ALA Film and Media Round Table announces 2019 Notable Videos for Adults list

For Immediate Release
Sun, 01/27/2019


Tiffany Hudson


FMRT Notable Videos for Adults Committee

SEATTLE – The American Library Association (ALA) Film and Media Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2019 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video. The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.

The Notable Videos for Adults Committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 63 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults. The availability of closed captions (CC) and/or subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH) is preferred; inclusion of the same is indicated below.

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.

An autistic activist and writer comes of age, breaks boundaries and claims his voice.

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 (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. (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 (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 (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.

Quest (2017, dir. Jonathan Olshefski) 104 minutes.First Run Features. DVD. Available from various distributors. SDH.

An intimate portrait of the life of a North Philadelphia family and their community filmed over a period of ten years.

RBG (2018, dir. Julie Cohen and Betsy West) 98 minutes. Magnolia Home Entertainment. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from various distributors. SDH.

Spanning the life and career of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the film explores her impact on American law, feminism, and popular culture.

Rebels on Pointe (2017, dir. Bobbi Jo Hart) 90 minutes. Icarus Films. DVD. Available from various distributors. CC.

Celebrate "the world's foremost all-male comic ballet company" with a look into Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Share the ups and downs of the professional and personal lives of this tight-knit troupe.

Rumble: The Indians That Rocked the World (2017, dir. Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maoirana) 103 minutes. Kino Lorber. DVD. Available from various distributors. CC.

This film reveals the contributions of pioneering Native American musicians to popular music.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018, dir. Morgan Neville) 94 minutes. Focus Features. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from various distributors. SDH.

A nostalgic retrospective about the creation of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and impact the show and its creator, Fred Rogers, had on children’s educational television.

The Notable Videos for Adults Committee members are:

Tiffany Hudson, Salt Lake City Public Library, Utah (Chair)

Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services, Missouri

Cecilia Cygnar, Niles-Maine District Library, Illinois

Bryan McGeary, Waidner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania

Michele McKenzie, Library & Learning Resources, City College of San Francisco, California

Kathleen Morley, The Seattle Public Library, Washington

Michael Pasqualoni, Syracuse University Libraries, New York

Michele Zwierski, Nassau Library System, New York