EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS AND FILMS

Entertainment Education Videos
Produced by Healthy Russia 2020 Project, 2004-2007
Johns Hopkins University, CCP,

Note: Neill McKee was resident director of the project in Moscow at the time and acted as "executive producer" i.e. securing agreement and financing from USAID and approving scripts. Most of the communication work in Russia was not in video form, but these were two of the most popular videos on HIV/AIDS prevention and healthy lifestyles for youth.

Films produced by Neill McKee during 1975-87 for Canada's
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Note: Film to video transfers were done in the early 1990s and some are of low quality.
Nastya's Diary: Youth and HIV/AIDS in Russia (2005)
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Life Themes: Russian Youth Dealing with Life (2007)
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McKee's most popular 16mm film, produced in 1983 during the International Decade for Clean Water and Sanitation Decade. It was used by UNICEF, governments, and NGOs around the world to educate thousands of people in many languages. In this film, McKee used animation as an effective educational tool for the first time.

It won the World Health Organization Special Prize for Prescription for Health, best primary health care film, 11th International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films, Bulgaria, June 1985. Also, Best Audiovisual, Information Services Institute, Ottawa, 1983.

OTHER IDRC FILMS OF HEALTH PILOT PROJECTS AND RESEARCH

A Handle on Health
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A Handle on Health won the Silver Screen Award, Medicine and Health, U.S. Industrial Film and Video festival, Chicago 1987.

Message from African Healers, IDRC, 1979
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Panoi, the Village Midwife, IDRC (1975)
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IDRC FILMS ON FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE RESEARCH

Fish by-catch
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Fish By-Catch: Bonus from the Sea was awarded Prix Gestion des Resources Naturales (prize for natural resources management films) at 9th International Scientific and Technical Film Festival, Brussels, 1982.

The mysterious milkfish
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The Mysterious Milkfish was given an Honorable Mention at the 26th San Francisco International Film Festival, 1983.

IDRC FILMS ON AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND PILOT PROJECTS

Harnessing the monsoons
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Harnessing the Monsoons was awarded Best Audiovisual, Information Services Institute, Ottawa, 1983.

IDRC FILMS ON FORESTRY AND AGROFORESTRY RESEARCH

Trees of hope
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Trees of Hope won the Prize of Environmental Council of Government of Czechoslovakia, 13th International Festival of Films and Television Programs of the Environment, Ekofilm ’86. Also, Red Ribbon Award for Environment and Ecology at American Film & Video Festival, 1986.

IDRC's 10th anniversary overview film, Choices, which was shown to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and other guests at the anniversary dinner, and other films on social sciences, including education.

Choices: The role of science and technology for development
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Footholds
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Footholds received an Honorable Mention for Footholds at 2nd Festival de cine del desarrollo, Colombia 1985.

Making ends meet
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While McKee was with IDRC he was asked to make a film for the Commonwealth Secretariat. It was shown to the heads of commonwealth governments in Lusaka in 1979. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sat in the back row and ate popcorn. Queen Elizabeth II was present at the meeting and might have had a private screening. This faded copy is all that remains of McKee's moment of fame.

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During 1970-73, Neill McKee completed six recruitment films for Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO), now Cuso International, the agency that recruited and placed him in his first job after university, teaching secondary school in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo) during 1968-70.

So far, McKee has found three of those old films, available below. Others may be added. A link is also provided to a video presentation by McKee on his experience in Borneo and how he got into filmmaking there, as also described in his entertaining travel memoir, 
Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah. 

Tanga Man, CUSO (1971)
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CUSO in East and Central Africa (1972)
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CUSO in Forestry (Malaysia, 1971)
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Stack & Mover (1971)
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And now for a real commercial... The first professional film Neill McKee produced was on the genius invention of his father and his uncle, the McKee Shredder Harvester, which were sold throughout North America.

This was the last model they made and Neill filmed and produced the film in 1971 after returning from his first overseas posting  in Borneo.

It was the only commercial film he ever made. During his youth, Neill spent many a summer working to help make these machines.