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Videos on Global Conditions: Migration

SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes on the economic, environmental, health, human, and religious conditions of the world.

Migration DVDs

The 800 mile wall 2009

"This documentary highlights the construction of the new border walls along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into the U.S."--Container. 1 videodisc (88 min.)

MEDIA 10-5369

 

Asalto al sueńo assaulted dream c2006

Uli Stelzner and ISKA (Firm)

"Thousands of people leave their impoverished Central American countries to get into the USA. By crossing the Northern border of Guatemala into Mexico they're embarking on one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world. In a small border town in the farthest South of Mexico migrants try to jump on a freight train that shall carry them to the US-border. But hardly anybody manages to make the 5,000 km trip. Already on the outset of their journey they get mugged by youth gangs and fall prey to corrupt border officials. They fall exhausted from the train or get arrested in large-scale raids by the Mexican migration police and army, who jail them for days and deport them."--tulipanes.org. 1 videodisc (83 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2995

 

Baran 2002

Majid Majidi, Fouad Nahras, Mohammad Amir Naji, Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Hossein Rahmi, and Hossein Mahjoob

Following up on his masterfully told art house successes, The Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise, Majid Majidi directs this quietly affecting tale about illegal Afghan immigrants living and working in Iran. 1 videodisc

MEDIA 10-144

 

Brown women, blond babies 2010?, c1991

The Philippines tops the list of source countries for foreign domestic workers in Canada, and this documentary program looks at the working conditions, private and social lives and the homesickness of several of the women. Their presence is necessitated by the growing impoverishment of their home country which they seek to overcome with their wages and immigration to Canada. The program also looks at some of the advocacy efforts to protect these women from exploitation and discrimination. 1 videodisc (28 min.)

MEDIA 10-5621

 

Cash flow fever 2007?

James Heer, Television Trust for the Environment, and Bullfrog Films

Travels to the United States and El Salvador to examine the social and economic impact that economic migrants, people who swap countries to find better wages, are having worldwide. 1 videodisc (23 min.)

MEDIA       MEDIA 10-1313          2-7842

 

Chinese restaurants 2005

Cheuk Kwan, Margaret S Martin, Janet Lumb, Dino Giancola, and Tissa Films

Uses the icon of the family-run Chinese restaurant to tell the story of the Chinese diaspora. Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan explores Chinese restaurants around the world, showing the lives and stories of the families who own them. Reveals the complex history of Chinese immigration, cultural migration, ethnic identity and global politics. 5 videodiscs (ca. 400 min.) :

MEDIA. MEDIA. MEDIA. MEDIA 10-3274 booklet 10-3274 disc 1-2 10-3274 disc 3-4 10-3274 disc 5

 

Continuous journey 2004

Ali Kazimi, Peripheral Visions Film & Video, Inc, V Tape (Firm), and TVOntario

In 1914 the Komagata Maru, a vessel with 376 immigrants from British India, became the first ship carrying immigrants to be turned away by Canada. The consequences were felt throughout the British Empire. This film combines rare photographs, newsreels, official documents and never-before-seen footage to unravel a little-known story. 1 videodisc (87 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2304

 

God grew tired of us c2007

Molly Bradford Pace,  Christopher Quinn, Tommy Walker, Nicole Kidman, Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach, Jamie Saft, Newmarket Films, Silver Nitrate (Firm), National Geographic Films, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)

Presents the plight of Sudanese refugees being displaced to foreign countries due to civil war in their homeland. Known as "Lost Boys", the film tells the story of three of these "Lost Boy" refugees who struggled to come to the United States for a better life, while still attempting to assist the family and friends they have left behind. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-1296

 

Human rights in Burma a compilation of recent videos 2007

Burma Issues (Organization) and Witness Films, Inc

Contents: Shoot on sight : The ongoing military junta offensive against civilians in eastern Burma
Season of fear : internally displaced people in Burma call for international action --
Always on the run: internally displaced people in Karen State --
No place to go: internally displaced persons in Burma --
Entrenched abuse: forced labor in Burma --
Dammed lives -- Voices from the Salween Valley --
From prison to frontline: portering for SPDC troops. 1 videodisc (98 min.)

