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Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

Overview
Works: 1,266 works in 2,681 publications in 7 languages and 54,744 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films  Short films  Biography  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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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 )

15 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member 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( Visual )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 533 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 513 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 )

21 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and South American Indian and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon as he collects anthropological field data among the Yanoama Indians of southern Venezuela
The!kung san( Visual )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and held by 328 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
The ax fight by Timothy Asch( Visual )

15 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in English and South American Indian and held by 326 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 with commentary; a discussion of the kinship structure of the fight; and an edited version
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 316 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( Visual )

10 editions published between 1968 and 2009 in English and South American Indian and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrates the feasting practices of the Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezuela, at the headwaters of the Orinoco River. These feasts provide an opportunity for the forming of alliances between independent sovereign villages. Based on Chapter IV of Napoleon Chagnon's ethnographic work, Yanomano: the fierce people
Cartoneros by Ernesto Livon-Grosman( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 277 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
The Nuer by Hilary Harris( Visual )

6 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and Nilo-Saharan and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nuer call themselves Naath. Only their immediate neighbors, the Dinka, Shilluk and Arabs, call them Nuer. The people of Ciengach, where the film was made, are the Eastern Jikany, one of about sixteen district tribes of Nuer. Twenty-five years ago the total population of Nuer was estimated to be around a quarter of a million. SInce then the number has undoubtedly dwindled considerably due to warfare, civil strife, sickness, drought and the general abandonment of traditional lifeways. However, those who still called themselves Naath did so with a vivid image of themselves as superior people living a superior life. Furthermore, it was impossible not to see that their lives were inextricably tied to their herd. Ciengach is a perfected plan for co-prosperity of cows and humans. Nuer existence has, consistent with life on a flood plain, an almost tidal rythm due largely to the movement of cattle into and out of the villages -- Container
The Swahili beat( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 239 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?"--Container
Box of treasures by Chuck Olin( Visual )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 238 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
To the land of bliss by Wen-jie Qin( Visual )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 237 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
A Kalahari family( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 231 WorldCat member 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
Siaka, an African musician( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 228 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
African dance : sand, drum and Shostakovich by Ken Glazebrook( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in French and English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary exploring African contemporary dance featuring eight modern dance companies from Africa, Europe and Canada, as well as interviews with dance historians
Diary of a Maasai village by Melissa Llewelyn-Davies( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of life in a Maasai village as a representation of the Maasai people in Kenya. An attempt to describe a moment in the history of the Laibon's family
Poto mitan : Haitian women, pillars of the global economy by Renée Bergan( Visual )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member 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 Uprising of '34 by George C Stoney( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member 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")( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Multiple languages and held by 214 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
 
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