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Filmography - New Acquisitions: May 2014 - July 2015: Education

These are select lists from the DVDs purchased by Media Services in the last year.

Education - New acquisitions May 2014 - July 2015

Media Services is continually adding DVDs and streaming videos to the library collection. This is a snapshot of some of the titles purchased in the last year under various subject areas.

Older, more complete filmographies for these topics can be found on the filmographies index page. Because it takes time to research and compile full filmographies, they may not contain the most recent titles acquired by the library. The library catalog always has an up to date listing of all Media Services items.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible.  All DVDs listed below are located in Media Services on the Lower Level of Bender Library. To search the library’s complete videos holdings (including streaming videos) search the library catalog at:


May 2014 - July 2015 Additions


180 days: a year inside an American high school. 2013. 2 videodiscs (ca. 240 min.). Gives space and breadth to our nation’s education reform debate by giving the audience a first-hand view of what happens in a school that meets the needs of the most challenged students in new and sometimes non-traditional ways. DVD 7631.


American promise. 2014. 1 videodisc (135 min.).  Spans thirteen years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 11531.


The education of Mohammad Hussein. 2014. 1 videodisc (approximately 38 min.). There is an entire generation of American Muslim children who do not know a world before September 11, 2001. These children have never experienced a country which is largely unaware of, or neutral about, Islam. Instead, their faith is scrutinized and patriotism questioned, even before they can grasp these very adult concepts. The film gives a quietly searing view of a post-9/11 America that is struggling to live up to its promise of tolerance and civil justice for all. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 11535.


The graduates = Los graduados. 2013. 1 videodisc (120 min.). This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 11440.

Ivory tower : is college worth the cost?. 2014. 1 videodisc (90 min.). Is college worth the cost? Groundbreaking filmmaker Andrew Rossi asks the critical question about the value of higher education, revealing how colleges have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. With student-loan debt now over the one trillion dollar mark, the once-great American institution is at a breaking point. The film explores the current education crisis from the halls of Harvard, to community colleges, to online learning. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6610

Maestra (teacher). 2013. 1 videodisc (33 min.). Interviews participants of the Cuban literacy campaign of 1961, showing original film footage of the movement. DVD 4035.


Where there’s a will there’s an A: how to get better grades in college. 1986. 2 videodiscs (ca. 2 hrs. 41 min.).       Seminars provide students with information on how to succeed in college by learning more in less time. Tips range from knowing where to sit in class to how to study for tests. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 12081.

Why do these kids love school?. 1990. 1 videodisc (60 min.). Examines alternative approaches to education, first profiling a 70-year-old independent school, then visiting eight public schools around the country which have introduced innovative programs. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 12053.