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Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

Works: 1,264 works in 2,672 publications in 7 languages and 55,507 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films  Biography  Short films  Nonfiction television programs  Ethnographic television programs  Documentary television programs  Case studies  Drama 
Roles: Producer, Distributor, prn, fds, Publisher
Classifications: GN303, 968.81
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Publications about Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
Publications by Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)
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( visu )
15 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 759 libraries worldwide
A compilation of footage of the!Kung people of Namibia from 1951 through 1978. Focuses on the changes in the life of these people as seen through the reflections of one woman, N!ai
First contact by Bob Connolly( visu )
7 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 540 libraries worldwide
This is the classic film of cultural confrontation that is as compelling today as when it was first released over 20 years ago. 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. Thus they captured on film their unexpected confrontation with thousands of Stone Age people who had no concept of human life beyond their valleys. This amazing footage forms the basis of First contact. Yet there is more to this extraordinary film than the footage that was recovered. Fifty years later some of the participants are still alive and vividly recall their unique experience. The Papuans tell how they thought the white men were their ancestors, bleached by the sun and returned from the dead. They were amazed at the artifacts of 20th century life such as tin cans, phonographs and airplanes. When shown their younger, innocent selves in the found footage, they recall the darker side of their relationship with these mysterious beings with devastating weapons. Australian Dan Leahy describes his fear at being outnumbered by primitive looking people with whom he could not speak. He felt he had to dominate them for his own survival and to continue his quest for gold. First contact is one of those rare films that holds an audience spell-bound. Humor and pathos are combined in this classic story of colonialism, told by the people who were there. Filmmaker: Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson
The hunters by John Marshall( visu )
11 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in English and held by 520 libraries worldwide
This re-release of an early classic in anthropological film follows the hunt of a giraffe by four men over a five-day period. The film was shot in 1952-53 on the third joint Smithsonian-Harvard Peabody sponsored Marshall family expedition to Africa to study Ju/'hoansi, one of the few surviving groups that lived by hunting - gathering
A man called "Bee" : studying the Yanomamö by Napoleon A Chagnon( visu )
21 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and South American Indian [Other] and held by 469 libraries worldwide
Follows anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon as he collects anthropological field data among the Yanoama Indians of southern Venezuela
The ax fight by Timothy Asch( visu )
15 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in English and South American Indian [Other] and held by 326 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 with commentary; a discussion of the kinship structure of the fight; and an edited version
Joe Leahy's neighbors : film discussion by Bob Connolly( visu )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Creoles and Pidgins, English and held by 319 libraries worldwide
This film is the followup of First contact. It traces 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. European educated, raised in the highlands of Papua, freed by his mixed race from the entanglements of tribal obligation, Joe leads a Western lifestyle governed by individualism and the pursuit of affluence. While Joe may live in Western grandeur, he is still surrounded by his subsistence level Ganiga "neighbors," who never let him forget the original source of his prosperity. Joe spends much of his waking hours just keeping the lid on things. Filmmaker: Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson
The Feast ( visu )
10 editions published between 1968 and 2009 in English and South American Indian [Other] and held by 289 libraries worldwide
Yanomamo feasts are ceremonial, social, economic, and political events. They are occasions for men to adorn their bodies with paint and feathers, to display their strength in dance and ritualized aggression; for trading partnerships to be established or affirmed; and for the creation or testing of alliances. In the feast filmed in 1968, the Patanowa-teri had invited the Mahekodo-teri to their village. The two groups had been allies until a few years before this event, when they had fought over the abduction of a woman. They now hoped to renew their broken alliance, which they did successfully. Soon after the filmed feast, the two villages together raided a common enemy. A detailed discussion of this feast, and of the significance of feasting among the Yanomamo, is found in chapter 4 of Chagnon's Yanomamo: The Fierce People. The film's graphic representation of reciprocity and exchange may enrich (and be enriched by) a reading of Marcel Mauss' The Gift
Cartoneros by Ernesto Livon-Grosman( visu )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 283 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 Nuer by Robert Gardner( visu )
6 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and Nilo-Saharan [Other] and held by 257 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
