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Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

Works: 1,320 works in 2,980 publications in 8 languages and 59,582 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films  Short films  Biography  Nonfiction television programs  Ethnographic television programs  Documentary television programs  Case studies  Drama 
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Most widely held works about Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
Most widely held works by Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
N!ai : the story of a !Kung woman by John Marshall( Visual )

23 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film provides a broad overview of Ju/'hoan life, both past and present, and an intimate portrait of N!ai, a Ju/'hoan woman who in 1978 was in her mid-thirties. N!ai tells her own story, and in so doing, the story of Ju/'hoan life over a thirty year period. "Before the white people came we did what we wanted," N!ai recalls, describing the life she remembers as a child: following her mother to pick berries, roots, and nuts as the season changed; the division of giraffe meat; the kinds of rain; her resistance to her marriage to /Gunda at the age of eight; and her changing feelings about her husband when he becomes a healer. As N!ai speaks, the film presents scenes from the 1950's that show her as a young girl and a young wife. The uniqueness of N!ai may lie in its tight integration of ethnography and history. While it portrays the changes in Ju/'hoan society over thirty years, it never loses sight of the individual, N!ai. Filmmaker: John Marshall, Adrienne Miesmer
First contact by Bob Connolly( Visual )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Nine Network (Australia) television program called Sunday, discusses and shows excerpts of the classic feature length film, First contact, showing cultural confrontation that is as compelling today as when it was first released in 1982. When Columbus and Cortez ventured into the New World there was no camera to record the drama of this first encounter. But, in 1930, when the Leahy brothers penetrated the interior of New Guinea in search of gold, they carried a movie camera, which they used to record many interactions with various indigenous groups
The hunters by John Marshall( Visual )

11 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this classic documentary, the Kalahari Bushmen of Africa wage a constant war for survival against the hot arid climate and unyielding soil. 'The Hunters' focuses on four men who undertake a hunt to obtain meat for their village. The chronicle of their 13-day trek becomes part of the village's folklore, illustrating the ancient roots and continual renewal of African tribal cultures. The film was photographed during a Peabody Museum, Harvard-Smithsonian expedition to the Kalahari Desert of South West Africa led by Laurence Marshall
A Man called Bee : studying the Yanomamö by Napoleon A Chagnon( Visual )

22 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and South American Indian and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon as he collects anthropological field data among the Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezuela. Includes information about the Yanomamo, such as their system of kinship ties, their religious beliefs and ceremonies, and the growth and fissioning of their widely scattered villages
Joe Leahy's neighbors : film discussion by Bob Connolly( Visual )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Creoles and Pidgins, English-based and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Nine Network (Australia) Sunday program discusses and shows excerpts of the feature length film Joe Leahy's neighbors, which is the followup of First Contact. The excerpts and commentary trace the fortunes of Joe Leahy, the mixed-race son of Australian explorer Michael Leahy, in his uneasy relationship with his tribal neighbors. Joe built his coffee plantation on land bought from the Ganiga in the mid 1970s
The Feast by Robert Hass( Visual )

