Grades 7-12, College, Adults
Directed by Arjun Pandey
Produced by Ambica Kapoor
DVD Purchase $195, Rent $65
US Release Date: 2013
Copyright Date: 2013
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-275-6
Life Apps Series|
In India can Sachin build a "Life App" to help stem the tide of farmer suicides?
Sachin Gaur is an award-winning software engineer and world-class expert in mobile security. In 2010 he cofounded the technology collective MixOrg, which aims to develop apps to help people at the bottom of the pyramid -- people like the many millions of India's poor farmers whose lives are often blighted by multiple problems.
LIFE follow Sachin as he heads off to Andhra Pradesh to meet farmers and hear first-hand about the major obstacles they face in their lives -- from changing weather patterns and unreliable rainfall, to rising costs of seeds and fertilizers. With a firm grasp of some of their real-life problems, he's ready to start working on a "Life App" to help spread farmers' ideas.
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?
Once a Nomad In Namibia can Dalton and Lameck build a Life App to help the illiterate and isolated Himba people market their goods?
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."
"Mobile Harvest is quite a splendid short video in a splendid series. Given their length, they are ideal for use in the classroom, where tech-preoccupied students may grasp the ideas of technology and of culture. I consider these films an excellent introduction to cultural diversity, the modernity of indigenous peoples, and the positive power of technology...Level/Use: Suitable for high school classes and college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of development/globalization, anthropology of technology, and Asian 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