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Movies are checked out for one week - unlike music and books.

July list by Nanette Alderman
Africa's Great Civilizations
Africa's Great Civilizationspbs home video, 2017, rated tv-pg

Skip Gates invites viewers to discover the complexity, grandeur, and diversity of the great civilizations that once flourished across the African continent, in the many millennia before the European colonial powers arrived to carve up the map of the continent.

Ancient World Exposed
Ancient World Exposed: Atlantis, Egypt and Epic Monolithsreality entertainment, 2016, not rated

There are many mysteries in our world, from Crop Circles to Sasquatch, but some run deeper into our collective past than we can imagine and are older than time itself. Today, we are finding undiscovered pyramids, lost cities and epic sites, strange man-made objects and more.

Bandit Patrol
Bandit Patrolnational geographic, 2015, rated tv-pg

Three women help orphaned and injured wild animals get back to the outdoors.

Circle of Poison
Circle of Poisonpassion river films, 2015, not rated

Shows how the global pesticide industry is politically powerful, shaping regulations (or lack thereof) and the conditions of food and farming around the world. Yet for every victim of the industry there are even more people fighting for their rights to safety and health and creating alternatives to the agrochemical industrial complex.

Fight for Space
Fight for Spacegravitas ventures, 2017, not rated

In the '60s and '70s, the Space Race inspired a generation to pursue careers in science and technology. Then it all stopped. The film asks why this happened and calls to reawaken our sense of wonder and discovery.

Food: Delicious Science
Food: Delicious Sciencepbs home video, 2017, rated tv-pg

Dr. Michael Mosley and botanist James Wong celebrate the physics, chemistry, and biology hidden inside every bite of a next meal. Learn how the hidden chemistry of food keeps bodies fit and healthy; take a global culinary adventure to reveal the science that makes food taste delicious; and discover how the chemistry in food affects the brain and creates the deepest cravings.

Great Yellowstone Thaw
Great Yellowstone Thawpbs home video, 2017, not rated

Yellowstone is home to North America's most iconic wildlife, and every year these animals must survive the Thaw-one of the harshest seasonal changes on Earth when temperatures can swing from minus 40˚F in winter to almost 100˚F in summer. Learn how animals cope with this range, and witness the impact on individual families of wolves, grizzly bears, beavers, and great gray owls.

Hotel Armadillo
Hotel Armadillo
pbs home video, 2017, rated tv-pg

Meet all the amazing guests in Brazil's underground wildlife hotel.

Last Days of Solitary
Last Days of Solitarypbs home video, 2017, rated tv-14

Follow what happens to recently released prisoners when they go from solitary to the streets. With extraordinary access to the Maine State Prison, the film examines the long-term effects of solitary confinement and efforts to reduce its use.

Mission Control
Mission Controlgravitas ventures, 2017, not rated

At the heart of the Apollo space program was the team who worked in Mission Control. Guided by the team's testimony with supporting voices of astronauts and NASA directors, this explores how the team helped put a man on the moon.

Mummies Alive
Mummies Alivesmithsonian channel, 2017, rated tv-pg

Mummies are everywhere, and they are turning up in the most unexpected places. Most are in astonishingly good condition, and all have astonishingly good stories to tell. Discover their secrets as cutting-edge virtual autopsies are conducted to solve ancient cold cases and get unprecedented looks into lost civilizations.

Nature's Great Race
Nature's Great Racepbs home video, 2017, not rated

Every year, millions of animals embark on epic journeys on an astonishing scale, crossing hostile landscapes, traveling hundreds of miles, overcoming fearsome obstacles, and facing intense dangers in a race to reach their destination. Follow caribou, elephants, and zebra on breathtaking wildlife adventures, journeying across hundreds of miles of Canadian arctic wilderness and African bush.

Oregon's Crater Lake
Oregon's Crater Lake National Parkbennett watt media, 2016, not rated

Crater Lake is America's deepest lake and scientists consider it to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world.

Poverty, Politics and Profit
Poverty, Politics and Profitpbs home video, 2017, not rated

An investigation into the billions spent on housing the poor, and why so few get the help they need.

Real Apes of the Planet
Real Apes of the Planetbritish broadcasting corporation, 2017, not rated

We are part of an extraordinary family. Get ready to meet your closest animal cousins, the primates.

Saving Banksy
Saving Banksy
passion river films, 2014, not rated

The true story of one misguided art collector's attempts to save a painting by the world's most infamous street artist from destruction and the auction block. A rare look inside the secretive world of graffiti and street art.

Stealing Charlie Chaplin
Stealing Charlie Chaplinvirgil films, 2016, not rated

In 1978, three months after the death of comedy icon Charlie Chaplin, his body disappeared from its grave in Corsier-Sur-Vevefy, Switzerland. Examining Magistrate Jean-Daniel Tenthorey and the Swiss Police had no clues to follow, only ridiculous rumors. It would be quite some time before the robbers would eventually contact the family asking for a millions Swiss Francs. After being denied by the family, the robbers would lower the amount a number of times before escalating threats of violence.

Second Chance Kids
Second Chance Kidspbs home video, 2017, rated tv-ma

A fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Sour Grapes
Sour Grapesgravitas ventures, 2016, not rated

Documentary about the fine and rare wine auction market centering around a counterfeiter who befriended the rich and powerful and sold millions of dollars of fraudulent wine through the top auction houses. 

The Story of China
The Story of Chinapbs home video, 2017, rated tv-pg

Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people, and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over four thousand years.