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Howells, Barrie

Works: 150 works in 326 publications in 4 languages and 1,312 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary films  Biography  Nonfiction films  Drama  Interviews  Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)  Short films  Case studies  Historical films 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, Film editor
Classifications: DS747.9.C47,
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Barrie Howells
Mystery of the Maya by Barrie Howells( Visual )

36 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Europe suffered through the Dark Ages, the culture of the Maya of Central America was reaching its apex. Through dramatizations and recreations, this film illustrates scenes from traditional Maya life, the period of the Spanish invasion, the nineteenth-century explorers who first documented the existence of Maya cities, and the discovery of the tomb of seventh-century ruler King Pacal at Palenque. The film considers remarkable Maya achievements in art, architecture, the calendar and astronomical observations, and writing through the lens of their great city-temples of Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Palenque. The work of various despoilers, explorers, and archeologists, from Franciscan bishop Diego de Landa and the lost Maya Codex, the Englishmen Frederick Catherwood and Alfred Maudslay in preserving images of carvings, which have been damaged or lost, to Giles Healey and the story of the spectacular Bonampak murals, is also detailed. This film invites the world to ponder the achievements of the Maya civilization and to speculate on the reasons for its demise
The Best damn fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar( Visual )

3 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man chooses the unfettered life and uncertain income of an itinerant bush worker, even though it means that his family lives poorly. The film is a study of the effects of isolation and deprivation on family life
Trafficopter( Visual )

2 editions published between 1972 and 2009 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows traffic reporter Len Rowcliffe, as he gives his daily reports from a helicopter over the city of Montreal. Examines the use of trafficopters in monitoring traffic conditions and guiding motorists in avoiding rush-hour tieups. Includes interviews with Rowcliffe
The devil at your heels( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The late Ken Carter's long-time obsession to be the world's greatest daredevil is the subject of this feature-length documentary. Seen are the five years of preparation that went into raising one million dollars, building a rocket-powered car, and constructing a ten-storey take-off ramp for his attempt to jump a car across a mile-wide stretch of the St. Lawrence River. A portrait of a stunt driver who made his living by risking his life
First emperor of China by Tony Ianzelo( Visual )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and French and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ying Zheng became king of the Chinese kingdom of Qin at 13. In his early 20s, he began to rule in his own name, and immediately set about consolidating China's seven kingdoms into one magnificent empire. Domestically, he standardized weights and measures, currency, written language, and built the Great Wall. He christened himself Shi Huangdi--First Emperor. In 1974 farmers digging a well stumbled upon his last, and perhaps most remarkable accomplishment: the terra-cotta army. 7,000 life size soldiers, archers, and horses filled four huge underground chambers. This film tells his story, revealing one of many reasons the Chinese are so proud of the long history of their civilization and culture
Margaret Atwood once in August( Visual )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canadian author Margaret Atwood has achieved distinction internationally as both a poet and a novelist. Yet she remains one of Canada's most elusive literary figures. In a quiet encounter on Atwood's island retreat, the film's director seeks to discover what shapes this celebrated writer's fiction, and what motivates her characters. He finds instead that for Margaret Atwood, an enigmatic distance separates the life of her art from the art of her life
The Vinland mystery( Visual )

4 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary depicts the search, discovery and authentication of the only known Norse settlement in North America - Vinland the Good. Mentioned in Icelandic manuscripts and speculated about for over two centuries, Vinland is known as "the place where the wild grapes grow" and was thought to be on the eastern coast between Virginia and Newfoundland. In 1960 a curious group of house mounds was uncovered at l'Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland by Drs. Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad of Norway. Added to the United Nations World Heritage List, l'Anse aux Meadows is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world
Whistling smith( )

