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The mission is to demonstrate how digital multimedia can clarify key policy issues in international development.

For development practitioners, well-designed products can help frame policy alternatives and their consequences.

For students and teachers of development, the random access character of digital media allows teachers to call-up materials to illustrate a variety of points of view and respond flexibly to “teachable moments” as they arise.
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Productions now distributing DevCom Films

The DevCom Workshop is pleased to announce:

All DevCom Films are being remastered and distributed by

Documentary Educational Resources, Inc.  

Details on the DevCom Film Collection available at:

Malawi's Green Revolution: Seeking Sustainability, 1998-2015
Starter Pack: from Best Bets to Safety Net
Paths of Hope: Livelihoods in Three Caribbean Communities of Costa Rica


A film by Franco Sacchi

Mary Jirmanus and Charles Mann

Executive Producer Catherine Rielly

This film provides insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by families in three contrasting communities in Costa Rica. Developed for an innovative new teaching collaboration between Southern New Hampshire University and EARTH University, the film features insights into rural and peri-urban life as it is interpreted by residents, by EARTH University students working in the communities, and by experienced University faculty.   

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"It's a Young Country": Turkey and Akbank

 A film by Franco Sacchi and Charles Mann   (17 Min.)

Produced by Development Communications Workshop

for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Case Program

Jay Rosengard, Executive Director

Created to enrich a Harvard teaching case, the film provides deep insights into contemporary Turkey as one of its most successful banks explores options for future growth.  Striking images of urban and rural Turkey, cityscape and campus life, are viewed through the lenses of both Akbank’s management and independent observers. Interviews with both customers and many “unbanked” business owners add depth to the presentation.



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Si No Llueve (If It Doesn't Rain)
Si No Llueve (If It Doesn't Rain)


Si No Llueve: Primer Regreso (If It Doesn't Rain: First Return)

Si No Llueve: Primer Regreso (First Return)

A Film by Mary M. Jirmanus and Charles K.Mann

Executive Producers: Mary Hilderbrand and Guy Stuart

Film 14 Minutes; Special Features: 35minutes.  Spanish with English subtitles.

DVD includes Teachers' Menu for easy access to all scenes.

Commissioned by the Harvard Kennedy School to follow up developments with the families and communities of the original Si No Llueve.  They take pride in showing off improvements, but Inadequate rainfall and early frost continue to threaten their food supply.  New touristic cabins complement the trout farm.  Enrich discussions by drawing also from six supporting features, including a community leader narrating her drive-through analysis of the community.


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Lifecycles: a story of AIDS in Malawi
Lifecycles: a story of AIDS in Malawi International Development Documentary View the Flash Trailer
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What Policy Makers Should Know about Agriculture with Norman Borlaug
Film: 33 Minutes.  DVD includesTeachers’ Index


Borlaug DVD Cover Page“Policymakers make bad policy because they don‘t understand science-based agriculture.”  Dr. Borlaug explains key points he believes are often overlooked or misunderstood.  Recorded in 1980 as the narrative track for a proposed but never funded film series, his wisdom is enduringly relevant and is now available in this DevCom production.  A special teachers’ index permits calling up selected topics for viewing and discussion.

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Riversing Movie A Local Community Support Production

The 15 minute documentary RiverSing! captures the essence of an extraordinary community musical event: the Autumnal Solstice celebration on the banks of the Charles RiverWoods Hole Film FestivalA joint production of the Charles River Conservancy and Revels , musicians on the Weeks Bridge are joined in song by crowds of celebrants on the Cambridge and Boston banks of the river.

A Film by Charles Mann, Franco Sacchi, Mary Jirmanus.
Produced by RiverRun Studios, distributed by
RiverSing! is an Official Selection of the 2009 Woods Hole Film Festival .

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