September 08, 2011
"A recent Sundance world premiere, Bhutto tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time--Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the "Kennedys of Pakistan," Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her two terms in power saw extreme acts of courage and controversy as she tried to clean up Pakistan's corrupt political culture while quelling the fires of radical Islam that threaten to engulf the region. A fascinating array of archival footage and interviews with family members and leading experts brings life to this tale of Shakespearean dimension in the country the Economist calls the World's most dangerous place."
Bhutto is an amazing documentary which not only provides insight to one of Pakistan's main political families but also to the struggles consuming Pakistan today. Bhutto’s attempts to build up the citizens and bring democracy are continuously attacked by the military and Islamic fundamentalists. This is also a cautionary tale, when you use extremist as her father's political opponents did, you can hardly depend on a beneficial outcome. Bhutto knew that she had to go back to Pakistan and she knew she would not return. The Military, military police and Islamic extremists have taken over Pakistan and the repercussions are felt to this day. ~Mike
Released in 2011
Askwith Media Library 55897-D 111 minutes
September 07, 2011
A thief escapes from a rehab clinic and convinces a local family that he's Zonad, a voyager from outer space. Ensconced in their comfy home, the pretend alien finds that the most tempting pleasure is Jenny, the family's beautiful teenage daughter. Anxious to experience love, but unable to convince her rich boyfriend Guy to go all the way, Jenny finds Zonad a more-than-willing lover. But soon Zonad's fellow escapee Bonad turns up to get in on his buddy's good fortune.
Despite the initial "this can't be good" feeling and running home to watch it. I found it is a very funny and sweet movie. ~Mike
Released Jul. 19, 2011.
Askwith Media Library 55807-D
September 06, 2011
No One Knows about the Persian Cats
"Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh"
Follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the city's vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.
Wonderful for hope. Heartbreaking for the reality. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 55825-D Released in 2009
September 02, 2011
Forks Over Knives
This videodisc examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called 'diseases of affluence' that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods and adopting a whole foods plant-based diet. This film tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.
Probably the most important documentary in years. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 55829-D 96 minutes