Remarkable Documentaries

21 Feb

By Toni Snee

Scituate Town Library has a sizable collection of documentaries. The list below is a selection of newer documentaries. Scituate Town Library owns a copy of each of these titles, and additional copies are available to you through the Old Colony Library network.  Request a copy to be delivered to Scituate for you and you can return it to Scituate or to any one of the network libraries.

Can you imagine 6 million of anything?  The students of Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee had trouble picturing that 6 million people were killed during the Holocaust.  Their solution, which turned into a school project, was to collect 1 paper clip for each person killed.  The documentary Paper Clips is the story of their project.

Among some artifacts loaned to the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center from the Auschwitz Museum was a suitcase.  Written on the suitcase were the name Hanna Brady, the number 625, and the word Waisenkind (orphan).  Intrigued, the museum director began a quest to learn the history of this suitcase and the person it belonged to.  Inside Hanna’s Suitcase is the story of their journey of discovery.

Brownstones to Red Dirt is a remarkable story of kids from the Bed-Stuy project in Brooklyn and orphans living in Freetown, Sierra Leone, who become pen pals.  Dreams of an African savanah full of wild animals and America where everyone lives in mansions with 3 car garages quickly give way to reality.

Herb & Dorothy tells the tale of an unassuming couple, living in a one bedroom apartment in New York City, who build one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world. More impressive is that Herb is a postal worker and Dorothy is a librarian!  Their collection has been donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Jig documents the 2010 40th Irish Dancing World Championships held in Glasgow.  Competitors include a teenager from Sri Lanka adopted and living in Sweden, a troupe of dancers from Russia, an American who’s family moved to England to fulfill his dreams, and ‘locals’ as well.

Becoming Santa follows Jack Sanderson as he transforms himself into Santa for a season.  Jack bleached is hair and beard, went to Santa Claus school in Denver to learn how to be a Santa, and had a Santa suit made.  Jack booked jobs as a sidewalk Santa for the Volunteers of America in NYC; a gig as the Santa for a Polar Express fundraiser in New Jersey; and as the Santa in the Quincy MA Christmas parade.

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