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Country

Title

Summary

Year

Africa

Chicken for Africa : the dirty trade in leftovers

Nowhere is more chicken breast eaten than in Europe and North America, a development due primarily to the wellness craze. The industry is only delighted to serve this trend, as the breast fillet is highly profitable. But what to do with the scorned remainder of the chicken? Thighs, wings, backs and innards are produced in the abattoirs of South America, the USA, Asia and Europe but no-one there will eat them and so thousands of tons of this meat are exported yearly to developing countries"--Container.

2009

Africa

Clever monkeys

Love, language, guilt, envy, generosity, secrets, lies, and sophisticated society are not unique to humans. We share all those complex concepts with our relatives-- the monkeys! Monkeys have a very curious nature which leads them to try new things, but it is their culture, the passing of information from one generation to the next that teaches them much of what they know. In this program we see how the tiny marmoset in South America to aggressive baboons of Africa and compassionate toque macaques in Sri Lanka learn from their families how to find food, communicate, recognize kin, even use tools, medicine, and language.

2008

Africa

A gathering of grandmothers : August 11-13, 2006, [Toronto, Canada]

This video highlights sessions from the Grandmothers' Gathering that took place in Toronto in August 2006. Intended for use by grandmothers' groups as a resource for those who were not able to attend, the video includes testimonials and workshops led by African and Canadian grandmothers. This video is not intended to be shown as a 'stand-alone'. Should you wish to screen a film about grandmothers caring for AIDS orphans, we recommend "Grandmothers: The Unsung Heroes of Africa". --publisher's website

2007

Africa

A generation of orphans

A documentary that gives voice to six orphans in Africa and the grassroots organizations working valiantly on their behalf--highlighting their hardship, hope and courage as they struggle with the loss of their parents to AIDS.

2007

Africa

Easing the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa

Easing the Pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa is an introduction to the Foundation's four areas of work. Narrated by Stephen Lewis, the film highlights the work of grassroots organizations in Africa and also shows what Canadians are doing to help fight the pandemic.

2007

Africa

Grandmothers : the unsung heroes of Africa

A moving film highlighting the crucial role grandmothers play in caring for AIDS orphans and in holding their families and communities together

2007

Africa

Women : the face of AIDS

The documentary traces the stories of five HIV-postive women in sub-Saharan Africa and the grassroots organizations that support them. 59% of the 24.7 million people who are living with HIV are women. Three quarters of 15 to 24 year olds newly infected with HIV are female. Issues of gender inequality, poverty and the vulnerablility of women and girls lie at the center of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

2007

Africa

Stephen Lewis : the man who couldn't sleep

On Dec 31st, Stephen Lewis's tenure as UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa comes to an end. For five and a half years, he's criss-crossed Africa and the world at breakneck speed. His crammed schedule has included endless speeches and high level meetings with Presidents, UN officials and anyone who will listen to his impassioned plea for Africa. Possessing an intricate knowledge of the continent, he's made countless visits to grassroots projects: they give him great hope but also disturb him most deeply because the spectre of death is still everywhere. Each death haunts him. He rarely sleeps on these epic journeys -- in fact it's not clear when he gets any rest at all.

2006

Africa

The bicycle : fighting AIDS with community medicine

An intimate look at AIDS in Africa and an inspiring example of how local communities can join with global medical expertise to battle the deadly disease. Documentary chronicles the work of Dignitas International in Malawi, and specifically volunteer Pax Chingawale's journeys as he battles AIDS at the grassroots.

2006

Africa

Africa, who is to blame?

Civil wars rage in at least 16 African countries and, despite an abundance of natural resources, millions of Africans live in abject poverty. But who's responsible? And, more importantly, what can be done to promote peace and prosperity? Tony Blair has described the plight of Africa as 'a scar on the conscience of the world'. And for older Africans, Africa's woes are due to factors beyond the continent's control: colonialism, the slave trade, racist plots, greedy multinationals and deteriorating terms of trade. But for a new generation, personified by June Arunga 'widely touted as a future leader of Kenya' this picture of Africa as global victim doesn't wash. The history and present day situations in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda are explored. In this program ex-president of Ghana, JJ Rawlings, together with Arunga, talk to Africa's political and economic elites, and meet ordinary Africans. They set out to uncover the root causes of Africa's misery.

