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Abortion: Stories from North and South Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1984 Singer's film allows us to see abortions as a global phenomenon which transcends race, religion and boundary. Women from various parts of the world share their experiences. From Ireland where contraception and abortion are illegal, to urban Peru where backstreet abortions are commonplace to Japan where women bound by ancient traditions of formality, deference and silence cannot share their experience of abortion. One of the striking points of the film is that abortion continues to be practiced despite moral and legal constraints. This film is a testimony to the courage and determination of women. Also available in French: L'Avortement - Histoire secrète.
Alice in Migraland Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2013 The story of how undocumented students organized creatively and strategically and got the Federal Government to grant them legal status.
American Autumn: An Occudoc Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC from the earliest days through the end of January 2012, American Autumn: an Occudoc is an inside looking out view of the occupy movement.
Anti-Capitalist Demonstration of May 1, 2013 in Montreal Journée des Travailleurs et Travailleuses: Manifestation Anti-Capitaliste Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2013 Montreal 2013: police state. Montreal's municipal goverment passes a bylaw that suspends the right of citizens to assemble unless they have received advance permission from police. Citizens who assert their right to assembly are kettled by police and arrested.
Ask a Silly Question Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 An inquiry into the polling and market industry. Through bogus street polls, we see how frequently people are willing to give opinions on subject matter they know nothing about.
Avenge But One of My Two Eyes Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2006 Israeli director Avi Mograbi documents what he calls the "culture of death" in the psychology of Israel the occupier.
Battle for Brooklyn Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Battel for Brooklyn is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyns historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets.
The Betrayal Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 The filmmaker's personal journey to confront her past, baring her soul to those most hurt by her troubled youth when she ricocheted from far-left radicalism to neo-Nazi fascism out of a desperate need to belong.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 First there was a film about banana workers saying the Dole Food Company had made them infertile. Then Dole attacked the filmmakers. Now it's time for a new film!
The Billionaires Tea Party Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2010 Both a journey through a unique moment in American history and a thoroughly researched piece of investigative journalism. Through an examination of astroturfing and disinformation, we see how citizen democracy has been captured by powerful corporate interests that threatens not only the heath of American democracy, but that of its citizens and the planet as a whole.
Bleeker Street Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1977 Documentary of the efforts of the residents of Bleeker St. to save their homes.
Booker's Place A Mississippi Story Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 In 1965, African-American waiter Booker Wright spoke out in a television documentary, outraging many white Southerners and resulting in his murder. Years later, the filmmaker's son returns to examine the repercussions of the interview on Wright's family and the community as a whole.
Budrus Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 A documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel#s Separation Barrier.
Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country Resource Type: Film/Video Anders Ostergaard's award-winning documentary assembles footage smuggled out of Burma/Myanmar by an underground journalist group known as Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). The film explores how DVB members regularly put their lives at risk to reveal the realities of living under a brutal military occupation despite the government crackdown on free media and internet.
Bus Driver Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 Follows Karnel Basi, a public transit driver in South Vancouver, along his regular route through the downtown east side to the heart of the city and back again. Along the way he picks up a variety of passengers, struggles to stay on schedule and keep his bus safe.
Call Me Kuchu Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.
Canned Dreams Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 A simple can of ravioli propels this spectacular 30,000-kilometre, eight-country journey through all phases of food production and the far flung sources of international ingredients.
Crayons of Askalan Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 In 1975, at the age of fifteen, Palestinian artist Zuhdi Al Adaw is sentenced and confined in the high security prison of Askalan, Israel for fifteen years. With the help of his fellow prisoners and their families, he manages to stay alive by smuggling in colour crayons and smuggling out his allegorical artwork done on pillowcases, so it finds its way to the outside world.
Dear John Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 Chronicles the closure of the Welland Canal, Ontario's oldest and leading industrial employer: John Deere Welland Works. The film explores what Welland has in store for its future, while helping those that worked at the plant tell their story.
Defamation Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 An expose of the Anti-Defamation League and the way it uses the memory of the Holocaust to silence criticism of Israel.
Detropia Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.
The Devil Operation Resource Type: Film/Video A tale of corporate espionage unfolds in this exposé of torture, intimidation, and murder of Peruvian eco-activists and indigenous farmers. Shocking video footage, horrifying photos, and meticulous reports compiled by private security firms working for U.S. and British-owned gold mines are co-opted by the filmmakers to reveal the truth.
Dr. Makdisi on a One State Solution Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2007 A video clip featuring Dr. Saree Makdisi presenting the case for a one-state solution in Israel-Palestine - a democratic secular state.
