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Symansky, Adam

Overview
Works: 163 works in 408 publications in 3 languages and 3,689 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Nonfiction films  Animated films  Short films  Interviews  Ethnographic films  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Producer, Production personnel
Classifications: P96.C76, 302.23
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Adam Symansky
Publications by Adam Symansky
Most widely held works by Adam Symansky
Manufacturing consent : Noam Chomsky and the media by Noam Chomsky( visu )
30 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and French and held by 1,192 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
Ryan by Chris Landreth( visu )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
Ryan uses a hand-animated three-dimensional world to explore the life of Ryan Larkin, a pioneer in Canadian animation who now lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change. The documentary Alter egos explores the paths of animators Ryan Larkin and Chris Landreth and the relationship that developed between the two men. Syrinx uses animated charcoal sketches to retell the Greek legend of how Pan made his pipes. Walking examines the way people walk. Street musique creates a visual improvisation from the music performed by sidewalk entertainers. In The end an animator discovers that he's a character in his own work. Bingo answers the question, "What if a lie is told long enough and loud enough?"
Cinéma vérité defining the moment by Peter Wintonick( visu )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and French and held by 242 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
Club native ( visu )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 161 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 ( visu )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 160 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
The peacekeepers Le prix de la paix ( visu )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and French and held by 158 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
The Vienna Tribunal ( visu )
10 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 155 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."
Mohawk girls ( visu )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 117 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
Dead in the water ( visu )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 92 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
The sweetest embrace return to Afghanistan ( visu )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 62 libraries worldwide
Tells the story of 2 Afghans who return to Afghanistan in search of their families after a 16-year exile. Like many Afghan children, Soorgul and Amir were sent to Tajikistan during the Soviet occupation of their country. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the civil wars that broke out on both sides of the border left the children stranded, unable to leave the country until Canada accepted them as refugees. The Sweetest Embrace tells an intimate story set against one of the world's most harsh and yet beautiful landscapes, in a land where life has been shaped by war and hardship but where spirit remains resilient
Labour of love five stories of caregiving ( visu )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 42 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
Bombay calling life on the other end of the line ( visu )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and French and held by 38 libraries worldwide
"Kas Lalani's flight touches down in Bombay. His cell phone is ringing off the hook. The CEO of a small British outsourcing firm, he is working hard to cash in on the global gold rush of telemarketing jobs from the West. Bombay provides him 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. In Bombay Calling, filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal dive into 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 a growing number of young people who choose to follow the American dream ... Indian style"--NFB web site
The Devil's dream ( visu )
6 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Uses the folk ritual "The Dance of the 24 Devils" to comment on the many problems confronting Guatemals's poor: an oppressed native population, use the child labour, censorship of the press, and inadequate health care and educational opportunities
Bearing Witness: Luke Melchior ( visu )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 33 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
Le hold-up de l'eau by Neil Docherty( visu )
3 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 31 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
A license to remember je me souviens ( visu )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and French and held by 28 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
Tommy Douglas keeper of the flame by Donald Brittain( visu )
4 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Traces the political career of T.C. (Tommy) Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan and leader of the New Democratic Party, who was voted the Greatest Canadian in 2004 for his devotion to social causes, his charm and his powers of persuasion. Known as the "Father of Medicare," this one-time champion boxer and fiery preacher entered politics in the 1930s and never looked back
Kid nerd ( visu )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 28 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
Incident at Restigouche ( visu )
2 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
On June 11 and 20, 1981, the Québec Provincial Police (QPP) raided Restigouche Reserve, Québec. At issue were the salmon-fishing rights of the Micmac people. Because salmon has traditionally been a source of food and income for the Micmacs, the Québec government's decision to restrict fishing aroused consternation and anger among the Indians. This film provides a historical perspective on the issue, and documents, with newsclips, photographs and interviews, the two police raids. An interview with former Québec Minister of Fisheries Lucien Lessard explaining the motives of his decision complements the Micmacs' account of the event. This investigation into the history-making raids is a powerful film that puts justice on trial
Caregivers ( visu )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
Five case studies of the challenges of providing home care to elderly family members
 
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French (13)
Spanish (2)
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