2005

Africa

In women's hands : a film on women, HIV, and hope

Filmed in several locations across the world, this short documentary discusses the importance of organizing and creating awareness arount the increasing rates of HIV/STD among women and of advocacy for microbicides. Personal stories are also portrayed.

2005

Africa

Tana Bana [videorecording (DVD)] : wisdom of the loom

There is a village just outside Calcutta, India, where every family has a hand loom. As you pass the houses, the air is pierced by the "clack-clack-clack" of flying shuttles. In the family courtyards, threads are starched, warps are prepared, and bolts of finished cloth are evaluated with discerning eyes. In an age when cloth manufacture is dominated by computer-driven industrial mills, what are the virtues of hand weaving? What is the magic of the hand-loomed cloth? This is Maiwa's second feature-length documentary film on craft. Here you will find works of great beauty and skill, ingenious variations, and delicate figures. Shot in rural locations in Africa, Laos, Indonesia, India, and Pakistan, this documentary will explore the world of looms, weaves, and artisans.

2005

Africa

Eyes wide open

One-hour documentary on the work of courageous and resourceful HIV/AIDS campaigner Catherine Phiri. Catherine was a Malawian nurse who tested HIV-positive following her husband*s death due to AIDS. Risking isolation and even violence in a conservative society, the mother of two decided to speak publicly about her condition, breaking the silence surrounding AIDS. She became a respected leader and a source of inspiration for many people

2004

Africa

World in the balance

The People Paradox reveals many startling trends. In Japan, Europe and Russia, birth rates are shrinking and the population is aging. In parts of India and Africa, more than half of the still growing population is under 25. The world population is now careening in two dramatically different directions.

2004

Africa

[The Stephen Lewis Foundation]

Stephen Lewis outlines the reasons for establishing the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and talks about its operations in assisting with the prevention and treatment of AIDS in Africa. As well, several examples are shown of programs designed for easing the social problems arising from the AIDS pandemic.

2003

Africa

Human evolution

This series explores recent advances in the field of biology. This session examines mitochondrial Eve and other fossil clues that increasingly point to Africa as the point of origin of our species. Discusses how humans replaced their hominid cousins, including Neanderthal, leaving the chimpanzee as our closest living relative.

2003

Africa

Gender matters

Despite making a substantial contribution to Third World economy, gender differences in India, Africa and South America result in women having no control of their lives or the resources they produce. Examines the different forms of gender subordination and their historical roots and how women need a public voice to influence levels of government and development planners

1999

Africa

Humans: who are we?

Traces the evolution of the human race from primate ancestors in Africa to the development of modern humans. Looks at spread of populations, and at mental,technological and linguistic development etc.

1999

Africa

African and African-American religions

Focuses on the cultural diversity of Africa as shown by its many religions: traditional and neo-traditional African, Christianity and Islam (the latter two having developed separately from elsewhere since early times). Also examines the oral traditions, myths, music and ceremonies to show how African-American Christianity, Haitian voodoo and Cuban santeria have been influenced by traditional African religions and Christianity. With interviews, archival and current footage, images, and re-enactments.

1998

Africa

Amistad

Based on a true story, the movie chronicles the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their beloved homeland. When the ship La Amistad, is seized, these captives are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder and await their fate in prison." - blurb

1997

Africa

The New chimpanzees

Presents images of chimpanzees in the wild in their variety and intimacy. Researchers discuss the new insights they have gained into the social and cultural organization of chimpanzees through years of study of the different chimpanzee groups in Africa.

1995

Africa

Age, common interest and stratification

Examines social groupings based on age, common interest or class, detailing their role in a variety of cultures. Topics include: recreational associations, Black railway porters, street gangs, upper class society (United States); Masai male age sets (East Africa), Blacks (South Africa), caste system (India).

1994

Africa

Who gets in?

Presents a detailed view of the Canadian immigration process. This documentary, shot in Canada, Africa and Hong Kong provides surprising answers to that difficult question, "Who gets in?" and raises important issues about the nature of Canadian immigration policy.

1989

Africa

The Rendille

The Rendille live in the driest area of the belt of semi-desert which stretches across Africa from West to East. The one domestic animal which can survive and convert the thorn bushes into milk and meat is the camel. The Rendille grow no crops. They keep a few sheep and goats. But their lives revolve around their camels. They move their villages six times a year, but their camel herds roam back and forth continually over the whole area. The Rendille are experiencing the worst drought in years, but they have survived droughts before and are confident that they will again.

