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Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

Works: 1,418 works in 3,308 publications in 6 languages and 60,470 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films  Biography  Short films  Nonfiction television programs  Ethnographic television programs  Documentary television programs  Case studies  Music 
Roles: Distributor, Producer, prn, fds, Restager , Publisher, Other
Classifications: PN1997, E
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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 )

23 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 807 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
The Hunters by John Marshall( Visual )

11 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in English and held by 530 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
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 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon as he collects anthropological field data (over 36 months spead over 8 years) among the Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezuela. It is both an examination of Yanomamo culture, and the "functional rerequisites" of culture, including demography, territory/technology, social organization, language and ideology
First contact by Bob Connolly( Visual )

6 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member 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 spellbound. Humor and pathos are combined in this classic story of colonialism, told by the people who were there
Joe Leahy's neighbors : film discussion by Bob Connolly( Visual )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 365 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
Cartoneros by Ernesto Livon-Grosman( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 320 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. Filmmaker: Ernesto Livon-Grosman
The Ax Fight by Timothy Asch( Visual )

16 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in English and South American Indian and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fight broke out in Mishimishimabowei-teri on the second day of Chagnon and Asch's stay in this village in 1971. The conflict developed between the villagers of Mishimishimabowei-teri and their visitors from another village. The visitors had formerly been part of Mishimishimabowei-teri, and many still had ties with members of that village. Their friends in Mishimishimabowei-teri had invited them to return, but other factions were not pleased with this, reflecting a persistent tension in this large village of over 250 people. The visitors refused to work in their hosts' gardens, yet they demanded to be fed. One visiting man beat a woman who refused to give him plantains from her garden. She ran screaming and crying back to the village, where her sister comforted her while her brother, her husband, and his relatives attempted to settle the dispute, first with clubs and then with axes and machetes. Eventually the fight cooled down, as one man was hurt, others placed themselves between the two groups, and women hurled insults at each other. The event lasted about half an hour, ten minutes of which were filmed. The film is constructed of four parts. The first consists of an unedited version of what the cameraman saw and the sound technician recorded, including the filmmakers' comments (Chagnon complains at one point "that's the tenth person today that's asked me for my soap"). The apparent chaos of these first ten minutes is clarified in the second section, in which Chagnon explains the sequence of actions in the fight, the relationships between the actors, and how the filmmakers' initially confused interpretation of the events became coherent
The Feast by Robert Hass( Visual )

12 editions published between 1970 and 2009 in English and South American Indian and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the first stages of alliance formation between two mutually hostile Yanomamo Indian villages in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil. Describes in detail the preparation for a feast involving the inhabitants of the villages and presents scenes of chanting, dancing and trading at the feast
!Kung Bushmen Hunting Equipment by John Marshall( Visual )

6 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film shows in detail all the pieces of the !Kung hunting kit and how each piece is made and used, from the collection of the raw materials to the final fabrication, including the preparation of poison arrows
The uprising of '34 by George C Stoney( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 263 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]
Siaka, an African musician by Hugo Zemp( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 262 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
Margaret Mead : portrait by a friend( Visual )

4 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Rouch filmed this loving and humorous portrait of anthropologist and filmmaker Margaret Mead in September 1977 while he was a guest of the first Margaret Mead Film Festival. As both a friend and colleague, Rouch reveals a glimpse of the legendary Mead in her later years. (Fellow filmmaker John Marshall was the sound recordist.)
The Nuer by Hilary Harris( Visual )

8 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and Nilo-Saharan and held by 253 WorldCat member 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
To the Land of Bliss by Wen-jie Qin( Visual )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 246 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
Box of Treasures by Chuck Olin( Visual )

10 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 230 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
Diary of a Maasai village by Melissa Llewelyn-Davies( Visual )

3 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member 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
An African brass band by Hugo Zemp( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in French and English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the beginning of the 20th century in Jacqueville, near Abidjan in the Côte d'Ivoire, traditional music was forbidden by the missionaries. But the inhabitants' enjoyment of their local festivals proved stronger, and the little town developed its own brass band. This is the story of that brass band, a brass band that isn't at all like a military band. It's a dancing brass band, an African brass band, that accompanies all the big and little moments of life: national festivals, religious ceremonies, funerals, fetes and celebrations, a musical game involving a football, tunes from the famous Mapuka dance, or the experimental use of sacred drums together with the brass band. A lively debate between the musicians in which a sense of humor is clearly present, examining fundamental questions about their tradition and its transformations in the context of the life of people today. This film was shot in July and August 2002, a few weeks before the outbreak of civil war in the Côte d'Ivoire. "Zemp filmed ... with the ethnographic preciseness and clarity of his past recordings and films from Côte d'Ivoire and the Solomon Islands."--Joseph S. Kaminski, The world of music, 49(3), 2007. "Zemp's documentary is shot in crisp digital video with consistently good sound and lighting ... The combination of excellent performance footage and the musicians' candid commentary make An African brass band valuable to anyone interested in brass band specifically, and West African music and dance in general."--Robert Rumbolz, Ethnomusicology, 52(3), 2008. "The film offers a rare glimpse into local discourse over musical change. It also poses some important methodological and theoretical questions to research ethics, to the agency and involvement of the researcher, and to the complex negotiation over musical and cultural change. (... the film) is highly recommended."--Annemette Kirkegaard, Yearbook for traditional music, 40, 2008. Filmmaker: Hugo Zemp
The left eye of God : Caodaism travels from Vietnam to California by Janet Hoskins( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Vietnamese and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caodaism, born in French Indochina in 1925, is a syncretistic blend of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Catholicism. The fall of Saigon in 1975 brought an exodus of refugees, and the religion of Caodaism, to California. This documentary presents firsthand accounts of Vietnam's painful history and a discussion of hopes for congregations in Vietnam and the United States
African Dance: Sand, Drum, and Shostakovich by Ken Glazebrook( Visual )

8 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
Poto mitan : Haitian women, pillars of the global economy by Renée Bergan( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 220 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
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