, 2017
1 videodisc (73 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Martin Sheen.
Title from disc label.
Beginnings -- Mediterranean --A hard ride -- Jerusalem -- Church -- Homeward.
Mark Twain's Journey to Jerusalem: Dreamland is a documentary, narrated by Martin Sheen, which is based on Twain's best-selling book, the Innocents Abroad. The film tells a little-known story of Mark Twain as a young reporter, embarking on a maiden voyage over the Atlantic and across the Holy Land. His final destination--the ancient city of Jerusalem. In this documentary, you will see the only film of Mark Twain, the first footage ever shot of Jerusalem, as well as letters that have never been seen before.

The untold tales of Armistead Maupin

December 11, 2017
[United States] : Outcast Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Armistead Maupin, Laura Linney, Margaret Cho, Ian McKellan.
Wide screen.
Special features: Bonus scenes.
Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of Tales of the city moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of '70's San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

Killer volcanoes

December 11, 2017
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Widescreen (16x9)
Title from disc label.
NOVA's expert team looks for the signature of a volcanic eruption big enough to have blasted a huge cloud of ash and sulfuric acid into the atmosphere. Killer Volcanoes spotlights the search for the mystery volcano that plunged the globe into a deep freeze and inflicted famine on medieval Europe.

The sultan and the saint

December 11, 2017
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Jeremy Irons.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Eight hundred years ago, Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt met on the bloody battlefields of the Crusades. Based on new research and scholarship about that fateful meeting, The Sultan and The Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history as two men of faith fought against a century of war and distrust in a search for mutual respect and common ground.

Sentimental reflections [videorecording] : America's heritage in story, scenery and song.

December 8, 2017
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

An inconvenient sequel : truth to power

December 6, 2017
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Commentator, Al Gore.
Title from disc surface.
Former Vice President Al Gore presents evidence that the negative effects of global warming have increased since the release of the film "An inconvenient truth" a decade earlier.


November 28, 2017
[Warren, New Jersey] : Passion River, [2017]
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Charles Mully, Esther Mully, Isaac Mulli.
Wide screen.
"Changing the world one child at a time"--Container.
A homeless orphan in Kenya becomes a lucrative businessman, only to give it all up and open an orphanage that today serves over 2,000 Kenyan children.

Served like a girl

November 27, 2017
Los Angeles, CA : Freestyle Digiatl Media, [2017]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Full screen 1.33:1.
Examines the hardships faced by women veterans when they return home and follows several veterans as they prepare for the Ms. Veteran America pageant.

The defiant ones

November 27, 2017
2 videodiscs (approximately 260 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Bono, David Geffen, Eminem.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Title from disc label.
Directed by Allen Hughes, it chronicles the unlikely partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. This revealing, compelling and often gritty story takes place in recording studios, humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power. Featuring interviews with those who worked closely with Jimmy and Dr. Dre, including Bono, David Geffen, and more. The docu-series showcases how the two men rose to prominence in the '80s and '90s.

California typewriter

November 22, 2017
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2017]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, Mason Williams.
Title from disc label.
Cultural historians, collectors, and various celebrity obsessives, including Tom Hanks and John Mayer, launch us into the bittersweet moment when a beloved, but dying technology, the typewriter, faces extinction.

The first great escape

November 21, 2017
[Holland, Ohio] : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2017]
1 videodisc (45 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Johnny Daukes.
Title from disc label.
This is the story of twenty-nine brave British officers who attempted the impossible: an escape from the supposedly inescapable German POW camp, Holzminden.

Freeway : crack in the system

November 17, 2017
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2017]
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc surface.
Originally produced in 2015.
The definitive story of the birth of the crack plague, told by the man at the epicenter of the CIA/Contra/cocaine connection: 'Freeway' Ricky Ross. His story defies all odds and proves that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

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