Thursday, October 23rd


Films in the Anthropology Department

All of the films listed here are available for classroom use in the Department of Anthropology. If you are interested in checking out one of these films, please see one of the student workers located in the Main Office, Anthropology 234.

ABC News: Anthropology

Acts of Will

(TV 1997) 56 min
A fascinating look at one of the greatest look of the greatest social maladies of our time: overconsumption and materialism.
Writer: John de Graaf

A Man Called "Bee": Studying the Yanomamo

American Indian Collection: Myths and Moundbuilders
Myths and Moundbuilders
From the Odyssey series
by Graham Chedd
Executive Producer, Michael Ambrosino
color, 59 min, 1981

PBS Home video, 1991
Myths and Moundbuilders uncovers the mystery that troubled American settlers in the great river valleys of the midwest and southeast. What were those many earth mounds dotting the wooded landscape? Finally, in 1897, the relationship between the mounds and Indian descendants came to light through the work of Cyrus Thomas. Thomas also suggested that not all mounds were built by the same Indian tribes, a theory supported by evidence recently revealed.

American Indian Collection: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1984 Documentary
Color, 54 min., 1981

The American Indian Collection, Part 4: "The Spirit of Crazy Horse". The story of Crazy Horse and his buffalo-hunting tribe as written about in the best seller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and seen in the Kevin Costner movie Dances with Wolves.

American Indian Collection: Winds of Change: A Matter of Promises
1984, Documentary
60 min, color,

Part of the "Odyssey Series: American Indian Collection," this historical documentary depicts the lifestyles of several tribes of Native Americans, including the Navajo nation in Arizona and New Mexico, the Lummi tribe in Washington state and the Onondaga in New York, as they try to adapt to modern life while maintaining their cultural heritage.

Ancient Indian culture of Northern Arizona-5 National Monument
-The amazing story of the Wupatki, Sunset Crater, Walnut Canyon, Montezuma Castle and Well, and Tuziegoot National Monument
30 min.

Ancient Lives Egypt I & II
Ancient Lives Egypt
Archaeologist John Romer reconstructs the life of a village in ancient Egypt.

Peter Spry-Leverton
Release Date:
1984 (UK)

Anthropology in Focus
These videos help enrich the students understanding of the material in the textbook and bring anthropology out of the classroom and into everyday life.
By: William Haviland

Anthropology In Focus Volume 2
These videos help enrich the students understanding of the material in the textbook and bring anthropology out of the classroom and into everyday life.
By: William Haviland

Anthropology On Trial
Runtime: 55 min

Series produced by the Arts and Entertainment Network, 1994, color, running time: about 50 minutes each. See the companion volume, Apeman: The Story of Human Evolution by Rod Caird. 1994, Boxtree Press: London. This volume is available in many public libraries and in the IUPUI Main Library under call number GN281 .C33 1994

Apeman: The Human Puzzle
Apeman: The Human Puzzle
This video is part of the Ape Man series, which investigates the mysteries of human evolution. In this first episode, host Walter Cronkite travels to the plains of Africa, regarded by many as the cradle of human civilization. Here, the video examines the archeological evidence left behind by our earliest ancestors and expounds on the notion that one of these earliest humans may, in fact, be the so-called "missing link" between apes and man.
Color, 50 min

Apeman: Giant Strides
Apeman: Giant Strides
This video is part of the Ape Man series, which investigates the mysteries of human evolution. In this second episode, host Walter Cronkite leads viewers through speculation on what drove humanity's ancestors to first exhibit such human behavior as walking upright and creating tools and fire. The video also investigates why humanity was able to make this leap when other species were not.
Color, 50 min

Apeman: All in the Mind
Apeman: All in the Mind
This video is part of the Ape Man series, which investigates the mysteries of human evolution. In this third episode, host Walter Cronkite investigates the physical differences between apes and men, most notably in the constructions of their brains. The video also delineates what those differences make possible for humanity, including language and art.
Color, 50 min

