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Alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins

Director - Paul Goldsmith
Run Time - 58 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2018
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Adolescence, Aging, American Studies, Anthropology, Biographies/Profiles, Cultural Studies, History (US), Literature, New Releases, Women's Studies

Institutional DVD Price: $195

Every November, nearly half a million 4th graders read 'Island of The Blue Dolphins.' For many, this is their first real reading experience - their first 'chapter book.' Educators selected this book because it's a very exciting story of survival and empowerment, sort of a female Robinson Crusoe. Overall, almost 10 million copies of the book have been sold.

The book tells the story of a 12 year-old Nicoleño Native American who was left alone for 18 years on San Nicolas Island, the most remote of California's Channel Islands, during the 19th century. The 'Lone Woman' survived with her dog for 18 years before being 'rescued' and brought to Santa Barbara. She died there and is buried in the Santa Barbara Mission.

The true story that inspired the book is even more extraordinary than the fictionalized retelling. There has never been a documentary that goes out to the island, visits the Lone Woman's campsite and cave, and visually captures the adventure that she experienced all those years ago. Alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins does this.

"A beautiful film that captures the essence of the tale dramatized by Scott O'Dell in his Newbery Award winning novel. A perfect complement for classroom reading, the film explores the story from an anthropological point of view, combining science, history and photographic recreation. This is an amazing educational tool and a thought provoking visual addition for teachers and libraries to share with students." - Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting By 7s

"Veteran filmmaker Paul Goldsmith covers the anthropological and historical information available to discern what life would likely have been like for the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island. In addition to the story of the girl whose given name is unknown, Goldsmith highlights the passion, dedication, and utter tenacity of those who study the island, and seek every bit of information about the Lone Woman's life and her island home. I see 'special features' on a documentary film disc as integral to the story, rather than separate and distinct. This aptly applies to Goldsmith's film." - The Marin Post

"If you're one of the 10 million readers who enjoyed Scott O'Dell's award-winning book, you'll appreciate this doc which illuminates the real story behind the best-seller. As it turns out, the true story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas, as she was dubbed, is even more extraordinary than the fictional retelling." - The Camden Courier Post