MEDIA 10-1967

 

Karen refugees fleeing Burma's forgotten war c2006

Patrick Brown, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC News, and Fanlight Productions

The Karen are a Christian ethnic group who have been persecuted for years by the army of Myanmar. An estimated 100-150,000 Karen refugees have fled the country and are now living in camps across the border in Thailand. This documentary follows one Karen woman and her family as they leave behind their refugee camp and embark on the journey from Burma to North America. 1 videodisc (21 min.)

MEDIA 10-1649

 

Keten van liefde Chain of love 2001

Marije Meerman, First Run/Icarus Films, and Dix Noonan Webb

"A film about the Philippines' second largest export product-- maternal love-- and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West"--Container. 1 videocassette (50 min.)

MEDIA 10-3302    2-7212

 

Last train home Gui tu lie che 2011

Lixin Fan, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross, Telefilm Canada, Eyesteelfilm (Firm), and Zeitgeist Films

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verite, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. 1 videodisc (90 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3234

 

Made in China c2007

Jean-Yves Cauchard, Mathias Lavergne, France 5, Centre national de la cinaematographie (France), Hikari Productions, and California Newsreel (Firm)

"Follows the lives of a typical Chinese migrant couple, Heqing and Heping Fan, including their first trip home after two years in [the Cixi Industrial Zone] ... Demonstrates how one generation of Chinese is experiencing the culture shock of an Industrial Revolution which took centuries in the West"--Container. 1 videodisc (57 min.)

MEDIA 10-1906

 

Mémoires d'immigrés c2004

Yamina Benguigui, Lionel Bernard, Nadia Ben Rachid, and MK2 Productions

In this three-part documentary on Maghrebian immigration to France, Yamina Benguigui weaves together narratives from three different times. 1 videodisc (173 min.)

MEDIA 10-660

 

Mia aionioteta kai mia mera Eternity and a day 2006

Thodoros Angelopoulos, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Helleniko Kentro Kinematographou, New Yorker Video (Firm), New Yorker Films, and Merchant Ivory Productions

A famous writer is told he has only a few days to live. He meets a young boy on the street, an illegal immigrant from Albania, and decides to take him back home. During the trip, the writer hopes to learn about life and death. 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.)

MEDIA 10-1020

 

My mother's place 2005?, c1990

Richard Fung, Rita Fung, Himani Bannerji, Ramabai Espinet, Art Institute of Chicago, and Video Data Bank

Through interviews, chiefly with his mother, and the use of memorabilia, the producer creates a unique family history and portrait of immigrant and ethnic minority life in colonial Trinidad and Tobago. 1 videodisc (50 min.)

MEDIA 10-2211

 

Obachan's garden c2003

Linda Ohama, Selwyn J Jacob, National Film Board of Canada, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

In the wake of the 1923 earthquake that devastated Tokyo, 25-year-old Asayo Murakami left Japan--and her husband and two children--to resettle in Canada. Using dramatizations, newsreel footage, family photos, and interviews with 103-year-old Asayo--Obachan, or Grandmother, as her extended Canadian family calls her--this program traces one woman's tumultuous life story. From her early years in Japan, to her arrival in British Columbia as a mail-order bride, to her internment during World War II, to a reunion with a long-lost daughter, Obachan's remarkable personal story illustrates the Asian immigrant experience during the 20th century. 1 videodisc (95 min.)

MEDIA 10-224

 

Paraiso for sale Paraķso en venta  2011

Documentary film depicting the struggles of local Bocas del Toro residents against land displacement by the escalating development of real estate housing for the growing population of American settlers. 1 videodisc (73 min.)