13 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and South American Indian and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each summer for the past one hundred years, local residents on an otherwise tranquil block in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn turn their lives upside down for two weeks in order to host the reenactment of a centuries-old religious pageant. The annual feast of San Paulino di Nola has its roots in an archaic fertility rite with exotic pagan undertones. Italians from the Campanese village of Nola, who emigrated to Williamsburg in the 1880s, brought their blessed saint statues, fig trees, and traditional values to New York. Soon after they arrived to a new world of stoops and storefronts, they formed a special "society," dedicated to maintaining the annual feast of their hometown saint in their new-world neighborhood. But what makes this display so spectacular is an 85-foot, 3-ton obelisk known as the Giglio, which, along with a full brass band and church pastor, is hoisted on the shoulders of 100 neighborhood men and carried aloft through the streets. The blocks-long procession provokes many moods, alternating between reflective piety and frenzied hysteria, around which fireworks are set off and everyone receives a fertility blessing. Da Feast! celebrates a very special day in the life of the Giglio, on its 100th anniversary in the streets of Williamsburg. While the intimate documentary features the neighborhood's dynamic young priest, Father Fonti; the ceremony's Capo Paranza, Phil Galasso; an appearance by Brooklyn's colorful Borough president, Marty Markowitz; and a swinging original jazz score by Joe Magnarelli, the real star is filmmaker (and Williamsburg resident) Artemis Willis' 96-year-old landlord, Massimino -- who built the Giglio in Italy and brought his craft and his soul to Brooklyn. More than a block party or a church social, the Feast continues to unfold on personal, political, communal, familial, and cosmic levels in this constantly changing community. Today, zeppole carts are likely to stand adjacent to henna tattoo parlors, and the area's young hipsters observe a lesson in community from the local Italian Americans, and they both embrace a soundtrack that ranges from ancient folksongs to "Gonna Fly Now" (the theme from Rocky)
Cartoneros by Ernesto Livon-Grosman( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cartoneros follows the paper recycling process in Buenos Aires from the trash pickers who collect paper informally through middlemen in warehouses, to executives in large corporate mills. The process exploded into a multimillion dollar industry after Argentina's latest economic collapse. The film is both a record of an economic and social crisis and an invitation to audiences to rethink the value of trash. Filmmaker: Ernesto Livon-Grosman
The Ax Fight by Timothy Asch( Visual )

17 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in English and South American Indian and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A four-part analysis of a fight in a Yanomamo Indian village between local descent groups. Includes an unedited record of the event; a slow-motion replay of the fight; a discussion of the kinship structure of the fight; and an edited version
The Swahili beat : an introduction to the history of the East African Coast by Kenny Mann( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Swahili beat is an upbeat look at the remarkable history of the Swahili people of Kenya and Tanzania's East African coast. Packed with the music and dance of its indigenous peoples, the film takes viewers along the coast from the fabled island of Lamu to Zanzibar, Mombasa, Kilwa, Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam, tracing the development of the Swahili culture through the intermarriage of Arab settlers, arriving from Oman in the 8th century, with local Africans. The resulting Islamic hybrid culture cemented economic and social stability. The emergence of the Swahili as prosperous merchant brokers in the Indian Ocean basin and in the growing East African slave trade made them a lucrative target for successive waves of settlers, invaders and colonizers, including the Persians, Portuguese, Arabs, Germans and British. The Swahili have withstood all these invasions and maintained their Afro-Arab Islamic culture until today. Can they survive in the face of globalization, the Internet and tourism? Filmmaker: Kenny Mann
!Kung Bushmen Hunting Equipment by John Marshall( Visual )

5 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film shows in detail all the pieces of the!Kung hunting kit and how each piece is made and used, from the collection of the raw materials to the final fabrication, including the preparation of poison arrows
Owners of the water : conflict and collaboration over rivers ("Tede'wa")( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Multiple languages and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A central Brazilian Xavante, a Wayuu from Venezuela, and a US anthropologist explore an indigenous campaign to protect a river from devastating effects of uncontrolled Amazonian soy cultivation. The film results from long collaboration between anthropologist Laura Graham and Xavante, and more recent collaboration with Wayuu. The Association Xavante Warã, a Xavante organization that promotes indigenous knowledge and ways of living in the central Brazilian cerrado (a spiritually and materially integrated space that Xavante know as ʹró) and conservation of this unique environment, invited Graham to tell the story of its campaign to save the Rio das Mortes. David Hernández Palmar, a Wayuu (Iipuana clan) from Venezuela, accompanied Graham to meet the Xavante and learn about their struggles over water"--Summary
The!Kung San: Resettlement by John Marshall( Visual )

