Grades 7-10, College, Adult
Directed by Heather MacAndrew and David Springbett
Produced by Asterisk Productions
DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45
US Release Date: 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-500-8
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-691-7
Urban and Regional Planning
Awards and Festivals
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Ways We Live: Exploring Community Series|
Leading thinkers explore community, work, time, values, and change.
What's happening to our sense of community? Even though humans are social animals who need interaction and a sense of belonging to survive, we have created a society -- in the industrialized countries at least -- where people are often too busy to build the kind of communities they say they long for. Women, in particular, feel they lack time to develop the relationships that make a community grow.
In COMMUNITY ANIMALS, some of today's leading thinkers, such as author Alan Durning, social historian Stephanie Coontz, Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez of the New Road Map Foundation, and Sarah van Gelder, editor of YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, explore fundamental questions of work, time, values, change and how we will live together in the next millennium.
Other titles in the series are:
Virtually Intentional - Finding community in the cloister, a commune, and in cyberspace.
Community by Design - Good design of houses and neighborhoods builds community.
Making Shelter - My Home with Others - Co-ops and co-housing provide new models for building community.
Reclaiming Community - Communities in Toronto and Oakland take back and revitalize public spaces.
Ageing with Community - The search for community and independence as we grow old.
The Boundaries of Change - Cities cope with changing demographics.
Finding Us and Them - Physically and mentally challenged people find community.
On the Road - RV owners leave their home towns and build their own communities.
Maps with Teeth - Bioregional mapping by locals communicates a sense of place and regional identity.
"You can't keep community down. Give people a little encouragement and a few tools, and they'll recreate the sense of community spirit in any available cracks and crannies in our otherwise alienated culture...These stories...are upbeat, encouraging - and replicable."
"This is not an indulgent journey into nostalgia, but an exploration of the people we have become, touching on our diversity as well as our similarities."