Arctic Shadows: The Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson

Arctic Shadows: The Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson

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Dr. Rudolph Martin Anderson spent seven winters and ten summers north of the Arctic circle in his
career as an Arctic scientist. This documentary salutes his contributions to conservation, Arctic science and cultural knowledge from three different expeditions.

BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981

BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981

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Celebrating artistic innovation in Vancouver from 1967 to 1981, this documentary follows a period when Canada was an international hub for experimental film. Vancouver artists, on Canada's west coast, had a particularly dynamic scene that inspired an enduring body of work that resonates today.

 

Burning Rubber

Burning Rubber

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When Ariella Pahlke leaves her house in rural Nova Scotia, she often encounters black marks that twist and turn along the road. Burning Rubber is an investigation into these marks, a provocative re-framing of burnouts and rural car culture.

Canadas Best Kept Secret: The Natural World of R.D. Lawrence

Canada's Best Kept Secret: The Natural World of R.D. Lawrence

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Between 1996 and his death in 2003, naturalist R.D. Lawrence wrote 30 books, published in 32 countries and in 16 languages. Canada’s Best Kept Secret combines interviews and archival footage to tell the story of the prolific Canadian author and ecologist who provided a voice for those without one.

The Caretakers

The Caretakers

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In 2014, actiivists of all ages, ranging from First Nations people to long-time Vancouver residents and new Canadians, ascended Burnaby Mountain in Canada's third largest city. There they made camp on the proposed route of a future pipeline. Their determination to do whatever it takes to keep the project from going forward springs from a firm belief in the need to protect this area of unceded Coastal Salish people for future generations.

CARRY THE FIRE: The Life and Time of Raoul McKay

CARRY THE FIRE: The Life and Time of Raoul McKay

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This tribute to Métis leader Raoul McKay (1934-2014) pays tribute to a prolific storyteller, filmmaker, educator and leader who advocated tirelessly for the rights of Indigenous people both in his home province of Manitoba and across Canada.

Le cercle imparfait: la colonisation  (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

Le cercle imparfait: la colonisation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

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This third documentary from Series 1 of La Voix des Mechif, explores the history of Canada's Métis people, dispossessed from land allocated to them in Manitoba as they moved across the prairies into Saskatchewan and later Alberta. The contrast between how the Alberta Government handled the situation from that of Saskatchewan and Manitoba provincial governments reverberates today in the treatment of the Métis people.

Cest Moi

Cest Moi

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Set in modern-day Montréal, C'est Moi explores the collision of the past as it meets the present. Performance by Montréal native Jenny Brizard evokes the return of a ghostly figure, Marie-Josèph Angélique, a runaway slave in 18th century New France (Québec). She was accused of setting a fire in Vieux Montréal and subsequently tortured and hanged. As it prepared to celebrate its 375th anniversary, the City of Montréal removed a plaque that stated a declaration against racial discrimination, thus posing the question, "How much of our past is erased in the restoration of history?"

Consequences: The Private Side of Britain

Consequences: The Private Side of Britain

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This provocative documentary chronicles the effects of Margaret Thatcher's right-wing policies on Britian in the 1980s and looks at how similar Canada's political landscape is 20 years later.

A Day of Thanksgiving

A Day of Thanksgiving

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A Day of Thanksgiving explores this holiday's history, visiting ancient harvest festivals around the world, through European immigration to North America and Thanksgiving as it exists today.

Dear PETA: What the seal means to the Jerry Cans

Dear PETA: What the seal means to the Jerry Cans

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"The Jerry Cans" are a modern musical grup from Iqaluit, Nunavut who reflect a strong Inuit culture. Core to the Inuit culture is a relationship with the land and hunting for food, the seal in particular. This documentary explores how the judgment of Southerners on this practice conflicts with traditions that are centuries long.

Le drapeau: lorigine de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1) 

Le drapeau: l'origine de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1) 

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The Métis flag is the oldest Indigenous flag in the Northwest, dating back to 1816. As a young woman in Winnipeg reseraches her family roots, she learns about the early history of the Métis or Mechif people as they area also known.

Edible Seaweeds: What the fucus? •  SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Edible Seaweeds: What the fucus? • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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In 2002 Dr. Dolly Garza, a professor at the University of Alaska, took early retirement to come and live on Haida Gwaii full-time. She is originally Haida from Alaska but married a future hereditary chief of the Haida nation. Dolly has been harvesting seaweed for most of her life and shares her knowledge as an advocate for the many benefits of incorporating seaweed into a healthful diet.

Freedom Babies

Freedom Babies

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A young family from the Secwepemc First Nation lives in a traditional pit house near Kamloops in the Thompson River Valley of British Columbia. Their lives are rooted in concern for the environment, respect for unceded traditional territory and a return to traditional First Nations culture. 

The Hand of Franklin

The Hand of Franklin

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A four-person team attempts to be the first to row self-propelled through the fabled Northwest Passage in order to shed light on the effects of climate change in the Canadian Arctic.

Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 1 •  SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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The First Nations people of the west coast of British Columbia have been fishing pacific herring for centuries. Is this fishery dying out like other forms of fishery?

Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 2 •  SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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The First Nations people of the west coast of British Columbia have been fishing pacific herring for centuries. Is this fishery dying out like other forms of fishery?

Hidden Legacies

Hidden Legacies

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This documentary, directed by Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson, profiles young people whose parents and grandparents attended government-initiated, church-run, Indian Residential Schools.

The Hunt and The Walk (2 Parts)

The Hunt and The Walk (2 Parts)

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Inuvialuit and Vuntut Gwichin filmmaker Dennis Allen visits the tiny village of Colville Lake near his own childhood home of Inuvik in Canada's Northwest Territories. There he meets the Kahso Go'tine, a North Slavey Dene group and one of the last remaining truly traditional people.

The Hunt: Food from the Land • The Hunt and The Walk

The Hunt: Food from the Land • The Hunt and The Walk

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To balance modern influences of technology, the Kahso Go'tine people of Slavey Lake embark on a traditional caribou hunt every autumn, dressing the meat in the traditional ways of their elders. Invuialuit and Vuntut Gwichin filmmaker Dennis Allen documents this event.

IN THE MONUMENT

IN THE MONUMENT

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IN THE MONUMENT explores the evolution of Holocaust commemoration and monument building in the last 70 years. Presenting six shortlisted finalists for the design competition to build the Canadian National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, the film examines the roles of Holocaust commemoration in the 21st century and of public art in preserving history for the future. 

Intemperance

Intemperance

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Based on a historical event recounted by the Ojibway author, George Copway in 1851, Intemperance takes a satirical look at the introduction of "fire-water" to a village on Lake Superior in the early days of colonialism. The film is fiction with narration taken directly from Copway's writing and reveals a tale as morally complex today as it was over a hundred years ago.

Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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Human hunger for energy is insatiable and the exploration for shale gas is causing up a stir among environmentally aware social groups. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting shale gas from the depth of the earth.