Grades 7-12, College, Adult
Directed by Luc Côté
Produced by Robbie Hart and Luc Côté, Adobe Productions
DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45
US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-364-1
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-744-1
Awards and Festivals
Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network Video Competition
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film Festival
Finalist, Gemini Awards
Shakuntala Kazmi in India
New Delhi, India - Violence Against Women
A low-caste Hindu, Shakuntala Kazmi fights for women's rights.
"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.
Shakuntala Kazmi was born into a low-caste Hindu family and has experienced discrimination all her life. As an activist in the fight for women's rights, she leads a dramatic protest against the male-run lotteries.
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.
Jongsada Suwanchondee in Thailand - HIV-positive, a former heroin addict helps others understand AIDS.
"Admirably fiery, well-spoken, and unswervingly committed...very inspirational"
"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