Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) contains 'codes' that can be used, copied, studied, modified and redistributed without restriction. These freedoms that are for all - software developers and users - are highly significant to the developing world as FOSS increases access, ownership and control of information and communication technologies.
The Codebreakers is a global documentary made in early 2006 that investigates how developing countries are using FOSS applications for solving real world problems in sectors such as agriculture, education, healthcare, nature conservation and disaster management. Case studies have come from Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe.
Apart from featuring FOSS users and advocates, the film also interviews a number of key persons in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. This includes founders of the free software movement, as well as top managers in leading IT companies producing proprietary software.
By talking to individuals and organizations across the IT and development spectrum, the film probes how the adoption of FOSS presents opportunities for industry and capacity development, software piracy reduction, and localization and customization for diverse cultural and development needs.
Duration: 40 mins
Year of production: 2006
Countries filmed in: Brazil, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), India, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka
Wildlife preservation in Africa is subject to very diverse policies.
In the Republic of Congo, animal reserves look more like food stores for local populations than animal parks! Poaching is rife and animals are on the brink of extinction.
In Kenya, where wildlife protection is an old tradition and brings important revenues related to tourism, reserves are overcrowded and animals are invading residential areas, destroying crops and threatening the security of the population.
Duration: 24 mins
Year of production: 2005
Countries filmed in: Republic of Congo and Kenya