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Bangkok, Thailand [electronic resource]: A Place of Refuge for Burmese Mon People

Brother John Beeching is a Maryknoll missioner from Victoria, B.C. who meets Ti Sa, a Buddhist monk in exile from Burma, while teaching English in Bangkok. They find that despite differences of culture, religion and language, they share a common spiritual call in serving the Mon, an ethnic people forced to flee their homeland by the Burmese army. John feels their brotherhood and sisterhood brings him closer to God. This film demonstrates a story of friendship between two men in Thailand, a country foreign to both of them.
Online
2015; 2000
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Pilcuyo, Peru [electronic resource]: Altiplano Home of the Aymara People

This film provides a window into the experiences of Maryknoll Missioner husband and wife team Maribeth Bathom and Steve Nathe as they live and work with the Aymara people of Pilcuyo, Peru. The ancient Andean community has cultivated the Altiplano for two millennia and believes that Pachamama, or Mother Earth, provides fertility in the harsh climate. Bathom and Nathe form a team with lay church leader Pedro Copaja to implement agricultural and healthcare projects while caring for their baby son. They gradually gain local trust while learning about their host culture.
Online
2015; 2000
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Msange, Tanzania [electronic resource]: A New Type of School for Girls

In rural Tanzania, education for girls is considered by many families to be an unaffordable luxury. Young women are expected to marry, raise children, keep a home, and work in the fields. At the Murigha Community School for Girls, founded by Maryknoll Sister Darlene Jacobs, a quiet revolution is taking place. Students learn practical skills and attitudes that transform them into independent, self-confident women. The institution also serves the Msange community and supplements tuition income with student produced eggs, milk, and crops.
Online
2015; 2000
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Sherpur, Bangladesh [electronic resource]: A Good Samaritan Among Allah's Poor

Maryknoll missioner Bob McHale has spent 20 years in Bangladesh. He follows the example of the Good Samaritan as written in the Bible. This film provides an intimate look at his simple lifestyle and call to missionary work, serving those in and around Sherpur.
Online
2015; 2000
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia [electronic resource]: Rehabilitating Land Mine Victims

Maryknoll lay missioner Patty Curran works with landmine victims and people with disabilities at the National Center for Rehabilitation in Wat Than. Chim Kong was a victim of a landmine explosion at the age of 12. This film provides an inside look at disabled people undergoing vocational training to lead a productive life and Kong's struggle with courage and independence.
Online
2015; 2000
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Lima, Peru [electronic resource]: Rescuing Neglected Street Kids

Maryknoll lay missioner Pete Byrne and former child of the streets Andres Zuniga volunteer at a home for street children in Lima, Peru. This film provides an intimate look at life inside Hogar Santa Maria where the boys learn security, predictability, and a sense of belonging. Byrne and a team of volunteers focus on caring for the human rights of children.
Online
2015; 2000
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Baguio, Philippines [electronic resource]: Cordillera People Seek to Protect Sacred Land

This film joins Maryknoll Sister Ann Marie Braudis as she works with the Philippines' Cordillera people to defend land they regard as sacred against open-pit gold mining operations. They have practiced small scale, cooperative mining on Luzon for generations, but their water and soil are becoming contaminated by toxic chemicals from tailings ponds. The sister and her local interpreter Mercy DeLawan raise international support and awareness for environmental conservation and indigenous land rights and find spiritual solace in the natural world.
Online
2015; 2000
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Cambodia [electronic resource]: Teaching the Blind to "See With Their Hands

Maryknoll lay missioner John Barth and his associates developed a school for blind adults at Wat Sarawan in 1992. This film introduces the Rehabilitation for Blind Cambodians that trains doctors and nurses, treats eye diseases, and provides low cost surgeries. Meet Suthi Ung who, like many Cambodians, suffered from vitamin A deficiency during the Khmer Rouge Regime. He caught the measles at age three and lost his eyesight. Ung attended RBC, learned massage, and opened a business with fellow students.
Online
2015; 2000
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Sayaché, Guatemala [electronic resource]: Exiled Maya People Return Home

This film chronicles the story of Maryknoll missioner Marty Shea as he accompanies Maya farming communities fleeing civil war and massacre by the Guatemalan military in the jungles of El Petén. After more than 20 years in refugee camps in Mexico, today they are gradually returning home with government promises of land-part of an ongoing indigenous rights struggle. The path to livelihood recovery and community reconstruction is arduous, but Maya culture is resilient and returnees hope for a peaceful future.
Online
2015; 2000
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Nairobi, Kenya [electronic resource]: Health Care for HIV Infected Patients

Maryknoll lay missioner Charlotte Cook and Kenyan Benta Ayoko work with patients living with HIV and AIDS as part of the Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program. This film provides and inside look at how volunteers reach out to those in need and provide healthcare services to those living in poverty.
Online
2015; 2000
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João Pessoa, Brazil [electronic resource]: Afro-Brazilian Women Find Self-Worth

In this film, Euphrasia Nyaki, a Tanzanian Maryknoll sister, rediscovers her own roots among Afro-Brazilian poor women in João Pessoa. She encourages them to embrace their African heritage and take back their culture from negative racial stereotypes stemming from the legacy of slavery. Through education, literacy programs, small business projects, and cultural celebrations, they gain the self confidence and pride necessary to break the poverty cycle.
Online
2015; 2000
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Maryknoll, New York [electronic resource]: A Mission History

This film traces the Maryknoll history from its 1911 foundation as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America to current activities throughout the world. Since the first mission to China in 1918, the religious organization has sent priests, brothers, sisters, and lay people abroad for evangelism, community service, and humanitarian work. Civil war, revolution, and social unrest have proven challenging for missioners in the field. Some have paid the ultimate price for their faith by losing their lives. Today, there are approximately 1,500 missioners working in 37 nations.
Online
2015; 2000
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Mozambique [electronic resource]

This film looks at Father Jose Padin, a Maryknoll missioner from Puerto Rico, as he serves a village in the Nissia Province of Mozambique. A trained counselor, he talks to civil war survivors about their experiences in an effort to heal psychological wounds and build trust and lasting peace among the Metangula community. Local development initiatives include building small scale corn mills and providing medicine to counteract a high child mortality rate in a nation crippled by internal conflict.
Online
2015; 2000
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Darién, Panama [electronic resource]: Helping Settlers Live in Harmony With the Rainforest

Maryknoll Missioner Jocelyn (Joji) Fenix works with farmers to promote organic farming in Darién, Panama. This film provides an intimate look at the lives of farmers who struggle to grow enough crops to support their family and the missioners who lend their support.
Online
2015; 2000
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Kusatsu, Japan [electronic resource]: A Man for Many Countries

Korean born Alfonso Kim spent his childhood in Argentina and now leads mass for parishioners in Japan. This film provides an intimate look at this Maryknoll missioner's journey to better understand Japanese culture and spread Christian teachings.
Online
2015; 2000
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Oaxaca, Mexico [electronic resource]: Living a Dream in Mission

In this film, Maryknoll lay missioners Mags and Jim Petkiewicz and their children live in Oaxaca City, Mexico and work with the Child to Child program providing preventative healthcare education. They adopt local customs such as the Day of the Dead festival; develop a fair trade export business supporting local artisans; and build strong and lasting relationships. By interacting with, serving, and learning from community members, they feel closer to God.
Online
2015; 2000
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Shinyanga, Tanzania

Maryknoll missioner Ernest Brunelle faces the life and death struggle of the Sukuma people during a severe drought. This film provides an intimate look at his life in Tanzania, efforts to help the locals who have become his family after nearly 40 years of ministry, and the power of faith.
Online
2015; 2000