Sunday, July 17, 2016

'Dirt & Deeds in Mississippi' and other titles from California Newsreel and Dance Films Association now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributors - California Newsreel and Dance Films Association. The content includes topics such as racial equality and the right to vote. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:

  • Dirt & Deeds in Mississippi (California Newsreel) - This film uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. They were prepared to put their land and
    their lives on the line in the fight for racial equality and the right to vote in America’s most segregated and violently racist state.In the face of escalating terror, Black landowners and independent farmers provided safe havens, collateral for jail bonds, armed protection and locations for Freedom Schools. They were often the first to attempt to register to vote and run for public office.
  • Nat Turner : A Troublesome Property (California Newsreel) - Nat Turner's slave rebellion is a watershed event in America's long and troubled history of slavery and racial conflict. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property tells the story of that violent confrontation and of the ways that story has been continuously re-told during the years since 1831. It is a film about a critical moment in American history and of the multiple ways in which that moment has since been remembered. Nat Turner was a "troublesome property" for his master and he has remained a "troublesome property" for the historians, novelists, dramatists, artists and many others who have struggled to understand him. 
  • BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez (California Newsreel) -  This film offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez who describes herself as "a woman with razor blades between my teeth." A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement and inspiration to today's hip hop spoken word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped to redefine American culture and politics as an activist in the Black, women's and peace movements.
  • Dance on Camera 2015 (Dance Films Association) - Inaugurated In 1971 And Co-Presented Annually With The Film Society Of Lincoln Center Since 1996, Dance On Camera Festival Remains The Longest-Running Dance Film Festival In The World, Providing A Platform For Choreographic Storytelling And Creative Expression, And Intimate Access To Innovative Media Artists And Their Cinematic Works. The complete titles in this series can be viewed here


The titles can be licensed from the following representatives - California Newsreel: contact@newsreel.org; Dance Films Association: galen@dancefilms.org

Sunday, July 3, 2016

'Half The Sky' and other titles from Ro*co Films and The Video Project now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributors - Ro*co Films and The Video Project. The content includes topics such as empowerment of  women and girls around the world and more. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:

  • Half The Sky (Ro*co Films) - Actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof meet individuals who are doing work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of challenge, transformation and hope.
  • The Hunting Ground (Ro*co Films) - The Hunting Ground takes audiences straight to the heart of a shocking epidemic of violence and institutional cover - ups sweeping college campuses across America. The team behind the Oscar - nominated The Invisible War presents a scorching expose of the startling prevalence of sexual assault at US institutions of higher learning.
  • Living for 32 (The Video Project) - On a snowy April day at Virginia Tech in 2007, 32 students and faculty were shot and killed by a lone gunman, 17 others were wounded, and six more were injured jumping out of windows. Through the personal story of survivor Colin Goddard, Living for 32 tells the tragic tale of one of the worst gun massacres in recent American history, along with Goddard’s inspirational journey of renewal and hope. The then-21-year-old was shot four times and told he might never walk again. He lives today with three bullets still lodged in his body and a titanium rod in his left leg.Goddard revisits his former classroom for the first time in the film, and emotionally recounts the terror of that day. After recovering from his wounds and completing physical therapy, he made it his life’s mission to help ensure that a tragedy like the Virginia Tech massacre would never happen again.
  • Schools that Change Communities (The Video Project) -  Schools that Change Communities profiles a diverse group of public schools that are successfully creating higher achieving students in a different way -- by turning the communities where they live into their classrooms.The film re-imagines what education can be, visiting K-12 public schools in five states across America that are engaging students in learning by solving real-world problems in a variety of communities, from economically and environmentally challenged rural areas to poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods.
The titles can be licensed from the following representatives - Ro*co Films: dana@rocofilms.com; The Video Project: rachel@videoproject.com

Sunday, June 19, 2016

'The True Cost' and other titles from Bullfrog Films, Tugg Educational and Icarus Films now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributors - Bullfrog Films, Tugg Educational and Icarus Films. The content includes topics such as price of clothing price of clothing which has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs keep increasing. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:

  • The True Cost (Bullfrog Films)- This is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
  • Wrenched (Bullfrog Films)- Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey's anarchistic spirit
    and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and '80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, the film captures the outrage of Abbey's friends who were the original eco-warriors. In defense of wilderness, these early activists pioneered "monkeywrenching" - a radical blueprint for "wrenching the system." Exemplified by EarthFirst! in the early '80s, direct action and civil disobedience grew in popularity.
  • Salam Neighbor (Tugg Educational)- Seven miles from war, 85,000 Syrians struggle to restart their lives inside Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. For the first time in history, two filmmakers fully embed themselves in the camp, providing an intimate look at the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis. 
  • Saving Mes Aynak (Icarus Films)- Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure.
The titles can be licensed from the following representatives - Bullfrog Films: elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com; Tugg Educational: juliew@tugginc.com; Icarus Films: Sara@icarusfilms.com

Thursday, June 9, 2016

'Nefertiti’s Daughters' and other titles from Icarus Films now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributor - Icarus Films. The content includes topics such as role of women and art in Egypt's political uprising, the story of Nobel prize winner - Gabriel García Márquez and more. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The titles in this list are:


