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Big World Cinema (Firm)

Overview
Works: 31 works in 55 publications in 5 languages and 505 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction films  Drama  Biographical films  Rules  History  Short films  Romance films  Historical films 
Roles: Producer
Publication Timeline
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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 101 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
Proteus by John Greyson( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This comprehensive retrospective includes four features and thirty-seven shorts by Greyson. Proteus is a fact-based interracial gay love story of two men incarcerated in the infamous South African Robin Island prison in the 18th century. Claas Blank, a Koi herder was unjustly imprisoned for stealing cattle. Rijkhaart Jacobsz, a withdrawn Dutch sailor, was imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality. The two were placed on trial for sodomy and the film is based partly on court transcipts from the time. His films established him as a leading figure in the loosely defined New Queer Cinema movement of the early 1990s. His many shorts, addressing such diverse topics as gay penguins, censorship, gender conformity, solidarity with Palestinian queers, gay rights in Bosnia, and the American bombing of the Iraqi Film Archives, have been shown in festivals internationally. Throughout his extensive body of work that ranges from hybrid documentary and historical fiction to filmed operas and experimental video art, Greyson employs digitized Brechtian techniques and camp humour as instruments of cultural and political activism. His work engages audiences passionately and critically, occupying diverse cinematic genres (the essay, the song, the viral video) and distinctive formal devices (multiple layers of subtitles, split-screen, voice and anachronism) to wittily contest dominant discourses of sexuality, gender and power. These deft, challenging works tell outsider stories that trouble history and skewer complacency, joining a growing debate about the role of queer activism in today's social justice struggles."--Pieced together from information found on Vtape
An act of faith : the Phelophepa health train( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 45 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 43 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 )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 42 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
An act of faith : the Phelophepa health train( Visual )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 35 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 or 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
My mother built this house( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 31 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
It's my life by Brian Tilley( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 31 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( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 15 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
Guilty( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moment features men and women from different backgrounds who share their most personal thoughts about courtship and sexual behavior. The discuss the six stages of seduction: the moment you meet, the moment you connect, the moment you seduce, the moment you kiss, the moment you take your clothes off, and the moment before penetration. A caption asks us: at which moment do you decide to use a condom?
Guilty( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guilty looks at the issues of blame, fidelity, denial and guilt within the AIDS context. The moment features men and women from different backgrounds who share their most personal thoughts about courtship and sexual behaviour
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 7 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 4 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
Le serpent 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
 
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