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Participation - a promise unfulfilled?

CD Rom 1: Action research in Malawi ((44 min)

2004

Mali

Boys, toys and the big blue marble

A documentary about the unenviable existence of millions of young boys around the world who are pressed into forced labour, fundamentalist religious indoctrination, military service (while they are still smaller than the guns they carry) and prostitution rings. All too often these boys are forgotten, their fate sealed from their infancy. As they are abused and their spirit is crushed, they repeat the cycle as adults, abusing and crushing the next generation. The film travels to Bolivia, Sri-Lanka, Burma, Brazil and Mali, and is told from the boys' viewpoint. This documentary is based on the same concept as the documentary "Of hopscotch and little girls," also directed by Marquise Lepage.

2008

Mali

The dollar a day dress

Steve Bradshaw travels to Mali, Uganda, Peru and Cambodia. In each country he tries to collect locally-produced fabric for London College of Fashion students to make into a symbolic dress. This dress represents the plight of the more than one billion people who live on a dollar a day or less because of the world's trade system, specifically subsidies to farmers in Europe and the U.S. of almost $300 billion a year, six times the amount the West gives in aid, which makes it extremely difficult for poor countries to exploit their trade advantage.

2005

Mali

The Art of living

In The Art of living (60 min.), Western society relegates aesthetics to specialists while tribal cultures express matters of life and death in everyday activities and artifacts. Illustrates this point with reference to the Wodaabe tribe of Niger and the Dogon peoples of Mali.

1991

Morocco

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The Atlantic Coast sweeps us eastward -- and backward: east to the Atlantic coast, and hundreds of millions of years back in time, to tell the story in three dramatic chapters of how tectonic upheaval pummelled and pounded eastern North America, until the shape we recognize today finally emerged. Along the way, viewers are invited to travel over a long-vanished ocean, forefather of the Atlantic. We linger over thousands of fossils whose discovery once solved a problem that baffled Darwin, and witness graphic proof of how North America and Africa were once bound together. Our journey takes us to Newfoundland where we explore the Tablelands mountain range before moving on to Nova Scotia and then to Morocco seeking the link between mass extinction and the violent break-up of a super-continent. Tectonic movement lies at the heart of this dramatic story of volcanic outpourings, massive rifting of continents and ultimately, the bursting forth of a new, young ocean, the Atlantic. --cover

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2007

Morocco

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Free trade slaves

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Film discusses free trade zones and the accompanying human problems that have arisen with human rights, exploitation of workers and environmental degradation. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mexico and Morocco.

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1999

Morocco

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Sex and marriage

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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.

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1994

Morocco

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Saints and spirits

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This program explores the parts religion and mysticism play in the lives of women who profess the Islamic faith, revealing their private lives in a society where only men face the public gaze. The spiritual aspects of their life have social as well as religious significances: since women rarely attend the mosque, rituals and celebrations are held in the home among women. All-important in this society is the Shawapa, or seeress, who interprets and reveals the guiding influence of the spirits over daily life. Saints and Spirits focuses on a Shawapa dedicated to the spirit Sidhi Mahmoun. Note credits: "Produced by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, from material shot for the Granada Television film 'Some Women of Marrakech.'"



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1979

Mozambique

Mozambique under attack

After independence, Mozambique was committed to socialist ideals to benefit the majority. Examines how external aggression, civil war and harsh structural adjustment policies have reduced the country to poverty, famine and dependence on uncoordinated external aid organizations.

1999

New Guinea

Kinship and descent I

This 2 part film presents family lives in New Guinea, Africa, the Arctic; among the Navaho in New Mexico and the Yanomamo in Venezuela. Describes kinship in terms of clan systems, lineages, matrilineal and patrilineal societies. Also shows how anthropologists study kinship and its importance in understanding cultures.

1983

Niger

Photo souvenir

"During the social and cultural euphoria of a newly independent Niger in the 1960s, Philippe Koudjina worked as a photojournalist and later opened his own photo studio. For many years, his snapshots of the youth scene in Niamey and his individual and family portraits provided Koudjina with a national reputation and a good living. Today Koudjina has fallen on hard times. He is no longer able to take photos because he is slowly losing his sight to glaucoma, and after having been hit by a car, he must use crutches to get around. His cameras, photographic equipment and a disorganized collection of negatives gather dust in a decaying cupboard, while he begs on the street in order to survive. Photo souvenir features interviews with Koudjina, and contrasts his desperate situation with the fortunes of other African photographers such as Malick Sidibe? and Seydou Keita, whose work from the same period has brought them renewed attention and financial rewards. While the film documents the effort by two French photo connoisseurs to organize an exhibition of Koudjina*s work in Paris, Photo souvenir reveals the fickle cultural process by which one-time "photo souvenirs" become "photographic art," and whether or not an artistic reputation is made in the western world"--container.

2006

Niger

The Art of living

In The Art of living (60 min.), Western society relegates aesthetics to specialists while tribal cultures express matters of life and death in everyday activities and artifacts. Illustrates this point with reference to the Wodaabe tribe of Niger and the Dogon peoples of Mali.

