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June 21, 2012

Princess from the moon (The tale of Taketori)

After what looks to be a meteor crashes into a bamboo forest, a man finds the crash site and discovers an interesting shaped rock. The rock cracks open and a baby emerges, the child grows quickly, it is able to walk by the time it gets completely out of the "rock." The man takes the baby and the rock home and he and his wife decide to raise the baby as if it were their own. The rock turns out to be made out of the purest gold, raising the status of the man and wife. As questions mount they move away from the village. What seems to be a few short months the child has grown into a young woman. Dad thinks it's time to find a suitable husband. The adventure starts. This is a wonderful mythical tale from Japan and thoroughly enjoyable. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57232-D Original release 1987 DVD 2002
PAL Region 2 format

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June 19, 2012

Frag

Gives the history and explores the current state of professional video gaming. Talks with some of the leading professional gamers to find our what life is like in the professional video gaming world.

For a well thought out, insightful and historical discussion on video game culture "Frag" is a great place to start. Frag goes beyond casual game players to the world of professional gamers, looking into the thrill and heartbreak of international competition. This DVD was released in 2008 and a lot can happen in four years, however Frag provides that historical bridge to today’s gamers. The special features offer extended interviews. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57140-D 2008

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June 04, 2012

The Prosecutor

"The first main prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo indicted people who were accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes as defined in international treaties. Prosecutor follows Moreno-Ocampo during his first trial against Congolese army leader Thomas Lubanga, accused of war crimes. The film retraces the history of the controversial Criminal Court and sheds light on the international criticism and problems that a prosecutor without any police power has to face."
Based in part on the book, The sun climbs slow: the International Criminal Court and the struggle for justice by Erna Paris.

This has to be one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Governments do not like the office, deception from government officials and no "arrest authority" to impose the will of the court, all make for a very tough position. The prosecutor provides a small amount of hope for those who have been abused by extreme actions of government authorities. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57008-D 2010
"This DVD includes two versions of the film: 94 minute version with chapter stops / 52 minute version with closed captions."

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