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Big World Cinema (Firm)

Works: 27 works in 52 publications in 5 languages and 482 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction films  Biographical films  Rules  Drama  Short films  Gay erotic films  Music videos  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PS3572.A45, 307.76
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Big World Cinema (Firm)
The cost of living( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part 14 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. This program examines why AIDS drugs are unaffordable in developing countries, using as examples Thailand and South Africa, two countries who have applied to use compulsory licenses and parallel importing -- practices agreed under World Trade Organization guidelines -- to make their own generic versions of anti-retroviral drugs to halt the AIDS epidemic in their countries. It also asks why anti-retroviral drugs still aren't included in the WTO's essential drugs lists
An act of faith : the Phelophepa health train( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part 4 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. A group of health professionals spends nine months each year touring the poorest and most remote areas of South Africa. With a full contingent of volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists and health educators on board, the "good clean health train" delivers quality health care to deprived rural communities
La León by Santiago Otheguy( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Parana Delta, surrounded by a labyrinth of waterways meandering through lush wilderness, Alvaro lives a simple, lonely life harvesting reeds and fishing. In this remote area of Argentina lost in time, Alvaro's homosexuality and his love for books aggravates his isolation. The only link between this boundless territory and the city is the water-taxi 'El Leon.' It's captain, El Turu, is a violent and intolerant man. He feels threatened by Alvaro's difference and embarks on a brutal campaign against him"--Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival website
Behind the rainbow( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A detailed exploration of the evolution of, and internal conflicts within, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), since it first came to power with Nelson Mandela's election in 1994"--Container
My mother built this house( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There are four million homeless people in South Africa who live in shacks in slums or squatter settlements. Government programs are building houses for these homeless, but it is a slow process. This program looks at the difference the South African Homeless People's Federation is making. The federation members, most of whom are women, save up money to add to their government grants, allowing them to build larger houses, helping women and their families live in a home of their own
Guilty( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guilty dramatizes the HIV-related issues of blame, trust and responsibility, and examines preconceptions concerning high-risk groups and how these assumptions not only lead to denial but can further stigmatize HIV. Follows Meg, a white woman, who is making a film about the spread of HIV in underdeveloped areas
It's my life by Brian Tilley( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite the fact that anti-retroviral medicines would allow 4.7 million South Africans with HIV to lead almost normal lives, the South African government has failed to provide them in public hospitals and clinics. And in a series of dangerous public statements, the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has questioned the link between HIV and AIDS. In response to these devastating policies Zackie Achmat, who is HIV positive and the acting chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), has decided not to take anti-retroviral medicines until they are made available by the government in public hospitals and clinics. Filmed over five months, Its My Life follows Zackie as he leads a court battle against the multinational drug companies to allow the introduction of cheaper, generic drugs, and takes on the South African government for its confusing policies around HIV and AIDS. Zackie's provocative position is not one all his friends and colleagues support. When Zackie gets ill, everyone wants to know why he refuses to take the medicines that would let him lead a healthier life. It's My Life interweaves personal and public images to provide an intimate look at an internationally profiled defiance campaign, and the complexities of its leading figure."--Container
Dreams of the good life by Bridget Pickering( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Dreams of the good life, five South African women talk about life, love and how their dreams for the future have changed since they have found out they are HIV positive. The women now examine their relationships with men more openly than ever before
Stories of our lives by Katherine Paterson( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in Swahili and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A schoolgirl gets suspended for her budding relationship with a fellow female student. A young man eager to explore his sexuality at a clandestine gay club in Nairobi contends with the explosive reaction of his homophobic friend. A closeted gay man falls in love with his befuddled straight best friend. On June 30, 2013, the Nest Collective began archiving the stories of queer Kenyans. After several months of touring and collecting hundreds of compelling stories, they turned some of the resulting stories into this anthology film. The film remains banned in Kenya." -- Container
The tap( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through the eyes of one woman, Nolindile Mdatshwa, The tap reflects a year of change and drama in the village of Sicambeni, in South Africa. Filmed over ten months, this film gives an intimate insight into the life of one woman and her community as they participate in the process of bringing clean water to their village. Through the reality of life in the village, we come to see the problems of living without clean water; of the endless and repeated task of collecting it and carrying it long distances, and the difference that its arrival makes"--Company web site
All Roads Film Festival collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