Apeman: Science and Fiction
Apeman: Science and Fiction
This video is part of the Ape Man series, which investigates the mysteries of human evolution. In this fourth episode, host Walter Cronkite investigates the arc of human evolution. Viewers examine the past of human evolution and are exposed to the debates that rage over human origins. Later, the video speculates on what the future may hold for the human race. Have we reached the apogee of our own evolution? This program asks that question and attempts to find the answer.
Color, 50 min

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.
139 minutes. 2006
Directed by Mel Gibson

Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land (1989)
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Shipier, this is an exploration of the seemingly unending battle between the Arabs and the Jews over the "Promised Land" of the Middle East. ~ Tana Hobart, All Movie Guide.
120 Minutes

Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land

Archaeology, History, and Custer’s Last Battle
1993; Based on the book Archaeology, History and Custer’s Last Battle, by Richard Allen Fox, Jr.

Australia’s Aborigines
Australia’s Aborigines
(1988) 60 minutes
National Geographic explores a spectacularly beautiful and remote corner of northern Australia, where the Gandiu Aborigines have lived for 40,000 years. This may be their last generation, however, as young members leave the tribe for the modern world. In this moving and memorable portrait, travel to this distant land to see the elders as they try to pass on their lore. Explore the tribe's ancient myths and see the extraordinary wildlife featured in their sacred rock paintings. There is considerable footage of the exotic animals in Kakadu National Park, home to the tribe; the vicious salt-water crocodile, birds, and lizards are captured by the camera against the stunning backdrop of the park. Join National Geographic in taking what may be a last look at a vanishing culture.

The Ax Fight
(1975) 30 minutes
The film has four parts and operates on a number of analytical levels. It opens with a map of the region where the village is located and then proceeds to about ten minutes of virtually unedited film footage of combat among multiple participants armed with clubs, machetes, and axes. This represents the entirety of the film shot of the fight, which lasted about half an hour. Many of the shots and accompanying audio reflect the fact that the Westerners were taken by surprise and that they remained in ignorance about the cause of the fight until sometime later.

Ayumu and Ai: Studies in Animal Intelligence
(2003) 54 minutes
Ai is a thoroughly modern chimpanzee: researchers have taught her to be familiar with language and numbers, to work with tools, and even how to use a computer to earn coins to buy treats from a vending machine. In this program, scientists at the Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, study Ai’s son, Ayumu, to see if he will prove capable of picking up the same skills by simply watching his mother and other chimps—and perhaps even surpass them. The astonishing results of Ayumu’s efforts provide new insights into animal—and human—intelligence.

Baboon Tales
1998 Narrated by Glen Close

Baka: People of the Forest
Baka: people of the forest
(1988) 59 minutes
Synopsis: Journey deep into the African rainforest and travel with the semi-nomadic people of Baka. Found in the southeastern part of Cameroon, these tribes of pygmies survive in the harsh environment by using their incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise learned from spending a lifetime undercover. Brought to video by National Geographic, this 59-minute adventure is a rare glimpse into the lives of these special people.

Bali 0-1470, Civil War Part 3

Bali: Masterpiece of the Gods
Bali: Master of the Gods
(2000) 60 minutes
Bali: Masterpiece of the Gods combines fantastic video footage of Balinese life and culture with a flowing, almost meditative musical score that artfully incorporates traditional Balinese Gamelan, and a lyrical narrative that makes for a most enjoyable, informative and memorable viewing. The documentary introduces Bali by recounting the mythological legend of Bali's creation and its historical past, and then works its way through a glimpse into the Balinese cycle of life: an Agama Hindu priest performing the christening of a baby; the daily rituals of village life; a bride-to-be helping her future in-law prepare colorful temple offerings, the importance and integration of art in Balinese life, a temple festival that surreally entwines religious devotion with the supernatural, the union.

The Barabig

TAMU: The Research Place to Be

TAMU: Point of Departure

TAMU: Admissions Video

Texas A&M: Seeing is Believing

Bath Waters and Masters of Metal

Becoming American we are Mehenaku

Behavioral Observation: Focusing In By: David Dickins (1993)
The approach of Ethology is outlined, and then the kittiwake is introduced as an example species. The commentary explains the special behavioral adaptations of this small member of the Gull family to its extreme cliff-nesting habitat.

