- Kings Park - On June 21, 1967, at the age of 17, Lucy Winer was committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of failed suicide attempts. Over 30 years later, now a veteran documentary filmmaker, Lucy returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long effort to face her past and learn the story of the now abandoned institution that once held her captive. Her meetings with other former patients, their families, and the hospital staff reveal the painful legacy of our state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Kings Park from Wildlight Productions is the latest title to be digitized by NJVID team this week. This video can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. More on this title:
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Carry the tune from Fiddlestick Productions is the latest title to be digitized by NJVID team this week. This video can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. More on this title:
- Carry The Tune - Music educators and researchers estimate that 75% or more of high school music students will quit their musical studies after high school. Many are pulled into paths toward economic growth and are unaware of the many musical opportunities in college and beyond. Carry the Tune is a documentary that shares the stories of people who have discovered these opportunities and how music provides a vital sense of balance in their lives.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
In The Monument from Interfilm Productions is the latest title to be digitized by NJVID team this week. This video can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. More on this title:
- In The Monument - In The Monument examines the evolution of Holocaust inspired monument building in the last 70 years. With the help of world famous artists, scholars, architects we get to explore how to make monuments last or is the timelessness just an illusion. Monuments, just like other pieces of public art, need to evolve and be ready for change. What makes one monument speak for centuries and others disappear without a trace?
Sunday, October 23, 2016
'Dervishes of Kurdistan' and other videos from Films Media Group are the latest titles digitized by NJVID team this week. The content includes topics such as China's economy, education, inerracial marriage and more. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:
- Dervishes of Kurdistan: Disappearing World - The village of Baiveh, in Iran's rugged mountain frontier with Iraq, is home to a group of Kurds who belong to the Quadiri dervishes, a mystical cult of Islam. This program examines the role that religion plays in their daily lives - through ceremonies like the Zikr, in which the dervishes work themselves into an ecstatic trance, able then to endure electric shocks and pass skewers through their flesh without apparently hurting themselves.
- Sherpas: Disappearing World - Sherpa Tenzing, the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, came from the Nepalese village of Thami. Sherpas have since become famous as mountaineer guides, but little is known of their daily village lives and the fierce individualism that characterizes them. This film looks at the contrasting lives of three brothers from Thami.
- China or Bust! Chasing Success in the World’s Fastest-Growing Economy - There are fortunes to be made in China today—but fortune-seekers from overseas face immense challenges. This program offers three engaging business case studies,
- Interracial Marriage - Two generations ago it was a recipe for social ostracism; a generation ago the tongues wagged; and now there are some once totally clannish ethnic groups with a 60% rate of intermarriage. This program examines how and why couples of different colors, religions, and ethnic roots are drawn to one another, how their differences affect their marriages, how they deal with their friends, and how their parents make peace with the children-in-law they wish were of their own race or background.
- Best Kept Secret - JFK High School, located in a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years. When they all graduate, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world- a job or rare placement in a recreational center - so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
'The Silver Screen Revolution' and other videos from Films Media Group are the latest titles digitized by NJVID team this week. The content includes topics such as alcohol effects on health, workplace technologies and more. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:
- Hard Truths about Alcohol - How do individual drinking habits affect health and well-
- The Silver Screen Revolution: American Cinema 1960–1980 - Rejecting Hollywood’s traditions, young American filmmakers in the 1960s forged a new cinema that held sway for two decades. This program revisits that period through detailed interviews with directors Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) and Lee Schatzberg (The Panic in Needle Park) and production designer Dean Tavoularis (The Godfather trilogy, Apocolypse Now). Scorcese talks at length about the upheaval of the Vietnam era and the challenges of getting Mean Streets made; Schatzberg, in conjunction with legendary producer Dominick Dunne, describes how studio management changes affected Panic; and Tavoularis shares recollections from his long collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola.
- The Changing Workplace: Technology and Globalization - This video focuses on how technology has changed work, and outlines basic concepts of how and where work can happen. Students are introduced to the principles of global business and the skills essential to stay employable in a global economy.
- NOW with Bill Moyers: Karen Armstrong on Religious Fundamentalism - "If you were God, would you do away with religion?" With that question, Bill Moyers launches into a discussion with Karen Armstrong, one of the world’s foremost commentators on religious affairs and author of Islam: A Short History. In this program, they seek to understand the psychosocial impact of religious fundamentalism, which frequently elevates God at the expense of personal freedom. Over the course of their dialogue, they also cover the concept of sacredness, the relationship between religion and psychology, and the profound connections among the three religions of the Book—all within the context of Ms. Armstrong’s own spiritual journey from disenchantment to peace.
