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New additions to the BUFVC Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,350 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone or visit the Gateway at

Access Agriculture
This website showcases agricultural training videos, specifically aimed at sustaining agriculture in developing countries. The videos are divided into fourteen categories, covering different types of agriculture – cereals, pulses, livestock, fish – as well as videos on business skills, pest control, sustainable land management and mechanisation. The videos can be freely viewed and downloaded in MP-4 format and DVD compilations of some of the films are available on request. Although aimed specifically at farmers in the developing world, the site will be of interest to students of agriculture and development studies.

Europe From Its Origins
Irish historian Joseph Hogarty’s ambitious multimedia podcast traces the history of Europe from what he sees as its starting point in the third century AD, with the ultimate aim of bringing the chronicle all the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall. As of May 2013 Hogarty has reached the 15th century and the fall of Constantinople, which he describes in The End of the World Part 2. Each podcast is around an hour long and illustrated with maps, slides, video clips and music – for this reason the clips are in MPEG4 format. The series is densely argued and worth listening to from the beginning. Hogarty takes the view that modern historians tend to overemphasise the influence of Islam on Europe (which Hogarty sees as largely negative) while downplaying the central role of Christianity in unifying Europe and defining its culture.

This American website aims to better educate opthalmologists through archiving and sharing videos online. The videos, which are all free to view, show various surgical procedures, including film of surgery in the following categories: cataracts, cornea, glaucoma, retina and laser correction vision. The site also has an archive of webinars and symposia and a blog.

Institute of Psychoanalysis
This website is the home of the British Psychoanalytic Society, which aims to promote the development of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. The site features a number of videos and short films, including the animated film What is Psychoanalysis, which serves as a concise introduction to the subject.

Other films trace the history of psychoanalysis in Britain, look at aspects of theory and practise, offer advice on training and show discussions between old and new generations of psychoanalysts. Longer versions of many of the films are also available to purchase as DVDs from the institute’s website.

Formerly known as The Auteurs, this website, which describes itself as an ‘online cinematheque’, offers subscribers streamed films, for a small monthly fee. The site shows a mixture of world cinema classics and more recent arthouse and foreign releases, making it ideal for those looking outside the more mainstream offerings of Netflix, for example. The site is run in partnership with The Criterion Collection, the French film distributor Celluloid Dreams and Costa Films, a company specialising in the distribution of films from Latin America, which means that MUBI can stream films unavailable in other formats. The site offers subscribers thirty films at any one time, adding a new film every day. When a new film is added the oldest one disappears from the list. The site also features a forum, a festivals section and Notebook, a digital magazine of film criticism, reviews and more light-hearted items such as this video compilation (via Huffington Post) of every Woody Allen stammer from every Woody Allen film.

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