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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries: Ethics

The Kelly Library collects resources to support the Faculty of Theology and the St Michael's College Christianity and Culture Program

For material on the Holocaust, see the lists of:


Capitalism: A Love Story

HB501 .C23 2010 DVD
127 minutes; released 2009.
In this documentary on American capitalist culture, Michael Moore investigates the effect of corporate greed on American lives and concludes that while few benefit many more suffer, experiencing job loss, home foreclosures, and poverty. Written, produced, and directed by Michael Moore.

Catholic Social Teaching

BX1753 .S945 2005 DVD
4 discs; 12 (30 minute) episodes
Monsignor Stuart Swetland describes concretely practical ways in which Catholics today may live out principles of the Church's social teaching, citing the personal experiences of Pope John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and others.

A Death of One's Own

BF789 .D4 D438 2005 DVD
87 minutes; released 2000.
In the series On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Bill Moyers describes the search for new ways of thinking and talking about dying. This programme consists of: Introduction -- Dying with ALS -- Desire for .phpsted suicide -- Denial and facing mortality -- Cost and emotional tall -- An ethical disc.phpon -- Scheduling a suicide -- Hard choices -- Teaching med students -- Parting thoughts.

A Different Kind of Care

BF789 .D4 D544 2005 DVD
87 minutes; released 2000.
In the series On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Bill Moyers describes the search for new ways of thinking and talking about dying. This programme consists of: Introduction -- Palliative care -- Advanced directives -- Balancing care and cost -- The 5th vital sign -- Treating psychological pain -- Caring for the poor -- Care in Nursing homes -- Leaving the patient in charge -- Understanding the end.

Distorted Morality

HV6432 .D577 2002 DVD
115 minutes; released 2002.
Noam Chomsky speaks at Harvard University about the United States' definition of terrorism and foreign policy in regard to nations and groups considered to be guilty of terrorism.

Ethics and Economics: Willard Gaylin

RA410.53 .W54 2005 DVD
30 minutes; released 2005.
Willard Gaylin, psychiatrist, bio-ethicist and president of the Hastings Center, talks with Bill Moyers about the ethical dilemmas presented by such issues as increasingly sophisticated but costly medical care and population control. He also explores the growing conflict between communities and the individual. First broadcast on A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers.

Fed Up!

TP248.65 .F66F43 2002 DVD
58 minutes; released 2002.
Using archival footage and interviews, this video presents an overview of the American food production system and explores the unintentional effects of pesticides, the resistance of biotechnology companies to food labeling and the links between government officials and major biotechnology and chemical companies.

First Person Singular: Elie Wiesel, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

PQ2683 .I23 Z46 2002 DVD
120 minutes; released 2002.
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and author of the Holocaust memoir Night, talks about his life, work and concerns for the future of humankind. He discusses his experiences as a journalist in Paris and Jerusalem, his authorship of more than 40 novels, plays and essays, and the events of September 11, 2001.

General Idi Amin Dada

DT 433.283 .G464 2002 DVD
90 minutes; released 1974.
A dark documentary of the self-styled dictator of Uganda providing a disturbing portrait of one of the 20th century's most notorious figures.

Ghosts of Rwanda

DT450.435 .G56 2004 DVD
120 minutes; released 2004.
A PBS documentary about the massacre of over 800,000 Rwandans in 1994.

Good or Evil: Who Decides?

BX2350.3 S68 2005 DVD
4 videodiscs containing 12 30 minute episodes
Raymond De Souza discusses the Natural Law, the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and how best to defend the faith in everyday life.

The Great Deception

HV6432.7 .Z95 2002 VHS
39 minutes
Media critic Barrie Zwicker challenges the official explanation for the September 11th attack, and considers the implications of America's "war on terrorism".

DSHearts and Minds557.73 .H43 2002 DVD
112 minutes; released 1974.
Recounts the history and attitudes of the opposing sides of the Vietnam War using archival news footage as well as new footage and interviews. A key theme is how attitudes of American racism and self-righteousness militarism helped create and prolong this bloody conflict.

