Postwar propaganda film in support of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Strident but poignant, focusing on children. The film surveys the Nazi/Japanese atrocities... See full summary »
The Arkansas school integration crisis and the changes wrought in subsequent years. This film profiles the lives of the nine African-American students who integrated Central High in Little ... See full summary »
Students in their final year at the National Ballet School of Canada are seen learning the flamenco from Susana and Antonio Robledo, who come to the school every winter to conduct classes ... See full summary »
Isaac Stern's cultural tour of China is seen, with the master violinist performing and mentoring young Chinese musicians. He visits rehearsals of the Peking Opera, meeting with their ... See full summary »
Pinki is a five-year-old girl from a village in the Mirzapur District, India, born into a desperately poor family, and with a cleft lip. Pinki never realized that this condition required ... See full summary »
Virendra Kumar Das
Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »
On May 8th, 1945, writer, director Norman Corwin broadcast ON A NOTE OF TRIUMPH, an unforgettable homage to the end of war in Europe. This film shines a light on a lost work of genius, and ... See full summary »
This short uses newsreel footage, official British government film, and captured German government film to tell the story of Great Britain's defense against Germany in the early days of World War II. The story begins with the Battle of Britain, Germany's air war against England in 1940. Germany lost about 2300 aircraft, while the Royal Air Force lost about 900. When Germany realized that the war could not be won in the air, it carried out a policy of sinking virtually any ship in the Atlantic headed to England. Meanwhile, England prepared for a sea invasion on its southern coasts, determined to repel any attack. The narrator says that with the help of America, Canada, and other allies, England will not be defeated and tells Germany, "Come, IF YOU DARE!" Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The first ever documentary to win an Academy Award will be harder to take seriously nowadays due to the propaganda factor, but I'd say that it made perfect sense in World War II. "Churchill's Island" extols the United Kingdom's defense industry, identifying it as the main bulwark against Nazi Germany's advance. Despite the title, Winston Churchill only appears briefly at the end. The other elephant in the room is that back then, it was widely agreed that we needed high taxes to pay for wars; sixty years later George W. Bush turned a record surplus into record deficits by borrowing money from China* to fund his wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the end, I recommend this documentary, the first ever Canadian production to win an Oscar.
*Speaking of China, the people who buy all that junk in Wal-Mart overlook something. Wal-Mart buys 90% of its products from China, which buys its oil from Iran. On top of it, the evangelical Christians have endorsed Vladimir Putin for his anti-gay policies, not realizing that his government is one of Iran's biggest allies.
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