Top 5: Films on Demand, May 2015


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. North Korea: Secret Nation (18 mins)
This undercover report documents the stark poverty and extreme repression in North Korea that exist alongside spectacular cultural events and age-old customs unfettered by political ideology. Posing as a tourist, broadcast journalist Janet Choi risked arrest to get an inside look at one of the planet’s most secretive-and brutally totalitarian-countries while under surveillance by a police “tour guide.” Archival footage, an interview with a defector, and commentary by Dr. Daniel Pinkston and Timothy McCarthy, both of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, provide additional insights into the country’s history, culture, military posture, and living conditions.

4. Aspects of Melody (5 mins)
Can you sing it? A certain melody, that is. This Chat examines different types of melodies, on the spectrum from simple to complex. Part of the Discovery Orchestra Chat series.

3. Fighting Back 1957–1962: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985 (60 mins)
States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, and again in James Meredith’s 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts—and integration is carried out.

2. Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (52 mins)
Frantz Fanon’s two major works, Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961), were pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on both colonized and colonizer. This program explores the preeminent theorist of anti-colonialism, integrating the facts of Fanon’s brief but eventful life with his long and tortuous inner journey. Interviews with family members and friends, documentary footage, readings from Fanon’s work, and dramatizations of crucial moments in his life are woven together, while cultural critics Stuart Hall and Françoise Verges provide historical context for Fanon’s philosophies.

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

1. TEDTalks: Elyn Saks—A Tale of Mental Illness…from the Inside (15 mins)
“Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia—a condition controlled by drugs and therapy yet ever-present. In this powerful TEDTalk, she asks us to see people with mental illnesses clearly, honestly, and compassionately.

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