1976

Africa

The Tuareg

The Tuareg of the Sahara are the "noble savages" of North Africa. A primitive, nomadic group of people, they still use slaves, can still remember fighting the French, and live a life which bears little resemblance to that of the emerging countries of Africa.

1972

Africa

Embera : the end of the road

At first sight, the peaceful Embera people of Colombia live what seems an idyllic life. Four centuries ago the Spaniards went to Colombia for gold - and found that the Indians wouldn't work for them. In the clashes that followed, many Embera were massacred, and the invaders were forced to import slaves from Africa. Today the former slaves have pushed the Indians into the remote jungle headwaters, so that in the face of further pressure they have nowhere else to go. Now, as if to seal their fate, the Colombian government is driving the last section of the Pan-American highway straight across their territory.

1971

Algeria

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Postcards from the future

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Discusses feminist issues and values, detailing contributions of contemporary women activists to the creation of a better world. Topics include: science (women astronauts), environmental conservation (Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Rio Summit), peace movement (Greenham Common, Chechnya, Central & South America), violence against women (Quebec, Brazil), religious extremism targeting women (Algeria).



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1997

Benin

Educating Lucia

Part 25 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Focuses on the story of three African sisters who want to graduate to secondary school but are more likely to receive no formal education, working as seasonal laborers on one of Zimbabwe's large tobacco farms. They're being raised by their grandmother who can only afford school fees for one girl. In African countries such as Zimbabwe, Uganda and Benin the odds are dramatically against girls getting an education.

2003

Botswana

From pole to pole

Looks at our planet as a whole and considers the key factors that have shaped its natural history. The lives of animals and plants are dominated by the sun and fresh water which trigger seasonal journeys. In the Arctic spring, a mother polar bear and cubs emerge from their winter den. They have just two weeks to cross the frozen sea before it melts and they become stranded. Further south, time-lapse cameras capture the annual transformation created by the Okavango floods in Botswana.

2006

Botswana

Regopstaan's dream : how the last surviving South African Bushmen are reclaiming their land

Part 17 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Twenty-five years ago, the Bushmen were evicted from the Kalahari by the Apartheid government who claimed they were too westernized to cohabit with the wild animals in the National Park. This film which follows the story of Bushmen fighting to live on ancestral lands within the park, includes interviews with Bushmen, park employees, farmers and government officials each providing their own perspectives.

2000

Botswana

A human way of life

An archaeological team carries out field work at a suspected site of Homo erectus hunting-gathering activity in the Kalahari desert, Botswana. The characteristics of the hunting-gathering way of life are revealed in contemporary footage of the !Kung people

1981

Burkino Faso

Nazinga Game Reserve

Clark Lungren has lived most of his life in Burkina Faso, where he learned to love the land and wild animals there. By the time he grew up, wild animals had nearly disappeared. Lungren worked with the locals to develop a wildlife preserve of 4,700 square kilometres, so successful that the elephant population has greatly increased there.

1998

Congo

The African Queen

"When her village in the Congo is destroyed at the start of World War I, a spinsterish missionary (Hepburn) is rescued by an unlikely companion-- a gin-loving river trader (Bogart). Their perilious escape on the war-torn 'African Queen' turns into an outright battle against nature, the Germans and each other as the tempestuous pair realize they have fallen in love"--

1951

Democratic Republic of Congo

Blood Coltan

The West's demand for Coltan, used in mobile phones and computers, is funding the killings in Congo. Under the close watch of rebel militias, children as young as ten work the mines hunting for this black gold. 'Blood Coltan' exposes the web of powerful interests protecting this blood trade. Meet the powerful warlords who enslave local population and the European businessmen who continue importing Coltan, in defiance of the UN.

2007

Democratic Republic of Congo

The greatest silence : rape in the Congo

"Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 4 million people have died, and many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. Until now, the world has known nothing of their stories. A survivor of gang rape herself, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson has created an extraordinary film in which these brave women finally speak" -- Container.

2007

Democratic Republic of Congo

The origins of AIDS

An exploration of a theory of how AIDS was introduced to the human population. Illustrates the thesis presented in Edward Hooper's book The river : journey to the source of HIV and AIDS, and expands on it with new reporting. Many believe the answer lies in the research undertaken by scientist Hilary Koprowski, who between 1957 and 1960, injected his experimental polio vaccine into almost one million people in the former Belgian Congo. The film interviews scientists and journalists, as well as Africans who worked in the labs where the alleged vaccines were made, and also documents the ongoing battle between journalists and scientists in proving the theory's viability.