Drought Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 As a result of the persistent drought, an entire community prepares for an inevitable exodus from their homeland in northern Mexico.
The End of Suburbia Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2004 Documentary about the Peak Oil theory and its implications for the America way of life.
Espoir Voyage Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Like many young men of his country, Joanny travelled from Burkina Faso to the more affluent Ivory Coast in search of work and a better life. For many young Burkinabe men this emigration is a ritual and rite of passage but Joanny never returned. Years later his brother, Burkinabe filmmaker Michel K. Zongo, decides to retrace his steps.
Everybody Dreams Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1976 Study of an immigrant family's life as homesteaders in P.E.I. and its opposition to encroaching corporate demands.
Favela Rising Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2006 The story of Anderson Sa, and his quest to create a non-violent cultural movement known as Afro-reggae.
The Field of Magic Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Field of Magic is a docu-poem about people living for over two decades in Buda forest near the closed down Kariotike.s dump, 40 km from Vilnius, Lithuania. A result of four years work, the film captures the perspective of the dump dwellers in telling the story of a dissolving community, its uniqueness, daily rhythm, peculiar way of life, every-day joys and sorrows.
Finding North Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
5 Broken Cameras Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bilin, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Palestinian farmer Emad Burnats cameras, the filmmakers collaboration follows one familys evolution over five years of village turmoil.
Follow the Dirt Road An Introduction to Intential Communities in the 1990s Resource Type: Film/Video Portrays the successes and struggles of communal life in the United States in the 1990s.
Forget It Jack Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1974 Film documenting the reasons for a strike at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario,
The Future of Food Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2004 Explores the radical changes in our diet and our food in the last half century.
G-Dog Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Unlikely gang expert Jesuit Father Boyle, known as G-Dog, creates Homeboy Industries, leading former gang involved youth to become a positive force in their communities.
Gasland Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2010 The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.
GaybleVision Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1986
Herman's House Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola 3, and artist Jackie Sumell while examining the injustice of prolonged solitary confinement.
HERstory: Jeritan Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 A story of Indonesian female migrant workers who left their homes to work as domestic helpers in Macao, China, a community consisting of mainly Chinese as well as a city of casinos and entertainment parlours.
Hold the Line Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 A restrained story-telling of the 2009 CUPE strike in Windsor, Ontario. Excellent shots of Windsor backed by a moody soundtrack, this film tells the story of the Windsor CUPE strike from the workers' point of view.
How to Start a Revolution Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 A documentary on the work and ideas of Gene Sharp, a theorist of non-violent revolution.
Inocente Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America: children.
Invisible Force: Women Workers in Pakistan Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2007 Millions of women workers in Pakistan remain unaccounted for in official figures. Even those who are in the formal workforce face problems like lower wages for the same work as men and sexual harrasment.
The Invisible War Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
Iraq for Sale The War Profiteers Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2006 A film about what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war which uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.
Jai Bhim Comrade Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Indias Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as untouchables. The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra's Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, it is both a record of recent history as well as eloquent testimony to a tradition that has survived amongst the subaltern for thousands of years.
Justice for All? Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 An informative short on how Legal Aid fails low-income workers in BC.
Keep the TTC public Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Privatization of public transit around the world has been a disaster for taxpayers and riders. In this video, we learn of some of these disasters and why Toronto should avoid TTC public-private partnerships. Narrated by Canadian actor Eric Peterson.
Krisis GR2011 - The Prism Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Krisis focuses on the economic crisis in Greece and how it has affected the nation. The desire was to tell the story of the tormented country through a new type of narrative - a group of 14 photojournalists and videographers collaborate to create a multimedia experience, of which the film is one part.
Mama Illegal Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 They gave the smugglers all their money and risk their life on their journey across borders: Three women from a small town in Moldavia, living now in Austria and Italy as cleaning women. On top of their hard job they live a life in illegality without documents, far away from their children and family for years.
Manufactured Landscapes Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2006 Massive projects of modern civilization that have devastating impacts on the surrounding environment.
Manufacturing Consent Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1992 A film about Noam Chomsky's ideas about the media, ideology, propaganda, and elite control of society's institutions.
Matewan Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1987 A film based on events in Matewan, West Virginia in 1920.
Los Mexicanos: The Struggle for Justice of Patricia Perez Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 Every year, some 4000 migrant foreign workers coming mostly from Mexico, labour in Quebec farms to plant and pick our vegetables. In the summer of 2006, Patricia Perez a pro-union militant speaking for the UFCW, launches a major drive to organize the workers in several farms south of Montreal.
