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|#15332/0685 AMERICAN AUTUMN: An OccuDoc|
Imagine that a single voice carries as much weight as the CEO of Goldman Sachs! In this gripping first-hand account of the Occupy Wall Street movement, filmmaker and former high school teacher Dennis Trainor Jr. takes an inside look at how a New York-based protest against corporate greed and economic inequality in the autumn of 2011 sparked a full-scale street revolution that continues to send shock waves through the American political system. Narrated by Trainor, the documentary features filmmaker Michael Moore, Dr. Cornel West (Princeton University), comic/author/activist Lee Camp, journalists Nathan Schneider (Harper's, The Nation), Naomi Klein (The Nation) and more.Grades 9 to A
|#7525/0685 AMMO FOR THE INFO-WARRIOR - DVD
This innovative educational tool introduces serious socio-political issues to a generation brought up on MTV and will serve as an ideal catalyst for discussion and debate. It encourages viewers to develop skills in critical thinking and focuses on an alternative news and information source called the Guerilla News Network. Grades 9 to A
|#9881/0685 BEYOND THE FRAME: Alternative Perspectives on the War on Terrorism DVD
What are people NOT hearing everyday from the mainstream news about the War On Terrorism and the war in Iraq? This feature-length program offers numerous stand-alone interviews and commentaries from some of the leading critics of the Bush administration and their very wide-reaching foreign and domestic policies. DVD only.
|#14186/0685 BILLIONAIRE'S TEA PARTY (THE): How Corporate America is Faking a Grassroots Revolution
The question here is who stands 'behind' the Tea Party movement that is suddenly playing such a significant role in U.S. politics. Is it in fact simply a populist uprising against a wasteful and over-bearing government that many supporters sincerely believe it to be? An Australian investigative journalist filmmaker speaks to the rank and file and delves into the foundation to seek out the where this movement came from and where it may be headed.
|#15137/0685 BURNING QUESTION (A): Propaganda and the Denial of Climate Change|
This fascinating and clarifying look at the debate surrounding global warming explores the striking disconnect between the relatively clear-cut concerns of the world's most prominent scientists and the maze of speculation, rhetorical posturing, and outright misinformation that attaches to this issue whenever it's taken up by politicians, PR specialists, and political punditsGrades 9 to A
|#12668/0635 CHARISMA IN POLITICS: Analyzing Body Language|
This program investigates ways in which facial expressions and nonverbal communication determine political charisma and power. Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Sarkosy, Merkell are some of the subjects studied and analyzed.
|#6556/0685 CONSTRUCTING PUBLIC OPINION DVD
Viewers of this video learn that the media regularly make use of public opinion polls in their reporting of important news stories...but exactly how do they report them and to what end? Whose interests are actually being served?
|#12737/0635 CREATIVE VIOLATION: The Rebel Art of the Street Stencil|
Called art by some and vandalism by others, street art transforms the depersonalized, over-commercialized urban landscape into a forum for self-expression. Filmed in New York City, Pittsburgh, and Toronto, this edgy program documents the exploding underground art form of street stenciling and explores its roots in political street art, industrial signage, and freehand graffiti.
|#7552/0685 CRISIS OF CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT: Media and Democracy in the 21st Century
Turning to issues of media policy, George Gerbner delivers a stinging indictment of the way the so-called "information superhighway" is being constructed. He shows the ineffectual nature of our responses to crisis created by it and shows the real uses it will be put to by its corporate masters. Grades 9 to A
|#16232/0685 DIGITAL DISCONNECT: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet against Democracy - featuring Robert McChesney|
DIGITAL DISCONNECT - based on the acclaimed book by media scholar Robert McChesney, trains its sights on the relationship between the internet and democracy in the age of fake news, filter bubbles, and Facebook security breaches. In a wide-ranging analysis that moves from the development of the internet as a publicly funded project in the late 1960s to its full-scale commercialization today, McChesney traces how the democratizing potential of the web is being radically compromised by the logic of capitalism and the unaccountable power of a handful of telecom and tech monopolies. The result is an indispensable classroom resource - a vital tool for helping students make sense of a technological revolution that’s radically transforming virtually aspect of human communication.
