Top 5: Films on Demand, October 2014


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

5. Toxic Sediments (5 mins)
While the Sydney Harbor is as blue and sparkling as ever, beneath the surface lurks a dark menace that is eliminating as much as 40% of the invertebrate population. The levels of dioxins in fish from Sydney Harbor are now so high that even eating just one in an entire year is enough to put you in danger. In this video segment, meet geochemist Gavin Birch and hear about his investigation of this problem.

4. Toni Morrison: A Writer’s Work (52 mins)
Toni Morrison exists in two worlds: the visible world, bustling around her, and the world of her novels, whose characters tell about an interior reality hidden from the eyes of strangers. In her work, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison has transported millions of readers into the experience of being black in America and confronting the realities of race. In this program with Bill Moyers, Morrison discusses the characters in her work, the people in her life, the power of love, and how the invented world of fiction connects to life.

3. Town Meeting with Nelson Mandela (75 mins)
Ted Koppel moderates a town meeting with Nelson Mandela at the City College of New York, on Mandela’s visit to the U.S. At the time of this visit, apartheid remains in place, but Mandela’s ANC is negotiating with de Klerk’s South African government. A major focus to the discussion is whether the U.S. should reward de Klerk for concessions to help him deal with his right-wing, or keep maximum pressure on. Another is whether Mandela is right to support Arafat, Gaddafi, and Castro.

2. Civil War Letters, Lindbergh-Sikorsky Fabric, African-American Comic Book: History Detectives (60 mins)
Did the makers of a certain 1950s comic book have more than romance on their minds? How do the signatures on a patch of fabric connect Charles Lindbergh to another first in flight? And what do some letters reveal about a racially charged massacre on a Civil War battlefield? History Detectives investigates.

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

1. Haiti and Dominican Republic: An Island Divided—Black in Latin America, with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (60 mins)
In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of intermarriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions of racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’ hard-fought liberation from Napoleon Bonaparte’s French empire became a double-edged sword.

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