Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. For the fifth installment of our Beyond the Gardens series, Kew Gardens set us the challenge of making taxonomy engaging for a wider audience. The result – the story of Kew's Herbarium and its 7 million dried plant specimens, as told by acclaimed plant scientist and Keeper of Kew's Jodrell Laboratories, Mark Chase.

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  4. Based in the Nairobi slum of Kariobangi, Box Girls is an organization that works through boxing to instill self confidence in girls living in slums throughout Nairobi, shaping them into the next generation of community leaders.

    "Box Girl" follows Sonko, one of the earliest Box Girls participants who boxed her way onto the Kenyan national women's boxing team.

    For more information on Box Girls visit boxgirlskenya.org

    This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot primarily with a Canon XA10.

    Producer: Jackie Adiwinata
    Director: Evan Pretzer
    Cinematographer: Tim Jacks
    Editor: Miranda Sita

    Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
    We are more than a film study abroad program. We are a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at actualitymedia.org

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  5. How much inequality is too much? To find out more and get teaching resources linked to the film, go to whypoverty.net

    740 Park Ave, New York City, is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US -- the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill.

    Director Alex Gibney
    Producer Blair Foster
    Produced by Jigsaw Productions

    Why Poverty?

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Socially Minded Documentaries

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This is a channel for filmmakers to put their finished documentaries, trailers, and teasers so that more people can see them and learn about the people and issues we try to advocate for.
Unfinished works and critiques are also welcome.

(The background photograph is of Kibera, the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Homes in Kibera are shacks of corrugated metal, with no plumbing or electricity. 20,000 children in Kibera can't afford to attend public school, due to the cost of books and uniforms. HIV/AIDS devastates the community.)

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