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Calling All Documentary Fans: The Villanova Community Now Has Access to Filmakers Library Online

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: March 11, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News


Are you a fan of documentaries? Are you a faculty member looking for great films to show in class or assign to your students? You’re in luck! The Villanova community now has access to Filmakers Library Online, a collection of 1700 high-quality streaming documentary films produced between 1978 and 2017.

The documentaries in this collection were created by both independent filmmakers and well-known producers. Content partners include BBC Worldwide, Oscilloscope Pictures, and Journeyman Pictures. You’ll find films connecting to a wide range of academic disciplines in FLON—from film history to art and architecture, from criminal justice to Asian Studies, from physics to jazz. Click here to explore by subject.

When I am in search of a video for class, I usually do an online search which is hit or miss. Having a library like this would be incredibly helpful. Since I teach a Social Problems course, many of the films would fit in my class. I am particularly interested in “Where Did You Get That Woman,” “When the Shooting Stops,” and “The Lynchburg Story: Eugenic Sterilization in America.” It seems like a rich resource that I would utilize frequently. – Kate Meloney, faculty member in Sociology and Criminology

This is a wonderful teaching resource! … I am diving right in and showing a piece on Stalin’s Gulags today. –Lynne Hartnett, faculty member in History

You can access Filmakers Library Online from this link or from the library website; it’s included on the Databases A-Z page, and detailed records for every film will soon be added to the Library catalog.

Article by Susan Turkel, Sociology and Criminology, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian, and Deborah Bishov, Social Sciences and Instructional Design Librarian. 




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