Monday
Feb072011

Flight of Bird

Flight of Bird
1x 1hr Doc
Knowledge Network

Directed and Edited by Martin de Valk

In 1940 Costa Rica boasted over three million hectares of natural forest. By 1983, less than a third remained - most if it lost to extensive cattle grazing after the World Bank injected big money into the country's beef industry.

Among the many people who have worked to reduce this trend is Canadian Dirk Brinkman who, in 1995, brought his team of silviculture experts to the clearcuts of Costa Rica.

Using investment from friends and family, they purchased a small tract of deforested tropical land to begin a reforestation experiment with teak and mixed native species. With that, the BIRD project - Brinkman International Reforestation Development - took off. It's goals: to create an entreprenurial driven, self-sustaining enterprise that drew on Canada's expertise in reforestation and created employment for locals.

Ten years later, Martin de Valk's fascinating documentary tracks the resounding success of BIRD. Forestry and resource management experts from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and Earth University share their excitement over the ecological benefits of this unique project. With several initiatives underway, the BIRD team has reforested over 500 hectares, provided silviculture training and employment to the local people, established an elementary school for employees' children, and developed native tree species into a potentially viable and sustainable commercial product.

Monday
Feb072011

WITHIN THE WALLS: A STORY OF HEALING

Within the Walls
1 x 1/2hr Doc
APTN

A Half Hour Documentary incorporating B&W images and the voices from the Native Brotherhood.

Today, there is a disproportionate number of First Nations people incarcerated in the prison system.  Once in prison, many Aboriginal inmates are introduced to the Native Brotherhood.  It is within the Brotherhood that many begin their journey on the Red Road . . . the good road . . . the road to healing. 

 

On The Red Road

2 x 1/2hr Doc

The follow-up story to Within the Walls.

Directed by Martin de Valk

 

Monday
Feb072011

Forgotten Legacy: Spirit of Reclamation

Forgotten Legacy
1x 1hr Doc
APTN

Directed and Edited by Martin de Valk

One hundred years ago, the Fraser River gold rush opened the door for thousands of Euro-Americans seeking their fortune. For the Indigenous people of British Columbia, the overnight stampede triggered the ebb of the Native way of life forged on barter and trade.

A Forgotten Legacy explores the participation and adaptability of British Columbia's Native People as a new economy overtook the land. Although their traditional cultural practices and beliefs were denigrated, these indigenous people nevertheless brought their skills and knowledge to the emerging workforce. This is a story of the overwhelming contribution made by Native workers, labourers and entrepreneurs to a burgeoning British Columbia.

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