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Symansky, Adam

Works: 169 works in 486 publications in 3 languages and 3,870 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Animated films  Short films  Interviews  Ethnographic films  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Producer, Production personnel
Classifications: P96.C76, 302.23
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Adam Symansky
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar( Visual )

39 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and French and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist, and radical philosopher Noam Chomsky. Focuses on Chomsky's analysis of the hidden use of ideological manipulation in democratic societies
Ryan by Chris Landreth( Visual )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ryan uses a hand-animated three-dimensional world to explore the life of Ryan Larkin, a pioneer in Canadian animation who now lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change. The documentary Alter egos explores the paths of animators Ryan Larkin and Chris Landreth and the relationship that developed between the two men. Syrinx uses animated charcoal sketches to retell the Greek legend of how Pan made his pipes. Walking examines the way people walk. Street musique creates a visual improvisation from the music performed by sidewalk entertainers. In The end an animator discovers that he's a character in his own work. Bingo answers the question, "What if a lie is told long enough and loud enough?"
Cinéma vérité : defining the moment by Peter Wintonick( Visual )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The cinéma vérité (or direct cinema) movement of the '50s and '60s was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from vérité classics ... this is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever"--Container. Includes commentary by filmmakers, and explores vérité's influence in everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams
Club native( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake located just outside the city of Montreal, Canada, there are two firm but unspoken rules drummed into every member of the community: Do not marry a white person and do not have a child with a white person. The potential consequences of ignoring these rules - loss of membership on the reserve, for yourself and your child - are clear, and for those who incur them, devastating. Break the rules, and you also risk being perceived as having betrayed the Mohawk Nation by diluting the "purity" of the bloodline. In Club Native, filmmaker Tracey Deer uses Kahnawake, her hometown, as a lens to probe deeply into the history and contemporary reality of Aboriginal identity. Following the stories of four women, she reveals the exclusionary attitudes that divide the community and many others like it across Canada. Club Native is a candid and deeply moving look at the pain, confusion and frustration suffered by many First Nations people as they struggle for the most important right of all: the right to belong
Nollywood Babylon( Visual )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the wild world of "Nollywood," a term coined in the early '90s to describe the world's fastest-growing national cinema, the Nigerian film industry. The film delves first-hand into Nigeria's explosive homegrown movie industry, producing 2500 films a year, most for under $10,000. Peppered with interviews with producers, directors and actors, film clips and buoyed by a rousing score fusing Afropop and traditional sounds, Nollywood Babylon celebrates the distinctive power of Nigerian cinema now bursting beyond the borders of Africa
The peacekeepers = Le prix de la paix by Paul Cowan( Visual )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and French and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contains footage from meetings at UN headquarters, as well as footage gathered while with UN troops in northeast Congo
The Vienna Tribunal( Visual )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights the moving and gut-wrenching personal stories of women from around the world who testified before a panel of eminent judges at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights. Modelled on past tribunals, the women challenged world leaders at the U.N. World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna to finally "address these violations for the gross human rights violations that they are." The Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights was convened during the 2nd United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in 1993
Mohawk girls( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life on the rez has never been easy, and for girls at the beginning of the 21st century, some issues seem further from resolution than ever. Mohawk Girls captures the lives of three exuberant and insightful Mohawk teenagers as they face their future. The unwritten rules of their close-knit community decree that those who move away risk their credibility, or worse, their rights as Mohawks. Those who stay give up the possibilities offered by the "outside world." A decade ago, filmmaker Tracey Deer faced the same questions. Now she returns to document two critical years in the lives of these young women, as they tackle the same issues of identity, culture, and family she faced earlier
Dead in the water by Neil Docherty( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One in four people on earth don't have access to clean drinking water. Many governments lack either the resources or the will to provide this essential commodity to their citizens. In recent years, a number of powerful companies have spotted this crisis and seen a business opportunity. And from the deserts of California to the streets of Soweto, and several thousand other cities and towns throughout the world, often with the involvement of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, they have attempted to privatize what many consider a public trust ... Investigates the results of these efforts at privatization in several key locations and chronicles what many see as the first in a wave of battles in the years to come"--Container
The sweetest embrace : return to Afghanistan( Visual )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soorgul and Amir were two of many Afghan children sent to Tajikistan during the Soviet occupation of their country. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the civil wars that broke out on both sides of the border left the children stranded. They were viewed by suspicious Afghans as "Lenin's children" or "little Soviets." Their release came a few years ago when Canada accepted some of them as refugees. In The Sweetest Embrace Soorgul and Amir return to their country in search of their families
Labour of Love by UB40 (Musical group)( Visual )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes five intimate profiles of caregivers and their families. Over the course of a year, the caregivers tell first-hand accounts of the day-to-day demands of looking after an elderly relative
Le hold-up de l'eau by Neil Docherty( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"L'approvisionnement en eau pose problème dans le monde. Une personne sur quatre n'a pas accès à de l'eau potable. Nombre de gouvernements n'ont pas les ressources ou la volonté nécessaires pour offrir à leur population cet élément essentiel à la vie. Ces dernières années, une poignée de grosses entreprises ont perçu la crise et y ont vu une occasion de brasser de lucratives affaires. Si bien que, des déserts de la Californie aux rues de Soweto en passant par des milliers d'autres villes du monde - souvent avec le concours de la Banque mondiale et du Fonds monétaire international -, ces entreprises tentent de privatiser cette ressource considérée par la masse comme un bien public. Le hold-up de l'eau est une enquête sur les résultats de ces efforts de privatisation dans plusieurs lieux névralgiques et rend compte de ce que nombre de personnes voient comme la première bataille d'une guerre à mener dans les années qui viennent"--Conteneur
Tommy Douglas : keeper of the flame by Donald Brittain( Visual )

