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Documentaries

Borrow from CWS's documentary library. These short films portray CWS partners and deal with issues of justice.

Our Study Series combines background information, partner stories and reflections on global issues. *indicates the documentary has been produced by CWS.

 Documentaries are loaned on a donation-to-cover-costs basis. Some films are available for sale.  Not all are available as DVDs.

Africa

  • HIV and AIDS docuLISTEN, LEARN & LIVE - 25 mins. Looks at CWS partner, the Church of Uganda, and its response to HIV and AIDS including the dedicated volunteer workers who bring comfort to HIV and AIDS sufferers and their families.*
  • HOPE NEVER DRIES UP -23 mins. The Rainwater Harvesting Programme of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, supported by CWS. A story of hard work, cooperation and community cohesion to ensure access to this essential for life.*
  • WE WORK, WE DREAM -12 mins. Young people involved in the Zimbabwe Council of Churches Rainwater Harvesting Programme and their lives at home.*
  • MAKE PEACE - 24 mins. The People-to-People Peace Process of CWS partner, the Sudan Council of Churches, to end fighting between warring tribes in Southern Sudan. The role of women in the process, the key to its success.*
  • TO START A NEW LIFE -20 mins. Income-generation and agricultural projects undertaken by CWS partner, the Church of Uganda Planning, Development and Rehabilitation Programme.*
  • PEACE UNDER FIRE: Sudan's Darfur Crisis - The UN Information service on the horrendous situation in Dafur in 2004.
  • RWANDANS RETURNING HOME -19 mins. Rwandan refugeeswho returned home from the Democratic Republic of Congoand were assisted by ACT International, the global emergency response network CWS belongs to.

Asia

  • WATER, WHO OWNS IT? - 28 mins. Many people believe that after oil, water will be the next big war-provoking issue, as ever more pressure is put on scarce resources and big business endeavours to take control of its distribution. Where poverty is rife this would mean a death-sentence for people who could no longer afford it. In Sri Lanka the centuries-old tradition of rice-growing is particularly at risk, which would drive millions of people off the land. The documentary shows how the people are fighting back.*
  • SURVIVING THE GLOBAL VILLAGE - 23 mins. The stories of ordinary people in India, the effects of globalisation on their livelihood and their environment and their struggles, some of them successful, to overcome these problems*
  • NOW WE ARE FEARLESS - 28 mins. A real-life story of Southern India. Untouchable women break down caste barriers through the communtiy development work of CWS partner the Women's Development Resource Centre
  • MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP - 22 Mins. The work of CWS partner the Legal Aid to Women (LAW) Trust, which assists women and families to claim their basic human rights and obtain facilities like clean water supplies, education and transport.*

 

Conflict and Peace building

  • MAKE PEACE - 24 mins. The People-to-People Peace Process of CWS partner, the Sudan Council of Churches, toend fighting between warring tribes in Southern Sudan. The role of women in the process, the key to its success.*
  • FINDING THE PATH FORWARD - 30 mins. Made by the Fiji Council of Churches' Research Group to encourage discussion within Fiji about the May 2000 coup and to explore ways to move forward, dealing with the level of violence in the community, the need to build understanding and tolerance within communities, and the growth in disparities between rich and poor.
  • LAND OF THE MORNING STAR - 55 mins. The plight of West Papuans, still under the rule of Indonesia.
  • WAR AND PEACE - A youth focused study on conflict and peaceful resolutions. Includes stories, facts and biblical reflection. Produced by Christian Aid, UK.
  • ENDING OCCUPATION -Voices for a Just Peace - 21mins. The dilemma of Palestine -and how Palestinians see it. Produced by the World Council of Churches.
  • PEACE UNDER FIRE: Sudan's Darfur Crisis - The UN Information service on the horrendous situation in Dafur in 2004.
  • RWANDANS RETURNING HOME -19 mins. Rwandan refugeeswho returned home from the Democratic Republic of Congoand were assisted by ACT International, the global emergency response network CWS belongs to.

