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East Africa, Pathway to Growth

Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda are overcoming the legacy of central planning and charting a course from poverty to prosperity. Taking control of their own destiny, these countries have embarked on a voyage of economic recovery which depends on peace, political stability and commitment to reform, and the support of the international community, in which the International Monetary Fund is crucial. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 47 min.

Learning About Livelihoods: Insights From Southern Africa: Film Case Studies

Case studies of individual households in South Africa. Floods: Looks at responses and resiliency of families devastated by floods that hit Southern Mozambique in 2000. Moving on: Examines a Zimbabwean community as it battles environmental degradation and seeks to conserve an endangered water source. Home-making: A study of a minework's family in Lesotho asking who's labor sustains the home: that of the husband, the wife or the domestic worker? Pruned: An influx of foreign outlets and insecure land tenure, spells poverty for former Zambian copperbelt mineworkers.

New Heroes: Dreams of Sanctuary.

Tells the stories of social entrepreneurs who are helping the desperate, the destitute and the determined to make a new beginning -- from Moses Zulu's home and school for AIDS orphans in Zambia to Mimi Silbert's San Francisco based Delancey Street foundation, which helps drug addicts and criminals turn their lives around. This episode also travels to India to follow Kailash Satyarthi on a slave camp raid to rescue children forced into slavery. c2005. 60 min.

Seeing is Believing.

Health experts have long known that a lack of Vitamin A can lead to serious diseases during childhood, as well as increasing the risk of child and maternal mortality. This segment looks at the country of Zambia as it begins a nationwide program to deliver Vitamin A to its population through sugar fortification as just one part of a multi-pronged strategy. 2002. 23 min.
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Sowing Seeds of Hunger. (Life; 41)

Part of a series examining the issue of glabalization and its effect on ordinary people around the world. This segment looks at the AIDS epidemic in Zambia and other sub-Saharan African nations which has crippled the agricultural community, forcing children to undertake the responsibilities of farming. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) 2003. 27 min.
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T-shirt Travels: The Story of Secondhand Clothes & Third World Debt

What happens to all those old clothes you bring to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries? This comprehensive program is about Third World debt and secondhand clothes. The filmmaker travelled to Zambia and was amazed to find almost everyone wearing Calvin Klein, MTV and James Dean t-shirts! Huge bales of American secondhand clothing are sold to African importers, putting the African manufacturers out of business. A secondhand clothing dealer in Zambia carefully selects a bale and transports it by bus ten hours to a market. His profits support his entire extended family.

The Donor Circus.(Life; 5)

Looks at the economic situation in Zambia and how foreign aid is being utilized by the Zambian government and non-governmental organizations. Over 40% of the Zambian government's budget comes from foreign donors. In 2003 that was $560 million. While the EU prefers to channel most of its aid through the government, the US and the Japanese still fund individual projects, such as the building of a new school which is being completed by a Japanese contractor.

The Hospice.(Life; 4)

This film explores the work of a hospice in Zambia, a country on the front line in the world fight against HIV/AIDS. In Zambia, where one in five of the population are HIV-positive (most under 40 years old), all of the eleven million population has been touched by HIV/AIDS in some way. The Mother of Mercy Hospice on the edge of the capital, Lusaka, was the first of its kind in Zambia. It has just 22 beds and was founded by an inspiring woman of extraordinary courage, a Polish nun called Sister Leonia.

The Price of Aid

Discusses U.S. donations of food for famine relief in foreign countries through a case-study in Zamibia, and the complex relationships between international aid, international media, American business and politics, and the impact on local agriculture, public health and international trade relations. Questions how America's well-intentioned foreign-aid program has spawned a self-serving relationship between humanitarian aid and American business and politics. Written and directed by Jihan El Tahri. 2004. 56 min.

Their Brothers' Keepers: Orphaned by AIDS

Looks at two child-headed families living in Chazanga Compound, a shantytown in Lusaka, Zambia. Orphaned by AIDS, they must scramble for necessities and education. Local aid workers and the community try to help, but they also have meager resources. Includes excerpts from a speech given by Stephen Lewis, the UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Directed and produced by Catherine Mullins. 2000. 56 min.
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