Friday, January 12, 2007
I just saw a documentary produced by an independant Dutch company called MovieTron. The documentary I saw was The Other American War which was released in 2004 and told the story of the devastating effect that the Bush Governments' policies on family planning and funding of international agencies concerned with family planning have had on the third world.
The director, Mark Aardenburg tells the story by going to Africa and the Untied States. He interviews fundamentalist and Catholic anti abortion movement supporters and then women in Ethiopia. A powerful piece that shows how Bush's catering to these interests have a really tragic ripple effect through out the world.
This film was originally scheduled to be shown in the USA, but because of opposition to the ideas expressed in the film, it was dropped by distributors afraid of retribution from the anti aborttion groups.
MovieTron has released quite a few films over the years and you should check out their website, MovieTron
They have a few projects in development in the near future so keep your eyes open. I would recommend the film, Donkey Caravan to Timbuktu...a real travelog about how one village in Mali donated donkeys to another village across the Sahara and the journey involved in getting them there. That was directed by Mark and lots of logistical and technical assistance from my friend, Marius de Rijke, who spent time in Mali with Mediciens Sans Frontiers.
The film, No Problem, documents the kidney trade in India.
Black Slaves for Sale, a documentary about the present day slave trade in Africa which exposes the reality and explodes myths.
Jamaica.com is about how the growth of computers and small business has begun to transform rural Jamaica.
I really recommend the entire catalog of MovieTron films by Mark and other directors.
Great film making and story telling with out being sensationalists. Keep an eye for the film, Why Do They Hate Us So? which will attempt to answer the question many naive Americans ask everytime they watch the news. Great Stuff!