1. Wicked ride down the side of the Haleakala Volcano on Maui.

    Music: Lost in Hollywood by System of a Down itunes.apple.com/us/album/mezmerize/id187472331

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  2. Twenty six year old Flavia Maria Juan Lux doesn't have enough food to feed her six children.

    Her husband makes less than US$5 a day working as a farm laborer. Like all the laborers here, he's contracted to work for two months, and then has to take a month off without pay.

    The family does not have any land to grow their own food.

    The community where they live is surrounded by an expansive macadamia nut plantation, where most of the men work. The owners of the plantation are have kept their name out of the public records ...

    Flavia's second youngest child is severely malnourished. His hair should not be blonde. Her family is an example of why Guatemala has the fourth-highest rate of chronic childhood malnutrition in the world.

    Music: Ernst Reijseger And Mola Sylla - "Su Bolu 'e s'Astore"

    Filmed on Panasonic GH13 using 20mm pancake lens.

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  3. The Bee Kingdom is a glass-based studio collective created by Ryan Marsh Fairweather, Tim Belliveau and Phillip Bandura, graduates of the Alberta College of Art and Design. In order to pursue their love of glass sculpture, they built a hot-glass studio in their backyard garage in Calgary, Canada.

    After a few years of experience (including all the requisite trials and errors) the trio have a sharpened their focus to include select designs called the "studio series", custom sculpture\installation and fine art.

    To find out where they got their name, watch the video ... and then visit their website at beekingdom.ca

    Music - Ry Cooder and V.M. Bhatt "A Meeting by the River"

    Filmed on Panasonic GH13

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  4. The Hawaiian Islands are often called paradise. But living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean comes at a price.

    Supermarket chain “Wholefoods” is known locally as “Whole Paycheck.” And with a cost of living 30% higher than places like New York, the island is jokingly called “the palmed prison” because some people simply can’t afford to leave.

    To break this dependence, some residents are looking to aquaponics – a system that combines aquatic farming with hydroponics.

    Al Jazeera English investigates ...

    Filmed on Panasonic GH1.

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  5. The people of Montana is in the midst of a political battle over the future of legalized medical marijuana.

    Since late 2008, when the US Attorney General announced that medical marijuana cases wouldn’t be prosecuted, the number of card-carrying patients in this small state has shot up by a factor of six. Now about three per cent of Montanans carry medical marijuana patient cards.

    Opposition to the booming industry reached a climax in May 2010, when two medical marijuana dispensaries were firebombed. Although no one was injured, the acts delivered a powerful message.

    Al Jazeera English’s David Mercer visited Montana, and came back with this report.

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David Mercer

Ricochet Productions's David Mercer is a video journalist/documentary filmmaker currently based in Guatemala, Central America.

With a passion for human rights, indigenous cultures and the environment, David’s work aims to dispatch stories of local struggle


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Ricochet Productions's David Mercer is a video journalist/documentary filmmaker currently based in Guatemala, Central America.

With a passion for human rights, indigenous cultures and the environment, David’s work aims to dispatch stories of local struggle to an global audience.

His travels over the past two decades have taught him that at our core we are more similar to one another than we are different … and that it is this similarity that is the key to our survival.

He is currently working on a documentary about the contamination of Lake Atitlan, often called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

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