2004

Egypt

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Frontline World : stories from a small planet, June 23, 2009

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As the digital television conversion makes tens of millions of analog TVs obsolete and Americans continue to trash old computers and cell phones at alarming rates, FRONTLINE/WORLD presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital age -- the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of electronic waste around the world each year. Tracking "e-waste" to the slums of Ghana and the far-off provinces in China, producer/correspondent Peter Klein and his team of graduate journalism students fan out around the world to document the growing impact of this toxic trash on those who desperately scavenge it for precious metals. They also explore the potential threats to privacy, as criminal gangs attempt to harvest data from America's old computers and cell phones and exploit it. Also, a popular competition to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs in the Middle East and a pioneering effort to make an affordable wheelchair for the developing world." -- Container.

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2009

Egypt

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Women and Islam : Islam unveiled

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Investigates the issues and symbolisms attached to the veil, hijab, and chador in Muslim women. Examines the harsh laws regarding Muslim women and how they relate to the Koran and the prophet Mohammed. Does it have fundamental basis in the Koran? Explores the religious as well as traditional and medical bases for clitoral circumcision or female genital mutilation. Spiritual leaders, Islamic experts, as well as students from universities in varoius countries are interviewed regarding issues in feminism, the practice of secret or unregistered marriage called "urfi", divorce, pre-marital sex, the virtue of chastity in the Muslim world, and polygamy. Filmed in Britain, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey [and Nigeria].

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2006

Egypt

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Proudly serving Canadians: Canadian Forces ... year in review [2006]

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2006: Rebuilding Afghanistan -- Contributing to international security (Mediterranean Sea; Persian Gulf; Egypt) -- Protecting Canada and North America.

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2006

Egypt

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More human than human

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This first program in the series demonstrates how one image, among all others, dominates our contemporary world: the human body. We travel from the modern world of advertising to the temples of classical Greece and the tombs of ancient Egypt to solve the mystery of why humans surround themselves with images of the body, images that are startlingly unrealistic

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2005

Egypt

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Ancient religions of the Mediterranean

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Using footage and images, interviews, examples and re-enactments, traces the spiritual history of the Mediterranean Basin by examining the ancient cultures, religions and literature that have greatly influenced those of the modern world, especially the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Includes: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia Minor, Canaan, Greece, and Rome.

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1998

Egypt

Egypt: population overload ; Oman : looking beyond oil

Egypt, Population Overload examines the rapid population growth of Egypt and its agriculture, particularly along the Nile River Valley. Oman, Looking Beyond Oil, investigates the oil rich nation of Oman as it seeks to diversify its economic base beyond a dependence upon oil.

1995

Egypt

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The human race

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A four-part documentary series in which historian and journalist Gwynne Dyer weighs the implications of the way we live together, the way we organize societies, and our complex relationship with the environment. Part 1: Examines the implications of large developing countries like India adopting full-scale consumer economies. Part 2: Documents the experience of a remarkable group of South Africans engaged in moving their society beyond racial and tribal compartments built by apartheid. Part 3: Visits the Nile Valley to chart the emergence of patriarchy in ancient history, and to counter the notion that male domination somehow represents a natural an inevitable order. Part 4: Examines the effects of industrialization on Mexico, and the impact of its development on the rest of the world.



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1994

Eritrea

Eritrea: after peace falls rain

Filmed in Eritrea after it gained independence in a thirty year war with Ethiopia, this film demonstrates how the Eritreans are rebuilding a country devastated by protracted armed conflict and a decade of drought. It conveys the people's exuberance for their hard fought freedom as it displays how they are acting on their commitment to construct a new model of democratic development in the post-Cold War world.

1992

Ethiopia

Volcano

"Volcanoes are usually seen as destructive and frightening, but they are absolutely critical to making the Earth a home for life. No force has played a more important role in creating the planet we know today. Travelling to Ethiopia, Iceland and New Zealand, this programme reveals how the Earth's inner heat shapes our world -- raising great mountains, levelling cities, creating new land, and destroying it too. Even powering the evolution of life on Earth. Without it the Earth would have become a dead planet millions of years ago." --producer's website

2007

Ethiopia

Black gold

After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world with $80 billion in retail sales. But for every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it

2006

Ethiopia

The right to choose

Part 8 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Nibret is eleven -- and they're marrying her off to a man she's never met. Forced marriage isn't unusual in northern Ethiopia -- it helps to cement ties between families and establish land rights. This program reports on the dissonant voices arguing for change in local cultures -- and calls for reproductive health care and primary education for women and looks at widespread discrimination and violence against women.

