Documentaries, DVD's, Libraries, Nonfiction

Newest Documentaries in the Otis Library Collection

Each year, a handful of newly released documentaries get a lot of attention. A recent, notable example: two new documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival, just released on Netflix and Hulu, both of which share revelations that are all over the news.


While we do not currently have the two documentaries that are garnering so much attention, we DO have many others that are worth the watch.  Below, are some of our newest.  Enjoy!


Newest Documentaries in the Otis Library Collection


bookcover6.pngSpielberg – New York, NY : HBO Home Box Office, [2018].

DVD 791.43023 SPE  

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalog of groundbreaking films over the course of nearly 50 years. In the exclusive HBO documentary, Spielberg steps out from behind the camera to open up about his directorial influences and motivations, while sharing little-known stories behind some of his most iconic films. Acclaimed producer/director Susan Lacy charts the evolution of this iconic filmmaker, having conducted nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the famously private Spielberg.


bookcover5.pngThe number on great-grandpa’s arm – HBO Home Entertainment

Adult Video Express – DVD 940.5318 NUM

This documentary explores the relationship between an American boy and his Polish-born great-grandfather, who shares stories about his childhood in Poland, and his experience at the hands of the Nazis.
Adult Video Express – DVD 070.41092 NEW
A documentary film presenting the professional and personal life of Ben Bradlee, using home movies, archival material and interview footage with family and colleagues.
Adult Video Express – DVD 306.875 THR
The astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of nineteen, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives, a secret that goes to the very heart of all human behavior.

Norwich/Otis Adult Video Express – DVD 362.292 DRU
“Award-winning filmmaker David J. Sperling has created a gritty & disturbing, yet tender and moving documentary that chronicles the last 15 years in the unimaginable life of Mark David Allen, a man arrested over 450 times. The impact of this film hits people exactly where they seem to need it most. Perfect for families, schools, recovery centers, hospitals, churches, law enforcement and anyone who has ever been affected by addiction, Drunk In Public is an honest and thought-provoking film that will open your eyes and challenge your heart.”

Norwich/Otis Adult Video – DVD 363.92 DAN
Director/co-writer Stephanie Welch’s documentary unpacks the roots of the American eugenics movement in the 20th century and examines how Social Darwinism and biological determinism continue to threaten the American ideal of equality. It spotlights how women, African-Americans, Native Americans, and the most impoverished sections of American society continue to be disenfranchised by the popularization of false scientific claims through interviews with leading scientists and social thinkers such as Van Jones and Robert Reich.

bookcover848L84ZPReal fake: the art, life and crimes of Elmyr de Hory – Gravitas Ventures

Norwich/Otis Adult Video Express – DVD 751.58 REA
An investigative documentary about Elmyr de Hory, one of history’s most notorious art forgers who is alleged to have painted thousands of fakes but never convicted. The film re-opens the criminal case, examining his art, life and crimes.

bookcover2Fail state – Gravitas Ventures
Norwich/Otis Adult Video Express – DVD 378.04 FAI
This documentary examines American for-profit colleges. The film suggests the idea that Wall Street players, Washington DC lawmakers, and regulators are all complicit in enabling predatory practices of higher education institutions, which primarily harm the economically disadvantaged and ethnic minority students. Directed by Alexander Shebanow.

bookcover1In the land of pomegranates – First Run Features
Adult Video Express – DVD 956.94 IN
From Oscar-nominated director Hava Kohav Beller comes a suspenseful, multi-layered documentary centered on a group of young people born into a violent, on-going war. They are young Palestinians and Israelis, caught in the duality of the pomegranate: will they embrace rebirth and each other’s humanity, or will they pull the pin on the grenade?

bookcover5OOYM0RABlackout in Puerto Rico – PBS Distribution
Norwich/Otis Adult Video Express – DVD 363.3492 BLA
An investigation into the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. With NPR, the film examines how the federal response, Wall Street, and years of neglect have left the island struggling to survive.

bookcover.pngThe gang crackdown – PBS Distribution
Norwich/Otis Adult Video Express – DVD 364.106 GAN
Some 25 dead bodies have been found on Long Island since September of 2016. Dozens of immigrant teenagers are missing. Who is behind the wave of killings on Long Island, and is law enforcement’s crackdown on suspected MS-13 gang members detaining the real culprits, or innocent teens?

Norwich/Otis Adult Video Express – DVD 304.873 SEP
Examines immigration policy under both the Trump and Obama administrations, investigates the origins of zero tolerance, and reveals the journeys and voices of children who were separated from their parents.

bookcoverWAGOZT66Always at The Carlyle – Good Deed Entertainment
Norwich/Otis Adult Video Express – DVD 917.471 ALA
An anecdotal history of the New York City hotel, The Carlyle, and its notable guests.

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