The OWC has a popular and well used collection of dvd resources, many with accompanying or downloadable teacher resource notes.
A few examples are listed below:
Boomerang Today (P/S)

Four senior traditional men from Yuelamu in central Australia tell how to make a ‘number 7’ boomerang. We hear how they were taught by their elders using bush materials, and how they now teach the modern generation using some modern tools to keep traditional culture strong.

The Burning Season (S)

This documentary investigates the devastating environmental impact of the annual burning of rainforest in Indonesia to clear land for palm oil crops. We meet a young Australian entrepreneur who hopes to offer a viable alternative to this practise.

The Dollar a Day Dress (S)

Looks at free trade and the developing world.

e-Wasteland (P/S)

This short film presents a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste recycling in Ghana, West Africa. There is no dialogue or narration. The visual footage stands alone to convey the need for us to think about how the consumption patterns in one country has a direct impact on lives in another.

Fenty’s Day (P)

Good for students of Indonesian as well as those looking to learn about what life is like for a young girl living in this remote part of Indonesia – Halmahera. We follow Fenty to school, the market, and around her home, and Fenty relates each activity in short simple sentences.

Ethics and the Consumer (P/S)

Ethical consumerism requires us to look at issues such as the global consumer, sustainability, fair trade and consumer choice. We need to look at the origins of what we buy, and their cost to the environment.

Families of the World series (P)

Perfect for young children, this series looks at daily life in a selection of countries around the world. Titles include China, Korea, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Ghana.

Homemade History (P/S)

Thirteen x 5 minute segments of home movies offer glimpses into a private record of Australian history. Each tells a small story that fills a gap in our formal history.

Hunger in the World Explained To My Son (S)

Looks at resources distribution, injustice, disasters, famine and development.


Many Ways to See the World (S)

Takes a look at different maps and how they reflect differing perceptions of the world.

The Power of One (P/S)

Tells the stories of three child activists who have made a difference to the lives of others in the world. We meet Alaina Podmorrow, Bilaal Rajan, and Craig Kielburger, and learn what each did to help change the world.

Slumming It (S)

Kevin McCloud takes us to Dharavi in Mumbai – the slum made famous in Slumdog Millionaire. Despite the hardships associated with living there, Dharavi can teach much about community and living sustainably.

Vote Yes For Aborigines (S)

This is a documentary about the 1967 Referendum and the fight for citizenship rights for Aboriginal people. The referendum resulted in the highest Yes vote in Australia’s history – 90.77%. The attitudes and influences that led to this event are documented.