Wednesday, March 26, 2014

P'ant'asŭt'ik Chasal Sodong (Fantastic Parasuicides)

Episode #1 Amhŭk sok ŭi se saram: "Gina had fall asleep in a library and missed her exam. She jumped from the roof top of her school, but found herself totally fine. And there are three other people: Min-ho, who wants to bring peace to the world with his handmade bomb; a school nurse, who feels love towards Gina; and finally, a chief teacher suffers from the delusion that somebody is trying to kill him. But there is one thing that they have in common: they are trying to kill themselves. Everything happening at school is so bizarre and confusing to Gina. Whether or not she wants, she gets into unexpected and gruesome fights with them. Can she save all of them and the world in the end?"--

Episode #2 Narara tak!: "There is a helpless man who has failed as a cop and decided to take his life by himself. He heads for a secluded beach and witness some guys assaulted a woman sexually one night. He's been ignoring the incident in the thought that there is no point to eliminate one evil person. Next morning, when aiming a gun to his head he sees the two guys from last night are hanging out with the dead woman's dress on the beach. There are only three bullets in his gun. He uses two for killing those guys and is about to use the final one for himself. Then suddenly, another guy lying under the sand is caught by his eyes. He starts to chase the guy"--

Episode #3 Haep'i Pŏsŭ Tei: "It is another birthday to a 70-year-old solitude old man today. He expects someone to celebrate his birthday but nobody knows it's his birthday. Desperately, he decides to throw himself to a railroad to kill himself. At the moment, he finds a young man with cash bag who tries to kill himself, too. He used to work for a funeral service as a car driver and ran away with the cash bag. However, he realizes there is no place to escape, and makes up his mind to suicide. Since gangsters are running after him to get the bag back, old man and young man run away to the container ship dock at Incheon. Changing the clothes of each other, the young man enters the coffin of his funeral car and the old man locks the coffin in. The old man dives into the ocean and disappears"--
Directors, Cho Ch'ang-ho, Pak Su-yŏng, Kim Sŏng-ho; screenplay, Cho Ch'ang-ho, Pak Su-yŏng, Kim Sŏng-ho; music, Chŏng Chae-hwan, Kim Myŏng-jong, Ch'oe Hyŏn-suk, Yi U-Sŏng.
T'abŭllo, Kim Nam-jin, Kang In-hyŏng, Han Yŏ-rŭm, Kim Ka-yŏn.

In Korean, with optional English and Korean subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 60298-D 2010 92 minutes

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8 (CKLW)

Revisits the glory days of CKLW -- 'The Big 8' -- the giant of pop and soul radio and the most powerful force in the music business in the 1960s and 1970s. With personal stories, memorabilia, exclusive film and rare photographs, Radio Revolution sheds new light on this legendary chapter of 20th century pop, rock and soul history.
Special features: Extra scenes, out-takes and bonus materials, including The Detroit music scene, The funky chicken, Did you see the bullet hole?, The poop on Paul Drew, More stories, The 2002 reunion, Swinghammer time!, Jingling all the way, plus a photo and memorabilia gallery, and more about Markham Street Films Inc.
Narrator: Michael McNamara; featuring music and stories from Alice Cooper, Kiss, Bob Seger, Steppenwolf, The Who, The Guess Who, Tony Orlando, Elton John, Mitch Ryder, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marvin Gaye, The Ohio Players, The Parliaments, Funkadelic and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
Markham Street Films and History Television; produced by Judy Holm and Michael McNamara; written and directed by Michael McNamara.
Editor, Roderick Deogrades; music, Kurt Swinghammer.


I remember listening during the summer months or on the bus on our way to school. I didn't appreciate what we had but I miss it now.

Askwith Media Library 44818-D 72 minutes 2004

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

Documents William H. Whyte's research on the design and use of small urban spaces. Investigates the factors which encourage and inhibit the use of plazas and parks, and makes recommendations for their successful design. Whyte's strongly humanist approach takes pleasure in all facets of the urban environment, from the "undesirables" and "street people" who often gravitate to open spaces, to pushcart vendors. He sees the street as a "River of life," noting that people come to these parks and plazas not to escape from the city, but to partake of it.
Produced by the Municipal Art Society of New York
Photography, William H. Whyte, Marilyn Russell; music by Bainbridge Brass Quintet.