Homosexuality 101

HQ76 .H66 2006 DVD
50 minutes
Five Christians, most of whom have struggled with same-sex attraction, answer frequently raised questions about homosexuality and offer answers from a Christian perspective.

Howard Zinn--You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train

E175.5 .Z56 H69 2004 DVD
78 minutes; released 2004.
Beginning with his early days as a shipyard labour organizer and bombardier in the Second World War, this documentary shows how Howard Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience at a time of institutionalized racism and war.

Human Genome Series

QH445.2 .C47 2000 VHS
57 minutes
A panel disc.phpon on the Human Genome Project, and the implications for the future. This disc.phpon was aired on the Charlie Rose Show on June 23, 2000.

Imminent Crises

E 895 .C47 2005 DVD
101 minutes; released 2005.
Noam Chomsky covers the war in Iraq, the U.S. policy of obtaining strategic power and leverage over its key rivals, the hypocrisy of the U.S. "m.phpanic vision" of bringing "democracy" and "freedom" to every corner of the world while violating democratic principles, international law, and increasing the threat of terror.

Investigative Reports: The Human Cloning Race

QH442.2 .H863 2002 VHS
50 minutes
An A&E report on human cloning.

Karl Rove: The Architect

JK 526 2004 .K375 2005 DVD
60 minutes; released 2005.
Frontline and the Washington Post join forces to trace the political history of the man who has been Bush's chief strategist from the beginning. Karl Rove is described as having been on the inside of every political and policy decision of the Bush administration.

Living with Dying

BF789 .D4 L58 2005 DVD
90 minutes; released 2000.
In the series On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Bill Moyers describes the search for new ways of thinking and talking about dying. This programme consists of: Introduction -- Living with dying : a journal -- End-of-life care -- Respecting one's beliefs -- The search for comfort -- A voyage or convenience? -- Hospice : human kindness -- Decisions and spirituality -- Managing the end -- The end of the struggle.

Manufacturing Consent in a Time of War: A Talk by Noam Chomsky

P95.82 .U6 C56 2002 DVD
76 minutes
Noam Chomsky discusses the war on terrorism, media disinformation, Mideast politics, and U.S. foreign policy.

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

P 85 C47 M362 2002 DVD
167 minutes; released 1995.
This documentary presents a detailed look at the political beliefs of Noam Chomsky. The directors also raise the meaty and contentious issue of mass-media influence in a democratic society. The centerpiece of the film is a long examination into the history of the New York Times' coverage of Indonesia's atrocity-ridden occupation of East Timor.

Memory of the Camps

D804 .G4 M46 2005 DVD
60 minutes
In 1945, British and American film crews accompanyed Allied troops as they liberated Nazi death camps. These crews witnessed and captured Nazi atrocities firsthand. The resulting film, directed in part by Alfred Hitchcock but left unfinished, was discovered by PBS Frontline in 1984 and rebroadcast.

The New War on Terrorism: A Talk by Noam Chomsky

HV6431 .C46 2002 DVD
111 minutes
Sponsored by the Culture and Technology Forum at MIT, Chomsky's 2001 talk in The New War on Terrorism focuses on examples of US terror to argue for political dissent and change.

Ominous Signs

E183.7 .C56 2001 DVD
75 minutes
Talk by Noam Chomsky on United States policy and threats to freedom.

The Persuaders

HF5823 .P477 2004 DVD
90 minutes
Hosted by Douglas Rushkoff, this documentary examines the lucrative "persuasion industries" of advertising and public relations and shows how they have come to shape American life, politics and public opinion.

The Plea

KF9654 .P553 2004 DVD
90 minutes
Faced with the fact that nearly 95 per cent of all criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains rather than by juries, this documentary investigates the moral, judicial and constitutional implications of relying on plea bargains to expedite justice.

A Question of Conscience: The Murder of the Jesuit Priests in El Salvador

F1488.3 .Q93 1990 VHS
48 minutes
This documentary focuses on the November 16, 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador by uniformed soldiers, and its consequences. The film looks at the personal histories of the priests and their murderer, the history of El Salvador during their time, and the role and attitude of the church and the University in Salvadoran society.

