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Howells, Barrie

Works: 161 works in 346 publications in 4 languages and 1,329 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary films  Biography  Nonfiction films  Drama  Short films  Historical films  Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)  Interviews  Educational films 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, Film editor
Classifications: F1435, 931.04
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Barrie Howells
Mystery of the Maya by Barrie Howells( Visual )

32 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 463 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 ballad of Crowfoot by Willie Dunn( Visual )

5 editions published between 1968 and 2006 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This short film 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 Mi'kmaq singer and songwriter Willie Dunn
First emperor of China by Tony Ianzelo( Visual )

10 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in French and English and held by 52 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
Broken promises : the High Arctic relocation( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 47 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. Slumping process 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
Whistling Smith( Visual )

3 editions published between 1975 and 2006 in English and held by 31 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
The Vinland mystery( Visual )

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

For more than two centuries, scholars have speculated about the existence and location of the mysterious "Vinland the Good," mentioned in manuscripts of Icelandic sagas. Vinland, "the place where the wild grapes grow," was thought to be on the eastern coast of North America somewhere 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. This documentary, intercut with material from the illuminated manuscripts, ancient maps and archival footage shot by the Ingstads, is the story of the search, discovery and authentication of the only known Norse settlement in North America. Named to the United Nations World Heritage List, l'Anse aux Meadows is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world
The Best damn fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar( Visual )

3 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 28 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 )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 28 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 27 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
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
Saul Alinsky Went to War( Visual )

9 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saul Alinsky, executive director of Industrial Areas Foundation, explains his approach in organizing communities to fight poverty and injustice
The apprenticeship of Mordecai Richler by Alan Handel( Visual )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 20 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
Mystery of the Maya( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in Spanish and English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the culture, science, and history of the Mayans. Discusses their work with architecture, math, calendrics, writing systems, and buildings
Poet : Irving Layton observed( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed in Montreal and Greece, the poet is observed in the very act of transforming fleeting experiences into art, into words that may last. Layton explains the process of giving simple episodes "a meaningful form, so that banalities slip away, and there is only the celebration and ecstasy of being alive."
The Scholar in society : Northrop Frye in conversation( Visual )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 13 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
Not Far from Bolgatanga( Visual )

4 editions published between 1982 and 1987 in English and held by 12 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
F.R. Scott: Rhyme and Reason( Visual )

4 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This absorbing documentary looks at the multi-faceted career of F.R. Scott, a truly remarkable Canadian whose work and vision of social justice spanned and influenced an entire era as Canada evolved during the 20th century. The film looks at Scott's role in the founding of the CCF Party in the 1930s, his years as a teacher of constitutional law, as a modernist poet, and as a champion of civil liberties. Appearing also are eminent figures from the fields in which Scott excelled, among them David Lewis and Eugene Forsey. Highlights include Scott's courtroom challenges of the Duplessis regime in the 1950s, his controversial support of the War Measures Act during the 1970 October Crisis in Québec, and readings from his poetry."--NFB website
A safety net( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 10 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
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