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Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)

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Works: 1,234 works in 2,834 publications in 8 languages and 57,073 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: Distributor, Producer, prn, fds, Publisher
Classifications: PN1997, 305.8961
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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 )

21 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 774 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 587 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 535 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 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon as he collects anthropological field data among the Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezuela. Includes information about the Yanomamo, such as their system of kinship ties, their religious beliefs and ceremonies, and the growth and fissioning of their widely scattered villages. Chagnon's commentary touches on the problems of the fieldworker, and the ambiguities of the anthropologist's role and his relation to the subjects of his study
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 371 WorldCat member 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 !Kung San: Traditional Life by John Marshall( Visual )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and held by 327 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 322 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; a discussion of the kinship structure of the fight; and an edited version
Cartoneros by Ernesto Livon-Grosman( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in Spanish and English and held by 308 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 Feast by Robert Hass( Visual )

12 editions published between 1968 and 2009 in English and South American Indian and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yanomamo Indians, living in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil, create feasts that are ceremonial, social, economic, and political events. Men adorn their bodies with paint and feathers to display their strength in dance and ritualized aggression; trading partnerships are established or affirmed; and alliances are created or tested. In this film, the Patanowa-teri invite the Mahekodo-teri to their village. The two groups had been allies until a few years earlier, when they fought over the abduction of a woman. Through feasting, trading, dancing and chanting, a new alliance is formed
The Swahili beat : an introduction to the history of the East African Coast by Kenny Mann( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 272 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
The Nuer by Robert Gardner( Visual )

6 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and Nilo-Saharan and held by 255 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
Siaka, an African musician by Hugo Zemp( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 253 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
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 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A unique collaboration between two indigenous filmmakers and an anthropologist, Owners of the water is a compelling documentary with groundbreaking ethnographic imagery. 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. Xavante and Wayuu are nationally and internationally prominent political actors and both face challenges over water. Owners highlights a civic protest showing strategic use of culture to bring attention to deforestation and excessive use of agritoxins in unregulated soy cultivation. The film features a diversity of Xavante opinions and evidence that non-indigenous members of the local population both support and oppose indigenous demands. The film showcases indigenous efforts to build networks among different native peoples and across nations. The film results from long collaboration between anthropologist Laura Graham and Xavante and more recent collaboration with Wayuu. The Association Xavante Wara, 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 'ro) 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. After the trip the Xavante and Wayuu filmmakers and the anthropologist made this film based on the ethnographic footage of their intercultural encounters. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany, 2010. Filmmaker: Laura R. Graham, David Hernandez Palmar, Caimi Waiasse
The uprising of '34 by George C Stoney( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This films tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little-known strike by hundreds of thousands of southern textile workers. After three weeks the strike was stopped, the strikers denied jobs. Sixty years later this strike is virtually unknown, and union representation in the South still suspect
To the Land of Bliss by Wen-jie Qin( Visual )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 242 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 )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 239 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
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 )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 216 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
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 216 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 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 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caodaists worship the left eye as an Asian synthesis of eastern and western traditions. In this film, they tell their stories of exile, anti-colonial struggle, and building immigrant congregations in California. Footage of rituals and temples, and archival images combine to provide a personal perspective on a largely unknown mystical tradition. Older religious leaders tell how this new faith emerged in colonial Saigon in the 1920s and was soon followed by one in four people in southern Vietnam. Incorporating European figures like Victor Hugo and Jeanne d'Arc, Caodaists tried to heal the wounds of colonialism, but suffered persecution from the French, the Diem government, and the communists. After 1975, new spirit mediums in California developed an innovative style of worship for a generation of followers facing the challenges of the American context and newly re-opened contact with religious centers in Vietnam. How independent can California congregations be from sacred authorities in the homeland? A more complete analysis of the changing worlds of Vietnamese Caodaists can be found in "Caodai exile and redemption : a vew Vietnamese religion's struggle for identity" in Religion and social justice for immigrants, Rutgers University Press 2006: p. 191-210, and in the Material religion journal article "Seeing syncretism as visual blasphemy : critical eyes on Caodai religious architecture" 2010 6(1). "(The left eye of God) is a brilliant exploration into an immigrant community from Vietnam ... an in-depth historical look at a Vietnamese cultural experience and its extensions to the United States ... As a premier ethno-historical film about Vietnam bearing weight on its cultural integrity, it beautifully traces an incipient, and yet spreading belief system - for the most part unknown in the West."--David Blundell, Ph. D., Associate Professor, UCLA. "I would certainly show this film in my Asian studies courses, and I would also recommend it to my colleagues in other departments (e.g. anthropology, Asian American studies)."--Shawn McHale, Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, The George Washington University. Related resources
 
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