Life Apps Series
World of Apps
Young people are writing apps to solve problems from reproductive health care in South Africa to helping young minority adults in London who are "stopped and searched."
The final episode of the series profiles Apps For Good, an organization originally started in Brazil to harness young people's ideas and energies to develop apps that can benefit local communities. In South Africa, LIFE visits with creative artist Nanziwe, who works for the mobile start-up company Bozza and is trying to develop an "app" to provide young people with sexual and reproductive health information and advice.
Directed by Paul Zisiwe, Gautam Lewis
Produced by tv/e (Television Trust for the Environment)
Editor: Sotira Kyriacou
Narrator: Tapiwa Madovi
Music: Just A Band, Audio Network
Executive Producers: Jenny Richards, Nick Rance
Production Managers: Sheila Menon, Davina Rodrigues
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
Produced by tv/e with financial assistance from the European Union
In London's East End, LIFE films one young entrepreneur who has developed an app that helps young minority adults who are "stopped and searched" by the police, recording their locations and their accounts of the treatment they receive. We also visit with Amarah, a young student from Central Foundation Girls' School, who has developed her own "app" to send messages to friends with an alarm call.
The other titles in the series are:
Silicon Savannah In Kenya can Muniu build a Life App to help William be as good a farmer as he can be?
Favela Farm In Brazil can Pedro build a Life App to help the secret world of urban farms and gardens in Rio's shanty towns?
Mobile Harvest In India can Sachin build a Life App to help stem the tide of farmer suicides?
Once a Nomad In Namibia can Dalton and Lameck build a Life App to help the illiterate and isolated Himba people market their goods?
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2013
Copyright Date: 2013
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-272-1
"A marvelous study of technology meeting 'tradition' and how the two can co-exist beneficially for the peoples of the world...Once a Nomad is a fascinating and fantastic anthropological experience. It could be used with tremendous success in the introductory anthropology classroom to illustrate for students what fieldwork is like (although the developers are not anthropologists), how technology is not restricted to the modern urban world, and how 'traditional' people are part of the modern world too. Level/Use: Suitable for high school classes and college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of development/globalization, anthropology of technology, and African studies, as well as for general audiences."
Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database
"Eye-opening, educational, and encourages viewers to think of ways to make the world a better place. Life Apps is highly recommended for public and school library DVD collections, as well as home viewing."
The Midwest Book Review
"Well-done, interesting, and highly informative...Would be useful in a variety of settings, from general audience home use to classroom supplementation in a variety of subject areas, particularly technology, social sciences, geography, and agriculture. The material presented would be most appropriate for adolescent through adult age groups."
Sharon Wenger, Lawrence Public Schools, Science Books and Films
"Captivating...Provides a unique international cross-section demonstrating ways low-cost technology can increase global equity. The series is highly recommended for school media centers as well as technology programs at the secondary and university levels."
Vincent Livoti, University of Maine, School Library Journal
"Recommended...For a number of reasons, this series is appropriate for high school to general adult audiences. One, this series definitely introduces places and cultures that may be unfamiliar to many. There is appropriate music from each culture playing in the background. Two, it breaks down the steps involved in a problem solving model, so viewers can clearly see what is being done and possibly replicate it within their lives. Three, it serves to inspire. Many of the global issues and problems mentioned are not going to be solved outright, but grass root campaigns can start the process of community and social awareness."
Linda Yau, Bronx Community College Library, Educational Media Reviews Online
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.
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