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Power of Community (The): How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is an American documentary film that explores the Special Period in Peacetime and its aftermath; the economic collapse and eventual recovery of Cuba following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Following the dramatic steps taken by both the Cuban government and citizens, its major themes include urban agriculture, energy dependence, and sustainability. The film was directed by Faith Morgan, and was released in 2006 by The Community Solution.The film is a reflection of the peak oil scenario argued by oil industry experts and political...

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Future of Food

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THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed about the introduction of genetically altered crops into our...

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The Fast I Choose-Steve Bell’s Journey to Ethiopia

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There is reason for hope. That’s what struck singer/songwriter Steve Bell most in his recent trip to Ethiopia where he witnessed the work of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Not long before the trip, Steve had begun contemplating what his response to hunger should be. He began fasting as he prayed for direction. A few months later Steve had arrived in Ethiopia, visiting villages where people are struggling to cope with changing climate, unfair trade rules, and overpopulation. He connected with people through music and storytelling. There are incredible things happening there, he continued. We...

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At the Trough

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At the Trough (DVD) – Features stories that expose the destructive nature of the global economy and, in particular, the corporate hog industry in Manitoba. Formatted in chapters. Shown at the 2008 Winnipeg, Global Justice Film Festival. (2008) (54 mins)

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Poverty and Prayer

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POVERTY and PRAYERAfter making five films in three years, filmmaker Gerry Straub pauses in Poverty and Prayer to reflect on the impact of filming in India, Kenya, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, El Salvador and the Philippines. Seeing the suffering caused by extreme poverty pushed him deeper into prayer, which in turn taught him to be more dependent upon God for everything. While Poverty and Prayer contains some new footage, the film features the most powerful scenes from the five films produced and distributed by The San Damiano Foundation. Features scenes from: When Did I See You Hungry?;...

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If the World Were a Village

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Based on the award-winning book by David J. Smith, If the World Were a Village is a wonderful introduction to the realities of our global situation. It delivers an important metaphor; imagine the whole world as a village of just 100 people… If the World Were a Village tells us who we are, where we live, what languages we speak, what religions we practice and more. So come and learn about our global village. What you find may surprise you! Narrated by popular Canadian jazz singer, Jackie Richardson. Teachers guide included.

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Genetically Modified Food (DVD)

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This video is designed as a resource for United Church congregations and groups participating in the study and consultation process on genetically modified (GM) food. This process aims to engage a wide variety of voices in the development of a church policy on the use of biotechnology and genetic engineering in food production. Each segment of the video provides an overview presentation corresponding to a session of the study process outlined in the printed guide on genetically modified food issues. Segments:– Introducing the Consultation Process (40 mins.)– Health, Ecology,...

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Caring for Waters – Complete Series (4 episodes) DVD

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Caring For Waters: 2006 Lenten Series DVDSources of drinkable water are becoming increasingly scarce throughout the world. Communities and countries are actively looking for ways to ensure safe water for everyone and discourage those who want to exploit this essential resource. This series looks at efforts in Canada and Kenya to find sustainable solutions to water problems. Rural Vulnerability: The United Church’s Five Oaks Retreat and Education Centre has overcome a direct threat to their groundwater system from a nearby gravel pit, but faces ongoing challenges as urban sprawl and...

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THIRST

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Thirst is a remarkable film.  The looming freshwater crisis is the greatest environmental and human rights crisis of our time.  Not surprisingly, the move is on by powerful corporations and governments to commodify and cartelize the world’s water supplies for power and profit.  Thirst is the story of this assault and the fight to stop it.  Global corporations are rapidly buying up local water supplies.  Communities suddenly lose control of their most precious resource.  Thirst, a character-driven documentary with no narration, reveals how water is the catalyst for explosive community...

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

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This video is designed as a resource for United Church congregations and groups participating in the study and consultation process on genetically modified (GM) food. This process aims to engage a wide variety of voices in the development of a church policy on the use of biotechnology and genetic engineering in food production. Each segment of the video provides an overview presentation corresponding to a session of the study process outlined in the printed guide on genetically modified food issues. Segments:– Introducing the Consultation Process (40 mins.)– Health, Ecology,...

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