2003

Ethiopia

Following Antigone : forensic anthropology and human rights investigations

Since 1984, the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) and other similar groups have helped families of human right victims to find, identify and bury the remnants of their loved ones and bring evidence to court. This documentary shows various aspects of the application of forensic sciences to human rights investigations. Using footage recorded by EAAF members in Argentina, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Haiti and East Timor during the past eighteen years, the documentary covers the entire process of investigation, including historical, archaeological, and laboratory methods, testimonies of relatives of the victims, and reburial ceremonies of the remains of their loved ones many years after they died.

2002

Ethiopia

The mind of a child

Documents the work of Vancouver School District First Nations education specialist Lorna Williams, who, having researched Reuven Feuerstein's views on cognitive development and cultural transmission, has adapted his mediated learning theory and teaching methods for use by British Columbia teachers of aboriginal children. Includes interviews with Feuerstein & footage of programs in action in Israel/Palestine, Ethiopia and inner city Washington, D.C.

1995

Ethiopia

Eritrea: after peace falls rain

Filmed in Eritrea after it gained independence in a thirty year war with Ethiopia, this film demonstrates how the Eritreans are rebuilding a country devastated by protracted armed conflict and a decade of drought. It conveys the people's exuberance for their hard fought freedom as it displays how they are acting on their commitment to construct a new model of democratic development in the post-Cold War world.

1992

Ghana

Frontline World : stories from a small planet, June 23, 2009

As the digital television conversion makes tens of millions of analog TVs obsolete and Americans continue to trash old computers and cell phones at alarming rates, FRONTLINE/WORLD presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital age -- the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of electronic waste around the world each year. Tracking "e-waste" to the slums of Ghana and the far-off provinces in China, producer/correspondent Peter Klein and his team of graduate journalism students fan out around the world to document the growing impact of this toxic trash on those who desperately scavenge it for precious metals. They also explore the potential threats to privacy, as criminal gangs attempt to harvest data from America's old computers and cell phones and exploit it. Also, a popular competition to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs in the Middle East and a pioneering effort to make an affordable wheelchair for the developing world." -- Container.

2009

Ghana

Child slavery

Part I: main stories on this disc: Poverty in Peru; Freddy who works illegally in the mines to help his family survive. Ghana; Mawulehawe, a fishing boy on Lake Volta.

2009

Ghana

Africa, who is to blame?

Civil wars rage in at least 16 African countries and, despite an abundance of natural resources, millions of Africans live in abject poverty. But who's responsible? And, more importantly, what can be done to promote peace and prosperity? Tony Blair has described the plight of Africa as 'a scar on the conscience of the world'. And for older Africans, Africa's woes are due to factors beyond the continent's control: colonialism, the slave trade, racist plots, greedy multinationals and deteriorating terms of trade. But for a new generation, personified by June Arunga 'widely touted as a future leader of Kenya' this picture of Africa as global victim doesn't wash. The history and present day situations in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda are explored. In this program ex-president of Ghana, JJ Rawlings, together with Arunga, talk to Africa's political and economic elites, and meet ordinary Africans. They set out to uncover the root causes of Africa's misery.

2005

Ghana

Banking on life and debt

This documentary shows the impact of International Monetary Fund and World Bank policies on people living in three developing countries: Ghana, Brazil and the Philippines. Loan incentives and pressure to re-pay debts have resulted in increased poverty, starvation and general hardship.

1995

Ghana

Economic anthropology

Examines economic behaviour in a variety of cultures, focussing largely on methods for the distribution of goods and trading patterns. Topics include: generalized reciprocity (Kung of South Africa), balanced reciprocity (Yanomamo of Venuzuela & Trobriand Islanders), central redistribution (Mendi of New Guinea), marketplace (Asante of Ghana), mixed local/world market (carpet makers of Afghanistan), cash economy (United States).

1994

Ghana

Sex and marriage

Looks at marriage in a variety of cultures, focussing largely on its function as an economic and social contract. Topics include: exogamy (Mbuti pygmies of Zaire), endogamy (Jews), polygamy (Turkana of Kenya, Asante of Ghana), arranged marriage (Myang of Laos), bride markets (Berbers of Morocco), bride capture (Nepal) associated rites and ceremonies.

