Notable Videos for Adults

About the Notable Videos for Adults
Notable Videos for Adults is a list of 15 outstanding programs released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults.

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After Auschwitz

After Auschwitz (2017, dir. Jon Kean) 83 minutes. Passion River Films. DVD. Available from various distributors. CC. Chronicles the inspiring story of six Jewish women who survived the Holocaust. A testimonial to their struggles and accomplishments following liberation from the camps, and migration to new lives in a post-war America.


Deej (2017, dir. Robert Rooy) 72 minutes. Rooy Media. DVD. Available at SDH.

The Departure

The Departure (2017, dir. Lana Wilson) 87 minutes. Allied Vaughn. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from various distributors. Japanese w/ English subtitles. A Japanese Buddhist monk counsels suicidal people. His empathy and devotion to helping others takes its toll on his health, well-being and family.


Dolores (2017, dir. Peter Bratt) 95 minutes. PBS Distribution. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from various distributors. SDH. The story of labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the first farmworkers union in the United States. Follows her fights against abuses by powerful owners, influence on other politicians and activists, and personal sacrifices faced within a life dedicated to social justice.

Finding Kukan

Finding Kukan (2016, dir. Robin Lung) 75 minutes. New Day Films. DVD. Available at New Day Films. CC. A look at the life of Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited female film producer who co-produced Kukan, the 1942 Academy Award-winning documentary film on China that was lost for years.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening. (2018, dir. Ramell Ross) 75 minutes. Cinema Guild. DVD. CC, SDH. In this impressionistic portrayal of everyday life in Hale County, Alabama we see a series of images in a non-narrative structure that shows an inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people.


Jackson (2016, dir. Maisie Crow) 92 minutes. Collective Eye Films. DVD. Available at Collective Eye and various distributors. CC. Examines the complexities of access to reproductive healthcare in America by following staff at Mississippi’s sole remaining abortion clinic, an anti-abortion movement leader, and a young mother of four facing another unplanned pregnancy.

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes and Feeling

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes and Feeling (2018, dir. Tracy Heather Strain) 118 minutes. California Newsreel. DVD. Available from California Newsreel. CC,SDH. A look at the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry, “A Raisin in the Sun” playwright and activist.


McQueen (2018, dir. Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui) 111 minutes. Bleecker Street Media. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from various distributors. CC,SDH. Follows the life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen and his rise from tailor to helming his own successful fashion house before taking his own life.

My Love Affair With the Brain

My Love Affair With the Brain (2016, dir. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg) 57 minutes. Bullfrog Films. DVD. Available from Bullfrog Films and SDH. Dr. Marian Diamond, a barrier-breaking neuroscientist, shares her love of the human brain and its limitless potential.