Go to main content
Library - Home

New Documentary Films

Return to New Items

Oregon Field Guide.
Oregon's geology tells fantastic stories of awesome volcanic eruptions, cataclysmic floods and titanic continental collisions. This is your opportunity to view these wonders\.

cover image"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"--Container label.

Discover Flagstaff.
cover imageViewers get their kicks on Route 66 in Flagstaff, AZ. They head to the famous Barringer meteor crater outside of townwhere viewers can scan the stars for heavenly bodies at Lowell Observatory. They'll learn the history of the region at the Northern Arizona History Museum and finally, swing from their many ponderosa pines at Flagstaff Extreme adventure park.

Travel thru history.
cover imageMarvel at the site of America's most famous water dam. Viewers learn about how the Hoover Dam was built, why it's necessary, and take a behind the scenes look at its inner workings.

Do not resist
cover imageAn urgent documentary explores the militarization of local police departments, in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment, since 9/11. With unprecedented access to police conventions, equipment expos, and officers themselves, filmmaker Craig Atkinson, the son of a SWAT team member, crafts an eye-popping nonpartisan look at the changing face of law enforcement in America.

You don't Nomi
cover image"A chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption." --From container.

The wonderful, horrible life of Leni Riefenstahl
cover imageAt the heart of this film is the question of whether Leni Riefenstahl was a Nazi, as her detractors claim, or whether she was the victim of society - a naive, young woman who made Triumph des Willens on assignment, and simply did a very good job. This film does not judge, and Riefenstahl (a fiesty 90 during production) is genuine in her protest. Or has the passage of 50-plus years simply rewritten history in her mind? Viewers must judge for themselves.

Sister Wendy
cover imageArt critic Sister Wendy Beckett visits some of Europe's greatest museums and galleries, as well as the chapel of King's College at Cambridge University, to give us her insights into many famous works of art.

The crocodile hunter
cover imageThree episodes from the television series show Steve Irwin catching crocodiles and moving them to safety, while Steve's wife, Terri, hosts a look at his life as a young boy growing up in Australia.

California typewriter
cover imageCultural 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.

Somewhere South with Chef Vivian Howard
cover imagePremiering on PBS, Vivian travels the changing South in search of the dishes that connect all, dumplings, hand pies, porridge and more, but which are expressed in delightfully different ways across cultures. Along the way, she meets new friends and teachers, and as she says, she discovers how breaking bread and sharing a meal can create a comfortable place to have meaningful, memorable conversations.

Chef Flynn
cover imageWhile many of his peers were still playing with toys, Flynn McGarry was creating gastronomic delights at home. Flynn loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and became known as the "Teen Chef." He was featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age fifteen. Before he was sixteen, he had staged in top restaurants in LA, New York, and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn's rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream.

Sacred Earth
cover image"When was the last time you experienced something truly extraordinary, powerful, nameless? Sacred Earth takes you to a place you've longed to be. A place in which by simply being there - you are changed. Emmy® Award winning director Jan Nickman combines his breathtaking cinematography with a deeply moving original soundtrack by Grammy ® nominated composer David Lanz."--Cover.

Sacred Earth
cover image"When was the last time you experienced something truly extraordinary, powerful, nameless? Sacred Earth takes you to a place you've longed to be. A place in which by simply being there - you are changed. Emmy® Award winning director Jan Nickman combines his breathtaking cinematography with a deeply moving original soundtrack by Grammy ® nominated composer David Lanz." -- From container

Whose streets?
cover image"Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. For this generation, the battle is not for civil rights, but for the right to live." --www.whosestreetsfilm.com (Official website).

The Black power mixtape 1967-1975
cover image"THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them, the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television" --From mrqe.com.

