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Symansky, Adam

Works: 51 works in 173 publications in 2 languages and 1,224 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Conference proceedings  Case studies  Anecdotes 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PN1995.9.D6, 791.433
Publication Timeline
Publications about Adam Symansky
Publications by Adam Symansky
Most widely held works by Adam Symansky
Cinéma vérité defining the moment by Peter Wintonick( visu )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and French and held by 257 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 ( visu )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 159 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. Modeled 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
Nollywood Babylon ( visu )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 153 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 ( visu )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 110 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 ( visu )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 106 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
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
Bearing witness ( visu )
9 editions published in 2003 in English and French and held by 38 libraries worldwide
"This video is a candid portrait of a year in Luke's life. Though his illness may set him apart, he is essentially a young men like so many others: concerned with making his way in the world, being as independent as possible."
Bearing witness Jocelyn Morton ( visu )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
"At age 44, Jocelyn Morton has been battling cancer for a decade. This intimate yet powerful film follows her over the course of her last four months, as she struggles to balance the realities of her life as a cancer patient with her need to live as ordinary a life as possible." -- Container
Caregivers ( visu )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Five case studies of the challenges of providing home care to elderly family members
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
A license to remember je me souviens ( visu )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and French and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Québec license plates don't sport cutesy tourist slogans like "Canada's Ocean Playground" or "Land of Living Skies." Instead, they draw attention to the past with "Je me souviens" (I remember), a motto that cuts to the heart of Québec history and society. To find out just what "Je me souviens" means to Quebecers, director Thierry Le Brun sets off across the province, license plate in hand and meets a cast of characters with wildly differing views. The results are illuminating, entertaining and often very funny
Referendum take two = prise 2 ( visu )
7 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in French and English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Documents the Quebec referendum on sovereignty of Oct. 30, 1995. 23 filmmakers from the NFB's French and English documentary studios take their cameras into the streets and homes of Quebecers, both famous and ordinary- from leading figures in the Yes and No campaigns to a philosophical Montreal cabbie who empathizes with both sides
Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis ( visu )
3 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Combines archival footage with excerpts from "The King Chronicles," a dramatic film series written and directed by Donald Brittain
Un certain souvenir ( visu )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in French and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Que peut bien signifier la devise "Je me souviens" sur les plaques d'immatriculation du Québec? Maladivement curieux. Le Brun, un nouveau venu dans La Belle Province, cherche la réponse en interrogeant aussi bien Monsieur et Madame Tout-le-Monde
The peacekeepers ( visu )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 17 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
Donald Brittain, filmmaker by Kent Martin( visu )
3 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
A close look at one of the best documentary filmmakers in the world, this retrospective of Brittain films also offers a glimpse of the man and the restless energy that informed his work. Dedicated and hard-working, Donald Brittain left nothing to chance, driving himself and his colleagues at the NFB and the CBC until perfection was achieved, or until airtime, whichever came first. (Award: Toronto.)
Bearing Witness: Robert Coley-Donohue ( visu )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Robert Coley-Donohue has ALS, a fatal degenerative neuro-muscular disease that strikes two in 100,000 people. ALS--also known as Lou Gehrig's disease--struck the Coley-Donohue family twice, taking the lives of both Robert and his wife, Barbara. Bearing Witness: Robert Coley-Donohue follows Robert over the last three years of his life. A retired machinist, he is determined to make the most of his time. With his faithful dog Brandy usually at his side, he lives independently for as long as possible, going out for coffee with his best friend, taking care of his garden and walking on the beach
Bombay calling life on the other end of the line ( visu )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and French and held by 11 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
Fifth province by Donald McWilliams( visu )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and French and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Filmed in Canada, France, Latvia, Cyprus and Africa, this film examines lives that have been irrevocably changed: Latvians exiled by war in 1944, a German photographer defined by the Nazi inheritance, a French novelist haunted by the death of his father, the plight of a Greek-Cypriot woman in the wake of the Turkish invasion in 1974, a massacre in the French town of Oradour-sur-Glane in 1944
Tough assignment ( visu )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
A frank and sometimes disturbing look at life at an urban high school in the nineties
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