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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Dewey the Cat’s Favorite: Kedi

Dewey the Cat’s Favorite: Kedi (2017, dir. Ceyda Torun) 80 minutes. Oscilloscope Laboratories. DVD and blu-ray. Available from various distributors. In Turkish with English subtitles. A city symphony of Istanbul told through the eyes of its street cats and the community that cares for them.

Last Man in Aleppo

Last Man in Aleppo (2017, dir. Feras Fayyad and Steen Johannessen) 104 minutes. Grasshopper Film. DVD. Available from Grasshopper ( and various distributors. Arabic with English subtitles. During the Syrian civil war, residents from the town of Aleppo risk their lives as White Helmets, search and rescue volunteers. A harrowing and heartbreaking look at daily life, death and struggle in the streets of the besieged city.

The Pearl Button

The Pearl Button (2016, dir. Patricio Guzman) 82 minutes. Kino Lorber Films. DVD and blu-ray. Available from Kino Lorber ( and other distributors. Spanish with English subtitles. Through stunning cinematography and poetic juxtapositions, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman explores the importance of water to Chile’s history and culture.

Political Animals

Political Animals (2017, dir. Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares) 87 minutes. Gravitas Ventures. DVD and blu-ray. Available from various distributors. CC. The film follows four groundbreaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of the California state legislature.

The Talk: Race in America

The Talk: Race in America (2017, dir. Samuel D. Pollard) 115 minutes. PBS. A powerful film about 'the talk' that parents must have with their children of color to teach them how to act around the police in order to remain safe. Interweaves personal narratives of police violence against innocent young victims.


Tower (2016, dir. Keith Maitland) 82 minutes. Kino Lorber. DVD and blu-ray. Available from Kino-Lorber ( and various distributors. CC. On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included sixteen dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to comprehend the tragedy. Through the dynamic combination of archival footage and rotoscopic animation, Tower reveals the untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting.

Whose Streets?

Whose Streets? (2017, dir. Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis) 101 minutes. Magnolia Home Entertainment. DVD. Available from various distributors. Does not include captioning. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of Ferguson, Missouri. Footage shot on cellphones and hand-held video cameras lend the film an immediacy and urgency in this unflinching look at the uprising told by the activists and leaders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.