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Howells, Barrie

Works: 162 works in 323 publications in 4 languages and 1,289 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary films  Biography  Drama  Nonfiction films  Educational films  Internet videos  Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)  Interviews  Short films 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, Film editor
Classifications: DS747.9.C47, 972.81016
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Barrie Howells
Mystery of the Maya by Barrie Howells( Visual )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 461 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

A view of Montréal as seen from the helicopter of one of the radio stations that reports on rush-hour traffic movement. Spread out below are the ant-runs of the city--freeways, interchanges, bridges, downtown arteries--and on them the thousands of vehicles, like so many dinky-toys, moving with the flow or jammed in massive tie-ups. It is a seething, teeming spectacle, a unique view of the city, artfully filmed, with comments by the traffic guide, Len 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 1 million, 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. (Award: Toronto.)
First emperor of China by Tony Lanzelo( Visual )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the period of Qin Shihuang's rule as the founder of the nation of China. It offers viewers a unique opportunity to increase their understanding of the nature of ancient Chinese civilization and its extraordinary achievements
Margaret Atwood Once in August( Visual )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rubbo visits Atwood on her island retreat to discuss what shapes Atwood's fiction
The Vinland mystery( Visual )

4 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 29 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. (Awards: Niagara-on-the-Lake; New York; Oscar nomination, Hollywood.)
The Ballad of Crowfoot by William N Dunn( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 26 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
Super-companies( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Activities of large international corporations discussed in interviews with their managers, opponents and economists, as exemplified by aluminum companies
The apprenticeship of Mordecai Richler( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 21 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 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saul Alinsky, executive director of Industrial Areas Foundation, explains his approach in organizing communities to fight poverty and injustice
Poet: Irving Layton Observed( Visual )

2 editions published between 1986 and 1987 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 Montreal to Greece. The camera captures him in the very process of transforming such moments into poetry. Layton not only reads, and explicates his own writings, but also speaks incisively about Canadian literature itself, defining it metaphorically as a "double hook" that combine "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
Usiimmaluguq Broken promises : the High Arctic relocation( Visual )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1953, Inuit from Port Harrison, now Inukjuak, Quebec, were relocated to new settlements in Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord, in the Northwest Territories, only one of a series of relocations. A slump in the fur market, the Inuit's chief source of income, and a need to increase settlement in the Arctic to protect Canada's sovereignty, were factors in the government's decision. Archival footage and interviews with survivors tell of the hardships the Inuit endured
Not Far from Bolgatanga( Visual )

3 editions published between 1982 and 1987 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Canadian International Development Agency began drilling water wells in rural Ghana to combat disease, the difficulties of "transplanting" even the simplest technology to primitive cultures became apparent, and almost scuttled the project
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
The Scholar in society Northrop Frye in conversation( Visual )

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

Scholar and literary critic Northrop Frye discusses the importance of education and also gives his thoughts on language, democracy and the role of the university
Mobility( Visual )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 10 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
Atwood and family( Visual )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 10 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
Xiao shi de Maya Mystery of the Maya( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in Chinese and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed on location at sacred sites in Central America, explores the culture, science, history and achievements of the Mayan people
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