BURDEN ON THE LAND
Boxing: In and Out of The Ring (2001)
92 mins. - A&E, Sky & TVOntario - YAP (Yorkshire/Associated Producers Ltd.)
A YAP Films Production currently in the YAP Films Library
BURDEN ON THE LAND (2001)
60 mins. • Roger Pyke Productions • Global TV & CIDA
Directed by ROGER PYKE
Producers HENRY GOLD, SIMCHA JACOBOVICI AND ROGER PYKE
Associate Producer RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK
Executive Producer SIMCHA JACOBOVICI
AN ASSOCIATED PRODUCER PRODUCTION
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROGER PYKE PRODUCTIONS
IN ASSOCIATION WITH GLOBAL TV AND CIDA
Millions of Africans will suffer from the effects of drought. Yet despite this overwhelming tragedy, very little is known about the roots of famine and the ways to avert it. BURDEN ON THE LAND avoids the horrors of recent droughts and concentrates on the real problems of social structure, living patterns, women’s roles, education, public health, fuel, water, transportation, deforestation, desertification and appropriate agriculture.
Films about Africa usually oscillate between sensationalistic footage and dull academic lectures. The former evokes feelings of despair, and the latter simply bores. In contrast, BURDEN ON THE LAND combines the intellectual depth of an educational film with the quickness, pacing, graphics and sophistication of television journalism.
Filmed in Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire, Ivory Coast, Mali, Ethiopia and Uganda, our footage ranges from sexy North American fashion shows for African relief to the projects they help in Africa, from a gruelling marathon for Africa to Africa itself. The film takes viewers on a tour deep into the rainforests of Zaire, the slums of Goma, the ancient wonder that is Timbuktu, and the modern skyscrapers of Abidjan. It ranges from exotic dancing in Malawi, to modern factories in the Ivory Coast, to deserted Mozambican villages caught in the crossfire of civil war.
BURDEN ON THE LAND is a visually stunning and intellectually gripping look at Africa as it faces the 21st century.
American Film & Video Festival, 1991
National Educational Film & Video Festival, 1991
Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco Film Festival, 1991