Beyond Ethnography: Corporate and Design Anthropology By Emily Altimare
25 minutes
The DVD offers successful model for the use of anthropology in corporate settings. Those interested in how anthropological theory and methods related to real-world problem solving, and those seeking anthropological careers involving both in-house research and external consulting will find the DVD useful and compelling.

Black Delta Religion
1973 By Bill Ferris
14 minutes Black and White

Black Robe
Black Robe
In the 17th century a Jesuit priest and a young companion are escorted through the wilderness of Quebec by Algonquin Indians to find a distant mission in the dead of winter. The Jesuit experiences a spiritual journey while his young companion falls in love with the Algonquin chief's beautiful daughter underneath the imposing and magnificent mountains. Dread and death follows them upriver.
(1991) 1 hour 41 minutes

Captive Pygmy Chimpanzees Tape 1/2/3/4

Chaco Canyon: Search for a Century

Chariots of the Gods
Chariots of the Gods
90 minutes (1972)
Chariots of the Gods fives stunning visual proof that some form of life from outer space landed on Earth centuries ago. It took five years for von Daniken to document, on film, the physical evidence of visits by galactic travelers who came to Earth. Just what they did here and the influences they left behind is the core of the film.

Children of Eve

Chimps R Us
60 minutes. PBS

Chulas Fronteras

CNN Today: Anthropology

CNN Today: Physical Anthropology

Coincidence in Paradise
By: Matthias Von Gunten
(1999) 88 minutes
Coincidence in Paradise investigates the decent from ape man and other fascinating questions with interviews with world-renowned scientists, and captures their work-in-progress with stunning cinematography.

Coming into America
(2004) 60 minutes
Who were the first Americans? Did they get here by land or sea? Did a single group populate the continent or did many? Experts used to agree that the first Americans walked across the Bering land bridge from Asia about 12,000 years ago, eventually colonizing all of North and South America. But exciting recent finds at sites on both continents have triggered new theories. Alan Alda tries to find out who’s saying what, and why.

Conquistadors (2 tape set)

Corn is Life

Cousin Bonobo
51 minutes
This program launches an investigation into the identity of the bonobo, formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee. To what extent is this remarkable African ape closer to humans than all the other animals on the planet? Scientists from around the world, including Yves Coppens, paleoanthropologist at the College de France, and Paula Cavalieri, philosopher and founder of the Great Ape Project, discuss their findings on the genetics, biology, intelligence, sexual behavior, and matriarchal social organization of the bonobo.

The Cows of Dolo Ken Peye
The cows of Dolo Ken Peye
8 minutes
Four years after filming The Cows of Dolo Ken Paye, filmmaker Marvin Silverman returned to Fokwele, Liberia to screen his film before the Kpelle tribe who were the subject of his film. Obviously, the villagers did not need to understand English to enjoy the film; the excitement in their voices is captured on the audiotape that accompanies this film.

The Crusades (Crescent & the Cross)
The crusades (Crescent & the Cross)
180 minutes
THE CRUSADES: CRESCENT & THE CROSS presents the epic battle between two Middle Age superpowers: the Christian Crusaders and the Muslims. Fought over two centuries, the conflict decided the fate of the Holy Land of the Middle East. Only a tiny strip of land, just a few hundred miles long, it contained the ultimate prize, the city of Jerusalem. The documentary is driven by the key personalities of the First, Second and Third Crusades, the popes, kings, sultans and knights who, in the name of God, ruthlessly fought for land and power. Experience the murder, treachery, and bloodshed of this legendary chapter of history throuth the eyes of key historical figures such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, King Louis VII and Nur al-Din. With breath-taking CGI-enhanced visuals, heart-pounding reenactments, and stunning footage from rarely-seen locations THE CRUSADES: CRESCENT & THE CROSS brings the first three Crusades alive for a new generation in conflict.

Dead Birds Part 1/2

Decoding the Past: Fingering the Killer

Decoding the Past: Templar Code
Decoding the Past the Templer Code
100 minutes
For nearly two centuries, the Knights Templar was the most powerful order in the medieval world. Today the group’s legacy is played out in an array of Hollywood blockbusters and numerous works of popular literature.