12 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using footage from 1978 through 1986, this video shows some of the dramatic changes in life-style and subsistence which the !Kung have undergone since their days of traditional gathering and hunting. No longer relying completely on foods obtained self-sufficiently, we glimpse the! Kung being given hand-outs of mealie meal, spending earned money from working in the South African Army on alcohol and consumer goods, and living in areas which increase crowding and argument. Filmmaker and anthropologist John Marshall is filmed helping the !Kung negotiate with South African authorities their right to install a pump on traditional lands. With a move back to traditional lands, and development of cattle herding and planned agriculture, there is a small hope that !Kung can be successful in a mixed economy
Siaka, an African musician by Hugo Zemp( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Siaka Diabaté is a musician at Bouaké, the second largest town in the Côte d'Ivoire. Through his mother's family he is Senufo, but through his father's ancestry he considers himself a Mande griot. He is a multi-talented professional musician, and for the local festivals plays five instruments: the Senufo and Maninka balafons, the kora harp, the dundun drum and the electric guitar. This film shows Siaka playing in the group led by Soungalo Coulibaly before his death in 2004, including the use of jembe drums, which we also see being made. Using long continuous shots that give priority to the music and to what Siaka and Soungalo have to say, this documentary introduces the audience to a fascinating world of urban music that incorporates traditional songs and dances by griots. Shot on site a few weeks before rising of civil war, during various festivities, this film presents a living portrait of this lovable and highly skilled musician working in a traditional environment, adding another dimension to the pleasure of seeing and hearing him during his international tours. This vidoes includes the extra features: Interview with Soungalo Coulibaly (9 min), Soungalo and his group playing for a wedding (10 min). Always keeping to his favorite method, the ethnomusicologist films alone, avoids unnecessary comments and favors long sequence-shots, which, better than any other device, allows the viewer to become part of the action and to absorb it. Vincent Zanetti, Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles, 19, 2006. The film follows Siaka closely as he plays at different festivities and rehearsals. The flow of the film is magnificent in these scenes. There is a feeling of floating and living in the moment of the sequences. No pressure is felt and the camera is clearly at the heart of the action ... There is an easiness of communication between the researcher and his informants. Aleksi Oksanen, The World of Music, 49(3), 2007. Zemp's beautifully crafted film was shot on location in Bouaké in July and August 2002 ... This documentary is not a biopic but an in-depth look into how a talented young musician gets by in Africa today. July Strand, Ethnomusicology, 53 (2), 2009. Filmmaker: Hugo Zemp
The uprising of '34 by George C Stoney( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This films tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little-known strike by hundreds of thousands of southern textile workers. After three weeks the strike was stopped, the strikers denied jobs. Sixty years later this strike is virtually unknown, and union representation in the South still suspect
The Nuer by Hilary Harris( Visual )

