Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  22 minutes
Date:  1991
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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No Spare Parts

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Ingenious recycling of used car parts in Ghana.

No Spare Parts

NO SPARE PARTS portrays the introduction and utilization of appropriate technology in a developing nation. In Ghana, thrown away materials are being recovered, and used to build and modernize their economy.

Requiring only minimal financial resources, small workshops use recycled automobile parts and traditional crafting skills to produce machinery of great benefit to the local people. Grinding mills, lathes, palm oil presses and lumber saws, all made from scrap, enable the population to improve their everyday lives.

Ghana's utilization of discards as a resource for raw materials reduces their reliance on imports and improves their independence and self-reliance. The appropriate technology movement is burgeoning in Ghana and having a beneficial impact on all levels of society. There's a message here for our own throw-away society, and a lesson in ingenuity.

'Unique presentation... appropriate in classes studying Third World development on the high school or college level.' ***Video Rating Guide for Libraries

'David Suzuki hosts this documentary... suggests benefits of reusing metal products to first-world countries, too.' Booklist


Blue Ribbon, American Film and Video Festival
Bronze Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival


Main credits

Springbett, David (film director)
Springbett, David (film producer)
Thalenberg, Eileen (screenwriter)
Suzuki, David T. (narrator)

Other credits

Camera, Len Gilday, Peter Walker; editor, Joan Mackian; music, A.B. Crentsil.

Distributor credits

Asterisk Productions

David Springbett

Asterisk Productions
David Springbett
Hosted by David Suzuki

Docuseek2 subjects

Recycling and Waste
Local Economies
Social Psychology
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Social Psychology


Africa, Agriculture; ; "No Spare Parts"; Bullfrog Films

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