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Developing Stories, Series 1: Environment and Development

Modern day fable on family values from Africa.

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Directed by Gaston Kaboré
Produced by Cinecom Productions
for BBC-TV with Television Trust for the Environment and One World Group of Broadcasters

A beautiful modern day fable using traditional African story-telling techniques about a young boy in Burkina Faso. Nine-year-old Rabi acquires a pet tortoise after his father falls off his bicycle swerving to avoid it. The boy's fascination with nature manifests itself in turning his pet on its back and watching it struggle. The boy is heart-broken when the tortoise is taken away from him, but his grandfather helps him find his own tortoise which speaks to him so eloquently about his abuse that the boy eventually sets it free.

Other titles in the series are:

Lucia - The cost of an oil spill to a fishing village.

And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon - Television in the Caribbean dominated by US programs.

Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow - The darker side of the Green Revolution.

Life and Debt - The murder of street children in Rio de Janeiro.

Suspended Dreams - The lasting effects of the civil war in Lebanon.

Grade Level: 3-12, Adult
US Release Date: 1994     Copyright Date: 1992
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-772-8     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-538-4

"Beautiful modern African parable about our dislocated relationship with the natural world."
The Guardian

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Awards and Festivals
New England International Children's Film Festival
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Best Film For Children and Young People, Oekomedia
Bronze Award for Fictional Films, Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia
Joint First Prize, WWF-UK Award for Best National Documentary and Current Affairs Programming
Honorable Mention, FESPACO, Burkina Faso
Special Presentation, NAAEE

African Studies
Children's Stories: Live Action
Developing World

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