MEDIA 10-4132

 

Pavements of gold c2001

Urban poverty is one of the largest problems facing the world in the 21st century. Looking at Lima, Peru, this program examines the enduring magnetism of big cities and asks whether the migrants who have moved here now feel that city life is the answer to their dreams. 1 videodisc (27 min.)

MEDIA 10-4325

 

Prayer of peace relief & resistance in Burma's war zones 2008

Matt Blauer, Front Films, and Choices Video (Firm)

On the front line of conflict deep inside Burma, this documentary follows ethnic relief workers as they aid internally displaced people suffering under the Burma Army. Although many in the outside world condemn the country's military government, few are aware that over one million Karen villagers fight to stay alive inside the country's borders. Blauer illegally crosses the border several times to help local relief workers bring medicine and material aid to those displaced by the Burmese Army. In his journeys, he meets a nurse devoted to assisting escapees following the death of her parents and a pastor/cameraman who documents human rights abuses. 1 videodisc (28 min.)

MEDIA 10-1555

 

The promised land 2007

Joan Baker, Patrice Johnson, Joycelyn Flack, Zuhairah, Othilda Baker, Terence Anderson, and Newsreel (Firm)

A video essay on Jamaican immigrants to England and the United States.  These immigrants came to try to find a better life, but sometimes find instead poverty, squalor, and societal problems. 1 videodisc (7 min., 9 sec.)

MEDIA 10-1202

 

Sun come up 2010

Jennifer Redfearn, Tim Metzger, Big Red Barn Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures (Firm), and New Day Films

Documentary film following the relocation of some of the Carteret Islanders, a peaceful community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world's first environmental refugees. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home. The film follows a group of young Carteret Islanders as they search for land in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea 50 miles across the open ocean. The move will not be easy as Bougainville is recovering from a 10-year civil war. 1 videodisc (39 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3450

 

Uprooted refugees of the global economy c2001

Sasha Khokha and National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (U.S.)

Describes how the global economy has forced people to leave their home countries, focusing on three stories of immigrants from the Philippines, Bolivia and Haiti. 1 videodisc (28 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3312

 

Walking the line 2006

Jeremy Levine, Landon Van Soest, Two-Headed Productions, and Filmakers Library, inc

Explores the chaos of the border crisis along the Southern Arizona region as experienced by Mexican migrants, private citizens, vigilantes, and humanitarians. 1 videodisc (58 min.)

MEDIA 10-1935

 

The way to my father's village 2005?

Richard Fung, Shalhevet Goldhar, Tim McCaskell, Rita Fung, Tony Fong, Lloyd L Wong, Michelle Mohabeer, Dorothy Yap-Chung, Trinity Square Video, Art Institute of Chicago, and Video Data Bank

Richard Fung, a young Chinese-Canadian tries to define himself and establish his roots by searching out information about his father's life and the village in southern China where his father was born. His search is complicated by the fact that his father immigrated first to Trinidad and years later with his family to Ontario, Canada. The young man first interviews two cousins in Canada, asking them about his family and about their trip to China as children in the 1930's. Although he speaks no Chinese, he then makes his own pilgrimage to China and visits his father's home village in 1987. 1 videodisc (38 min.)

MEDIA 10-2207

 

Migration

Ali fear eats the soul 1976

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Brigitte Mira, and El Hedi Ben Salem

An older washerwoman meets, falls in love with and marries a much younger Arab immigrant who works as a mechanic.  First rejected by their neighbors and coworkers, they later seem to be accepted, but their relationship is tested by social pressures and illness. 1 videocassette (93 min.)

MEDIA 2-806

 

Arlit, deuxieme Paris Arlit, the second Paris 2005

Idrissou Mora Kpaď, Fonds Sud cinéma, MKJ Films (Firm), Noble Films (Firm), and California Newsreel (Firm)

Arlit, Deuxieme Paris is a case study in migration and environmental racism set in an uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. 1 videocassette (78 min.)

