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The Life and Work of Frank Hurley
"Frank Hurley's pictures bring an ill-fated Antarctic voyage back to life - absolutely first-rate photojournalism by a cameraman who had no reasonable expectation of survival." -Time Magazine "Photography within the…
Vasco da Gama 's Voyage of Discovery
"Recommended. There is some great footage of the voyage and the numerous memorials that still survive; also the viewer becomes a member of the crew and recreates the daily landings,…
In Caribou Country - The Adventures of W.B. Cabot
"Recommended. Pictures of the Naskapi people and the harsh landscape are strikingly detailed. The faces and expressions are vivid and clear." -EMRO Review "Some of the artifacts Cabot gathered, including…

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Vasco da Gama 's Voyage of Discovery
Part of the Series: Great Explorers Series
"Recommended. There is some great footage of the voyage and the numerous memorials that still survive; also the viewer becomes a member of the crew and recreates the daily landings, discoveries, and trials of the participants." -EMRO Review A stunning epic, re-tracing the steps of the intrepid voyage to India…
In Caribou Country - The Adventures of W.B. Cabot
Part of the Series: Great Explorers Series
"Recommended. Pictures of the Naskapi people and the harsh landscape are strikingly detailed. The faces and expressions are vivid and clear." -EMRO Review "Some of the artifacts Cabot gathered, including a drum, a bow and arrow, caribou-skin mittens and a pouch, and moccasins, are on display at Harvard's Peabody Museum…
Siliva the Zulu
This is a heavily fictionalized account of Zulu life in 1927. Made by an Italian team that included the famous anthropologist Lidio Cipriani, it weaves genuine enthnographical elements into a fantasy of love, witchcraft, and betrayal.
African Jim
A simple story of a country lad who comes to the city to look for work, takes some knocks while adjusting to city life, but comes out on top when his singing talent is discovered. In 1949, two expatriate Britishers, producer Eric Rutherford and director Donald Swanson, made African Jim.…
Zonk!
Following up on the success of African Jim, but with higher production values, Zonk! shows the extraordinary cultural range available to township Africans, from the many ethnic strains of music from South Africa itself to contemporary American jazz and popular music, eagerly copied and Africanized. Zonk! confirms that despite the…
De Voortrekkers (Winning a Continent)
White version of the Great Trek of the Boer people across South Africa - actually, the invasion of Zulu land. This silent film shows the villainy and treachery of the Zulus and the heroism of the whites. But in its renegade Zulu character Sobuza (played by the actor Goba), who…
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The Great Empire of the Han Dynasty
Much of the world in 200 B.C. was entering nearly 600 years of instability: but something different was happening in China and Rome. Focus on the first of these two powers, each of which would shape a stable empire for the next four centuries.
When Neandertal Met HomoSapiens
80,000 years ago, Neanderthal and our direct ancestor Homo-Sapiens had not just lived together. They also had relationships... A new version of "Beauty and the Beast"! Thanks to the Max Planck Institute of Leipzig, Deutschland, we now know that this prehistorical romance is credible. The study of 60% of the…
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy
Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But what holds many of us back from unearthing our family history is uncertainty about how to go about it. Discover which resources you should use and trust, how…
Interviewing Kin and Mining Home Sources
One of the foundations of genealogy (and one of its most enjoyable aspects): interviewing relatives. Here, Dr. Colletta introduces you to several strategies and 10 vital tips to help you get the most out of sitting down with family members and transforming pleasant conversations into solid foundations for future detective…
Genealogy Online - Gems and Junk
It's unthinkable to do genealogy today without the Internet. But not all online sources are reliable. First, take a look at the benefits (and drawbacks) of government, nonprofit, and commercial online sites. Then, learn how to make sense of U.S. population censuses - the most important record for constructing lineage…