Despite the Knights’ long reign of power, the order experienced a sudden collapse in the early fourteenth century when certain members stood accused of unspeakable crimes and were subsequently tortured and killed. This insightful program interviews some of the world’s leading biblical scholars and visits historic sites throughout Europe and the Near East to probe the past of this mysterious order. Did the Knights, as many believe, guard the Holy Grail? Or was the object of their attentions buried a thousand years before the birth of Christ? THE TEMPLAR CODE is an in-depth examination into the remarkable rise and rapid descent of the powerful and obscure Knights Templar.

Delivery Self Attachment

Disappearing world: The Basques of Santazi
52 minutes
This film follows the lives over one year, shot during three intervals, of two Basque shepherding families who live in Santazi, a village in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. The film is one of the few films made for Granada Television's Disappearing World series to be made in Western Europe, and it focuses on continuity and change in the community.

Change has come to the village of Santazi in recent years along the avenues of new roads and improved communication with the outside world. The effects range from people's relationship with the Catholic religion to inheritance customs. Television has of course also entered these villagers' homes. The traditional life of shepherding is also changing amidst the conflict of interest between those who have formed a syndicate in an effort to maintain the viability of shepherding and the sons who have taken jobs as linemen for the electricity company. This film shows the rationality behind the choices the villagers are making.

Disappearing World: The Kazakhs of China
53 minutes
The Kazakhs are fiercely independent nomads who live in the mountains of Tibet and Mongolia. Although they live away from Chinese authorities, they have adapted to communism and believe they have advantages over more conventional neighbors. Anthropologist: Shirin Akiner

Disappearing World: The Lau of Malatia
1987, 57 minutes
The Lau who live on man-made coral islands in a South Pacific lagoon have abundant food and no need for money. However, their way of life is threatened by the spread of Christianity and contact with the outside world. Anthropologist: Pierre Maranda

Disappearing World: In Search of col ground: the Mursi
1985, 52 min
The Mursi of Ethiopia have no chiefs or leaders and reach all decisions through tribal debates. Drought and famine are forcing the Mursi into contact with the outside world. Anthropologist: David Turton

Discovering Ardi

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Einstein’s Wife
Einstein’s Wife
2003, 60 min
This documentary delves into the life of the one and only Albert Einstein. When a batch of letters between Einstein and his first wife, Mileva Einstein-Maric, were introduced to the public at the close of the twentieth century, it became shockingly clear just how much the brilliant scientist relied on her. Not only did she deliver his child; she also contributed crucial information to her husband's developing theory of relativity. This hour long documentary presents these letters candidly, letting audiences discover for themselves just how important Mileva Einstein-Maric was to her man

Evolution: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea
Evolutions: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea
2001, 120 minutes
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: For 21 years, Charles Darwin kept his theory of evolution secret from all but a few friends. He confided to one: "It is like confessing to a murder." His torment resonates in society today in the challenge his incredibly powerful idea poses to our understanding of our world and ourselves. We interweave the drama in key moments of Darwin's life with documentary sequences of current research, linking past to present and introducing major concepts of evolutionary theory. We also explore why Darwin's "dangerous idea" matters perhaps even more today than it did in his own time, and how it conveys the power of science to explain the past and predict the future of life on earth.

Evolution: Great Transformations
2001, 60 min
Great Transformations: What triggered the incredible diversity of life on earth, and how have complex life forms, including humans, evolved? Is there direction to evolution? And is human intelligence inevitable? We focus on evolution's "great transformations," among them the development of a standard four-limbed body plan, the journey from water to land, the return of marine mammals to the sea, and the emergence of humans. Driven by a combination of opportunism and a genetic "toolkit," these astounding leaps forward define the arc of evolution. And they suggest that every living creature on earth today, and every species that has ever existed, is a variation on a grand genetic theme, a member of one, and only one, tree of life. Extinction!: Some 99.9 percent of all the species that have ever lived are now extinct. While cataclysmic events on earth have pruned the tree of life, extinction also opens the door to diversity, carving out room for new species to emerge and thrive. This film explores the causes of the five mass extinctions that have occurred over the life of the planet, and takes us to the sources of extinctions happening today. In doing so, it confronts a frightening notion: Are we humans causing the next mass extinction, the sixth in the history of life on earth? If so, what does evolutionary theory predict for the world we will leave to our descendants?