MEDIA 2-7353

 

Baraka 1997

Jean Paul Colleyn, Victoria Ebin, and Massamba Mboup

Focuses on how Munid merchants have become a familiar sight in large metropolitan areas, ranging from Dakar, Marseilles, Anvers, New York, and Milan.  They are very adaptable, and are driven by a strong work ethic. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

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Baran 2002

Majid Majidi, Fouad Nahras, Mohammad Amir Naji, Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Hossein Rahmi, and Hossein Mahjoob

Following up on his masterfully told art house successes, The Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise, Majid Majidi directs this quietly affecting tale about illegal Afghan immigrants living and working in Iran. 1 videodisc

MEDIA 10-144

 

The battle of the Titans problems of the global economy 1993

Hans Bülow, Poul-Erik Heilbuth, and Jonathan Sydenham

This documentary highlights the migration of jobs from developed countries to developing nations like Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia where labor is plentiful and cheap. 1 videocassette (54 min.)

MEDIA 2-6016

 

Black Dju! 1995

Manu Dibango, Richard Courcet, Patrice Flora-Praxo, Philippe Léotard, Cesaria Evora, Jani Thiltges, Pol Cruchten, Claude Waringo, Samsa film (Firm), Saga Film, Radio-Télévision belge de la communauté culturelle française, Vermedla, and ArtMattan Productions

From the sun of the Cape Verde Island, its a very big step to rainy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that's the journey Dju Dele Dibonga takes to track down his dad, whose yearly visits and monthly guest worker checks have stopped. Dju has to face overzealous immigration cops and an outraged police lieutenant who eventually joins in the hunt, becoming Dju's partner in this tale of love and friendship. 1 videocassette (80 min.)

MEDIA 2-7482

 

Cash flow fever 2007?

James Heer, Television Trust for the Environment, and Bullfrog Films

Travels to the United States and El Salvador to examine the social and economic impact that economic migrants, people who swap countries to find better wages, are having worldwide. 1 videodisc (23 min.)

MEDIA       MEDIA 10-1313          2-7842

 

Continent on the move 1993

Ray Telles, Marc de Beaufort, and Raul Julia

Reviews Mexican economic conditions that cause migration and urbanization within Mexico. 1 videocassette (60 min.)

MEDIA 2-1915

 

Dreaming rivers 1988

Martina Attille, Corinne Skinner Carter, Stefan Kalipha, Angela Wynter, Sankofa Film & Video, and Women Make Movies (Firm)

After the death of their mother, who emigrated to England from St. Lucia to be with their father, two sisters and a brother of white English and Black Caribbean parentage attempt to fathom her psyche, her homesickness and depression after their father left the family, and their own ambiguous sense of identity and belonging. 1 videocassette (30 min.)

MEDIA 2-7332

 

El Tango es una historia The Tango is also a history 1982?

Humberto Ríos Navarrete

Examines the tango as an embodiment of the character of the Argentine people and as a reflection of Argentine's history. Traces the origin of the tango in the melding of indigenous gaucho music and the musics of Argentina's European and African immigrants in the 19th century and demonstrates how tango lyrics have always been used to express popular views on political and social issues. Including interviews with and performance by noted tango musicians Astor Piazzola and Osvaldo Pugliese. 1 videocassette (ca. 56 min.)

MEDIA 2-727

 

Emigrants through time Emigrantes en el tiempo 2002

Cristián Leighton, Filmocentro Cine (Firm), Latin American Video Archives, and Televisión Nacional de Chile

Documents Chile's Jewish community of some 20,000 by presenting insight into the everyday life of three of its members. 1 videocassette (55 min.)

MEDIA 2-7246

 

Exodus 1947 c2004

Elizabeth Rodgers, Robby Henson, Morley Safer, Maryland Public Television, and Cicada Films

Tells the story of a ship that had been a luxury steamship called the President Warfield.  It was used as a transport ship during World War II but shortly after the war it was renamed Exodus 1947 and was used to carry Jewish refugees from Europe to Palestine to help found Israel. This mass migration was orchestrated by the Jewish organization, Haganah. 1 videocassette (57 min.)

