Access Challenge

Access Challenge

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This inspiring documentary chronicles three world travellers who though all confined to wheelchairs participate in Access Challenge, a 3-day, 60 kilometer hike through glorious and rugged terrain in British Columbia.

The Art of Compassion

The Art of Compassion

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The Art of Compassion presents parallel portraits of two men who have transformed painful experiences into sources of creative inspiration. Their moving stories resonate with themes of healing, appreciation for nature, and spiritual growth.

Bihttoš

Bihttoš

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Commissioned by the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival for the Embargo Collective II, Bihttoš is an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments and family photos, Writer/Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers delves into the dissolution of her parents' mythic love story and how past injustices have coloured her perception of love.

 

 

The Blue Buddha in Russia • Tibetan Medicine

The Blue Buddha in Russia • Tibetan Medicine

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An examination of the history of Tibetan medicine in Russia, this documentary is also an illuminating look at one of its most devoted practitioners today.

Bowl of Bone: Tale of the Syuwe

Bowl of Bone: Tale of the Syuwe

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An intriguing film that defies classification and combines biography, dreams, documentary, and journalistic narration, Bowl of Bone was directed by Jan-Marie Martell in collaboration with Interior Salish (Nlaka'pamux) herbalist Annie Zetco York.

The Brush, The Pen, and Recovery

The Brush, The Pen, and Recovery

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Talented artists suffering from schizophrenia prepare for an exhibition of their works and discuss their long paths to recovery.

Building Futures: Re-building Our Lives

Building Futures: Re-building Our Lives

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Building Futures critically examines the four phases of The Downtown Women's Project, a feminist-inspired community development project: community process, partnerships, life skills and training, and the construction itslef.

Cherry Kingsley: Recognizing the Person

Cherry Kingsley: Recognizing the Person

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Cherry Kingsley: Recognizing the Person sheds light on the exploitation of youth in the sex trade.

Embracing Bobs Killer

Embracing Bob's Killer

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Embracing Bob's Killer is a documentary exploring the relationship between a widow and the man who killed her husband.

Face First

Face First

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In Face First, filmmaker Mike Grundmann and three other remarkable individuals who grew up with facial birth defects open old, surgically-sealed wounds to tell stark anecdotes about the physical pain of corrective surgery and the psychological sting of ridicule and rejection.

The Fast

The Fast

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The Fast follows Doreen Manuel on her journey into the Rocky Mountains for a four-day fasting ceremony to tap into her inner power as a storyteller.

From the Mouthpiece on Back

From the Mouthpiece on Back

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Jason DaSilva and New York filmmaker Colleen O'Halloran portray the struggle of a high school students from the 7th and 9th Wards of New Orleans to reunite their brass band after being dispersed from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Their passion for the music and fellowship that comes from the band inspire them to regroup against all odds and play, amid the ruins, in front of enthusiastic crowd on Bourbon Street.

Gender Blender: Dialogues of Hope

Gender Blender: Dialogues of Hope

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In this youth-driven documentary, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students at a high school in the town of Hope, British Columbia explore issues they face at their high school. The film project created a dialogue among students and the community as a step toward eliminating bullying.

Glimpses of Light

Glimpses of Light

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Different voices from diverse cultural backgrounds share life stories about paths travelled while navigating experiences of mental illness and comment on the need for a more holistic system of treatment.

Head Cold

Head Cold

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Psychosis: an illness that is apparently incurable, a diagnosis that literally turns the lives of those involved upside-down. For the first time ever, the afflicted author and director Gamma Bak dares to make an autobiographical film dealing with the various stages of her illness.

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 Journey of the Blue Buddha • Tibetan Medicine

The Journey of the Blue Buddha • Tibetan Medicine

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The Journey of the Blue Buddha surveys the evolving practice of Tibetan medicine in today's Chinese-controlled Tibet, as well as in the exile community of Dharamsala, India, the Russian republic of Buryatia and North America.

Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle

Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle

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This moving documentary celebrates the healing and transformation of the Coast Salish people who were once students at the Kuper Island Indian Residential School.

Labelled

Labelled

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The power and damage wrought by labelling children is front and centre in this short animation with puppets.

The Light of Family Burnam

The Light of Family Burnam

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In this short drama, a 10-year-old boy facing a terminal illness works to help his father move beyond grief and loss.

Marker of Change: The Story of the Womens Monument

Marker of Change: The Story of the Women's Monument

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This powerful documentary follows the seven-year struggle in Vancouver, British Columbia, to create the controversial Women's Monument in the wake of the massacre of 14 women at L'école polytechnique in Montréal.

Mary, Mary: My Last Act of Love in the World

Mary, Mary: My Last Act of Love in the World

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Mary was an artist and teacher who lived for 12 years with a condition doctors called “palliative.” She recorded the process to share what she learned about the difference between the agony of death and the art of dying--a gift to those who live with terminal illness and loved ones who remain.

My Left Cyst

My Left Cyst

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Black humour, cel animation, and live action interviews come together in this humorous look at a woman's research into ovarian cysts. Partly documentary in style, partly experimental, the film is based on a real experience, which the filmmaker takes the liberty of embellishing in the animation sequences.

My Son the Pornographer

My Son the Pornographer

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My Son the Pornographer is a story about the stresses and strains that tear families apart, about values, life choices, guilt and ultimately about the love between a father and a son.

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [46 min version]

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [46 min version]

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Examines the general sense of "dis-ease" in society and the increasing normalcy of hating ourselves. Three women use film to move away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating toward those that are self-creating.