My Freedom, Your Freedom Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Knowing nothing but drugs and violence since childhood, Kuebra and Salema have spent their adult years in and out of a Berlin prison, their experiences calling into question the effectiveness of incarceration.
Northland Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2007 A touching look back at the director's father, Albert Steiner, and his life as a miner. Detailing his death, caused by working in the mine and the reality of getting compensation from mining companies at that time.
Nostalgia de la luz (Nostalgia for the Light) Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2010 In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers search the sky and explore the origins of the universe. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones murdered and dumped in the desert by the Pinochet dictatorship. A meditation on astronomy, the past, memory, and persistance.
Not a Carwash Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 In the Albanian capital of Tirana, students, professors, activists and film lovers take to the streets when authorities attempt to redevelop the property of the city's only art house theatre for profit. The changing face of post-communist Albania is the backdrop for this classic battle between art, commerce, artistic passion and government indifference.
Occupation 101 Voices of the Silenced Majority Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2007 A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
One Fine Day Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 The documentary One Fine Day, shows six people from different cultures and religions who all, through a small nonviolent act, have had a significant and positive influence on society. Director Klaas Bense investigates how frustration can be turned into positive actions. He looks at what one single individual can achieve, and the often severe, personal consequences.
Out of Control Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1976 A film that exposes the Trudeau Anti-Inflation Bill as an attack on Canadian workers.
Painting Red Square Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 7000 kilometres from Moscow, there's another Red Square. Witness the struggle of the labour-left in Whitehorse, Yukon to find a friendly watering hole where they can share a glass with their comrades and debate which shade of red is best.
Parallel Institute Video-Tapes Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1976 Training tapes designed to teach organizations the practical and political skills of organizing.
Parallel Institute Video-Tapes Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1976 Training tapes to teach poor and working class organizations the basic practical and political skills of organizing.
Peace Out Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Charles Wilkinson explores the costs of damming, fracking, and extracting, and how they implicate every gas tank and light switch in this country.
The People Farm Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1976 Insight into growth stimulation of handicapped adults.
Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2010 Published: 2011 A documentary film on the life and times of folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs.
A Picture of Health Broadcasting The Health Care Blues Resource Type: Film/Video This program describes the fight of front line workers in the health system for quality health care services and the right to care.
Poor No More Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 In the present economic crisis, many Canadians are destititute and many others are on the brink. Against this climate, a couple of Canadians go on a road trip to Ireland and Sweden, with comedian Mary Walsh as their guide, and get a chance to see how other countries have helped people like themselves.
Price of Gold Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Mongolia is known for its original Nomad culture as well as the spectacular natural landscape. Since gold deposits have been discovered however, both are threatened.
The Ramallah Concert Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2005 Published: 2006 This concert by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra took place in August of 2005 in the Palestinian Territory in the city of Ramallah and includes repertoire that Daniel Barenboim is famous for, such as Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola and the ""Nimrod"" variation from Elgar's ""Enigma Variations."" Also includes a feature-length documentary: ""Knowledge is the Beginning"", which was filmed over a six-year period and tells the story of Barenboim's development of the orchestra through interviews, rehearsal and concert excerpts.
Rape Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1978
The Revisionaries Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The Revisionaries follows the attempts of a creationist Board of Education member to revise the science and history curricula to better suit a white, Christian nation.
Saving Face Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Every year in Pakistan, there are at least 100 people attacked with acid -- the majority women. Many more go unreported. This documentary Saving Face is the story of two survivors of such attacks their battle for justice and their journey of healing. Saving Face follows their personal stories and that of the nation of Pakistan as it attempts to tackle this vexing social problem.
Scarlet Road Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele people with disability.
School Zone Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2008 Humourous video that explores the benefits and protection the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation has gained for members through advocacy and collective bargaining.
Seeds of Peace Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 Jawdat Talousy worked in a Jewish Settlement located on the West Bank. He was fired because he established a labour committee in order to get equal labour rights as Israeli co-workers.
Shadows of Liberty Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Examines the new media monopoly by corporations in America versus the public battle for truth and democracy.
6 Floors to Hell Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2008 On the outskirts of Tel Aviv, in an underground world, live hundreds of Palestinian workers sleep in this hell in order to find a day's work in Israel and bring money home to their families in the West Bank.
Six Weeks of Solidarity Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1995 A look at the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, 75 years later.
