"The American Library Association (ALA) Film and Media Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2022 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 12 outstanding films released on video within the past two years... Its purpose is to call attention to recent releases that make a significant contribution to the world of film." This guide links to those titles held by the Saratoga Springs Public Library. For the complete list of titles from 2022, please visit the webpage cited below.
How It Feels to Be FreeTake an unprecedented look at the intersection of African American women artists, politics and entertainment and hear the story of how six trailblazing performers - Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier - changed American culture through their films, fashion, music, and politics.
Call Number: DVD 323.11 HOWI
Publication Date: 2021 1 disc (113 min.)
CollectiveIn 2015, a fire at Bucharest's Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists.
Call Number: DVD 362.1 COLL
Publication Date: 2021 1 disc (109 min.)
StrayThrough the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, the film explores what it means to live without status or security.
Call Number: DVD 363.78 STRA
Publication Date: 2021 1 disc (72 min.)
The Reason I JumpAn immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world.
Call Number: DVD 616.85 REAS
Publication Date: 2021 1 disc (82 min.)
The Donut KingThe rags to riches story of Ted Ngoy, a Cambodian refugee arriving in America in 1975 and building a multi-million-dollar empire baking America's favorite pastry, the donut.
Call Number: DVD 647.95 DONU
Publication Date: 2020 1 disc (94 min.)
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame StreetThe show takes audiences inside the hearts and minds of the Sesame Street creators, artists, and educators who established one of the most influential and enduring children's programs in television history.
Call Number: DVD 791.45 STRE
Publication Date: 2021 1 disc (107 min.)
John Lewis: Good TroubleUsing interviews and rare archival footage, this chronicles Lewis's 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.
Call Number: DVD 328.73 JOHN
Publication Date: 2020 1 disc (96 min.)
HoneylandHatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice.
MaidenThe true story of skipper Tracy Edwards and the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World race.
Call Number: DVD 797.12 MAID
Publication Date: 2019 1 disc (97 min.)
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmFrom her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to '70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.
Call Number: DVD 813.54 TONI
Publication Date: 2019 1 disc (120 min.)
River and the WallFive friends travel 1,200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes and canoes to explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment.
Call Number: DVD 917.64 RIVE
Publication Date: 2019 1 disc (105 min.)
They Shall Not Grow OldMarking the centenary of the First World War, internationally renowned director Peter Jackson uses the voices of the veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation.
Call Number: DVD 940.3 THEY
Publication Date: 2019 1 disc (99 min.)
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My VoiceLinda Ronstadt has been an icon for more than 50 years. Her extraordinary vocal range and ambition created unforgettable songs across rock, pop, country, folk ballads, American standards, classic Mexican music, and soul.
Call Number: DVD B RONS
Publication Date: 2019 1 disc (93 min.)
RBGA look at the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Call Number: DVD 347.73 RBG
Publication Date: 2018 1 disc (98 min.)
McQueenA personal look at the extraordinary life, career, and artistry of Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals and music, it is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary.
Quest: A Portrait of an American FamilyIt is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood.
Rebels on PointeExploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, this film is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The notorious all-male, drag ballet company was founded over 40 years ago in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has a passionate cult following around the world.
Call Number: DVD 792.8 REBE
Publication Date: 2017 1 disc (90 min.)
After AuschwitzA "Post-Holocaust" documentary that follows six extraordinary women, capturing what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life. These women serve as our guides on an unbelievable journey, sometimes celebratory, sometimes heart breaking, but always inspiring.
Call Number: DVD 940.53 AFTE
Publication Date: 2018 1 disc (82 min.)
I Am Not Your NegroRaoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present.
Call Number: DVD 323.11 IAMN
Publication Date: 2017 1 disc (94 min.)
The Talk: Race in AmericaA two-hour film about “the talk” that parents have with their children of color (primarily boys) to teach them how to act around the police [and other law enforcement officials] in order to remain safe. [Published by PBS and directed by documentary filmmaker Samuel Pollard.]
Call Number: DVD 363.23 TALK
Publication Date: 2017 1 disc (120 min.)
Whose Streets?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 St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy.
Call Number: DVD 364.13 WHOS
Publication Date: 2017 1 disc (102 min.)
Tower[In] 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire…in what was a previously unimaginable event. This documentary combines archival footage with animated re-enactments of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies.
Call Number: DVD 364.15 TOWE
Publication Date: 2017 1 disc (82 min.)
NewtownThree years after the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, CT that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators on December 14, 2012, the small New England town is a complex psychological web in the wake of yet another act of mass killing…
Call Number: DVD 371.782 NEWT
Publication Date: 2017 1 disc (83 min.)
Dawson City: Frozen TimePieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brought 100,000 prospectors to the area.
Call Number: DVD 384.8 DAWS
Publication Date: 2017 1 disc (120 min.)
KediHundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives… Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame, and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt.
Call Number: DVD 636.89 KEDI
Publication Date: 2016 1 disc (79 min.)
David Lynch: The Art of LifeAn absorbing portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself. From the privacy of his home and painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, a candid Lynch conjures people and places from his past…in stories that unfold like scenes from his movies.
Call Number: DVD 791.43 DAVI
Publication Date: 2017 1 disc (88 min.)
GleasonAfter diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son. Steve chose to live with purpose for his son, wife, and others with ALS.