1994

Ghana

Family and household

Examines concepts of family as a social unit and household as an economic unit in a variety of cultures. Topics include: naming customs, socialization of children (Mbuti pygmies of Zaire, North American nuclear family), family violence, extended family (India), matrilineal/patrilocal households (Asante of Ghana), single mothers (United States), effects of social change e.g. settlement on traditional family structures (Yanomamo of South America, Kung of South Africa).

1994

Guinea-Bissau

Guns and pencils

Interviews with Paulo Freire in which he gives his views on education in developing countries in the context of his work in Guinea-Bissau

1979

Kenya

Taking root : the vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy--a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

2008

Kenya

The constant gardener

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.

2006

Kenya

Africa, who is to blame?

Civil wars rage in at least 16 African countries and, despite an abundance of natural resources, millions of Africans live in abject poverty. But who's responsible? And, more importantly, what can be done to promote peace and prosperity? Tony Blair has described the plight of Africa as 'a scar on the conscience of the world'. And for older Africans, Africa's woes are due to factors beyond the continent's control: colonialism, the slave trade, racist plots, greedy multinationals and deteriorating terms of trade. But for a new generation, personified by June Arunga 'widely touted as a future leader of Kenya' this picture of Africa as global victim doesn't wash. The history and present day situations in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda are explored. In this program ex-president of Ghana, JJ Rawlings, together with Arunga, talk to Africa's political and economic elites, and meet ordinary Africans. They set out to uncover the root causes of Africa's misery.

2005

Kenya

World in the balance

The People Paradox reveals many startling trends. In Japan, Europe and Russia, birth rates are shrinking and the population is aging. In parts of India and Africa, more than half of the still growing population is under 25. The world population is now careening in two dramatically different directions.

2004

Kenya

Searching for Hawa's secret

Hawa Chelangat is a 37-year-old prostitute in Kenya who supports her five children through commercial sex. Frank Plummer is a Canadian scientist studying AIDS, and since 1983 the centre of his work has been a clinic for female sex workers in the Nairobi shanty-town where Hawa lives. This program explores a scientific quest to find a prevention rather than a cure for HIV: a difficult struggle in a world where vaccine research gets only 1% of AIDS funding.

1999

Kenya

Elephants

Joyce Poole came to Kenya at 19 to study elephants, and spent years at Amboseli National Park. Her discoveries about elephant communication have broadened our understanding of elephants. She has also helped draft an international treaty banning trade in ivory, to protect elephants from extinction.

1998

Kenya

Postcards from the future

Discusses feminist issues and values, detailing contributions of contemporary women activists to the creation of a better world. Topics include: science (women astronauts), environmental conservation (Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Rio Summit), peace movement (Greenham Common, Chechnya, Central & South America), violence against women (Quebec, Brazil), religious extremism targeting women (Algeria).

1997

Kenya

The nature of anthropology

Discusses the history and philosophy of anthropology and traces its evolution as an academic discipline. Topics and illustrative case studies include: Turkana tribe of Kenya, genocide of the Tasmanian aborigines, contributions of Franz Boas and Margaret Mead, past appropriation of artifacts in the name of preserving vanishing cultures (e.g. Omaha Nation).

1994

Kenya

Sex and marriage

Looks at marriage in a variety of cultures, focussing largely on its function as an economic and social contract. Topics include: exogamy (Mbuti pygmies of Zaire), endogamy (Jews), polygamy (Turkana of Kenya, Asante of Ghana), arranged marriage (Myang of Laos), bride markets (Berbers of Morocco), bride capture (Nepal) associated rites and ceremonies.

1994

Kenya

Monkey business

Strum, an anthropologist who has made an extensive study of olive baboon societies in East Africa, takes viewers into the lives of the "Pumphouse Gang" to explore the social behaviour of this primate and ways in which it resembles that of humans.

1993

Kenya

A Poor man shames us all

A Poor man shames us all (60 min.) suggests Western views of wealth and economic needs have created a society of strangers in contrast to the cultures of the Weyewa of Indonesia and the Gabra of Kenya, where economies of interdependency measure wealth through people rather than possessions.

