Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. Tatiana McCabe’s mixed media video, titled Restoring Sight in Bangladesh (2012) uses documentary footage, motion graphics and stop motion animation to explore the issue of cataract blindness in Bangladesh. McCabe’s interest in socially conscious filmmaking comes to life through her writing, cinematography and playful animations, which clearly explain her journalistic findings. The purpose of this film is to educate viewers about what cataracts are, why they are so problematic in developing countries and highlight the steps, which if taken, can help eradicate cataract blindness in the future.

    Photos from McCabe's trips to Bangladesh.
    flic.kr/s/aHsjyxFQbk

    Behind the scenes photos from the project:
    flic.kr/s/aHsjyxG6A2

    # vimeo.com/41785142 Uploaded 2,027 Plays / / 12 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  2. The official trailer for "The Waiting Room," a feature length documentary film exploring the daily struggle of patients and caregivers as they pass through the waiting room of Highland Hospital, a public hospital serving in Oakland, CA. It is a co-production between International Film Circuit, ITVS, Open'hood, and Peer Review Films.

    # vimeo.com/36386074 Uploaded 65.5K Plays / / 7 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  3. In 1994 Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide. Close to a million were killed by neighbors, friends, even family. Horror swept the land. And when it was over, those who remained were broken, dead inside.

    The country has made great strides in economic recovery, but "people are not like roads and buildings" says Kiki Katese, pioneering Rwandan theater director. "How do we rebuild a human being?"

    Kiki decided to start Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda's first and only women's drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict. There was only one requirement: to leave the categories of the past at the gate.

    Sweet Dreams follows this remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a new future for themselves.

    Read the full story:

    sweetdreamsrwanda.com/film

    # vimeo.com/40049062 Uploaded 8,473 Plays / / 4 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  4. On her 2.5 acres of land in Kalangala, Uganda, Imelda grows sweet potatoes, cassava, banana, yams and rears goats. She has 9 children. She and her family have been threatened by the palm company representatives who say that the land is theirs and want her to move away. Elite land owners are constantly looking for land to sell or lease to the company, everyone’s land or right to land is under scrutiny as profit motive begin to tear apart a subsistent society. Her husband is a heavy drinker and she sees no income from him, her only source of income is from the food she grows on her small plot of land.

    This video has been produced in association with the source project thesourcefilm.org for Friends of the Earth International. Music by Gary Reuben Morris - hoorayface.bandcamp.com

    # vimeo.com/39841438 Uploaded 481 Plays / / 0 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
  5. After an earthquake devastates his beloved country, a Haitian Princeton janitor seeks the support of the privileged community he serves everyday and sacrifices everything to revive his lifelong dream to bring what is most fundamental to his village’s survival; clean water. For more information: lasourcemovie.com

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Socially Minded Documentaries

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