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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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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, should be your first stop.

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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.

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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Own the Steps films for yourself

You love documentaries right? And you’ve realised that they are not as easy to purchase as your normal Hollywood blockbusters. Well, Steps is at hand to provide you with the best documentaries, delivered to your door!

Steps for the Future is a series films of that takes an unconventional look at living in the presence of HIV in Southern Africa. These personal stories of hope have inspired viewers for over a decade. They have been used as an outreach tool across several African countries to get people to talk about social issues in an open and reflective way. They are also available in multiple languages and at various prices to suit your organisation. Click HERE to go to the order page

Why Democracy? is a global documentary project that aired to an estimated audience of 150 million people in 2007. Since then the films have won multiple awards including an Academy Award for Best Documentary and Peabody Awards. You have the opportunity to own these films in a 11-disc DVD boxset which includes a facilitation guide. Order these films HERE.

For our Caretaker project, you can either view the films online or get DVD copies by contacting


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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Unite as One

STEPS has embarked on a series of facilitated film screenings in 20 schools in the greater Cape Town area. The programme is part of the ‘Unite as One’ campaign.

Juliet, Vanessa and Dudu, who were involved in the production of the STEPS youth films, have been screening their film Kwerekwere.

Learners from Grade 9 and 10 engaged in discussions with the characters regarding issues raised in the film. The film was shot at Maitland High School in Cape Town. The discussions centered on cultural diversity,discrimination and xenophobia amongst youth.

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Posted by on June 13, 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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