The Barrier Reef and northeast Australia
cover imageNortheast Australia is a place of diverse and remarkable landscapes. A land of mountains and beaches, where tropical islands contrast with dense rainforests, savannahs and parched outback, and where nature is unsurpassed in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, the jewel in Australia's wildlife crown.

cover imageAntarctica is the world's coldest, driest and windiest continent. Here, remarkable plants and animals struggle to survive. Discover the secrets of this frozen desert - a land with no permanent human population that is owned by no one but claimed by many.

cover imageThe Great Ocean Road winds its way through some of Australia's most stunning landscapes. From the south coast of Victoria, through seaside towns, rainforests, and world famous surfing beaches, it winds its way through some of Australia's most beautiful scenery.

cover imageDiscover Paris, where beauty, art and romance meet in the world's most captivating city. With stylish buildings and iconic monuments, France's capital is a cultural beacon. Along bustling streets, Paris offers a sensory feast unmatched by any other destination.

Galápagos Islands
cover imageFree from human habitation for most of their history, the Galápagos Islands are like no other place on Earth. Within this volcanic land, nature thrives, from spectacular rainforests to ancient giant tortoises. So unique is the wildlife of the islands that it inspired Charles Darwin's famous theory of evolution.

West coast Canada
cover imageThe west coast of Canada has an unusually diverse climate, scenery and wildlife. Fjord-like inlets and thousands of islands run along the coast from the barren wildernesses in the frozen north to the temperate rainforests and snow-covered mountains in the south.

cover imageHenry Louis Gates Jr. presents an examination of one of the most consequential and least understood chapters in U.S. history when, after the Civil War, the nation struggled to reunite North and South while living up to the promise of citizenship for millions of freed African Americans.

Two black men a week
cover imageEvery week, at least two black men are murdered by the police force in the United States of America.

Let the fire burn
cover imageA history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985.

The divine plan :
cover imageExamines the bond that developed between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan after both their lives were nearly ended by assassins, and the belief both shared that they were spared to bring about the downfall of communism.

The cat rescuers
cover imageA dedicated group of people in Brooklyn devote their days and nights to rescuing abandoned or otherwise homeless kittens and cats. Of course, the animals are adorable, but the people are equally inspiring. Their love and commitment to actually making a difference to the lives of these animals and to affecting social change concerning the environment, local laws, and public policy is remarkable.

The brinkh[videorecording (DVD)]
cover imageFollows Steve Bannon through the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

Miles Davis:
cover imageThe story of the legendary trumpeter, bandleader, innovator, and trend-setter who crossed musical genres and whose life was notable on and off stage. Directed by award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson, it features Davis's music from live performances, studio recordings, outtakes, and interviews with those who knew him best.

After Parkland
cover image"In the days immediately following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed seventeen people, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman began filming with students and families whose lives were forever altered"--Container.

Becoming nobody
cover imageRam Dass shares the essence of his core wisdom through his iconic humor, joy, and honesty. Historical footage compliments an engaging conversation with director Jamie Catto as they explore the life experiences that helped to free Ram Dass from the attachment to his "somebody-ness" a journey that transformed him into the radiant soul who now inspires a new generation. It is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass' life and teachings.

Andre the giant
cover imageA look at the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as Andre the Giant.

Blood sugar rising :
cover imageThe critical story of the scientific insights and innovations offering new hope in the fight against diabetes.

Earth's sacred wonders
cover imageMany of the world's best-known landmarks have been inspired by faith, and today more worshippers than ever are flocking to these sacred places. For some, they're sanctuaries for quiet contemplation. For others, they're sites for astonishing acts of worship, dangerous challenges, and extraordinary deeds of devotion. Discover what people do for faith in some of the most sacred places on Earth.

Garth Brooks :
cover imageThe definitive documentary of Garth Brooks, the best-selling solo artist of all time, offers an intimate look at Brooks' music and his life as a musician, father, and man. Fans will be delighted with seminal hit songs and the unforgettable moments that have defined his decade-spanning career. Featuring revealing interviews with Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Keith Urban, George Strait, James Taylor, and many others from Brook's personal and musical family.

