Monthly Archives - May 2016

‘Of Kites and Borders’ and other titles from Third World Newsreel now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributor Third World Newsreel. The videos cover a variety of topics and includes the title Of Kites and Borders, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the San Diego Film Festival and the Havana Film Festival in New York. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The titles in this list are:

  • Of Kites and Borders – This film tells the story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US-Mexico border through the eyes of four working children in the city of Tijuana. Edie is a teen who smuggles immigrants into the United States while promising himself that he will never get worn-out working in the maquilas (assembly plants). Carmela is a nine-year old who knows more about work in the city’s dumps than about fairy tales, yet every day at sunset she dreams of a better life while watching the kites that fly over her slum. Lastly, brothers Adrián and Fernando don masks to conceal their youth and perform wrestling matches at busy intersections in order to support their family – all the while dreaming of traveling the world as famous Mexican luchadores.
  • All the Ladies Say – Veteran b-girl Ana “Rokafella” Garcia’s first documentary film All the Ladies Say features the work of female breakdancers in the United States, including Aiko, Baby Love, Beta, Lady Champ, Severe and Vendetta. This film raises awareness of the female presence in Hip-hop and promotes the growth of this dance community in the United States and internationally.

  • Hafu: The Mixed Race Experience in Japan – Hafu is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation.
  • Anomaly: A Documentary Film about Multiracial Identity – Anomaly is an award-winning documentary film that provides a thought-provoking look at multiracial identity by combining personal narratives with the larger drama of mixed race in American culture. The characters use spoken word and music to tell their stories of navigating identity, family and community in a changing world.
  • Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution – The invasion of Grenada by US forces in 1983 echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. What were the circumstances that led to this extraordinary chain of events? Forward Ever explores the achievements and shortcomings of the People’s Revolutionary Government of Grenada as it attempted to forge a new revolutionary society.
 All titles can be licensed from TWN films at

‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ and other titles from Video Project and AFD/Typecast Films on NJVID

NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from two commercial video distributors – The Video Project and AFD/Typecast Films. The content covers two diverse topics regarding women in Chernobyl, Ukraine and California, United States. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The titles in this list are:

  • The Babushkas of Chernobyl – In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers – scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’ – young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk. This film is also available as a shorter 52 minute version that is available here – Babushkas of Chernobyl (52 minute version).

This title can be licensed from Video Project at

  • Just a Piece of Cloth – This documentary unravels stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media about Muslim women. The video features four San Francisco Bay Area Muslim women from diverse backgrounds as they talk about what hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf, means to them and how it affects their daily lives. With humor, seriousness, and candor they speak from personal experience about this often controversial garment.

The title can be licensed from AFD/Typecast films at

‘Playing With Fire’ and other new titles from Women Make Movies now available on NJVID

NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributor Women Make Movies. The content covers a variety of topics related to womens rights, social justice, eco-feminism and includes a Sundance award winning documentary. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The titles in this list are:

  • Playing With Fire – Women Actors of Afghanistan – In Afghanistan, women deciding to be actors make a dangerous choice. Playing With Fire introduces us to six courageous Afghan women who share their passions for acting, dreams, and difficult realities.
  • India’s Daughter – India’s Daughter is the powerful story of the 2012, brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus of a 23 year old medical student, who later died from her injuries. In 2012, it made international headlines and ignited protests by women in India and around the world.

  • Dreamcatcher – “You got any dreams you wanna catch?” Sundance award winner Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute with a drug habit, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community, and works to help women and young girls break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution – A parallel, lesbian-feminist revolution was born out of the women’s and civil rights movements of the 60’s and 70’s. Filmmaker Myriam Fougère’s takes us on a road trip through the United States and Canada as she revisits the activists of the time who sparked this revolution to define their own culture.
  • Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth – A film that challenges the cultural imagination surrounding the destruction of the environment and its impact on femicide and genocide. Feed the Green features a variety of feminist thinkers, including ecological and social justice advocates.

  • Nada’s Revolution – A coming of age story in the wake of the Arab Spring, Nada’s Revolution is an intimate portrait of a young, post-revolution Egyptian woman fighting for her freedom and independence in a society caught between old traditions and modernization. Amidst the political turmoil that has paralyzed Egypt for almost three years, we follow Nada’s struggle to establish herself as an independent woman and theater professional as she sets out to make her old dream come true: to work with children’s theater.
  • The Room of Bones (El Cuarto de los Huesos) – This film follows the passage of four mothers in the Institute for Legal Medicine as they search for their children’s remains in the midst of three decades of social violence in El Salvador.
NJVID subscribers can contact to license any of the above titles for your members.

Films Media Group now offers attractive licensing discounts to all NJVID subscribers

All NJVID subscribers can now avail of attractive discounts for titles licensed from one of the largest educational media distributors – Films Media Group.
NJVID will digitize content that subscribers have licensed from FMG and make them available to your faculty, staff and students. The videos are closed captioned captioned and come with a host of rich features such as publisher clips, MARC records, annotations, playlists, reporting, license management tools and much more. All videos can be easily integrated with Learning Management Systems for seamless access to course members.
Simply quote NJVID during your purchase or reach out to our FMG representative Chris Dedrick ( to get the following discounts:

  • 25% off DVD purchases
  • 50% off DVD+streaming purchases
  • Additional 30% off bulk orders from 10-20 titles 
  • Additional 35% of bulk orders from 20+ titles
About Films Media Group
Films Media Group has been dedicated to providing high-quality educational media for over 50 years. Thier exclusive, award winning titles come from more than 850 producers worldwide. FMG provides students, librarians, and educators with authoritative, reliable resources supporting the curriculum across a wide variety of subject areas from history, science, and literature to careers, health, and social issues.
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NJVID now has videos from Tugg Educational available for licensed NJVID subscribers

Tugg Educational is our newest commercial video distributor offering content on NJVID. Higher Education institutions who subscribe to our service can now license content from Tugg and have it available in their media repository as well as use in their learning management systems.

About Tugg Educational:

Tugg Educational believes film has the ability to empower educators and enlighten students unlike any other medium. Tugg launched in 2012 as a crowdsourcing platform that enabled individuals to create film screenings at their local cinema. After thousands of theatrical events, Tugg Educational was created to serve the needs of the Educational and Non-Theatrical communities. Films from Tugg’s library of award-winning narratives and documentaries are being used in classrooms all over the world to further spark the love of learning.

For more information on the various offerings by Tugg Educational please visit