Economic Issues, Debt and Globalisation

  • The Global BanquetMAKING CHANGE - 25 mins. Economic Challenges in Nicaragua. Focusing on Nicaragua with its faltering economy and the response of CWS's long-term partner CEPAD, which works with local communities in a wide range of developmentprogrammes and responds to Nicaragua's frequent natural disasters.*
  • SURVIVING THE GLOBAL VILLAGE - 23 mins. The stories of ordinary people in India, the effects of globalisation on their livelihood and their environment and their struggles, some of them successful, to overcome these problems.*
  • THE GLOBAL BANQUET -28 mins. & Globalization and Hunger -23 mins. Exploring dramatic changes in rural agriculture which have seen millions of small farmers forced off their land, others growing crops they cannot eat and which provide only diminishing returns. The effects of mechanisation and the control of trade in food by a few giant corporations who ignore the profound social and environmental impact of their activity. The accompanying Study includes stories from CWS Partner, Monlar, in Sri Lanka, its efforts to ensure food security for local people
  • BREAKING THE CHAINS OF POVERTY : THE DEBT PROBLEM - 28 mins. Part one, made by the Freedom fromDebt Coalition to support their action, demonstrates the effects of debt in the Philippines. Part two, made by Christian Aid, UK, shows where the Debt came from and how Third World countries and their people are impoverished by it.
  • TRADE RULES ARE NUTS - 24 mins. A cartoon introduced by"Peanut" from the USA, looks at peanuts, cashews and Brazil nuts and the plight of growers in Senegal, Mozambique and Bolivia. Suitable for young people.
  • DEBT OF THE DICTATORS- 45 mins. The cases of Argentina, SouthAfrica, Congo and the Philippines.
  • GLOBAL VILLAGE OR GLOBAL PILLAGE -26 mins. A stern look at globalisation - how the rich get richer and the poor poorer.
  • POVERTY - A youth focused study on global inequality and the increasing gap between the world's rich and poor. Includes stories, facts and biblical reflection. Produced by Christian Aid, UK.

Environment

  • LAURU OUR LAND - 28 mins. The livelihood projects of the Women's Programme of the Lauru Land Conference, CWS's partner in the Solomon Islands, and the background to their work, including logging and threats to resources and the environment.*
  • RESTORE THE LAND - Part I (8 mins), The Wrong Way -Environmental destruction in the Amazon. Part II (18 mins),The Right Way - SWIFT, in the Solomons; sustainable loggingand the Ngaati Te Ata people at Awhitu, Auckland, preserving forest and restoring wetlands. Part III (18 mins), The New Way- Hiti Tau, "Building a New Nation", French Polynesia, and "Rwandans Returning Home": ACT International resettling Rwandans after the holocaust of 1994.*

Food and Agriculture

  • TO START A NEW LIFE -20 mins. Income-generation and agricultural projects undertaken by CWS partner, the Church of Uganda Planning, Development and Rehabilitation Programme.*
  • THE GLOBAL BANQUET -28 mins. & Globalization and Hunger -23 mins. Exploring dramatic changes in rural agriculture which have seen millions of small farmers forced off their land, others growing crops they cannot eat and which provide only diminishing returns. The effects of mechanisation and the control of trade in food by a few giant corporations who ignore the profound social and environmental impact of their activity. The accompanying Study includes stories from CWS Partner, Monlar, in Sri Lanka, its efforts to ensure food security for local people

HIV and AIDS

  • LISTEN, LEARN & LIVE - 25 mins. Looks at CWS partner, the Church of Uganda, and its response to HIV and AIDS including the dedicated volunteer workers who bring comfort to HIV and AIDS sufferers and their families.*
  • POSITIVE - A youth focused study on HIV and AIDS. Includes stories from young people, facts and statistics, actions being taken around the world, and biblical reflection. Produced by Christian Aid, UK.

