Community Builder: The Life and Legacy Of J.C. Nichols

COMMUNITY BUILDER: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF J.C. NICHOLS is an hour-long historical documentary about the life and work of visionary Kansas City land developer, Jesse Clyde Nichols, 1880-1950. Nichols' greatest achievement is Kansas City's Country Club District, in which Nichols constructed the largest contiguous planned community in the U.S. The crown jewel of the district is the Country Club Plaza, built in 1922. That area, with its multiple parking lots, was the first modern shopping center in America. The methods and philosophies Nichols championed are now being used by architects, planners, and developers to build towns and combat sprawl. These "New Urbanists" have found a godfather in J.C. Nichols. This film was nominated for an Emmy Award, and has aired more than 100 times on PBS stations in 75 cities.
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A powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the innocent, this award-winning documentary tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking?which was then China's capital?to months of aerial bombardment, and when the city fell, the Japanese army unleashed murder and rape on a horrifying scale. In the midst of the rampage, a small group of Westerners banded together to establish a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Unarmed, these missionaries, university professors, doctors and businessmen?including a Nazi named John Rabe?bore witness to the events, while risking their own lives to protect civilians from slaughter. The story is told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, chilling archival footage and photos, testimonies of former Japanese soldiers?and a staged reading of the Westerners' letters and diaries by Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Jurgen Prochnow and others. NANKING is a testament to the courage and conviction of individuals who were determined to act in the face of evil and a powerful tribute to the resilience of the Chinese people?a gripping account of light in the darkest of times. This version of the film features descriptive narration for the blind and visually impaired, created by the Narrative Television Network.
Nanking - Narrated