Two Recent Feature Documentaries

While library visitors enjoy our educational DVD collection because of the travel or how-to or exercise titles, many borrowers are fascinated with the variety of stories presented in our feature documentaries. Sometimes the stories feature controversy, as in these two recent DVD additions to our collection.

[Double-click the trailers to go to full screen.]

56 up

In 1964, director Michael Apted interviewed a group of British 7-year-olds, in the first of what has become a long-term television commitment. Every 7 years Apted has revisited those who still wished to participate. The most recent episode, 56 Up, was released in 2013. It’s fascinating to see how lives and expectations have changed over the years as the subjects grow into middle age. But is the series true social commentary or a snapshot of lives as edited by the director? Urbana Free owns the complete series, for those who want ponder the whole story.

Official trailer:

The World before her

This second new documentary contrasts stories of young women in India. The film’s website states

"Through dramatic verite action and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, The World Before Her sweeps back the curtain to reveal the intimate stories of young women determined to win the [Miss India Pageant] crown and the forces that oppose them. Hindu fundamentalists view pageants and their “international” beauty standards as immoral and a symbol of the rapid Westernization of India; protests are common.”

Official trailer:

Place a hold online or contact us at the Adult Services desk to request or find out more about our feature documentary collection.

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