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Developing Stories, Series 1: Environment and Development

A dramatic film about the cost of an oil spill to a fishing village in the Philippines.

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Directed by Mel Chionglo
Produced by Manila Inter-Film/BBC
From a sceenplay by Lino Brocka

A compelling dramatic feature from the Philippines which starts off at dawn in a fishing village in Bataan after a tanker has spilled oil in the night. The oil threatens not just marine life but the existence of the entire community. People and animals get sick. Many villagers leave. The film chronicles the efforts of Lucia and her family to stay in the village. But the social forces at play are too strong and Lucia is powerless to stop the disintegration of her family as they are forced into the slums of Manila.

Other titles in the series are:

And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon - Television in the Caribbean dominated by US programs.

Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow - The darker side of the Green Revolution.

Rabi - Modern day fable on family values from Africa.

Life and Debt - The murder of street children in Rio de Janeiro.

Suspended Dreams - The lasting effects of the civil war in Lebanon.

Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1994     Copyright Date: 1992
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-773-6     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-532-5

"Social realism at its most searing, relentlessly despairing but riveting."

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Awards and Festivals
Best Developing Country Production, Ökomedia
Premier Award, One World Broadcasting Trust
Best Drama Special, Philippine Movie Press Club

Asian Studies
Developing World
Human Rights
Social Justice

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Filipino women exploited as maids in Hong Kong.

The New Rulers of the World
Award-winning journalist, John Pilger, investigates the realities of globalization by taking a close look at Indonesia.

Multinational companies seldom take the needs of people or the environment into account.

Fisheries - Beyond The Crisis

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