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1. La Casa Ausente [2013]

2 videodiscs, each 55 min : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; stereo; Dolby. Video: NSTC. Digital: video file; DVD video; all regions.
  • disc 1. Spanish version
  • disc 2. Spanish version with English subtitles.
Pioneering architect Fernando Abruña Charneco, FAIA, confronts climate change with his sustainable constructions. An apprentice of R. Buckminster Fuller, Charneco puts nature first before erecting a building -- a practice which would later be labeled as sustainable green architecture.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
"Tierralismo is a beautiful film about the Alamar 'oraganiponico' (organic cooperative farm) located outside of Havana." -- from back cover
Media & Microtext Center

3. Gringo trails [2013]

1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; Dolby. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video; region 1.
  • Jungle adventure
  • Salt Desert, Bolivia
  • The myth of Timbuktu
  • Paradise lost in Thailand
  • Bhutan's gross national happiness
  • Doing tourism "right"
  • Conclusion
A timely documentary that raises urgent questions about how we travel and the unintended cultural and environmental consequences of tourism around the globe. Gringo Trails follows well-worn travelers' routes through Bolivia, Thailand, Mali, and Bhutan and reveals the complex relationships between colliding cultures, such as the host countries' need for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences. Through the stories of both travelers and locals, the film explores the dramatic impact of travel and tourism around the world over the past 30 years, highlighting the cases of the Amazon Tuichi River and Uyuni (Bolivia), Ko Phangan (Thailand), Timbuktu (Mali) and Bhutan.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (53 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half and food imports cut by 80 percent, people were desperate. This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy. In the context of global Peak Oil worries, Cuba is an inspiring vision of hope. The approximate running time is 53 minutes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • A different city
  • Urban growth boundary
  • Regional government
  • Saving farmland
  • Foundations of planning
  • One town vs. the region
  • Revolt against the system
  • Finding the middle ground
  • Revitalizing the city
  • Transportation alternatives
  • Growing more compactly
  • Disparity and dissent
  • Citizen participation
  • Casting the vote
  • Shaping the future.
Chronicles the complex challenges of becoming a more sustainable metropolis and shows the difficulties of planning in the 21st century as cities confront issues of economic development, gentrification, local food and farming, property rights, preservation, and civic participation.
Media & Microtext Center

6. H2Omx [2013]

1 videodisc (approximately 77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mexico City was built not near water but in the middle of a lake. To supply it with fresh water is such a task that it makes it compulsory to bring it from other states. In addition, once sewage water leaves the city, it ends up in agriculture. This film is an environmental case study of the Valley of Mexico as it struggles to save itself while its population grows. Can a mega-city mobilize its 22 million citizens to become water sustainable?
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; stereo; Dolby Digital 2.0. Video: NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video; all regions.
"Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture, ' which uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes"--Container.
Media & Microtext Center
1 videodisc (38 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
This video profiles Cuban farmers and scientists working to reinvent a sustainable agriculture, based on ecological principles and local knowledge rather than imported agricultural inputs. In their quest for self-sufficiency, Cubans combine time-tested traditional methods with cutting-edge biotechnology.
Media & Microtext Center
1 streaming video file (24 min.).
This is a report from the 2002 World Social Forum in Brazil, where 50,000 grassroots delegates from 131 countries discussed social and environmental problems facing the planet and how to solve them.

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