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Global & Human Rights Issues


Over the past decade, India has emerged as the leader in the global market for white-collar "outsourcing" jobs-- a notable component of India's rapid economic growth. This documentary explores the experience of young Indian men and women who have been recruited into these new jobs requiring long hours, night shifts, and westernized work habits. Also reveals the human and cultural effect on Indian family life, the evolving cities and towns, and on the aspirations and daily lives of young Indians, especially women, entering the work force.

30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle

A compelling first-person account by veteran cameraman Rustin Thompson, who covered the November 1999 WTO conference as an independent journalist. Thompson takes the viewer into the fray of tear gas, pepper spray and police abuse; behind the lines and inside the convention center and press rooms; and along the marches, sit-ins and demonstrations. The result is an impressionistic journal of a decisive week that exploded into a massive expression of freedom: of speech, of assembly and the press. 2000. 75 min.

A Narmada Diary.

Documents five years of activities by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the construction of the Sardar Sarover Dam in India. The people of the Narmada Valley, with their insistence on non-violence and their determination to drown rather than be shifted off their land, have become a symbol of global struggle against unjust and unsustainable development. Directed by Anand Patwardhan and Simantini Dhuru.1995. 60 min.


Illustrates the worldwide work of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to improve education and training in developing countries. Shows the efforts of the UNDP in a variety of locales, demonstrating that participating countries are strengthening their own economic growth by improving the abilities and well-being of their citizens. 1989. 14 min.

About the United Nations: Decolonization

Traces the role of the United Nations in the de-colonization of numerous Third World countries, focusing on events since the landmark UN declaration on the "Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples" in 1960. 1990. 18 min.

About the United Nations: Human Rights

In all countries children are the victims of abuse, deprivation, hunger, disease, oppressive labor practices, lack of education and even lack of a personal identity. To protect the future, the General Assembly of the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which calls on all countries to ratify a set of international standards and behaviors regarding the treatment of all children. 1991. 16 min.

All Our Futures

Shows the worldwide efforts of UNICEF to provide children and mothers with nutritious food and an adequate diet, pure water, disease control and basic health education. Focuses on projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 1989. 28 min.

Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World

In a decade, the Internet has transformed the economy and employment and has re-defined the essence of how people conceive of communications and personal relationships. This documentary looks at the end of the first phase of the Internet - a far less utopian age than some had hoped. Focusing on six individuals for whom the Internet has become a lifeline, the film questions how the World Wide Web has transformed the sense of community. 2002. 46 min.

Another World is Possible: Impressions of the World Social Forum

In early 2002, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 50,000 gathered (including 11,000 young people) for the World Social Forum with the goal of opposing corporate globalization and developing alternative visions for the future. Public officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, indigenous nations, farmers and labor promoted a new vision of social justice. Covered extensively by media in other parts of the world, the Forum was virtually ignored by the U.S. press. c2002. 25min.

Borrowed From Our Future

Presents an overview of basic environmental issues including rapid population growth, food security, biodiversity, energy, changing climate, urban growth and industrial development. It then shows how the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with governments to promote sustainable development in Ethiopia, India, Morocco and Bolivia. Produced and directed by Sian Evans. 1989. 20 min.