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Symansky, Adam

Works: 189 works in 512 publications in 2 languages and 3,937 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Internet videos  Educational films  Short films  Interviews  Animated films 
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 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist and radical philosopher, Noam Chomsky. Highlighting his analysis of media, Chomsky focuses on democratic societies where populations not disciplined by force are subject to more subtle forms of ideological control
Cinéma vérité : defining the moment by Peter Wintonick( Visual )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and French and held by 234 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
Ryan( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 206 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?"
Club native( Visual )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 174 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 peacekeepers = Le prix de la paix by Paul Cowan( Visual )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and French and held by 168 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
Nollywood Babylon( Visual )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"L'industrie cinématographique du Nigeria, Nollywood, est la troisième en importance au monde, et cette force implacable déborde à présent les frontières de l'Afrique. Nollywood Babylone présente une vision électrisante de Lagos, principale métropole africaine, et porte un regard éloquent sur la formidable puissance qu'est le cinéma nigérian."--Jaquette
The Vienna Tribunal( Visual )

14 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
A Time There Was : Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony( Visual )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This autobiographical documentary revisits the Mau Mau Rebellion of the 1950s. More than 50 years after the conflict, in which the director participated as a young British soldier stationed in Kenya for his national service, he confronts his past with audacity and unflinching self-inquiry. Combining McWilliams' own photographic record of the times with original animation and archival imagery, A Time There Was crafts a thoughtful account of the Mau Mau Rebellion – one of the most contentious episodes in Britain’s imperial endgame
Dead in the water by Neil Docherty( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the growing trend to privatize water resources in response to water shortages throughout the world
Flamenco at 5:15 by Cynthia D Scott( Visual )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain - Susana and Antonio Robledo. Shows the young dancers - inspired by the flamenco rhythms and mesmerized by Susana's extraordinary energy - joyously merging with an ancient gypsy culture
The sweetest embrace : return to Afghanistan( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 69 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
A License to Remember: Je me souviens( Visual )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and French and held by 40 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
Le hold-up de l'eau by Neil Docherty( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La jaquette indique : "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 élement 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 miliers 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 ce de cque npombre de personnes voient comme la première bataille d'une guerre à mener dans les années qui viennent."
Bombay Calling by Deep Purple (Musical group)( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 34 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
Tommy Douglas : keeper of the flame by Donald Brittain( Visual )

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

Once a champion boxer, then a fiery preacher, T.C. Douglas got into politics during the 1930's and never looked back. His career as premier of Saskatchewan and leader of the federal new Democratic Party was a rollercoaster ride of victories and defeats, but T.C.'s courage never failed. This video is the story of his 50 years in politics
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

Includes archival footage in a portrait of the legendary Canadian World War I flying ace Billy Bishop. Also presents excerpts from the play entitled Billy Bishop goes to war by John Gray and commentaries by surviving pilots, observers, and flight instructions, who recall Bishop and the conditions of World War I
Bearing witness : Jocelyn Morton( Visual )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 29 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
Incident at Restigouche( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 28 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
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