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Symansky, Adam

Works: 142 works in 436 publications in 2 languages and 3,930 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 2009 in English and French and held by 1,196 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 )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 258 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 )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and French and held by 245 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
Nollywood Babylon( Visual )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 164 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 )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and French and held by 163 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
Club native( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. Deer traces the roots of the problem, from the advent of the highly discriminatory Indian Act through the controversy of Bill C31, up to the present day, where membership on the reserve is determined by a council of Mohawk elders, whose rulings often appear inconsistent. And with her own home as a poignant case study, she raises a difficult question faced by people of many ethnicities across the world: What roles do bloodline and culture play in determining identity?"--Http://
The Vienna Tribunal( Visual )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 152 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."
Dead in the water by Neil Docherty( Visual )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and French and held by 126 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
Mohawk girls( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 121 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
The sweetest embrace return to Afghanistan( Visual )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 93 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
Bearing Witness: Robert Coley-Donohue( Visual )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Coley-Donohue has ALS, a fatal degenerative neuro-muscular disease that strikes two in 100,000 people. ALS--also known as Lou Gehrig's disease--struck the Coley-Donohue family twice, taking the lives of both Robert and his wife, Barbara. Bearing Witness: Robert Coley-Donohue follows Robert over the last three years of his life. A retired machinist, he is determined to make the most of his time. With his faithful dog Brandy usually at his side, he lives independently for as long as possible, going out for coffee with his best friend, taking care of his garden and walking on the beach
Tommy Douglas keeper of the flame by Donald Brittain( Visual )

4 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 55 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 Arthur Lipsett project a dot on the histomap( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This full-length documentary introduces us to Arthur Lipsett, a man who defined experimental filmmaking at the NFB in the 1960's. His second film, Very Nice, Very Nice, was nominated for an Academy Award. George Lucas claimed him as an important influence. A decade later, Lipsett's last attempt at filmmaking ended in failure. He chained his Steenbeck and film racks to prevent theft and vanished into paranoia
The kid who couldn't miss by Paul Cowan( Visual )

2 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Kid Who Couldn't Miss has been the subject of controversy since its release in 1982. It 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. This film is a docudrama and combines elements of both reality and fiction. It does not pretend to be a biography of Billy Bishop. Certain characters have been used to express certain doubts and reservations about Bishop's exploits. There is no evidence that these were shared by the actual characters. At age 23, Bishop became a hero and Canada's most decorated military figure. Excerpts from John Gray's play Billy Bishop Goes to War, featuring Eric Peterson, provide a thread throughout the film
Incident at Restigouche( Visual )

2 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On June 11 and 20, 1981, the Québec Provincial Police (QPP) raided Restigouche Reserve, Québec. At issue were the salmon-fishing rights of the Micmac people. Because salmon has traditionally been a source of food and income for the Micmacs, the Québec government's decision to restrict fishing aroused consternation and anger among the Indians. This film provides a historical perspective on the issue, and documents, with newsclips, photographs and interviews, the two police raids. An interview with former Québec Minister of Fisheries Lucien Lessard explaining the motives of his decision complements the Micmacs' account of the event. This investigation into the history-making raids is a powerful film that puts justice on trial
Life on ice( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sea-ice is the major habitat of some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world. This film focuses on the algal and animal life that survives in this harsh world. From the simple algae that thrives at the edge of the ice to the large narwhal and polar bear, Life on Ice looks closely at this unique chain of life. Fine photography shows rare views of sea birds, seals, whales and walrus diving beneath the canopy of ice
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
Canada vignettes( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vignette of the Canadian Snowbirds. A camera follows the Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Aerobatics team from the ground to the sky
Labour of love five stories of caregiving( Visual )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 47 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
Bombay calling life on the other end of the line( Visual )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and French and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bombay provides American and British outsourcing firms 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. [The film explores] 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 at the growing number of young people who choose to follow the American dream, Indian style"--Publisher's website
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