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The Independent Auteur
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
While one half of Hollywood is the glitz and glamor of the studios, the other half is the Indie. This film examines the independent auteur, the author of the avant-garde literature of modern American film.
The Human Brain
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
The Human Brain, lays out the neural-biochemical nature of the brain and examines the relationship of the brain to drugs of abuse.
Hinduism: 330 Million Gods
Part of the Series: The Long Search
Traces the Indian religious experience in two highly contrasting locations: the bustling city of Benares where millions come to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, and the small village of Bhith Bhagwanpur, unvisited except by professional story tellers…
Drugs of Abuse
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Drugs of Abuse, shows how mind-altering drugs have been an ever-present part of human culture, the positive and negative effects of drugs of abuse and how they influence the brain and consequently affect mood and behavior.
Judaism: The Chosen People
Part of the Series: The Long Search
What is it that makes a Jew a Jew? In New York, Elie Wiesel, author and survivor of the concentration camps, tries to define it. In London, Nobert Brainin and the Amadeus Quartet carry the argument further, both in words…
Documentary and Experimental Film
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
The process of documenting ordinary or exceptional events in such a way that they tell a compelling story is the skill set that documentary filmmakers bring to moviemaking. This film describes the genre of short documentaries and experimental films from…
Religion In Indonesia: The Way of the Ancestors
Part of the Series: The Long Search
There are almost 200 million people scattered across the world who belong to tribal religions that are local, exclusive and frequently animist - i.e., they believe that inanimate objects and natural phenomena possess a soul. Though no single group can…
Animation
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
This film traces the evolution of Animation from the earliest feature, Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur, and the genius of Walt Disney to the CGI megahits of studios like Pixar in Animation's Second Golden Age.
The Summer Blockbuster
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
In the 1970s Hollywood escaped slow financial ruin with the introduction of the summer Blockbuster. This film shows how this idea not only redefined Hollywood, it established one of the cinema's greatest financial marvels - the franchise.
Buddhism: The Buddhism: The Land of the Disappearing Buddha-Japan
Part of the Series: The Long Search
If the Buddha of India met the Buddha of Japan, would they recognize each other? To find out, this program talks to the staff in a Tokyo restaurant who keep regular Zen meditation schedules as part of their job, then…
Taoism: A Question of Balance-China
Part of the Series: The Long Search
In our search for Chinese religious experience, we go to Taiwan. A whole pantheon of gods both local and imported from the mainland are worshipped in thousands of Buddhist and Taoist temples. Several strands make up the religious life of…
The Tools of Human Geography
Part of the Series: Human Geography
Alec Murphy introduces the techniques and tools of human geography that human geographers have developed for understanding the ever-changing human landscape. It is this knowledge that is proving to be absolutely critical for success in the complex, globally interconnected world…
Drugs in the Brain
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Drugs in the Brain, discusses how drugs of abuse change the most fundamental information processing networks in the brain by hijacking and changing neural networks.
Immigrant Filmmakers
Part of the Series: The Great Directors
Hollywood has always attracted foreign directors with superb cinematic dreams, including visionaries such as Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and Ang Lee. This film describes the impact of immigrant filmmakers not only on American cinema, but on the story…
Footprint of the Buddha-India
Part of the Series: The Long Search
To Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and India to discover the type of Buddhism practiced throughout southeast Asia. Among those we meet are Buddhist monks-including one American, school children, novices and housewives. Each offers something from his own experience to help us…
Islam: There is no God but God
Part of the Series: The Long Search
It is said in Islam that every child is born Muslim by nature: he has the belief in his heart of one God. Over 400 million people profess Islam, and its numbers are said to be growing. In this program…
Overcoming Addiction
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
The addict's brain has changed and, consequently, recovering from alcohol and substance abuse can be a long and complex process. Program 4: Overcoming Addiction shows how understanding that full-blown addiction is a brain disease is revolutionizing the definition of addiction…
Catholicism: Rome, Leeds and the Desert
Part of the Series: The Long Search
Catholicism, especially since Vatican II, has undergone many changes. In this episode filmed in Rome, Spain and England, we discover the diversity and the unity of the religious experience labeled the Holy Catholic Church.
Directions for the Future
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Recent discoveries by neuroscientists have changed the conversation around addiction, providing answers and raising new questions that point to new directions in understanding the brain and its relationship with drugs of abuse. Program 5: Directions for the Future, examines how…
Orthodox Christianity: The Rumanian Solution
Part of the Series: The Long Search
The Orthodox churches in Eastern Europe seem to be bound to the Communist states in essentially loveless marriages, except in Rumania. The Rumanian Orthodox Church is still seen as an important aspect of Rumania's cultural heritage and ethnic identity. The…