Evolution: Extinction
2001, 60 min
Some 99.9 percent of all the species that have ever lived are now extinct. While cataclysmic events on earth have pruned the tree of life, extinction also opens the door to diversity, carving out room for new species to emerge and thrive. This film explores the causes of the five mass extinctions that have occurred over the life of the planet--and takes us to the sources of extinctions happening today. In doing so, it confronts a frightening notion: Are we humans causing the next mass extinction — the sixth in the history of life on earth? If so, what does evolutionary theory predict for the world we will leave to our descendants?

Evolution: The Evolutionary Arms Race
2001, 60 min
Survival of the fittest. Raw competition? Or, a level of cooperation indispensable to life? Evolution tells us that both are important. We explore our own spiraling arms race with microorganisms, the only entities that can pose a threat to our existence. We follow the struggles of medical detectives uncovering the roots of epidemics and trace the alarming spread of resistance among pathogens that cause disease, like the new virulent tuberculosis--nicknamed "Ebola with wings." Interactions between species are among the most powerful evolutionary forces on earth, and understanding them may be key to our own survival.

Evolution: The Mind’s Big Bang
2001, 60 min
Anatomically modern humans existed more than 100,000 years ago, but with no art, crude technology, and primitive social interaction. Then 50,000 years ago, something happened--a creative, technological, and social explosion, and humans came to dominate the planet. This was a pivot point in our development, the time when the human mind truly emerged. What made this moment so different? We examine forces that may have contributed to the breakthrough, enabling us to prevail over our relatives, the Neanderthals, who co-existed with us for tens of thousands of years. And we explore where this power of mind may lead us, as the culture we create overtakes our own biological development.

Evolution: What About God?
2001, 60 min
Of all the species on earth, we alone attempt to explain who we are and how we came to be, through the prisms of both science and religion. How has the tension between the two played out? Today, the theory of evolution still is dogged by controversy. This program explores the creationist movement and its arguments by drawing on real human stories of people struggling to find a balance between faith and reason. Through the perceptions of theistic scientists and credible religionists, we underscore the point that science and religion are compatible, although they play very different roles in assigning order to the universe and a purpose to life.

Evolution: A Journey into Where We’re From & Where We’re Going
120 minutes
The Evolution Project, a groundbreaking public television series explores a simple yet remarkable theory that ranks as one of the greatest breakthroughs in the annals of science, and one of the most misunderstood scientific principles in America today. The Evolution Project aims to help biology teachers nationwide enhance and deepen their students' understanding of evolution and the nature of science. The video includes educational approaches for teachers and engaging science and content for students. Includes seven short segments combining storytelling and science to explore evolution and spark students' interest. Four additional segments highlight strategies for teaching evolution, including ways to address the controversy that can arise.

Evolution: Why Sex?

The Evolution of Art

The Exodus Decoded
The Exodus Decoded
92 minutes
At the very heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam lies the story of the Exodus, an epic tale of plagues, miracles and revelations. But the truth behind these events has been obscured by faith and time--until now. After six years of unprecedented research, host Simcha Jacobovici and a team of renowned archeologists, Egyptologists, geologists, and theologians shed revelatory new light on the Exodus and the era's ruling Egyptian Dynasty. Their new theory pushes events hundreds of years earlier than previously thought, allowing age-old stories to sparkle with new perspectives and startling historical import. Using elaborate, state-of-the-art CGI, THE EXODUS DECODED offers a stunning virtual account of stories like the birth of Moses, the ten plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea, revealing once and for all the difference between acts of Nature and the hand of God. Also included is a bonus disc that examines two pivotal figures of the Exodus--Moses and Ramses the Great--as well as the Ark of the Covenant.