|#5799/0685 EDWARD SAID ORIENTALISM - DVD|
Edward Said is widely recognized as a leading cultural analyst, especially in the relationship between the United States and the Islamic world. In this program he argues that the Western understanding of the Middle East in particular as a place full of villains and terrorists ruled by Islamic fundamentalism produces a deeply distorted image of the diversity and complexity of Arab peoples and Islam. Grades 9 to A
|#14765/0920 FALL OF AMERICA AND THE WESTERN WORLD (10 Programs)|
This 10 DVD box set brings together voices from the left, the right and the center to give you the facts about what is happening to your world. Don't be fooled - things are much, much worse than the "Conservatives" and the "Liberals" are letting on. We are not headed out of an economic recession. This series gives you clear, verifiable evidence of what is happening to our free world and why. And it tells you the truth that the mainstream media refuses to give you!Grades 9 to A
|#11640/0685 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property narrated by Naomi Klein|
What is 'freedom of expression' and how does it relate to freedom of information, the huge question of downloading, copyright, blogs, plagiarism, libel in our internet driven world? Media specialist Naomi Klein hosts this in-depth examination of the economic and societal convolutions resulting from the work of University of Iowa professor Kembrew McLeod. Grades 9 to A
|#7816/0685 HIJACKING CATASTROPHE: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire - full version DVD
"By helping us understand how fear is being actively cultivated and manipulated by the current administration, this program stands to become an explosive and empowering information weapon in this decisive year in U.S. history." Naomi Klein Examines how an extremist fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home. Featuring 27 interviews, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, MIT professor Noam Chomsky, and author Normal Mailer. Grades 9 to A
|#9133/0685 INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN A TIME OF WAR - DVD
Amy Goodman--independent journalist and host of the popular radio show Democracy Now!--speaks about the corporate media's coverage of the 2003 Iraq War. Grades 9 to A
|#15871/0635 INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IN THE DIGITAL ERA|
In the new world of tweets, blogs, and citizen journalism, what is the outlook for true investigative reporting? This program highlights the ways investigative journalism is changing, particularly in the context of digital and online media. Social media and globalization have changed the ways reporters connect with their readers. What are the advantages and disadvantages of nearly instantaneous access to news as it unfolds? Investigative journalism is a fast-evolving field, and this program helps entry-level reporters as well as veterans to bear witness more effectively in the Internet era.
|#11859/0635 JON STEWART ON HUMOR AND AN INFORMED PUBLIC|
In this program, veteran journalist Bill Moyers interviews Stewart, the long-standing anchor of the award-winning Daily Show, about why so many viewers get their news and analysis from his 'fake' news show.
|#13021/0685 LIVE: From Bethlehem|
The Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency (MNA) emerged out of the ashes of the second Intifada to become the only independent news network in the Palestinian Territories and an increasingly prominent and influential journalistic force in the wider Middle East. Live from Bethlehem tells MNA's remarkable story. Grades 9 to A
|#11393/0685 MILITAINMENT INC: Militarism and Pop Culture|
This program offers a fascinating, disturbing, and timely glimpse into the militarization of American popular culture, examining how U.S. news coverage has come to resemble Hollywood film, video games, and "reality television" in its glamorization of war. Grades 9 to A
|#6133/0685 MYTH OF "THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS" DVD
This is an important lecture in which Edward Said takes aim at one of the central tenets of recent foreign policy thinking - that conflicts between different and clashing "civilizations" (Western, Islamic, Confucian) characterize the contemporary world. Presents the fundamental challenge.
|#5796/0685 MYTH OF THE LIBERAL MEDIA|
Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media". They reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as "elite propaganda".
|#15337/0685 NEW ECONOMICS 101 (THE): True Wealth in the New Economy|
Economist and bestselling author Juliet Schor offers a refreshingly clear analysis of the ecological and social costs of mass consumerism, and a passionate call to arms for radically rethinking our relationship to consumer goods. Along the way, she points to the growing number of new lifestyles and social forms emerging across the country and around the world that are replacing the dead-end, work-and-spend cycle with the abundant and infinitely renewable resources of time, creativity, and community. Grades 9 to A
|#13751/0685 NOT JUST A GAME: Power, Politics and American Sports|
How are sports, and especially professional sports, reflecting and influencing social and political realities and attitudes given their immense media presence and tremendous economic clout? Is the sports/media complex proving to be a bonus or a detriment when regarded against the important issues of today? Has the entertainment/fun factor been overtaken by something else? Grades 9 to A
|#16119/0685 OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND (THE): Israel's Public Relations War in the United States (FULL VERSION)|
Over the past few years, Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world - except the United States. This film takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. *Also available in an ABRIDGED 55 minute version *English and Arabic sub-titles *ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL SCHOOL & NON-PROFIT PRICING
|#7727/0685 PEACE, PROPAGANDA AND THE PROMISED LAND: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict|
Is peace in the foreseeable future even remotely possible for the middle east? Do all the parties involved even want to achieve it? Is the general public actually being given a true picture of the situation and combatants by the media? This program delves into the seemingly interminable turmoil and how it is being portrayed by the popular media. Grades 9 to A
|#15338/0685 RACE FOR WHAT'S LEFT (THE): The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources|
Renowned energy expert Michael T. Klare provides an invaluable account of the new and increasingly dangerous competition for the world's dwindling natural resources. Arguing that the world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion - one that goes beyond "peak oil" to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water, and arable land - Klare shows how the desperate hunt for raw materials is forcing governments and corporations to stake their claim in ever more dangerous and remote areas that present grave political and environmental risks.
