Cultural anthropology videos

Available in the Southern Nazarene University Media Center

But I'll Be Eaten Up By Lions. -- Call number: Curr. 266 B 983
Wycliffe Bible Translators, SIM. 1980? 22 minutes
A British production, so the humor (humour?) is a bit strange. Yet, it answers in its unique way some questions about missions, i.e.: What is a "call"? What about the health of our children? What about cultural destruction? Notes that God calls families. The statistics are out of date, but the message is valid. Good for discussion. Included are interviews with "real live missionaries."
Celebrating the Day of the Dead -- Call number: GR115 .C45
Educational Video Network, 22 minutes
In the U.S. Halloween is a time for costumes and silliness, but The Day of the Dead is a serious affair in Mexico where relatives take the time to remember and honor deceased loves ones. Discusses the imposition of Spanish Catholicism on traditional Indian beliefs. Portions of film in Spanish with English subtitles.
Children of Mexico -- Call number: Curr 972.08 C536
1989, 26 minutes
Documentary program portrays life in Mexico from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl named Gloria.
China Discovery -- Call number: DS721 .C56
KCTS Seattle, 1984, 27 minutes
Discusses Chinese technology and inventions throughout the ages.
Cross-cultural communication: How culture affects communication -- Call number: HM 1211 .C75 2005
Insight Media, 2005, 23 minutes [ viewing guide ]
Explores cultural differences in communication skills with regard to public behavior, taboos, power, stereotyping and prejudice, time conceptualization, socialization, saving face, direct and indirect communication, negotiation styles, and dress
Dadi's Family -- Call number: HQ670 .D33 1662
PBS Video, 58 minutes
A look at the relationships a mother/mother-in-law in India has with her sons and their wives. Excellent footage of interactions during the family's daily routine. [ viewing guide ]
Five Hardest Questions. -- Call number: BV 2061 .F5
Wycliffe Bible Translators, 1970's, 50 minutes
Footage of Wycliffe missionaries at work who are each asked five questions: 1) are missionaries tools for western imperialism? 2) God says He will take care and provide for you. How have you experienced this? 3) What type of skills are most necessary for a translator to have? 4) Do you think it's fair to raise your children here? 5) Would you make the same decision again? A good introduction to translation and its problems in Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. A fantastic view into everyday life of the missionary.
Going International: Beyond Culture Shock -- Call number: G156.5 .C5 G61, Vol. 3
Copeland Griggs Productions, 30 mins.
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The Gods Must Be Crazy -- Call number: PN1997 .G626
20th Century Fox, 1984, 109 minutes
An empty Coke bottle drops from the sky near an African hunter. He takes it back to his village. There its presence causes so much trouble that he tries to return the bottle to the gods who must have dropped it. Humorous look at clash between cultures.
Going International: Safely -- Call number: AV G156.5 .C5 C61
Copeland Griggs Productions, 30 minutes
Provides basic security awareness information for travelers. Alerts the traveler to the most common dangers, shows how to reduce risk and what to do in an emergency. While produced for the business traveler, it has an introduction by David Hayse of Nazarene World Missions. So, there is some excellent information to those going on mission trips.
Going International: Bridging the Culture Gap -- Call number: E184.2 .B75
Copeland Griggs Productions, 1983, 28 min
Intended to help families adjust to living abroad through exploration of cultural and business practices in various foreign countries. Illuminates cultural differences to which Americans must become attuned if they are to be accepted in their new homes.
The Good Seed. -- Call number: BV 2835.2 .G55
Wycliffe Bible Translators, 1986, 30 minutes
Actual footage from the amazing story of how the Tzeltal tribe in Southern Mexico and the Payas in Colombia found the living God. How two women were used by God to start a movement that brought over 48,000 people to Christ, forming 382 churches. From there the Tzeltals "sent" these two women as their missionaries to the Payas of the mountains in Colombia.
Language and Communication. -- Call number: P 90 .L36
Insight Media, 1983, 30 minutes
This program shows how the feelings and aspirations of every culture are expressed in the sounds and movements which constitute language.
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Magical Curing -- Call number: BV 2680 .N5
filmed and narrated by William Mitchell, 1988, 17 minutes
A black and white film from a purely anthropological basis about the Waope people of New Guinea. An interesting study in primitive or traditional religion. Christians should view for understanding and discuss the contextualization of the Gospel. The film can helps one understand the bondage of demons and clarify what the Good News really means: releasing the captives and breaking the power of death. Fascinating to watch. A man slips into eternity and becomes a God-spirit to the village.
Mexican Family Celebrations -- Call number: F1210 .N49
Educational Video Network, 20 minutes
Different rituals mark important phases of life for Mexicans. Baptisms, birthdays, quinceañeras, weddings and the Day of the Dead (Nov. 1) are highlighted. English narration. Interviews in Spanish with English subtitles. [ viewing guide ]
newMexican Popular Customs -- Call number: GT 4814 .M48 1993
Education Video Network, 1993, 26 minutes
A look into Mexican culture on such issues as time consciousness, personal space, touch, and family
Mexican Youth Today -- Call number: HQ799.M4 M49
Educational Video Network, 1992, 28 minutes