The woman who loves giraffes
cover imageIn 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild.

Seven worlds, one planet
cover imageMillions of years ago, incredible forces ripped apart the Earth's crust, creating our seven continents, each with its own distinct climate, its own distinct terrain, and its own unique animal life. From the colorful paradise of South America to the scorching heat of Africa, this showcases the true character of each continent in turn and reveals just how it has shaped all life there.

Happy yoga with Sarah Starr.
cover image"Apply these techniques for mini yoga breaks at work, a long plane ride, or any other time you need to balance the mind, increase blood flow and boost your energy"--Publisher's web site.

Prune Noury's serendipity
cover imageMulti-disciplinary French artist Prune Nourry has gained international recognition for her thought-provoking, educational, and frequently humorous projects exploring bioethics through sculpture as well as video, photography, and performance. At the young age of 31, Purne is diagnosed with breast cancer. She starts documenting her treatment and its effect on her own body, turning her medical odyssey into an epic artistic adventure.

General Magic
cover imageFrom the first smartphones to social media, eBay to emojis, the ideas that dominate lives were born at a 1989 tech startup never heard of. It is a tale of how a great vision and an epic failure changed the world.

Black America since MLK
cover imageHenry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America, and our nation as a whole.

Planet Earth
cover imageDavid Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed in high-definition over four years across 64 different countries.

Once were brothers
cover imageA confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson₂s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson₂s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history.

The Black Panthers
cover image"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Elaine Brown, Emory Douglas, Jamal Joseph, and many others, it's an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America." -- From container.

Tell them who you are
cover imageMark Wexler uses a blend of biography and autobiography centers on his relationship with his father, legendary cinematographer and filmmaker Haskell Wexler. Film includes interviews with George Lucas, Julia Roberts, Jane Fonda, Ron Howard and more.

IMAX born to be wild
cover imageNarrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman. An inspiring story of love, dedication, and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them, saving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in, a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas.

The freedom to marry
cover imageViewers will see the nail-biting behind-the-scenes story that traces the marriage equality movement's historic progress and reveals the masterminds who fought.

Nova Cat and Dog tales
cover imageCat tales: They may have stolen many hearts, and the internet, but cats can be perplexing pets. As much cuddly and playful as they are aloof and uncaring, they've often raised the question: Did humans ever really domesticate felines? And what more can science tell us about a relationship that predates history?

Streetlight harmonies
cover imageShines a spotlight on the artists and celebrates the music that defined the musical generation of Doo-Wop.

cover imageIn Yorkshire, a unique English garden rigged with over 50 cameras gives a rare insight into the dramatic life of a mother weasel as she tries to raise her first family. Also, new science uncovers the problem-solving abilities of the honey badger, the secrets behind the ferret's legendary flexibility, and the wolverine's remarkable sense of smell.

cover image"Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice"--Container.

The Caribbean
cover imageDiscover the islands of the Caribbean Sea, where a hidden world of volcanoes, rainforests, and exotic wildlife lies beyond the paradise sands, coral reefs, and turquoise waters. Learn about the Caribbean's checkered past of colonialism, slavery and rebellion have shaped the history and culture of these islands.

Michelin stars
cover imageAll chefs dream of a Michelin star, and those who have one work tirelessly to keep this distinction. This film goes behind the scenes to see how the stars are awarded. It offers an in-depth, honest, and relevant view into the world and every day of Michelin chefs and restaurants. A thoughtful and elegant meditation on creativity, business, and the art of perfection chronicling the inner-workings of the culinary world.

Ghost fleet
cover image"Thai activists risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for enslaved fishermen who feed the world's appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul has committed her life to helping these "lost" men return home. Facing illness, death threats, and corruption, Patima's fearless determination for justice inspire the world."--Container

The proposal
cover imageLuis Barragan is among the world's most celebrated architects of the twentieth century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world's view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragan's life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself. A high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.

