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Best Olympic Documentaries

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a little sporting event happening in London at the moment. It just so happens that these sorts of events manage to tell incredible stories.

Triumphs, failings, grief and elation are just a few of the emotions used to describe the unpredictable nature of Olympic sport. Behind the emotion, there are often stories that are put on film for the world to enjoy.

Here are few Olympic documentaries you should watch:

    • Salute is a 2008 Australian documentary film written, directed and produced by Matt Norman. It is about Norman’s uncle, Australian track athlete Peter Norman, specifically the actions he took at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Read more about it HERE
    • The Dream Team is a film about the iconic 1992 US men’s basketball team. Personal interviews with the players make up this film about some of the world’s best basketball talent.
    • The Other Dream Team is a documentary film directed by Marius A. Markevičius. The inspirational story of the 1992 Lithuania national basketball team and their incredible journey from the clutches of Communism to the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. It stars many famous basketball persons like Yao Ming, Arvydas Sabonis, David Stern, Jim Lampley, Bill Walton, Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Pau Gasol and others.

Know of any other Olympic documentaries worth watching? Share them with us.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Waiting for the Revolution

Those of you that missed the 2007 documentary Waiting for the Revolution can now catch it on ITVS WORLD channel in the US. 

Waiting is one of the ten long documentaries in the Why Democracy? project. Aired in 2007 to an estimated global audience of 250 million people, the Why Democracy? project explored the intricacies of democracy all over the world.

Waiting is a detailed exploration of democracy in Bolivia under their first elected indigenous president, Evo Morales. Battling a rife drug trade as well as competing factions, the film demonstrates Morales’ resolve to continue Che Guevara’s revolution.

A schedule for the screening can be viewed HERE.

Learn more on the film’s Why Democracy? page

Learn more on the film’s ITVS page

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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New funding source?

This isn’t your typical funding story. Then again, in an age of social media and breakneck technological development, not many things are the way they used to be.

Crowd-sourcing start-up, Kickstarter has had a big part in bringing the Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad to the screen. While traditional sources were not as willing to fund the film, a group of ante-donors managed to fund the production of this amazing story.

Read more about this on Inc.com and learn more about Crowd-sourcing HERE.

Image from Businessgrow

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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New CareTakers film!

‘In the Age of Adaptation’, the latest film in the series, has recently been completed.

Synopsis:
The backdrop of the film is Durban and COP17 – The UN Climate Change conference in December 2011.
A unique horticultural art piece is being built. This is the ‘Living Beehive’, a sophisticated steel structure based on the traditional Zulu beehive hut; and clad with a 3-dimensional garden of indigenous plants .

A few deep thinking delegates at COP17 visit the Beehive and share their perspectives on its symbolism, the value of healthy ecosystems, and human aspiration.

We then step away from the introspective space of the beehive to follow wetland specialist Mbali Khubeka as she guides us into the field where we can evaluate Beehive thinking.

She takes us to sites where rural communities are benefitting from rehabilitated systems on the Mkhuze Floodplain; and to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where conservation efforts at this World Heritage site are recognized globally as an essential investment in the future.

Thought provoking and informative, the film hopes to educate and inspire all of us to recognize the importance of natural capital and biodiversity.

The film is available for viewing on our website or a DVD can be ordered through the STEPS offices. See: http://www.caretakers.co.za/films.php

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The World in images

As a documentary film enthusiast, you’re used to seeing stories unfold through moving pictures. However, social documentary photography uses still pictures to capture our social surroundings.

Wikipedia defines it as “Social documentary photography is the recording of humans in their natural condition with a camera. Often it also refers to a socially critical genre of photography dedicated to showing the life of underprivileged or disadvantaged people.” A full description can be found HERE or read the New Yorker’s short piece on social documentary photography HERE.
The Activist Writer also provides links to great galleries.

To have a look at some of the incredible stories capture in pictures, www.socialdocumentary.net should be your first stop.

Image from http://socialdocumentary.net/

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World  is fascinating look at the social complexities of childbirth around the world. From Sierra Leone to Great Britain, this documentary explores the conditions many women encounter as they prepare to give birth. Watch a clip of the film HERE.

Want to understand the context a bit more? See the infographic below by USAID about saving mothers at birth.

Infographic from Visual.ly

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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CareTakers Workshop

Caretakers workshopLast week saw the CareTakers team heading to the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) offices in Cape Town to hold a facilitated workshop and present on the CareTakers film series. The idea was to introduce the series and STEPS Learning  Methodology to a group of participants from various environmental organisations completing a course module in Environmental education.

The feedback was very positive and all the participants are keen to do further film facilitator training with STEPS! Special thanks to Patrick Dowling and WESSA for inviting the CareTakers Team to be a part of it.

For pictures of the workshop and Patrick showing everyone how to make your own planter box, click here.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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