‘Dervishes of Kurdistan’ and other videos from Films Media Group are the latest titles digitized by NJVID team this week. The content includes topics such as China’s economy, education, inerracial marriage and more. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:
- Dervishes of Kurdistan: Disappearing World – The village of Baiveh, in Iran’s rugged mountain frontier with Iraq, is home to a group of Kurds who belong to the Quadiri dervishes, a mystical cult of Islam. This program examines the role that religion plays in their daily lives – through ceremonies like the Zikr, in which the dervishes work themselves into an ecstatic trance, able then to endure electric shocks and pass skewers through their flesh without apparently hurting themselves.
- Sherpas: Disappearing World – Sherpa Tenzing, the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, came from the Nepalese village of Thami. Sherpas have since become famous as mountaineer guides, but little is known of their daily village lives and the fierce individualism that characterizes them. This film looks at the contrasting lives of three brothers from Thami.
- China or Bust! Chasing Success in the World’s Fastest-Growing Economy – There are fortunes to be made in China today—but fortune-seekers from overseas face immense challenges. This program offers three engaging business case studies,
each following a Western entrepreneur who grapples with Chinese business practices and culture. Tony Caldera’s cushion business has been ruined by Chinese imports, but he hopes for a turnaround by building a factory here. Peter Williams is about to embark on the toughest challenge of his life: selling an energy-saving device to the Chinese. Finally, there’s Vance Miller, who gained notoriety for selling cheap Chinese kitchens in Britain. Now he’s in China, determined to overcome setbacks.
- Interracial Marriage – Two generations ago it was a recipe for social ostracism; a generation ago the tongues wagged; and now there are some once totally clannish ethnic groups with a 60% rate of intermarriage. This program examines how and why couples of different colors, religions, and ethnic roots are drawn to one another, how their differences affect their marriages, how they deal with their friends, and how their parents make peace with the children-in-law they wish were of their own race or background.
- Best Kept Secret – JFK High School, located in a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years. When they all graduate, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world- a job or rare placement in a recreational center – so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.