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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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Fadiman Social Documentaries
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A Daring Journey: From Immigration to Education follows three stories about individuals who risked their lives to cross the border from Mexico to the United States. The film begins with each giving a vivid description of his journey and then explores their struggles to earn a living in the shadows of our immigration system. We follow their stories as they pursue their dreams. Luis, Sergio and Ruben Jr., all seek higher education. Luis seeks a Master's Degree and Sergio seeks to be allowed to...
Topics: daring, journey, spanish, fadiman, dorothy, tomlins, owen, robles, ruben, immigration, eastside...
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Produced by Dorothy Fadiman , OSCAR-nominated Director of STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote In the 2016 Presidential Election, 98% of our votes will be recorded on memory cards and counted by computers. Who is programming those computers and who, then, counts our votes? This mini-doc takes a look at the voting and vote-counting process, with some alarming results.
Topics: clip, stealing america, vote counts
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Dorothy Fadiman, Marlo Mckenzie
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In Butterfly Town, USA, we meet a community determined to protect their butterfly grove sanctuary. When the City prunes the trees in the sanctuary, activists work together to fill the gaps created in the tree canopy. This effort leads to a clash in how best to protect the Monarch Butterflies.
Topics: butterfly, monarch, monarchs, monarch sanctuary, pacific grove, pacelli, bob, robert, fadiman,...
Fadiman Social Documentaries
by Concentric Media, Dorothy Fadiman
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STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote brings together behind-the-scenes perspectives pointing to key past elections, with a focus on the Presidential election, of 2004. This film (winner of Broadcast Critics of American top award) features startling stories that shed light on more than a decade of vote counts that don't match votes cast – uncounted ballots, vote switching, undervotes and other examples of election results that warrant serious investigation. Learn how to recognize problems when you...
Topics: stealing america, rigged, election
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by Concentric Media
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Butterfly Town, USA follows a community of activists living in Pacific Grove, who are working together to restore the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. The heart of this film is the story of one activist, Bob Pacelli, who is leading the effort to restore the Sanctuary. In this film we see intimate portraits of people who are planting new trees by hand, watering them by hand, going to City Council meetings to explain their intentions and holding meetings in the Sanctuary itself to decide how to best...
Topics: butterfly, butterfly sanctuary, pacific grove, pacelli, bob pacelli, robert pacelli, conservation,...
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by Concentric Media
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A Daring Journey follows three individuals who risked their lives to cross the border from Mexico to the United States. Their stories are a microcosm of the reality that many undocumented individuals face: working hard without legal status to earn a living and, at the same time, pursuing education. Narrated by Peter Coyote Includes subtitles in Spanish
Topics: daring journey, film, documentary, dorothy fadiman, owen tomlins, ruben robles, immigration
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Produced by Dorothy Fadiman , OSCAR-nominated Director of STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote During the 2016 Primary Election, many people reported difficulties voting. Problems ranged from registration issues to not enough polling sites. One of the most concerning issues was that Exit Polls tallies did not match final voting results in many Democratic State Primaries. The Republican Party did not report this problem. This mini-doc looks at Exit Poll questions that came up in the Democratic...
Topic: exit polls, fadiman, dorothy, election at risk, election, 2016 election
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People who offer unconditional loving support to someone with a disability can transform a challenged person's life from a struggle to a meaningful journey. In this film, a blind, brain injured woman lives a full life because of the quality of attention she receives from her parents, sister and helpers.
Topics: annie, gill, brain, injury, injured, music, singing, family, support, community, steve gill
In the 2016 Presidential Election, significant discrepancies appeared between exit polls and the final tallies in seven states. Six of the seven states—Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Nevada—were also battleground states with outcome-altering results. As Jonathan Simon points out in his book, “ CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century, ” focusing on swing states is the most effective way to influence an election.
Topics: election, 2016, presidential, exit polls, jonathan simon