6 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and Nilo-Saharan and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the most important relationships and events in the lives of the Nuer, Nilotic people in Sudan and on the Ethiopian border. Demonstrates the vital significance of cattle and their central importance in all Nuer thought and behavior
To the Land of Bliss by Wen-jie Qin( Visual )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the post-Mao revival of Buddhism in China, the filmmaker offers an intimate portrayal of the Chinese Pure Land Buddhist way of living and dying
Diary of a Maasai village by Melissa Llewelyn-Davies( Visual )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series of five films by Melissa Llelewyn-Davies looks at daily life among the Maasai. The films are presented as a diary of a 7-week visit to a single village. The structure is episodic and the content dependent on various events or stories, some of which are developed through more than one film. The tapes can be used independently or together, to give an in-depth sense of Maasai life. The senior man in the village is the most important Maasai prophet and magician who is known as the Laibon. He is regarded as a wealthy man because he has so many wives and children. He has 13 wives living in the village as well as a large number of children, about 20 daughters-in-law, and 30 grandchildren. All the main characters in the films are somehow related to the Laibon, who was nearly 80 years old when the films were made. A common thread to the events of all five films is the ever-present anxiety about the state of the herds. These appear to be slowly depleting due to drought, disease and an increasing need to sell livestock for cash. Cash and/or livestock are needed by the Laibon and his kin to trade for wives, to pay off debts and to compensate for previous thefts
Box of Treasures by Chuck Olin( Visual )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many years ago, the Canadian government "confiscated" numerous ritual possessions belonging to the Kwakiutl Indians and forbade them to hold illegal pot latch ceremonies. In 1980, after years of struggle and negotiations, these sacred objects were returned to the tribe. This program looks at the resulting celebration and the present-day efforts of the Kwakiutl to keep their culture and heritage alive
An African brass band by Hugo Zemp( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in French and English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the beginning of the 20th century in Jacqueville, near Abidjan in the Côte d'Ivoire, traditional music was forbidden by the missionaries. But the inhabitants' enjoyment of their local festivals proved stronger, and the little town developed its own brass band. This is the story of that brass band, a brass band that isn't at all like a military band. It's a dancing brass band, an African brass band, that accompanies all the big and little moments of life: national festivals, religious ceremonies, funerals, fetes and celebrations, a musical game involving a football, tunes from the famous Mapuka dance, or the experimental use of sacred drums together with the brass band. A lively debate between the musicians in which a sense of humor is clearly present, examining fundamental questions about their tradition and its transformations in the context of the life of people today. This film was shot in July and August 2002, a few weeks before the outbreak of civil war in the Côte d'Ivoire. "Zemp filmed ... with the ethnographic preciseness and clarity of his past recordings and films from Côte d'Ivoire and the Solomon Islands."--Joseph S. Kaminski, The world of music, 49(3), 2007. "Zemp's documentary is shot in crisp digital video with consistently good sound and lighting ... The combination of excellent performance footage and the musicians' candid commentary make An African brass band valuable to anyone interested in brass band specifically, and West African music and dance in general."--Robert Rumbolz, Ethnomusicology, 52(3), 2008. "The film offers a rare glimpse into local discourse over musical change. It also poses some important methodological and theoretical questions to research ethics, to the agency and involvement of the researcher, and to the complex negotiation over musical and cultural change. (... the film) is highly recommended."--Annemette Kirkegaard, Yearbook for traditional music, 40, 2008. Filmmaker: Hugo Zemp
The left eye of God : Caodaism travels from Vietnam to California by Janet Hoskins( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Vietnamese and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caodaists worship the left eye as an Asian synthesis of eastern and western traditions. In this film, they tell their stories of exile, anti-colonial struggle, and building immigrant congregations in California. Footage of rituals and temples, and archival images combine to provide a personal perspective on a largely unknown mystical tradition. Older religious leaders tell how this new faith emerged in colonial Saigon in the 1920s and was soon followed by one in four people in southern Vietnam. Incorporating European figures like Victor Hugo and Jeanne d'Arc, Caodaists tried to heal the wounds of colonialism, but suffered persecution from the French, the Diem government, and the communists. After 1975, new spirit mediums in California developed an innovative style of worship for a generation of followers facing the challenges of the American context and newly re-opened contact with religious centers in Vietnam. How independent can California congregations be from sacred authorities in the homeland? A more complete analysis of the changing worlds of Vietnamese Caodaists can be found in "Caodai exile and redemption : a vew Vietnamese religion's struggle for identity" in Religion and social justice for immigrants, Rutgers University Press 2006: p. 191-210, and in the Material religion journal article "Seeing syncretism as visual blasphemy : critical eyes on Caodai religious architecture" 2010 6(1). "(The left eye of God) is a brilliant exploration into an immigrant community from Vietnam ... an in-depth historical look at a Vietnamese cultural experience and its extensions to the United States ... As a premier ethno-historical film about Vietnam bearing weight on its cultural integrity, it beautifully traces an incipient, and yet spreading belief system - for the most part unknown in the West."--David Blundell, Ph. D., Associate Professor, UCLA. "I would certainly show this film in my Asian studies courses, and I would also recommend it to my colleagues in other departments (e.g. anthropology, Asian American studies)."--Shawn McHale, Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, The George Washington University. Related resources
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