The Fate of the Neanderthals
The Fate of the Neanderthals
50 minutes
More than 70 thousand years ago, a clan of cave dwellers roamed the cliffs of Le Conte in Southwestern France. They were Neanderthals, distant cousins to modern man. The caves, among other archaeological sites, have revealed much about Neanderthals. But new discoveries have prompted more questions and mysteries. No other prehistoric group has received as much attention as the Neanderthals. No other group carries such a weight of scientific and popular misconceptions or has its name associated with savagery, stupidity and animal strength. Fossils records place the last Neanderthal on earth 30,000 years ago. Then they vanished. Or did they? There is more to Neanderthals than their fossil remains. This hour will explore the Neanderthals who, despite new and enticing clues, remain a people of mystery.

The Feast

First Americans

Five Species from the Primate Series
Color, 53 min.
Three species of monkeys and two apes living in their natural habitat in Africa are compared in this video. The monkeys include the veret, the blue monkey and the black and white colobus, while the apes are common chimpanzees and eastern lowland gorillas. This footage, shot by a primatologist, includes nuances of behavior and social interaction which are not usually included in more commercial productions. Many sequences are long enough to allow the observer to watch behavior unfold between animals and learn what kinds of details to look for in live observation. The same types of behavior are recorded for each species (as much as possible) to permit comparisons to be drawn between diet and foraging patterns, infant care, locomotion and predator defense mechanisms. The videos are intended to allow the audience to see the same types of behavior by different species in different habitats and to draw the comparisons themselves. This format provides a condensed view of the life of several species thus emphasizing the variability and the adaptive nature of primates rather than focusing on the details of one form. This is a useful teaching device. The particular areas of interest in this video are the inclusion of the rarely filmed blue monkey, black and white colobus and eastern lowland gorilla, as well as the division of a monkey carcass by the chimpanzees and the interactions between humans and blue monkeys in a park in Nairobi.

The Wandering Tribes of Europe: From the Mists of the North, The Germanic Tribes
In the 2nd century BCE, the Cimbri and Teuton tribes began to move southward from their Scandinavian homeland, Jutland. Soundly defeating the Roman army at Noricum in 113 BCE, they set in motion an era of migration that spelled the beginning of the end of Roman military and political supremacy. This program examines the reasons why these Germanic peoples left their homeland, explores their traditions and beliefs, and illustrates the clashes of arms and of culture that marked the first contacts between Roman and barbarus. (52 minutes)

Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

The Gods Must be Crazy
The Gods Must be Crazy
109 min, color
A Sho in the Kalahari desert encounters technology for the first time--in the shape of a Coke bottle. He takes it back to his people, and they use it for many tasks. The people start to fight over it, so he decides to return it to the God--where he thinks it came from. Meanwhile, we are introduced to a school teacher assigned to a small village, a despotic revolutionary, and a clumsy biologist.

Great Apes
Great Apes
60 min
This PBS documentary highlights the gorilla as one of the many endangered species of our world. The chimpanzee is also being threatened. Scientists Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey have worked throughout their careers to make the world more aware of the troubles of The Great Apes. See how these scientists and others have worked to help them survive. - Linda J. Shriver, Rovi

Hide your Words

Guns, Germs, and Steel
Guns, Germs, and Steel
2 discs, 165 min
As seen on PBS and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond, who traveled the globe for more than 30 years trying to answer one of the big questions in world history: Why is the world so unequal? The answers he found—that the societies that developed food production techniques first were also the first to develop writing, technology, and government—were simple, yet extraordinary. Our DVD weaves together anthropology and science with epic historical reenactments that bring his fascinating theories to life.

The History Channel: Bible Battles
The history Channel: Bible Battles
In one of the most hostile lands on the planet, an ancient people called the Israelites forged an army and carved out an empire. Their ancient military exploits are described in one of history's most famous religious texts--the Old Testament of the Bible. But by reading between the religious lines, military historians unlock the soldiers' secrets of the Bible by examining the weapons, strategies, and the commanders, some of whom are not always thought of as warriors, like Abraham, Moses, and Deborah. In this feature-length special, we explore the biblical world from a military perspective from the time of Abraham until David's ascension to the throne. Blood often flows more freely than holy water in the days of the Old Testament, and the military secrets of the Bible have yet to be revealed...until now!

