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If It Doesn't Rain and If It Doesn't Rain: First Return

If It Doesn't Rain and If It Doesn't Rain: First Return

from the Development Communications Workshop Collection
by Michael J. Palmer, Mary Jirmanus, and Charles Mann
color, 42 min & 65 min of extras, 2006/2008
Spanish with English subtitles

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Disc 1 - If It Doesn't Rain (28 min, 30 min extras, 2006) - launch preview watch a preview
What is poverty? This short documentary on households and communities in rural Southern Mexico reveals the complexities of this question and strategies people use to manage and minimize risk. Designed to provoke discussion, this disc includes three in-depth special features (Trout Farm, Oportunidades, The Tequio System) on community projects and government aid programs.

Disc 2 - If It Doesn't Rain: First Return (14 min, 35 min extras, 2008) - launch preview watch a preview
Revisting the families and communities of the original If It Doesn't Rain, this short film highlights the continuing struggle to improve their lives, especially to manage and minimize risk. Enriched by eight features, the DVD provides insight into the the role of government programs, the impact of migration, and the power of community organization. An indexed menu of supplemental shorts facilities classroom discussion.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
NewFilmmakers New York, 2008
Woods Hole Film Festival, 2007
Boston Latino International Film Festival, 2008 (If It Doesn't Rain) and 2009 (First Return)

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