MEDIA 2-6751

 

God grew tired of us c2007

Molly Bradford Pace,  Christopher Quinn, Tommy Walker, Nicole Kidman, Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Daniel Abol Pach, Jamie Saft, Newmarket Films, Silver Nitrate (Firm), National Geographic Films, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)

Presents the plight of Sudanese refugees being displaced to foreign countries due to civil war in their homeland. Known as "Lost Boys", the film tells the story of three of these "Lost Boy" refugees who struggled to come to the United States for a better life, while still attempting to assist the family and friends they have left behind. 1 videodisc (90 min.)

MEDIA 10-1296

 

ha-Kayits shel Aviyah The summer of Aviya 1996

Gila Almagor, Haim Bouzaglo, Eitan Evan, Eli Cohen, Kaipo Cohen, Avital Dicker, Marina Rossetti, Dina Avrech, and Sandra Sade

Presents Gila Almagor's autobiographical film, based on her book, about a Holocaust survivor who immigrates with her daughter to the newly founded Israeli state. Aviya is a spunky 10 old year girl who, like her mother, is a survivor in the face of persecution. 1 videocassette (ca. 96 min.)

MEDIA 2-5464

 

Human rights in Burma a compilation of recent videos 2007

Burma Issues (Organization) and Witness Films, Inc

Contents: Shoot on sight : The ongoing military junta offensive against civilians in eastern Burma
Season of fear : internally displaced people in Burma call for international action --
Always on the run: internally displaced people in Karen State --
No place to go: internally displaced persons in Burma --
Entrenched abuse: forced labor in Burma --
Dammed lives -- Voices from the Salween Valley --
From prison to frontline: portering for SPDC troops. 1 videodisc (98 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1967

 

Journal inachevé 1995

Marilú Mallet and Dominique Pinel

Focuses on personal experiences of an immigrant family from Chile and the problems and adjustments they experience. 1 videocassette (55 min.)

MEDIA 2-6202

 

Karen refugees fleeing Burma's forgotten war c2006

Patrick Brown, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC News, and Fanlight Productions

The Karen are a Christian ethnic group who have been persecuted for years by the army of Myanmar. An estimated 100-150,000 Karen refugees have fled the country and are now living in camps across the border in Thailand. This documentary follows one Karen woman and her family as they leave behind their refugee camp and embark on the journey from Burma to North America. 1 videodisc (21 min.)

MEDIA 10-1649

 

Keten van liefde Chain of love 2001

Marije Meerman, First Run/Icarus Films, and Dix Noonan Webb

"A film about the Philippines' second largest export product-- maternal love-- and how this export affects the women involved, their families in the Philippines, and families in the West"--Container. 1 videocassette (50 min.)

MEDIA 2-7212

 

Kofi chez les Français 1993

Carlyn Saltman and Beth Epstein

Focuses on Kofi Yamgnane, the first black African immigrant to be elected mayor in France, who was subsequently appointed Secretary of State for Integration under Prime Minister Edith Cresson. 1 videocassette (58 min.)

MEDIA 2-3497

 

L'autre monde The other world c2001

Marie Brahimi, Karim Bouaďche, Nazim Boudjenah, Merzak Allouache, Lancelot Films, Baya Films, Arte France cinéma (Firm), and ArtMattan Productions

"Yasmine and Rachid, two young Parisians, children of Algerian immigrants, are in love and live a quiet life in France. One day, Rachid disappears and Yasmine learns that he is in Algeria. She decides to follow him, in that country that she does not know, that is filled with violence. As she travels looking for Rachid, she falls deeper into the horror of a country where nothing seems normal, another world, where death is ever present"--Container. 1 videocassette (ca. 90 min.)