Askwith Media Library 51365-D 1979 60 minutes

The Human Scale

On estimate, 50 % of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness, and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why?
Special features: NY opening Q&A with filmmaker and Talking Heads founder David Byrne; extended interviews; deleted scenes.
Jan Gehl, Rob Adams.
Andreas Dalsgaard

English dialogue; English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 62756-D 2012 77 minutes

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sample This: The Birth of HipHop

On the streets of the Bronx in the summer of 1973, DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from an obscure album and extended them by playing them back to back.
Propinquity Films presents a Dan Forrer film ; written and directed by Dan Forrer ; produced by Bob Burris.
Narrated by Gene Simmons, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, Roosevelt Grier.

Askwith Media Library 62761-D 2012  83 minutes

Monday, March 17, 2014



"Cecilia is a young actress who spends her days rehearsing. Viola, meanwhile, spends her time on a bike delivering pirated DVDs throughout the city. The film tells the story of a single day among the youth of Buenos Aires; Cecilia and Viola's stories are brought together by a coup de theatre which transforms their lives" -- Container.
Directed by Matías Piñeiro.
María Villar, Agustina Muñoz, Elisa Carricajo.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 61452-D 2013 63 minutes

Seeking Asian Female

"Steven is a 60-year-old white American parking lot attendant who dreams of marrying a young Asian woman. Debbie, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents his obsession expecting to expose his 'yellow fever' as he scours the Internet for potential brides. When Kianhua or 'Sandy' a 30-year-old woman from Anhui, China agrees to Steven's online proposal and moves to California to be his fiancée, unexpected complications arise for all three - bride, groom and filmmaker."--Container.
By Debbie Lum; Center for Asian American Media presents; a co production of Debbie Lum, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and KQED; written by Tina Nguyen, Amy Ferraris, Debbie Lum; produced [and] directed by Debbie Lum.
Photography, Debbie Lum; editors, Tina Nguyen, Amy Ferraris, Debbie Lum; music, Gordy Haab.

In English and Mandarin with subtitles in English.
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

Askwith Media Library 60859-D 2012 82 minutes

Weg nach Mekka: Reise des Muhammad Asad (A Road to Mecca: The Journey of Muhammad Asad)

"In the early 1920s Leopold Weiss, a Viennese Jew, alienated by the materialism and spiritual emptiness of the West, travelled to the Middle East, visiting Jerusalem, Egypt, the Transjordan and Saudi Arabia. After studying the Koran, he left his Jewish roots behind, converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Asad. A road to Mecca traces his spiritual journey, from the Arabian desert to Ground Zero, visiting the places where Asad lived and travelled. Archival footage and photos and excerpts from Asad's writings are blended with contemporary interviews with writers, historians, scholars, and his friends and associates, revealing Asad's legacy as a modern theological thinker."--Icarus Films.
Mischief Films presents; written and directed by Georg Misch; producer, Ralph Wieser.
Camera, Joerg Burger; editor, Marek Kralovsky; music, Jim Howard.

In English and multiple languages with English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 60861-D 2008 92 minutes


When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma's salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet. Only then can she take the first step to discovering her freedom and challenge the traditions and code of conduct in her village. Master documentarian Kim Longinotto trains her camera on an iconoclastic woman. Salma's extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience. Salma has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but as she witnesses upon her return to her home village, familial ties run deep, and change happens very slowly. The film shows why the goal of global education of girls is one the most critical areas of empowerment and development of women worldwide.
Director, Kim Longinotto; a Vixen Films production for Channel 4. Director of photography,; editor, Ollie Huddleston; music, Samuel Sim.