5th world: "Two young Navajos hitch hike home through the Navajo reservation, falling in love along the way"--Insert
Beats of the Antonov( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in Arabic and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beats of the Antonov tells the story of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, showing how they deal with civil war. Traditionally music has always been part of daily life in these areas, but now, it has a new role in a society challenged by war." -- Distributor website
Love the one you love( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Love The One You Love is the kaleidoscopic, multi-award-winning and entirely improvised debut feature by Jenna Bass. Set in Cape Town, the film follows the star-crossed stories of a phone-sex line operator, a dog handler, a love-sick IT-technician and a lonely teenager as they discover that their romantic relationships are part of a bizarre conspiracy to keep them in - or out - of love. Acclaimed by festivals and audiences around the world, Love The One You Love hails a new generation of South African cineam."--Accompanying insert
That's me( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

That's me: a HIV-positive drag queen discusses being gay and HIV-positive in Zimbabwe (7 min.)
Climbing the ladder : the role of a poverty alleviation program in a northern Ghanaian village( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Could four goats and two chickens change a life? If you live in the rural village of Nangbagu-Yakura in the Northern district in Ghana, the answer is yes. Women selected by the Graduation out of Ultra Poor Program (GUP) are changing their lives and those of their children as they participate in the Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction program (CFPR) which combines a gift of an asset with complementary strategies, such as training in the use of the asset and other life skills, a time-bound cash stipend, and introduction of a savings scheme, instead of focusing on only one aspect of poverty. The film highlights the daily choices and progress of a few participants in the program. An evaluation of the intervention by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) provides a perspective of how well the program performed relative to a control group of similar families who did not participate in the program. From their initial selection by means of a poverty ranking system involving the entire village to their growing savings account balances we celebrate their climb up the ladder toward an improved life for them and their children. More than an economic growth story this is the tale of human resilience and fortitude in the face of extreme poverty
Hidden heart : the story of Christian Barnard and Hamilton Naki( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary tells the story of the first heart transplant performed in Cape Town, in December 1967. Unlike previous accounts, this film acknowledges the role played by Hamilton Naki, a black man, who was equally a part of the sensational operation
The serpent : a ceremony by Éric Barbier( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revenge has been a long time coming ... Vincent Mandel is a photographer caught up in an ugly divorce and fighting for custody of his children. His already troubled life is blown apart by the appearance of a ghost from his past, Joseph Plender. Seductive, sympathetic, Plender is nonetheless utterly ruthless - a predator motivated by pure hatred of former classmate Vincent, and hungry for vengeance. It seems that Vincent's only chance to escape is to enter his world ..."--Container
After Mandela : Behind the rainbow( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goes behind the political struggles and personal turmoil within the Presidency of South Africa. More than a decade after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, South Africa will host the World Cup. But while the founding Freedom Charter of the ANC outlined ideals for "a better life for all," harsh inequalities still exist, from xenophobic attacks to corruption scandals and township protests. "Behind the rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organization into South Africa's ruling party, through the evolution of the relationship between two of its most prominent cadres, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Exiled under apartheid, they were brothers in arms, under Mandela they loyally laboured to build a non-racial state, now they are bitter rivals. Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory."
Black( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using the Black River in Cape Town as both a metaphor and embodiment of separation and displacement, Edwards constructs a poetic tableaux of water and sound to convey how the city's musical traditions, often markers of ethnic identity, reinforce the ghettoisation of culture and serve to bring people together. It includes interviews, backstage banter and live concert footage of musicians ranging from kwaito stars to right-wing Christian punk rockers. A compelling visual essay exploring the crosscurrents of history, culture and religion in Cape Town
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