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June 22, 2010

Renewal

"Can be used by clergy, environmental activists, congregations, civic organizations, religious institutions, government agencies, scholars, theologians, and anyone concerned about environmental sustainability ... [to] engage people of faith in organized and individual environmental action, foster interfaith dialogue about environmental stewardship, [and] break down barriers between secular environmentalists and people of faith"
Additional material (ca. 110 min.) includes eight individual stories of community groups, and a photographic essay, all enhanced with material that does not appear in full-length documentary: A crime against creation -- Going green -- Food for faith -- Ancient roots -- Compassion in action -- Eco-justice -- Sacred celebration -- Interfaith power and light -- Nature meditations.

A variety of people coming together to work beyond their differences and find solutions, even though made in 2007 it seems improbable that diverse groups can reach common ground in 2010. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 49350-D

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Schizopolis

Fletcher Munson, a corporate drone and speechwriter for a New Age guru, discovers he has a doppelganger in the crazed dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. A deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeack and intrigue. Starring director Steven Soderbergh.
"Inspired by rumors, bald-faced lies, and half-remembered dreams"

I loved the rhythm of the dialog. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 37291-D

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Kabul transit

"In the broken cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, amid the dust and rubble of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the uncertain possibilities of peace. [The film] shuttles through the broken streets of the city, moving between public space and private, listening in on conversations, posing questions, probing the darker alleys mainstream media avoids ... Rejecting the usual device of narration and portraiture, the film asks the viewer to experience Kabul as a newly arrived visitor would"
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2006

A hidden gem in the Askwith. The film visually speakes for itself.~Mike
Askwith Media Library 47824-D

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Influence: The Ultimate Power Tool

Robert B. Cialdini identifies those psychological principles that will most effectively influence others to say "yes" to requests and helps participants recognize how to employ these principles in positive (rather than manipulative) ways to produce change in others that is effective and ethical.

One of the best I have ever seen. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 43266-D

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Tim Wise: on white privilege

"In this spellbinding lecture, Tim Wise ... offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America. Expertly overcoming the defensiveness that often surrounds these issues, Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color, but to white people as well. This is an invaluable classroom resource: an ideal introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a critical new tool for exploring the often invoked - but seldom explained - concept of white privilege."
Introduction (3:07) -- The erasure of politics & culture (10:13) -- White denial (12:55) -- Unburdened by race (6:42) -- The creation of whiteness: how race was used to hide class (9:23) -- Privilege & pathology (11:17) -- Guilt & responsibility (3:30)

This is a very comprehensive lecture outlining the history of race identity in the USA. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 47994-D

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Moloch

In an ominous fortress perched high above the clouds, everything seems in order for a reposing 24 hours. It is the spring of 1942 in Germany and Eva Braun is the only voice that dares contradict the Fuhrer. Eva is caught up in the complexities of a man incapable of human intimacy, making her as volcanic as her beloved Hitler.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1999
German dialogue, English subtitles

Outstanding visuals ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 40237-D

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