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Afghan star DVD Afghan star

DVD-ED 781.6309 AFG1124

In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American idol-style series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age.

Suggested by Dawn

For my wife-- DVD For my wife--

DVD-ED 346.7301 FOR1104

A culturally important documentary film that brings reason and substantive merit to the national dialogue on marriage equality. Faced with tragedy and humiliating discrimination at her partner's deathbed, Charlene Strong rose to prominence as an advocate for LGBT equality. Her journey inspires on a deep level, bringing a sense of triumph through unimaginable sorrow.

A heartbreaking love story that brings a human face to the subject of marriage equality.

Suggested by Dawn

If a tree falls a story of the Earth Liberation Front DVD If a tree falls a story of the Earth Liberation Front

DVD-ED 363.325 IFA38

The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat,' told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.

Suggested by Dawn

Last train home Gui tu lie che DVD Last train home Gui tu lie che

DVD-ED 331.1279 LAS1133

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.

Informative, fascinating, and a bit heartbreaking exploration of families struggling for the next generation in the modern age.

Suggested by Dawn

The September issue DVD The September issue

DVD-ED 741.65 SEP6902

A behind-the-scenes look at Vogue magazine (U.S.) as editor-and-chief Anna Windtour and her staff prepare the September 2007 issue.

Did you enjoy the movie The Devil Wore Prada? Now you can see what the editor the book and movie were based on is really like! Also a great peek at the fashion industry, designers, and some great clothes!

Suggested by Dawn

A town called Panic DVD A town called Panic


A stop-motion animated film about toys come to life, based on the Belgian television series with the same title. Cowboy and Indian give Horse a homemade brick barbecue for his birthday, but too many bricks arrive and they destroy their house. Surreal adventures follow as the trio travels to the center of the earth, treks across frozen tundra, and discovers a parallel underwater universe where dishonest creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-ma?che? town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?

One of the crazies, but most fun and innovative things I have watched recently. I loved it!

Suggested by Dawn

A murder of crows : birds with an attitude DVD A murder of crows : birds with an attitude

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New research has shown that crows are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other's voices and 250 distinct calls. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises, and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

Suggested by Dawn

Phil Ochs there but for fortune DVD Phil Ochs there but for fortune

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Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure, a contradiction that eventually tore him apart. From youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arc of Ochs's life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire, and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair. A timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero.

Suggested by Dawn

Being human. Season one DVD Being human. Season one


Follows three housemates as they do their best to live their lives as normally as possible despite their strange and dark secrets. Lovable George battles with his double identity as a mild mannered hospital porter who for one night of the month turns into a flesh hungry werewolf, Mitchell is a good looking and confident vampire trying to go cold turkey from his blood sucking urges and recently deceased Annie is a chatty yet underconfident ghost whose ex-fiance is the landlord of the house the three of them share. All this on top of the usual issues faced by young people surrounding love, work and mates and the only thing they have to rely on in their heightened world is each other.

Suggested by Dawn

Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious DVD Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious


A beautiful woman with a tainted past is enlisted by American agent Devlin to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex. Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he's loved her all along.

Suggested by Dawn

Dr. Horrible's sing-along blog DVD Dr. Horrible's sing-along blog


Billy, AKA Dr. Horrible, is a budding supervillain whose plans for world domination continually go awry.

If your home computer is too slow to watch videos (like mine), now here is your chance to watch this short treasure with an awesome cast, and hilarious extras

Suggested by Dawn

Summertime DVD Summertime


The story of a witty but lonely secretary who takes a vacation in Venice, hoping to fall in love. She does - with a very handsome but very married Italian man.

Katherine Hepburn is marvelous, but Venice is the true star of this bittersweet romance. Take a mini-vacation in glamorous 1950s Italy!

Suggested by Dawn

Away we go DVD Away we go


Burt and and his pregnant girlfriend Verona embark on a road trip to decide where they want to raise their baby.

Sweet and thoughtful, I enjoyed getting to know these characters as they struggled with life's questions.