MEDIA 2-7156

 

Legado Legacy c2001

Vivian Imar, Marcelo Trotta, Fundacion Internacional Raoul Wallenberg, and Latin American Video Archives

In August 1889, the steamship Wesser docked in Argentina, carrying the country's first group of Jewish immigrants, who were fleeing the Tsarist regime in Russia. They bought agricultural land, built schools, synagogues, and became the "Jewish gauchos." The granddaughter of one of those immigrants describes the struggles of her ancestors in the new world. This documentary recounts the story of those pioneers, based on interviews with the oldest members of today's Jewish community. 1 videocassette (72 min.)

MEDIA 2-7224 2-7225

 

Lost boys of Sudan c2004

Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk, Santino Majok Chuor, Peter Nyarol Dut, Actual Films, Principe Productions, Independent Television Service, American Documentary, Inc, and New Video Group

This extraordinarily rich, true-life journey follows two Sudanese refugees as they travel from Africa to America to forge a new life, all the while grappling with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American life. 1 videocassette (87 min.)

MEDIA 2-7317

 

Made in China c2007

Jean-Yves Cauchard, Mathias Lavergne, France 5, Centre national de la cinaematographie (France), Hikari Productions, and California Newsreel (Firm)

"Follows the lives of a typical Chinese migrant couple, Heqing and Heping Fan, including their first trip home after two years in [the Cixi Industrial Zone] ... Demonstrates how one generation of Chinese is experiencing the culture shock of an Industrial Revolution which took centuries in the West"--Container. 1 videodisc (57 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1906

 

Mémoire : des souvenirs = remembering memory 1997

Lara Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Yale, and Joan Woods

Hélène Cixous is one of the world's most intriguing modern theorists, critics, and authors. Inspired by Cixous' autobiographical writings, this intimate program explores her literary universe by tracing her genealogy, beginning with her family's immigration to colonial Algeria and ending with her own immigration to France as a teenager. 1 videocassette (54 min.)

MEDIA 2-5113

 

Mémoires d'immigrés c2004

Yamina Benguigui, Lionel Bernard, Nadia Ben Rachid, and MK2 Productions

In this three-part documentary on Maghrebian immigration to France, Yamina Benguigui weaves together narratives from three different times. 1 videodisc (173 min.)

MEDIA 10-660

 

Mia aionioteta kai mia mera Eternity and a day 2006

Thodoros Angelopoulos, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Renauld, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Helleniko Kentro Kinematographou, New Yorker Video (Firm), New Yorker Films, and Merchant Ivory Productions

A famous writer is told he has only a few days to live. He meets a young boy on the street, an illegal immigrant from Albania, and decides to take him back home. During the trip, the writer hopes to learn about life and death. 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.)

MEDIA 10-1020

 

A Migrant's heart 1996

Dane Hahn and Patti Langton

An English actor who's parents came from India and then migrated to East Africa and finally England returns to visit New Delhi, India, to seek his roots, and to work through ethnic identity problems which can result when one is caught between two worlds. 1 videocassette (27 min.)

MEDIA 2-5759

 

Les noms n'habitent nulle part Names live nowhere 1994

Dominique Loreau

Experiences of Senegalese living in Brussels, with commentary on African expatriates by a griot. 1 videocassette (76 min.)

MEDIA 2-5279

 

Obachan's garden c2003

Linda Ohama, Selwyn J Jacob, National Film Board of Canada, and Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

In the wake of the 1923 earthquake that devastated Tokyo, 25-year-old Asayo Murakami left Japan--and her husband and two children--to resettle in Canada. Using dramatizations, newsreel footage, family photos, and interviews with 103-year-old Asayo--Obachan, or Grandmother, as her extended Canadian family calls her--this program traces one woman's tumultuous life story. From her early years in Japan, to her arrival in British Columbia as a mail-order bride, to her internment during World War II, to a reunion with a long-lost daughter, Obachan's remarkable personal story illustrates the Asian immigrant experience during the 20th century. 1 videodisc (95 min.)