Renegade Human Cloning Panel

QH442.2 .C43 2001 VHS
57 minutes
A panel disc.phpon on human cloning. This disc.phpon was aired on the Charlie Rose Show on February 14, 2001.


HM 621 .N4 2004 DVD
77 minutes; released 2004.
Stupidity sets out to determine whether our culture is hooked on deliberate ignorance as a strategy for success. Featuring interviews with figures such as John Cleese, Noam Chomsky and Bill Maher. Stupidity reveals that, despite our society's access to knowledge and information, humans continue to choose stupidity.

A Time to Change

BF789 .D4 T564 2005 DVD
87 minutes; released 2000.
In the series On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Bill Moyers describes the search for new ways of thinking and talking about dying. This programme consists of: Introduction -- The balm of Gilead -- Linking home with hospital -- Soul pain -- Costs and care -- Hospice caregivers -- Who bereaves the bereaver? -- Improving the system -- Parting thoughts.

The Torture Question

DS 79.76 .T674 2005 DVD
90 minutes; released 2005.
Frontline goes behind closed doors to investigate the decision to use "coercive interrogation" on enemy fighters during the "War on Terror."

The Trials of Henry K.phpnger

E840.8 .K58 T74 2003
80 minutes; released 2002.
A documentary which investigates the involvement of United States Secretary of State in war crimes and other illegal activties in Cambodia and Chile.

Triumph des Willens = Triumph of the Will

DD253.28 1934 .T7 2001 DVD
120 minutes; released 1935.
Commissioned by Adolf Hitler, this film records the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg. Gatherings, marches, parades, and speeches by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess are included as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer. Originally released in 1935. Audiotrack in German with optional English subtitles.

Truth, War and Consequences

DS79.76 .T78 2003 DVD
90 minutes
A PBS Frontline episode which traces the roots of the Iraqi war back to the days immediately after September 11, 2001.

Tying the Knot

HQ 1034 .U5 T9 2005 DVD
83 minutes; released 1984.
This documentary explores the political war between gay people who want to marry and those determined to stop them. Tying the Knot is an eye-opening examination of marriage, featuring footage of gay hippies storming the Manhattan marriage bureau in 1971, plus inspired interviews with gay activists as right-wing politicos.

Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War

DS79.76 .U52 2004 DVD
90 minutes; released 2004.
Takes the viewer behind the walls of government, as CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts speak out detailing the lies, misstatements and exaggerations that served as the reasons for fighting a "preemptive" war against Iraq that wasn't necessary.

W.M.D. ~ Weapons of Mass Deception

P 96 .I73 W53 2005 DVD
98 minutes; released 2005.
Danny Schechter, who has worked as a producer for a number of major broadcast media outlets, examines news coverage of the war in Iraq. Schechter explores how the U.S. military and George W. Bush's advisors "stage managed" the Iraq war in order to win a favorable opinion from the public and keep the media's eyes away from issues and situations they found problematic.

Wall Street Fix

HV6769 .W35 2005 DVD
60 minutes
Using the rise and fall of WorldCom as an example, Hedrick Smith uncovers the hidden ties that enabled superbanks and Wall Street insiders to profit from the telecom boom while leaving ordinary investors bankrupt when the bubble burst. .

War, Terrorism and the Media: A Talk by Howard Zinn

HV6432 .Z56 2002 DVD
42 minutes
Howard Zinn argues that the 2002 war in Iraq is not so much a war on terror as a manifestation of ongoing US foreign policy.

With God in R.phpa: A Grave In Perm

BX4705 .C546 A34 2002
30 minutes
Father Walter Ciszek is admired worldwide for having survived 23 years in R.phpan gulags. Sent to Poland as a missionary in 1938, Ciszek was soon arrested by the KGB, accused of spying, and sent to Siberia, where he remained until 1963. This documentary tells the story of this Jesuit's life, shows his influence on the Catholic resurgence in R.phpa, and emphasizes Ciszek's trust in God.

The World According to Bush

E 903.3 W927 2004 DVD
93 minutes; released 2004.
A film by William Karel, with the participation of France 2. This documentary explores the policies of the Bush administration - including the erosion of freedom entailed in the The Patriot Act, and of the Bush family - including it's ties to Saudi Arabian oil.