While DVDs are great sources of entertainment, they’re also great sources of information! We have an amazing range of non-fiction titles, with new ones being released every month. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular recent releases. Check out your local library branch to see what titles they have available or to put in a request.
Free Solo | Documentary | M
March 20, 2019
Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards is this documentary that details the life of rock climber, Alex Honnold as he prepares to perform a free solo climb El Capitan. With breathtaking scenery and an amazing feat of human ability and endurance this documentary will leave you astounded.
Dynasties | Documentary | PG
March 27, 2019
From BBC Earth and narrated by Sir David Attenborough this doco follows the true stories of five of the world’s most celebrated, yet endangered animals; penguins, chimpanzees, lions, painted wolves and tigers. Each in a heroic struggle against rivals and against the forces of nature, these families fight for their own survival and for the future of their dynasties.
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A | Documentary | MA15+
May 8, 2019
Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years is this Sundance award winning documentary; a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. Providing unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.
Yellow is Forbidden | Documentary | G
July 24, 2019
A modern day Cinderella story where the brave, diminutive and daring heroine’s dream doesn’t end at the ball. Guo Pei is chasing every designer’s fantasy – to become part of the exclusive yet savage world of Haute Couture. It’s an unprecedented story, taking the viewer inside the world where Guo Pei creates magic: a 50kg dress so heavy Guo Pei has to consider a gymnast not a model to walk the runway, a gown spun by 300 embroiderers, precious gold material printed with centuries-old Swiss fresco. All from a woman who learnt her craft at Number 2 Light Industrial School after the reign of Mao Tse Tung.
Breaking Habits | Documentary | M
July 24, 2019
Cheated by her stealing, polygamist husband of 17 years, once high-flying corporate executive Christine Meeusen fled penniless with her 3 young children as her American dream began to unravel. Determined to make a living for her family, she discovered the lucrative business of cannabis farming, and met her calling as founder of medicinal-marijuana empire Sisters of the Valley. Shedding her former life, Christine became Sister Kate; on a mission to provider her products to those in need, fighting off the country sheriff and protecting her crop from deadly black market thieves.
Backtrack Boys | Documentary | MA15+
April 3, 2019
This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural town in Australia. On the road, the boys find their voice, make great friendships and the dogs become national champions. But as the boy’s sleep under the stars at night the trauma is never too far away. With their survival and futures at stake they must constantly step up, push themselves, support each other and some days can be hard. This inspiring coming of age story reveals the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world, and the dogs that help tame their wild ways.
Australia in Colour | Documentary | PG
June 12, 2019
The history of Australia told via a unique collection of cinematic moments brought to life for the first time in stunning colour. It tells the story of how Australia came to be the nation it is today. Narrated by Hugo Weaving, it’s a reflection on our nation’s character, its attitudes, its politics, and its struggle to value its Indigenous and multicultural past. Australia in Colour gives us a chance to relive history from a fresh perspective.
Kusama: Infinity | Documentary | M
April 3, 2019
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame countless odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her-the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was a particular shame, and eventually growing old and continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry, and novels. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.
Pick of the Litter | Documentary | G
April 17, 2019
This dogumentary follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Season 3 | Documentary | M
July 24, 2019
This series continues to explore the impact of religion on the human journey by examining the aspects of faith – or lack thereof – that shape us daily. With Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman as a guide, audiences are transported to some of the world’s holiest sites to investigate the similarities of religious principles across faiths and their impact on the world. Morgan’s curiosities drive him to explore some of the most pressing religious questions – Do people among us embody the divine? Is there a way to overcome our sins? Are morals still instructed by God’s commandments? From “Satan’s Throne” in Turkey to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem to the United Kingdom’s Diwali celebration, Morgan ventures to sites around the world to search for answers.