  • Nefertiti’s Daughters - A story of women, art and revolution, this vibrant film documents the critical role that revolutionary street art played - and is continuing to play - in the political uprising of Egypt. Introducing a cadre of courageous and gifted female artists who are deeply involved in the struggle for social and political justice, Nefertiti’s Daughters illustrates the surprising ways that artwork, instead of being relegated to dusty museums and academia, can instead become a powerful tool in the ongoing fight for civil and human rights.
  • Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez - How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our perception of reality with his work? The answers lie in the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature. A law-school dropout and political journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, Gabriel García Márquez became the writer of globally celebrated, critically-acclaimed books including Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Known as "Gabo" to all of Latin America, Gabriel García Márquez's sensual, "magical" sensibility leds him to the forefront of the political struggles of the 1970s and 1980s - including a pivotal and previously unknown role in negotiations between Cuban leader Fidel Castro and American President Bill Clinton - and into the hearts of readers across the world.
  • Gringo Trails - Are tourists destroying the planet - or saving it? How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, Gringo Trails traces stories over the course of thirty years to show the dramatic long-term impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment.
  • Man for a Day - Performance artist and gender activist Diane Torr has appeared on stages around the world as a drag king, performing male characters and raising issues of gender and performativity. Now she holds workshops for other women in which they develop their own male characters and live as men for a day in an attempt to better understand the dynamics of gender in contemporary society. This film brings us inside Torr's workshop in Berlin. The artist guides a group of open-minded women from diverse backgrounds - an Angolan single mother, an Israeli lesbian, a young German beauty queen, among others - through the theoretical underpinnings of her work, and helps them develop male characters of their own.
 All titles can be licensed from Icarus Films at sara@icarusfilms.com

Monday, June 6, 2016

'Just Eat It' and other titles from Bullfrog Films now available on NJVID

NJVID members now have access to license new titles from Bullfrog Films that were added this week. See how filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food wastage from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge in Just Eat It. Details on this and other titles provided below. All titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access from Bullfrog Films.

  • Just Eat It - We all love food -  As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly
    50% of it in the trash. Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people are food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant's addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the "thrill of the find" has unexpected consequences. This film is available in two versions - A 50 minute classroom version as well as the 73-minute theatrical version.
  • What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy - A bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain, this film explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials but possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers.The film was written and is hosted by eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, who became fascinated by its central figures, Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter, while researching the Nuremberg trials.
  • The Secret Life of Your Clothes - In this revealing film, charismatic paralympian Ade Adepitan tells the fascinating story of the afterlife of our clothes. He follows the trail to Ghana, the biggest importer of our castoffs where thousands of tons of our old clothes arrive every week. Ade meets the people who make a living from our old clothes, from wholesalers and markets traders to the importers raking in more than the average yearly wage in a single day!
All titles can be licensed from Bullfrog Films at elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

'Of Kites and Borders' and other titles from Third World Newsreel now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributor Third World Newsreel. The videos cover a variety of topics and includes the title Of Kites and Borders, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the San Diego Film Festival and the Havana Film Festival in New York. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The titles in this list are:
  • Of Kites and Borders - This film tells the story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US-Mexico border through the eyes of four working children in the city of Tijuana. Edie is a teen who smuggles immigrants into the United States while promising himself that he will never get worn-out working in the maquilas (assembly plants). Carmela is a nine-year old who knows more about work in the city's dumps than about fairy tales, yet every day at sunset she dreams of a better life while watching the kites that fly over her slum. Lastly, brothers Adrián and Fernando don masks to conceal their youth and perform wrestling matches at busy intersections in order to support their family - all the while dreaming of traveling the world as famous Mexican luchadores.
  • All the Ladies Say - Veteran b-girl Ana "Rokafella" Garcia's first documentary film All the Ladies Say features the work of female breakdancers in the United States, including Aiko, Baby Love, Beta, Lady Champ, Severe and Vendetta. This film raises awareness of the female presence in Hip-hop and promotes the growth of this dance community in the United States and internationally.
  • Hafu: The Mixed Race Experience in Japan - Hafu is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. 
  • Anomaly: A Documentary Film about Multiracial Identity - Anomaly is an award-winning documentary film that provides a thought-provoking look at multiracial identity by combining personal narratives with the larger drama of mixed race in American culture. The characters use spoken word and music to tell their stories of navigating identity, family and community in a changing world.
  • Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution - The invasion of Grenada by US forces in 1983 echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. What were the circumstances that led to this extraordinary chain of events? Forward Ever explores the achievements and shortcomings of the People's Revolutionary Government of Grenada as it attempted to forge a new revolutionary society. 

 All titles can be licensed from TWN films at twn@twn.org

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

'Babushkas of Chernobyl' and other titles from Video Project and AFD/Typecast Films on NJVID

NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from two commercial video distributors - The Video Project and AFD/Typecast Films. The content covers two diverse topics regarding women in Chernobyl, Ukraine and California, United States. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The titles in this list are:
  • The Babushkas of Chernobyl - In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers - scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’ - young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk. This film is also available as a shorter 52 minute version that is available here - Babushkas of Chernobyl (52 minute version)
         This title can be licensed from Video Project at support@videoproject.com

  • Just a Piece of Cloth - This documentary unravels stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media about Muslim women. The video features four San Francisco Bay Area Muslim women from diverse backgrounds as they talk about what hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf, means to them and how it affects their daily lives. With humor, seriousness, and candor they speak from personal experience about this often controversial garment. 
         The title can be licensed from AFD/Typecast films at institutions@typecastfilms.com