Jongsada Suwanchondee in Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand - AIDS
HIV-positive, this former Thai heroin addict helps others understand AIDS.
"Rainmakers" is a series that tells the inspiring story of six youth leaders from around the world who have overcome difficult personal situations to take control of their lives and help others.
Directed by Luc Côté
Produced by Robbie Hart and Luc Côté, Adobe Productions
Jongsada Suwanchondee kicked her heroin habit only to discover she was HIV-positive. Through support groups, Jongsada has found new hope and now helps others understand the disease and its impact.
Other titles in the series are:
Rena McLeod in Canada - An aboriginal mother fights for native justice.
Razvan Marcu in Romania - After Ceausescu, Razvan Marcu now fights for a clean environment.
Ramiro Garcia in Peru - Social change is possible through the arts and humor.
Victor "Gotti" Cherry in New York - A former gang leader now works with troubled youth.
Shakuntala Kazmi in India - A low-caste Hindu, Shakuntala Kazmi fights for women's rights.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-365-X
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-745-X
"All six videos feature well-selected historical footage, lively action, and, above all, engaging heroes who have much to show to young people. This series demonstrates to teenage viewers that individuals can make a difference and there are ways they, too, can get involved in their own communities."
"Visually dynamic and deeply personal in approach. Hart and Côté avoid ponderous docu-speak pacing...Instead, they concentrate on getting as close and personal with a subject's psyche as the camera will permit. The results are often moving."
The (Montreal) Gazette
"This series is highly recommended for libraries and media centers."
Orlando Archibeque, University of Colorado, MC Journal
"Visually dynamic and deeply personal in approach." The Gazette (Montreal)
Awards and Festivals
Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Competition
Bronze Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Finalist, Hot Docs
Finalist, Gemeaux Awards
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