In Tamil with English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 62449-D 2013 89 minutes 

Partners in Crime

The film examines copyright issues and how technology is challenging the existing laws and boundaries, asking the important and financial question: Who owns this?
Producer, Magic Lantern Foundation; executive producer, Devi Pictures; director, Paromita Vohra.
Camera, Shanti Bhushan, Bakul Sharma; editor, Rihav Desai; music, Akshay Rajpurohit and Kuber Sharma.

In Hindi and English with English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 61875-D 2011 94 minutes

Chennai Express

The entertaining action-packed, hilarious story of a 40-year old bachelor, Rahul, who lands up on a totally unexpected journey that makes him realize the importance of love, life, relationships, and sacrifice. It's a train journey that not only takes Rahul accidentally to his destination, but also makes him realize the power of true love.
Disc 2: Special features: Making of the film -- Song Lungi dance... featuring Yo Yo Honey Singh.
UTV Motion Pictures & Red Chillies Entertainment present; screenplay, Yunus Sajawal; directed by Rohit Shetty; produced by Gauri Khan, Karim Morani, Ronnie Screwvala & Siddharth Roy Kapur.
Editor, Steven Bernard; choreographers, Chinni Prakash, Farah Khan, Raju Sundaram; music, Vishal & Shekhar; lyrics, Amitabh Bhattacharya; director of photography, Dudley; story, K Subhash; dialogues, Farhad-Sajid.
Deepika Padukone, Shahrukh Khan, Sathyaraj, Nikitin Dheer.

Hindi dialogue; optional English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 62748-D 2013  141 minutes 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cultures of Resistance

(Apologies for commercial at beginning.)

"In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. From Burma, where non-violent monks take on a dictatorship, to Brazil, where musicians transform guns into guitars, and myriad places in between, Cultures of Resistance celebrates the people standing up to exploitation and violence with artistic expression and creative activism"--Container.
Featuring Medellín Poets for Peace, Capoeira Masters From Brazil, Niger Delta Militants, Iranian graffiti artists, Women's movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon's refugee filmmakers, U.S. political pranksters, Indigenous Kayapó activists from the Xingu River, Israeli dissidents, Hip-Hop artists from Palestine, Saffron Revolution Burmese Monks.
Bonus material: Skateistan; Fishing under fire; Festival au Desert, Mali ; Muslimgauze; Coalition of the Billing; Militarization, Mutilation, and Minerals.
Caipirinha Productions presents; directed by Iara Lee; produced by George Gund.

Dialogue in English and other native languages throughout. Subtitles in English, German, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, French, Russian, and Portuguese.

You'll never see this film on western television. This is a must see. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57999-D  2011 73 minutes

Friday, March 7, 2014

Kinshasa Symphony

Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven's Ninth - 'Freude schoner Gotterfunken.' A power outage strikes just a few bars before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Congo. In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two putsches, various crises and a war. But concentration on the music and hopes for a better future keep them going.
With The Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste; Armand Diangienda, conductor.
A film by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer; produced by Sounding Images. Editor, Peter Klum; music, Jan Tilman Schade.

English dialogue; English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 58460-D 2011 95 minutes


Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities ingrained in her world. Hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring all at once, this groundbreaking film has charmed critics and audiences all over the globe.
Special features: Commentary with writer/director Haifaa Al Mansour; The making of Wadjda; Director's Guild of America Q&A with Haifaa Al Mansour.
A Sony Pictures Classics release; Razor Film in co-production with High Look Group and Rotana Studios, in cooperation with Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Bayerischer Rundfunk; co-producer, Amr Alkahtani; produced by Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner; written and directed by Haifaa Al Mansour.
Director of photography, Lutz Reitemeier; editor, Andreas Wodraschke; original music, Max Richter.

In Arabic or French (PAR); English or French subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); credits in parallel Arabic and English; some special features include English audio.

