From the Kensington Archives: Today we’re releasing two of our older award-winning documentaries on our YouTube Channel. Both have been seen by millions of people around the world and have been praised for their popular treatments of science subjects.
Fragile Harvest, narrated by David Suzuki, was ahead of its time in chronicling the impact of biotechnology on the genetic diversity of our food plants. And while it was produced in 1986, it remains as relevant as ever today. In fact, Suzuki continues to speak and write about the pitfalls of the biotech industry – he has also appeared in news media numerous times since our documentary was released.
Take a look at this exploration of a continuing crisis in agriculture, shot in spectacular locations around the world – Ethiopia, Peru, Turkey, and North America. Fragile Harvest was produced by Kensington in association with the National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Separate Lives begins in Karachi, Pakistan, where parents seek medical attention for their twins who are conjoined at the head. The film tells the riveting story of the family’s long struggle and the international medical intervention which attempts to keep the little ones alive. Separate Lives was produced in 1996, won a Gemini Award for Best Science, Technology or Environmental Program and aired around the world to huge audiences on Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel (USA), and on BBC’s flagship science program “Living Proof,” where it captivated an audience of over four million viewers.
Striking an emotional chord with all those who saw it, the Toronto Star’s critic Jim Bawden said, “I was caught up in the drama of two little lives in the balance… the result is far more dramatic than anything you’ll ever see on ER.”
Watch for yourself and let us know what you think.
Stay tuned here to Kensington’s blog for news about our new TV series in the works.