Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 2 • 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. 

Mount Polley: Breach or Catastrophe •  SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Mount Polley: Breach or Catastrophe • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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On August 4, ironically known as B.C. day, the Imperial Mines tailings pond dam in the north central British Columbia collapsed releasing 10 million gallons of toxic chemicals into a pristine wilderness in the province.

North Boys: The Story of Jimmy and Charlie

North Boys: The Story of Jimmy and Charlie

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In 1944, Charlie Post and Jimmy Dennis were both removed from their families to attend the Le Jac Indian Residential School. Just 10 years old, they never saw their families again. They share their experiences of event that illustrate why both men have spent a lifetime trying to overcome the impact of that traumatic day and the eight years that followed.

PICTURE START

PICTURE START

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The members of the so-called 'Vancouver School' are the biggest international art stars to ever come out of Canada, yet they remain little known, even to many Canadians. PICTURE START tells the remarkable, and unlikely, story of the emergence and rise of the original generation of this esteemed group: Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Ian Wallace.

The Pristine Coast [110min version]

The Pristine Coast [110min version]

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The marine ecosystem off the coast of British Columbia is in trouble. Alexandra Morton, a biologist who lives in the Broughton Archepelago, began to document the decline of pink and chum salmon in the late 1990's following a massive expansion of open-net pen fish farming on the west coast of Canada. The Pristine Coast explores the policy decisons taken and not taken that have led to this crisis for the Pacific Coast ecosystem. 

The Pristine Coast [52min version]

The Pristine Coast [52min version]

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The marine ecosystem off the coast of British Columbia is in trouble. Alexandra Morton, a biologist who lives in the Broughton Archepelago, began to document the decline of pink and chum salmon in the late 1990's following a massive expansion of open-net pen fish farming on the west coast of Canada. The Pristine Coast explores the policy decisons taken and not taken that have led to this crisis for the Pacific Coast ecosystem. 

The QuébeCanada Complex

The QuébeCanada Complex

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This bold documentary provides a humorous perspective on the threat of the Québec/Canada split.

Regarding Vancouver

Regarding Vancouver

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Regarding Vancouver looks at the mythologies and image-making of a city with thoughtful comments from local architects Matthew Soules and Annabel Vaughan, author Roy Miki, cultural planner Derek Simons, Métis filmmaker Kamala Todd, and SFU professor Jerry Zaslove.

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3--13 parts)

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3--13 parts)

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This is the third of four documentary series on water--its role in culture, spirituality and life itself for North America's First Nations people. 

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4--13 parts)

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4--13 parts)

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The fourth and final series examining the role of water in culture and spirituality of Indigenous people has a focus on stewardship and the efforts mounted to balance respect for environment with development. Four films visit New Zealand where the Maori have worked hard in the courts to ensure the rights of water in the face of industrial pressures. In Canada and Washington state, the role of First Nations in ensuring sustainability in their use of what water can offer is inspirational and a contrast with what happened with government and industry when millions of gallons of toxic chemicals were discharged into pristine wilderness from a breach of the dam at British Columbia's Mount Polley mine.

Sunrise On the Total Chaos

Sunrise On the Total Chaos

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The power of visual storytelling is front and centre in this six-minute accessible experimental film that takes the viewer out on the water to fish for lobster at sunrise. A visual ballet with nature creates a poetic piece of work in the silent version with soundscape while a separate version with intermittent commentary from the fishermen illuminates what drives these men in their commitment to such a dangerous occupation.

Surviving Eugenics

Surviving Eugenics

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In 1996, Leilani Muir won a landmark legal case against the Canadian province of Alberta for wrongful sterilization and confinement at the Provincial Training School in Red Deer, an institution for "mental defectives". Surviving Eugenics traces the history and ongoing significance of eugenics in Canada.

Surviving the Fundy Footpath

Surviving the Fundy Footpath

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Bruce Persaud, a city slicker with zero hiking experience, attempts to complete one of Canada's toughest multi-day hikes, traversing the Fundy escarpment between St. Martin's and Alma, New Brunswick. 

The Sustainable Harvest • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

The Sustainable Harvest • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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Salmon, halibut, lingcod, rockfishes, clams, abalone, urchins, prawn, crabs, shrimps, scallops, octopus, mussel, barnacles, seaweed and sea asparagus: These are some of the fish, shellfish microalgae and marine plants that form aspects of a sustainable harvest in the Pacific northwest. 

Team Spirit: The Jordin and Terence Tootoo Story

Team Spirit: The Jordin and Terence Tootoo Story

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This documentary follows the story of brothers Terence and Jordin Tootoo, respectively the first Inuit hockey players to play professionally and to make to the NHL.

La terre: la base de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

La terre: la base de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

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In this second documentary from Series 1 of La Voix des Mechif, the essential need for land ownership to establish any form of jurisdiction is explored, along with how The Manitoba Act of 1870 allocating land to the Métis people failed them through the Scrip program exploited by both Church and State.

Two Indians Talking

Two Indians Talking

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Two Indians Talking is a comedic drama about the conflicting opinions of two First Nations men as they prepare to set up a roadblock. Each man wants fiercely to do the right thing, but struggles with the question, “When you do something for the right reasons, does that make it the right thing to do?”

THE U.S. AND US

THE U.S. AND US

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Questioning the very notion of Canadian sovereignty, this short documentary features an amusing mélange of Quinn's street performances and sobering interviews from some of Canada's leading authors, activists and politicos.

UNDEFEATED. An intimate portrait of Parkinsons

UNDEFEATED. An intimate portrait of Parkinson's

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Inspirational and raw, UNDEFEATED features five individuals living with Parkinson's, the second-most-common neurological disorder after Alzheimer's. All led very active lives and continue to be as active as they can. They share a wealth of information on daily challenges they face--while shopping, driving, getting dressed, shaving, representing a client as a courtroom lawyer, hiking, and many more.

Vancouver Experimental Films, 1967-1981: 10 short works

Vancouver Experimental Films, 1967-1981: 10 short works

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This compilation of 10 short films, created by Vancouver filmmakers between 1967 and 1981, was curated by Richard Martin. Compiled on one DVD, the total program is 92 minutes and includes films by David Rimmer, Al Razutis, Sturla Gunnarsson, Gary Lee-Nova, Chris Gallagher, Tom Braidwood, Patricia Gruben, Peter Lipskis, Kirk Tougas and the late Michael McGarry. It was produced by Acme Motion Pictures Inc. and Moving Images Distribution, through assistance from the Initiatives program of The Canada Council for the Arts.

 

The Walk: A Path to Healing • The Hunt and The Walk

The Walk: A Path to Healing • The Hunt and The Walk

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Inuvialuit and Vuntut Gwichin filmmaker Dennis Allen accompanied the Kahso Go'tine, a North Slavey Dene group of people, as they reconnected with their traditions through an historic trek over a traditional walking trail unused for 30 years.

We Carry Each Others Memories

We Carry Each Other's Memories

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In this collaboration between Marilyn Simon Ingram (IRS survivor and advocate), Barb Martin and Outreach Productions, Indian Residential School survivors in Atlantic Canada reflect on their experiences with the Shubenacadie Residential School in central Nova Scotia.

We Dont Live in Igloos: Inuvik Youth Speak Out

We Don't Live in Igloos: Inuvik Youth Speak Out

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While the media too often focuses on Inuit youth struggling with solvent abuse and suicide, We Don't Live in Igloos goes beyond the stereotypes to ask teens in the Canadian North about their real experience.

Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche

Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche

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In this fast-paced documentary, celebrated Canadian filmmakers consider the question--Just what is Canadian film?