Suggested by Dawn

Cuttlefish:   kings of camouflage. DVD Cuttlefish: kings of camouflage.

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More accomplished masters of disguise than any chameleon, cuttlefish are able to change their skin color and their shape to blend into almost any background. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all invertebrates.

I recently met some cuttlefish while diving in Japan. They were really neat, but I had no idea just how amazing these things are!

Highly recommended by Dawn

Moonstruck DVD Moonstruck


An "unlucky in love" Italian-American widow just weeks away from her wedding falls for her fiance's younger brother.

I hadn't seen this since I was a teenager and was quite surprised to find I'm now the same age as the main character! Such a lovely romance. I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you haven't seen it in a long while.

Recommended by Dawn

The lives of others DVD The lives of others


A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people - or at least to this one particular person.

A stunningly devastating and beautiful movie. I loved it!

Suggested by Dawn

Who is Harry Nilsson-- (and why is everybody talkin' about him?) DVD Who is Harry Nilsson-- (and why is everybody talkin' about him?)

DVD-ED 781.6609 WHO70

A brand new portrait of the late Grammy Award-winning musician, Harry Nilsson, who the Beatles once proclaimed as their favorite artist. This gripping retrospective traces Nilsson's rise and his turbulent life as seen by many friends, including Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Richard Perry, Robin Williams, and more.

One of my absolute favorite singer-songwriters is finally getting his story told. Too bad it is a tragedy.

Suggested by Dawn

Creatures of the deep.   Devils of the deep, jumbo squid DVD Creatures of the deep. Devils of the deep, jumbo squid

DVD-ED 594.58 CRE321

Explores the nature and migrations of the Humboldt, or jumbo, squid.

If you are fascinated by squid, you will love this documentary!

Suggested by Dawn

Herb & Dorothy DVD Herb & Dorothy

DVD-ED 709.04 HER140

Tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.

I adored this documentary. Great for anyone who loves lifelong romances, modern art, and New Yorkers!

Suggested by Dawn

Trainspotting DVD Trainspotting


Four friends try to make it in the world on their own terms, turning to heroin to escape the banalities of modern-day existence.

The second film by director Danny Boyle (who later went on to do Slumdog Millionaire and 127 hours), this is a brilliant, but excruciating look at heroin addiction. Fantastic soundtrack and great acting, but painful to watch at times.

Recommended by Dawn

Tokyo Godfathers DVD Tokyo Godfathers


The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are homeless friends who have formed a makeshift family structure bond. That bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a trash dumpster. They try to care for the infant themselves, and travel throughout the city in search of the baby's parents.

Possibly one of the greatest Christmas movies you've never seen.

Suggested by Dawn

You don't know Jack DVD You don't know Jack


Angel of mercy, or murderous 'Doctor Death'? Jack Kevorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification.

Amazing performance by Al Pacino! A fascinating portrait of the man behind the controversies.

Suggested by Dawn

Hard candy DVD Hard candy


When a 30-something fashion photographer agrees to a date with a precocious teenager, he gets far more than he bargained for.

A challenging film to watch, made fully worth while by the amazing performance by a young Ellen Page as a teen vigilante.

Suggested by Dawn

The point DVD The point


Tells the story of Oblio, a round-headed boy living in the land of "Point", where everything and everybody has one. Since his head isn't pointed like everyone else's, Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow is banished to the "Pointless Forest." Once there, the adventure begins, with Oblio and Arrow encountering one extraordinary character after another as they make their way on their wonderful journey.

This 1970s classic took me back to my childhood! Small children also find it enchanting. And the music of Harry Nilsson is just wonderful...such a voice!

Suggested by Dawn

The good the bad the weird DVD The good the bad the weird


It's 1930s Manchuria, and greed is in the air. A manic outlaw, a nasty holy man, and a determined bounty hunter are all in hot pursuit of a treasure map. Throw in Chinese gangsters, the Japanese army, and other rival factions also in pursuit of the invaluable map, and it all comes down to a big showdown in the desert.

A wee bit violent for my tastes...but what a film! Great cinematography and music, too!

Suggested by Dawn

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