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The Story of Stuff [Video]

Posted July 14, 2012 by Heit & Cheri

Summary But the truth is, it’s a system in crisis, and the reason it’s a system in crisis is it’s a linear system and we live on a finite planet, and you cannot run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely. From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our […]

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The Suicide Tourist [Video]

Posted May 5, 2012 by Heit & Cheri

Summary “I am dying. … There is no sense in trying to deny that fact,” 59-year-old Craig Ewert says of his rapid deterioration just months after being diagnosed with ALS, a motor neuron disorder often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I’m not tired of living,” explains Ewert, a retired computer science professor. “I’m tired […]

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Sudan: The Break-Up [Video]

Posted March 18, 2012 by Heit & Cheri

Summary Sudan was the giant of Africa which once represented the greatest hope for peaceful coexistence between Arab and African, Muslim and Christian. That hope is all but gone. As Sudan is split into two, the government of Omar al-Bashir in the North faces growing public resentment over the loss of national pride. To boost […]

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Slavery by Another Name [Video]

Posted February 18, 2012 by Heit & Cheri

Summary Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced […]

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Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers [Video]

Posted February 14, 2012 by Heit & Cheri

Summary Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers is an award winning Swedish documentary film on consumerism and globalization, created by director Erik Gandini and editor Johan Söderberg. It looks at the arguments for capitalism and technology, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fulfilled, and they never […]

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The Secret Life of the Brain [Video]

Posted January 5, 2012 by Heit & Cheri

Summary The Secret Life of the Brain, a David Grubin Production, reveals the fascinating processes involved in brain development across a lifetime. The five-part series, informs viewers of exciting information in the brain sciences, introduces the foremost researchers in the field, and utilizes dynamic visual imagery and compelling human stories to help a general audience […]

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The Shock Doctrine [Video]

Posted December 27, 2011 by Heit & Cheri

Summary A documentary adaptation Naomi Klein’s 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine. An investigation of disaster capitalism, based on Naomi Klein’s proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance. Based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting in disaster zones, The Shock Doctrine vividly shows how […]

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The Story Of Cosmetics [Video]

Posted December 16, 2011 by Heit & Cheri

Summary The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health […]

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Sicko [Video]

Posted December 3, 2011 by Heit & Cheri

Summary Sicko is a 2007 documentary film by American filmmaker Michael Moore. The film investigates health care in the United States, focusing on its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. The movie compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit universal health care systems of Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Cuba. Sicko was […]

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Super High Me [Video]

Posted December 3, 2011 by Heit & Cheri

Summary Super High Me is a 2007 documentary film about the effects of smoking cannabis for 30 days. The documentary stars comedian Doug Benson. The documentary’s name and its poster are plays on the 2004 documentary Super Size Me. Super High Me documents Benson avoiding alcohol and cannabis for a cleansing period and then smoking […]

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