Smoke Traders Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Smoke Traders tells the story of the contraband tobacco trade and the effect on individual lives and communities from a Native perspective.
Tanaka-san will not do Calisthenics Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2008 Filmed in Japan, this film follows Tanaka-san who was let go from his job at Oki Electric Manufacturing Company 25 years ago when he refused to conform to militaristic working expectations. Tanaka-san sings in front of his old office each day.
Tell the Truth and Run George Seldes and the American Press Resource Type: Film/Video Dissects American journalism throughout the Twentieth Century through the actions of independent newspaperman George Seldes, and offers a piercing look at censorship and suppression in the media.
24 Days in Brooks Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2007 Centred on the 24-day Lakeside Packers strike, this film is a nuanced portrait of people working together for change. They are people like Peter Jany Khwai, who escaped war in Sudan and Edil Hassan, a devout Muslim born in Somalia.
Twice Removed: Double Punishment and Racial Profiling in Canada Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2013 Immigrants who commit criminal offences are punished twice: once when they're sentenced for their crime, and again when they are permanently removed from Canada, even if they had lived here since childhood.This is known as "double punishment."
United in Anger A History of ACT UP Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is a documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.
Vancouver People's Law School Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1976 Video tapes made by local lawyers who explain laws and legal procedures.
Wadim Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The story of Latvians who sought asylum in Germany, their lives there, and the consequences when harsh immigration policies suddenly tear them apart in this critique of laws written and applied without regard for human consequences
The Waiting Room Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The film watches a Californian hospital for a full day, observing what patients and staff go through as they deal with the over-crowded, under-funded US health care system.
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2005 A documentary film about the largest company on earth, featuring the stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to survive in a Wal-Mart world.
The Water Front Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2007 A documentary about water privatization. Residents of Highland Park, Michigan, known as the birthplace of the auto-industry, have received water bills as high as $10,000; they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized. The Water Front is the story of an American city in crisis but it is not just about water. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. [53 minutes]
We Are Legion The Story of the Hacktivists Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.
We Are Wisconsin Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 When a Republican Governors bill threatens to wipe away worker rights and lock out public debate, six (extra)ordinary citizens join the growing protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and spend the next twenty-six days building a movement that not only challenges the bill, but the soul of a nation.
We Just Won't Take It Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1976 Film expressing the opposition of the U.A.W. to wage controls.
Where Heaven Meets Hell Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Drawing strength from their families and their Muslim faith, Indonesian sulfur miners face gruelling labour and treacherous conditions on an active volcano, while struggling to overcome the desperate poverty and illiteracy that plague their community.
Who Cares? Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Rosie Dranfeld captures the gritty and dangerous world of Edmonton's sex-trade workers. In this post-Pickton era where the unthinkable is now a gruesome reality, women voluntarily provide police with DNA samples for future identification.
Who Killed Chea Vichea? Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2009 Chea Vichea served as president of Cambodia's garment workers' union until he was gunned down on the street in 2004. Filmed over four years, this film explores motives for Vichea's assassination and unravels a police plot that framed two men, who were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Willmar 8 Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1981 Eight female employees of the Citizens National Bank in Willmar Minnesota, USA went on strike on December 16, 1977 over charges of sex discrimination. The tellers and bookkeepers were protesting unequal pay and unequal opportunities for advancement.
Winding Down Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1983
Witch Hunt Resource Type: Film/Video A documentary about unfounded allegations of satanic abuse of children.
With My Heart in Yambo Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Twenty-four years ago director Fernanda Restrepo's two teenage brothers disappeared. A year later, the family finally learned the worst possible news: the brothers had been kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the Ecuadorean police, and then dumped. Restrepo embarks on the painful journey of recounting her familys story, and documents yet one more search in Lake Yambo, where the boys bodies were dumped.
Women's Work Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 1977
The World According to Monsanto Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2008 Distributed and Produced by Image & Compagnie # ARTE France # Productions Thalie # National Film Board of Canada.
The World's Most Fashionable Prison Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Fashion designer Puey Quinones works with inmates in a Philipine prison to teach them how to sew, work with fabrics and see their ideas go from sketch to finished product.
You Got to Move Resource Type: Film/Video A documentary that follows people from communities in the Southern United States in their various processes of becoming involved in social change.
The Young Man Was Part 1: United Red Army Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The start of a film trilogy that traces 1970s ultra left movements' turn to violence; Part One is based on the negotiations of the 1977 JAL hijacking, between the Japanese Red Army members on board the plane and the Dhaka control tower in Bangladesh.
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