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A to Z : the first alphabet : how writing changed the world  Cover Image DVD DVD

A to Z : the first alphabet : how writing changed the world / a Nova production by Dox Productions/Films à Cinq for Nova/WGBH Boston in association with Arté Fance and the BBC ; written and directed by David Sington ; produced by Hugh Sington ; co-produced by Martin de la Fouchardière ; executive producers Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt.

Cahalane, Laurie, (film producer.). Wallace, Melanie (Producer), (film producer.). Sington, Hugh, (film producer.). La Fouchardière, Martin de, (film producer.). Sington, David, (film director,, screenwriter.). Robinson, Jeanette (Narrator), (narrator.). Sington, David, (screenwriter,, director.). PBS DVD (Firm), (publisher.). DOX Productions Ltd., (production company.). Films à Cinq, (production company.). WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.), (production company.). ARTE France, (production company.). British Broadcasting Corporation, (production company.).


The First Alphabet: Follow the evolution of the written word, from millennia-old carvings in an Egyptian turquoise mine to modern-day alphabets. How Writing Changed the World: The printing press transformed the spread of information, igniting the Industrial Revolution. How did technologies, from pen to paper to printing press, make it all possible?

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781531712662
  • ISBN: 1531712665
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Title from disc surface.
"SDH subtitles (subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) are a function of the disc and serve the same purpose as closed-captions"--Container.
Formatted Contents Note:
The first alphabet -- How writing changed the world.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director, David Sington.
Participant or Performer Note:
Jeanette Robinson, narrator.
Target Audience Note:
Rating: TV-G.
System Details Note:
DVD, wide screen, region 1; stereo.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
For private home use only.
Language Note:
English dialogue; English subtitles (SDH).
Subject: Writing > History.
Genre: DVD-Video discs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Homer Public Library DVD 411 ATO (Text) 000163387 Video Available -

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