3 editions published between 1975 and 2006 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sergeant Bernie "Whistling" Smith pounds the beat on Vancouver's east side--the hang-out of petty criminals, down-and-outs, and a variety of unsavory characters. His policing is unorthodox. To many a drug user, petty thief, or young woman drawn into prostitution, he is more than the iron hand of the law, he is also counsellor and friend. Here is a revealing insight into one side of big-city life and a tough cop with a big heart
Super-companies( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Activities of large international corporations discussed in interviews with their managers, opponents and economists, as exemplified by aluminum companies
The Ballad of Crowfoot by William N Dunn( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A bitter, haunting, and impressionistic film that examines the situation of Aboriginal people in North America through the figure of Crowfoot, the legendary 19th century Blackfoot leader of the Plains. A rapid montage of archival photos, etchings and contemporary newspaper clippings is married to the words and music of an impassioned ballad written by Micmac singer and songwriter Willie Dunn."--Container
The apprenticeship of Mordecai Richler by Alan Handel( Visual )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is seen in the context of the immigrant Jewish community of St. Urbain St. in Montreal, in both public and private moments, in interviews and readings
Saul Alinsky went to war( Visual )

8 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saul Alinsky, controversial professional organizer, goes to war against the conditions that keep the poor in poverty. The film shows how he helped Black ghettos in the Unived States find and effective, non-violent method of fighting for their rights
Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher by Douglas Kiefer( Visual )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1994 in English and French and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profile of the economist, technologist and lecturer who came to believe that the modern technological explosion has grown out of all proportion to human needs
Poet : Irving Layton observed( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canadian poet Irving Layton has always masked himself in controversy. Here, in front of the camera, he unexpectedly agrees to be unmasked. In sharp, evocative images, the private Layton responds to the world of experience from Montréal to Greece. The camera captures him in the very process of transforming such moments into poetry. The 1981 Nobel nominee not only reads and explicates his own writings, but also speaks incisively about Canadian literature itself, defining it metaphorically as a "double hook" that combines "beauty and terror." It is the singular achievement of this film to actually show such art emerging as Layton transforms incidents of his life into words that may last. The poet is truly observed
Mobility( Visual )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1996 in French and English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With millions of rural poor heading for the cities of the developing world, the authorities are under tremendous pressure to create urban services where few existed before. One of the greatest problems facing them is that of affordable public transportation, with many people trapped in shantytowns and squatter settlements that are miles from work and social services. This program looks at the experiences of a number of cities in Africa (Nairobi), Asia (Bombay, Bangkok, Trivandrum) and South America (Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo), where transit systems of the past have been found wanting and have had to be adapted to changing circumstances. Amongst the points made are that the needs of the urban poor often run contrary to those of middle-class transit users and that though the requirements and solutions of all cities are not the same, some concepts have a universal application
Native reflections( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first part of this compilation features still photography documenting the Indian experience of the opening of the Canadian West. The second part documents the traditional Cree way of life in a winter hunting camp
El misterio de los Mayas( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in Spanish and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the culture, science, and history of the Mayans. Discusses their work with architecture, math, calendrics, writing systems, and buildings
A safety net( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professor Edward Ayensu, a leading Ghanaian plant biologist and a member of several international organizations which deal with agricultural issues in Africa, talks about the problem of food aid dependency, how it has affected food production in Africa and the ways in which those involved can and are working to change the situation. The film also examines the problem of feeding the growing urban centers in Africa, whether African farmers should be concentrating their efforts on food crops or cash crops, and ways to break the cycle of dependency."--Container
Atwood and family by Michael Rubbo( Visual )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmmaker Michael Rubbo visits writer Margaret Atwood and family at their northern island cottage. Atwood presents her views on her work and its influences, on being a Canadian, a female and a writer. Her parents and husband (Graeme Gibson) relate pertinent anecdotes
The Scholar in Society: Northrop Frye in Conversation( Visual )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews Canada's foremost literary critic Northrop Frye who talks on social issues, language, democracy and the role of the modern university. Claims that the university is a place where individual liberty becomes possible
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Mystery of the Maya
English (93)

French (19)

Chinese (6)

Spanish (5)

First emperor of China