The History Channel: Save our History: Written in Bone
The history Channel: Save our History written in bone
50 min
In a survey of early American abodes, our journey begins in the New England with the post and beam timber frame, continues to the Southeast with the "log house", onto the "sod house" of the Great Plains, and finally ends in the Southwest with the "adobe home". The beauty of the land, authentic reconstruction of the houses, and the lifestyles of the pioneers are woven together with expert commentary, allowing the viewer to connect with early settlers and hear the stories of what makes a house a home.”

Hong Kong: a Family Portrait
Hong Kong: a Family Portrait
60 min
National Geographic was on location in Hong Kong before the Chinese took it over from the British in 1999, and that makes Hong Kong: A Family Portrait something of an artifact, a snapshot of a culture in transition. Gracefully narrated by Burgess Meredith, this is a thought-provoking exploration of a truly international city, an intensely capitalistic society with its roots in ancient tradition. This video illuminates Hong Kong with the same degree of respectful attentiveness that National Geographic has become known for in their nature and wildlife features. The filmmakers followed one family living among the 70,000 who dwell in the houseboat neighborhoods, through their work, play, and even a wedding. By the time the documentary is over, you may find yourself emotionally involved with the family's struggle to succeed and flourish. Cottage industry, elaborate superstition, fortunetelling, the night market--explore Hong Kong with this fascinating overview of the people, their customs and culture. --Brendan J. LaSalle

How the West was Lost: Vol 1 Divided we Fall/The Unconquered
100 min
This compelling documentary explains how the American West was irretrievably lost to the indigenous people of North America. Witness the tragic plight of the Navajo, Nez Perce, Apache, Cheyenne, and Lakota tribes through their eyes and their words. Poignant recollections from Indian descendants, astonishing video, rare historical documents, and archival photographs are included in this three-volume set. ~ Karla Baker, All Movie Guide

How the West was Lost: Vol 2 The Trail of Tears
Continuing the successful format of the original How the West Was Lost series, How the West Was Lost II provides the viewer with an in-depth historical look at the conflicts and tragedies that characterized America's western expansion. Using insightful narration to hold together the collection of photographs, archival footage, and reenactments, the series offers a fresh look at this important period of American history. How the West Was Lost II: The Trail of Tears follows the Cherokee tribe as Andrew Jackson's troops force them out of their Georgia and North Carolina homeland. The program details their tragic march to the barren lands that would come to be known as "Indian Territory." ~ Sean Hurley, Rovi

How the West Was lost: Vol 3 Death will Come Soon Enough/The Utes Must Go!
Continuing the successful format of the original How the West Was Lost series, How the West Was Lost II provides the viewer with an in-depth historical look at the conflicts and tragedies that characterized America's western expansion. Using insightful narration to hold together the collection of photographs, archival footage, and reenactments, the series offers a fresh look at this important period of American history. How the West Was Lost II: Death Will Come Soon Enough focuses on the story of the Modoc Indians who battled U.S. soldiers in a forbidding portion of California called the Lava Beds. The program reveals the act of defiance ordered by Modoc leader Captain Jack that led to his execution along with three other Modecs. ~ Sean Hurley, Rovi

How the West was lost: Vol 4 Let them Eat Grass

The Hunters
The Hunters
108 min
During the Korean War, a World War II veteran fighter pilot (Robert Mitchum) joins an F-86 squadron in South Korea...

Iceman: a Hunt for a Killer
Ötzi the Iceman's saga begins with the discovery of his well-preserved body -- mummified and encased in ice for centuries -- in the Italian Alps in 1991. Because of the arrowhead in his shoulder, researchers concluded that Ötzi might have been murdered, spurring a continuing investigation headed by medical examiner Eduard Egarter. This Discovery Channel documentary poses the question: If Ötzi was iced, who did it? And what motivated the crime?

Ice Mummies: Frozen in Heaven
60 min
NOVA accompanies anthropologist Johan Reinhard as he journeys to the 5,639-meter (18,500-foot) peak of Sara Sara in southern Peru in search of evidence of capa cocha, a ritual in which the Incas were said to sacrifice their own children to the gods.

Ice Mummies: Return of Iceman
60 min
NOVA examines how science is unlocking the secrets of the Iceman, a man discovered in 1991 frozen in the Italian Alps.

Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden
60 min
NOVA follows archeol