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This month we have exciting new content from First Run Features, Green Planet Films, Films Media Group, and, newly added, Collective Eye Films! See below for more on Through A Lens DarklySand Wars, Cell Biology, and Walking the Camino!

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action.

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Sand Wars is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Due to the high demand for sand, the planet’s reserves are being threatened. Three-quarters of the world’s beaches are in decline and bound to disappear as victims of erosion, or of sand smuggling. Triggered by building construction, smuggling bands, or “sand mafias,” plunder beaches and rivers for this highly prized commodity. Sand Wars will take us around the world to witness this new gold rush firsthand.

Purchase Sand Wars for your institution here. DVD and digital streaming available!

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Updates for this film will be made Monday, August 4, 2014. Please check back for access.

They are the basic building blocks of life, but in reality there’s nothing “basic” about cells—the complex, versatile units of matter that make up all life on Earth. In this four-part video series, rich animation brings the intricate inner workings of cells to life, while a congenial host guides viewers through the essentials of cell biology: cell structure and function (of both animal and plant cells), cell metabolism and respiration, cell division and growth, and a focus on stem cells, cellular differentiation, genetics, and the potential that stem cells have for medical use. No-nonsense and to the point, each video is an arrangement of short, discrete segments that make this series ideal for breaking up lectures.

Get the Cell Biology: Structure, Function, and Processes streaming or on DVD today.

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Available for Pre-Order August 26!

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago is an up-close look at the ancient spiritual pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James. Since the ninth century, millions have embarked on this pilgrimage across northern Spain. There are many routes to Santiago, and Walking the Camino focuses on the most well traveled: the Camino Francés, which begins in St. Jean Pied de Port and ends in Santiago de Compostela. This 500 mile long journey leads each pilgrim to Santiago and most importantly, it ultimately leads them to their true selves. 

Following the journeys of six modern-day pilgrims as they cope with blisters, exhaustion, and loneliness, Walking the Camino explores the universal themes of this physically challenging, spiritually nourishing, and profoundly enlightening journey. While each of the six pilgrims walks the Camino for different reasons and with varied backgrounds, they each experience personal triumphs over their own doubts and fears. There is no single right way to live life, nor is there a single right way to walk the Camino. Walking the Camino not only illustrates the importance that we must each follow our own path in life, it encourages and inspires us to do so wholeheartedly