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The Wisdom Years

"Scientists are searching for the key to longevity but old people know the secret."

The Wisdom YearsIn Japan, one of the richest, most technological and urbanized countries in the world, more than 20% of the population is now over 65. This is part of a global ageing trend that has serious consequences for our economy and society.

The Wisdom Years documentary offers glimpses into the urban lives of 70, 90 and 100 year old Japanese people and their secrets to maintaining physical, mental and social health. Through scientific breakthroughs, and these everyday stories, we witness the transformation of the senior citizen in the 21st Century.

The Wisdom Years takes place in Japan, and offers a springboard from which to explore the process of ageing in other cities around the world.

To find out more about The Wisdom Years and UNU Media Studio, please visit wisdom.unu.edu/en/

Duration: 26 min.
Image format: NTSC
Aspect ratio: 16.9
Sound format: Stereo
DVD region: Multiregional

Languages: English/Japanese
Year of production: 2008
Price: US$9.00/1,000 yen
ISBN: 978-92-808-7502-7


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Voices of the Chichinautzin

“You can’t protect the environment without sustaining the livelihoods of the people”

Voices of the ChichinautzinThis is the story of Chichinautzin: a natural protected area on the southern border of Mexico City. This beautiful land is the setting for desperate struggles between indigenous communities and powerful interests, sometimes ending in bloodshed.

Faced with illegal logging and intense development pressures, a group of local scientists, government agencies and NGOs are trying to help the communities find a sustainable future.

Can this region and the people survive as Mexico City’s demand for more space and natural resources continues to grow?

To find out more about Voices of the Chichinautzin and UNU Media Studio, please visit voices.unu.edu/en/about/

Duration: 45 min.
Image format: NTSC
Aspect ratio: 16.9
Sound format: Stereo
DVD region: Multiregional

Languages: English/Spanish
Year of production: 2007
Price: US$12.00/1,400 yen
ISBN: 978-92-808-7501-0


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Saving the Ayuquila River

Saving the Ayuquila RiverThis is the story of the Ayuquila River and the people who depend on  it for their survival and prosperity.

Since ancient times, communities along the river have survived on  fishing and subsistence farming.

With the construction of large dams and irrigation systems, the  Ayuquila River valley became a prosperous sugar cane growing region.  This attracted a sugar mill to the area that produced pollution and  poisoned the river and killed the fish.

Can these communities save the Ayuquila River without sacrificing  their economic prosperity?

Ayuquila River e-case study

Duration: 27 min.
Image format: NTSC
Aspect ratio: 4.3
Sound format: Stereo
DVD region: Multiregional

Languages: English/Spanish
Year of production: 2005
Price: US$9.00/1,000 yen
ISBN: 978-92-808-7500-3


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