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PSAs for USC Canada
For 20 years, Kensington has worked with USC Canada, and its spokesperson Bruce Cockburn, to create PSAs in support of development and relief efforts in Africa and Nepal. We have always been impressed by USC's vision and cultural sensitivity, and are proud that in some small way we've been given the opportunity to help.
Climate Change PSA
In 2009, during the lead up to the UN sponsored Copenhagen conference on climate change, we created a short video for an organization called the Climate Action Network with spokesperson, singer songwriter, Sarah Harmer, to highlight the importance of the negotiations, and encourage viewers to tell Canadian politicians to make Canada a world leader on climate change. At Canadian screenings of the documentary feature The Age of Stupid the PSA was shown before the film.
Documentaries Produced in Collaboration with NGOs
We’ve produced a number of full-length documentaries to explore important social issues in collaboration with various NGOs, including the David Suzuki Foundation, Maison Emmanuel, Free the Children and USC Canada.
A Place in the World (1996) is a one-hour documentary that reveals how people with intellectual and physical disabilities find a community of acceptance. It won the Vision Humanitarian Award at Hot Docs in 1997. River of Sand (1998) and its interactive component explored the ancient culture, popular music and current struggles of the people of Mali through the eyes of USC spokesperson singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn. Meanwhile, Return to Nepal (2008) follows Bruce Cockburn, as he returns to Nepal after twenty years away. Some of the proceeds from the film's sales went to USC Canada.
In 2011 we started working with Free the Children to produce Shameless Idealists, a 5-part video series about celebrities who are creating positive social change, which is slated for released in 2012 on TV, DVD, the web, and in schools.