Paris is burning
cover imageWhere does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, it offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion 'houses,' from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty.

When we were kings
cover image"In 1974, Leon Gast traveled to Africa to film Zaire 74, a music festival planned to accompany an unprecedented sports spectacle: the Rumble in the Jungle, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title--'a fight between two blacks in a black nation, organized by blacks,' as a Kinshasa billboard put it. When the main event was delayed, extending Ali's stay in Africa, Gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, observing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career while basking in his role as black America's proud ambassador to postcolonial Africa. Two decades in the making, When We Were Kings features interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton that illustrate the sensational impact of the fight, rounding out an Academy Award-winning portrait of Ali that captures his charm, grace and defiance"--Container.

Mike Wallace is here
cover imageLegendary newsman Mike Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the twentieth century's biggest figures in over 50 years on the air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, this documentary portrait explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.

cover imageTake an in-depth voyage into the sci-fi masterpiece with the visionary filmmakers who created it. See how one of the most terrifying movies of all time burst to life 40 years ago, inspired by ancient mythology and our universal fears.

cover imageCenturies old and enjoyed by millions, golf is more than a sport. This documentary explores the bond between golfer and caddie. Featuring never-before-heard stories, it is an account of golf like it's never been seen.

The last Dalai Lama?
cover imageA contemporary fresh look at what is truly important for the fourteenth Dalai Lama: The ongoing confrontation between Tibetans and China; His Holiness's influence in political and spiritual spheres; his work with educators and neuropsychologists; and his personal feelings on aging, dying and the question: Will there be a fifteenth Dalai Lama, or will he be the last.

Jay myself
cover imageDocuments the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, sold his home, the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as "The Bank." Through the intimate lens of noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Maisel's life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.

Toni Morrison
cover imageAn artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to '70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
cover image"Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin ... Produced with Le Guin's participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer's career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way"--Back of container.

cover imageExperience Thailand's historical and cultural sites, exquisite cuisine, and impeccable adventure tourism in this beautifully produced documentary.

cover imageTold through the eyes and hands of acclaimed artists across the world, the film explores the surprising world of taxidermy, where sculptors must also be scientists. From a studio in Los Angeles that has elevated taxidermy to the forefront of fashion to fine artists in the Netherlands, these passionate experts push creative boundaries while revealing the importance of preserving nature.

cover imageExamines the industries and obstacles responsible for the current body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race, and age.

The river and the wall
cover image"The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters."--Container.

cover image"Marion Stokes was secretly recording American television 24 hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four-hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012, while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that told us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today."--Container.

Chasing portraits
cover imageMoshe Rynecki (1881-1943) was a prolific Warsaw-based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community until he was murdered at Majdanek concentration camp. After the Holocaust, Moshe's wife was only able to recover a small fraction of his work, but unbeknownst to the family, many other pieces survived. For more than a decade, his great-granddaughter Elizabeth has searched for the missing art, with remarkable and unexpected success.

Black mother
cover imagePart film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica's turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.

Back to natural
cover imageDocumentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City based clinical psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward, the film was inspired by the work she was doing in her clinical practice and her own drive to go natural. Back to Natural is a powerful call for healing that takes a grassroots approach to exploring the globalized policing of natural Black hair. Filmed in New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, And Cape Town, this documentary explores universal aspects of the Black experience and the "new" natural hair movement.

cover image"A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch -- the Anthropocene -- with the Earth shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it's a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archival footage, award-winning stills and interviews, [the film] proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending."--Container.

16 bars
cover imageThe documentary follows a unique rehabilitation effort in a Virginia jail that encourages inmates to write and record original music. In the jail's makeshift recording studio, four men collaborate to produce an album with Grammy-winner Todd 'Speech' Thomas of Arrested Development. As the creative process unfolds, these incarcerated artists must confront the traumas of their past, and music becomes the key to unlocking a new chapter in their lives.

cover imageHal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.

Return to New Items