1991

Nigeria

Chinua Achebe

This program analyzes the impact Chinua Achebe and his writings have had on world literature, as well as his influence as an editor and a spokesman for a generation of African writers. Dr. Achebe, professors Abiola Irele and Gerald Graff, and Charles Larson, editor of the anthology Under African Skies, discuss the characterization, social implications, and levels of interpretation of Things Fall Apart. Vital concepts indigenous to the Ibos of southeastern Nigeria such as oral culture, reincarnation, and negotiation, concepts essential to a deep understanding of the novel, are also presented.

2004

Nigeria

Women and Islam [videorecording] : Islam unveiled

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].

2003

Nigeria

All different, all equal

Part 11 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Looks at progress in achieving greater equality for women -- five years after the Beijing Conference on Women where government delegations pledged themselves to tackle increasing violence against women. Examines gains in women's rights globally with visits to Northern Ireland, Nigeria, Fiji, New Zealand, Brazil and other nations focusing on crimes against women and achievements by women towards equality.

2000

Rwanda

Chronicle of a genocide foretold

Explores the roots of the massacres in Rwanda that left a million people dead and looks at the aftermath of the genocide. DISTURBING IMAGES - VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.

1996-97

Rwanda

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

Rwanda

Mothers courage : thriving survivors

Looks at how the Rwandan women got back on their feet following the genocide of 1994 and faced up to the situation they were left with in its aftermath. At the heart of alternate portraits encountered through this journey is Athanasie Mukarwego who, following her husband's assassination, began her fight to survive a three months long collective rape while her four children were being held in the next room.

2005

Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

The deeply moving true story of a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict.

2005

Rwanda

Shake hands with the devil: the journey of Roméo Dallaire

Based in part on the book, Shake hands with the devil by (Ret.) Lt. General Roméo Dallaire with Major Brent Beardsley. Filmed during General Dallaire's first return to Rwanda in April, 2004, 10 years after the genocide.

2004

Senegal

Proudly serving Canadians: Canadian Forces ... year in review

Features members of the Canadian Armed Forces performing their duties at home and in various countries, including Afghanistan.

2005

Senegal

Turbulences

The global market is not a neutral territory, but an unprecedented state of interconnections and interdependence. Circling the globe, director Carole Poliquin meets squatters in Paris, families living on welfare in Quebec, factory workers in Thailand, teaches in Ontario, fish processors in Senegal and debt-ridden Mexicans. She also interviews some of the market speculators and fund mangers who help dictate economies worldwide and yet, for the most part, remain indifferent to the consequences of their actions. The program highlights the unprecedented power of the financial markets and the threats they pose to democracy.

1997

Sierra Leone

Blood diamond

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: to recover a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son who was consripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside.

2007

Sierra Leone

Participation - a promise unfulfilled?

CD Rom 1: Action research in Malawi ((44 min) -- CD Rom 2: Action research in Sierra Leone (53 min.).

2004

South Africa

The 16th man

During the apartheid era, South African teams had been banned from international competition, and its exclusion from rugby was an especially severe blow to the white population. Blacks, on the other hand, saw the national Springbok team & its colors as symbols of oppression and cheered against their home team. With the 1995 Rugby World Cup set to take place in South Africa, Mandela recognized an opportunity with the Springboks to achieve national unity through sport.

2010

South Africa

[Naomi Tutu]

This is a record of Naomi Tutus's address at the McPherson Playhouse, presented April 1, 2009 in the Camosun Speaker series. She talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa and the contemporary situation there.

2009

South Africa

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

South Africa

Dead in the water

There's a problem with the world's water supply. One in four people on earth doesn't have access to clean drinking water. Water and sanitation infrastructures are crumbling. We keep using more of it, yet continue to degrade and deplete it. Powerful companies spotted a crisis and saw a business opportunity. From Moncton, New Brunswick to Atlanta, Georgia and Buenos Aires, Argentina to Soweto, South Africa, The fifth estate's Linden MacIntyre investigates the results of the effort to privatize what many consider a public trust.

2006

South Africa

Story of a beautiful country

Filmmaker Khalo Matabane travels through the nine provinces of South Africa in a minibus taxi. His passengers talk about their feelings and impressions of South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, covering topics such as land, race, language, globalization, democracy, identity, and violence

2004

South Africa

The lost boys : apartheid's legacy

Born into poor, dysfunctional families and disease-ridden communities during the apartheid era, "The Lost Boys' were weaned on brutal violence and crime. They became thieves, hijackers and even rapists. Despite their difficulty in making commitments, they have been attending therapy sessions at the Zimiseleni Group on a weekly basis for 3 years now, and are desparately trying to improve the quality of the choices they make, even when they feel like there are none. Through unique access to this therapy, we gain insight into their lives and their struggle to overcome the legacy apartheid has left them.

2003

South Africa

The day we learned to think

Discoveries made by anthropologists off the coast of South Africa have shed light on the science of human evolution.

2003

South Africa

The cost of living

Part 14 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. This program examines why AIDS drugs are unaffordable in developing countries, using as examples Thailand and South Africa, two countries who have applied to use compulsory licenses and parallel importing -- practices agreed under World Trade Organization guidelines -- to make their own generic versions of anti-retroviral drugs to halt the AIDS epidemic in their countries. It also asks why anti-retroviral drugs still aren't included in the WTO's essential drugs lists.

2000

South Africa

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

South Africa

An act of faith : the Phelophepa health train

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