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Filmography - Area Studies: South Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania: Bangladesh

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of January 2017

Area Studies: Bangladesh

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of April 2011.

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library ALADIN catalog (

Note: Vietnam War and War on Terror (in Afghanistan) are addressed in specific filmographies on those topics. Feature films are also excluded from this list with the exception of a few that depict important historical events that aren’t well covered by documentaries (e.g. The Killing Fields).



Banker to the poor. Social entrepreneurship series. 2006. 1 videodisc (47 min.). Muhammad Yunus, leader of the microcredit revolution, shares his views on building connections between business and the social sector. DVD 3423

The bitter taste of tea: a journey into the world of fair trade. 2008. 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video. (59 min.). This program travels to tea estates in Sri Lanka, Kenya, India, and Bangladesh--some traditional, some fair trade--to expose unsafe work environments and labor exploitation. Finding little meaningful difference between fair trade and non-fair trade operations, questions arise: Are fair trade organizations such as the E.U.'s Max Havelaar Foundation being duped by tea growers? Or are growers doing the best they can in a brutal industry and a market that has yet to demand the quantities of fair trade tea that would create meaningful trickle-down profits for their workers? It is left to the viewer to weigh the arguments and decide. DVD 2247. Streaming video              

Climate Change: Our Responsibility. 2008. 1 streaming video (25 min.). If global warming cycles are natural phenomena, why should humans alter their consumption habits and behavior? Have we really accelerated climate change? This program studies the causes of ozone depletion and the buildup of greenhouse gases-examining both sides of the highly politicized issue while making the case that current warming trends are in fact human-caused. Outlining the importance of the greenhouse effect for life on Earth, the video looks at recent, measurable changes in sub-climates like Bangladesh and Australia; illustrates the roles played by agriculture, deforestation, and pollution; and features interviews with proponents and skeptics of mainstream arguments. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. Streaming video

Flip the Coin: A Tower of Promises-Telecom Giants in Bangladesh. 2009. 1 streaming video (57 min.). “This is the ugly face of globalization,” says A. R. Chowdhury-Repon, director of the Bangladesh Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment Foundation. He refers to a failure on the part of Western multinationals to ensure worker safety and proper environmental procedures in developing countries, and his description is echoed by many others throughout this program. Hidden camera interviews reveal shocking practices in steel factories across Bangladesh—from water pollution to child labor to a complete lack of protection from falls, fire, and hazardous materials. These factories are direct suppliers of the telecom companies Ericsson and Telenor, whose officials also appear on camera, in some cases promising to make amends, in others downplaying any association with wayward vendors. A much-needed look into international and green business ethics- from Films on Demand. Streaming video

Innovator for the poor.  Social entrepreneurship series. 2006. 1 videodisc (45 min.). Fazle Abed discusses the creation of BRAC, which has lifted millions of people out of poverty. DVD 3431

Microeconomics in the Global Marketplace. 2006. 1 streaming video (76 min.). Micro-lending, capitalism, and off-shoring are the topics of discussion in this compilation of NewsHour segments. Nobel Laureate Mohammad Yunus, economist Hernando de Soto, and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas L. Friedman are featured. Episodes include... Bootstrap Capitalism: Paul Solman and Mohammad Yunus discuss the merits of micro-lending using U.S.-based Good Faith, a venture capital lender to start-ups with no collateral, as an example. Segment also sold individually. Small Change, Big Change-Micro-loans: Paul Solman is joined by Maria Otero, of micro-lender Accion International, and Carl Horowitz, Washington correspondent for Investor's Business Daily, to debate the value and implications of trickle-upeconomic growth through micro-loans. �Conversation-The Mystery of Capital: Elizabeth Farnsworth and Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto discuss his book The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. Segment also sold as a part of Explaining Globalization. � Ø Thomas L. Friedman's Journal-Sri Lanka and India: Back from a reporting trip to Sri Lanka and India, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman joins Ray Suarez to talk about, among other topics, Bangalore's role as the back office to U.S. firms. � Ø Mohammad Yunus and the Nobel Peace Prize: Fred de Sam Lazaro and Nobel Prize-winner Mohammad Yunus discuss the success of Grameen Bank, after which Jeffrey Brown interviews Maria Otero, of Accion International, on Yunus' success. � Ø Mohammad Yunus on the Impact of Microfinance: Paul Solman speaks with Mohammad Yunus about microfinance and micro-entrepreneurship, the bond of trust between lender and borrower, and the entry of the private sector into micro-lending. Streaming video

Small Change, Big Business: The Women's Bank of Bangladesh 10 Years Later. 2005. 1 streaming video (55 min.). Micro credit-small loans administered with no collateral requirement-might represent the most powerful weapon in the fight against global poverty. But is micro credit a sustainable solution? This program follows up on the 1995 documentary The Women's Bank of Bangladesh (item #7129) which examined Bangladesh's Grameen Bank, a pioneering micro credit provider focused mainly on struggling women. Small Change, Big Business revisits loan recipients a decade later, studying the long-term effects of micro credit in their households and in their Islamic community. The video also interviews Grameen bank founder Muhammad Yunus, who sheds further light on the bank's methods and goals. Portions are in Bangla with English subtitles. Streaming video

Staying alive! Life 4: The Millennium series: Life 4 (Bullfrog Films, inc.). 2005. 1 videodisc (23 min.). "Poverty combined with lack of education and health services affect maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh"--Bullfrog Films website. DVD 1690

The Women's Bank of Bangladesh. 1996. 1 streaming video (47 min.). More than 100 million people live below poverty level in Bangladesh-many of them women. Thanks to the Grameen Bank and the small-business loans it makes to women only, many of them and their families are beginning to prosper. This program describes the philosophy, development, and function of the bank, then follows the daily activities of three women who have taken out loans to fund their cottage industries. We follow the women to bank-sponsored support groups and business classes, and watch as they sign their names and receive their loans. Allah is going to punish anybody involved in the Grameen Bank!shouts one Islamic leader, who, along with most males, opposes the loans as being contrary to Islamic law. But bank founder and economics professor Muhammad Yunus defends the bank's policies, stating that women in the region are more competitive in business than men. The Grameen Bank model has been copied in more than 40 countries throughout the world. Portions are in Bangla with English subtitles. Streaming video