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New and worth noting…
Fruitvale Station. Based on a true story, this outstanding feature film focuses on a young black man who is struggling to survive and help support his daughter against seemingly insurmountable odds and who is murdered by subway police. None of the characters are portrayed as perfect or as Hollywood cliches, which only adds to the credibility of the film’s indictment of American racism.
The Patience Stone. A poor Afghani woman takes care of her husband who is in a coma after taking a bullet in the head. With no one else to talk to, she begins to talk to him. Because he can’t hear her, she gives voice to feelings she has never been free to express and tells about past events that until now she kept hidden.
The Story of Luke. In this appealing independent feature film, a 25-year-old autistic man who was abandoned by his mother when he was four has to confront life after the death of the grandparents who took him in. As he begins to set new expectations for himself, other people in his life learn and grow with him.
A Burning Question is a 53-minute Irish documentary about the “debate” about climate change. Along with Default, a 27-minute film about student debt, it is one of many documentaries available from the Media Education Foundation.
The Hunt. A male nursery school teacher is accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in this well-done Danish feature film. Only the accused and the accuser know that the allegations are false. The film shows how a community’s well-intentioned, self-reinforcing response can lead to tragic injustice.
Bert Stern: Original Mad Man. A candid documentary profiles the famous photographer who changed the way Madison Avenue used images in advertising and who took many of the most well known pictures of Marilyn Monroe and other leading actresses and models.
The Climate Challenge by Guy Dauncey (New Society). A majority of Americans want action on climate change, but most have little information about the problem or possible solutions. This book helps fill that void with readable explanations and specifics steps that can be taken by individuals, activists, communities, businesses, farmers, industries, and public officials.
Toward Sustainable Communities by Mark Roseland (New Society). What can communities do to move toward greater energy efficiency, food security, waste reduction and recycling, and other key components of a more sustainable future?
Recyling Reconsidered by Samantha MacBride (MIT). A professor argues that new policy alternatives are needed because recycling has not adequately addressed our unsustainable production of solid waste.
Chasing Gideon by Karen Houppert (The New Press). It’s been 50 years since the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that defendants facing significant jail time have a constitutional right to free counsel if they can’t afford to pay for their own defense. Today, 80 percent of criminal defendants are served by public defenders. Houppert uses four case studies to show that this severely under-resourced system generally does not come even close to providing “equal justice under law.”
A People’s Art History of the United States by Nicolas Lampert (The New Press). A fascinating book examines the role visual images have played in activist movements throughout American history. The author was “particularly drawn to the examples…where the decisions made by artists were controversial and confounding” –because “analyzing histories that are deeply complicated helps us learn.”
How to Make Trouble and Influence People by Iain McIntyre (PM Press). A collection from Australia of anecdotes, images, and interviews about direct action tactics used over the past 240 years.
A Spoon for Every Bite by Joe Hayes (Cinco Puntos). A rich man mocks his poor neighbors, but they have the last laugh in this bilingual children’s book.
The Coyote Under the Table by Joe Hayes (Cinco Puntos). A bilingual book of ten entertaining folk tales for older children.
Gather at the Table by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan (Beacon). A descendant of slaves and a descendant of slave traders spent many hours together over a three-year period, visiting historic sites and getting to know each other’s families. From very different perspectives, each of them wrote along the way about their experiences of race.
Photographs Not Taken edited by Will Steacy (Daylight). More than 60 professional photographers describe memorable scenes they experienced but, for a wide variety of reasons, did not photograph.
Che on My Mind by Margaret Randall (Duke University). An American writer and activist who lived in Cuba for many years looks beyond today’s ever-present, iconic images of Che Guevara to explore the complexity of his life and legacy.
The American Way of Poverty by Sasha Abramsky (Nation Books). When America has more wealth than ever before, why are more people poor, what are their lives like, and what could be done?
The Machine by Lee Fang (The New Press). A guide to who started and funded the Tea Party, the fight to block reform of Wall Street and the health insurance system, and state-based groups that claim to be independent “research” and “media” organizations but carry out a coordinated corporate-right agenda.
Power from the People by Greg Pahl (Chelsea Green). Case studies describe communities that have tried to increase sustainable local energy generation and efficiency.
Wrong Turn by Colonel Gian Gentile (The New Press).A professor at West Point and former U.S. military commander in Iraq questions the wisdom of U.S. strategies of counterinsurgency, nation building, and “securing” other countries.
The Last Gun by Tom Diaz (The New Press). The U.S. increase in gun violence, far beyond what is found in other wealthy industrialized countries, is a direct result of marketing strategies by gun manufacturers.
Killing Machine by Lloyd C. Gardner (The New Press). Obama has extended the unilateral powers of the president to use weapons such as drones and to assassinate individuals abroad without declaring war or getting approval from Congress. How will future presidents use those powers?
Still Fighting the War by Slaid Cleaves. A mixture of creative songs about working class realities (Rust Belt Fields, Welding Burns, Hometown USA, and the title song), traditional country music themes (I’ll Bet She Does and Gone), and whimsical humor (Texas Love Song).
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight by Neko Case. The best song in this collection from the indie rocker is Nearly Midnight, Honolulu, about a child she saw being screamed at by her mother while waiting for a bus.
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