MEDIA 10-224

 

Prayer of peace relief & resistance in Burma's war zones 2008

Matt Blauer, Front Films, and Choices Video (Firm)

On the front line of conflict deep inside Burma, this documentary follows ethnic relief workers as they aid internally displaced people suffering under the Burma Army. Although many in the outside world condemn the country's military government, few are aware that over one million Karen villagers fight to stay alive inside the country's borders. Blauer illegally crosses the border several times to help local relief workers bring medicine and material aid to those displaced by the Burmese Army. In his journeys, he meets a nurse devoted to assisting escapees following the death of her parents and a pastor/cameraman who documents human rights abuses. 1 videodisc (28 min.)

MEDIA 10-1555

 

The promised land 2007

Joan Baker, Patrice Johnson, Joycelyn Flack, Zuhairah, Othilda Baker, Terence Anderson, and Newsreel (Firm)

A video essay on Jamaican immigrants to England and the United States.  These immigrants came to try to find a better life, but sometimes find instead poverty, squalor, and societal problems. 1 videodisc (7 min., 9 sec.)

MEDIA 10-1202

 

Remote sensing c2001

Ursula Biemann and Women Make Movies (Firm)

This video essay discusses the routes and reasons women travel across the globe for work in the sex industry. 1 videocassette (56 min.)

MEDIA 2-7217

 

S'en fout la mort 1992

Claire Denis, Isaach de Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-Claude Brialy, and Solveig Dommartin

Dah, an African immigrant, and Jocelyn, a West Indian man, hook up to supply and train fighting cocks for a sleazy French saloon owner. The two live in the back of the club, and while Jocelyn trainsthe birds, Dah becomes entangled with the owner's mistress.  Soon all four are cast into a violent circle of gambling, desire and agony, spinning out of control. 1 videocassette (97 min.)

MEDIA 2-5062

 

A scattering of seeds: Episode 26: The Haitian heart of love the creation of Canada c1998

Carlos Ferrand, Peter Raymont, Lindalee Tracey, White Pine Pictures, Canadian Television Fund, and History Television

Karl Lévêque came to Canada from Haiti in 1959, and settled in Québec. Priest and bon vivant, philosopher and karate aficionado, a man of privacy and a radio host, Lévêque came from bourgeois origins and dedicated his life to the poor. Many Haitians came to Québec in the early sixties and Karl Lévêque became their protector. In this film, taxi drivers, Christian activists, teachers and home workers alike remember Karl as their friend. 1 videocassette (ca. 23 min.)

MEDIA 2-7363

 

The spectre of hope c2001

Sebastiăo Salgado, John Berger, Paul Carlin, Paula Jalfon, Colin MacCabe, Adam Simon, Minerva Pictures (Firm), Amazonas Images, First Run/Icarus Films, and West Glen Films

Noted Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado and art critic John Berger pore over Salgado's photographic collection "Migrations," six years and 43 countries in the making (ranging across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America). "Migrations" contains photographs of people pushed from their homes and traditions to cities and their margins -- slums and refugee camps. Their intimate conversation, intercut with photographs from "Migrations," combines a discussion of Salgado's work with their critique of globalization, creating a wide-ranging investigation of the power of the image. 1 videocassette (52 min.)

MEDIA 2-7773

 

When Mother comes home for Christmas-- 1995

Nilita Vachani, Vangelis Kalambakas, and Ross Daly

Josephine is a migrant worker from Sri Lanka appointed to take full time care of little Isadora in Greece. Josephine's own children are left to a less fortunate fate in the home country. After an absence of 8 years, Josephine travels to Sri Lanka to visit her children for a month and the camera captures the complicated feelings of loss and longing that are the inevitable companions to this transitory union. 1 videocassette (109 min.)

MEDIA 2-5499

Migration - New This Year

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