Top 10: Films on Demand, December 2013


Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following top 10 titles:

10. Genetically Modified Crops: Hope vs. Hype (22 mins)
This ABC News program begins with an overview of the controversial new type of crop hybridization known as genetic modification, exploring why the technology has panicked European consumers and has left many American farmers with mixed feelings. Then, correspondent John Donvan moderates a vigorous discussion between Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman; Val Giddings, Vice President of Food and Agriculture at the Biotechnology Industry Organization; and vociferous anti-biotechnology activist Jeremy Rifkin, who debate the value of government and industry testing and the need for package labeling.

9. Will Marriage Survive? (29 mins)
Topping a million per year, the number of divorces in the United States has tripled since 1960, and one in three babies in America today is being born to single parents. A growing body of evidence suggests that these trends are threatening the very fabric of society. Is it too late to infuse new life into a time-honored relationship? This program spotlights the efforts of those committed to saving and promoting the institution of marriage.

8. Caudillo: The History of the Spanish Civil War (110 mins)
A superb documentary, using much footage hitherto unknown. This is a program that presents both sides of this still-controversial subject in its own words and using its own footage. The result is a solid lesson in history, a moving testimonial to the valor and romanticism of young men, and an indispensable tool for understanding modern Spanish literature and history.

7. Unearthing Evil: Archaeology in the Cause of Justice (28 mins)
By grim coincidence, archaeologists are ideally suited by their conventional techniques to determine whether or not war crimes have been committed. This program looks at forensic archaeologist Richard Wright, whose work has greatly helped the international community in the pursuit of justice. The program shows details of his team’s findings at the Ukrainian village of Serniki, proving with such evidence as bullet manufacture and carbon dating that the SS had carried out the executions, not Stalin’s soldiers. Based on this work, Wright was asked by the UN to investigate 29 mass graves in Bosnia. The excavations helped convict the perpetrators of some of the most heinous ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.

6. La Disgregacion del Islam Andalusi y el Avance Cristiano-in Spanish with English Subtitles (53 mins)
From the death of Almanzor and the breakup of Moorish al-Andalus into taifas to Christian victory at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, this program depicts the continuous transformation of the Iberian Peninsula as rival powers shaped the land’s destiny. The alliances and struggles among Christians, Moors, Almoravides, and Almohads are captured through numerous dramatizations and maps. Key figures, including Alfonso VI and El Cid, are featured. Not available in French-speaking Canada.

5. Overcoming Children’s Language Problems: Speaking for Ourselves (24 mins)
Approximately 10% of children have some difficulties in learning to speak. This program explores how children learn to communicate and how parents can help their children overcome speech problems if they occur. It follows families as they work on their child’s speech and/or language skills in an institutional setting and at home; shows the challenges the children face in developing such social and physical skills as meeting new friends or learning new games; and explains the techniques for recognizing speech or language disorders, and why doing so is so important.

4. First Steps: Becoming Human—Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors (60 mins)
In this episode, NOVA encounters “Selam,” the amazingly complete remains of a 3-million-year-old child packed with clues to why we split from the apes, came down from the trees, and started walking upright. Distributed by PBS Distribution. A part of the series Becoming Human.

3. End Game (45 mins)
This program captures the final days of the Second World War as the Third Reich comes to an end with a single gunshot and Imperial Japanese resistance collapses under the weight of two atomic bombs. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. A part of the series World War II in HD.

2. Essentials of Faith: Islam (24 mins)
The Five Pillars of Islam-belief in one God, praying five times a day, fasting, giving to charity, and going on pilgrimage-guide all Muslims. But cultural and political influences have shaped the observance of the faith in various ways from country to country. This program explores the beliefs of four Islamic leaders and scholars who communicate penetrating insights and observations on the contrasts and continuity within their religion. Interviewees include Imam Abdul Sajid of the Al-Hijrah Trust, chef and TV show host Michael Bukht, prominent London banker Kosser Sheikh, and Professor Haleh Afshar, a lecturer in politics and women’s studies at the University of York.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for December is:

1. Albert Camus, Journalist (52 mins)
Far from embracing the existentialism he is often associated with, Albert Camus was a social activist and staunch believer in the positive potential of the human race. In this program, excerpts from private film archives and a variety of interviews document Camus’s career as a journalist concerned with social justice. From his early years in Algeria writing about poverty and oppression to the underground newspaper he edited for the French Resistance, the video reveals how Camus’s journalism informed the themes and style of The Stranger, The Plague, and The Myth of Sisyphus.

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