4 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the political career of T.C. (Tommy) Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan and leader of the New Democratic Party, who was voted the Greatest Canadian in 2004 for his devotion to social causes, his charm and his powers of persuasion. Known as the "Father of Medicare," this one-time champion boxer and fiery preacher entered politics in the 1930s and never looked back
The kid who couldn't miss by Paul Cowan( Visual )

3 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Kid Who Couldn't Miss is the fascinating account of how a brash kid from Owen Sound, Ontario, named William Avery (Billy) Bishop, became one of the leading fighter pilots of World War I, joining such illustrious men as Britain's Albert Ball, René fonck of France and the famous German 'Red Baron, ' Manfred von Richthofen. At age 23, Bishop was a hero and Canada's most decorated military figure. But unlike most of the war's heroes, Bishop didn't pay for glory with his life, he survived. This film . contains both documentary footage and dramatized recreations. The recreated portions are based on official and unofficial documents and the reminiscences of those who flew with Billy Bishop."--NFB catalogue
Bearing Witness: Luke Melchior( Visual )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program is a candid portrait of a year in the life of Luke Melchior, a young man who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Bearing witness : Jocelyn Morton( Visual )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jocelyn Morton's life wasn't supposed to go this way. At age 44, she had been battling cancer for a decade. This film follows Jocelyn over the last four months of her life. In an intimate powerful and unvarnished way, it introduces us to a woman struggling to balance her life as a cancer patient with her need to live as ordinary a life as possible
The Devil's dream( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans ce documentaire, une voix domine: celle si longtemps étouffée de la majorité autochtone du Guatemala. Cet essai jette un regard sur la société postcoloniale et dépeint un monde rempli d'absurdités. Ainsi, on y dévoile l'existence d'un Plan Diabolique pour entretenir le sous-développement. Les militaires menacent et paradent tandis que les politiciens et les généraux se disputent la présidence. Et, les jours de carnaval, on va s'étourdir dans la danse et noyer dans l'alcool les maléfices et la mort
A License to Remember: Je me souviens( Visual )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and French and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Québec license plates don't sport cutesy tourist slogans like "Canada's Ocean Playground" or "Land of Living Skies." Instead, they draw attention to the past with "Je me souviens" (I remember), a motto that cuts to the heart of Québec history and society. To find out just what "Je me souviens" means to Quebecers, director Thierry Le Brun sets off across the province, license plate in hand and meets a cast of characters with wildly differing views. The results are illuminating, entertaining and often very funny
Bombay Calling by Deep Purple (Musical group)( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kas Lalani's flight touches down in Bombay. His cell phone is ringing off the hook. The CEO of a small British outsourcing firm, he is working hard to cash in on the global gold rush of telemarketing jobs from the West. Bombay provides him with access to well-educated, English-speaking youths eager to get ahead and willing to sacrifice almost anything to do it. For their efforts, they are paid more money than their parents ever dreamed of earning. And they spend it, frequenting a new brand of all-night discos that cater to their unusual office hours. In Bombay Calling, filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal dive into this bustling world of late nights, long hours and hard partying. The result is a compelling insider's look at youth culture in India, and a growing number of young people who choose to follow the American dream ... Indian style"--NFB web site
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Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media
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