- NOW with Bill Moyers: John Esposito on the Struggles of Islam - In this program, Bill Moyers and Georgetown University’s John Esposito - author of Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World - focus on Islam in Asia, where the vast majority of all Muslims live. The conflict within Islamic countries among religious fundamentalists, radical extremists, and the moderate mainstream is considered, along with American geopolitical concerns in the war on global terrorism. Human rights abuses in Indonesia and East Timor, the operation of al Qaeda, and a distinction between holy war and jihad are examined as well. "Can we fight terrorism without it becoming a worldwide clash of cultures?" asks Moyers.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
'Lost Generations' and other videos from Bullfrog Films are the latest titles digitized by NJVID team this week. The content includes topics such as children's health, religious freedom and more. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:
- Lost Generations - The Holdsworth Memorial Hospital in Mysore, India, has maintained records of the sizes of all the babies born in its maternity department since 1934, allowing health researchers unique access to a large cross section of the population now in middle age. Worryingly, the data shows that adults born with low birth weight are more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease in later life -- while another long-term study of 8-year-old children demonstrates clear links between fetal growth and retarded development later in life. Dr. Caroline Fall is an epidemiologist from Southampton University in the UK, who is in charge of coordinating global research into the long-term effects of low birth weight on health and development.
- An Act of Faith: The Phelophepa Health Train - Lillian Cingo has one great luxury in her life -- a mini whirlpool to soak her sore feet. It's a small self-indulgence for a woman who spends all day on her feet, from dawn to dusk. Lillian's job is, literally, to keep her hospital on track. She's the manager of the Phelophepa health train that spends nine months each year touring the poorest, most remote areas of South Africa. This Life program catches up with the train in the province of KwaZulu Natal, where there's just one doctor for every 4,000 people. With a full contingent of volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists and health educators on board, the "Good Clean Health Train" delivers quality health care to deprived rural communities.
- In the Light of Reverence - Across the USA, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religion. Every year, more sacred sites - the land-based equivalent of the world's great cathedrals - are being destroyed. Strip mining and development cause much of the destruction. But rock climbers, tourists, and New Age religious practitioners are part of the problem, too. The biggest problem is ignorance. This title tells the story of three indigenous communities and the land they struggle to protect: the Lakota of the Great Plains, the Hopi of the Four Corners area, and the Wintu of northern California.
- From Docklands to Dhaka - Sam Everington is an MD in Bromley-by-Bow, one of the poorest districts of London. 40% of his patients are from Bangladesh. Sam passionately believes community health involves not just treating illness, but working with local people on jobs, housing, and education. But with far worse poverty back in Bangladesh, Sam has always wondered whether lessons learned in London will work across the globe. In this video Sam travels to Bangladesh for the first time to try and find out.
- India Inhales - Every day in India, another 55,000 children start smoking -- compared to the 3,000 children who take up the habit in the US, where numbers are falling. Tobacco is one of India's favorite pastimes: Indians spit it, chew it, smoke it, roll it everywhere, throughout the continent. And, inspired by advertising for Wills cigarettes which sponsors the Indian cricket team, children believe that smoking improves cricketing techniques. Hardly surprising, then, that with declining markets in the West, and 50% of India's population under the age of 25, the major tobacco companies are increasingly targeting India as their new growth market. This video explores the cynicism of the major global tobacco companies' campaigns in India, and the work of the activists who have pledged to try to stop them -- and halt the soaring increase in cancer cases in India that result from smoking.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns series from Films Media Group are the latest titles digitized by NJVID team this week. These videos can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. More on these series:
- Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns - A study and celebration of America’s greatest original art form, Ken Burns’s ten-part documentary series opens at the dawn of the 20th century and crosses the decades with the exuberance and expressive power of jazz itself. Each episode sheds light on cultural and historical milestones as it introduces viewers to the unforgettable names and accomplishments of the music. From the cradle of New Orleans to the crucibles of Chicago and New York City… from the Harlem Renaissance to the Great Depression to World War II and beyond… Jazz paints an astonishing portrait of a nation and the sound that both captured and set free its spirit.