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Recommended Viewing: April 2010

DVDgenericCheck out this month's selection of DVDs for smart, creative thinkers.

 

 

 

 

 

Bliss
Director: Abdullah Oguz
First Run Features 

BlissBased on the acclaimed novel by Zülfü Livaneli and set amidst Turkey’s natural wonders, Bliss is a riveting tale about love, honor, freedom and redemption. 

When a 17-year-old girl, Meryem, is found unconscious and disheveled by the side of a lake, her family believes the worst – that her chastity has been lost. To uphold the family honor they turn to an ancient moral code that condemns Meryem to death. 

A distant cousin, Cemal, is ordered to carry out the task. Instead, Meryem and Cemal embark on a surprising journey across traditional and modern-day Turkey in this unforgettable film, featuring Talat Bulut, Özgü Namal and Murat Han. 

The film is the winner of 12 awards in festivals worldwide

 

 

 

 

Whisper and Shout
Dieter Schumann
First Run Features 

Whisper_shoutThis is a rare East German documentary about the rock music scene in that country just before unification. It was made with great difficulty, because the filmmakers were unable to obtain the necessary technical equipment and many improvisations were required.

This documentary chronicles the frustration of the youths involved in the rock scene, and shows the subtle and not-so-subtle ways they register their protest against the regimented wholesomeness advocated by the communist regime.

One highlight of the film, besides the performances of the groups, is its use (in places) of an obscure Berlinese slang dialect. The film also documents the daily lives of the performers.

 

 

 

 

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965
Producer: Henry Hampton
All Movies 

eyes_prizeAs produced by Henry Hampton via Blackside and originally broadcast in 1987 via PBS, the TV documentary series Eyes on the Prize incisively chronicled the struggle for Civil Rights in America's South, that spanned the years 1954-65. 

The program bore a unique angle in filtering the broader social context through the compelling human interest stories of individual lives. 

This set features the entire series as it originally aired. As a special bonus feature, it also includes an interview with Henry Hampton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stoning of Soraya M
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Available from The Stoning 

SorayaAcademy Award nominee Shorheh Aghdashloo stars as Zahra, a woman with a burning secret. When a journalist (Jim Caviezel) is stranded in her remote village, Zahra takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to hide. 

Thus begins the story of Soraya (Mozhan Marnò), a kind woman whose cruel, divorce- seeking husband trumps up false charges of infidelity against her, which carry an unimaginable penalty. 

Soraya and Zahra attempt to navigate the villagers’ scheming, lies and deceit to prove her innocence. But when all else fails, Zahra must risk everything to use the only weapon she has left – her voice – to share Soraya's shocking story with the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA
Director: Alex Jones
Available from
Info Wars

FemaTyranny is here! The grim future foretold in 1984 has become reality. The United States is now recognized globally as one of the most oppressive police states on earth. And it's only getting worse.

Police State 4 chronicles the sickening depths to which our republic has fallen. Veteran documentary filmmaker Alex Jones conclusively proves the existence of a secret network of FEMA camps, now being expanded nationwide.

The military industrial complex is transforming our once free nation into a giant prison camp. A cashless society control grid, constructed in the name of fighting terrorism, was actually built to enslave the American people. Body scanners, sound cannons, citizen spies, staged terror and cameras on every street corner -- it's only the beginning of the New World Order's hellish plan.

This film exposes how the "Continuity of Government" program has established an all powerful shadow state. Prepare to enter the secretive world of emergency dictatorship, FEMA camps, and a shredded Constitution. Witness police and military savagely attacking innocent citizens as our own government unleashes false flag operations to justify its oppression.

Then watch as Alex Jones takes on corrupt mercenary police and exposes mainstream media brainwashing.


You Can Heal your Life: The Movie
Director: Michael Goorjian
Hay House

Heal_your_lifeThis entertaining and inspirational movie hosted by best-selling author Louise L. Hay and directed by Emmy award winner Michael Goorjian gives penetrating insights into her fascinating life story; and also provides clarity on how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed.

This expanded version includes over four hours of bonus material including 60 minutes of Interactive Teaching Affirmations and three hours of extended interviews.

A number of luminaries in the fields of self-help and health and spirituality and new thought—including Doreen Virtue, Gregg Braden, Wayne W. Dyer, Gay Hendricks, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Leon Nacson, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Candace B. Pert, Cheryl Richardson, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, and many others share their personal stories about Louise’s impact on their lives in You Can Heal Your Life, The Movie.

This movie, which is hosted by Louise, offers not only an intimate look into her moving and inspirational life story, but also a special segment devoted to helping you apply Louise’s affirmations and groundbreaking wisdom to heal your own life and the challenges that you face today.

 

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