On-the-street interviews of young people in Mexico City on a variety of subjects. They have a lot to say about the stereotypical ways their country is perceived, and they are determined to set the record straight. Bilingual with captions. Be aware that when the young people are interviewed on the issue of AIDS, they openly admit their sexual promiscuity and use of condoms.
Mexico, the Land and the People -- Call number: F1216.5 .M4
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1986, 24 minutes
Examines geographic patterns in Mexico, showing our urbanization and modernization are bringing about new patterns. Also describes historical influences on the makeup of Mexico's population. Includes animation.
The mind and the brain: language -- Call number: AV QP376 .M5 vol. 9
Nati: A Mayan Teenager. -- Call number: F1435 .N37
Educational Video Network, 1991, 17 minutes
Nati is a 14-year-old Tzeltal Maya who lives in a remote settlement in Chiapas, Mexico. Surrounded by the ruins of his ancestors' once-mighty civilizations, Nati is more concerned with his daily routine and prospects for the future. Due to the demands of his own culture, Nati is seriously considering marriage and family life at an age when most U.S. teens are still considered children. This trip to a Third World village through the eyes of a 14-year-old offers a different look at rural Latin America. Pretty sketchy in terms of details it offers, however.
Ongka's Big Moka -- Call number GN 450.4 .K394 2003
Granada Television International, 1974, 60 minutes
Ongka, a tribal leader in Papua New Guinea, spends five years using his skills as an orator and negotiator to amass 600 pigs and other valuables which he will give away in a festive ceremony in order to gain influence over rivals and win a sort of immortality for himself and his tribe. [ viewing guide ]
Papua New Guinea -- Call number: BV 3680 .N5 P2
NBC TV, 1987, 30 minutes total
Five segments reported during the morning news show of NBC television. Nazarene missionaries serve as guides for NBC journalists. Briefly discusses changes that tribes are going through and the role of missionaries. Highly recommended for all viewers. Cultural change, primitive cultures, tribal missions, medical missions. Host Boyd Matson is an SNU graduate.
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A Poor Man Shames Us All. -- Call number: GN 380 .M39
Biniman Productions / PBS Video, 1992, 60 minutes
Explores the alternative views of wealth and economy that are exhibited in the lives of tribal cultures. Have things replaced people as the focus of our relationships? This video, one of the series Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World," explores the alternative views of wealth and economy that are exhibited in the lives of tribal cultures. It takes you from a New York ad agency to the jungles of Indonesia and the plains of Kenya. It notes that Western views of wealth and economic needs have created a society of strangers in the midst of material riches, while tribal cultures such as the Weyewa of Indonesia and the Gabra of Kenya create economies of dependency on others and measure wealth through people, not things.
Seasons of a Navajo -- Call number: E99 .N3 S42
1988, 60 minutes
This is a film about a year in the life of a traditional Navajo family living in Arizona's Canyon de Chelly. Focusing on the family's charismatic patriarch, the film follows the simple, earthy rhythms of Navajo life: ceremonies, extended family celebrations, weaving, farming -- all taking place in the spectacular Four Corners area of the Navajo Reservation. The film illustrates how the past and present converge on one Navajo family.
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Touching the Timeless. -- Call number: GN 380 .M39
Biniman Productions / PBS Video, 1992, 60 minutes
What does it mean to find one's place in the world? What are the different ways that Western societies and tribal cultures seek to elevate their lives from the ordinary world into the extraordinary? You see the Huichol tribe of Mexico on their annual pilgrimage to collect peyote, the sacred food of the gods, and visit the house of a Navajo medicine man who invites the spirits into his world through sand painting, chanting, and "walking in beauty."
Touring Mexico 60 minutes
Encounter Productions
Description and travel in Mexico. Shot for tourists--shows luxuries available to them.
Two Deserts: Sahara and Sonora -- Call number: GB611 .T9
Learning Corporation of America, 1970, 22 minutes
Points out that the Sahara desert in Africa and the Sonora desert in America are physically similar but support entirely different cultures. Shows how economic, religious, cultural and technological factors make regions different.
Two Grasslands: Texas and Iran -- Call number: GN738 .T8
Learning Corporation of America, 21 minutes
Points out that the Edwards Plateau in Texas and the steppes in Iran are grasslands region similar in rainfall pattern and sparsity of vegetation. Explores the differing lifestyles of the people in the two regions and stresses the interrelationships between land, technology and culture.
You Can't Ride Two Horses. -- Call number: BV 2370 .W9 Y6
Wycliffe Bible Translators, 1990's, 20 minutes
Very contemporary. Great introduction to spiritual warfare and introduction to translation and literacy work.
Women in the Third World -- Call number: HQ1104 .W6
PBS Video - The World Bank/WETA, 1986, 29 minutes
Discusses the economic and social conditions of women in the Third World.
Vibration and Pagan Rites, Part 1 of Music in Time -- Call number: ML160 .V5
Films for the Humanities, 1982, 60 minutes
A look at music in different cultures. Not as "pagan" as the title really sounds. Flutist James Galway takes the viewer backward through time to demonstrate how ageless and universal is the human impulse to make music and how logical and natural has been the development of Western music.

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