Askwith Media Library DVD and Blu-ray 62602-D 62602-B 2012 97 minutes

Had-anhad = Bounded-Boundless: Journeys with Ram and Kabir

"Kabir defied the boundaries between Hindu and Muslim, refusing to be labeled himself and sharply criticizing sectarianism. His name and upbringing were Muslim but his poetry often uses Hindu concepts and Hindu names for God, especially Ram. This film journeys in search of the "Ram" invoked in Kabir's poetry, delving into the heart of divisive Hindu-Muslim politics of religion and nationalism, encountering singers and lay people in India and Pakistan, probing the forces of history and politics that have created disputatiously diverse Rams, while also spawning many Kabirs."
The Kabir Project at Srishti presents; a film by Shabnam Virmani; direction, Shabnam Virmani.
Camera, Shabnam Virmani; script & editing, Shabnam Virmani with Rikhav Desai.

In English, Hindi, Punjab and Urdu with English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 54412-D 2008 103 minutes

Main Peteri: Perubatan Traditional

Documentary of Main Peteri, a dramatic performance from Kelantan. From the 17th or 18th century to the present, it embodies magical and ritual elements influenced by animism, Hinduism, and Islam. It is performed by two men called Tuk Peteri and Tuk Minduk, accompanied by a band of musicians called the Panjak. The main purpose of the performance is therapeutic, to stimulate and set free feelings within a sick person known as angin (wind). It also called main puteri or main teri.
Produced by Karya Emas Musical Productions.
Kota Bharu, Kelantan: Karya Emas Musical Productions: Edaran, Sincere Musical Trading, 2009
Rebabs: Paksu Jidi, Tok Mindok, Paksu Pa, Pak Hamat.

In Malay

Askwith Media Library 53196-D 2009 Volume 1 and 2 VCD

Islam Unknown

(Trailer Unavailable)

"A collection of eight conversations with unconventional Muslim intellectuals. In each episode, eclectic Dutch philosopher Fons Elders engages the thinkers in probing discussion on topics including gender, economics, sharia, secularism, colonialism, and the nature of religious authority. What emerges is a nuanced and illuminating series of contemporary perspectives on one of the world's great religions. The discussions take place in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, many of them filmed at the Huize Piranesi, a 19th-century Dutch farmhouse that has welcomed thinkers for decades. Each episode also includes beautiful footage of Islamic art and Muslims going about their daily lives and prayers. Elders' hope is that the conversations will contribute to a new understanding of the diversity of Islam, and to a decrease in Islamophobia among Americans and Europeans--a much-needed corrective to popular Western perceptions of Muslims"--Container insert.
disc 1. Asma Barlas. Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naʼim. Amna Nusayr -- disc 2. Reza Aslan. Anouar Majid. Ömer Özsoy. Mehmet Asutay.
Production, Elders Special Productions B.V.; interview, Fons Elders. Editing, Theo Raben.

Askwith Media Library 59117-D 2010 208 minutes 

Restless Natives

You start off being introduced to two bored lads, who are stuck in the worst jobs they could have imagined, in the heart of industrial Scotland. They decide to supplement their income by highway robbery but don't have the heart, or means, to use violence.
An Oxford Film Company production in association with Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment Ltd.; produced by Rick Stevenson; written by Ninian Dunnett; directed by Michael Hoffman.
Director of photography, Oliver Stapleton; music, Stuart Adamson.
Vincent Friell, Joe Mullaney, Teri Lally, and Ned Beatty.

Subtitled in English or Spanish; closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 59665-D 1985 90 minutes

War in the Mind


"It's called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the unending echo of battle etched in the brain may affect up to 15% of soldiers by some estimates. It can destroy families, and can leave its sufferers unable to work, addiction addled and changed. All the soldiers who bravely speak out in this film are doing so because they want us to understand what they endure. They also want to reach out to others who are suffering in silence, and may feel the only way of ending their pain is ending their lives... War in the Mind also investigates the issue of soldier suicide. Statistics from past and present wars tell the sad story of the magnitude of this problem. Families who have felt invisible, their sons' stories unacknowledged, tell of the impact of their loss. Yet this film also discovers that with effective treatment suicide can be prevented...". --Container.
A film by Judy Jackson; directed, written and produced by Judy Jackson; producer, Betsy Carson; Judy Films BC Inc.
Editor, Bonni Devlin; original music, Dennis Burke; narrator, Paul Gross.

In English with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired.

Askwith Media Library 59125-D 2011 64 minutes