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No Spare Parts

Ingenious recycling of used car parts in Ghana.

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Directed by David Springbett
Produced by Asterisk Productions
Hosted by David Suzuki

NO SPARE PARTS portrays the introduction and utilization of appropriate technology in a developing nation. In Ghana, thrown away materials are being recovered, and used to build and modernize their economy.

Requiring only minimal financial resources, small workshops use recycled automobile parts and traditional crafting skills to produce machinery of great benefit to the local people. Grinding mills, lathes, palm oil presses and lumber saws, all made from scrap, enable the population to improve their everyday lives.

Ghana's utilization of discards as a resource for raw materials reduces their reliance on imports and improves their independence and self-reliance. The appropriate technology movement is burgeoning in Ghana and having a beneficial impact on all levels of society. There's a message here for our own throw-away society, and a lesson in ingenuity.

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1991     Copyright Date: 1990
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-919-4     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-379-9

"Unique presentation... appropriate in classes studying Third World development on the high school or college level."
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"David Suzuki hosts this documentary... suggests benefits of reusing metal products to first-world countries, too."

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No Spare Parts

"Unique presentation... appropriate in classes studying Third World development on the high school or college level." ***Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Awards and Festivals
Blue Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival
Bronze Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival

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