British Universities Film & Video Council

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Latest additions to the BUFVC Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,400 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

100 Questions About Islam
This resource is streamed on Vimeo and was created by the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the British Council USA. It presents short videos of scholars, experts, journalists and policymakers from a variety of backgrounds, speaking about the defining questions at the heart of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. Topics discussed include Islamism, wearing the veil, theocracy, liberal Islam, feminism and Muslim women, and the role played by social media in opening up the world view of people in Muslim countries.

Historical Association
This charity exists to support ‘the study and enjoyment of history at all levels by creating an environment that promotes lifelong learning and provides for the evolving needs of people who share an interest in history.’ Amongst its resources are a number of podcasts by experts and academics, some of which are augmented by visual and textual material. The podcasts are divided into four periods: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History. Some free to stream and download, but others are available only to members.

Mapping the City in Film
This website is the result of an AHRC-funded project to explore the relationship of film history, memory and the urban landscape of Liverpool from 1897 to the 1980s. Liverpool is one of Britain’s most filmed cities and one of the project’s achievements has been the creation of an online catalogue listing around 1700 films, particularly those which record the city’s urban landscape, documenting locations, landmarks and buildings. Consequently the emphasis is on amateur, newsreel, travelogues and promotional films, rather than fiction or feature films. In addition to the usual searches by genre, date etc. users can also search the catalogue by spatial and geographic information specific to each title. There are also a number of videos, filmed at various events held throughout the project’s duration. Here writer Iain Sinclair talks about his view of Liverpool as an outsider. In this video Ethel Singleton speaks about her role in the Nick Broomfield documentary Behind the Rent Strike (1974), about the action undertaken by tenants in Kirkby New Town in December 1972 in protest at the Housing Finance Bill.

This site gathers together over 10,000 educational videos from the internet: 2,000 in English, 8,000 in Spanish and 800 in Portuguese. The sciences are particularly well represented, especially maths and finance.

Secret Universe – The Hidden Life of the Cell
This website was developed by Wide-Eyed Entertainment in association with the Wellcome Trust to accompany the BBC television programme of the same name. It features interactive, dynamic graphics, illustrating how human cells work at the molecular level. The user is guided through an interactive narrative, showing how a single epithelial lung cell battles against an adenovirus cell. The resource uses a combination of text, rotating three dimensional graphics and state of the art CGI video to present the journey from the cell membrane to the centre of the nucleus iteself. The videos, graphics and text can also be accessed independently of the “cell vs. virus” narrative. An object lesson in how to use audiovisual material to present complex scientific ideas in an accessible way.

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