British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

From the Arctic to the Caribbean: Film Indexes and Databases on the Moving Image Gateway

This Gateway includes over 1,900 websites relating to moving image 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 (020 7393 1500).

Afbare – Arctic Documentary Films
The Arctic and Barents Documentary Film database contains records for over 35,000 films made in or about the Arctic held by the archives of the Russian TV companies GTRK Murman, TV Pomorye and Finnish broadcaster YLE. Detailed information (in English) with scene by scene description and a digitised preview (in avi format) is available for more than 1000 films, making this a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in the subject.

Biomedical Ethics Film Library
List of documentary and drama films chosen for their potential use in teaching and exploring aspects of biomedical ethics. The films are arranged according to a variety of topics from Abortion to Xenotransplantation: other subjects include Cloning, Eugenics, Embryology and Organ Trafficking. Information about each film is fairly brief and includes duration, year and country of production, along with a summary which focuses on the aspects of the film which relate to ethics. There is no moving image content but some of the records provide links to other sites. The site is hosted by the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics.

Caribbean Film Database
Launched in 2015, this resource is the largest single source of information on films produced in and about the Caribbean, featuring information on more than 500 films from the English, Dutch, French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Entries feature a synopsis, production details, brief credits and cast information and most are accompanied by excerpts or trailers. The focus is on contemporary film, so most of the films are post-2000 but a Classic Films section includes films reflecting the region’s rich cinematic history, from well-known titles like The Harder They Come to less widely recognised examples such as Haïti, le chemin de la liberté, the first Haitian feature film. The database features examples from the Caribbean diaspora, so films set in the UK, such as Babylon also feature. A section on Caribbean Women in Film highlights the work of female directors and a there are also links to information about film festivals, film schools and a bibliography.

Cognitive Science Movie Index
Originally created by the Cognitive Science department at the University of California, San Diego and now hosted by the University of Indiana, Bloomington, the Cognitive Science Movie Index is a broad list of films that showcase themes in the Cognitive Sciences, with the aim of highlighting their potential usefulness in an educational context. A feedback system enables users to rate each film based on quality, relevance and accuracy.

Intercultural Film Database
This database is the result of a project at the University of Hildesheim, Germany to study how interaction between people from different cultures has been portrayed in film and television. The website consists of a list of around 150 films, with brief synopsis and credits and then a selection of scenes which have been analysed according to a prescribed list of criteria, such as ‘affectivity’, ‘formality’ and ‘proxemics (space and distance orientation)’. One of the programmes analysed according to these criteria is the British television sitcom ”Allo ‘Allo!’ which looks at the depiction and interaction of German, French and English stereotypes.

Delicious Save this on Delicious |