The Swahili beat ( visu )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 246 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?"--Container
Box of treasures by Chuck Olin( visu )
9 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 240 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
To the land of bliss by Wen-jie Qin( visu )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 239 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
Siaka, an African musician ( visu )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 236 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
A Kalahari family ( visu )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 233 libraries worldwide
In 1951, Laurence and Lorna Marshall and their two children, Elizabeth and John, set out to find the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. Their aim was to study and document their life and culture. While in Nyae Nyae the Marshall family documented everyday life as well as unusual events and activities, producing a massive body of work that continues to define the fields of anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking today. Encapsulating 50 years of Namibian history, A Kalahari Family represents a lifetime of documentation, research, and personal contact by filmmaker John Marshall
Diary of a Maasai village by Melissa Llewelyn-Davies( visu )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 225 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
African dance : sand, drum and Shostakovich by Ken Glazebrook( visu )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in French and English and held by 223 libraries worldwide
This documentary explores African contemporary dance through eight modern dance companies from Africa, Europe and Canada that participated in the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal, Canada in 1999. Interviews, including those with dance historians Yacouba Konate and Alponse Tierou, add insight to beautifully-photographed performances. What emerges is a fascinating diversity of contemporary African dance themes and styles. Exploring the interactions between tradition and modernism, the consequences of colonization and urbanization, the self-expression of women through dance, and the roles of masculinity and family relationships, the film is a unique source of information and inspiration for dancers, dance historians, choreographers, critics, as well as those interested in African culture, past and present
The Uprising of '34 by George C Stoney( visu )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 222 libraries worldwide
The uprising of '34 is a startling documentary which tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little-known strike by hundreds of thousands of Southern cotton mill workers during the Great Depression. The mill workers' defiant stance, and the remarkable grassroots organizing that led up to it, challenged a system of mill owner control that had shaped life in cotton mill communities for decades. Sixty years after the government brutally suppressed the strike, a dark cloud still hangs over this event, spoken of only in whispers if at all. Through the voices of those on all sides, The uprising of '34 paints a rare portrait of the dynamics of life in mill communities, offering a penetrating look at class, race, and power in working communities throughout America and inviting the viewer to consider how those issues affect us today. The film raises critical questions about the critical role of history in making democracy work today. A thoughtful exploration of the paternalistic relationship between mill management and its employees, the relationship between black and white workers, and the impact of the New Deal on the lives of working people. The Uprising of '34 is meant to challenge the myths that Southern workers can't be organized, that they will work for nothing, and that they hate unions, says Stoney. More than a social document, the film is intended to spark discussion on class, race, economics, and power issues as vital today as they were 77 years ago. This is more than a story about a strike; it's a story about community. We went out of our way to make sure that we didn't make a 'which side are you on' film, says Helfand. The thrust of this film is to give the workers their chance to speak, adds Rostock. We're very proud of the fact that here's a film in which they speak for themselves [with no narrator]. Filmmaker: George C. Stoney, Judith Helfand, Susanne Rostock
Owners of the water : conflict and collaboration over rivers ("Tede'wa") ( visu )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Multiple languages and held by 220 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
Poto mitan : Haitian women, pillars of the global economy by Renée Bergan( visu )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 214 libraries worldwide
"Told through the compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, POTO MITAN gives the global economy a human face. Each woman's personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti. And while POTO MITAN offers an in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women's subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates that these are global struggles"--Container
The Navigators : pathfinders of the Pacific by Sam Low( visu )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and held by 201 libraries worldwide
Follows archaeologists as they seek clues to the origins and achievements of ancient Polynesian seafarers. Shows the excavation of a powerful voyaging canoe on the Tahitian island of Huahine, early sailing routes in Fiji, and traces of Hawaii's first settlers on Molokai. Travels with Mau Piailug as he and his crew sail a replica of an original Polyneisan canoe from Hawaii to Tahiti--2500 miles across the ocean without benefit of sextant, compass, or any other Western navigational instrument
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