Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary, filmed inside classrooms, exposes the devastating impact of the corporate-driven reform movement in Philadelphia and other cities where public education, starved of resources, hangs in the balance. BACKPACK FULL OF CASH also showcases the everyday heroes fighting for public education and presents a working model for improving our schools. With Spanish Subtitles
This episode of The Campaign Series features key speeches from the 1988 Democratic and Republican National Conventions by Democrats Ann Richards, Edward Kennedy, John Glenn, Lloyd Bentsen, and Michael Dukakis; and Republicans Bob Dole, Gerald Ford, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Dan Quayle, and George Bush.
Kate Humble and Ant Anstead present the final program from Hong Kong, looking at what happens right after New Year. This great port city is a strange mix of ultra-modern and traditional. Kate trains with a top dragon-dancing troupe and discovers that not only is it a highly demanding kung fu-based art, it is also taken very seriously as Hong Kong people sincerely embrace the tradition of lucky lions and dragons at New Year.
What wheat is to bread, cotton is to textiles. But the “white gold” that has lined the coffers of cloth manufacturers for centuries has also brought about economic and environmental harm. This program examines the global impact of cotton production and its effect on vulnerable populations. Viewers learn how pesticides, insecticides, and irrigation systems used to grow cotton have increased pollution, depleted water sources, and spurred global warming; worker exploitation and unfair trading practices are discussed as well. With helpful facts on organic cotton farming, the video explores alternative fiber sources such as hemp, nettle plants, and polyester while profiling ethically far-sighted fashion designers. A part of the series Talking Textiles: Cultivation, Production, and Global Impact. (23 minutes)
Henry David Thoreau: An American Eccentric recognizes the two-hundred-year birth of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and celebrates this American non-conformist's life. The program offers insight and awareness into Thoreau's reading habits and writing stratagems. Several Thoreau authorities and scholars including: Professor Philip McFarland; actor historian Richard Smith; Professor T.C. Boyle; Professor Richard H. Baker, and James H. Bride, documentarian share their insights relating to Thoreau's unconventional literary vitality...
This installment of the Famous Authors series offers overviews of Jane Austen’s life and works. The video profiles Austen’s family and their connections to England’s society. Austen, born in 1775 and raised in the rectory of Steventon, had five brothers and a sister, all known for their cleverness and humor. She had no formal education but was well-read and came to admire Fanny Burney, Samuel Johnson, and Henry Fielding. Austen spent much time in Bath with her sister, Cassandra, and family—and the social manners and conventions of her time became the substance of her satiric and ironic writing. (32 minutes)
Would you believe that today the average American Male makes four times what we made a hundred years ago? It's true. And yet we'd swear that money has never been tighter. Distributed by A&E Television Networks.
This compelling and heart-felt documentary looks at how young—and not so young—faith leaders are trying to make a dent in America’s growing food insecurity as 49 million people (17 million of which are children) are experiencing hunger. With faiths’ enduring mandate to “feed the hungry,” this film explores the work not only of the steadfast caregivers in soup kitchens and food pantries, but also that of a new generation of anti-hunger activists, all of whom driven by faith in a brighter future. Agricultural sustainability, social network community building, and advocacy to reshape food policy are just some of the ways in which faith-based groups are bringing a new perspective to an old problem. A Peace of Bread: Faith, Food, and the Future reminds us that we are “not obligated to finish the work (of perfecting the world) but neither are you allowed to desist from it.” (Pirket Avot 2:16) And with millions people suffering from hunger in our nation, the issue requires the combined effort of us all.
Since its debut, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing in-depth coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world. This 12-segment anthology of NewsWeekly pieces studies the intersection between religion and America’s role in the world.
A love letter to a unique and irrepressible comic talent, who left us far too soon, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind takes viewers through the one-of-a-kind actor and comedian’s extraordinary life and career, revealing what drove him to give voice to the incredible characters he created in his mind. Told largely through Williams’ own voice, captured in interviews and audio recordings, and with a wealth of never-before-seen footage, including home movies and film/TV outtakes, the film showcases Williams’ boundless energy, lightning wit and knack for creating memorable characters on stage and screen. The documentary also features personal archival material and new interviews with those who loved and knew Williams best, including Billy Crystal, Pam Dawber, David Letterman, Steve Martin and many more. Directed by Marina Zenovich, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind delves into the intricacies of a man who needed an audience just as much as audiences needed someone like him.
An HBO Production.
In the words of Blaise Pascal, the 17th-century, French mathematician and Christian philosopher, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and ignorance? Or does it promote peace, morality, and ethical behavior? Has religion been more a source for good or evil in human history?