Most widely held works by Adam Symansky
Manufacturing consent Noam Chomsky and the media ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 928 libraries worldwide
Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist, and radical philosopher Noam Chomsky. Focuses on Chomsky's analysis of the hidden use of ideological manipulation in democratic societies.
Cinéma vérité defining the moment ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 225 libraries worldwide
"The cinéma vérité (or direct cinema) movement of the '50s and '60s was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from vérité classics ... this is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever"--Container. Includes commentary by filmmakers, and explores vérité's influence in everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams.
The Vienna Tribunal ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 142 libraries worldwide
Highlights the moving and gut-wrenching personal stories of women from around the world who testified before a panel of eminent judges at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights. Modelled on past tribunals, the women challenged world leaders at the U.N. World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna to finally "address these violations for the gross human rights violations that they are." The Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights was convened during the 2nd United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in 1993.
Club native ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
"In Club Native, filmmaker Tracey Deer uses Kahnawake, her hometown, as a lens to probe deeply into the history and contemporary reality of Aboriginal identity. Following the stories of four women, she reveals the exclusionary attitudes that divide the community and many others like it across Canada. Deer traces the roots of the problem, from the advent of the highly discriminatory Indian Act through the controversy of Bill C31, up to the present day, where membership on the reserve is determined by a council of Mohawk elders, whose rulings often appear inconsistent. And with her own home as a poignant case study, she raises a difficult question faced by people of many ethnicities across the world: What roles do bloodline and culture play in determining identity?"--http://www3.nfb.ca/webextension/club-native/
Nollywood Babylon ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 113 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the wild world of "Nollywood," a term coined in the early '90s to describe the world's fastest-growing national cinema, the Nigerian film industry. The film delves first-hand into Nigeria's explosive homegrown movie industry, producing 2500 films a year, most for under $10,000. Peppered with interviews with producers, directors and actors, film clips and buoyed by a rousing score fusing Afropop and traditional sounds, Nollywood Babylon celebrates the distinctive power of Nigerian cinema now bursting beyond the borders of Africa.
Mohawk girls ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 100 libraries worldwide
Life on the rez has never been easy, and for girls at the beginning of the 21st century, some issues seem further from resolution than ever. Mohawk Girls captures the lives of three exuberant and insightful Mohawk teenagers as they face their future. The unwritten rules of their close-knit community decree that those who move away risk their credibility, or worse, their rights as Mohawks. Those who stay give up the possibilities offered by the "outside world." A decade ago, filmmaker Tracey Deer faced the same questions. Now she returns to document two critical years in the lives of these young women, as they tackle the same issues of identity, culture, and family she faced earlier.
The peacekeepers Le prix de la paix ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 92 libraries worldwide
Documents the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contains footage from meetings at UN headquarters, as well as footage gathered while with UN troops in northeast Congo.
Dead in the water ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
"One in four people on earth don't have access to clean drinking water. Many governments lack either the resources or the will to provide this essential commodity to their citizens. In recent years, a number of powerful companies have spotted this crisis and seen a business opportunity. And from the deserts of California to the streets of Soweto, and several thousand other cities and towns throughout the world, often with the involvement of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, they have attempted to privatize what many consider a public trust ... Investigates the results of these efforts at privatization in several key locations and chronicles what many see as the first in a wave of battles in the years to come"--Container.
Labour of love five stories of caregiving ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
Includes five intimate profiles of caregivers and their families. Over the course of a year, the caregivers tell first-hand accounts of the day-to-day demands of looking after an elderly relative.
Flamenco at 5:15 ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 37 libraries worldwide
An impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain - Susana and Antonio Robledo. Shows the young dancers - inspired by the flamenco rhythms and mesmerized by Susana's extraordinary energy - joyously merging with an ancient gypsy culture.
Bearing witness Luke Melchior ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
This program is a candid portrait of a year in the life of Luke Melchior, a young man who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Bearing witness Jocelyn Morton ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 32 libraries worldwide
Jocelyn Morton's life wasn't supposed to go this way. At age 44, she had been battling cancer for a decade. This film follows Jocelyn over the last four months of her life. In an intimate powerful and unvarnished way, it introduces us to a woman struggling to balance her life as a cancer patient with her need to live as ordinary a life as possible.
The Devil's dream ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 31 libraries worldwide
Social and political conditions in Guatemala are viewed through the eyes of the country's people in these interviews and descriptions.
Kid nerd ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Offbeat look back at nerdhood by adults who have come to terms with their nerdiness. For nerds, adolescence was not about fun. Being an unpopular child or a teenager meant being harassed, bullied, beaten up or maybe even sexually abused. Uses rock music soundtrack and stock footage to let the nerds finally have their say.
Caregivers ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Five case studies of the challenges of providing home care to elderly family members.
Bombay calling ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
"Bombay provides American and British outsourcing firms with access to well-educated, English-speaking youths eager to get ahead, and willing to sacrifice almost anything to do it. For their efforts, they are paid more money than their parents ever dreamed of earning. And they spend it, frequenting a new brand of all-night discos that cater to their unusual office hours. [The film explores] this bustling world of late nights, long hours and hard partying. The result is a compelling insider's look at youth culture in India, and at the growing number of young people who choose to follow the American dream, Indian style" -- Publisher's website.
The peacekeepers ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and French and held by 18 libraries worldwide
Provides an intimate and dramatic portrait of the struggle to save a failed state. Follows the determined and often desparate maneuvers to avert another Rwandan disaster, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC). We are with the peacekeepers in the "crisis room" as they balance the risk of loss of life on the ground with the enormous sums of money required from uncertain donor countries. And we are with UN troops as the northeast Congo erupts and the future of the DRC, if not all of central Africa, hangs in the balance.
Un certain souvenir ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in French and held by 17 libraries worldwide
Que peut bien signifier la devise "Je me souviens" sur les plaques d'immatriculation du Qu ébec? Maladivement curieux. Le Brun, un nouveau venu dans La Belle Province, cherche la réponse en interrogeant aussi bien Monsieur et Madame Tout-le-Monde.
Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
In this video, the viewer is made to identify with William Lyon Mackenzie King as he tried to avoid conscription in the final year of World War 2. Through the skill of the writers and cinematographers, William Lyon Mackenzie King is seen as a man who clearly understood the danger to the future of Canada so sharply focused in the single issue of conscription.
A license to remember je me souviens ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in French and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Director Thierry Le Brun sets off to find out what the license plate slogan, "Je me souviens" means to Quebecers. In the process, each brings his own interpretation, letting them see each other in a new way, and helping them understand the concerns of the many communities that make up their land.
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