Monday, August 15, 2016

HBO Documentary Films® Now Available in Films On Demand!


HBO® has always been at the forefront of documentary programming, producing and developing some of the most provocative, groundbreaking, and award-winning films. These films have won virtually every major programming award, including the Academy Award®, the Emmy® Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award. Available now through COM Library's Films on Demand. Go to the Guide.

Featured Titles

Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery
Situated in a quiet pocket of Arlington National Cemetery, Section 60 is a final resting place for young men and women who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. For families and friends, it is a place to grieve, to honor, to remember—and to find comfort and community with others who have shared the same profound loss.

The Fence
In 2006, the United States government decided to build a fence along its Mexican border. In The Fence, award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy investigates the impact of the $3 billion project, revealing how the fence’s stated goals—containing illegal immigration, cracking down on drug trafficking, and protecting America from terrorists—have given way to unforeseen, even absurd, consequences.

Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma

A timely exploration of one of today’s most divisive and pressing issues—the threat posed by homegrown Islamic extremism and the challenges of detecting and countering it.

Requiem for the Dead
This moving film shows that gun violence in America has become tragically commonplace, sparing no one in its pervasiveness.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Nominated for a 2016 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short, this film is a scathing examination of the contradictions between modernism and tradition within Pakistani society.

Citizen U.S.A.: A 50-State Road Trip
This documentary intersperses stories of newly naturalized citizens with interviews from notable first-generation Americans, including Madeleine Albright, Arianna Huffington, Henry Kissinger, and Gene Simmons.

Habla Women
In this film, members of the Latina culture and community describe different characteristics of their personal life experiences and larger human issues.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Beyond the Galaxy : How Humanity Looked Beyond Our Milky Way and Discovered the Entire Universe

A look up at the night sky reveals a treasury of wonders. Even to the naked eye, the Moon, stars, planets, the Milky Way and even a few star clusters and nebulae illuminate the heavens. For millennia, humans struggled to make sense of what's out there in the Universe, from all we can see to that which lies beyond the limits of even our most powerful telescopes. Beyond the Galaxy traces our journey from an ancient, Earth-centered Universe all the way to our modern, 21st century understanding of the cosmos. Touching on not only what we know but also how we know it, Ethan Siegel takes us to the very frontiers of modern astrophysics and cosmology, from the birth of our Universe to its ultimate fate, and everything in between.-Summary courtesy of goodreads.com. 

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American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell


Twentieth-century American society wittily and ironically portrayed by a great artist. Norman Rockwell (1894–1978), one of the most popular American artists of the past century, has often been regarded as a simple illustrator and had his work identified with the covers of the Saturday Evening Post. He is, instead, a total artist. An acute observer of human nature and talented storyteller, Rockwell captured America’s evolving society in small details and nuances, portraying scenes of the everyday life of ordinary people and presenting a personal and often idealized interpretation of the American identity. His images offered a reassuring visual haven in a period of epoch-making transformation that led to the birth of the modern American society.

The art of Norman Rockwell entered the homes of millions of Americans for over fifty years, illustrating the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, World War II, and the 1950s and 1960s. His works mirror aspects of the life of average Americans with precise realism and often in a humorous light. The exhibition catalog organized in collaboration with the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, presents well-known and beloved masterpieces like the Triple Self-Portrait (1960), Girl at the Mirror (1954), and The Art Critic (1955) alongside carefully observed images of youthful innocence (No Swimming, 1921) and paintings with a powerful social message like The Problem We All Live With (1964).-Summary courtesy of goodreads.com.

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