Latin America

  • A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP- THE HOUSE OF PASSAGE – 34 mins. The work of CWS partner, the House of Passage, for street girls in Recife, Brazil. (Background material available)*
  • MAKING CHANGE - 25 mins. Economic Challenges in Nicaragua. Focusing on Nicaragua with its faltering economy and the response of CWS's long-term partner CEPAD, which works with local communities in a wide range of developmentprogrammes and responds to Nicaragua's frequent natural disasters.*
  • WOMEN FOR DIGNITY AND LIFE - 27 mins. Stories of survival of El Salvadoran women through war and natural disasters. Featuring the work of CWS partner Las Dignas (Women for Dignity and Life) to bring an end to injustice and discrimination against women and to assist them to attain decent livelihoods.*

 

Middle East

  • A REFUGEE LIFE - 26 mins. The story of Palestinian Refugee Ahmed Mahmoud Abdullah and the work in Gaza of CWS partner, the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) of the Middle East Council of Churches.*
  • MAKE ROOM : A PLACE FOR PALESTINIANS - 22 mins.Programmes of the DSPR (see above)
  • ENDING OCCUPATION -Voices for a Just Peace - 21mins. The dilemma of Palestine -and how Palestinians see it. Produced by the World Council of Churches.

 

The Pacific

  • LAURU OUR LAND - 28 mins. The livelihood projects of the Women's Programme of the Lauru Land Conference, CWS's partner in the Solomon Islands, and the background to their work, including logging and threats to resources and the environment.*
  • FINDING THE PATH FORWARD - 30 mins. Made by the Fiji Council of Churches' Research Group to encourage discussion within Fiji about the May 2000 coup and to explore ways to move forward, dealing with the level of violence in the community, the need to build understanding and tolerance within communities, and the growth in disparities between rich and poor.
  • LAND OF THE MORNING STAR - 55 mins. The plight of West Papuans, still under the rule of Indonesia.
  • HITI TAU - BUILDING A NEW NATION - 25 mins. The story of CWS partner Hiti Tau, French Polynesia. The French nuclear tests in that country wreaked havoc with the total environment of the Maohi people. Hiti Tau has assisted community-based groups to re-establish the local economy and provide income-generating opportunities for the people.*
  • WE CALL SAMOA HOME -23 mins. An introduction to Samoa and Samoans.

 

Water

  • Water: Who owns it?WATER, WHO OWNS IT? - 28 mins. Many people believe that after oil, water will be the next big war-provoking issue, as ever more pressure is put on scarce resources and big business endeavours to take control of its distribution. Where poverty is rife this would mean a death-sentence for people who could no longer afford it. In Sri Lanka the centuries-old tradition of rice-growing is particularly at risk, which would drive millions of people off the land. The documentary shows how the people are fighting back.*
  • HOPE NEVER DRIES UP -23 mins. The Rainwater Harvesting Programme of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, supported by CWS. A story of hard work, cooperation and community cohesion to ensure access to this essential for life.*
  • WE WORK, WE DREAM -12 mins. Young people involved in the Zimbabwe Council of Churches Rainwater Harvesting Programme and their lives at home.*

Women

  • MAKE PEACE - 24 mins. The People-to-People Peace Process of CWS partner, the Sudan Council of Churches, to end fighting between warring tribes in Southern Sudan. The role of women in the process, the key to its success.*
  • WOMEN FOR DIGNITY AND LIFE - 27 mins. Stories of survival of El Salvadoran women through war and natural disasters. Featuring the work of CWS partner Las Dignas (Women for Dignity and Life) to bring an end to injustice and discrimination against women and to assist them to attain decent livelihoods.*
  • NOW WE ARE FEARLESS - 28 mins. A real-life story of Southern India. Untouchable women break down caste barriers through the communtiy development work of CWS partner the Women's Development Resource Centre
  • MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP - 22 Mins. The work of CWS partner the Legal Aid to Women (LAW) Trust, which assists women and families to claim their basic human rights and obtain facilities like clean water supplies, education and transport.*

5 minute spots on CWS partners*

  • Keep Hope Alive features The Women's Centre, Sri Lanka and Las Dignas (Women for Dignity and Life), El Salvador.
  • Building a Better Future - The work in agriculture and water supplies of CWS Partners in Cambodia and Nicaragua
  • Water, The Gift of Life - Examples from Zimbabwe and SriLanka, dealing with water-related issues.
  • Plant Seeds, Plant Hope - Explores how food affects everyaspect of life and development. A sampling of CWS partners'development work, (Uganda, Nicaragua, El Salvador) including
  • meeting the food needs of their communities.
  • Dawn of Hope - Child matchbox labourers in India and DAWN(Development Action for Women in Need), the agency which isassisting them and their families to a better life.