|#15334/0685 RACE, POWER AND AMERICAN SPORTS|
Cultural historian and Nation magazine writer Dave Zirin, whose influential blog and bestselling books have offered searing insights into the politics of American sports, turns his attention to race in this fascinating conversation with MEF executive director Sut Jhally. Zirin and Jhally give special attention to how the visibility and success of athletes of color have affected traditional notions of whiteness, white male authority, and cultural ideals of masculinity. A vital companion piece to MEF's bestselling films NOT JUST A GAME and TIM WISE: On White Privilege. * SPECIAL PRICE is available for individual schools and public librariesGrades 9 to A
|#10396/0685 REEL BAD ARABS: How Hollywood Vilifies a People|
Have Arabs (like native North Americans?) been vilified and demeaned both as a race and as individuals by their portrayal in Hollywood movies? Has that portrayal and the misconceptions that followed in the psyche of western movie goers resulted in poorly conceived and misdirected government policy? This video investigates.
|#15130/0685 REGENERATION: The Politics of Apathy and Activism|
Ryan Gosling narrates this engrossing film about social activism, the forces that galvanized the Occupy movement, and a new generation of young people coming to terms with a rapidly changing world. Combines observations from suburban high school students, progressive activists, and young conservatives with insights from leading political and cultural commentators.Grades 9 to A
|#14187/0685 RETURNING FIRE: Interventions in Video Game Culture
This video demonstrates some of the tactics used by hackers and other 'techies' to illustrate, and protest against, the very questionable morality behind the promotion of video war games not only by the companies developing them but even by the U.S. Department of Defense. Whether the purpose is to aid in recruitment of future combatants or to purposely harden a portion of the population to the real trauma that is full-blooded warfare, certain individuals are involving their skills, their comfort and even their own safety to make people aware that war really is still hell! Grades 9 to A
|#6504/0685 RICH MEDIA, POOR DEMOCRACY - DVD
Big media businesses want the FCC to open up ownership rules to allow them to own and control as much they can acquire. Up until now there have been some limited restrictions to maintain a semblance of diversity and fairness. This new video investigates. Grades 9 to A
|#13902/0635 THAT'S NEWS TO ME: The Transformation of Journalism in a Wired Society DVD
Newspapers are mostly dead or dying and the survivors have turned into complete marketing tools. Television news fills time with rumors and sound bites, and now people have turned to blogs and other so-called social media to get the latest ... what? NEWS! Gossip? Hearsay? Opinions? What is the value of the current public discourse that has become incessant, and what is the most dependable source?
|#15666/0685 WAR AROUND US (THE)|
THE WAR AROUND US tells the absorbing true story of the only two international journalists on the ground in Gaza during Israel's bombardment and invasion of the troubled Palestinian territory over a three-work period in 2008-9. Award-winning filmmaker Abdallah Omeish (Occupation 101) chronicles the experiences of Al Jazeera's Cairo-born, Arab-American Ayman Mohyeldin and Arab-British Sherine Tadros as they report from Gaza City throughout the devastating assault. With never-before-seen footage and gripping personal testimonies, the film bears witness to Israel's ongoing siege of Gaza in the wake of its withdrawal in 2005, and pays tribute to the power of journalism - and friendship - under conditions of enormous conflict and stress. The result is a deeply human glimpse into wartime reporting and life in one of the most besieged places on earth.
|#11183/0685 WAR MADE EASY: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death|
Narrated by Sean Penn, WAR MADE EASY brings to the screen Norman Solomon's insightful analysis of the strategies used by administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to promote their agendas for war from Vietnam to Iraq. Grades 9 to A
|#16235/1416 WATER WARRIORS|
WATER WARRIORS is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry. In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors - including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and English-speaking families - set up a series of road blockades, sometimes on fire, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province. WATER WARRIORS is a short film and photo exhibit that can scale to fit a variety of spaces and events styles.
|#14412/1725 WIKISECRETS: Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and WikiLeaks DVD
Get behind the headlines of the Wikileaks story. Is it espionage or journalism? Why are Julian Assange and Bradley Manning in legal trouble while the newspapers and other media who published and broadcast details of the cables don't seem to be suffering any repercussions? Is transparency in politics and international relations desirable or even possible? What prompted these two men to bring this avalanche of material forward?
|#11887/0685 WRITING ABOUT MEDIA with Peter Elbow (DVD & Curriculum Kit)
Combining focused writing instruction with a media literacy perspective, this program serves as an invaluable tool for college and upper-level high school writing and composition teachers. Grades 9 to A
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