1991

Kenya

Masai manhood

This is a study of the spectacular and colourful ceremony that surrounds the life, in particular the coming-of-age, of Masai warriors. It shows the way in which young men are expelled from the tribal centre to live in the bush, and the breath-taking ceremony that attends their return and induction into the life of the tribe as mature and responsible elders. A companion-piece to Masai Women.

1975

Lesotho

Flow : for love of water

Investigates the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply from the perspective of politics, economics, pollution and environmental issues, human rights, public health, and the effects of corporate greed and apathetic governments. Features interviews with scientists and activists, who discuss the water crisis at both the global and human scale. Also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies to address the problem.

2009

Liberia

Political organization

Examines major types of political organization as categorized by anthropology, illustrating each with footage from a representative culture. Topics include: bands (Kung of South Africa), tribes (Mendi of New Guinea), chiefdoms (Kpelle of Liberia), theocracy (Tibet), sovereign states; role of kinship and religion; recent trends toward decentralization (Soviet Union, Africa).

1994

Madagascar

Seasonal forests

The Taiga forest, on the edge of the Arctic, is a silent world of stunted conifers. The trees may be small but filming from the air reveals its true scale. A third of all trees on Earth grow here and during the short summer they produce enough oxygen to change the atmosphere. In California, home to the giant redwoods, General Sherman, a huge sequoia, is the largest living thing on the planet, ten times the size of a blue whale. The oldest organisms alive are bristlecone pines, with some of them more than 4,000 years old, pre-dating the pyramids. But the baobab forests of Madagascar are perhaps the strangest of all. This program looks at these and other seasonal forests, as well as filming the rare Amur leopard of Eastern Russia.

2009

Madagascar

Casino Royale

Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status. "M", head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele, who is attempting to restore his funds in a high stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. "M" places Bond under the watchful eye of the Treasury offical Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together. Le Chiffre's cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine, and he learns his most important lesson: Trust no one.

2007

Madagascar

Rare earth

"The final film brings together the themes of the series and reaches some startling conclusions. The Earth is an exceptionally rare planet -- and an exceptionally unusual one -- which has only been able to nurture and sustain complex life thanks to an extraordinary number of lucky breaks and coincidences. But this film also raises a huge question -- are we in danger of messing up the very systems that make Earth so different and so special? The programme travels to Madagascar, a place where man's influence on the planet is keenly felt." --producer's website

2007

Madagascar

Lemurs: with John Cleese

John Cleese travels to Madagascar to check on five lemurs, born in captivity, who were released back into the rain forest with the hope that they will survive and eventually mate with the existing population of lemurs to introduce new genes into the population

1999

Madagascar

Madagascar: a world apart

Presents an extraordinary cast of characters, including chameleons of every color and size, a panther-like carnivore called a fossa, and the charismatic lemures for which the island is famous.

1998

Madagascar

Sex, lemurs and holes in the sky

Contrasts the consumption of resources and relatively small numbers of people in industrialized countries with the high birth rates but low individual consumption of countries in the developing world. Compares families in Manhattan and Madagascar. Stresses that both industrialized and developing countries alike, individual citizens and world politicians, must address the issues of consumption, pollution and high populations. Presents beginnings of the solution with a program of education, health improvement and lower birth rates in southern India, and recycling in Manhattan.

1992

Malawi

The bicycle : fighting AIDS with community medicine

An intimate look at AIDS in Africa and an inspiring example of how local communities can join with global medical expertise to battle the deadly disease. Documentary chronicles the work of Dignitas International in Malawi, and specifically volunteer Pax Chingawale's journeys as he battles AIDS at the grassroots.

2006

Malawi

Eyes wide open

One-hour documentary on the work of courageous and resourceful HIV/AIDS campaigner Catherine Phiri. Catherine was a Malawian nurse who tested HIV-positive following her husband*s death due to AIDS. Risking isolation and even violence in a conservative society, the mother of two decided to speak publicly about her condition, breaking the silence surrounding AIDS. She became a respected leader and a source of inspiration for many people

2004

Malawi

Malawi : a nation going hungry

Many Westerners embrace globalization -- but do they grasp how profoundly their consumption and spending habits affect people thousands of miles away? Filmed entirely on location in Malawi, Ecuador, Nicaragua, India, and Guatemala, this five-part series illuminates what globalization means for citizens of those nations. Emotional and informative interviews with farmers, school teachers, community activists, and others reveal the human side of situations too often assessed only in terms of business and profit

2004

Malawi

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